How to lose your baby weight in ONE week!

Hi! Congratulations on becoming a new mommy!

Since you are reading this I’m sure you can relate to every other woman who’s given birth. Once baby arrives we look at our bodies and say “what the freak happened?!”

The moment you realize the baby weight you had gained was not “all baby”, makes you start questioning your friends who told you that. It doesn’t matter if you gained 20 pounds or 80 pounds our bodies change and once the excitement of the new baby dies down we want it fixed… now!

Well, I’m going to tell you how to lose it all in one week!

Just kidding, I’m not.

Wait, what?

Not the answer you’re looking? Here’s the dilio, social media is setting a standard for women to shed their baby weight in ungodly amounts of time and frankly I’m getting fed up with it.

Everywhere you look there are fit moms galore. It’s amazing, I love it! But what I don’t love is the pressure it puts on new mom’s who are pregnant or who have recently delivered.

First and foremost before I continue, let me just say, I don’t judge other moms when it comes to their choices on fitness and nutrition. I think it’s wonderful women set goals and push themselves to accomplish them.

That said; no pregnancy is the same, no birth is the same, no woman is the same, no situation is the same. I hope you’re getting my drift.

I do not want to cause any hurt feelings, so I will be referring to myself and my experiences. I’m no expert but I’ve done this a few times; four births and six pregnancies (two miscarriages) I do know a little.

My experience, I know I’m not alone on this.
After having Gatlin, baby number three, I took about 7 months off from training. My husband Josh and I had just purchased our gym and ironically owning a gym actually made it harder to find time to workout. I was breastfeeding, Gatlin had colic and Josh was training for a bodybuilding competition.

I chose not to stress about missed workouts or ones that never happened. I was also very worried about reducing my breastmilk supply. At one week old we had to give Gatlin formula and he was allergic. I was determined to pump for a full year. So I held off to really “hit it” until after my husband did his competition.

November came; I was 8 months postpartum, Gatlin’s bout with colic was over and it was my turn to get in shape. I set a goal to compete in March. Using my own knowledge along with Josh’s guidance, I was a woman on a mission and starting slowly back into it.

Fast forward 4 months later I accomplished what I set out to do. I stepped on stage bringing the best ME I could.

A few weeks before I stepped on stage I posted a picture that went viral on social media. It is below with the caption I added with it.

Cody Lawyer pregnancy

The picture that went viral.

“One year ago today I stood in my kitchen cooking breakfast for my family…. with little Gatlin in my big belly lol! At the time the only thing on my mind was having a healthy baby boy. The next day he made his arrival (these pics are exactly 1 year apart).
After delivery my focus was NOT to lose weight or get in shape as fast as I could. My goal was to pump (breastmilk) for my baby for a full year. By doing this I knew I couldn’t cut calories… they were up in the 3000 range. So I took advantage of the hormones my body was producing naturally to build some muscle….which obviously worked out for both baby and I.
Now here I am 17 days out from my very first competition. I have NEVER had abs in my life!… and the best part about it is Gatlin still has his breast milk!
Hard work pays off… set goals and hold yourself accountable. Compare yourself to no one else but YOU. Make no excuses! Gatlin is still a horrible sleeper, he wakes up 2-3 times a night STILL! I’m tired, I have older kids I tend to also, and own a gym (owning it actually makes it harder to workout!) It may take you longer than a year… but my point is if you really want results you CAN get results. ♥”
The Pressure is ON!
Months passed, Josh and I decided to add a fourth and final baby to complete our family.I was determined to stay fit and healthy my entire pregnancy. I wanted to workout and eat right from start to finish. I even did a photo shoot for Muscle & Fitness Hers at 14 weeks pregnant. I wanted so badly to set a good positive example for other women.
Featured in Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fit Housewives of Arizona at 14 weeks pregant.

Featured in Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fit Housewives of Arizona at 14 weeks pregnant.

My inbox was flooded with other moms wanting to know my secrets, also wanting know if I would bounce back immediately after having my baby. I constantly received comments like “you’ll be back in no time”, “you’ll leave the hospital with abs”.

I had A LOT to live up to!

I thought I had it all figured out. I didn’t change my training much I just lightened the weight.

