Weight Loss Tip: Snack It, Track It

Discovered this tip on my weight loss journey. It’s a duh, slaps forehead for sure, but it’s still a great tip. 3 years ago when I was trying to lose the weight I gained due to a side effect of a medication I was on I used this same tip and found it did work. I saw that I tended to eat more at certain times and found I’d snack when I was hungry due to boredom or because people were gathering in the kitchen at work snacking and I’d join them just to get away from my desk… I wasn’t even hungry! Once I started writing down what I was eating and when I was able to cut back on my snacking and the pounds fell right off.

For one day, track your current habits by recording what you eat and drink. It doesn’t matter whether you put pen to paper–or use a tracking site or app.People who are the most successful at losing weight typically track what they consume.

On your day of discovery, track:

  • What. List ingredients separately when you know them. For example, if you’re eating pasta with sauteed vegetables, include the oil or butter used in the pan.
  • How much. Estimate in tablespoons or cups.
  • When. No need to track to the minute, but you’ll learn a lot by seeing the difference between what you choose for lunch at noon versus 2 p.m.

The point is not to shake a finger at yourself for your choices. Instead, discover and experiment. What if you ate a little bit less–would you feel just as satisfied? What if small adjustments in the times you eat make a huge difference in your energy level, hunger or weight?

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Losing the Baby Weight

Like so many other women out there who have just given birth, I’m struggling to lose that baby weight. I retained a stupid amount of fluids during my pregnancy, I started retaining excessive water around 23 weeks, and because of this I was unsure of how much weight I had actually gained during my pregnancy. I went to the doctor 1 week after having Wallace and learned I had lost 26 pounds! Obviously that was all fluids and a 8.5lb baby, but I loved knowing that my weight had decreased. Plus, I felt great having lost so much water weight and no longer having swollen feet and legs was just amazing.

Since then I have been struggling to shed those baby lbs. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I currently walk 1.5 miles every night (John and I take the dog and the baby for a walk) and a few nights a week I manage to slip over to my parents and hit the treadmill for an additional 3 miles of walking/jogging, and I try not to eat after 8pm. I know losing the weight will take time, but I’m impatient and want to get back into my per-pregnancy pants; so I started looking around for some helpful tips. My office has this great partnership with Redbrick which offers various “journeys”, a series of tips to getting healthy, losing weight, reducing stress, sleeping better etc., all for free! I signed up for the 21 Days to Lighten Up Habits and also for Weightloss. I’ll share helpful tips as I discover them. I know losing weight will primarily be a healthy diet, exercise, sleep (yea right, as a mom to a new born), and drinking water. But I’m positive I will find a few helpful tips that will help me lose stubborn pounds.

Below is the first tip I discovered on the journey. If you have any helpful tips please do share! Thanks and I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, ours was very low key 🙂

Be curious about how much you weigh. Explore how and why the number changes from day to day.People who weigh themselves regularly tend to lose weight and keep it off, with daily weigh-ins typically being more effective than weekly weigh-ins.

So for one day, weigh yourself. Here’s how:

  • Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Put the scale in a noticeable spot to help you remember.
  • Wear as few clothes as possible.
  • Yes, go to the bathroom first.
  • For extra motivation, write down the results so you can track.

Your assignment: Weigh yourself first thing on the first day of your Journey–and any other day you can.

Post Baby

I’m so sorry to stay away so long, but the arrival of our sweet little boy has left me little time for anything other than short naps when he’s napping.

One of the things that really annoyed me when I was pregnant was when other parents would tell me “you have no idea what’s coming”. I always wanted to tell them, you didn’t either, you just happened to have a child before I did and experience has been your education. That being said, I wanted to share five things I have learned in the two weeks Wallace has been home. I hope you find some of what I have to suggest helpful. Just remember, all babies and pregnancies are different as are recoveries. Recover at your pace and at your comfort level.

  1. Buy lots of anti-bacterial hand soap, seriously. I knew hand washing would double once Wallace got here, but for some reason in all the chaos of getting ready for a baby it never dawned on me that more hand washing = more soap. Dumb, I know, but  stock up now. We ran out of soap pretty quickly, however, my wonderful mother ran up to Target and bought us 5 bottles to get us through the next few weeks.  I vow that every baby shower I go to from here on out I will add a bottle of anti-bacterial soap to the mother’s gift bag.
  2. Before the baby comes buy yourself something for after the baby’s birth. By the time I gave birth I was so sick of my maternity clothes I wanted to burn them all. So about two weeks before Wallace was born I bought myself some new yoga pants and a pair of new pj’s. It was so nice to come home from the hospital and put on something that I hadn’t worn to pieces over the previous 39 weeks and I actually felt good, hard to explain why, but I did. Trust me here, make sure you have some nice lounge wear ready for when you return home.
  3. Don’t binge watch anything! Chances are your probably going to spend a lot of time on the couch in the 2-3 months following your baby’s birth, therefore I recommend not binge watching any tv shows so that when you are confined to your couch you have something to watch.
  4. Building off of suggestion #3, create a To Watch List before the baby comes. I really wish I’d done this. I had a C-Section and am limited to how many times I’m allowed to walk up and down the stairs over the next few weeks; therefore I spend a great deal of time on the couch thinking “I’m bored”, but only when Wallace is asleep and I’m not pumping. I don’t have any TV shows I follow and I’m not really a movie person, however there are a few shows I’ve always meant to watch. BUT now that I’m in a position where I can watch said shows or movies I can’t remember the titles of them all. Creating a To Watch List would save me a ton of scrolling through Netflix aimless time.
  5. Have a book ready. Again, I rarely find myself lacking something to do, but in those few hours where I am tired of watching TV or searching the internet, I’ve found reading for 20 minutes is a great way to mix up my day. I have a stack of books I’m currently trying to make my way through and I’ve really surprised myself with how quickly I can finish a book just reading 20 minutes three or four times a day.

