Can I still call it a postpartum weight loss journey if my baby is 21 months? 🙂 I’m on a journey and it’s one I’m excited about. I started January 1st to be super serious about losing this baby weight. The first year with a new baby I never work on losing weight, because I’m nursing. Normally my weight comes off fairly easily, but not this time around. I’ve been so overwhelmed with a screaming baby that it’s not been until recently that I felt I could focus on this!
I thought I would give weekly updates here, to keep myself accountable and also to share with you what is and is not working for me.
To start out – my ouch moment of the week. A friend of my daughter’s from church asked if I was pregnant, and then wanted to know why I look the way I do. If I feel tempted to give up, I’ll remember that comment. I know I have a diastasis problem, (meaning my stomach muscles are separated), which can lead to me looking pregnant when I’m not.
Still. Never fun to hear.
Here is my story so far. A warning first – this is my story. Everyone has their own personal story, and they have to decide what works for them. I tried Trim Healthy Mama a few months ago for a week. I was totally committed that week and lost 5 pounds. Then I chatted with a friend who had lost weight through Trim Healthy Mama, and she said that it was hard to keep the weight off if you don’t stay on that way of wearing forever. I got discouraged and decided to just stop and see if the weight would stay off.
Amazingly, it stayed off…until Christmas. 🙂
We didn’t go crazy with treats, but we had a baking day with family like usual and by the time Christmas was over I had gained some of that weight back.
January 1st came, and I decided to really tackle this. It’s easy to use excuses, it’s a lot of hard work and takes a great deal of discipline and focus for me. If I don’t see results in 3 days I tend to just give up. That’s not how weight loss works!
So what am I doing exactly?
I’m not doing any one plan. I decided that Trim Healthy Mama is a wonderful plan, but long term it’s not for me. I’m using some of the concepts and recipes, and even some of their own line of products, but I’m not committed to just that way of eating.
So far I’ve found it works best to have a goal of eating great all week long, and then having a treat Friday night or on Saturday. I don’t want to become so extreme that I don’t enjoy relationships and date nights and time with friends. It’s been working well so far!
Here is what my meal plan has looked like this week.
2 eggs and turkey bacon
Smoothie made with greek yogurt, protein powder, mixed berries, collagen powder and sweetened with Gentle Sweet (this is similar).
Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Salad with tuna or chicken on top. I get the large tub of organic salad mix from Costco and put carrots and shredded red cabbage on top, and peppers when I have them. I get my chicken breast from Zaycon and LOVE getting my chicken there! Lately I’ve cooked some chicken breast on a skillet with coconut oil and a meat seasoning from Costco. It’s super yummy!
I keep the cheese off of it and go light on the dressing.
If I don’t have a salad for lunch, I eat leftovers from dinner. Normally we don’t have any leftovers, but I have been making certain meals for myself, so I end up having some left.
Creamy Bacon Swiss Chicken – My husband asked what he did to deserve this. LOL He loved it!
Burritos – I used a whole wheat wrap that was lower carb.
Sausage and cabbage – I cooked up sausage and roasted potatoes and mixed those together for my family. I held back some of the sausage and cooked cabbage in it for myself. It was delicious!
Brown rice, chicken and veggies
More salad with chicken on it!
Cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce (more info on this below!)
Apples and Peanut butter
Veggies (carrots and peppers)
Skinny chocolate – recipe found in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.
Failures for the week
I didn’t make wise choices twice, Carrianna wanted to make cookies and I ended up eating cookie dough and a cookie. Bad choice! I love cookie dough. I’m just not strong enough yet to have them in the house.
Another night we had cheeseburgers at home. It was a fun night for the children, they had earned ice cream so I picked some up at the grocery store. I ended up eating tater tots and ice cream, when I told myself I shouldn’t!
Victories for the week
We have chocolate chips in the freezer, and I see them constantly when I’m cooking. I’m not eating them though! I love chocolate, and grabbing a few chocolate chips was an easy treat, but I really wanted to break this habit.
Sean just got done making a Fitness Planner (it’s available on his Etsy store), and I love using this to track my progress! I took my initial measurements, and will be using this to track my exercises, food, and the pounds I lose.
So far I’ve lost 4 pounds, which is encouraging!
Next week I’ll share with you what I’m doing for exercising!