I’m using a weight loss report card to reflect on my healthy habits in nutrition, exercise, and balance with a goal of weight loss.
It’s time for another edition of the Weight Loss Report Card! Last time I gave myself a B+ overall – good effort but too many slips…or whatever you want to call them. I feel like it’s hard to talk about weight loss in the blog world without accusations that you’re being too hard on yourself, but I’m in this stage now where I am totally happy with my body but I want to lose 5ish more pounds to get me where I maintained for years. The “Vanity Pounds” if you will. I also have a post drafted in my head called “Then and Now” to discuss how my body, life and weight are different now then they were when I first started the blog 6.5 years ago. I’m not the same girl woman I used to be. But we’ll save that for another day!!
Since having Mazen I have yet to “get serious” about weight loss. I haven’t had to resort to counting calories or cutting out all sugar or wine. I have always kept these methods in my back pocket but haven’t needed to use them. Although I do think my body has changed for the better over the last 6 months, I haven’t lost a pound on the scale. My clothes do fit better though, so there could be a number of explanations. I had also hoped after weaning I’d lose a magic 5 pounds, but alas that did not happen. (Although I ate a lot in the holiday season and didn’t gain any weight, so maybe I just compensated for it!?)
I’ve debated getting really serious about weight loss – meaning cutting out all of the treats and/or keeping a food journal or counting calories, but I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I feel that is necessary. I’m kind of holding out to prove to myself that I can get there without needing to put that much effort in. But that might not be the case. I have high hopes that when spring springs might lose the same few pounds that I always do in warmer weather and I’ll get there eating grilled vegetables and garden-grown tomatoes.
So here’s my self evaluation 18 months after having a baby:
Weight Loss Report Card
Vegetable Intake | Last time: A+ | This time: B
Sadly this is the only thing I have downgraded myself on. I just haven’t been into salads or raw vegetables much this winter. I actually took a pregnancy test because my aversions seemed to bring back memories of the first trimester at times! But as it turns out, I’m not pregnant. I just have the winter yucks! I’d much rather have vegetable soup than a green salad. I’m eating a lot of leftovers, so I am getting veggies that way, but I’m just not eating as many greens as I used to. This isn’t a huge concern though because it’s not salad season and salads don’t rule all (diversity does).
Portion Control | Last time: B+ | This time: A
Thanks to Cook Smarts, early gym visits and leftovers, I’ve been spot on with meals and portions. Because I go to the gym at 9 and Mazen has been getting up a little later (read 6:45 instead of 6:15) I can’t eat as much at breakfast. This means I’m having slightly smaller breakfasts. Lunch used to be a royal event, but now I just eat whatever’s in the fridge to knock my hunger out. #lifeofamom. Dinners have been healthy and reasonable, and I haven’t been snacking much afterwards.
Mindless Bites | Last time: B | This time: A-
I’ve definitely gotten better at mindless bites, but I think that’s also because Mazen is eating better so there are less leftovers tossed away by him! I did eat a whole string chese “by mistake” recently, so I haven’t completely ruled this out.
Dessert Intake | Last time: C | This time: A-
I went through a rough patch after Halloween when I had lots of chocolate on hand, but thanks to WASTE or WAIST I gave it away and now have no sweets in the house other than ice cream in the freezer. In the dead of winter ice cream is just not appealing, so I haven’t been having desserts. But I’m giving myself a minus because when there have been desserts around (parties, cupcake shops, etc) I haven’t said “no thanks.”
Alcohol Intake | Last time: B- | This time: B
After pumpkin beer season ended (and our keg was empty) I got serious and made a rule for no alcohol at home on the weeknights. During the week I’m trying to get my squiggly line to dip.
Exercise Motivation | Last time: A | This time: A
Still highly motivated!! Thank you ACAC Kids Zone for saving my life.
Exercise Quality | Last time: A- | This time: A+
I get bonus points here for adding athletic conditioning twice a week and weight training with focus! My exercise variety and intensity have been great!
Overall | Last time: B+ | This time: A
Even though I said above I haven’t tried very hard, I guess that’s not entirely true. I have been making small changes that add up – but it just doesn’t feel like I’m trying hard!