My people, what’s good ?!? I am so glad that we are finally meeting! I’m Chaunte. Some people know me as the American Olympic high Jumper with those crazy abs, and some know me as the lady who received an Olympic Medal 10 years after the competition (Another story for another time. Truthfully, I’m still a little bitter about it), but to be honest my favorite title is being a wife to Mario and a Mommy to Jasmine, Aurora
People who know me intimately, know that I love to talk and share advice on how to do things that seem ridiculously hard, by breaking them down into super easy-to-do steps. I’ve learned so many tricks over the last 11 years as I’ve ‘yo-yoed’ my body in between peak performance, and overweighted duck-footed-waddles. From that time to this, I can’t tell you how many women have come up to me asking how I got my body back after having kids. I can’t say I really minded having a little junk in my trunk, but with less than a year to qualify to compete on the World’s Largest Sports Stage, I had to learn how to shed that weight and shed it
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I don’t know if I am a glutton for pain or what, but for some
Tip Number 1: Make that Milkshake
I nursed each of my kids for at least a year and when I first started working out after giving birth, I immediately noticed that my milk supply began drying up. I was sweating more and found it really hard to stay hydrated.
- First, frequent nursing caused my uterus to contract
helpingit shrink back into my lower abdomen more rapidly and helped get rid of that, “I’m still 6 months pregnant” look that many of us have right after giving birth.
- The second benefit was that producing the extra milk burned tons of calories which helped me burn fat and slim up
in generalall over my body.
Tip Number 2: Morning Push Present
Thinking back to when I was a child I remember when I got constipated my mom would make me drink warm water. This would soften the stool and make it slip out more easily (Sorry for the gross visual imagery, I promise I wouldn’t share if it wasn’t helpful). Anyway, I was one of the lucky women to get hemorrhoids, so going number two was difficult and painful. In desperation to not make each morning stool an “epic event”, I experimented with drinking a mug full of hot water with either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as soon as I woke up every morning. Not only did I notice that I would have easier and more frequent morning movements, but that I was beginning to drop the extra water weight around my thighs and hips. There is a whole science behind detoxing the liver and causing the lymphatic system to drain, resulting in a slimmer figure, but honestly, I didn’t care about any of that. I was just happy that it was helping me lose weight and reclaim the definition in my legs.
Tip Number 3: Water With a Side of Water
Now remember, I told you I had opened Pandora’s food box. My cravings for every “bad” food was through the roof. There was not an off switch to tell me, “hey you’re training for the Olympics now, its time to eat healthy”. I was very reluctant to put myself back into my self-imposed food jail. So instead of stopping cold turkey, I made myself a compromise. I would create a plate of both healthy and comfort foods but would control my portion sizes. As I starred down at this smaller plate, I knew I would still be hungry. So, instead of eating more, I opted to drink a whole glass of water prior eating, in order to trick my stomach into thinking it was full. To my surprise it worked. I ate my meal and enjoyed a second cup of water during my meals. I still do this till this very day. It’s not my husband’s favorite thing to do, but he saw the benefits, and now does to too.
Tip Number 4: Sweet Substitution
I’ve heard that losing one vice creates another. For
Tip Number 5: Hydrate Your Body in Motion
I hope that you find what I’ve shared helpful. If so, pay