At 17 weeks pregnant I did a quick leg workout. Afterwards Josh and I went to get an ultrasound of our baby. We were beyond excited to find out the sex.

Laying on the table we found out two things. 1. We were having a boy. 2. I was getting contractions right below my placenta. The first news was exciting, the second was actually frightening.

I would “cramp” after every workout for a few hours. They always went away so I didn’t think much of it but seeing the contractions and having two premature births (28 and 32 weeks) it scared the bejezzus out of me.

I decided to stop all training except stretching. I wasn’t going to risk the health of my baby.

Mentally that was a huge blow. My plans and goals were not going to happen. I would never compromise the health and well being of my baby. However, the pressure I had to “bounce back” was still there.

Setting new goals.
The pressure to get fit was stronger than ever. So I set new goals. I decided I’d wait until after I had Bostin THEN once I felt good I’d dive back in and be ripped with abs as soon as possible.Delivery was fairly easy on my body. I felt pretty good so things were looking up.I should have known better.

Even though my delivery was smooth, I dealt with postpartum hemorrhaging for 3 months after delivery. This took so much out of me but thanks to breastfeeding my period stopped for several months. Hallelujah!!

On top of that I seemed to have all odds against me….
— My husband was working 2 full time jobs. 124 hours a week as a firefighter/paramedic
— I went back to running our gym one week after delivery. With BOTH babies.
— Bostin was a horrible sleeper he woke up at least 4 times a night.
— I was pumping (breastmilk) so I had to get up every 3 hours.
— Gatlin was having a hard time adjusting to the new baby. So when Bostin did nap I gave that attention to Gatlin.
— Talon and Camryn, my older kids, were both is school and sports so I prioritize those first.
— Any spare time was used to train clients.
— I literally had no time or energy.

These are not excuses. These are the things I chose to prioritize and what my schedule allowed.

So once again 7 months flew by and I hadn’t really worked out. I was fortunate to manage my weight and shed baby fat through diet and tracking my macros.

Again, I decided to build my food intake up so when I decided to lean down I’d have a good start and not have to diet so extreme.

I was successful. I got my numbers very high, I was at 500g carbs, 90g fats, 120g protein. Eating about 80% whole foods and 20% whatever else I wanted. I was weighing 112-114 pounds.

The Straw that Broke the Camels Back.
January came and bodybuilding.com was putting on their 12 week 200k Transformation Challenge.I have always wanted to do one of their challenges. It was the perfect motivation and opportunity to really get back on track. Who isn’t motivated by $200,000!?I was still pumping breastmilk so I didn’t want to go to crazy. I kept my food intake the same but started weight training 3-4 days a week. I kept my workouts around 45 mins and lifted heavy.

Body fat started melting off fast! I was on cloud nine!!

Of course with the shift in hormones, my periods came back with a vengeance. Lasting 2 weeks and I was going through 2-3 packs of overnight pads. Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

It started about a week into working out again. Along with the periods I was getting horrible migraines almost daily.

I ran into my OBGYN at the grocery store and we got to chatting about training and working out. I mentioned the issues with my periods and migraines. He said it could possibly be from the hormones produced while breastfeeding.

Stopping breastfeeding wasn’t an option. I really wanted Bostin to get breastmilk for a full year. Even though I had a huge milk supply and freezer full of milk I was starting to become concerned about Bostin’s nutrition. He was starting to eat solid foods and drank as much milk as he wanted, at 7 months old he was only 13 pounds.

After weeks and weeks of going back and forth I decided to supplement breastmilk with formula to see if he’d gain more weight. He did wonderful with both!

I was still pushing hard with the 200k Challenge. I was determined!

Week 6 into the bodybuilding.com Challenge I was feeling like death. I set up an appointment with my OBGYN to get the Novasure Ablation and Tubal Ligation procedures done. I knew I was done having babies so I wanted my periods gone for good!

Two days before my surgery I received an email that I was the week 6 challenge winner! The challenge I won was for before and afters up until that point. This was super exciting! I did not expect to win this at all.

bodybuilding.com Cody Lawyer

Bodybuilding.com week 6 challenge winner.

