Losing The Baby Weight: A Progress Report, 16 Months Later

Well, I suppose this post has been a long time in the coming. I admittedly kept putting off writing any kind of “losing the baby weight” update because I hoped to be able to do some kind of “yay, victory is mine!” post — but alas, at 16 months later, I feel like it’s finally time to own up to how things have been going.

As mentioned in my last post on the subject, I gained an excessive amount of weight during my pregnancy with Lillian — nearly 70 pounds — and as of November 2011, I still had 30 pounds of that to lose in order to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 190 pounds. As for how much progress has been made since then? Here’s an updated photo of the scale:

A digital scale reading at 207.5 pounds.

So I suppose the good news is that some progress has been made — 207 pounds is certainly an improvement over the 220 from my last update. But at the same time, that leaves another 17 to go. And considering that I had hoped to have shed those pounds by last summer, it’s probably safe to say that things could be going better.

This is the part where I’m supposed to reflect on what a struggle it is to lose all that weight, but honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve been trying very hard. With the exception of a few short-lived stretches of dutifully trying to cut back, I’ve just been snacking and eating junk and drinking as many sodas as I want for the last year. And then there was this business where me and Joe invented something called “wing feast,” which certainly didn’t help matters any.

Exhibit A: "Wing Feast," a smorgasbord of glazed chicken chunks, chili cheese nachos, and all the celery sticks you can dip in fatty blue cheese dressing.

Exhibit A: “Wing Feast,” a smorgasbord of glazed boneless buffalo wings, chili cheese nachos, and all the celery sticks you can dip in fatty blue cheese dressing.

The idea was to enjoy a deliciously awesome meal while watching a movie, to make up for how infrequently we found ourselves going out on dates and generally having “couple time” in those early days of parenthood. Which doesn’t sound so bad in and of itself, except that for a while there, we were doing it pretty much every weekend.

So in conclusion, motivation has been a big problem. But the good news is that I recently started feeling a greater desire to try harder at this “losing the baby weight” thing. Maybe part of it is that my baby is now a toddler, and she discovered a fun game where she lifts up my shirt and pats my belly and laughs at how squishy and jiggly it is. Or maybe it’s just a random coincidence. In any case, lately I’ve found myself feeling oddly motivated to “get back on the wagon.”

So since around the beginning of March, the sodas have been cut way back, and the snacking has been reduced to reasonable levels, and my meals have come with more vegetables and less meat/carbs/gravy than they used to. And even though it hasn’t been that long yet, I feel like these measures are¬†already¬†starting to have an impact — not necessarily on the scale or the waistline, but in feeling generally healthier and more energetic. So hopefully I can keep it up and have some better progress to report in another few months.

Anyone else out there currently in the midst of a struggle to lose a bunch of pregnancy weight, or a bunch of weight in general? Any tips you’ve found useful for staying motivated when it takes longer than you originally hoped?

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  1. I have to tell you that at Christmas I thought you looked pretty good. I definitely would not have called you fat! You looked just fine to me. Also, that wing feast looks pretty good, and we all know how you enjoy dipping things into other things, which is why we always have a shrimp ring and cocktail sauce for you when you come over. ;)

    It’s good, though, that you’re improving your diet now. As you edge closer to 30, it will become harder and harder to keep the weight at a reasonable level. I remember very well how easy it was for me to lose weight if I had to while in my 20s, but it has gotten painfully harder since I passed 30 and even harder now that I’m in my 40s. I overindulged a lot at Christmas this year, and I am still paying for it. It is very hard to get the weight back off, but I’m doing it slowly but surely. I can fit comfortably back in my jeans again, at least. ;)

    Anyway, I think you’re doing great, and seeing you and Joe eating more healthy foods will encourage Lillian to do the same. There are plenty of ways to make vegetables taste good without overdoing it with fatty sauces and creams. Google is a great place to find recipes. If you get Lillian started on good tasting vegetables now, it will be a lot easier to keep her eating those vegetables and others later on. Keep up the good work!!!! :)

    • Aww, thanks! :) I guess it’s good to know that this tall big-boned frame is capable of squirreling away those 200+ pounds better than one would expect. Haha, and I think the dipping was the best part about wing feast, since every single food item could be dipped into something else. ;) Over-indulging during the holidays was another issue though, especially over these past few months — I feel like it’s been sort of a non-stop binge from Thanksgiving straight through Valentine’s Day.

