Actress Molly Sims and husband Scott Stuber welcomed son Brooks Alan on June 19. The new mom is joining forces with Health.com to lose the “50 pounds” of baby weight that she gained during her first pregnancy. Continue reading her first guest blog, where she talks about her C-section birth and her daily calorie intake.
“I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy,” Molly shares. “I was so uncomfortable in the final days, I couldn’t wait for the day when I could exercise again, or a time when I no longer craved things I never even liked before (like sweets!).”
Continue reading how the Las Vegas star plans to work toward her pre-baby body.
“But then my baby boy arrived and getting back in shape was the last thing I cared about. My good days and bad days–especially in the beginning–revolved around whether or not he was getting enough milk. Even now, I look at him and I can’t believe he was in my tummy less than a month ago. (A tummy, by the way, I am able to suck in for the first time in 11 months!)
Slowly but surely, the old me–the one who is actually into exercise and eating right–has begun to resurface. Since I had a C-section I won’t be able to start working out again for another couple of weeks, so portion control is an even bigger deal. Ashley’s plan calls for eating mostly whole foods every three hours–it comes out to about 1600 calories a day, which seems like a lot especially since, in the beginning, I had no appetite. I’d make myself eat anyway–not just because I’m breast-feeding, but also because Ashley reminded me that eating every three hours helps keep my metabolism humming.
All the meals and snacks are a balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbs (no more than 15-20 grams of carbs each)–plus everything is super-simple to make. If food prep is complicated, I won’t do it. For back up, I’ve stocked my freezer with Ashley-approved Applegate Farms organic chicken sausages (I cut them into cubes and serve with a roasted sweet potato), Dr. Praegers broccoli pancakes, and veggie burgers.
The other thing Ashley reminded me of: Sleep is as important as the diet itself. If I’m stressed, my body will hold on to the extra weight. My goal this week: More sleep!”