Baby Steps Towards a Healthier (Pre-Baby Weight) Me

So as you may recall I have been working hard on shedding my baby weight and I am excited to say it has been going a lot quicker this round than with my daughter. The most obvious reason is that I have been making an effort to lose the weight by recording what I eat, eating healthier portions and weighing myself every week or two. I used to always say that I didn’t need to weigh myself because I would know if I was OK by how my clothes fit and how I looked, but I can see it can make a difference to have the numbers to keep track of and as a motivation. 

My mother and I started Weight Watchers together in February (she’s a veteran and was starting back up after the holidays) and it has been good for me to have someone to “weigh in” with via email and to encourage me since I have never dieted or watched my food and weight like this before. It is important when working towards a healthier weight to have a well-balanced diet and not to starve yourself so healthy weight loss definitely takes patience. I attended a little nutrition lecture by a friend’s husband last month, who is a nutrition enthusiast, and learned that poor eating habits like eating one meal a day can actually cause our bodies to metabolize food in a sort of “starvation mode”, hindering weight loss or even contributing to weight gain. I think that this may have been one of the reasons why I had a harder time losing weight with my daughter, because I was not eating as healthy or as often as I should have plus I had low motivation to cook healthful meals for just myself while my husband was overseas. 

Even though I never had to worry about weight prior to becoming a mommy, I know that weight is only a physical, tangible reflection of our eating habits, and doesn’t equate being healthy. Weight Watchers has reminded me of the principles we all know to some degree: healthy food choices, portions and physical activity. I am making efforts to spend longer in the produce sections of the store, have a higher ratio of fruits and vegetables in every meal and get more active again (which thankfully becomes easier to do as the pounds come off). Lots of little meals throughout the day, or smaller meals with frequent snacks should help my metabolism, but fuel my body for nursing and juggling two kids. 

We are going on a mini getaway for a few days mid-month and I just ordered a new swim suit in honor of the 30 pounds I have lost since I had my son (not counting the 17 pounds that came off after delivery). Did I mention I gain 50 lbs. in my pregnancies? :-) I should take a picture in my new suit to compare to this past winter and to hold on to and compare when we get to peak pool season so I can have a visual record of my efforts. Now that the weather is starting to warm up I hope getting the jogging stroller out a couple times a week will also aid my efforts towards a healthier me! 

Lastly, Weight Watchers has come out with a couple new products that can aid in the planning of daily meals or as a quick meal on a busy day whether you’re participating in Weight Watchers or just need a quick, healthy, portioned meal:

Weight Watchers Smart Ones is making it easier to stay on track with a healthy meal plan without spending time on prep work beforehand. Their products provide a variety of delicious, convenient and portion controlled meals and snacks that contain lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And now they are offering two new breakfast items – like the new Egg, Sausage & Cheese Wrap and the French Toast with Turkey Sausage. Plus, the packaging tells you the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values in each serving, allowing you to conveniently plan for the day. Visit www.eatyourbest.com for more information.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Weight Watchers Smart Ones and received a promotional item and coupons to facilitate my review.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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