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Weight Watchers, here I come!

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Guess who joined Weight Watchers?! Meeee! And the cool thing is, I’ll be blogging about my experience the entire time. I actually started last week but that was more of a dry run. It was hard, y’all. I’ve been on many weight loss challenges before and this is proving to be the most difficult because I am a breastfeeding mother. I express on average 60-70 oz of breast milk (through a breast pump) a day and aside from it being draining, it makes me incredibly ravenous. Breastfeeding burns a ton of calories and in return, moms HAVE to steadily nourish themselves. Weight Watchers is the only weight loss program that I’ve ever heard of that actually has a track for nursing moms.

I actually gained a pound from last week. Opps! I’m not worried. There will be up’s and down’s and I’m ready for ‘em. I will even unveil my current size and where I’m looking to go.

So I’m 213 lbs. This is NOT baby weight as I was actually 216 before I gave birth to Elle. I only gained 9 lbs during my pregnancy and quickly lost it all. I am not embarrassed at being 5’6 and 213. Is it an ideal weight? No. But is it fixable? Absolutely. I am human and of course I have insecurities but I have always felt that I looked like I weigh less than I do. I toggle between a size 12/14 but I just happen to have a solid build. I will never be a small girl because I’m an amazon woman. I’ve got big thighs and legs and so when it comes to loosing weight, I like to set realistic goals for myself. I recently had a physical at my midwife’s office and my BP and cholestrol numbers are in healthy ranges, so really it’s just my weight that’s an issue. I have no intentions of being a size 2 and I don’t think my body would let me be a size 2 anyway.  But weighing less would put me in healthier ranges and in a happier disposition so I’m all for it!

This will be the biggest weight loss challenge yet. Trying to find the time to workout, battling the cravings and trying to stay satiated through breastfeeding will be tough but I can do it! I will also be giving you the ins and outs of the very cool Weight Watchers online program. Stay tuned for next week’s update!

Got any healthy snack or workout tips for me? Moms who have breastfed and tried to loose weight, I would love some advice from you!

 

*I have received a free 3-month pass to experience Weight Watchers online. I am not being paid to use or endorse Weight Watchers and thoughts are my own. People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

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  • aaminahs mom

    As a former breastfeeding mom, I just want to say yes you do require extra calories to make the milk for Elle. And it takes a while before you “burn” the baby weigh however you acquire it off. What worked for me was working out in the house and and walking w/ Ahmad in the stroller. This was 22 years ago and I have never been healthier in my life. Sure childbirth takes our bodies for a loop and I had nothing but time. So be easy on yourself. Elle nor your “SO” really cares about the extra lbs. lets be fore real you brought a new life into this world not a small thing. Good luck with whatever endeavor you choose. IMHO spring is coming and walking the baby in the stroller really helps.

    • Brittany

      Elle and I love walks in the stroller and the weather is finally nice enough for us to take walks regularly. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://www.alllacqueredup.com All Lacquered Up

    Congratulations on joining Weight Watchers. It’s such a great program and the only one I believe gives lasting results because it makes sense for the challenges of the real world. I lost 55 pounds with the program and have kept it off for almost a year. I still have more I want to lose but I’m really happy with where I am. Good luck on your journey. I can’t wait to read more about it.

    • Brittany

      Such an inspiration you are, darling. Thank you so much! Hopefully I’ll be at the next Princess run with you. :)

  • Shyla

    So great you are doing this! Good luck and hope you meet your weight loss goal and eat the healthy foods you need for your baby girl :) Many of my friends and coworkers who have recently had babies use fruit/veggie shakes for nutrients and to drop a few pounds.

    • Brittany

      Thanks so much! And yep, I am huge lover of green smoothies so I plan on gulping those religiously throughout this weight loss challenge.

  • http://NYPlasticSurgeryQuotes.com Megan Parker

    “I like to set realistic goals for myself”

    This is absolutely true for me as well. I hate going through drastic diets and whatnot. As a mom myself, I need to be able to enjoy myself while taking care of my kids. Sure I’ll watch my weight and lose some unhealthy pounds, but not to the point of being model thin, because I know I was not meant to look that way. :)

    • Brittany

      Here here, my sister!

  • http://www.dermatendadvisor.com Emily Caruthers

    Hi..
    I have been down that path and still need to loose a little more. You probably know this already but drink plenty of water. Breast milk is 50% water and you ned to replenish what lost in order for your body to function properly. Drink a big glass after every feed..

    • Brittany

      Oh goodness yes – I drink alllllll the time. Water that is. :cool: Thanks for the reminder!

  • Kelly

    ugh…speaking my life (well except for the cutest bebe ever part). But take down two inches and that’s me and my weight and my life. i’ve slacked on the WW and the exercise–grad school does not make things easy but I’m getting myself back in the groove. Thanks for being so frank and open about it–it helps knowing there are others out there! Good luck to you :)