top four postpartum weight loss mistakes and easy fixes

September 15, 2014 in Advocare, Baby, Blog, Body, Diet, Motherhood, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

Losing weight after pregnancy is HARD.  Sure, there are the select few who somehow look better after they’ve popped out a little one (not fair!), but those ladies are few and far between.  For the great majority, the old rule of, “Nine months to gain, nine months to take it off,” holds true and even then it might take a little longer.  But what happens when you give weight loss your best efforts and you just aren’t seeing the results you’d like?  Here are four reasons why your weight loss efforts could be stalled and how to fix them!

Weight Loss Stalled?  What Gives??

You aren’t working out enough.

You make it to the gym when you can, which often equates to twice a week.  Aim for at least four days of moderate to strenuous exercise – five days would be optimal.  If you’re short on time, you can try TABATA training or HIIT, two wonderful training methods that burn a great deal of calories in a short amount of time.  Try to leave the gym with some sweat on your brow!

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You live at the gym!

Working out has become your daily escape (and for some, a way to be able to eat whatever you want).  If you’re spending hours a day working out and not seeing results, you could be exercising TOO MUCH (read here for signs that you might be overexercising).  When we don’t allow our bodies time to rest and recover, we can actually damage our metabolism which makes it really hard to lose weight.  Make sure you aren’t overdoing it by incorporating at least one, if not two, rest days per week.

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You’re snacking too much!

A post workout smoothie, nibbles of our toddler’s mac and cheese and a daily bedtime snack of ice cream – innocent enough on their own but when made into daily habits, these 200-300 calorie snacks can be the underlying culprit.  If you’re looking to lose one pound of fat per week, you’ll need too end the week with a 3,500 calorie DEFICIT, or a 500-calorie per day deficit.  One of the best weight loss tips?  KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL and write down every single thing that goes into your mouth.  Not only will provide insight into exactly how many calories you’re consuming, but you’ll also be more apt to forgo those spoonful’s of Junior’s mac and cheese!

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You aren’t eating ENOUGH.

Just as one can eat too much, it’s also easy to overly restrict calories, especially when we’re hoping to lose weight quickly.  Please beware:  If you fall under 1,200 calories per day, you could send your body into “starvation mode”, decreasing your metabolism and telling the body to hold on to whatever you feed it.

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For an active 150-pound woman, you’ll need to aim for at least 1,500-1,800 calories per day.  If you’re nursing, you’ll want to aim for 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day!  Dropping below your daily caloric requirements might actually be leading you to GAIN weight!  Try focusing on whole foods (think vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats) and steer clear of processed, prepackaged foods.

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I’m currently sitting about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I only know that because of this Advocare Challenge (I don’t normally weigh myself).  In the end, I think it’s really important to stress SELF LOVE when it comes to postpartum weightloss.  Your body isn’t SUPPOSED to look like it did before.  It’s just done the most magnificent and complex work that it will ever do!!  So say thank you, nourish it with healthy foods and daily movement and focus on the NEW, IMPROVED you!  Stretch marks, belly pooch, mom jeans and all.

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QUESTION:  Any HEALTHY tips that you’d like to add that other mamas might need to hear??

splendid…lindsay

on doing a cleanse and loving your body

September 9, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Body, Diet, Goals by lindsaymwright

First off, THANK YOU for all of your amazing, supportive comments on yesterday’s announcement!  I know that right now, in this moment, MoveMore is a great fit for me and for my family.  Who knows what the future holds.  I’m thrilled to see what God has in store for us!  (Btw – I’m taking orders for TANKS & TEES so if you’re interested, email me at lindsayslist@gmail.com and I can send you pricing info and your color options!)

So I posted this picture a while ago on Instagram, the morning Travis and I started our 24 Day Advocare Challenge.

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The caption read: “The Iconic Before-shot.”

You know – all the “before” shots for diet pills and workout programs all look the same.  Sad-faced, hunched over people who desperately need a change.  I laugh at those ads.  This was me poking fun at them.

People were not happy about that.

I got the “I’d kill for a body like that” remark.  The “Why don’t you like the way you look?!?”  And my personal favorite…”There’s no way you can support a nursing baby on this challenge.”

