May 16, 2014

My New Fave 5 Weight Loss Tools & Tips

So just for the last month I've been trying a little harder to get off the baby weight- I want it off faster since my summer clothes are too tight and I don't want to buy new ones!  So, I just have to share some of my favorite new tricks!

1. Breakfast Protein Smoothies!

Every morning (and sometimes for lunch) I make this delicious smoothie that only took me a year to figure out :)

1/2-1 scoop protein powder (I use Body Fortress Chocolate I found at Walmart)
1 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. peanut butter (you can omit this if your milk isn't too foamy)
2-3 cups fresh spinach/power greens
Handful of ice

It gets me going, is easy, fast, keeps me full longer, and I'm not consuming a ton of sugar to start out the day (breakfast has always been one of the hardest meals for me to do healthy)

2. Don't diet!...and by dieting I mean I don't ban any foods from my diet- otherwise I'll just crave those foods and eat a lot more calories to try to make up for the craving.  I basically eat as healthy as I can and count calories (using the next step) and try not to eat meals with sugary foods.  I save my sugars for the little bit of dessert I allow myself each week. (Which is a couple pieces of dark chocolate a day and one bigger dessert a week)

3. My Fitness Pal app!  I use this to count calories to see what foods I normally eat have what calories.  Even though I consider myself pretty calorie-aware I was surprised about what foods have less calories and which have more than I thought when I started using this app.  Make sure you use the BARCODE SCANNER when using this app- makes life so easy!

4. Seven app!  I just barely started using this app so I don't know how big of a difference it will make- I'll keep you posted- but I LOVE that I can do it at home and when Jensen is awake and wanting attention (all the exercises are simple and I can do them next to the baby)  It only takes 7 minutes of my time and if the boys are allowing me to, I can do it over and over to get more of a workout in.  Circuit training is pretty awesome and so is this app.

5. Sleep!  I am finally getting a little more sleep at night and I still try to take a nap anytime I can get both boys to sleep and it makes such a huge difference to my diet and exercise routine. 

I hope some of these will help some of you out with your weight loss goals!!
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The Harkers said...

You would love the Nike Training Club app. It's free and has awesome workouts. Thanks for the smoothie idea, I just got a vitamix for mother's day so I'll give it a try. Good luck on baby weight loss I'm there with you :)

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