Laila Ali's Blog: Three Pounds Down! My Game Plan
In her latest video blog, Laila shares that she's lost 3 lbs. so far, and outlines her game plan to get the rest of the weight off.
Thanks for welcoming our first video blogger, Laila Ali! The former boxer and Dancing With the Stars alum, 33, is mom to son C.J., 2½, and just gave birth to daughter Sydney, now 9 weeks old, on April 4. We’re following her via video as she blogs her postpartum weight loss journey of 25 lbs. Check out her latest entry below.
— Laila Ali
(Scale weigh-in: 194 lbs.)
Hello PEOPLE.com viewers, I’m Laila Ali and this is my second video I’m posting about losing the 25 pounds of baby weight that I initially wanted to lose.
I weighed in this morning and I lost 3 pounds since our last video. Now nursing moms are not supposed to lose more than a pound to a pound and a half a week to keep your milk supply up so obviously, you know, I’m very challenged right now because I’m tired with the sleep deprivation — up all night with the baby — but what’s even harder for me is holding back.
I’m an athlete — I know how to lose weight. When I was boxing, sometimes I would lose 10 pounds in a week to make a weigh-in, so I know how to get weight off. I just have to be patient. Right now it’s about quality nutrition — not just trying to eat a bunch of calories that are full of nothing. I need good food and I need to work out.
So what’s my plan? This is my game plan:
To work out 4-5 times a week: Right now I’m doing what I call a cardio mix — I have a treadmill, a spin cycle, free weights and push-ups I’m doing for my upper body, squats for my lower body. I’ll do anywhere from 45-75 minutes depending on the time that I have in between with the baby sleeping — and also my energy level — but I really want to get at least 4-5 days a week in.
And of course nutrition is the most important thing. When I say nutrition, I’m talking about what I eat. I cook my own food and a lot of times I cook a lot of food for the week and I eat a lot of the same food so I know exactly what I’m getting. It takes the guesswork out.
A sample diet for me is: in the morning for breakfast, I’ll have a veggie omelette with spinach in it and eggs whites; then I’ll have a snack of, say, whole wheat crackers and cheese — just a little bit of cheese! — and for lunch I’ll do soba noodles — which I’m loving right now — and lean ground turkey with a little bit of soy sauce and a fresh green salad. Then another snack would be sliced apple and peanut butter, and then for dinner I’ll have fish, sautéed kale, maybe a small yam and salad. Then if I do want another snack at night, I’ll have a thinkThin protein bar which is so yummy to me, and sugar-free.
So I’m doing about three small meals and two to three snacks a day and then I make my 1,900 calories, which I need to hit being a nursing mom. That’s a lot of calories. I really would love to be doing like 1,400-1,500, but what comes first? The baby right now, making sure she gets everything she needs.
So we’re going to aim for two more pounds next time I see you — wish me luck! It’s not going to be easy — I’ve got my stepkids in town. They love to eat — they’re eating up everything and trust me, it’s not what I’m eating so I gotta cook them something separate. Then I’ve got a little toddler who’s running around and he just wants mac and cheese, or rice or pasta so I always have to have that on hand for him and it is a temptation because it makes me want it too.
It’s not going to be easy — wish me luck! — and I’ll check in with you guys next time.
— Laila Ali