Some of the comments were from people just trying to encourage me…to tell me that I had a nice body.  I’m thankful for those!  We should raise one another up!!  I love that mentality.  Some of the other comments….were just mean….and I’m not even going to address them here today.  I could have kept that picture to myself but I like to share my life and what we’re doing and if I’m going to be changing the way I live for an extended period of time, I want to be able to share it.

As I thought more and more about the picture, what bothered me the most was the overall assumption being made about me:

“If you’re doing a challenge or a cleanse you must not love your body.”

Nope.

Not even close.

I LOVE my body.  The current one I have right now.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve never been more content with my curves and my muscles and my shape than I am right now.  I weigh 147 pounds (down 3 pounds since the challenge started….and I’m happy about that…is that wrong to say out loud?!?  No.).  In my darkest years, I remember thinking I was fat at 119 pounds.  I hated my body.

Here’s what I want to say:

It’s ok to go on a cleanse or a “diet”.  It’s ok to change your eating so that you’re not diving into a bowl of ice cream every.single.night.  No matter your size.

It’s ok for a “skinny” person to want to lose weight.  It’s all relative.  Your fat might be my skinny or vice versa.  Even though losing weight isn’t the big draw for me, I’m happy to be a little lighter right now.  It’s ok to say that.  It doesn’t mean I hate my body to want to lose an amount of weight that would make it healthier.  It means that I’m taking the steps to FEEL BETTER.

It’s ok to eat clean all the time.  I don’t personally do this but who am I to judge what makes someone else feel best. 

It’s ok to do what works for you.  And it’s also ok to not know what that perfect fit is right away.  We have our whole lives to try different stuff out.  Cleanse.  Cut sugar.  Go vegan.  Go Paleo.  Find what works.

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To say that you should love your body. 

That you should feel good in it.

That’s today’s message.

I’m doing this 24 day Challenge because I want to feel better.  There’s a very big difference between wanting to feel better and wanting to feel better ABOUT oneself.  I’ve got that last one down!

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QUESTION:  What are you thoughts on this??  Are you in love with your body?

splendid…lindsay

my 10-day advocare cleanse

July 8, 2014 in Advocare, Blog, Body, Diet, Food, Goals, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

I’m not sure if the title gave it away, but I’ve been up to something behind the scenes over here.  I’m sneaky that way.

I just finished a 10-day cleanse using the Advocare products.

I didn’t announce it on the blog or social media (or really to anyone but Katy – who did it with me, and Travis) because I honestly wasn’t sure what I thought about the cleanse.  As you know, I’m not a huge advocate of food challenges/cleanses/diets/etc.  They all seem so …short sighted?  Obsessive?  I don’t know.  With my history of ED and food restriction, I have to be really careful when it comes to these types of things.  When Janetha blogged about her Advocare experience last year and how much she loved it, I kept asking and asking questions.  She finally said, “Just do it.  Try it and see how you feel.”

So I did.

Now that my 10 days are up (I only did the 10-day cleanse – there is a 24-day challenge that many partake in), I’m ready to talk about my experience.  If you’re squished for time (this is a long one), I’ll give you the one sentence synopsis.  I LOVED IT and I’ll do it again! 

The 10-day Advocare Cleanse

The WHY?

The primary reason I signed up for the cleanse was to get my digestion back on track.  As I’ve shared before, I struggle with constipation issues and have for most of my adulthood (read more here).  I’ve tried so many things – giving up dairy, using enemas, acupuncture, colonics, etc – and while those things work short-term, I still struggle with “going” daily (it’s more like every 3-5 days!!).  Pregnancy and this current postpartum period have also thrown my digestion for a loop.  Some days are ok, some not.  Going into this cleanse, I just wanted to find a happy balance.

I knew I wanted to try the cleanse for that reason alone.  Having less bloat or better skin would be nice side bonuses, but they weren’t the primary goal.  In fact, as you’ll read below, I didn’t adhere to the prescribed diet during the 10 days.  I also didn’t weigh or take any measurements.  Like I said, I know myself enough to know that I should steer clear of diet plans.  Plus, I wanted to see what the products would do on their own.  If I’m going to be paying for products, I want to know that they’ll at least do some of the work, ya know!?  You’ll see that I did make some changes – but again, those were related to digestion and NOT cutting out food groups for calorie restriction.

