Sunday, February 24, 2013

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

 OK, let's cut to the chase, here's the stats from my weight in Friday morning:

+1.2 Pounds
Current Weight: 163.8 lb

Well, everything I lost the week before, I gained back. I cheated in a little, and didn't move as much thanks to craziness at work, so I know that's a bit of the issue. I was also having some milk production issues and I ate extra calories certain days, working that the lack of may have been what was affecting my production. I'm not really sure what it was, but I've also upped my water intake and started taking some supplements that are supposed to help. I won't get into specifics, but I've never had an issue with production, so I kind of freaked when my levels dropped early in the week, and providing Austin strictly breast milk for his liquid food source for at least the first six months of his life is my goal above anything else. 

That said, if I'm going to eat extra calories, they don't have to be bad ones, so need to remember that. 

I wouldn't feel right if I didn't tell you all about an amazing recipe for Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce. I stumbled upon and made for Ben and I this weekend. Oh my goodness. It was amazing (minus the parsley, not a fan of that, didn't include it). I make a lot of recipes that I enjoy, that are easy, but this was just downright freaking good. I was literally licking the extra sauce off my plate with my finger after I was through with the chicken.  I didn't even remember to take a picture, and I remember thinking, "I really need to get a picture of this for the blog," but before I knew it, it was gone. 

I promise to snap some pictures of my meals this week, as I've become a super meal planner and meal freezer for easy weeknight meals. 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weight Loss Update

An update from my weigh in last Friday, just a few days late, due to, what else? Craziness! Here's where I stand weight wise:

-1.2 Pounds
Current Weight: 162.6 lb

I was so happy to see a loss this week, there were some days that were great and right on track, and others where I really used my weekly extra points to the max. I really need to stick to foods that are naturally gluten free, and not use gluten free substitute foods too much because of how high in carbs and calories they are. Sometimes these products save me, and sometimes they are my worst enemy. 

This past weekend we went to Raleigh to visit my husband's sister, her husband and their 20 month old daughter, and had a great time watching she and our little guy interact.

Cousin Love
Ben's sister used Weight Watchers while losing weight from her first pregnancy, hit her goal weight, and now looks fantastic with this second pregnancy. Being that she's been in my shoes, it was great to visit them and not completely derail my diet (or at all really). For dinner Saturday she made turkey burgers and sauteed broccoli, and we also went to the gym Saturday morning where she walked on the treadmill and I walk/ran for 25 minutes. It was a great time to get away and get my workout in while the dads hung out with the kids. 

For breakfast Sunday we walked to Panera and I finally tried out Panera's Hidden Menu that I had heard about through a Hungry Girl e-mail. Let me tell you, it's awesome! Easy on the points, easily gluten free, high in protein to keep you full, and tastes great. I had the Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Turkey (five points), and my Sister-in-law had the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak (six points). This menu makes me want to frequent Panera even more. I'd like to try the Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad next time I go for lunch.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Post Baby 5K!

This weekend I took on my first race since having my little guy. Running has been a challenge, but I'm signed up for a half-marathon at the end of April, and have been slowly, but surely trying to build up my distance, and I figured scheduling a 5K race would help with my motivation.

This morning was chily! In the 20's, but crept into the 30's during the race and quickly felt great as my friend Lynne and I took on the race.

Lynne made the 3.1 miles go by much faster as we chatted, and the last little bit of the race made me realize how much more I need to hill train as well.

I'm debating whether I should schedule a 10K race for the beginning of March to help with my training as well, but don't want to throw money around on race fees. If you have any 10K recommendations in the DC area, I'd love to hear them!

The race today was run on paved trails, so Ben and Austin (and Cooper) couldn't really spectate, but saw me off at the starting line, but retreated to the car after a bit because of the cold, and then ended up doing a few block car ride around the time I was finishing because Austin was fussing from being in his seat for so long.

This week, I've been on a quinoa kick for recipes that I've made ahead including Skinny Taste's Quinoa Salad (five points a serving) and Iowa Girl Eats Quinoa Quiche (made with half the cheese, two points).  Since the Quinoa salad had two of the main ingredients in my guacamole, I made that as well, and am going to be enjoying it on various items the next few days.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Losing the Baby Weight, Here we go

Accountability is key, and how many people have tried to lose weight and want to hear how others do it? I go, blogging my journey to lose my baby weight. I've been doing Weight Watchers for ten days and commit to you, my readers that at least every Friday for the next 12 weeks, I'll log in, let you know how my week went, and where my weight is at.

Here are some quick stats:

Starting Pregnancy Weight: 145 lbs
Ending Pregnancy Weight: 195 lbs
Current Weight: 163.8 lbs
Goal Weight: 149 lbs

I've lost some weight already through giving birth, losing water weight, breastfeeding, watching my eating, A LOT of walking, and when I started exercising regularly again the end of December when I was cleared to do so.

The weight I was at when I got pregnant was after strict management through Weight Watchers and Half Marathon training, and even though I am doing both of those things again right now, I have to be a little less rigid due to breastfeeding and working full time and needing to keep my milk supply up, thus 149 seems like a realistic, happy weight for my working mom self. And, as much as I'll be looking at the number, my real goals are to feel good in my normal clothes, no matter what that number is.

The 140's have been a challenging number for me to get and stay into always, so that's why I'd feel even more victory if I see a 4, instead of a 5, pop up on the scale.

Each week, I'll let you know such things as: what recipes I've been using and loving, how workouts have been going, how tracking is going, whether I'm sleeping, etc. And, I'd love to hear your advice in my comments.

So, join me over the next three months as I work to get my weight down, my body toned, and mainly, back in my old jeans!

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