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I’ve found, that if I don’t pack myself some healthy snacks, then there are some not-so-great choices that happen. Chocolate bar in the check out line at the store, half a bag of crackers two-weeks-old in the bottom of my purse, or baby cookies that are not meant for teeth…these are all true decisions I have made, in my not-so great and healthy moments. But, after a few repeated incidents, I have learned to plan ahead, so I don’t have to make choices like these anymore. Packing healthier options is super important to help us mamas stick to our goals of losing the baby weight. It is the times when we are out of energy, on the run and stressed when we give in to the candy bars, crackers or cheeseburgers.
Packing the perfect, on-the-go bag will help you achieve your goals because you will be prepared. Being prepared means you are planning to be successful, so here are five items I suggest you pack with you to keep you on track to lose the baby weight. These are items that are healthy, helpful and necessary in my opinion.
Here are 6 On-The-Go Items You Must Pack To Keep Up Your Postpartum Weight Loss
ZonePerfect® Bars: These are fabulous little meal bars, which are full of vitamins and the perfect amount of carbs and protein. The ZonePerfect® Cinnamon Roll is so good in the am with coffee! Yummy! And the ZonePerfect® Fudge Graham is just like getting a chocolate bar, but a much better choice. I am not a huge early breakfast fan. I like to wake up and have coffee first, then mid-morning eat something. The Cinnamon Roll is awesome for that. Its like I’m eating a breakfast treat, which is totally a Little Wins™ moment! These have a great amount of protein, which helps keep blood sugar stable, and they aren’t sweetened with sugar alcohols or fake sugars like some of the protein bars out there. Not sure about other moms out there, but if I don’t have snacks packed, I end up in the drive through at the quick and cheap dollar menu (yes, I totally have, don’t judge!) Not a shining moment in my healthy, postpartum journey. It’s a total #momwin when I have the right things packed to manage my hunger from breastfeeding, and keep me from devouring food that is totally void of nutrition. Sign up for Ibotta and earn $1.00 with the purchase of ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars at Walmart. You can enter to win the sweepstakes below! The grand prize is $1,000!
Mints and Gum: These can be a life saver when you are out running from here to there, and you are starting to get hungry, but you know you have a great healthy meal waiting at home, and you’ve already eaten your Cinnamon Roll. If you can’t tell, I get hungry or low blood sugar quickly, especially as a nursing mom, so I have gum ready to go to help tide me over until I can get to my next meal. I like a sweet, berry gum or little mint candies in my bag.
Quick Double Shot or Caffeine: Sometimes we crave sugar because we are tired, not hungry. Sometimes, I just need a quick pick-me-up, so I like to pack a cold coffee drink with me, like the a double shot espresso. These are small, easy to pack and if you get the light version, they aren’t a heavy, sugary drink. Yet, they still taste great and give you a little boost to manage life, get your workout in, and stay on your healthy track.
Water Bottle: You must stay hydrated. Getting dehydrated will result in feeling like you are hungry, when you are actually thirsty. Even worse, if you eat rather than drink, you will consume more calories and become even more dehydrated because your body will use more liquid to digest your food. Please keep water with you! This will help tremendously!
Headphones: As a busy mom, there are things you can pack to allow yourself to fit in a quick workout. Maybe it’s a park stop in between errands, a quick walk through the mall, or your child falls asleep in the car, so you just want to listen to a podcast. These are great to have to help encourage you to fit in a workout where ever you can because turning on some good music is so energizing and uplifting, it will motivate you to keep working on those fitness goals wherever you are!
Body Spray: I like to have some spray with me in case I have to jump from a quick workout to another activity. Sometimes that’s the only way we can fit it all in. Just take out the shower. So, some body spray will help you not feel so self conscious about how you smell as you navigate through the day.
Additional tips: If you can keep an old pair of tennis shoes in your car, then you are always ready for a walk. I also like to keep some cleansing wipes with me, so if I get sweaty I can wipe myself off, spray down and keep going.
By appropriately preparing for anything, you can stay on track to keep losing that baby weight. If you think ahead, and are ready for challenges (which I’ve learned to do by failing first!), you will stay motivated, positive and get to your goals faster!
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!