Sunday, June 13, 2010

Patting myself on the back

As of this week I have lost 15.4 pounds. Not too shabby. My goal is to have lose 20 pounds by our family reunion/vacation. I still have 5 weeks to go so I'm optimistic. I've been doing Weight Watchers for 10 weeks and am trying to be diligent about tracking my points. The flex points come in handy over the weekends or occasional lunch out and I love that I can track everything on my iPhone WW app. I'm not sure what my ultimate goal is for weight loss. I don't think I'll get down to the 115 range that correlates with my height but I'd like to be a size 8 or 10. That way I can shop in any store and be assured of finding my size.

Probably the biggest thing I've learned in this second go around with WW is portion control. I did WW about two years ago prior to getting pregnant. I lost about 15 pounds then and of course packed them back on plus some throughout the pregnancy. I certainly didn't restrain myself with portion control while pregnant! The days of stuffing myself are over. One thing about WW is that it is really a lifetime program. It isn't really a diet because it is more about teaching you how to eat properly. A skill that I will have to use for the rest of my life. My current struggle is that I still think of it like a "diet" with the implication that I can go back to usual (well, not all the way!) and I need to readjust my mindset. I hope I'll get there soon!

I have also started exercising. I loath exercising. I really, really do. But I've started swimming with our membership in the JCC and it doesn't really feel like exercise to me. I managed to get in laps Friday, Saturday and today which is great. One of the things I like about swimming is that it is just me with my thoughts. No music, TV or other distractions. You'd think I would have a lot more blog posts as a result but alas I usually go the mundane route and think about work or the list of chores piling up. The JCC has daycare so I can bring Cameron with me if DH has work to do around the house. There is a wide age range in the kids using the babysitting room and Cameron loves interacting with the older kids. She was so happy there she didn't want to leave today.

Along with the weight reduction I finally broke down and went to Macy's to spend far too much money on a new bra. And I love it! Embarrassingly I have been wearing my nursing bras for the past 15 months even though I stopped pumping when Cameron was 6 months old. My sister asked me to borrow them so it motivated me to hit the mall. Two different women recommended the same bra when I mentioned I needed to get a new one: Wacoal. Macy's only had one in my size (damn you DDs!) so I plan on picking up another one online. I much prefer shopping online anyway and will just get the same style in a different color. I swear that my "girls" have never looked perkier. This bra really does lift and separate. Sure $60 is a little steep but a boob lift would be even more. At least that's what I told DH. He's just happy that my cup size didn't go down. Men.

7 comments:

Mommy, Esq. said...

It's important to get fitted for a bra every once in a while and $50+ sounds reasonable to me for a good bra. You should get 3 - one for laundry bag, wearing and drawer.

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Great job! The exercise gets better the more you do it :) I am a bra fanatic I have around 30 bras all over 50 bucks, don't tell my husband! I wear a size F so a good bra is a necessity. Gah, you don't even want to know what size they were during the BFing months. :(

Amanda said...

Congrats on being so close to your goal. And men will never understand how expensive it is to look pretty :)

Anonymous said...

Way to go, girl! and you'll have to educate me re bras. :) Love, Mimi

Donna said...

Yay for you!! Sounds like you already have the right mindset to me. As far as finding clothes your size (at any size) good luck. I am a very little person and can never find anything that fits right. But finding a bra you love...now that is a real gift!

Stephanie said...

Hah! Your hubby sounds JUST like mine!!!

Go ahead and treat yourself, girl! The first time I tried on a "real" bra, after the nursing ones, I said,from the dressing room, "so THAT's what they're supposed to look like". The saleslady and my fellow dressing room attendees all laughed.

drew said...

CONGRATS! I know, it is really hard work! I tried WW but the online tracker was not compatible with my mac so I got a refund. My mom successfully lost over 20 pounds this spring with it! I am just trying to eat less, stop mid-week drinking and move more. Like you say, it is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet fix so I have been slowly going at it, but so far have lost about 18 pounds since the kid was born. 5 more and I am back to my old, fat self. But, wouldn't it be nice to go back to wedding weight? Size 10 is about the smallest I could ever imagine myself, and right now that seems pretty small since I am still squeezing into 14.
Patience, time and hard work will get you there though! It is good to have a goal, and I am sure you will make it! Hopefully when I see you in August we will all be back to pre-baby weight, and then some! Also, I struggle with the bra thing as well... though I ditched the nursing bras, my Vicky's are not cutting it, and are instead cutting me... the underwires keep poking out! Time for a new one and thanks for the suggestion! DD is the way to be!