I lost 40 pounds last year, but first I had to relearn some key lessons about health and wellness.
Recovering from having my baby in late 2015, I had expected that as a health coach I would have so many strong, powerful tools at my fingertips that I would be able to bounce back from, and quickly regain my energy while losing the weight I had gained while pregnant.
I was generous and loving with myself in those first few months, taking frequent naps, resting my body, and indulging in plenty of cuddles. But then I began to feel the pressure to get back to "normal" where I had the energy to go running in the mornings, cook healthy meals, and work gangbusters on my business.
Yet I was still only sleeping a few hours at a time. I was incredibly irritable, and I was craving sugar and unhealthy foods that I didn't typically eat. I thought somehow I would be the exception to postpartum recovery and bounce back through the sleeplessness and mood swings.
I was forgetting that our hormones begin changing the moment we get pregnant and continue to change for nine months and beyond. Of course, I couldn't expect to be back to "normal" just a few months after having my baby. I was like an athlete who tries to exercise through a painful injury. I had to relearn the fundamental practice that is at the core of my business. To be gentle on ourselves and to acknowledge all that we already are doing!
As soon as I changed my mindset and gave myself this relief, everything got easier.
Here are the changes I made that helped me cultivate that mindset and lose 40 pounds last year. Many of these practices I had used in the past to support my own health, but I needed to be reminded of their importance and relearn their power.