Sunday, September 23, 2012

Motivation and Gains

I am so not in this weight loss game. 

I wish I was, I wish I could just not think about eating and lose weight but alas I am not 23 years old and not as active as I once was..... Though carrying around a 19lb baby should count for something?!!? :-D

Weight watchers online did not work for me, I am back to counting calories, something that makes sense to me. I am using My.Fitness.Pal on my smartphone and so far so good, though I may have to drop below 1600 calories or start exercising more because I am not losing (in one week).

I was thinking about how I worked really hard at CALERIE and how whenever I work hard at something, it feels really good once it is over or once you see the results of what you worked so hard for. Last week I prepared a talk for my friend's college level class inherited genetic diseases that cause psychological impairments and I worked for 2 days on the talk (it took some time dusting off those power point wheels!) and once it was over I felt SO great, mostly for having accomplished it and and also for preparing a good talk (and not just winging it). 

I wish weight loss was not such a slow process and that food was not so much a part of life enjoyment! Weekdays tend to be easier and I know what I need to do but my motivation is lacking and my attention to myself is almost non-existent. I really do not care as much as I used to about how I look. I am trying to shift that mindset though to health. I want to be a good role model of health and self-value to my daughter so she can be careful and mindful of her health and appearance without being vain. I also want to get sick less, and live a long healthy life for her (not to mention look good in all the upcoming wedding photos!)- so let the calorie counting resume! 

I also want to implement a few realistic goals:

1) Drink 64oz (2 nalgene bottles) of water per day (not including my decaf coffee, and seltzer)- my water intake has dropped drastically since I stopped pumping
2) Go to bed/be in bed at 10pm
3) Stretch/do 10min of core exercises before bed (my diastasis is still not healed and when I went to a bootcamp class last week I pulled my back out making it impossible to work out for the rest of the week. This NEEDS to heal!!)

And with that I leave you with a happy baby photo!

Mom- get your butt in gear!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


4lbs lost. Total. Still.

I admit I am not trying as hard as I could.. and it has been rough lately-- fitting time in to work out and not snacking.

I need some new motivation.

One day last week I ran with the King Pup the 1.25mi to pick up the Little Miss and I am planning to do that again today. I started a "restore the core" class to fix my diastasis (separation of my ab muscles from the pregnancy) and build up my core strength so I can get as much as I can out of my yoga classes.

So these are all moves in the right direction, but the amount of food/lack of exercise is the issue.

Last night, TE and I were reading in a magazine about some new, hokey, gimmick diet. Basically they say they will sequence a few (80) genes to find out if you should be on a low-fat, low-carb, Mediterranean or balanced diet. It costs $400 and I think is a bunch of crap. :)

In the CR study we tried the low fat, Mediterranean and what was probably the balanced equivalent to see how satisfied we felt with each. I am a volume eater so I did better when I stuck with low fat, but usually kept it pretty balanced with a 50% Carb, 25% Fat/Protein ratio.

TE does not like to be controlled as to portion sizes, so he does better on an elimination diet (low carb) and he has been having good success with that. I am doing as well as I am simply because he has been making my food for the most part every day.

Breakfast is typically egg whites and kale with mozzarella cheese and sometimes sausage. Lunch is a salad with chicken, cottage cheese and hard boiled egg. Dinner is a meat and veg combo (unless we get take out- which we are trying to minimize). Not bad, but I need about 5 meals per day and have been filling in the gaps with nuts, fiber one brownies/granola bars, yogurt, and chocolate. And usually we have dessert at night. So my calories are not near where they should be for weight loss. So I need to bump up my exercise since I am not going to change our eating habits too much....

Friday, May 25, 2012

Minus 4

I have lost 4lbs in 6 weeks. Not great, but not terrible either. At least it is a loss.

And sadly it took me getting sick to really drop a chunk of weight. Whatever helps though...

