• Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The wonderful magic of having a new baby in your life (which simply trumps all else as far as “amazing” goes) does come with a few bumps in the road (or the body). You’ll be back in your old jeans in no time and you’re absolutely doing all the right things to keep you and little Nate healthy. As for the sleep deprivation — ugh, that’s a tough one.

    Your salad bar looks gorgeous and with all those power-packed nutrients, you can’t go wrong. Lots of bang for your caloric buck with food like that. And beets are endurance food, which you totally need right now. =)

    Take care and enjoy that little bundle of love!
    Melissa

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    Amy Reply:

    @Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood, Yes, it does come with bumps in life and on the body. I am amazed at how much different life is. But you’re right – it’s the best experience ever and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    I am amazed at how well I function on so little sleep. I got used to it at some point. Nate sleeps much better now than he did even just a few weeks ago. I’m so grateful for that!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I gained 42 lbs with my first one…..less with the other 3 kids. One thing that happened to ME (I know we are all different) was that I absolutely could NOT lose the last 10 lbs until after I stopped breastfeeding. No joke, the minute I stopped those last 10 lbs were gone. Some woman lose lots of weight breastfeeding but just as an encouragement, if it does seem like the lbs just refuse to leave, it really may just be your body holding on to them till you are done doing all the “baby things!” If you aren’t breastfeeding, just ignore this entire comment! LOL! Your absolutely right about having food ready! And eating those delicious salads are the perfect choice!! Hope you’re doing well!!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor, I have heard the same thing from other women about the last 10 pounds while breastfeeding. I wish I could breastfeed exclusively but my body never made enough milk. I did everything I could to increase my supply but it didn’t happen. I have made peace with it but it was awful. It’s so good to hear from you. Hope you are doing well too!
    xoxo

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  • Sarah

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Just did a post on satisfying salads this week… and this gives me even more ideas. I hadn’t thought of using the beets that way before. I am the same way — if there isn’t pre-planning, I’m in trouble.

    I will say, when I saw you at Nourished, you looked great! Keep up the good work!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sarah, Thanks, Sarah! I had on my maternity jeans at Nourished. :) I will be eternally grateful to Gap for making cute maternity clothes.

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  • Ricki

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Great salad selections, Amy–I’ve been on a total salad kick lately, and this is a great way to incorporate so many veggies! I’ve tried preparing in advance and storing–do you have any tips to prevent the leaves from getting wilted and/or soggy? I find mine will stay crisp for only a couple of days and then I need to prep some more. . . would love to be able to do it all at once for several days.

    And it sounds like you’re doing all the right things to get back to your old shape asap. Lack of planning is what always trips me up–gotta keep at those meal plans! ;-)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, I find that if I line a bowl with paper towels and then pile the chopped kale on top it will keep it fresh much longer. I guess the paper towels pull away the moisture so it stays crisp. :)

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  • Cara

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This is kind of ironic – I visited my best friend today, who had her baby boy three weeks ago, and she started out around your size, exercised and ate well during her pregnancy, and still gained EXACTLY 46 lbs. What’s what that number?! Hers was a lot of fluid retention though, so she lost 25 after giving birth and has the other 20 to go.

    I love making huge salads every day, and I’ve literally been eating the same one for 6 months and I never get tired of it! Crazy, I know. I love love love beets on my salad. I usually roast them at the beginning of the week, but now I want to grate them next time. Yum!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, Who knows! I have talked to lots of thin ladies who pack on the pregnancy weight. I guess our bodies just need the extra fat.

    I eat the same old thing, too. It’s easy and it’s healthy. I figure if it works there’s no need to change it.

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  • Heathy

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Great salad and tips Amy. I agree that having lots of great healthy food prepared helps. I like to make up jars of salad dressing to keep on hand. My fave is avocado caesar! I use it as a salad dressing, or add herbs and eat it as a dip with veggies/raw crackers.

    I’m sure you’ll have your pre baby bod quickly and easily :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Heathy, I bet your avocado caesar is fantastic. Sounds so good! I ate so many avocados toward the end of my pregnancy. I must have needed the healthy fats.

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  • Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen

    posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I gained 46lbs with my daughter too, and at 12 weeks postpartum, just like you, I was doing my best to eat healthily, and trying to walk as much as I could. Our little baby would not be put down though, so there was no way I could do yoga! Now she won’t stand for being held (she’s learning to walk) so I am constantly running after her – that’s my workout I guess, haha!

