In the last year, I have lost 40 pounds! I wish I could claim it was all baby weight, but very little of it could be claimed as such. I started my journey less than ten pounds above my pre-pregnancies weight.
|Wearing shorts! (First time in years.)|
I used the online version of weight watchers. Basically, I would enter everything I ate on their online tracker, and they would tell me the amount of points. Then, I would make my food choices based on my remaining points for the day/week. You get a certain allowance per day, and then a weekly allowance too which helps for birthdays/events/splurging. I was able to pretty much stay at or under my points allowances every week, and the pounds just started dropping off. Portion control is really the most important thing WW teachers you.
I started eating breakfast (for the first time consistently in my life), a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and sometimes even a drink/ice cream if I managed my points really well. I was really spreading my food across the day instead of just having a lunch, afternoon snack, and large dinner like I used to.
Not exactly by choice, but I also started getting a little more active. I became responsible for walking the dog (a task Brian had always done while I worked) and also needed to take Theodore to school and back (which meant double trips for me, so about 1.2 miles of walking three times a week). We also started some walks up to the library and other places nearby since we couldn't drive anywhere.
I weighed myself each week. Originally on a Friday, but then I switched to Monday, which I think was a better day for me. I tried not to weigh myself between weigh-ins. And after 10 weeks I was down 20 pounds! I let up a little around my birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but still managed to lose another 10 pounds by the end of winter.
|I took the photo on the left the day before I started Weight Watchers. It was a motivating factor as well.|
- Be closer to my goal weight/jeans size by my 30th birthday (another 15 pounds away)
- Maintain healthy eating (even through any future pregnancies I may have)
- Continue moving (biking, exercise classes, hiking... if only the boys could keep up with me)
- Start more consistent strength training
Wwwoooh. That was a lot, but now that's it out there stay tuned for more helpful tips, recipes, and ideas.