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Recommitting

I’ve probably mentioned it ad nauseam, but somehow I’ve gained like 10 pounds in the past few months.  Okay, 10 is an exaggeration, but something like eight.  The most frustrating part of it all is that I really haven’t done anything different in those past few months.  Aside from train for a 10 mile race.  Yes, I am the weirdo that actually gains weight when I train for longer distance races.

I am really not happy with the way I look and the way my clothes fit and I’m formally (as formally as announcing it here is) recommitting to getting back to my goal weight which is 140.  I’m 5’7 for reference.  Now mind you, I haven’t been at my goal weight since before I got pregnant with Alexander but I was hovering around 148 for a while, pre-weight gain, and while it wasn’t perfect, I wasn’t upset there.

So here’s the million and one things that I’ve thought about to lose the weight:

1.  21 Day Sugar Detox (simliar to the Whole30)
2.  Counting calories a la My Fitness Pal.  I do this now but only sporadically.
3.  Advocare
4.  21 Day Fix
5.  If It Fits Your Macros type of eating

So I haven’t really come up with a plan for losing the weight yet, but one thing I know that I need to do is weigh myself regularly.  And I’ve been doing that with the Beets Blu bluetooth scale. This scale is really cool because it not only tracks your weight, but it also tracks your body fat and muscle mass.  And best of all, it sends all the info to your phone via bluetooth.  I love a good graph!

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I am ever so-slightly more muscle than fat, so I guess that’s good?

The scale is a tad on the pricey side but I really like the charting feature.  It makes it really easy to see progress (or lack there of).  So while I haven’t quite figure out how to lose this bothersome 15 lbs, I have at least admitted they’re there and acceptance is the first step, right?

Disclaimer:  Beets Blu provided me this scale for free in exchange for a review.

Postpartum Weight Loss

Yeah, I know, the subject that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole.  Well, guess what?  Touch.

Though people could barely tell I was pregnant way into the third trimester, I actually did gain a little over 30 pounds with Alexander.  Sure, some of it was, you know, the baby and fluid and other stuff, but a lot of it was that I just let myself eat whatever I wanted.  I probably consumed more Wendy’s Frosties in those 9 (well, really more like 7 since you’re already 1 month pregnant when you find out and then I had him early) months than in my entire life.

I was in the hospital for 5 days after my c-section.  When I got home, I was really curious to how much I weighed.  By giving birth, I’d lost about 10-12 lbs.  I was satisfied with that.  I mean, losing 10 lbs in a week?  Considering the alarming fondness I’d developed for Lorna Doone cookies and apple juice in the hospital, I’d take it!  Seriously, does Northside Hospital have some sort of contract with Lorna Doone?  I don’t even know if I knew what a Lorna Doone cookie even was before I gave birth.

Everyone told me that I’d lose the rest of the weight easily with this magical weight loss thing called breastfeeding.  But yeah, that didn’t work out too well for me and here we are at almost six weeks postpartum and I haven’t lost any more than those first 10-12 lbs.

Bottles

(I realized that some of these bottles are old and have BPA in them.  Cue a major freakout.  But I digress.)

I actually just signed up for Weight Watchers.  That has worked for me in the past because my issue has never really been what I eat, more so how much of it.  I need to relearn how to not eat like a pregnant woman.

Jason thinks I’m being too hard on myself.  I did have a baby not even six weeks ago.  And maybe I’m somewhat delusional but I sort of did expect to lose the baby weight by now, or at least most of it.  But I’m still wearing maternity jeans.  I know that the PC thing to write about would be something like, “I love my body because it just produced the greatest gift.” But I’d be lying.  It’s a struggle right now for me to feel okay with my postpartum body.

Now that I’ve gotten all serious and shit, I’ll leave you with a cute picture.  Although, I got to read maybe two pages of that book before he woke up and started crying.

Sleeping

How Weight Watchers is Going

It’s been a while since I mentioned Weight Watchers, hasn’t it?  So am I still doing it?  Is it working?  YES.  Both Jason and I started the program (the online version) right before Christmas and to this date, I’ve lost about 12 lbs and he’s lost 25.

This is a picture of us from last summer.

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And here’s one from last weekend.

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I can mostly see a difference in Jason, but I can see it in my face too.  I think I look puffy in the top picture and not so puffy in the bottom one.  Perhaps this isn’t the best comparison picture because I’m wrapped up in a shawl, but it’s all I had that was recent and sort of a whole body picture.

I don’t like to say my weight on the blog for a couple of reasons.  One, I just don’t like to disclose the number but also, the number on the scale is so different for everyone.  I know that it’s hard for me when I hear a number that’s someone’s, “OMG, how did I let myself go?” number and that number for me would be like my goal weight.  So, not doing numbers here, but I will tell you that when I first signed up, I put my goal weight as XX5.  Then I later changed it to XX0.  And now, I’m pretty much at XX5.  If I don’t get to XX0, I’m totally fine with that.

When we first started going the program, those 26 points (Jason gets more) seemed like such a little amount.  But after a while, I really got used to it.  I go over my points by a few almost every day, but it’s still working.  And I’m not even that exact when I enter my food into their online counter.

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Lunch was a salad and a few bites of Jason’s chow mein and a total guess.  But that’s been okay for me to guess and probably a lot times guess under the number because what this has really taught me is how to stop snacking.  I always wondered why I couldn’t lose weight and that’s why!  The snacking really, really adds up.  I used to cook dinner and eat a quarter tub of hummus while I was cooking.  Nipped that and the other mindless snacking in the bud and it seemed like the extra weight came off easily.

