I know, I know, usually I only post about crafts here. I’m not usually one for long drawn out personal wordy blogs, but I was in the mood. Lately I have been crafting something a little different. I have been trying to craft myself a new and improved pre-baby body. Yup click out now if a weight loss story does not interest you.
I notice that when I post a goal on the internet I stick with it better. I know that sounds weird, but somehow when I know strangers are also holding me accountable for something I said I would do I get better results. Take for example the time I cleaned out my studio. I posted weekly update pictures and everyone was so kind to give me moral support and cheer me on. I felt obligated to post improvement pictures for everyone to see weekly. My thoughts are this, maybe if I post about trying to lose weight on my blog it will actually happen. I have been writing about it on Facebook a bit so let me fill you in.
My sister got married this fall. Remember the plastic flower bouquet I made. Well, when I saw the pictures from her wedding it was the last straw. The baby weight was starring me in the face and not going anywhere. Now given Baxter was a 10.8 lb baby, and they say it took you 9 months to gain that baby weight so give yourself 9 months to lose it. Well, Baxter is now 10 months and I still have baby weight. I can’t blame it all on Baxter. I never really tried to lose weight after Tallulah since I knew I was going to have another baby. My excuse after Baxter has been that I am breastfeeding and I didn’t want to diet and screw with my milk supply. I have recently learned that Weight Watchers has a program for nursing mothers so out went that excuse.
So ya, Weight Watchers. I have never tried an official diet program before. In the past when I wanted to lose a few pounds I typically just kept a food diary and exercised and that did the trick. Really it is just a matter of eating fewer calories than you burn right? Anyway, I didn’t feel like counting calories and I had a good friend and some family who had lost weight on Weight Watchers so I decided to give it a shot. I started on the 1st of the year so I am about a month in and as of today I have lost about 17 lbs.
17 lbs in that short of time is not typical. weight Watchers even scolded me for losing too fast. I think it is because the further away you are from what you should weigh the easier it is to lose. The closer I get to my goal I’m sure all the pound a week losses and plateaus will start to drive me nuts.
One thing I have to say about the new Weight Watchers Point Plus System is that I get to all the fruits and vegetables I want. I sound like an ad, I swear I am not a paid spokesman. In the last month I have eaten things like fresh okra (who knew it is even better when it is not fried), beet greens (usually I just throw the tops away they are yummy in salad) and grapefruit (mmmm broil with honey and ginger on top). One day I was feeding Baxter and Tallulah and realized they were both sitting there eating organic fruits and vegetables and I had a piece of Spam in one hand and a Coke in the other. Seems silly that only my kids should eat healthy and not me and Chris. Right?
I also got the bright idea to start jogging. That part of the plan did not work out so well. I started a couch to 5k podcast and on week 2 I hurt my knee. I thought it would pass, but alas here I am a couple of weeks later on crutches and scheduled for an MRI on my knee. I should get some little weights and start doing some upper body work out stuff while I am stranded on the couch with an ice pack on my knee. I might need to think of a different exercise plan since jogging did not work out so well. Bike rides? Walking? Who knows when I can walk without a limp again I will think of something to do. The one bonus of a stress fracture is that I also can’t get off the couch to get to the fridge so I lost more weight this week than I did the weeks I was jogging.
So my body is my latest craft project. I promise not to blog about it obsessively. Like I said last time I blogged about my studio clean up project all the support I got kept me going and got the job done. Sadly, my studio is a wreck and even worse than before. I’ll start that clean up journey when I can walk again. Hopefully, my baby weight loss journey will stick better than the cleanliness of my studio.
What are you tips tricks and thoughts on the matter? Did you too make a New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds? Do you have a favorite low points Weight Watchers snack to share? A vegetable recipe you love? A favorite work out this gimpy lady can do from the couch? I’m all ears.
P.S. Pretty wedding pictures taken by Cory Ryan. I’ll post some after soon. My mom swears she could tell in my face in the ‘Put a Bird on It” Brooch post.