The One Thing I’ve Changed to Lose the Last 10-15 Lbs of Baby Weight
I feel like I have to start this post out with a big disclaimer! I am a huge advocate for loving yourself at any size. I’ve watched enough close friends struggle with eating disorders and weight obsession that I’ve always been one to really champion health over the number on the scale. How you feel and good habits are worth so much more than a size and I honestly believe that!
So with that said, I’ve been pretty happy and felt good about myself with good health habits most of my life. After having a baby I was lucky to drop the actual baby weight pretty quickly, but I had about 15 lbs of weight from infertility treatments. All the fake hormones and endocrine issue manipulation were a lot more than my body could take, and it held onto a lot of weight. I was still within healthy BMI and had been this weight and size before so I decided to just be okay with it, keep working out, and be grateful a little miracle baby finally came into our lives. But deep down, of course, I hoped one day my body would snap out of it or the right medication would find me again and maybe my efforts to really work out and eat well would pay off again.
Enter the one change I made that made all the difference. I have a friend from my grad school days that I met at church that I adore! She was actually friends with Jacob before I was, and we both just think the world of her and her entire family! She has a really amazing story of overcoming Leukemia with diet, and it’s what’s motivated her to keep things natural, healthy, and to try to help others. At a mutual friend’s baby shower we started talking about what we were up to career-wise these days and I told her I’d been blogging and consulting, and she told me she’d actually started something herself developing natural supplements to help with some common struggles people have; namely weight management, anxiety, and energy/focus. She told me clinical studies were done and products were doing super well! She told me she really just needed to start marketing them. And this is my favorite part, she asked if I’d like to team up for a sponsored post- but only if I tried the products myself and they really worked and I really believe in them. You guys, this post is happening for a reason, I’m hooked! This isn’t an MLM or a product you have to buy for life, this isn’t a sales pitch, and even though she’s sponsoring it I’d write this post on my own because my experience speaks for itself and so many people have asked, emailed, or made comments that I just can’t keep it to myself!
I’m so excited to share this with anyone else who is trying their best to be healthy and feels like they are at a plateau or not losing the weight no matter how hard they workout and watch what they eat. This is going to change so many lives! So here’s what I did!
I had started doing HIIT (High-intensity interval training) three days a week and was walking/running a couple of miles two-three other days a week. I’d started this combo while weaning began and I could workout harder, and although I felt better and in better shape, I didn’t see any weight loss in that first month. I mention this because health is a holistic thing, you have to make working out and diet both a priority. But for everyone who has and still isn’t seeing results, this is the one thing I did that made things start to happen! After about a month and four weeks into the BBG program, I added the Brilliant Ways Raspberry Ketones supplement to my diet.
It’s a natural fat burner that works by helping release norepinephrine and increases the fat digestive enzyme lipase. So essentially it’s something that helps with hormone regulation and fat burning to help enhance your efforts while you’re working out. It’s not an MLM trying to hook you for life, it’s not a fad diet thing, it’s a supplement that you use 30 minutes before your workout to help your body get the most out of your workouts through hormone release. You can take it for a couple of months to give your body a kick and quit or you can take it long-term, it’s really just meant as an aid to what you’re already trying to achieve. So I started on this premise pretty skeptical since I’ve tried a lot of diets, programs, and supplements before, but my friend calmly assured me she wasn’t pushing anything on me and to just see how it went.
Oh my word, how it went!
I should mention I used one more product too at this time. I started drinking a glass of Skinny Greens once a day to help me cut down on snacking in the afternoons (my greatest time of weakness). It works as an appetite suppressant and it’s one you just add to a glass of water and take with some good fat to activate it. I found immediate results with it, I wasn’t hungry after lunch and a spoonful of natural peanut butter plus Skinny Greens kept me full until dinner. I even started cutting some of my portion sizes off dinner because I just didn’t feel as hungry. I did this for my first month, and then I personally felt like it had kicked the habit. I still use it about once a week, but for me, it reset my eating pretty quickly. If you’re a big food craver/snacker it’s a miracle worker! If you just need something to help you set portion control better, it’s a great started and awesome to have on hand! I really like it, but I think for me the Raspberry Ketones were the real miracle worker!
Let’s talk results!
The weight I couldn’t shed on my own started to fall off me in perfectly healthy time. I’ve dropped about a pound to two pounds a week. I also found when I behaved I lost it, and when I cheated and didn’t eat awesomely I didn’t gain weight. I should mention my cheats are more like eating a double portion at dinner and eating a donut. Nothing too crazy, but in the past, I could count on gaining a little weight with a bad cheat weekend. This kept things in check for me within reason. When I didn’t cheat I’d lose two pounds. When I’d be a normal person healthy most the time with a cheat weekend I’d lose one.
I hoped I may lose a few pounds when I started, but at this point, I’m down 13 of the 15 pounds I hoped to lose! I can feel a faster metabolism and like my healthy efforts are really paying off!
It’s kind of embarrassing to post a sports bra gym selfie, and I still have some diastasis recti to heal and a few more lbs to go, and I wish I was in the exact same pose, but here are a few progress shots that really show the changes in my waist, arms, stomach, and face.