The HOW?

As you know, I’m a nursing mom.  Advocare has a special “Nursing Mother” bundle that includes products that are safe to consume while nursing.  After reading some of the literature (and googling for other mom’s experiences, which were all positive), I honestly still wasn’t sure that I wanted to be taking any sort of products.  What if they made Porter gassy?  What if my milk supply decreased?  What if he grew horns?? Joking, but you get the concern here.  I said that if I noticed any sort of adverse effects on my son, I’d quit immediately.  All Advocare products are Informed Choice-approved and undergo the highest safety and quality checks – I found comfort in that but still wanted to use my own judgment.

I’m happy to say that I didn’t notice ANY changes in Porter whatsoever – in his stools, in his gas, in his behavior.  My milk supply didn’t decrease.  I did make one change to the cleanse by decreasing the amount of Spark they suggest from two per day to one per day because this product contains caffeine (the amount in one cup of coffee) and I was more comfortable with that amount.  My sister Katy, who is nursing, also saw no change in her daughter or her own milk supply.  I say all this because I know a lot of nursing moms out there who WANT to do the cleanse but who might be concerned and I wanted to give my experience with these products.   As always, you should use your best judgment and talk to your doctor.

After researching and deciding that I wanted to do the cleanse, I signed up to become a distributor (<-full disclosure here – that’s an affiliate link). This means you pay a yearly membership fee and get 20% off the products. You can also sell products, but that wasn’t (isn’t) the draw.  Just from Katy and my mom ordering things, I’ve already made back my $79 membership fee!

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The “Nursing Mother” bundle consists of six products:

  1. Spark (an energy drink)
  2. Catalyst (an amino acid supplement)
  3. Fiber drink
  4. Probiotic Restore Ultra
  5. OmegaPlex
  6. Calcium Plus

Since I already take fish oil and a multivitamin, I didn’t order the last two products.  My kit arrived a couple of days after I ordered and Katy and I started on a Monday.

Here’s how it works (the “Nursing Mother” cleanse):

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The cleanse comes with a prescribed meal plan. You eat real, whole foods and you eat OFTEN. The products are meant to work in conjunction with a whole foods approach – there is no calorie restriction or starvation. You’re told to drink at least a gallon of water a day (easy) and to avoid dairy, sugar, processed foods and coffee.

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Here’s what I Did:

I tried to track everything using checkmarks (obviously..I love organization).

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Some observations:

  • As you can see, some days I forgot to take all of the prescribed products (woops) but for the most part, I stuck to the suggested supplement intake.
  • I felt like the “no carbs after lunch”-thing was a bad choice for me so I added in a bedtime snack every day (usually cereal with unsweetened almond milk).
  • I ate whenever I felt hungry and while I didn’t cut out all processed foods (teddy grahams, cereal, M & M’s, etc.), my desire for them went down drastically.
  • I DID cut out dairy because I know from past experience that this helps with my poo problem.
  • The Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink tastes amazing!  I like the Grape Spark better than the Watermelon.

I guess you could say that I only half did this cleanse – I just tailored it to my own needs and went for it.  Katy actually adhered to the prescribed diet and had great results.  We took before and after pictures/measurements and she looks AMAZING!  I’m hoping she’ll let me share her story on the blog.

The Outcome

After 10 days, I feel GREAT.  My sugar cravings have decreased significantly (they were kinda out of control).  I have way more energy (I was relying on coffee far too often and I don’t think it was doing much for me).  As for my poo problem – completely gone!  I haven’t had a day that I didn’t “go” during AND after the cleanse (we ended last Wednesday).  For me, this is the BIGGEST benefit by far!

Because I know people are interested, I do notice a difference in the way some of my workout pants fit, especially around the waist.  I feel less bloated, less puffy.  I didn’t do the cleanse for weight loss purposes (nursing Porter is working well in that regard!) but to be able to easily fit into some of my old Lululemon pants is a nice bonus.

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Slowly getting some of those abs to peek back through.

All in all, I’d highly recommend the Nursing Mom cleanse and I already have plans to do another in early Fall.  My mom just ordered the 24-day Challenge to prep for our upcoming beach trip!  If you want to learn more, go here.  If you have any questions or need help creating your own Advocare bundle, just email me and I’d be happy to answer.