    For me the weight came off slowly and steadily, and I am now a few pounds lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. My belly is still all floppy and full of stretch marks, but that is still shrinking and getting back it’s elasticity again too.

    Slow and steady really is the win here! Especially when it comes to your outlook.

    I admire your “get up and go” attitude, and what you have managed to accomplish already. Nate is still so little!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen, I have so many stretch marks from being over weight for so many years that I didn’t even care about those. But the floppy belly is something I’m not used to. I know my body is in the process of getting itself back in shape and it’ll take time.

    Nate is a really good baby. He loves to nap in the Moby Wrap and my hubby is really supportive so I can go to yoga. If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t happen right now.

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    Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen Reply:

    @Amy, My Mum showed me her belly recently – now 18 years since there was any baby in there. The stretch marks are all but invisible now (we both had huge angry red ones) and the skin is mostly back to “normal.” Genetics are supposed to be the best way of finding out what your body will do, it was a good bonding experience for me and my Mum to share something so intimate, do you know how your Mom fared?

    A tip she shared with me is that she started to work out with a hula hoop recently (make sure it is the right size – to your waist when sideways) and finally got her stomach muscles to meet in the middle again, and lost inches off her waist and hips.

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  • Kisha

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I love the salads, I just bought myself a bunch of salad ingredients, and planted all of the yummy things in the garden. Our 4th baby was born on March 1, and I packed on 45lbs myself. Since two of our kids have Down syndrome, we are already gluten free. Slow and steady is definitely how the weight will go, or atleast I hope it goes. I homeschool, cloth diaper, breastfeed, and have been running in the a.m. hoping to get the weight down. On the plus side, my first pregnancy (as two are adopted) I was 255lbs, this time I stayed way way waaaay below. My tip to you is to make sure to get enough calories in your diet so that your body doesn’t hold on to the fat to ensure baby gets enough milk :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kisha, I have already mentioned to so many other commenters that my body never made enough breast milk. In fact, my milk never really came in. It was heartbreaking and I did everything I could to help increase my supply but it didn’t work.

    I plan on transitioning to cloth diapers. I am not there yet, though. Slow and steady…

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    Kisha Reply:

    @Amy, Awe that stinks. I had that happen with my fist baby, well I just quit making milk all of a sudden, turns out it was PCOS and my hormones all out of whack. I ended up giving him organic baby formula. However, it’s not the end of the world. I do understand how heartbreaking it is, but there are so many ways to love and bond with a child. You mentioned that you wear him, and that is one of the best ways to connect and encourage growth. Plus hey, it helps to strengthen and burn calories.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kisha, I am using organic formula too. When it comes to formula there is so much to think about. The organic formula has some sugar but there are no harmful chemicals and pesticides. The non-organic has no sugar but it’s not organic. I opted for organic and pray daily for God to fill in the gaps. He gets some breast milk – my lactation consultant said 4 ounces a day is like an anitbiotic pill. I think he’s getting that.

  • Alta

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Don’t stress about those 20 extra pounds – you’re on the right track to keeping your body healthy (especially with these inviting salads!) and your body will figure out how to get back to normal. And I’m SHOCKED you won’t want to do “hot walking” in the soon-to-be suffocating Texas heat! :) LOL

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, There is a huge difference between hot yoga and hot walking. :) I don’t know why…it would be so much cheaper to just walk in 100 degree weather, right??

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    Alta Reply:

    @Amy, Right! You simply melt when it’s 100 degrees outside! I’ve never tried hot yoga though. Would love to see what it’s like. :)

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  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Great post. I can’t imagine from the photos I’ve seen of you that you have that much to lose.

    That being said, however, if you are still breastfeeding, which I assume you are, my first pediatrician, who was very wise, said that women need to keep on at least 9 pounds in order to be healthy to breastfeed their babies.

    Not fun for those of us who would like to get back into those jeans (I myself am struggling now w/ a very sluggish metabolism for various reasons, so I know how you feel and am looking at summer pants on the internet now)…..but we should encourage each other to keep perspective on what is best for us and for our babies.

