Almost five months into the postpartum weight loss journey, I’d be lying if I said I can check off all my goals, all my to-do lists, and call it a done deal. I wrote about the plan here, and then I talked about the emotional side of it in my first outfit post post-baby here, so I felt like now would be a good time to go back and review how I’m doing so far, and how things have changed from what I was initially thinking. So here’s the brutal truth:
1) Drink only water.
I’m doing pretty good with this one, although I discovered that they sell Skinny Vanilla Latte Starbucks in a huge bottle in my grocery store, so that’s become an occasional treat, along with coffee meetings that also require a caffeine fix. With Cora I never really felt the need to drink coffee, but with two little ones keeping me awake all day every day, it’s become an official necessity. But I’ve cut out almost all juices, sodas of course, lemonade, etc.
2) Limit processed foods, added sugars, carbs.
I would say I’m good about this around 80% of the time. I posted on social media that I’ve been using Ezekiel bread when I need a carb fix, and I even made zoodles to use in place of spaghetti one night! I’ve noticed that it’s almost impossible for me to keep up my breastfeeding supply if I cut out carbs entirely, so I’m just limiting myself to a bit here and there to maintain my energy and sanity. But as far as sugars and junk food, I’m hanging in there for the most part! I even discovered a sugar free shaved ice at Bahama Buck’s that I’ve now gone back twice for because it a) tastes delicious in 100 degree heat and b) isn’t THAT bad for me!
3) Exercise six days a week.
SO, this is probably where I’ve failed the most spectacularly. I do really good at keeping up with the T25 workouts in my house, but I am terrible at getting out of the house to go on a walk. Especially since Orlando’s gone for training so I have to take both the girls with me if I’m going to go. Our stroller only has the skateboard for Cora to stand on, so she inevitably wants to get off and walk/pick up a leaf/look at a cool rock or something, so I barely work up a sweat. I’m thinking about investing in a jogging stroller where I can strap them both in and just GO, but I need recommendations! What do you mothers of two use?
One thing I didn’t anticipate was winning a standing desk on Instagram (woo!), so I’ve been using that during the day to keep me from sitting all day long staring at a computer. I’m still staring at the computer, but at least now I’m on my feet a bit more. Winning!
4) Sunday is my cheat day.
Turns out it’s Saturday OR Sunday, I have been letting myself pick whichever day has the most potential for cheating. 😉 As in, this Saturday we were at a birthday party, so I went all out on a cupcake, hot dogs, and Doritos. Sunday was a little more low key so I was able to get back on the wagon. Compromise, my friends, it’s a beautiful thing.
5) Use my FitBit to track everything.
Ugh, I need to be better about this, too. Tracking my food is just INCREDIBLY tedious that I rarely feel like doing it. But I have been really good about tracking my weight as it is slowly but surely coming off. At first I thought it was silly to track losing just a pound, but I found that if I logged it in there I was more motivated to keep it off. It was almost like making it official that that weight is GONE and I need to stick with the plan to make sure it stays that way! The human mind is weird, right? 🙂
So if you’re in the throes of postpartum weight loss as well, how are you doing? If you’re preggo and about to be there, what’s your plan? Let me know, I could use some camaraderie!