How I Lost My Post Natal Weight

Let’s get one thing straight, there are no magic pills, waist trainers, and/or detox tea that will get you back your pre-pregnancy body in a week! To lose weight and keep it off you need to do it the right way, no shortcuts.

1. SET REALISTIC GOALS

I didn’t lose 1 stone in 8 weeks, neither did I starve myself or exercise like crazy. I gave myself realistic goals and consistency is key!

2. BE PATIENT

Alhamdulillah I lost 2 stones and it took me 1 year. My main reason to lose the weight was to eat healthily and feel fit so I had enough energy to run around with a toddler and a newborn. So what was my plan of action? One thing us girls need to remember is to be patient. We are not superwoman or wonder-woman…we are real women!

3. BE CONSISTENT

The first thing I made sure was, I had the go ahead from the doctors at 8-weeks postnatal visit. I started with simple sit-ups and squats suitable for post-natal, for 10 minutes 5 times a week. I slowly built the workouts to intermediate level and added light weights to the squats and lunges. I only did 10 minutes, but now it was every day and we all have 10 minutes to spare a day. The consistency paid off, my tops and trousers were getting loose!

4. STAY MOTIVATED

Now I won’t lie, even as a Personal Trainer, my diet wasn’t great. I was grabbing a biscuit here and there and having 3-4 coffees a day! However, I started to control my meal portions and always included vegetables. I started carrying a water bottle with my everywhere to encourage more water intake. I had days where I just wanted fatty food….and I did. Don’t deprive yourself, just start eating healthy again the next day. I made sure no matter how tired I was I did my 10 minutes workout.

5. SAVOR YOUR SUCCESS

When the 6-months post-natal period passed, I notched up the workouts a little, still 10 minutes but now it was HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) time! These workouts are known for burning a vast amount of fat. The HIIT workout is not easy…but for 10 minutes it was bearable. By the time my baby had his first birthday I was 2 stone down Alhamdulillah!

So, ladies, anything is possible, nothing worth wanting is easy to get, but the hard work will be worth it! Be motivated and do it for yourself.

Hasina Rahman

My name is Hasina and I have been a fitness instructor and personal trainer since 2006. I also have a real passion for martial arts and have a wide knowledge in this field. Fitness should be part of our daily life, it’s not a choice but a necessity. Being a mum to a busy toddler, I know there is no excuse, even if its 30 minutes every other day, will make a difference.

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