This is a bit of a side note and maybe TMI, but I’ve always had hormone imbalances, hence all the infertility issues. For the first time in my life, I’m seeming to be more regular, more balanced, and I can’t help but attribute this to help from the Raspberry Ketones. As I dive into the infertility medical journey again, I’m going into it in a much better place, and that’s a really amazing thing for a girl who has always had to be adjusted and monitored and have medical help for any kind of regulation.
Perhaps the only bad thing is I’ve had to drop some money on new clothes because my clothes have been falling off me. The most noticeable area is my jeans. I went from a size 8/10 down to a 4/6. My skinny jeans have become droopy, my waist belts are now hip belts, and I’ve lost about 3 inches in my waist.
But I think my face may tell the tale best.
Let me tell you one more thing, I slipped my sister some supplements before her wedding and she had the same results. She was losing about a pound a week just adding it 30 minutes before her normal workout routine.
I saw Allison (the creator) a few weeks ago to chat about my results and talk about doing a post since I became such a believer, and she just calmly smiled when I asked, “Did you know I would have these results even when I was skeptical?” She let me know clinical studies have been really successful, and everyone so far has seen results. They do a money back guarantee, so clearly they are super confident in the claims! She then asked me if I’d tried the other supplements because people were most excited about Drive and their productivity and energy levels. I have and love it, I get about twice as much work done the days I take it in all honesty. I’m not a terribly anxious person these days (I have been in the past) so I don’t feel like I can totally speak to Zen, but let’s just say the clinical studies have amazing results on that too! But really I wanted to talk about the products that are helping me with weight loss since I tend to get an email, in-person, or social media comment asking about postpartum weight loss almost every day, and what I’m doing.
Allison also let me know she’s happy to give Friday We’re in Love readers a discount! You can get 25% off your order using the Brilliant Ways Discount Code “FridayLove”
So guys, let me tell you that a $30 bottle in addition to a healthy lifestyle of trying to eat right and exercising has been a game changer for me, and definitely what has made the difference in my postpartum, post-infertility treatment weight loss. And for anyone looking for a product to help them do the same I just can’t say enough for Brilliant Ways and for my brilliant friend for creating exactly what so many people need to help them with weight loss and weight management!
Thank you Brilliant Ways for sponsoring this post, and for helping me share my postpartum weight loss success with others! As always, all thoughts, experiences, and pictures showing my weight loss success, are all my own!
Get 365 Date Ideas!
We want to help you have the best date nights ever! Grab this FREE printable with 365 date ideas, a date for every day of the year so you never run out of ideas!
I think I asked you this early on in your journey, but you said that you didn’t notice a difference in milk supply with this, right? I’m already a low producer, so I worry about things.
Didn’t effect me at all! I was weaning though and down to one feeding a day, but I stayed the same until I actually weaned.
You look amazing!
Thank you- you’re so kind!
You look absolutely AMAZING Camille! What an awesome story too! I’m so glad to hear that you are loving the Brilliant Ways line as much as I am. It has changed my life in so many ways.
You look great- I just ordered
Yay! Come back and keep me posted! I’d love to hear about your success!
You mentioned it not affecting your milk supply. Do you know anything about it possibly preventing pregnancy? I’m on the tail-end of weaning like you were (down to once/day) and ready to get back in shape, but also wanting to get pregnant again. I’m ready to purchase if it’s not likely to prevent pregnancy…Thanks!
Definitely it doesn’t! In fact, I’m starting the infertility journey again, and I’m miraculously more balanced and need less help this time, and I really believe it’s because of the hormone balancing natural supplements! I’d go for it and help yourself get to your goal a little faster and help enhance the chances of pregnancy too!
Thank you for sharing your secret. Could these possibly work on someone that doesn’t have a very active lifestyle? Do you only take them on days when you workout? Or even when you don’t?
I take them every day! I think working out helps with fat burning, so I see more benefits, but they help on the days I don’t too! The Skinny Greens are awesome even on my less active weeks, I can tell I crave less sugar, eat smaller portions, and feel better. All are great, I just saw more of a weight loss on the weeks I combined Raspberry Keytones with exercise!
Write a post about your weaning strategy pleassssssse. My daughter is a month younger and I have no idea where to start. We did infertility too, and for the first time in my life I’m more regular. Maybe the next kid will come naturally 😉 You look great!
You made me giggle! Definitely a post I’d consider! It’s so crazy when you’re a new mom and trying to figure every new phase-out isn’t it!?!
And fingers crossed for you too- I’ve had so many friends get lucky with #2 coming naturally I always feel like there’s hope!
HI Camille! Long time no talk! I am going to try this. Baby # 5 did a real number on my tired body. I need all the help I can get! Hope you are doing well, looks like you are and I am happy for you!
First of all, best name ever, and wayyyyyy too long since we’ve talked! You totally should try these, they are excellent and my friend knows her stuff! I can’t believe the difference I’ve seen in my own body!
And holy crap you have five children, I still need to let that set in while I try to barely tackle parenting one!
