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Liliana S., 32
Before Pregnancy: 108 lbs. Gained: 29 lbs. Total Lost: 25 lbs.
Time: 1 month
How I did it: I knew I shouldn't formally exercise for six weeks after having my son Sasha, but I couldn't just sit on the couch either. My doctor said easy walking was fine, so I got a fully reclining stroller, and from the time my baby was five days old, I just put him in and off we went, walking slowly as he mostly slept. I didn't feel like I was "working out," but then the weight started to fall off, and I figured it must have been from all the walking. After six weeks, I also started doing Pilates DVDs a few times a week, which helped my stomach muscles get stronger.
My diet tricks: I was breastfeeding and hungry all the time, so I made sure to eat healthy meals and snacks. Breakfast was always my biggest meal and dinner my smallest. We almost never ate out and I cooked a lot of soups, which filled me up and provided extra fluid for breastfeeding. My favorite snack was trail mix; I kept a big bag at my desk after I went back to work. I also loved cheese with whole-grain crackers and fresh fruit.
When I felt too tired: Some nights the baby would wake up every hour. Those following mornings, I just walked very slowly. I knew sitting inside wouldn't make me feel any better.
My best advice: Don't treat walking like something you have to do -- view it as a way to spend time with your baby, and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
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