It’s hump day! Hallelujah. We have been experiencing some major separation anxiety/fussy baby syndrome over here and needless to say, I’m worn out.
A few weeks ago, I was reading Kath’s blog about her weight loss report card and it made me think about how I was weighing in on the various aspects she chose to grade herself on.
I have lost the majority of my baby weight and to be honest, haven’t put a ton of effort into it in the past year. I tried to eat nutritious foods, but I know I grazed too much and incorporate some types of exercise with the main one being walking sprinkled with some spinning classes, circuit training and running. I’m still breastfeeding and that has really worked for me to get the weight off. I want about 5-10 “vanity” pounds I would like to lose and I know it’s tight to tighten the reins on myself.
Aiden is almost 13 months and I feel good about where I am. All my clothes pretty much fit and have for several months. I have noticed that with my current lifestyle, I’m just maintaining my weight now though.
I don’t want to be so strict on myself that I am enjoying no treat foods whatsoever. I want a balance in my life, so I’m willing for the weight loss to take longer. I’ll be happier and more content this way, thus making it easier to keep going with this lifestyle.
With that said, here are the areas I’m “grading” myself to see where I need to make improvements.
Weight Loss Report Card
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption – B
This winter I definitely could have been better about this. We eat a lot of soups with veggies in them and I ate bananas and various fruits, but I’m looking forward to summer produce and eating salads more often. I never do very well in the winter with getting as much produce as I should. We ate roasted veggies occasionally too, but I never ate enough of those either. Definitely room for improvement. My goal is to eat a salad a day in the summer – even if it’s just a side salad with my main meal. We are growing lettuce, so it shouldn’t be hard to get it in.
Portion Control – B+
Honestly, I haven’t really paid much attention to portions, but continued to lose weight this whole year. I am so busy feeing Aiden and attending to him during our meals that I don’t even know how much I eat most days. That’s a bad thing that I’m going to make a conscious effort to watch. I do, however, know that breastfeeding a baby on an overly full stomach is uncomfortable, so for most of the year, I haven’t gotten that full.
Non-Intuitive Eating – C
I’m the first to admit that when I’m tired and can’t go take a nap, I eat. It’s become a nurturing, nourishing aspect to my life, which makes me a little sad because I worked for years to make sure I was actually hungry when I was eating and it wasn’t for any other reason – emotional or fatigue. Unfortunately, I can’t go take a nap now when I’m exhausted from being up all night, so I use that as my fuel. I tend to go for carbs too, which is another detriment. I should at least be choosing fruits for the natural sugar. I also eat Aiden’s leftovers more than I’d like to admit, which I definitely don’t need. They always say moms gain weight eating off their child’s plates. I don’t want to be that mom. I don’t have dessert very often, but when we go to the grocery store, David and I have been getting ourselves too many “treats” such as an allergen free chocolate bar.
Alcohol Consumption – B-
I’ve been really liking to have a glass of wine at night with dinner. Sometimes with the fussiness during the day, a glass just hits the spot. I know it’s doing my weight loss no favors and the toxins should stay out of my body. Unfortunately, with summer coming, it seems like BBQing and drinking go hand in hand. I try to only have a glass a couple times a week though.
Exercise Motivation – A-
Since the new year, something flipped in my mind and I’ve been better at getting exercise in. I’ve been taking Aiden to the gym daycare where I go to spinning classes a few times a week. I’ve been really enjoying those again. I also ordered the T25 workout and have been doing those several times a week too. They are quick and effective and Aiden just plays around me while I get it done. I realized that shorts and swim suit weather is just around the corner and I want to feel comfortable this summer.
Exercise Quality – A
I think I’ve been pushing myself hard in the workouts I’ve been doing. I would like to maintain what I’ve been doing and add some running in there.
Overall – B-
I could definitely work on my diet. The biggest area I want to work on is making sure that I’m hungry when I’m eating and not just eating because I’m tired or stressed. I also want to make myself eat meals instead of grazing all day. I never know how many calories I’m getting in each day and that has to change. I need to get a baseline for a ballpark number of calories I’m eating each day and go from there.
I’m going to follow up to this in a couple months and see how I’ve improved. Just writing this and looking at the areas I need to improve has given me some direction. Thanks Kath for doing this! I really think everyone should take an inventory of their goals more often.
Have you eaten enough fresh produce this winter?
What are you looking forward to the most this summer?
How’s your exercise/meal plan going?