    Blessings!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Adrienne @ Whole New Mom, I wish I could breastfeed exclusively! I would put on 10 pounds if I could. It has been a struggle from the beginning and I’ve done everything under the sun and my body just hasn’t ever made enough milk. I give Nate all the breast milk I can and have made my peace with it. It was grueling, though. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

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  • Tessa Domestic Diva

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

    With all THREE kids, I gained 60-70 pounds…and that was eating well, and the last pregnancy, I worked out too and STILL gained it! I think allowing yourself the grace to lose it slowly as you and your body adjust to this new stage. It took 10 months to gain it, and most of us, it takes that to get it back off. You most likely won;t be exactly the same, but my midwife like to say we carry ‘badges of honor’ to remember our precious little gifts. Hang in there and give it some time. Planning ahead is always key: having nutritious good food choices available and ready to go is paramount!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tessa Domestic Diva, I have heard similar things from my doula but honestly, I always wonder if calling it a badge of honor is an excuse to be a little frumpy? I have been frumpy before and I am not going to accept that again.

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    Tessa Domestic Diva Reply:

    No one wishes to be frumpy, that is for sure! After one child, I had no problem getting back to almost normal….after the third things that have been stretched too many times won’t go completely back…without surgery of course! So no, I am not resigning myself to frumpy, but i am trying hard to accept my altered body with grace (sometimes not so well!)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tessa Domestic Diva, I have had doubts that my body will ever be exactly the same. In fact, if I never fit into my old jeans I’m ok with that. But, I would like to look fit again. So, that’s my goal. I agree – grace and dignity are key!

  • Melissa

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    My body works the same way during pregnancy!! I gained 51 lb with baby #1, 58 lb with baby #2, and currently at 39 lb with baby #3 (I’m almost 34 weeks). Thankfully my doctor knows I eat healthy and exercise a lot so she always reassured me there was nothing “wrong” with me and said, “Your body is doing what it needs to do, which is growing a healthy baby. You’ll have plenty of time to worry about losing the weight afterward.” It took me a full year to lose the weight (and get my body back–which happens separately from weight loss after a baby) both times before, and last time I was not able to lose the last 8 lb, so this time I know what to expect and how to handle it better. I plan on eating lots of salads, fruits, and vegetables, and making time for exercise when I can. Even though I’m impatient when I see postpartum weight loss occur more quickly and easily for others, I want to make sure I’m doing what is healthy for ME without over-stressing my body. Heaven knows life with three boys will be stressful enough! lol :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Melissa, My doctor wasn’t worried about my weight gain either. I am just looking forward to feeling good about how my body looks again. I am not used to having a big old stretched out belly. That being said, it’s totally worth it. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • Barb

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Amy,

    All of the others’ advice is right on. You’ll lose it in time. It took 9 months to put it on so it will likely take that amount of time to lose it all. Myself, once I was menstruating again, it started to drop off faster. When you’re breastfeeding and your sleep is so deprived, it’s hard on your body. Just keep up the healthy eating and moving and time will take care of the rest.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Barb, Breastfeeding has not gone well for me. My milk never really came in – I’ve done everything under the sun to try and make it work – pumping, herbs, medications. It just didn’t happen. I give Nate all the breast milk I can, which isn’t much, and then I have to supplement. After crying a million tears, I made peace with it.

    The exercise helps my mental well-being even if I’m exhausted. So, I move and I love it.

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  • Amber

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I find it so interesting how our bodies react to pregnancy. It really says something about our metabolism and how it’s so different for everyone. I’m tall and slim with incredibly high metabolism, and so I had try very hard to put on weight during both my pregnancies. As silly as this might sound to some, it was very challenging and stressful, as I was always terrified my babies weren’t getting enough nutrition. But I also have Crohn’s, so weight loss is very common. But I did it, I managed to get through the pregnancies and put on weight (not a lot) but enough to grow my babies. We all struggle with our own issues and internal voices telling us we need to do better, or wish we could have someone else’s body. Over time, I’ve learned to embrace by slender frame and love me for me. I’ve also accepted my illness and I’m so proud of my body for doing the best it can. I give it what it needs, perhaps not always exactly what it needs, but again, I do the best I can. For the first time in years I’m putting on weight with the help of medication, and now I’m loving my developing curves. Funny how perspectives can be so different. As women, I believe it’s important to support each other no matter what we are going through or what we are struggling with. :-)

    I admire you for sharing your story, Amy.

