Health Issues: weight loss after delivery; effects of weight loss on increased energy
When Ingrid was pregnant with her third child, she went through some difficult personal issues, turned to food to soothe herself, and watched as the number on the scale went up and up and up. In all, she gained 100 lbs. “I self-medicated with food,” she says.
After giving birth, she vowed to find a sustainable way to lose pounds. For her, that means not depriving herself of any one food group, instead of eating until she felt satisfied, not stuffed. I changed my view of food — from looking at it as a source of pleasure to seeing it as a source of fuel for my body.
Her energy levels and stamina skyrocketed after she dropped 40 lbs in 3 months. After 8 months, she lost all 100 lbs. “Make vision boards of where you want to be and what you want to look at,” she advises. (Hers contained goal-oriented images: a healthy family, outfits she eventually planned to wear, and beach vacations.) “Daily looking at these boards trains your mind to see you as that fit, healthy person,” she adds.