I’ve wanted to shift some pregnancy pounds for a few months now, but I hadn’t quite found a way to stay on the wagon. I’d lose a few pounds Monday to Friday, and then would have gained them again over the course of a weekend.
Now I know losing weight is simply a case of eating less and moving more, but I find having a plan to stick to helps me stay accountable and on track. So, with the start of the new year, I joined Weight Watchers, ready to lose weight once and for all.
I’m a firm believer that you must be completely ready to lose weight, fuelling your determination for the journey ahead. Over January I managed to lose eleven pounds, and here are a few tips that have really made the difference over those four and a bit weeks.
Not taking on too much
I once read that so many New Year’s resolutions fail because we take on far too much. We want to get fitter, lose weight, give up our vices, read more, work harder, the list goes on…
Planning to achieve so much, it’s easy to see how we set ourselves up to fail.
It goes without saying that I want to be much fitter, but losing weight by eating well is my current priority. After all, as the saying goes, you can’t exercise away a bad diet.
A good night’s sleep is hard to come by in our house, so commiting to hours of exercise is only going to add to the exhaustion, inevitably leading to unhealthy food choices. Focusing on eating well, without the pressure of trips to the gym, has made this first month much more bearable.
Not to say I’m completely inactive, I’m out walking our dogs and pushing the pram daily, clocking up at least 10,000 steps by mid-afternoon.
I’m sure as I’m more in the swing of Weight Watchers I’ll add in a little exercise, but at the moment I think I’ve found a balance that works for me.
Taking a year
Previously, I’ve been disappointed with a small weight loss, but a shift in perspective has really helped.
I’m seeing 2018 as the year I lose weight. Not just aiming to get back to my pre-baby weight, but to reach the size I was when I got married.
If I lose a pound each week, then I’ll reach that target. What really matters is staying on track.
Across 52 weeks there are bound to be weeks where I gain, maintain or only lose a little, but if I lose 4 pounds across a month then I’ll reach my target.
Aiming for an achievable average, rather than an amazing weight loss each week, makes a large target seem less overwhelming.
Finding my motivation
Pregnancy combined with an underactive thyroid, has taken its toll on my body, and I’ve been left with a larger weight gain than I ever anticipated. That being said, I would happily go through the whole nine months again to expand our family.
However, before we even think about a new addition, I want to be in a good place health wise. Even taking some time to enjoy fitting into my old wardrobe.
Alongside a future pregnancy, I also want to make sure I’m as healthy as I can be for our baby boy. What better motivation could there be?
Finding my ‘why’, has helped fuel my determination. Focusing on our future, rather than the tempting treats in the present, has made it much easier to turn them down.
Finding the root of why you want to lose weight, is a crucial first step on what is potentially a long tricky journey.
While the above tips aren’t specific to Weight Watchers, following them has kept me in the right mindset to follow the plan, without falling off the wagon.
Apparently, on average, it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic, so I’m sure my new found determination will be truly tested throughout February.
I’ll be back with another update at the beginning of March, hopefully with a weight loss and some more tips to share.