My pants are getting a little big.  My shirts seem to all fit fine, but my pants are doing that saggy butt, poopy-pants thing by the end of the day.  I did however, fit into my skinny jeans!  These are actually bootcut jeans and probably not even in style anymore but I remember buying them for my 29th birthday and they were the first pair of designer jeans I’d ever bought.  For a couple of years, while I could still get them on, I couldn’t really breathe in them, so to the bottom of my drawer they went.  But now they fit!  Too bad boot cut jeans aren’t really as popular right now.  Oh well, wearing them anyway.

I do have one sort of secret weapon.  In addition to snacking while I cook, I used to be pretty bad about after-dinner snacking too.  Now, I’ll sometimes have a dessert and if I want more (or if I’m not having a dessert that day), I’ll have a cup of decaf coffee.

Coffee

It calms my raging sweet tooth and sort of signals that eating is over for the night.  So that’s how Weight Watchers is going.  My question now is do I stop and just try to use the tools that I’ve learned for the past four months or do I keep paying for it?

Ebb and Flow

When it comes to diet and exercise, I’m generally really healthy during the week and then on the weekends, all hell breaks loose. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but like most people, my consumption of the not-so healthy stuff definitely goes up on the weekends.

We’ve had a busy month. Between our trip to Naples and our trip to Columbia (especially our trip to Columbia), there’s been some over indulgence. And while a big part of me feels guilty for that, I have to keep reminding myself that healthy living and weight loss is an ebb and flow. I can’t always eat perfectly. And to lose weight, I really don’t even have to.

I’ve lost about ten pounds since I started Weight Watchers in mid December. While ten pounds in three months isn’t exactly awe-inspiring, I only had about 15 that I wanted to lose, so it’s pretty good, I think. And while I feel like I’m constantly sabotaging myself on the weekends, I have to remember that it’s still working. I can still over indulge a little bit at times if I reign it in other times.

This past weekend was excessive, but it was St. Patrick’s Day, we were with a bunch of Jason’s old friends and it was fun. So instead of beating myself up for having too many drinks and too many fries, I’m just trying to remember that there are ups and downs when it comes to weight loss.  I’m not going to always just lose, lose, lose.

It was a rainy gross day, but I found myself driving to LA Fitness anyway for a 3 mile run.  Some might have called it stupid since there were tornado warnings, but I call it healthy.  And it was either that or drive home, so technically the gym is taking shelter.

Afterward, I stopped at Trader Joe’s because our fridge is pretty bare. Can’t make healthy choices if you don’t have them in the house, right?

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That’s better though those Svelte sandwiches tasted weird and freezer burnt.

What Does 26 Points Look Like?

When I first started Weight Watchers, I had a vague concept of how many points were in certain things.  Some of the blogs and cooking websites that I read give the point value for their recipes and some pre-packaged items have it printed on the label.  So, though I did sort of know, I didn’t really ever think about how to put together an entire day’s worth of food and have it fit into my allotted point value.  That’s really what this diet has taught me more than anything.  If I go out for lunch, maybe I should skip the rice at dinner.  If I have an afternoon snack, maybe I could skip dessert.  That’s not to say that there aren’t days that end up being both not either or, but it’s given me a greater understanding of how it works together, if that makes sense.

I get 26 points a day.  In addition, I get 49 extra weekly points that I can use throughout the week however I see fit.  Everyone gets a different amount of daily points based on what they weigh and also their height, I think, but everyone gets 49 extra points.  You can also track activity and get activity points, but honestly, I try not to eat into those and really it’s not hard.

Most days, I actually do go over 26.  I’d say on average, I probably eat 28 points a day and then more on the weekends, taking from the extra weekly points.  My weigh-in day is Sunday.  This is good and bad.  Bad because the number on the scale does tend to be a bit higher after a Saturday evening.  But good because it allows me to save up my extra points for that bigger Saturday meal.  I figure if I’m seeing a downward trend, the actual number doesn’t really matter.

Here’s a day where I did manage to only eat 26 points.  I thought it would be interesting (or not) to show what that looks like.  There are lots of estimations here.  I do use a food scale for a few things – peanut butter, hummus, soy creamer – but with things I’ve cooked, I just estimate.  Seems to be working fine.

Green smoothie

Green Smoothie (6 points).  Fruits and veggies are weird.  They are no points if you eat them on their own, but if you figure out the nutritional information for a recipe that’s mostly comprised of fruits and veggies, it calculates the point values from that, giving them points.  This smoothie was a little too green.  I know people say you can’t taste the green, but I could.  It was very earthy.

Coffee

Coffee with soy creamer (1 point).  The point is for the creamer.  You can have two servings for one point.  I actually do measure this out because it’s very easy to add a lot and you don’t even really need it.  Also, this is why I don’t like drinking smoothies in the morning.  Hot coffee with a cold smoothie?  It just doesn’t jive.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit (0 points).

Bean chili

Forks Over Knives Bean Chili (5 points).

Atlanta fresh yogurt

The best yogurt EVER (4 points).

Fiber one

Junky snack because the best yogurt EVER was not the most filling yogurt EVER (2 points).

Lemon tofu potatoes

Lemon-djion tofu and potatoes atop a bed of kale (8 points).  That’s my latest thing, putting things on top of steamed kale.  Volume, people, I need volume.

So that’s what 26 points actually looks like in terms of food and serving size.  Sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it’s not, but that’s what it looks like.

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