Mazen is almost one and I am allllmost back to my happy weight. I feel good overall, and I’m comfortable in my skin again. All of my old clothes fit, and clothes shopping is once again something I look forward to. I have a few more vanity pounds I’d like to lose, but overall I’m happy to say I have lost all of my baby weight. But I only give myself partial credit. I’ve been yo-yoing the same few pounds – one step forward two steps back – for a long time. If I just put in a bit more effort I could have gotten here a lot faster. I am really good at maintaining my weight!
My weight loss has been so slow and steady that getting to where I am now was very easy. In fact, it was almost too easy and sometimes I don’t know how I lost a single pound splurging as much as I have. I’m going to credit breastfeeding for this phenomenon? And a good devotion to stroller walking.
How about a little self evaluation to give you more of an idea behind the scenes:
Vegetable Intake | A+
No problem here! Thanks to amazing summertime produce, I’ve been good about eating my veggies. I have a salad for lunch most days and vegetables with dinner too.
Portion Control | B+
I really haven’t been paying much attention to portions, which is partly why I’m surprised I have continued to lose weight. However, I also haven’t been having huuuge portions. I’ve been eating what feels right and natural and not going hungry. I guess intuitive eating is working here. That and the extra calories breastfeeding allows.
Mindless Bites | B
I am already sliding into the mom mentality of “I’ll just finish this baby food so it doesn’t go to waste.” Waste or waist! Throwing out some of M’s food isn’t a big deal, and I don’t need to be a human garbage disposal. Overall though, I’d say I’ve done a pretty good job of getting control over mindless bites over time. For a while I ate the end pieces of loaves of bread while I made French toast and when M was a few months old I ate a whole bag of chocolate chips small handful by small handful in about a week! Once I realized I was not going to lose weight eating “tiny bites” I got my act together and got the desserts out of the house.
Dessert Intake | C
As noted above, dessert intake was a bit out of control for a while. I’ve heard other moms say that while breastfeeding sugar cravings are high, and it makes sense since so many of us are sleep deprived for half a year after the baby is born. (The appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin are connected to sleep – read more here). But I don’t know what I was thinking having a cookie jar in my house for a while! I still do struggle with desserts when I’m out and celebrating, which feels like every day sometimes. I just can’t not have them. I’m a big fan of not bringing sweets into the house in the first place. The only thing I have in my house sweet to eat right now are those local ice cream sandwiches, which I have once a week or so, so I’m doing my best to find the balance between enjoying some dessert and not having it every night.
Alcohol Intake | B-
Isn’t every day a cause for celebration? It seems like it sometimes. I’m debating writing a post about alcohol alone, but I constantly flip flop back and forth between having an adult drink with dinner and keeping the ‘toxin’ out of my body. It doesn’t help to have a home brewer husband. I love to drink (in a responsible adult way) but at the same time I don’t think it’s doing my body much good.
Exercise Motivation | A
Exercise has always been the easy part for me. Mazen and I get out almost everyday on a walk, although lately he hasn’t been as into the stroller. What we’ve done to adapt is go to the gym as soon as childcare opens so he gets to play while I get in a quick workout before naptime. Since our naptime has been around 9-11am for ages, I haven’t really been able to get to the gym much in the past 4-5 months, but now we’re back at it!
Exercise Quality | A-
As I mentioned in this post, I haven’t really wanted to give exercise my all. And I’m OK with that. Research says getting moving just a little each day is enough to get the benefits of exercise in the cardiovascular system, so you don’t have to train for a marathon to be in good shape. I do wish, however, I could get back into some of my gym’s classes. I have been lifting 25 pounds of baby daily, but I haven’t been to Pump in ages (thanks again, naptime). I’m hoping to get some more diversity into my routine more than just walking all the time as both M and I get more comfortable with the kids zone at our gym and figure out good times of the day to go.
Exercise Quantity | A
As for quantity though, I’ve been doing great. I get about an hour (or more) of low intensity exercise per day, and I really do want to exercise every day. We walk downtown all the time, and sometimes I walk downtown and back multiple times per day for different events and appointments. I haven’t had many sedentary days since M was born, and I am proud of that.
Overall, I give myself a B+ for weight loss effort. I have some great healthy habits that almost feel effortless to me, but I also could probably meet my goals much faster if I could get serious with some of my downfalls as well. I’m not sure I really need or want to though. Luckily my weight has dropped bit by bit downfalls included. What’s most important to me at this time is that this year has been incredible, and I’ve had a blast enjoying life to the fullest.