      Thanks for the tips on veggies, though luckily for us, getting Lillian to eat vegetables hasn’t been difficult at all yet — she loves peas, carrots, green beans, and even broccoli! We’ll see if that changes as she gets older and hits the “terrible twos” and whatnot, but for now she’s been setting a good example for this mama to follow rather than the other way around! :)

  2. Healthy foods are good! I notice how much better I feel when I eat more veggies and fruits. And drink plenty of water. I never could figure out why the doctor said ‘drink water,” and then gave me a pill to get rid of water! Finally I learned it’s not how much water is in your body, it’s how much is passing through (duh!). I’ve never done very well with weight, though. When I was 18, curves were popular and I was thin as a stick. After marriage and two babies, I began to fill out and then “Twiggy” was popular! http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2011/03/featured-designer-hsn-twiggy-london-women-over-45/

    I think working (outside the home) makes it hard to lose weight. Not as much physical activity, and junk food so convenient! You’re doing great! Keep it up!

    • Thanks for the link! It was really interesting reading about Twiggy, and thinking about how celebrities can change the entire cultural attitude of what’s attractive and what’s not.

      You bring up an interesting point about how working outside the home can affect weight loss, and it made me think about how the method of transportation can make a difference. When I was working downtown and commuting by train, I was walking two miles every single weekday, but since last July I’ve been working out in the ‘burbs and spending that time sitting in traffic instead. Thanks for the encouragement in any case! :)

  3. Just a few “stealth health” tips: use fat-free versions of dips and dressings (watch out for fat free baked goods though, they often replace the fats with sugar), brown or raw sugar (and use half or 2/3 what the recipe calls for), and “extra sharp” cheddar in smaller quantities than mild, if you snack on cheese. Shred a tablespoon into veggies for a flavor boost that doesn’t add a lot of calories. And finally, make meals as much of a “ritual” as you can, sitting down to eat (you eat more standing up, because it packs down) and setting the table, etc. Fast food and over-processing are the enemies!

    • Thanks for these suggestions! I was actually talking with a friend just the other day about how some “low fat” or “light” versions of foods taste awful, while others are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. And last night we tried making some homemade pizza rolls with low fat mozzarella cheese and lower-fat, lower-calorie turkey pepperoni, and there was no difference at all in the taste. I’m a huge fan of these kinds of little barely-noticeable tricks for eating healthier! And making a habit of sit-down meals and reducing fast food intake are great to do as well. :)

  4. I was at 190 and I gained more weight after the baby. My energy was down and I wasn’t very active. So it got up to 240! I have since been cutting back portions and now I am at 220. I make sure I eat whole grains, lots of vegetables, nothing fried either. I did exercise every day jogging, but I really hurt my knee. So I am a lot more careful now and try to do a lot of walking and things that are easier on my bones. I am hoping to be a size sixteen mid summer. We’ll see I guess. Lol.

  5. Oh and I forgot to mention that before baby I weighed 150. So yeah I really packed on the pounds. Now when I look at my old jeans they look so tiny. It’s funny how your perception changes because when I was wearing them I thought I was fat. If I only knew then what I know now. Lol.

    • Hi Sherri, thanks for taking the time to comment and share your experience with this! I can so relate to that feeling of looking at the pre-baby clothes and marveling at how tiny they look, haha. Everything is relative, that’s for sure. Sorry to hear about your knee, but other than that it sounds like you’re doing really well! Best of luck with your goal and thanks for reading! :)

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