Have they been tested and proved to be save while nursing?
So for liability almost every product on the market claims you need to talk to a dr. if breastfeeding and this one included. So while the company tells you to wait, I went ahead and tried it while I was starting to wean, and down to two feedings a day. It worked great for me, but I’d totally use your discretion and talk to a doctor to be 100% certain!
Diastasis Recti is the worst! You love amazing!
Preach! It is terrible, and takes so long to heal! And thanks for your compliment!
BAM you look amazing!! Also, props to being brave and posting a sports bra pic. You go girl.
Thank you! And maybe too brave…the world just doesn’t need this visual!
I suffer from hypothyroidism and take daily medication. I have struggled to lose baby weight after each of my children. After having my first child, I lost all but 10 pounds. I encountered the same situation after the birth of my second child and again lost all but 10 pounds – meaning I was 20 pounds above my “before kids” weight. I had my third child and again lost all but the remaining 10 pounds. I am now 30 pounds heavier than I weighed before having children. My youngest is now three years old. Even while taking part in HIIT workouts 3 times per week, running once per week, roller blading one day per week, and walking regularly (in addition to the activity that being a mom of 3 provides) I still have not been able lose what my body must feel is an obligatory 10 pounds (x3) of pregnancy weight. With all that said…..I want to verify that taking the Raspberry Ketones will not negatively interact with my daily thyroid medication.
Wow I am so sorry for the struggle! I have family members with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and it is always a chore to manage so kudos to you navigating all of it after three children!
I wish I could 100% verify, but unfortunately as someone who isn’t in the medical profession and someone just sharing their story I’d have to tell you to talk to a doctor about it. Even though it’s all natural supplements and something that hasn’t impacted my insulin resistance and endocrine issues (it’s actually helped!) I think playing it safe and double checking with a doctor is a good idea!
How does the Skinny Greens taste? And how much do you drink at once? 8oz? More? I am interesting in this, but if it’s yucky tasting I’m not so sure…
I really like it! I should preface with I’m an avid green smoothie drinker, so if you’re like nope no greens ever you may not feel the same. I think it tastes a lot like the Mighty Greens Naked Juice!
And I do 8 oz of water with a scoop. I usually do another 8 of plain water just to wash it down, but that may just be me!
Hi Camille! Do you think that your weight loss was due to a combination of Raspberry Ketones and Skinny Greens? I can probably only afford one, and was leaning more towards the Raspberry Ketones. I want to get the most out of my money, and wanted to get your opinion. Thanks!
Hey Katie! I guess it depends on where you think you’re at. I love both, but my success I think was mostly due to working out and burning fat and having Raspberry Ketones help. I’ve been in phases where I’m not eating great and craving a lot of sugar and eating too big of portions, and if I was in that phase I’d totally go with Skinny Greens! If you’re working out and just need some help burning more, or if you’re trying to get eating on track is the real question. But both are fantastic and I think both help with weight!
We just ordered the Raspberry Keytones and the InstaZen! I’m excited to try them out. So glad you shared!!
Hooray! You will so have to tell me how the InstaZen works for you!
Hi! I have the same problem as yours. I’m hormonally imbalanced since high school and I’m now 28. In fact, my husband and I struggled with our second child (which I gave birth last Sept.) since I was experiencing PCOS. I really wanted to try out this supplement while I work out on shedding the extra pounds. My bmi has gone up to 27.5. My concern though is that I’m still breastfeeding and I live in the Philippines. Do they ship the product here? I’m really hoping they will so I can start my journey to a more balanced and healthier me. ?
Hi there! I’m so sorry to hear you have PCOS too, it’s sadly common but such a rough thing! I was technically still breastfeeding when I started, but I was at the end. It’s all natural ingredients so I wasn’t too worried and I found it didn’t impact supply for me. With that said, even so, I’d wait until you’re down to only a few feedings just to make sure!
I would contact them directly about shipping, I’m sure they would work something out with you internationally!
Ok I just bought it! I’ve never tried anything like this before so we’ll see how this goes! I love that you shared your story. I have two kids and need those last 15 pounds to come off before I want to try for a third one. I recently started running 3-4 times a week and hope this will aid burning some fat. And I also love that you said it balances hormones because I feel this past year I’ve been struggling with that And I realized after checking out, that I totally know Allison too and didn’t know she had this company! How very cool. She was my EFY counselor like years ago haha.
Anyways, thank you for sharing!!
No way- how cool is that that you know her? She’s one of the coolest, smartest women I know! She designed these for her and had so much success she had to share. I’m SO glad she did! I could not lose the weight until I got my cravings and hormones under control! I hope you see at least as much success as I have!
I am still breastfeeding, so im not drinking any kind of supplement just working out and replacing one meal with green smoothie, i used to drink the skinny green right b4 i got pregnan n it discontinued it due to pregnancy, but my question is, is it safe to drink the raspberry ketones while breastfeeding or should i wait?
I know they say to wait for liability, but I did it while nursing, and it was fine for me!
Where can I get these products?
Right in the links to the company I shared in the post 🙂