Weight loss Success, FINALLY!

Just like a lot of people in this world, I “yo-yo” with my weight ALL the TIME. I was just reflecting on a few of my older weight loss blog posts and the last one that I wrote was on December 28th. At that time I weighed in at 177 pounds and I was doing pretty good. Not sure what happened after the holidays but I sort of went down hill with my Weight Watchers success and the pounds added up again. All through January and February I was sitting at 180.6 then 180.4 and on 3/8/13 I weighed in at 180.2. The lack of success is extremely deflating!

Enter my friend Amy (cue the clouds parting and bright sun shining through). Amy is the one person in my life that could literally tell me it was a good idea to jump off a bridge and I would probably do it, I’m serious! Amy has become my life coach or something. In the past two years Amy has given me so much great advice and has referred George and I to so many important ideas and/or people in our lives. With my weight loss it was no different, Amy posted on our Mom Facebook page that she had lost weight after baby #2 was born and shared her success. At first I thought it was a bit crazy that she had lost so much weight and inches in such little time. I reached out to her in a state of frustration with my weight loss and asked her to give me the scoop. I can’t help but to skip ahead to the part where I am now having the same kind of weight loss success myself!

I’ll just let the pictures and numbers speak for themselves:

4 Weeks and 14 Pounds LessI’m obviously super excited about losing 14 pounds in 4 weeks but I still have a long way to go on my journey. The program is pretty simple and I’m lucky that it fits my lifestyle as a busy and full-time working mom. I’m also lucky to be supported by so many amazing people in my life. My husband, my friends, my health coach, and my co workers. But I wouldn’t have this kind of success if it wasn’t for my girl, Amy, who introduced me to the idea that I CAN be the healthy person that I want to be for myself and my family.

I’m looking forward to losing more weight and getting to that ultimate goal of optimal health and I’m happy to share my story with anyone interested in wanting to know more. Just shoot me an email JesyHerron AT gmail DOT com so we can chit-chat!

Weight Check-in

Hellooooo….. {echo Hellooooo} I’m calling on my Post Preg Hot Mom Bod Self and she is no where to be found. It seems as though my weight loss energetic self has sort of checked out. But confession session time is about to begin!

The last time I checked in with a weight loss update was on October 30th and this was my proclamation to keep up my weight loss journey through Halloween, Abbey’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the new year get-togethers. Well, this didn’t happen. I mean, I did lose some weight but then I gained a little too. All in all I’m sitting at 177 right now and a bit bummed out that I didn’t make my 10% goal. The reasons are so obvious but still annoying because I didn’t track, I didn’t plan, I didn’t exercise (unless you call power shopping exercise?) and I really didn’t eat much of my meals at home.

I guess it could have been MUCH worse! And here are the numbers:

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight on 12/25/12 = 177 lbs (yes, I did weigh myself on Christmas morning)

Total loss = 16 lbs

Post Christmas Breakfast = gain of about 3 pounds from all the crispy bacon, Grandma’s coffee cake, and my mom’s famous biscuits and gravy. 

Again, it could have been much worse but it super frustrating that I only lost 2 pounds in 2 months. Another tiny confession, in Weight Watchers you get points and if you are a nursing mother you get additional points because of the calories your body burns. I forgot to factor that in my points for one whole month after I stopped nursing and was essentially eating 8 additional points that I was not “allowed” to have in my plan. During that month I actually gained 2 pounds but was able to correct myself and when I weighed in on Christmas morning I actually said “YES” out loud because I lost one of those extra pounds again.  OH how I can’t wait to start training for the Flying Pig and earning those extra points back into my plan!

Weight Loss Through The Holidays

October, November and December are the worst months to continue my Post Preg Hot Mom Bod weight loss journey because of all the family gatherings that include delicious home cooked meals, desserts and alcohol. October has already caused problems with my goal of losing 10% of my weight, there was very little lost in this month due to very little tracking and very little planning. How am I ever going to stay on track? I need a plan and I need a goal!

{Here is where I stand as of this morning}

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight on 10/30/12 = 179 lbs

Total loss = 14.4 lbs

I can see where you might think, “Wow, great job” and that is appreciated but the frustration lies in the results of the entire month of October.

Since October 16th I have essentially stayed the same weight only gaining and losing .2 or .4 which has been the “October” plateau in my Post Preg Hot Mom Bod weight loss journey. The good news is that I KNOW this is my current dilemma giving me the opportunity to do better in November and December.

{The Plan to get me through the holidays}

Tracking – I have the mobile app and I’m almost always attached to my iPhone which should make it VERY easy for me to track all that enters my mouth. I just need to remind myself that no matter if I go over my allotted points or not that I still need to track.

Calendar Organization – Most of the time I have a good idea as to what parties are coming up when and should plan my week accordingly. If I know of a party on Friday and Saturday in one week then I really need to watch my points earlier in the week and save up for the appetizers and alcohol at the party.

Eat at Home – When family gatherings and party mode starts to take over the weekends it will consume the “extra points” I build up to eat for that week. And I know this because of my Calendar organization! But the only way I can really stay on track is for George, Abbey and I to eat at home and make WW friendly meals that keep me on track for the beginning of the week.

Exercise – OH boy, this is getting harder and harder to do! Abbey is still going to bed between 7:30 and 8:00p each night but now it is pitch black by 8:15p and running by myself at that time is frowned upon by George for obvious reasons. I guess I’ll be creating the mini-home-gym downstairs for some cardio and strength training during the week and try to squeeze runs in on the weekends. Any suggestions here besides joining a gym are much appreciated! I have been teetering on whether or not I’ll sign up to run the 10K portion of the Flying Pig, I want to make my decision by tomorrow before the pre-registration price goes up. This will require serious dedication but I’m up for the challenge. Anyone else running this?

The bottom line is that I need to plan! All my great weeks of weight loss thus far have come from good planning and tracking everything I eat. These are such simple ideas but so hard to put into practice while chasing a toddler (how many activity points do I get for this part?) and maintaining a full time job. Ahh… work – life – balance, that will most likely be another post! Feel free to comment with any of your holiday weight loss survival tips and tricks, support and encouragement are also extremely important in my Post Preg Hot Mom Bod journey.

Oh yea, I guess I need a goal! Well, I would say “not gaining” is a valid goal but that doesn’t help my weight loss bottom line. How about this….my new goal will be to lose my 10% by Abbey’s 1st birthday (November 22nd) which will bring me to 174.1 pounds. That is only 5 pounds, I can do it!