Yep, that right there (that unappetizing photo) is my daily allowance of food plus a normal dinner. Sad, right? I am, however, completely 100% determined to get my body back in shape ASAP, and I have chosen the "Skinny and Starving" lifestyle versus the "Fat and Happy" option that I allowed a little too much that last trimester.
Here's my daily food breakdown:
Daily Calorie Intake (not including dinner): 421
Target Calories to Lose Weight: 1150 to 1350 per day
Before I was pregnant, I was really good about my deprivation diet. During the pregnancy, I let things slide, and I even broke the cardinal rule of thin mothers: finishing food off my child's plate! But, as I do remember from long ago, being hungry is just something you get used to... eventually. Sometimes, I even get so busy that I forget to eat (a completely unimaginable concept to my husband). Going from eating pretty much whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted while pregnant to going cold turkey (mmm... turkey) has been difficult, but I'm a little obsessive, as you all know, so it's okay.
My keys to extreme self control are the following:
Maybe I'll allow one treat or dessert-type item a week: perhaps a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich, or a piece of candy (I had a tootsie pop last night... don't tell!). After giving birth to my first child, I actually got so extreme that I dipped down below my starting weight. Hopefully when I can engage in rigorous physical activity again, I can allow myself to eat a little bit more... just maybe.
Or as the first assistant in The Devil Wears Prada says, "I just wait until I get faint, and then I eat a cube of cheese"... "I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight!" Not that I'm encouraging licking doorknobs or kids with runny noses, but a slight bout of food poisoning did help me lose 5 pounds when I was trying to get my body back the first time... I'm just sayin'...
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Cyndi M. Frick
Author of The Most Unlikely Mother Unfiltered: An Overshare of Embarrassing Truths About Motherhood