I also decided to stop pumping breastmilk completely. It was a hard decision but I knew my body couldn’t handle it anymore.

I knew the surgery would have me down from working out for a week or two. But I was so excited to finally feel good again! I set a goal to continue to eat healthy so my progress I had made physically wouldn’t all go out the window. As soon as my body was healed I’d get right back on track.

After the procedure I actually started feeling worse.

My periods were gone, but everything else seemed to go crazy.

Some of my symptoms:
Weight fluctuations from water retention 15-20 pounds.
Hair loss
Cold/ night sweats
Fatigue/insomnia
Emotional
Constipation
Nausea/Vomit for no reason
Increase hair on face
Hair loss in pubic area and armpits
Extremely oily hair to the point it’s causing acne on my scalp

Constantly sick

Migraines

Virtigo

Just to name a few things….

I went in for my two week post surgery follow up with my doctor. Everything “looked” good but I mentioned to him how horrible I was feeling and that my symptoms had actually gotten worse.
To spare every little detail I’ll give you a brief run down of what happened. We checked my thyroid levels and they were clearly off. I then went to see my PCP to follow up with him and to have more test done. My labs were not your normal results, they were mixed showing both Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid. This lead him to believe it wasn’t stemming from my thyroid alone, but from my pituitary gland.
From February through May I had several different blood tests. A brain MRI to check for a pituitary adenoma, and a ACTH stimulation test to check my adrenal glands and cortisol levels.
I was emotionally and physically drained at this point.
I tried my best and followed through with the 200K transformation challenge because quitting was not an option. I knew I wouldn’t win but I was not going to give up.
After months of testing my doctor and I decided to start thyroid medication for Hypothyroidism. This was pretty much the root of all my medical problems since the day I gave birth. It just took me a year to figure it all out.
What I’m Getting At
I truly feel this was something my body was fighting before I even got pregnant with Bostin. I was experiencing symptoms during pregnancy that I thought were caused from hypoglycemia.
Ladies listen to your body. Don’t cave to the pressures we see daily on social media. (I know I am guilty!) It’s awesome you have that drive to get fit after having a baby. If you have had a cesarean or episiotomy obviously doing any exercise movements can be painful, and actually cause more irritation. Just be patient with your body and if it is giving you warning signs, listen!
Believe me I tried. I busted my booty in the gym, and in the kitchen. I was so angry with myself and with my body. I felt the body I had taken care of had now betrayed me. To top it off, I felt like a failure seeing pictures of new moms rocking abs  that had given birth just weeks prior.
I am currently thirteen months postpartum, I am slowly getting where I want to be. It might take me another year or two, but I will get there. In the meantime, I am going to continue to enjoy my little ones. They are only little once and is time with them is irreplaceable. It’s all about balance and what works for you. ❤
Cody Lawyer Kids

My babies ❤

Thank you for reading,
Cody Lawyer
The Protein Princess

Postpartum Progress- 14 days

I’m currently 14 days postpartum. Ugh my baby is already 2 weeks old!! *tears*

My starting weight: 118lbs
Day of Delivery: 142lbs
14 days postpartum: 126lbs

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Bostin is perfect,  seriously you wouldn’t even know there is a baby in our home. He sleeps pretty much all night.  I got him on a schedule of eating at 9:30/10pm, wakes at 3-4 am, then again at 7-8am! Not to shabby if you ask me 😉

I’m breastfeeding/pumping every 3-4 hours around the clock. I’m extremely busy with both babies! But I’m loving it!

Working out…. even though I feel fairly good I am letting my body recuperate. My abdominals are extremely sore and tender. Probably due to  diastasis recti (ab separation), it got worse with every pregnancy especially this one. If I try to flex/tighten my abs my upper abs just below my ribs tighten but there is nothing below that.  I was told before this pregnancy I would most likely need surgery to repair them. We shall see at my  6 weeks postpartum check up.

I’m not dieting in anyway shape or form. I am tracking my food intake (macros) and my calories are currently over 2500 with my fats at 60-80g, Carbs 260-300g, Protein 120g. I’ve been upping my carbs the past few days. Remember calorie counting is a good start but it’s being consistent with your Fats, Carbs, and Protein that really make the difference. 