    Good luck on your journey. Patience, commitment, and time.

    Be Well,
    –Amber

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    Amy Reply:

    @Amber, Before getting pregnant, I could eat just about anything and not gain weight. While I was writing my book I ate cookies and cake all day long and only put on a few pounds. But holy moly I packed it on when I was pregnant.

    Every woman I’ve talked to about this has her own personal story. It’s a neat bond that all mothers have.

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  • Alicia

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I gained 21 pounds and dropped 23 by 3 weeks postpartum. I also have chrome and was worried about gaining enough weight and now at 15 weeks postpartum I am trying to gain again. I will eventually gain weight just as you will eventually lose. The most important thing is that we are healthy for our babies!

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    Alicia Reply:

    That was supposed to say crohns

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alicia, Yes, yes, yes!! I knew I was packing on the pounds but I didn’t care. I kept feeding my body healthy foods when I was hungry. Nate is a happy, healthy little guy so I know I did the right thing.

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  • InTolerant Chef

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    What a lovely salad indeed, all those sprouted beans. Yummo! Planning is definitely the key to eating healthy in a hurry.

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  • Jessica

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    this is exactly where my mind is right now, at 36 weeks preg, although you have WAY more postpartum energy than I’ve ever had! No matter what weight I start at with each pregnancy, I gain to the same number on the scale – exactly!!! It’s a lot (33-43 lbs) but it’s so weird how that number is where my body wants to be. I ate much differently this time too, and it still happened!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jessica, I get that. My body just needed that extra weight when I was pregnant. I joke with Joe all the time and tell him that if we’re going to have baby #2 we need to do so now so I only have to lose the weight once. :)

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  • Jeanene

    posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Amy,

    Don’t give up! You can do it!
    Put Nate in his stroller and go ahead and do that power walk! :))

    God Bless U!
    Jeanene

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanene, We’ve been walking with the ERGObaby. I have never even used my stroller…I’d rather wear him when I’m out and about.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Lacey

    posted on May 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Stick with it! Your body will come around… it just takes a while! I did Jillian Michaels 30 day shred postpartum and it was fabulous. 20 minute workouts I could do at home and I always had time to fit one in (even after I started working again). I also lost 4.5″ off my measurements in 30 days, it was really great. Remember the most important part of this is to be HEALTHY!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Lacey, I agree! Healthy is so important. :) Congrats on the success with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.

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  • Jenni

    posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I completely understand as I am in the exact same boat. I have a 6 month old and a husband who works nights so I really struggle. Combine that with a recent diagnosis of postpartum thyroiditis and now I’m a mom and wife who can’t eat gluten and am required to work out at least 4 days a week for 30 minutes. I’m up at 5:45 on those mornings to get out of the house and on a walk. Otherwise, I’m SOL!

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  • melanie

    posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I do all the steps you listed here but add one, layer the ingerdients into mason jars. Put the heavy or wettest on the bottom with the leafy ones on top. They keep in the fridge for just over a week, fresh and crisp as the day I made them. Dump a jar into my salad bowl top with spiced and sprouted beans and away I go.

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    Amy Reply:

    @melanie, That is a great idea! So quick! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Daniella M

    posted on May 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m still working off those last 20 pounds. It ain’t quick ;)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Daniella M, It’s a process. I talked to a lady yesterday who said it took her a year. Ugh! I hope it’s quicker than that for me.

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  • Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen

    posted on May 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Amy,
    As always, I love your groundedness (is that a word?). I have found as I get older and after having two pregnancies with 40+ pound weight gains, that it is so important to focus on being strong and healthy, rather than on my weight. How could you not be strong and healthy with your diet and your life approach?

    Your photo is gorgeous and is making me crave a salad for breakfast!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen, I agree! I am really making an effort to get my exercise in on a regular basis. Joe helps so much because he watches Nate so I can go to hot yoga. And, I’ve started my early morning walks again with the dogs. I used to do them religiously but during my pregnancy I was so sick in the beginning and exercise was impossible. I also had a couple of scares when they thought I was going to go into labor early so I wasn’t able to do anything at all. Dragging myself out of bed and off on a walk has been a hard routine to get back into. But, I know once I’m there I will love it all over again.

    You look fabulous. :) I am looking forward to feeling good about how my body looks again. I’m just not there yet.

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