20 Pounds Down

Actually, 21 pounds down, but who doesn’t love a nice round number? It also means I’ve lost more than 10% of my total body weight and I got a fancy key chain at my Weight Watchers meeting this week. To celebrate, I treated myself to shrimp cocktail for dinner and a giant bowl of ice cream for dessert – although both of which are things I eat regularly so they weren’t really treats as much as just food I really love.

I am now at my true pre-both-pregnancies weight (not the one on my doctor’s chart at my first appointment – I gained a full 10 pounds in those first 8 weeks with Evan) which is a great milestone. Unfortunately, I’m only a third of the way back to my wedding weight, although honestly I’d be pretty content if I just lost another 20. At my wedding weight, I was eating nothing but Slim-Fast bars and spending 2 hours a day at the gym (CRAZY BRIDE ALERT) and that’s just not a feasible lifestyle with 2 kids and a husband hanging around bugging me to feed them all day.

People are always curious to know how other people lose weight (Whole grains! Whole grains? Whole grains!!) so I thought I’d share what has been working for me. Of course, my first suggestion would be to join Weight Watchers – I’ve spent the last 7 years thinking about food during every single waking moment but still watching the numbers on the scale creepy slowly (and not so slowly) upwards. Now after 16 weeks on WW I think about food only when I’m hungry and have lost 20 pounds. I know I sound like a commercial and you’re probably rolling your eyes but if you’re not the kind of person who can just “eat less and move more” without some structure then it is totally worth the investment.

One of the major changes I’ve made is the number of fruits and vegetables I eat, especially grapes, apples, bananas, and veggies like brussels sprouts, eggplant, and squash. Grapes might be the best diet food ever – you can eat them mindlessly while watching tv and ALMOST feel like you’re eating candy. The vegetables I cut into pieces, toss on a cookie sheet with a little cooking spray and lots of salt and roast. Topped with Parmesan cheese I can eat them until I am STUFFED and still loose weight consistently. I also eat salad almost every day. Salad salad salad. Tons of salad. Usually also topped with cheese and light dressing, because although I like lettuce I’m not a masochist. Who wants to give up cheese?

I drink almost nothing with calories. I stick to water, Diet Coke, Crystal Light/fake Crystal Light and coffee. I use fat free creamer at home and order skim milk and 3 Splenda at Dunkin Donuts. It’s not worth using any of my points just for a latte that’s not going to fill me up for more than 5 minutes – although the Cafe Mocha K-cups are only 2 points and a nice alternative to hot cocoa and I will admit to more skinny frappuchinos at the Target Starbucks than an average person.

Other foods I eat consistently are Egg Beaters with hot sauce in a Mission Carb Balance tortilla, bacon (seriously! it’s low in points!), chunk light tuna with herbed light mayo in a Carb Balance tortilla, low fat string cheese, Joseph’s pita bread (the kind flax & oat bran kind) with hummus, low fat Wheat Thins, seafood (shrimp, fish, mussels), taco salad (with lots of lettuce to bulk up the meat and Fritos), a scoop of ice cream over a cut up banana, peanut butter on apple slices, and al fresco chicken sausage. So it’s a pretty good mix of real whole foods and diet/low fat stuff, which is a choice I’m comfortable with so I don’t have to give up ALL the stuff I love. I could never ever stick to one of those clean eating diets – I wouldn’t make it 12 hours without breaking down and shoving a whole bag of Goldfish into my face.

Besides diet, I also started pushing myself a little harder at Stroller Strides. Jogging instead of walking, doing planks on my toes instead of knees, push-ups on the floor instead of on a bench. I am reallyreallyreally sore almost every day, but it’s a good kind of sore. I can see the changes in my arms and my abs the most – I’m not going to be wearing a bikini any time soon (any time EVER) but when I see a picture of myself I no longer think “Whoa, why do my arms look so wide?” or run away from the camera.

I know weight loss might be THE MOST BORING subject ever to read about and you’re probably thinking “Where are the cute baby pictures?! I don’t care what you eat!” and I know. I KNOW. I am the worst. But I’m feeling pretty good about my too-big jeans and needed to pat myself on the back for a few minutes. Cute baby pics tomorrow, I promise.

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15 Responses to “20 Pounds Down”

  1. Swistle says:

    I am always interested in weight loss testimony (totally different than weight loss EVANGELISM) (and you totally achieved testimony). I feel like I get a couple of tips and thoughts every time, and gradually all those things are combining to give me better and better eatin’ skillz.

  2. Robyn says:

    i want to see before and after pics!!! also, congrats on the weight loss! you should be really proud of yourself. losing weight when you have little kids is way harder than before kids.

  3. Leah says:

    Good for you! I am of the mind that anything in a tortilla = diet food so I like where your meal plan is at. I like to tell myself that I am so hungry all the time because of the BF and I should eat so I can keep making food and that I couldn’t possibly have the time or energy to work out what with all my mothering. But damn, lady, way to make me look bad. ;)

  4. I’m really happy for you that you are losing weight, and I don’t mind reading about it. I’m in that post-baby phase and need the encouragement to get on track with healthy eating and exercise.

  5. Christina says:

    Congratulations! After baby boy 2 came along in May I knew I had to do something to look better. I gave myself 6 months before dieting/ exercising. I will begin in Nov and after much debating I will join WW! I mean business this time! Your success really convinced me to go with WW. Thanks!

  6. Veronica says:

    Good. For. You. That is amazing! I am jealous so jealous but I am crazy happy for you : )

  7. Anna says:

    Good job, Suzanne! I’m proud of you.

    I started counting calories and watching what I eat too. Lots of salads for lunch, chicken and turkey burgers for dinner. Getting kinda bored, so I’m happy to read your suggestions!

    I’m shooting for a 50 pound loss, but once I hit 10 pounds, I’m buying myself a treat. :)

  8. Kimberly says:

    Congrats! I’m so envious of people who can stick to things like that. Right now, I’m on the “I realize in the middle of the afternoon that I haven’t eaten breakfast yet” diet. Not awesome.

  9. Krista says:

    No… I was thinking where are the cute Suzanne pictures! Congrats on the weight loss, lady. That’s fantastic.

  10. Tanya says:

    Congrats on the weight loss. That is super awesome!

  11. Erin..... says:

    You are doing great! I’m so proud of you!!! Congrats on 20. Now come down here and motivate me *#&$ it!!! :)

  12. Tricia says:

    Weight Watchers is my go-to when I get serious about wanting to get the pounds off. I just started again because I’m DISGUSTED with my fat arms and stomach (which, honestly, I don’t usually see shrink completely until after my nurslings hit the 14-month mark, for some reason). Congrats on your success, lady!!! You’re an inspiration!

    • bebehblog says:

      Don’t be so hard on yourself, lady. My lactation consultant told me after my first baby that you can diet all you want after a baby, but until you stop nursing you’re NEVER going to lose that last 10 or 15 pounds. Your body holds onto that weight (especially on your waist and hips) in case you start starving to death and need to make milk for the baby. I’m totally blaming the breastfeeding for the fact that I’ve only lost 20 lbs while the friend I joined with has lost TWICE AS MUCH.

  13. Megan says:

    Thanks for posting this. Those were some great ideas for snacks and food. I am constantly snacking all day on the wrong things.. maybe roasted veggies or grapes will suffice..also, I could definitely give up soda and try that Crystal Light. Congratulations, 20 lbs is a LOT. I have a family member who is using weight watchers, I’ve wanted to join but don’t know if they let you if you don’t have that much to lose . Don’t worry, you will get to your goal. You wont be breastfeeding forever!!!

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