We interrupt your regularly scheduled programing to bring you "operation swimsuit" ....lots of cute kid pics can be seen in my many recent picture updates :-0
Ok, what is operation swimsuit you may ask? Well, it has nothing to do with Raya and Brielle, but since I know I have lots of readers who don't regularly comment on my blog I'm taking the chance that someone out there might be interested in hearing about my newest mommy mission--to lose the baby weight (and then some!)
Brielle is officially 7 weeks old tomorrow. "I just had a baby" is no longer an acceptable excuse for looking flabby and sloppy :-P Since I am very motivated to do this I decided to make a public declaration so that I can't change my mind later hahaha. Starting tomorrow I'm losing the weight!
I know, I know....many of you are probably thinking "but you look fine already!" Well, thank you :-) However, based on my BMI I *am* technically 2 pounds overweight still :-P Yes, I know....that's hardly much. But losing 2 lbs will only put me at the top end of the "healthy weight" spectrum, and my goal is to be smack dab in the middle....that means losing exactly 20lbs. Yes, I gasped myself when I first committed to this. Losing 2lbs would mean I'm technically healthy, but I'd still be at the "gotta buy clothes to make myself look skinnier than I am" stage. That is not the goal here people! The goal is to actually BE skinny, and have a legit reason for Lee to say "OK" to me buying a new summer wardrobe (yay....shopping!)....and also for me to confidently wear a swimsuit (not a bikini :-P) this summer at the pool with my girls. We've got MONTHS before swimsuit season...this will totally be a cakewalk! (See, positive attitude hehe)
How am I planning to do it? Well, I've spent a few days thinking this over. There's always the "just be good and eat reasonably" option...but for me at least that doesn't have nearly enough accountability. And I'm no nutritionist...eating "reasonably" to me totally included big bowls of cereal in the morning, among other things. Then there's the hardcore "you will never eat a sweet again" option....which yeah, it goes without saying that THAT never lasts for long. Then there's always the "exercise a ton and eat what you want", but honestly with two little ones and winter weather I don't forsee substantial exercise in my immediate future. Plus, since having Brielle my arthritis has been flared up significantly, so any exercise would be very low key.
....so my ultimate decision was.....weight watchers! Yes, weight watchers. Ok, I'll admit, I didn't know much about weight watchers other than the corny comercials on tv. And in my head weight watchers was for the 40+ mid life crisit crowd haha. But upon doing further research I decided that it should actually be great for me! Plus, the big selling point was they have a modified version to follow for nursing mothers (since nursing moms are not really supposed to try losing more than 1 pound per week, and we have to eat some extra calories to keep up production and such)...They have also recently revamped their points system. Almost all fruits and veggies are zero points! (They obviously don't want you to eat 5 bananas in one day or anything, but in general you are encouraged to eat as many fruits and veggies as you want....totally doable and no reason to ever be hungry). There is an online program, which works awesome for me right now b/c I"m online constantly during nursing sessions anyways...and the program includes tons of yummy dinner recipes, access to message boards--which I love, especially now as a stay at home mom....it is sometimes the only adult conversation I have all day lol...etc. Plus, I had no idea how many foods I already eat have the weight watchers points written right on them. So easy. They have a free trial I just signed up for today and then if I like it you basically pay like $17 a month, which I am willing to do for a few months in order to succeed at operation swimsuit :-)
I will let you know how it goes!!! And if in a couple weeks you have not heard any more about operation swimsuit then feel free to call me out...I'm now totally accountable to my blog readers haha. The only thing I'm worried about is figuring out the points when I eat out (not very often) or when I make recipe's at home. I might have to do some rough estimates using the points calculator online...but if I stick to the recipes they have online that will be easy, and I will also be sneakily getting Lee to do weight watchers for dinner too! (The boy took "sympathy weight" to a new level this pregnancy I think :-P)
Oh, and if any of you have done or are currently doing weight watchers then totally chime in with some tips!
.....we now return you to your regularly scheduled programing....