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!

10 Pounds Till Vegas Part II

Last week was “do-or-die time” for me in making my goal of a ten pound loss before George and I jet off to Las Vegas. My weigh-in days are Tuesdays which makes Monday nights feel like Christmas Eve because I’m so excited to wake up to see what my weight loss was for that week. Did I make my goal?

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight on 9/25/12 = 182.6 lbs

Total loss = 10.8 lbs (yay)

I reached my 5% target (10% target weight is 174.1 lbs) and…..

I MADE MY GOAL!!!

I should mention, regardless of the number on the scale, my journey to a Post Preg Hot Mom Bod (yes, I recently added “hot”) has taken me from feeling “blah” to feeling energized overall. Last Sunday I did 2/3rds of a mini triathlon by running in the morning and biking with George in the afternoon. I feel more confident in my own skin and enjoy putting on a pair of jeans that didn’t fit me even one week ago.

This is what you are supposed to feel, right? I will say that the downside to this journey is that I can get a bit obsessed with food and what physically goes in my mouth. I need to keep a balance of health and obsession so that I don’t go too far off the deep-end. I remind myself that I’m able to enjoy the things that I love but in moderation. I’m also aware that no matter how much I plan I still have a bad day but there is always tomorrow. I’m already preparing myself for a not-so-great weigh in after the trip to Las Vegas. There are so many plans around where we are eating that I’m just hoping for a small gain and then getting back on track after the weekend.

10 Pounds Till Vegas

If you read my journey to a Post Preg Mom Bod then you know that I’m trying to ditch all these extra pounds I’m carrying around everywhere and I’m doing it via Weight Watchers and running. So far the journey has been rewarding in more ways than one, I have more energy, I feel better in my own skin already and I’ve dropped two sizes in the pants department. Oh and I’m getting head nods from the fellas in the hoopty cars when I run – BONUS! One last reward that I’d like to add to this list is to have dropped 10 pounds by the time George sweeps me off my feet to Las Vegas which is at the end of this month.

Am I track to lose 10 pounds in about 20 days?

Starting Weight: 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

As of 9/4/12 I weighed in at 187.6 lbs which is a loss of 5.4 lbs leaving me with 4.6 lbs to go!

The plan to pull off the weight loss in about 20 days includes more water, Weight Watcher friendly recipes, tracking my points and continuing to run. Here is a new recipe that George and I loved that I’ll be making tonight that is only 8 points and super delicious:

Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers

(courtesy of WeightWatchers.com)

{Ingredients include}

2 sprays of cooking spray
1/4 cup of bbq sauce
1 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 lb uncooked extra lean ground chicken breast
1/2 cup uncooked scallion diced (we didn’t include, George doesn’t like)
1/4 cup uncooked celery chopped (we didn’t include, George doesn’t like)
1/4 cup dried plain breadcrumbs
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp table salt
4 mixed grain hamburger buns
2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
1 large fresh tomato cut into slices
2 tbsp blue cheese, crumbled

{Instructions}

Off heat, coat a grill with cooking spray and preheat to medium-high

In a small bowl, combine bbq sauce, hot pepper sauce. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, 1 tbsp bbq sauce mixture, scallion, celery, breadcrumbs, garlic and salt. Using wet hands, form chicken mixture into four 1/2 inch thick patties, brush top of burgers with some remaining bbq sauce mixture.

Place burgers on grill, sauce side down: brush tops of burgers with remaining sauce. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill during last minute of cooking.

To server, place 4 bun bottoms on each of 4 plates, top each with 1/2 cup of shredded lettuce, 2 tomato slices, a burger, 1/2 tbsp of cheese and a bun top. ENJOY!

Post Preg Mom Bod

Ah yes, we are going to talk about weight and getting back what I’m calling a “Post Preg Mom Bod.” Even though it will make most of us cringe and sweat and possibly break out into hives, it is still a topic worth discussing. This is NOT a fun topic and can also be extremely emotional as it is an individual journey that we are all faced with soon after our bundle of joy is birthed. But I also think it is a topic that most of my mom friends and I discuss on a fairly regular basis so I thought I would put it all out there in hopes that my honesty and “current” motivation (emphasis on current) will be a motivation for others as well.

{Background}

When I was pregnant with Abbey my goal was to only gain 30 pounds or less for the entire pregnancy, one is because I’m so short and really couldn’t gain much more and still make it from point A to point B and the other is because my doctor strongly suggested the limit. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulged on some foods that I would not normally enjoy as care-free like I did when pregnant but I was also lucky enough to crave weird things like broccoli. About two weeks after having Abbey I had pretty much lost all the weight (about 28-29 lbs) I had gained while pregnant and I really appreciate that it came off so fast. I had lost a few extra pounds around this same time but then pretty much teetered at the same exact weight for 8 long months.