I’ve had several moms ask about supplements.  Right now this is what I’m taking and won’t add anything else as long as I’m breastfeeding. 

~ Prenatal pills
~ Mineral Drops (at the end of my pregnancy my eyelashes were falling out)
~ ProSupps TC-F Isolate and Whey Protein
~ ProSupps Liquid Aminos PSXXIII
~ ProSupps Karbolic

Postpartum Progress (first 7 days)

The first week after delivery your body goes through some crazy changes! These are the first 7 days postpartum.

My post from Instagram on May 25th….

Since I posted pregnancy updates until delivery I decided to continue to keep you all updated on what I’m doing postpartum.

I’m currently 5 days postpartum.  It’s crazy it’s almost been a week!

My starting weight: 118lbs
Day of Delivery: 142lbs
5 days postpartum: 130lbs

I’m not worried at all about my weight on the scale.  I don’t expect to see 118 for a while.  I am breastfeeding and a lot of weight is being stored there lol!

These pictures show me the day before delivery,  2 days postpartum, and 5 days postpartum.  It’s amazing how the human body can change so fast in less than a week. I do believe that breastfeeding helps speed up the process. When you breastfeed your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that causes your uterus to contract which helps with bleeding and also causes the uterus to shrink.

Aside from breastfeeding I am doing my normal daily activities. I am tracking my food intake (macros) and my calories are currently over 2500 with my fats at 60-80g, Carbs 240-260g, Protein 120g.

I have had several people ask when I’ll start working out again.  Honestly my doctor told me to listen to my body and I could be back at it before 6 weeks. However my main focus right now is establishing a good routine with my babies,  a solid milk supply/production, and soak up the newborn stage. It is my absolute favorite and this is my last baby, so I’m going to enjoy every minute of it! A 6 pack would be nice,  but it’s obviously not a priority right now 😉

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My post from Instagram on May 27th….

My starting weight: 118lbs
Day of Delivery: 142lbs
9 days postpartum: 128lbs

I’m 10 pounds away from my pre pregnancy weight. Like I posted before I’m not focused on loosing weight or getting fit right now.  I’m enjoying my babies and eating.  I know I’m burning LOTS of calories right now because I’m breastfeeding/pumping every 3-4 hours around the clock. I’m super busy with both babies. When Bostin is napping I’m playing with Gatlin… When both are napping I’m cleaning lol!!

I am tracking my food intake (macros) and my calories are currently over 2500 with my fats at 60-80g, Carbs 260-300g, Protein 120g. I’ve been upping my carbs the past few days. Remember calorie counting is a good start but it’s being consistent with your Fats, Carbs, and Protein that really make the difference. 

I’ve had several moms ask about supplements.  Right now this is what I’m taking and won’t add anything else as long as I’m breastfeeding. 

~ Prenatal pills
~ Mineral Drops (at the end of my pregnancy my eyelashes were falling out)
~ ProSupps TC-F Isolate and Whey Protein
~ ProSupps Liquid Aminos PSXXIII
~ ProSupps Karbolic

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39 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby Bump #4 Update!
Going on 39 weeks pregnant!

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I can’t believe this pregnancy is almost OVER! Any day now! Which I’m both terrified and excited about. Terrified because… well, I don’t think it matters how many babies you deliver the labor part isn’t on my favorite things to do list. One second I’m like “I want this baby out!” Then as soon as I feel a contraction I’m like “nah I’m good he can stay put a few more days” lol 😉 But on the other hand I can’t wait to meet him and love on him!

By the way,  I’m a little bummed because at 37 weeks I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced.  When I went in at 38 weeks I was only 1.5cm dilated and still 50% effaced. After looking into it more I think Benadryl is the culprit for slowly down my progress.  It is the only thing I changed and my contractions have decreased significantly. 

My nesting is full force and pretty much complete. Some of the things I checked off my “to-do” list are…
● My house has been rearranged and organized for the new baby.
● A weeks worth of meals for our family completely prepared and frozen.
● Gatlin moved into Talons room
● Newborn clothes, blankets washed
● Infant car seat ready
● Breast pump ready to go along with new bottles. (I have to pump)
● Hospital bag packed and ready

Beginning weight: 118lbs (height 5’1″)

Current Weight: 140lbs

Gender:  Boy!!!

