This post originally wasn’t going to be part of my Mommy Musing series, but I think it fits.
I’ve had past success with Weight Watchers (WW), both with losing weight and keeping it off, and at the end of April I signed up for WW again to help motivate and encourage me to get my baby weight off.
I’ll confess that during my pregnancy I gained close to 60 lbs! I’m not ashamed of the weight gain. While I did enjoy onion rings and Diary Queen ice cream some days, I did eat fairly healthy for nine months. Heck, I ate so much avocado that I figured Missy Moo would be green when she was born! I also had a lot of swelling and water retention during the latter months of pregnancy (which hung on for a few months post-baby!).
When I signed up for WW again, I managed to already have around 20 of my 60 lbs gone on my own and I had it in my mind that I wanted to lose around 40 lbs while following WW.
I like the Weight Watchers program. It fits my eating preferences and habits and it’s a plan I can work into my regular life without feeling like I have to avoid everything I like.
For the first couple of months I was really pleased with my progress and reached my 10% weight loss and felt great. I love to run and it helped a lot that the weather was great. Even going for a walk around our neighbourhood was so refreshing.
The the summer months happened and so did weekends at our summer home, friends visiting, weddings to attend… so needless to say my eating habits were not stellar at the best of times.
But with the cooler temperatures and the start of the school year, it’s felt like a natural time to get back on track. That’s the theme for our weekly meetings lately (more on those later).
So while this post isn’t super baby-related, it is in a way because I’m working on post pregnancy weight and I’m suddenly facing different challenges than when I went through a weight loss program before.
I’m currently at home with a very unstructured day, as opposed to my usual 9-5 work routine. I find myself not planning my meals as much, but that needs to change. If Missy Moo has a day where naps just aren’t cool, I don’t always have the luxury of making an elaborate meal or even snack for myself. Being able to grab and wolf down food is ideal on days like that.
One major benefit to having so much time at home is that on nice days I’ve been able to pop miss in her car seat and attach it to our running stroller (which is all part of the same travel system) and run, run, run. But with the cooler temperatures approaching, I may have to figure out alternatives… we do have an exercise bike that I should start using more…
So that’s it for me. Ironically, I need to figure out what we’re having for dinner. I’m pleased to say we have some lettuce for a salad and some leftover chicken, so that’s a good start.