I gained 43 pounds during my pregnancy with Anna. I don’t beat myself up over that number, even though it is on the high side, because I ate very well throughout (it’s true that your body just does what it wants to!) and it was all for a good cause. However, I started out weighing a good 10-20 pounds more than I wanted to, so that meant that I had farther to go post-baby!
I lost some weight right away, of course, but pretty much plateaued in March. In September I started Weight Watchers, which I would absolutely recommend to anyone. I didn’t want to go on a diet – I’ve done that before and it’s pretty hard to maintain long-term. WW is a great way to learn about portion control and making good food choices when you are at restaurants or parties, so it’s something you really can do for life. Both Seth and I have had success at it so far (him more so than me, of course – darn men!) and really like it.
We actually eat pretty well most of the time, but we discovered that it’s all about portion size. (I am sure this is not news to most of you!) We were eating lots of whole grains and not too much sugar, but we just ate waaaay too much of everything. No more. I love that on WW, you can still eat pretty much any food you want as long as you are mindful of how much you’re eating and/or cut back somewhere else. And the point value thing really puts things into perspective. For example, I learned that a Culver’s Concrete Shake is approximately 40 points. (I’m supposed to eat no more than 24 points a day.) Yet a small cup of ice cream might be just 3-4 points. And here I thought that ice cream was ice cream! Apparently not.
So WW is slowly taking care of the food part. As for the fitness part, I had been trying to go for long walks in the mornings before work, but that habit unfortunately fell by the wayside. But last week, Seth and I started the 30 Day Shred. Do not be fooled by the fact that the workout is only 20 minutes long. It is HARD. I knew to expect this, since I have some friends who’ve done it and they all ranted that Jillian is pure evil. And they were right. But today was day #3, and it was much better. I almost did it without stopping, even. 😉
After all, who am I to argue with results like these? Seriously, that is impressive!