Baby Names: Two we have picked out are Bostin and Ryott. I’m waiting till I see his face to decide.

Baby is the size of a small watermelon!

Maternity Clothes? A few pieces but mostly yoga pants! Definitely getting uncomfortable and none of my tees fit… so I’m counting down days till I pop lol!

Sleep? What’s that? Lol I haven’t slept this entire pregnancy unless I take Benadryl or Tylenol PM.

Linea Nigra? Very light,  can’t even really see it.

Stretch Marks? Not any new just old ones.

Symptoms:
Shortness of breath, Probably due to my boobs quadrupling in size and accounting for 90% of my weight gain lol!! 😉

Heartburn/Acid Reflux has become VERY annoying. 

Braxton Hicks contractions are very frequent.

Baby boy moves like crazy, and often gets hiccups. 

Morning sickness has decided to make it’s way back into my world. Which makes eating and drinking difficult.  Same with the heartburn!

Workouts?  With getting contractions early I’m playing it safe and sticking to stretching, yoga movements,  and my normal daily activities (running our gym, training clients, and chasing a toddler around lol).

Diet? I’m still following IIFYM, with macros at 80-100g fats/ 400-450g carbs / 110-120g Protein / 35-50g Fiber …it’s almost become difficult to hit these daily due to my stomach shrinking or being smashed lol. NOTE: this isn’t normal for most pregnant women, I worked for months before I got pregnant to build up my metabolism.
Lately my numbers have been much lower, not by choice.  But morning sickness and acid reflux make eating near impossible right now.

Supplements?
Prenatal Pill
Vitamin E
ProSupps Liquid Aminos PSXXIII
ProSupps Karbolic
ProSupps TC-F Isolate Protein
Black Strap Molasses
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (helps acid reflux… among other things)

37 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby Bump #4 Update!
37 weeks pregnant… considered full term!
21 days to go!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update.  I’ve been crazy busy these past couple weeks, not to mention extremely drained.  I’m hoping this little guy holds off from coming any time soon,  this momma is slacking on getting my house organized and ready for another baby. I work better under pressure so obviously waiting till last minute is something I’d totally do! Ugg 😛

Beginning weight: 118lbs (height 5’1″)

Current Weight: 140lbs

Gender:  Boy!!!

Baby Names: Ugh this is SO hard!!!  Two we have picked out are Bostin and Ryott.

Baby is the size of a Winter Melon!

Maternity Clothes? A few pieces but mostly yoga pants! Definitely getting uncomfortable and none of my tees fit… so I’m counting down days till I pop lol!

Sleep? What’s that? Lol i haven’t slept this entire pregnancy unless I take benadryl.

Linea Nigra? Very light,  can’t even really see it.

Stretch Marks? Not any new just old ones.

Symptoms:
Shortness of breath, Probably due to my boobs quadrupling in size and accounting for 90% of my weight gain lol!! 😉

Heartburn/Acid Reflux has become VERY annoying. 

Braxton Hicks contractions are very frequent.

Baby boy moves like crazy, and often gets hiccups. 

Morning sickness has decided to make it’s way back into my world. Which makes eating and drinking difficult.  Same with the heartburn!

Workouts?  With getting contractions early I’m playing it safe and sticking to stretching, yoga movements,  and my normal daily activities (running our gym, training clients, and chasing a toddler around lol).

Diet? I’m still following IIFYM, with macros at 80-100g fats/ 400-450g carbs / 110-120g Protein / 35-50g Fiber …it’s almost become difficult to hit these daily due to my stomach shrinking or being smashed lol. NOTE: this isn’t normal for most pregnant women, I worked for months before I got pregnant to build up my metabolism.
Lately my numbers have been much lower, not by choice.  But morning sickness and acid reflux make eating near impossible right now.

Supplements?
Prenatal Pill
Vitamin E
ProSupps Liquid Aminos PSXXIII
ProSupps Karbolic
ProSupps TC-F Isolate Protein
Black Strap Molasses
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (helps acid reflux… among other things)