Project Weight Loss (Postpartum Edition)

September 27th, 2012 | Posted by Alison Spath in Weight Loss

I have decided that it’s time to get serious about my postpartum weight loss. I’m going to blog about it because I love to write about losing weight and I love to see people get excited about losing weight too. I once heard someone say, “you talk about what you think about”, and weight loss is what I’m thinking about right now. My hope is that what works for me might give those of you looking to lose weight some ideas about what might (or might not!) work for you too.

In my book, getting serious means calorie counting. Calorie counting can sometimes feel a real drag, but I want results so it’s worth the effort.

I’m going to share my weight loss journey here to show:

you can lose weight eating real, good food
you can lose weight eating real portions
you can lose weight without an insane amount of exercise
you can lose weight and still eat dessert, treats, at restaurants, your favorite foods and more

Does that sound like a weight loss infomercial? The good news is I’m not going to try to sell you a thing.

Here’s my disclaimer, right up front:

I am not a qualified weight loss expert. I have experience with my own weight loss only. Take what you like and leave the rest behind. Don’t do anything you feel is not safe. Talk to your trusted health care professional for medical advice, do your own homework and research, then make your own decisions about your health and wellness. This project is not about me being a bossy pants telling you what to do, it’s about me showing you what I do in the hopes that it might help you on your journey too.

The Time is Now

You can either sit around wishing and hoping the weight is going to magically come off, or you can actually do something and make it happen. I’m ready to make it happen. Since about 4 weeks postpartum I’ve been going the “make good choices” and “watch portion sizes” route waiting for weight loss magic to happen. It worked for a while, but I’ve hit a plateau and am not losing any more weight. I want to lose the rest of the baby weight sooner rather than later, but still safely and effectively.

Not Just For Mom’s

What I’m doing isn’t specific to women or mother’s who have recently had a baby. Calories In < Calories Out can work for just about anyone. (just about anyone. Let’s go back and read my disclaimer again!) My problem is that if I don’t track “Calories In”, they don’t seem to say under “Calories Out” and that is usually what the hold up is when it comes to being stuck at the same weight week after week.

I plan to share weekly weight loss round up posts on Friday’s, so that if you don’t care about weight loss; yours, mine or anyone else’s, you’ll know when to avert your eyes. I still plan to blog about food, meals, fitness and anything else healthy living in between too.

And if you are interested? I’ll have more details up tomorrow, with weekly updates on the Friday’s to come.

I plan to share:

Sample meals/snacks with calorie counts
Daily calorie totals and weight for anyone who wants to look at the specifics
Tips and tricks that make it easier
Anything else relevant or interesting I come across along the way

I do plan share my actual weight, even though the thought of that makes me cringe and strange sounds emerge from some place deep inside my throat. I simply don’t want to beat around the bush with my “pre-pregnancy weight” or other words and terms in place of actual numbers. I like math, I like to add and subtract, and as any math teacher would say, let’s be sure to show our work.

I mention this only because I know numbers can be triggering for some people with eating disorders, so my apologies in advance to anyone who feels that discussing your weight is a sensitive topic.

(For the record, I’m aiming for the low 130’s.)

OK, I think that sums it up. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of Week 1! If anyone wants to play along at home, feel free to chime in in the comments at any time. I’d be happy to have some company along for the ride.

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