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QUESTION:  Have you ever tried any of the Advocare products?  Ever had problems with digestion/constipation?

splendid…lindsay

wiaw: the “dessert-all-day”-edition

May 14, 2014 in Blog, Diet, Food, Motherhood, Postpartum, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Happy ONE MONTH birthday, Porter!!  I’m working on a postpartum/baby update for you guys….but it’ll be a “better late than never” situation.
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As promised from a couple weeks ago, I just have to share with you all of the food(s) that I’ve been eating lately.

Namely DESSERT.

aka SUGAR.

aka “I’ve-got-the-nursing-sweet-tooth!!”

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This guy will eat anywhere…

I would tell you that blaming this sweet tooth on nursing Porter is just a cover for eating more sugar (which I’ve always, always loved).  But there’s actually some evidence that I’m not alone in the raging beast – but nursing is not to blame! It’s SLEEP DEPRIVATION.  (Go check out the research!)  Since my little man wakes me about 4 times a night, I definitely fall into this category.

I say until Porter gives me more sleep, BRING ON THE SWEETSSmile  Here’s a look at the sweet (and some salty) that I’ve been eating these past four weeks.  To my credit, I’ve been eating more than my fair share of vegetables and salads too….

(….but only to counterbalance the sugar.)

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Rice Crispy Treat cereal…just do it.

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There are some healthy-ish things there….

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An Atomic Fire Ball.  Remember these?

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Easter candy (I actually only ate one piece.  Sad.)

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Basil Rolls

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Stove Top Cookies (with dark cocoa)!

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Cereal.  Every night before bed.  Always a mix and always topped with banana and local honey.

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Grilled Chicken Salad

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Mother’s Day pizza (grilled chicken, spinach, mushroom and pineapple) plus a complimentary (!!) baked apple thingy with ice cream

Unpictured:

Brownies, peanut butter bars, McDonald’s vanilla soft serve, Sour Patch kids and lots of Ghirardelli chocolate chips.

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QUESTION:  What’s your favorite SWEET food??  (and if you say, “I really just love fruit.  It’s so naturally sweet.  It’s all I ever wanted,” then we can’t be friends.

splendid…lindsay

postpartum weight loss

April 21, 2014 in Blog, Body, Diet, ED, Pregnancy by lindsaymwright

I woke up this morning to a completely flat stomach!!
















Just joking.

You really hated me there for a second, huh.

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Which brings me to a topic that I need your input about.

POSTPARTUM WEIGHT LOSS.

What are you thoughts about posting a journey online about this?  I’m kinda mixed about it.  On the one hand, I want to provide my readers the inside scoop about various facets of my life.  And let’s be real – everybody is interested in a postpartum weight loss journey (InTouch taught me that.  Among many other important things…).  But then…I think that some people might be discouraged if their journey doesn’t look like mine.  OR I could become discouraged if my body doesn’t bounce back how I’d like.  Would sharing place more “pressure to perform?”

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I wanted to see what YOU guys want to know about in regards to this topic.  I’ll tell you this much – I WON’T BE WEIGHING MYSELF.  Aside from leaving the scale out of it, I’d be willing to measure myself, post my current workouts (which won’t start for another few weeks), and just talk in general terms about struggles and successes.

Thoughts??

splendid…lindsay

**Working on the birth story – some teeny, amazingly cute guy is taking up most of my time…guest post tomorrow!**

neda week – how i overcame my eating disorder

February 28, 2014 in Blog, Body, Causes, Diet, ED, Faith by lindsaymwright

Because this is National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) week and because I have many new readers who may or may not know about my past, I thought I’d share a post I wrote nearly two years ago.  Since the post ran, I’ve changed SO very much.  ….But I still have a ways to go. 

My hope is that someone out there reading today, someone who’s struggling with negative body image, will WAKE up and see that living with an eating disorder is not living at all.  And I want to open my door (my email) to anyone who needs to talk!

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Dear Eating Disorder,

I hate you.

So, so much.

I hate what you’ve done to my mind.

How I can’t seem to ever escape your pull, your toxic lure.

I hate what you’ve done to my body.

Making it weaker than it needs to be.

I hate how you always seem to beat down my spirit.

Introducing self-doubt, depression and negativity.

