Mamma's Little Helpers: Weight Loss/Fitness

To make a long story short(er), between Jan '08 and Sept '09, I went from 150 lbs to 220 lbs... Granted, that was before Monkey was born, but half of it was from before I was even pregnant. I wasn't too concerned, because I had always heard that it was super-easy to lose the baby-weight if you're breastfeeding, which I planned to do as long as possible (Another retrospective post for another day...). I didn't think I'd be able to get back into size 7 pants just through breastfeeding, but I was looking forwards to not being in the 20s anymore! But, by January I was still in size 22 jeans, and decided I needed to take matters into my own hands. It has been 9 months since that decision, I've lost over 40 pounds, and I feel GREAT. These are the tools I used, and hopefully they can help you, too!

  • I think one of the most important tools for weight loss is a way to track what you eat, because a lot of times, you have no idea that the Double Double, animal style fries, and chocolate shake you had from In-N-Out was actually 1,940 calories, or 97% of your recommended daily intake (using the 2,000 calorie diet). Holy Hannah!

  • Weight Watchers. Really, I started the diet with the intent of going to a couple months of meetings, but I picked up on the system really easily, and I'm not really a "meetings" kind of gal. It's so much easier for my brain to calculate and keep track of points than calories, because smaller numbers are better in the brain. I wrote a previous post about how to do Weight Watchers without the meetings.

  • Power 90. Tony Horton may be obnoxious, but he's less obnoxious than all the other videos I've tried. I love how he encourages you to go at your own pace, and reminds you that you can pause and take a break if you need to. It's a great video for beginners—I started out having to pause a couple times per session, but now I can get through the level 1-2, and will be starting 3-4 soon! (Of course, I've been kinda wimpy and not getting up the past couple weeks... Shh!)

  • Ankle weights. I take a 18-25 minute walk during my breaks at work, and at first the 3.6ish mph pace that I was doing got my heart rate up to 150. After a few weeks, though, I was only reaching about 120. I hate jogging, so I had to figure out something to bring my heart rate up... and ankle weights did the trick. It doesn't really feel like I'm walking through mud or anything, but it bumps my heart rate enough to feel like I'm doing something again. Alternatively, you can keep them in the car for when you're going to the grocery store or the mall!

  • Treats. Seriously. The 100 calorie packs from Nabisco are yummy, and take away the wolf in your stomach begging for food. Water bottle mix-ins get me to drink more liquids without adding a ton of sugar, like soda or juice. You can even get mix-ins with caffeine to replace that soda pick-me-up! I also treat myself to about 1/2 oz of dark chocolate a day, which is great for the sweet craving.

  • Pictures. Your mileage may vary on this one. I have a digital picture frame on my desk at work. The two events that I have the most pictures from are my wedding and the first few months after Nathan was born... And Holy Corolla, the difference! It helps me to see what I was a year ago and what I could be, and I know that I don't want to be that self-blind again.

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