 

Baby Things

I really did think I was going to post more about “baby things,” but exhaustion and swelling happened pretty early on in my pregnancy and sadly, the two are still here. So I’m going to attempt to do a small update as coherently as I can before I completely pass out from exhaustion.

Getting the room ready:

Truth be told, John and I didn’t really start working on the nursery until the middle of my second trimester. Now, waiting that long wasn’t really my choice, but I am pretty dependent on John these days when it comes to moving furniture and painting. I had to ask him several times before he finally got a friend over to move the spare room furniture into storage and paint the room (I’ll post pictures of the nursery… it’s almost done just missing the glider!).

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can you believe how swollen my feet are?!

Shopping for baby clothes:

I also didn’t start buying clothes for the baby until we found out the gender at 20 weeks. Carter’s and Janie and Jack are my two favorite places to shop for baby clothes. Carter’s has great sales, but I also highly recommend checking out Ebay and Totspot. It’s amazing how many people are selling baby clothes brand new with tags! No joke, I bought the baby a beautiful camel toggle coat by Janie and Jack off ebay, brand new with tags for $30 shipped and the coat retailed for $200 and a Carter’s sleep sack, blue with elephants, brand new with tags for 54 cents and $3 shipping! Even though I love clothes, I haven’t bought that many for the baby. I know babies grow quickly, so I’m hesitant to buy too many items. But trust me when I say, Wallace has more than enough to last him the first 6 months.

Toys:

I know babies won’t really start playing toys until they are 4-5 months old, but we have bought a few plush toys, think stuffed animals and this ball from Carter’s, and been gifted some as well. But when it comes to toys I’ve been holding off while I do research on the best toys for babies that will help develop skills and jump start the learning process. I did buy these super cute shakers off Amazon and have my eye on these other toys for no reason other than they are just so cute ( Fox Bandana Buddy / Roll Around Hedge Hog  / Sort and Spin Fish Bowl / Alphabet Stack and Stick Zoo )

Car seat and Stroller:

After a great deal of research and talking to friends with babies and small children, we decided to go with the UppaBaby Mesa car seat and the UppaBaby Cruz Stroller. While I actually can’t say too much on this topic yet because Wallace isn’t here yet and we haven’t used them, I can tell you that the car seat is super easy to remove from the base and snap into the stroller frame and vice versa. The car seat is light weight, a mere 9lbs, and the stroller is so easy to push, maneuver, and fold up, that they are well worth the money.

Swaddle blankets:

Same as above, we haven’t used these yet so I can only say a few words on them. My friend recommended the brand Aden and Anais to me and I’m so glad she did. These swaddle blankets are super soft, a great size of 47” x 47”, they wash well, the fabric is breathable, great price, and the signature prints couldn’t be cuter.  Apparently these blankets get softer the more you wash them as well. For whatever reason, I really wanted a particular set Liam, the Brave, which had superhero dogs and paper airplanes, but couldn’t find them in stores. Luckily Amazon had them in stock and I was able to get a set of 4 blankets for $40

While I’d love to write more and share more fun things we’ve purchased, I’m exhausted and going to head to bed. Thanks for stopping in and bearing with me during the long silence 😦

Happy Friday!

 

Absence

uggg so sorry for all the silence lately. Between a job promotion and getting ready for a baby things are a bit chaotic. I promised myself I’d sit down and write a post, even if it was a small one. I decided to do a little update on a few things that are currently going on.

  1. As I shared in a previous post, I’m pregnant! John and I are so excited to be expecting our first little bundle of joy. I will say I am amazed and put off my the #1 question I’ve been asked since our announcement, “Congrats! Was the baby planned or an accident?” Did your parents fail that badly in teaching you manners? 1. never ask that. It’s rude. 2. PLANNED I’m 29 years old, I know how to be responsible.
  2. John and  I have decided to do the nursery in gray and white and then add blue accents if it’s a boy and pink accents if it’s a girl. We won’t find out the gender until right before Christmas. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until then.
  3.  We haven’t bought any baby clothes, really. We bought a few gender neutral onesies and some baby socks.We have, however, developed quite a nice book collection for our sweet baby. Naked but well read.
  4. Despite being 16.5 weeks pregnant I’m not fully into maternity clothes, yet. I am in maternity pants, but I’m lucky enough I can still wear a large amount of my non-maternity tops. I guarantee in the next two or three weeks I’ll probably be strictly in maternity tops. I’ve been a little shocked at how hard it is to find maternity clothes I really like. I’m going to do a post on some of my favorite maternity items I have purchased so far. I will say that this belly band was a life savior for me until I was big enough for maternity bottoms. It really helped me during that in between time. Plus they are super comfortable and machine washable.
  5. In an effort to clear up some closet space and create some storage room I’m doing a massive cleaning out of my closet. I’ve listed a fair amount of items with more to come. So please feel free to check out my items for sale and submit offers! https://poshmark.com/closet/mld303
  6. Finally, I am just going o leave this article called the 3-7-14 Shopping Rule here. It’s a great rule and makes a lot of sense. Enjoy!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all of you hitting the road!