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