During my pregnancy I gained a teensy bit (OK, a lot) more weight than I had planned…55 pounds to be exact. Definitely a bit more than the 25 pound gain I was aiming for. A lot of that turned out to be baby. I lost 35 pounds within the first week, which was a relief, but the rest of the weight hasn’t budged and I even gained 5 pounds back thanks to my ravenous IUD hormone-induced appetite.
I didn’t have unrealistic expectations that I would be back in my pre-baby pants within a month or anything like that, but now that Fern just had her 5-month birthday it’s definitely time. Wearing my Belly Band with all of my pants is getting old.
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So, how exactly do I intend to lose this weight? The answer is: Weight Watchers.
I’ve always struggled with my weight and my sophomore year of college I decided to work hard to lose it. I did Weight Watchers (minus the meetings) and lost 40 pounds, so I know it works, and now I’m hoping I can do it again.
I’m only on Day 2 and so far it’s going ok. They’ve changed the points system since I was in college, so I’m still getting the hang of it. The plus side is that I get a ton of extra points since I’m breastfeeding, so that’s good. I can’t even imagine how starving I’d be if I wasn’t nursing! It’s good to be aware of all the things I’m eating. I had definitely fallen into a trap of eating convenience foods and eating them often which makes it easy to lose track of things. I wasn’t feeling full even though I was eating a ton of calories, because I wasn’t eating real foods.
Now that Fern is beginning to eat real foods (only a little) I definitely want to set a good example for her by modeling healthy and balanced eating habits. In our society there are plenty of people eating too much as well as people that are eating too little. I want to teach Fern that food is meant to be enjoyed and it should be balanced and I definitely haven’t been eating that way as of late.
Time for a change – wish me luck!
Have any of you started taking on your postpartum weight loss? How did you approach it?