{Here is what I thought}

  • I am breast feeding and this weight is supposed to literally melt away so that I’m automatically skinny by the time Abbey turns one. {false}
  • I am at my pre-pregnancy weight but not my pre-pre-pregnancy weight and I have an excuse because I lost our baby. {not a great “excuse” but I used it}
  • I will be more active when Abbey is active and again it will just melt right off. {did I think weight came off via some sort of crazy weight-loss microwave?}
  • I will walk every night with Abbey when I get home from work so I’ll lose the weight easily. {working full time and trying to squeeze in dinner, play time, bath time and then bed time within a two hour window, NO time for a walk}
  • I am supposed to eat a crazy amount of food anytime that I want because I am breast feeding. {while this is slightly true, you still just can’t have 3 Oreos every night}
  • I am breast feeding still and this weight will just fall off, right? {ummm NO, see first excuse answer}

As you can see, I was coming up with all kinds of awesome excuses in my head and I really had myself believing that most of them were really good and I was even telling people some of these crazy things out loud. The best one is the “I am breast feeding and the weight will just fall off” because this is really the biggest misconception. I believe that breast feeding helped me to maintain my weight for the 8 months that it never changed but that is because I still ate like a pregnant woman.

{The reality}

When I saw myself in pictures and realized that Abbey was almost as old as the months that she was in my belly, I finally realized that I needed to make a change. I purchased an app on my phone called “Ease Into 5K” and started working on the weekly walk-run combos that would help ease me back into running. The only way that I could make time for this a few nights a week is getting Abbey on a solid bedtime routine and of course with the help of George! Once I started running and feeling like I was on a solid track I still felt like I wasn’t losing any weight. OH-kay here is a big confession, I had been paying for a Weight Watchers online membership since January and was ignoring the emails and ignoring the program. Whew, now that I got that off my chest! I went ahead and really looked back into Weight Watchers and decided that my problem was the food. I decided that it was time to put 100% back into tracking what I put in my mouth.  And after some research I could add additional points because I was still nursing Abbey, which eased my concern of making sure I was eating enough for the two of us still.

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight today = 188.2 lbs

10% Target weight = 174.1 lbs

Ultimate weight goal = 130 lbs

I know that I have lofty goals but we’ll see where this journey takes me. There was a time before George and I got married that I was at my lowest weight ever because of Weight Watchers but since then I haven’t been able to give 100% to the program. I’m hoping that I can continue to make this a more important priority in my life. Losing weight can feel like a part-time job but the payout is much greater than what I was doing before which was making excuses, eating Oreos and plopping my butt in front of the TV when Abbey finally went to sleep. There are times when I still want to do that but then I miss out on my “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey which includes getting honked at when running (wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or they were making fun of me because I look like I’m about to pass out) and FINALLY fitting in some pre-pre-pregnancy jeans!

Please share any of your own “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey stories with me so we can help to motivate each other.

Small Success but Big Smile

Today is weigh-in day for me and today also marks one week on Weight Watchers using their new “Points Plus” program. Many of you who have done Weight Watchers in the past, and let’s face it there are a lot of us who have tried it at least once, will know the program for their “Points.” Points Plus is similar in that you are still tracking value for the food that you put in your mouth and the activity for the time that you are moving your body. However, Points Plus has now redefined the way you count your food values because not all calories are created equal. Calorie counting was a piece of the puzzle when calculating your “Points” but as Weight Watchers describes it, a 100 calorie apple and a 100 calorie bag of cookies or chips should not be considered as the same value. So, now they aren’t!

This has been only a minor adjustment thus far but an adjustment when looking at the older packaging of foods in the grocery store. On Sunday I went crazy at Kroger and bought up just about everything I could remember eating when I first started Weight Watchers back in 2004. As I go to heat my Progresso Light Soup that is labeled, “1 Point” from Weight Watchers, I need to remember to double check my work. Glad I did because this 1 Point per serving soup is actually 2 Points Plus per serving and I have now doubled my intake for the program. Not a big deal because we are talking 4 points versus 2 points but some of you know that when tracking sometimes the littlest snack or extra portion can make a difference.

For those who are starting a new weight loss journey for 2011, I suggest to give Weight Watchers another try. The tools available to you are extremely helpful and especially if you are always on the go. I have used my iPhone Weight Watchers application just about every day this week and I think it will be a difference maker for me in my weight loss. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m able to update my Plan Manager on the fly or make choices at a restaurant that won’t be a deal breaker on the scale.

So how did I do this week? I’m happy to say that I do have small successes this week and one is that I lost one pound. It is only one pound but that one pound was lost during a whacky week with family gatherings, eating out a few times (a-hem Chipotle), and surviving a New Year’s Eve hangover. * Also, I was able to schedule in a few workouts and start my 6am boot camp. Starting these work outs and boot camp and actually going at 6am is a small success but it all puts a huge smile on my face that I was able to say I was going to do it and followed through. I didn’t cop-out at 5:30am and fall back asleep, I actually got up on time (no snooze) and was out of the house earlier than I expected.

If any of my blog followers are also doing Weight Watchers and you have some recipes to share, a success that you want others to know about, even a question or concern – go ahead and post it or email me and we can discuss. Isn’t food and overeating fun? HaHa! I know that deep down in me and everyone else who is on a weight loss journey that there is a way to overcome the temptations but getting to that point is the hardest part!