I am still plugging along. Slowly but surely this weight will come off!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


So in my first week doing weight watchers, I gained 0.5lbs. I feel kinda bad about it, and kinda not. I know I "overgained" with my pregnancy but when I see how perfect the Little Miss is, it is hard to feel negatively about my body. I mean, it made this little, happy human- who I love more than I thought was possible-- how can I have any negative thoughts about my body image?! But I know come wedding and bathing suit season, I will feel much better back at my "fighting" weight. So I persevere! One minor setback/slow start will not stop me!

Thanks Mel for the photo! And for the onesie (it says "nice genes!")
And to help motivate me to want to lose weight even more -- I have added in a bonus for myself. Once I hit the 10lb weight loss point I will buy myself a pair of these snazzy crops. I love lulu. It can motivate me to do anything-- and the best part is that they are calorie free!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weight Watchers

Diet starts today!! I am doing the diet with my dear friend KBW- I need the accountability! Also my coworker is going to recount the meeting topics to me after she attends the meeting each week! I like all this support I am getting :)

Reading through their method of how they calculate points- I am not sure I am in complete agreement (since I did spend 2yrs just counting calories) with their logic- they explain that a 270 calorie croissant is higher in points than an egg/ham breakfast plate of equal calories since it takes your body more work to break down the proteins in the egg/ham (is that not how a calorie is counted the scientist in me wants to know?!?!?! Foods of equivalent calories should expend the same energy to be broken down...?). But alas, I am putting my diet into their hands, for the next 4 months.

My goal is to lose 10-15lbs- here we go!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Breakfast cookies

Breakfast is not the easiest meal now that I am working and doing daycare drop-off. I usually manage to make myself a pot of decaf coffee and grab a granola bar/bag of dry cereal/etc. Not too satisfying. So I purchased some Quaker Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies to have something a bit... more... to eat with my coffee. But when my coworker and I were looking through the ingredient list, we knew I could make something way better.

So I present to you: Quinoa Breakfast Cookies!

I am trying out a new web based calorie counter/recipe calorie calculator so I do not have to have CRON-o-Meter on my computers. I think so far it is working out well. I will upload some nice photos TE took of the cookies tonight when I get home- I only have the website link for you today.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Working Pitfalls

Every company/workplace has their "thing" (or at least everyplace that I have worked)- some food item (or items) that people love and bring in to boost morale. It is a bad precedent but it always seems to be food, never joint walks during lunch or something else healthy.

At my work it is two things: M&Ms (typically peanut and most recently peanut butter!) and Goya Maria cookies. Of course two things I love and have a very hard time resisting...

Weight watchers online diet starts..?!?! TE got a nasty stomach bug this weekend and I ate less just because I did not want to eat around him-- but I keep "forgetting" to step on the scale... Stay posted for more updates soon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Back with a goal!

Hello readers (if there are any left out there!)

I am here to report that I am one day away from losing a fatbet challenge. I had planned to lose 45lbs of my baby weight (yes I gained 50!! pounds) by tomorrow. I am hovering around the 35lb weight loss mark.

So I am starting again. My goal is to lose 10lbs in the next 2months. Final weigh in day: June 4th.

I am not sure how I am going to do it (weight watchers has a plan to include lactating moms, calorie counting, or to cut out certain foods...) since I can not really restrict my diet too much without affecting my milk supply (which is already troublesome). I think I am going to start by cutting out/minimize baked goods/unplanned snacks.

Already I am eating well for breakfast and lunch (thanks to the fact TE has been making me a salad every day!) but the snacking is really hurting me (I think...). I need to get back in control of my snacks. Being back at work has been helping to regulate my eating times and I can keep lots of snacks here.

Currently I have oatmeal, fiber one brownies/granola bars, nuts and dried fruit, and 100-calorie packs of cookies! Other snack ideas to keep here include: yogurt and bran buds, veggies and hummus, laughing cow cheese and crackers...

Well, it is a start-- I will be posting here to help keep my focus and accountability!