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Career after child

I always thought I will get back to my work once my baby was born. Yes, I thought but now my baby is almost two years and I am still thinking. Leaving my good technical career of about eleven years was not easy but I have to do it as my child wanted me more. Most of us think this way and leave our work.

I am getting all the support which a partner can provide but still, I am not getting the confidence or you can say a punch to start my career once again. As I analyze what is the reason behind and I got a few points which are the blockers on my way. As I note them down so that if they are in your way too just knock them!

  • I am not motivated to start from where I left, all my colleagues are now way ahead of me and I may not accept but somewhere this is hurting me. Although taking the break and raising my baby was my decision but still. If you are thinking this then this is not the complete truth. Once you start working and in sometime you can match them.
  • People are less sensitive or you can say I am more sensitive to ask and show unnecessary sympathy.
  • Maybe what I was doing for so long for almost eleven years is now not motivating me and wants me to make or build something which motivates me and add value to my life.
  • I have a fear to start again. Yes, whatever I want to do whether it’s my job or my own business I have to start again with all the energy and with better time management skills.
  • Many thoughts are killing my energy which will push me to stand and run again. So dont think much just start. A small step will mater alot.

There are many reasons which I can come up of not starting but I just need one reason to start. Many studies shows females generally give up their career for kids and home. Its good to look after family and home but giving up the career should not be the option.

I decide to get backto my health and weightloss work and I hope many ladies get a chance to get back to work or start some thing which keeps them high and happy. At the end its about satisfaction of our work and we should not regrete not getting back to our work.

cheers

 

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Food and weight loss

As the saying goes “abs are built in the kitchen.” So get ready to be in shape with some changes to your eating habits.

  1. Eat food rich in protein:
    • Eating more protein can reduce appetite, cut cravings and increase the number of calories you burn because protein requires energy to metabolize, a high-protein diet can increase calories burned by 80–100 calories per day. Protein is also by far the most filling nutrient. If you want to lose weight sustainably and with minimal effort, consider making a permanent increase in your protein intake. Not only will it help you lose, it will also prevent or at least significantly reduce weight regain, in case you ever decide to abandon your weight loss efforts.
  2. Avoid Sugary Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices:
    • Another easy change you can make is to eliminate liquid sugar calories from your diet. This includes sodas, fruit juices, chocolate milk and other beverages with added sugar. Studies have shown that sugary drinks are strongly linked to an increased risk of obesity. Though small amounts of natural sugars from foods like fruit are absolutely fine, large amounts from added sugar and sugary drinks can be an absolute disaster.
  3. Drinking More Water Can Aid Weight Loss
    • One very simple trick to increase weight loss is to drink more water. Drinking about 8 glasses of water per day can make you burn around 100 more calories.
  4.  Reduce Carbohydrate Intake
    • Cutting carbs is a very effective way to lose weight, as it reduces appetite and makes you eat fewer calories. Not only that, but low-carb diets also have many other benefits for health, especially for people with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
  5. Cook at home instead of opting for packed food
    • Cooking at home makes you lose more weight than eating outside or opting for packed food. It’s safe and economical too.

We need to understand how many calories you need per day, depends on whether you want to maintain, lose or gain weight, as well as various factors such as your gender, age, height, current weight, activity levels and metabolic health.

Reducing calories does not have to mean starving yourself. A few simple diet and lifestyle changes like exercise, proper hydration and increased protein and reduced carb intake can help you lose weight and feel satisfied.

 

My rule book says- “you can eat anything in limited portion if that is cooked at home.”

Frankly, you can eat anything but you need to monitor your portion.

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When to start post pregnancy weight loss?

Your body needs time to recover from having your baby. So your practitioner won’t recommend that you go on a diet or start exercising straight after you’ve given birth. Normally, after four to six weeks you can start with some light exercise.

My experience says when your baby is around four to five months start with your goal and give it a time period of six months to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. If you have gained very less then its an altogether different story but if the weight gain is more than 15kgs you will need around five months to lose them. I am considering all the factors when I say around five months.

Let’s understand the right time to start this journey, below are a few questions which you need to ask yourself before starting the journey.

  • Is your body ready, when means no pain around your stitches and you don’t feel week?
  • Check if you don’t have any swellings around your breast or abdomen.
  • Make sure you don’t get your stitches stretch.
  • Are you getting proper sleep? Which means during nappy change and feeding duties are you getting enough sleep to start a new journey?
  • How important is weight loss for you? Which means are you thinking a lot about it or you are feeling ashamed of your body or you don’t want to buy new clothes?
  • Are you breastfeeding? If yes, you are already burning few extra calories and if you feel week then give weight loss a second thought.
  • Do you have help or support?

Better will be to check with your doctor but normally after 6 weeks, our body gets ready to start with some exercise.

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Roasted Apple with/without palm sugar

This is one of the favorites of my baby.

Take an apple nicely washed and peeled. Cut it into small pieces. In a pan take some ghee/ or brush with some oil just less than half a spoon and heat it. Add chopped apple pieces and cover the pan to get it nicely cooked. Once you are able to mash apple pieces with a help of a fork, it’s consider fully cooked. To add extra flavour you can add some cardamom powder but again it’s optional.

If you want it to be little sweet add some palm sugar. Cooked it with lid covered. Once fully cooked give it some time to cool down.

 

I am sure your baby is going to love this!