Monday, February 28, 2011

McFatty Monday: My 1st Weigh-In

McFatty Monday-1st Weigh-in

I had my first weigh-in on Saturday 2/26/11. I knew I’d lost some weight. I could feel it. My stomach was flatter & my hips felt less “fluffy.” For some reason I still felt nervous stepping on that scale. I shouldn’t have felt nervous because…..I lost 4.2 pounds…in one week!!!

I’m not dumb enough to think I’ll continue to lose 4 every week but I’m off to a good start!

This weekend I bent the rule a little bit. I’m a firm believer that there needs to be a balance of general rules but still allowing yourself to budge from time to time. I’d go crazy if I was constantly saying no to my favorite indulgences. I went out to breakfast on Saturday morning. But this time instead of getting a big waffle w/ strawberries & whipped cream w/ a side of sausage I had a low fat egg dish w/ a side of whole wheat pancakes. I only ate to the point of feeling full. I didn’t feel bad about leaving food on my plate. I had a latte this weekend but got an 8 oz. version instead of a 16 oz. Plus last night I had a small champagne cocktail while watching the Oscars. I feel like a spun a little out of control but I am now back on track. I know that those small indulgences are nothing compared to the way I was eating before I started Nutrisystem.

I rushed out the door this morning. My mom is out of town so we have a friend watching Connor this week. Thanks Steph! I had to make sure the house was in good enough shape to have someone stay all day in it. Cat litter changed, unused bathroom cleaned. I was a mad woman this morning. I flew all over the place. I managed to have a Nutrisystem breakfast but didn’t manage to get my lunch made up. I’m planning to go over to the grocery store salad bar. I’ll get lots of nice veggies, a hardboiled egg & a little cheese. I’ll grab a piece of fruit too. A well balanced lunch. Then I’ll keep on track w/ a Nutrisystem dinner & my Nutrisystem dessert. Speaking of dessert, I LOVE the peppermint cookie patties they offer. When my next shipment goes out I think almost my entire dessert portion of my order will be peppermint cookie patties. They are SO GOOD. And not like “diet good” but like “real world good.”

Here’s the rundown of my weight loss so far.

Starting weight: 163

Current weight: 158.8

Total Lost: 4.2

Left to lose: 23.8

Until next time. Here’s hoping for another good week.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My 1st McFatty Monday Post

How about some honesty?!

I like the smell of play dough. The store bought variety. No, not that kind of honesty. Weight loss honesty.

Having a baby puts your body through the wringer. My journey started more than 2 years ago when I found out I was expecting our little bug. I weighed in at my first gyno appointment at 159 (yikes, I just posted a number for everyone to read disclaimer: I am 5’8” so you can put that number in perspective. Not technically overweight but getting close). I started the pregnancy much higher than I’m really comfortable at. I can’t blame pregnancy on that number, I can only blame myself. From what I’d read the healthy weight gain in a pregnancy is up to 35. Leave it to me to gain exactly that. I ended my pregnancy at 194!! You don’t know how happy I was to just not see a 2 as the beginning number.
Two weeks into mommyhood I was down to 171. I didn’t do much & it slowly went down to 164 (December 2009). Then early 2010 came, a battle w/ post partum anxiety, a husband working night shifts, full time job, cranky colicky (still at 7-9ish months!!) baby, I let the stress get to me. I drank way too many full fat (we’re talking whipped cream people) lattes, Pepsi & whatever the hell I wanted. I was in a haze & didn’t even realize that none of my pants were fitting anymore. How’s that for honest?
Summer came & I was starting to feel better but the damage to my body was evident. I was pushing 175 when I finally forced myself to step on a scale in July. I started making changes (mildly following weight watchers) and got to my lowest in a long time of 158 (below pre-pregnancy weight!) by late October. Watching those numbers get lower & lower felt AWESOME!
Unfortunately I let myself forget how AWESOME it feels to be happy with the number on the scale. I let the holidays get to me. I indulged WAY too many times in my favorite Peppermint White Mocha from Starbucks. I crave them every year. There’s just something so Christmasy about them. I made way to many cookies. And….I gained the stereotypical 5 holiday pounds and now clock in at 163 .
However, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. My recent holiday slip up taught me that it HAS to be a lifestyle change. I can’t just lose some weight and then go back to my old ways. The weight WILL come back if I don’t continue to stay within a healthy calorie intake. I know that a 5 pound slip up isn’t a big deal, it was Christmas, I can indulge but it’s not getting back on the horse that can make it a big deal. If I hadn’t realized soon enough I would’ve been right back where I started in no time. I decided, after many months of watching Blair have success, that I was going to try Nutrisystem. There are the haters out there but even after just 2 full days, (I started Saturday morning) I can tell that it’s teaching me how to eat. It teaches me how to add healthy proteins, veggies & fruits. It teaches me how much is enough for my main dish. Hate all you want but it’s teaching me how to meal plan & it’s taking a ton of the guess work out of it while I’m learning. Plus, THE FOOD IS ACTUALLY GOOD. It’s not as good as my mom’s homemade sweet & sour chicken or freshly baked pound cake; but I’m pretty sure if it was, it wouldn’t help me lose weight. I had a chocolate muffin w/ my breakfast on Sunday & it tasted like a Costco chocolate muffin. Moist & sweet. But, it was portioned properly & full of good for me fiber & protein.
I’m having a hard time not jumping on that scale to see if any progress has been made. I’m forcing myself to wait the whole week. Saturday can’t come any sooner! For more than 1 reason (yeah, holiday Monday & I’m at work ). I’m going forward with optimism. I’ll check in w/ everyone next Monday.