For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had issues with my weight. Up until my junior year of high school I was overweight. The summer after my sophomore year one of my good friends and I got serious about losing weight and lost about 35 pounds. We would workout twice a day and ate very little. I remember some days only eating a footlong veggie sub from Subway-not good. As you would’ve guessed it, over the years the weight has slowly crept back on and it’s been a roller coaster ride every since.
RIght before I found out I was pregnant, I was down to the lowest weight I had been in years. I was about 10-15 pounds from my goal weight. I credit that weight loss to my one month deployment overseas-there was nothing to do but workout and it was a month after I was advised by my doctor to go gluten-free so my food choices were very limited. I came home in the beginning of November and by the middle of December I found out I was expecting my first child.
I continued to eat healthy and workout. I wanted to give my baby a healthy start to life and I knew that if I stayed active I would have an easier pregnancy and a easier delivery-which I did. Over the next 9 months, I gained 35 pounds. I worked out at least 3 times a week and was very careful about what I ate. I can’t imagine what my weight gain would’ve been had I used pregnancy as an excuse to “eat for two.” I also read that if you remained active during pregnancy, it would help make those post-pregnancy pounds easier to lose.
On August 17, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl who weighed nearly 8 pounds. When I got home and weighed myself, I had already lost 22 pounds. The weight just fell off those 3 weeks after delivery. Then one month postpartum things slowed down and my weight did not change. I was up about 12 pounds and it looked like it was there to stay.
I continued to eat as healthy as I could, but I also knew that in order to support breastfeeding I had to consume 500 more calories a day to keep up my milk supply. I remember shortly after I had Madelyn, running errands with Larry-we stopped at Kopp’s frozen custard for lunch and I ate a cheeseburger and a milk shake. I didn’t think anything of it (besides the tummy ache I received from eating dairy and gluten) because I needed the “extra calories” for breastfeeding. I then realized that I didn’t know how to eat in order to support both a healthy weight-loss and breastfeeding. Before I became pregnant, I used MyFitnessPal to track what I was eating-but I was eating for weight loss and I didn’t know if I would be able to use this app while breastfeeding.
Back in college when I was trying to keep those pesky pounds from sticking around, I remember giving weight watchers a try. I never really “officially” joined-my mom and sister joined and I kind of just went off of what they did. I had a little book that gave me the points for all the food and I kept track of what I ate that way-and it worked until that is I got down to a weight I was comfortable with and stopped counting points. The weight then returned. A few weeks ago, I started doing more research with Weight Watchers and I found that they took into account nursing mothers and gave you extra points for breastfeeding. I was sold. I joined the online portion of it-my life with a newborn is too crazy to devote to weekly meetings right now, but perhaps in the future. The only problem that I’m finding is that with it being just online it’s easier to cheat or to not count that Reece’s mini pumpkin-it’s only two points and I earned 7 activity points doing 40 minutes of Zumba! So, to hold myself accountable, I’m bringing my Weight Watchers weigh-ins to the blog. Every Friday I will do a summary of how my week went and how much weight I’ve lost. I want to get down to a weight that I’m comfortable at again and I want to stop this roller coaster once and for all! Most importantly, I want to be a healthy role model for Madelyn. I want her to be able to naturally make smart choices when it comes to food and to not have to worry about being overweight.
I realize that I just had a baby two months ago and some people might think that I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to lose the weight quickly. But, I’m already almost 2 months postpartum and I haven’t lost any of the weight that has stuck around. In my job, I have to be physically fit and I have 6 months postpartum to get myself back into shape and pass a fit test. At first I remember thinking, “No problem! 6 months is a long time!” But now here we are with only 4 months left to go and I’m no where near ready-not even close.
So from this point forward, I’m making a commitment to myself to lose the weight once and for all. I realize that it’s not going to happen overnight-it is something that is going to take time, patience, and willpower but it will definitely be worth it.