Guess What? I’ve Reached My Goal Weight!

I am happy to say everything in the closet fits!  Thank you God.  Here are baby Lucy and I at my son’s kindergarten graduation party.  We’re all celebrating!

I have to thank YOU because when you have a blog called “Losing Weight After Baby” – guess what you’re forced to do?  Yup…lose weight after baby!  Thank you for all your support, encouragement, and for giving me a name I had to live up to.

My husband and I are at about Day 60 of the P90X workout program.  Phew – it has been hard but good.  We have been perpetually sore for the last 2 months and I don’t think that’s going to end anytime soon.

I’m off the Atkins diet and enjoyed eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast this morning!

Be encouraged moms…when you are persistent in your diet and exercise (don’t give up), you will reach your goals!

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Atkins: Keep a Food Journal

Keeping a food journal really helps to identify what is going on with your diet.  By writing down your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, you are mindful of what is going in your mouth.  Without it, you can be snacking, munching, grazing all day long without really realizing how many calories you’re eating.  And many times those calories are hardly nutritious. 

You can buy a food journal, or simply use a spiral notepad or other pad of paper.  You can write it down with a pen or go online and log into a food journal.  I like to leave my paper food journal on the kitchen island and jot down what I eat there. 

Somedays, I don’t get to it right away.  Like right now, it’s mid-morning and I haven’t written anything down.  After typing this blog, I’ll write down:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Handful of walnuts
  • Spoonful of peanut butter

Get in the habit of writing down what you eat when you want/need an extra push to lose weight.  The accountability is enlightening and helpful! 

If you want a free sample of a one page food journal you can print out, feel free to request it by emailing me at arlene@losingweightafterbaby.com

Atkins: Down Days and Up Days

When you’re losing weight, diets are fun (at least you’re seeing results and you’ve got momentum!).  When the scale doesn’t move or worse – when it goes in the wrong direction – how do you feel?  Discouraged, frustrated, blaise, and of course, hungry!  🙂

Just so you know I’m normal, I am not losing weight every single day on my Atkins diet.  In fact, a few days ago I got really close to beating my husband to our goal (biggest loser challenge: who can lose 10 pounds first) but then I gained a pound the next day.  Ug! 

When you’re losing weight, you’ve got to keep a long term perspective.  The scale might go up one day but over a two week period, you might lose 3 pounds.  That’s a victory to celebrate!

Today I weighed in at 142 lbs.  Earlier this week, I got as low as 140.9 lbs, so of course when I saw the scale this morning, I sighed.  BUT last Saturday, I weighed 143.5 lbs so I am moving in the right direction! 

I must admit when the scale is moving downward, I feel optimistic.  Unfortunately the opposite is true as well.  I have to remind myself that as long as I’m moving in the right direction overall, it’s going to work out great!

Atkins Diet: Buying Food Can Be Expensive, Is It Worth It?

 

I had to buy some things I don’t normally buy in order to do Atkins, like the essential (ha ha) indulge bars.  You get 5 little bars from Walmart for $4.88. 

Plus I bought turkey meatballs, eggs, protein powder, chicken and apple sausages (from Costco, yummo), and cheese.  It costs money to lose weight whether you’re doing something like Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Craigs or Weight Watchers. 

I think that’s why it works.  When I know I’ve paid extra money for Atkins bars, I don’t want to blow my Atkins diet by eating my kid’s pretzels or sandwiches and undoing the progress I’ve made.  That’s wasting money and my frugal self is not into that!

So I believe when you invest money into getting healthier, whether it’s a gym membership or healthy food, you will be more successful.  We take stuff seriously when it costs us money.

Atkins Diet: My Typical Menu

While doing Atkins, you limit and count your carbs.  For instance, if a tablespoon of peanut butter is 7 grams of carbs and 1 grams of fiber, that counts as 6 net carbs.  You subtract the fiber from the carbs, so the more fiber something has, the better. 

I like Atkins because I like what you can eat 🙂  Here’s a typical menu for me:

Breakfast:  2 eggs and 1 sausage patty

Snack: cup of coffee (no sugar), 7 walnuts, slice of cheddar cheese

Lunch:  Green peppers filled with blue cheese and a little Ranch dressing, cup of chicken soup (plain broth), turkey slices

Snack: cup of cottage cheese with cinnamon, Atkins indulge bar

Dinner:  tilapia, green salad, chocolate protein shake

While I’m doing Atkins, it much easier to pass on dessert at parties because I am making progress and I don’t want to mess that up.  Plus I know it’s short term so I can handle skipping some fave things for a time.

Success and self discipline is doing what you don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it.  So later on, you can do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Atkins is Working for Me!

I was looking at my blog posts dated Jan 2 and Jan 18.  I weighed in at 149 and 150 lbs.  I’ve been losing weight slowly by exercising 6 days a week and practicing portion control.  But I have been having too many treats, I must admit!  I’ve been hovering around 146/147 for awhile now. 

So this week, I decided to try Atkins for a short period of time.  It took me a long time to make this decision because I love my carbs from pasta, cereal, oatmeal, and of course those occasional cakes, chocolates and ice cream.  I knew if I was doing Atkins, I couldn’t cheat because that would really mess me up!  You can’t eat fat AND carbs without gaining some serious weight!

My husband had been encouraging me to do Atkins because I have lost weight with that successfully in the past, but I just wasn’t ready to give up my weekly splurge of ice cream or cake.  But this week, I decided to do Atkins for one month to see how much I can lose.

I started on Tuesday and I’m so excited to say it’s working wonderfully!  I’m surprised in fact how well it’s working for me.

  • Tuesday:  146 lbs
  • Wednesday: 145 lbs
  • Thursday: 144 lbs
  • Friday: 144 lbs
  • Saturday: 143.5 lbs

I can’t say these results are typical, but this is what I am experiencing.  I think my body needed a change and by skipping carbs, I’m burning fat, fat, fat!   

Tomorrow, I’ll give you a run down of what I’m eating.  I’m aiming for about 20-30 net carbs a day.