Thanks for your sweet comments on yesterday’s post. And trust me, I’m fully aware of the beautiful reason for putting on the pounds…
but now I’d like to work on getting them off! 🙂
Ok, here is the current break down:
Exercise: I’m on week 3 of my Couch to 10k training program and I am loving it. It has me wogging (*walk/jogging*) 3 days a week. Additionally, I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred 2 days a week.
Oddly enough, both the wogging and the 30 day shred are not as challenging as I remember them being. I’m sure that will change as soon as I’m running more than 90 seconds at a time, but it feels good for now… especially when Hubbs watches Hailey or when my mom walks with her and I can wog on my own.
As much as I’d love to increase my exercise and add in yoga, pilates and classes at the gym, it’s not a realistic option right now. So I will continue to follow this set up for the foreseeable future.
Food: As usual, I enjoy healthy food, so I’m eating it. However, I haven’t been thinking about how much is going in my mouth.
I think the main problem is that I’m still eating like I’m pregnant- healthy most of the time but with disregard for the number of chips I’m eating at Mexican or the number of bites I sneak off of Hubbs’ bowl of ice cream. Plus, I’ve been enjoying beer and wine again, which I didn’t have while I was pregnant, so that’s adding in extra calories, too. (I won’t call them empty calories because a delicious glass of vino does not count as empty to me!)
One more issue with my eating… blogging is coming before breakfast. Hailey wakes up at 6:15ish and eats. I put her back down and know I have about an hour before she is up again, so instead of making breakfast I rush to the computer with nothing but a cup of decaf in hand. I’ve always said breakfast is incredibly important, so I need to take my own advice and eat in when I get up.
So what’s a gal to do?
Luckily, I own a nutrition company that specializes in these situations!
I thrive on a plan. It’s the OCD in me, I suppose. It’s why I love Couch to 10k. It’s why I love my calendar. And it’s what is going to help me get back to feeling my best physically.
This weekend I’ll be measuring my metabolism to find out exactly how many calories my body needs and how many calories I should eat to lose weight. I plan on setting a conservative goal for two reasons: 1) I don’t want to negatively affect my milk supply and 2) it’s the holiday season and you better believe I’m not depriving myself!
Then I’m going to track my intake by… COUNTING CALORIES. I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that I am a believer in calorie counting. I know it can be troublesome for people that are susceptible to eating disorders, but I think it’s a wonderful tool. It helps me be mindful of what and how much I’m eating. If I go over my calorie budget some days, it’s OK, but having a road map that I can trust to get me to my goal actually allows me to relax and not obsess about food.
On Monday I’ll show you the process of testing metabolism and reveal the results… I’m excited to find out if my metabolism is high or low and exactly how many calories I should be eating!
I know it’s a controversial topic, so tell me…
What are your feeling on counting calories?