I hate that I’ve wasted SO many years listening to your lies.

I hate how you’ve damaged good relationships with friends and family.

I hate that sometimes you have control. And I’m left helpless.

No more.

No effing more!

Eating Disorder, I’m breaking up with you.

Breaking free of the putrid stench you leave on my life.

Breaking free from the darkness.

I choose to run into the light. The marvelous light.

ED, you suck.

Plain and simple.

And I’m tired of courting you.

With all my heart,

Lindsay

Yesterday, for the first time in quite a while (6-8 months?), I felt the desire to purge. Like I left my kids to watch their movie, walked into the bathroom and stood over the toilet.

I didn’t allow myself the relief that purging would have brought.

I chose to stop. To walk away.

Something that took all my willpower.

I’ve never closeted my history with an ED, but I’m not always as open about it as you might like.

The truth is – I still struggle with it.

The negative thoughts, the contemplation of restriction or binge/purging.

It’s there. My ED is still there.

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I would never let myself eat this entire burger. Maybe 1/3.

It pains me to say that. But it’s the truth.

And by speaking it and admitting it, I can bring light to it.

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I had a reader email me recently, sharing her own struggles with bulimia. (This is SO common, guys! More than I ever thought possible. I get emails ALL THE TIME!)

I told her about my struggles and gave her some coping advice.

You see, the difference between yesterday and say, 8 years ago, is that I now know how to take control of my thoughts. How to capture them and mold them into something different – and THAT is where recovery starts.

Here is what has worked FOR ME over the past 8 years in dealing with disordered eating and poor body image.

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HOW TO OVERCOME AN EATING DISORDER/DISORDERED EATING:

1. TALK ABOUT IT!

Tell someone. A friend. A family member. A counselor. Your husband.

The thing is - they probably know already. And if they don’t, they won’t be as judgmental as you think. I promise.

Reach out! People want to help. That’s the way we’re designed.

2. SPEAK YOUR ACTIONS!

This one has helped me tremendously. As you’re thinking these negative thoughts or going through the actions of binging and purging, SPEAK YOUR ACTIONS. What I mean is, say out loud, “I’m going to the bathroom now to make myself throw up.” “I’m sticking my finger down my throat.” “I’m fake eating so that I can control my calories.”

When you assign WORDS to your ACTIONS, it gives your mind a chance to catch up with your body. Then you take back control over the situation.

3. TAKE OWNERSHIP!

An ED is so very active. Never passive. You actively choose to starve yourself. You actively choose to make yourself throw up.

YOU do this. Nobody else. No one’s forcing you to act this way. Take ownership.

Then relinquish that ownership and stop doing what you’re doing.

4. KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS!

Become aware of what triggers your ED. It might be a person, reading food blogs or fitness magazines, or certain foods. For instance, what set me off yesterday was a simple spoonful of Cookies and Cream ice cream. (Ice cream was something I’d binge on in the past (then purge), so I know that I need to be careful around it.) I also avoid a couple of healthy living blogs because they make me feel bad about myself. Over time, I’ve found out what sets me off.

KNOW WHAT TRIGGERS THOSE NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE THOUGHTS.

Then avoid them.

5. HAND IT OVER!

One of my favorite scriptures sums this point up….

Romans 12: 1-21 – “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do NOT be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

– “Present your bodies” – a strong and healthy body, not a sickly body that you’ve abused.

– “Do not be conformed to this world” – meaning don’t succumb to peer pressure to look a certain way or eat certain foods. This “world” places far too great a value on the superficial.

– “What is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT” – An eating disorder is absolutely NONE of these things.

Hand over this burden to God. To prayer. To listening to the Holy Spirit (what some might call your conscience).

Surrender it.

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These are just a scant few of the ways to approach recovery – and every person is different. The main point I want to hit home….

Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

A journey that makes us WAY stronger. Able to change our minds. Able to encourage others.

A journey that simply must be taken.

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Dear Eating Disorder,

This post felt good to write.

No, GREAT!

This post was a slap in your face.

Until next time…said no one ever.

I’m over you.

I’m….

splendid…

lindsay

QUESTION: Poor body image – thoughts/solutions/something I didn’t cover? If you were to write a “breakup” letter to something, what would it be?

splendid…lindsay

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