Saturday, February 23, 2013

Move Over J. Simps. and J. Hud!

One of the main reasons why I decided to nurse Sophia is so I can lose my baby weight.  Numerous people told me that's how they lost it all!  So, that was my plan.  Nursing=weight loss, AWESOME!

Well... I can't say it worked for me. *&#(^#(#$!

Instead of losing, I gained/maintained.  Don't get me wrong, I did lose some weight after having Sophia.  But, I still had 21 lbs to lose to get back to my pre-prego weight.

I was hoping to be back into my pre-prego clothes before I went back to work in September but that was wishful thinking.  I had to buy bigger shirts and a few pairs of pants; two sizes bigger than my normal size for work.  Yes, I did wear my maternity pants, too! Couldn't help it, they are so comfy!

I knew I had to do something whether it was to exercise or try a diet plan.  I'm embarrassed to say, I didn't want to exercise because I wanted to spend all my time with Sophia. 

For those of you who know me, I know your jaw just dropped.  I loved to go to the gym, walk the track, do Insanity Workouts, play softball, you name it!  But, it's true- once you have a baby, EVERYTHING changes!

So, with exercising not being my first option, I figured I'd try the diet route.

J.Simps immediately came to mind. 

::I'm going off topic here for a second but, I have to go there::: 
I am a fan of Jessica Simpson.  I love her as a signer, actress and designer.  However, she was one of the biggest prego mamas I have ever seen!  Power to her for not caring but my goodness, she made some poor fashion choices that were not flattering.  
Seriously?!
Ok, I'm done now.  

I jumped on Weight Watchers website and did some research.  I could download the app. to my iPhone and iPad and noticed the new point system is "nursing" friendly.  After reading that, I was sold! 

The Weight Watchers apps. are so user-friendly. I found it the most helpful when grocery shopping while trying to determine points-per-servings.  You can also search for recipes, scan barcodes for point values, track your weight and measurements, and so much more!

I joined the morning of September 17th (five months after having Sophia) and that afternoon, I bought a bag of Reese's Mini Peanut butter cups. Thanks to Sophia, I now have such a sweet tooth.  I didn't want to deprive myself of what I wanted craved (happened after pregnancy for me) to eat.  

So, my first week, I only lost two pounds.  I was a bit discouraged but I figured since I invested $60.00 for a three-month trial, I better stick-with-it for at least three months.

Within my first month, I lost six pounds.  It may not sound like a lot of weight but I definitely felt slimmer.  My clothes were feeling baggy- YAY!

Two months on WW= 13 lbs
Three months on WW= 17 lbs (December, hard month to lose weight)
Four months on WW= 23 lbs (reached my goal weight!)
Five months on WW= 25-26 lbs (happy at this weight and weigh less than before I became pregnant) 


I can proudly say following Weight Watchers has helped me get to a comfortable weight and taught me how to eat while nursing.  I also believe getting back to work and establishing a routine contributed to some of my weight loss.  

I am going to have a separate post with my favorite WW meals and recipes.  You can get a sneak peak by checking out my WW board on Pinterest.

Andrew also joined WW and he is down 10 lbs in 1.5 months!  You go babe <3

I share my weight loss story with you because it wasn't easy and it is possible to get back to your pre-prego weight.  It took me 9 months after having Sophia, but I did it!  I followed a plan and it worked!  It could work for you!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away.  


September, 2012
7:00 AM this morning :)
  
*This post is not sponsored by Weight Watchers.  It is strictly my opinion*

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