A couple of my mommy friends had joined Weight Watchers in the past so I knew their program had an option for breastfeeding moms.
Knowing I had to step on a scale in front of someone every week at my meeting was a huge motivator. I had the support of my weight watchers group and a close friend who is also trying to lose weight. I set mini goals, celebrate my successes, and rewarded myself with new clothes and pedicures instead of food. I got a great rate on my life insurance policy because I am healthy and at a healthy weight. This is so inspiring – you can tell just looking at your picture not only how amazing you look but how amazing you must feel now. Great inspiration… I am in a similar boat as you with regards to postpartum weight… I went & signed up for WeightWatchers just now! If you are looking to lose weight, there are few recommendations I have to tweak your rules. Written by Elena WilkinsAs Americans become more overweight, there are some healthcare professionals, who feel pressured to be politically correct, who have been saying that you can be overweight and healthy, as long as you are physically active.
The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2008, of nearly 39,000 women by Harvard-affiliated researchers found that active overweight females, while they might have a slightly lower lower risk of heart disease than their sedentary overweight counterparts, still have significantly higher health risks than normal-weight active individuals.
This study looked at the combined effects of physical activity and body mass on women’s chances of developing heart disease. Participants’ weight was evaluated using BMI, with a measurement of between 25 and 29 being deemed overweight, and 30 or above being considered obese. At the follow-up, the collected data showed that, compared with active women of normal weight, overweight active women had a 54% higher risk of developing heart disease. Both physical inactivity and obesity are modifiable risk factors that play significant roles in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) and are thus major public health issues. While this seems to be like the most obvious conclusion even without a study, also not to forget that overweight contributes to other diseases, such as hormonal problems, cancers, etc., a study can be a helpful tool to encourage people to shed extra pounds. So, we did something drastic to ensure a long-term success–we exercised AND we changed our diet to slim back to our previous glorious bods.
Today, as you read this post, you might be like me a few years ago, carrying a few extra pounds, you know that you have to, and really want to, do something about it. If this is you, I want to invite you to take a new approach to health and weight loss–eating delicious health promoting foods, without ever counting a calorie, and adding a few hours of fitness to your weekly routine. One of the most recent BBP success stories, a former hard core junk food, fried-chicken, mac-n-cheese eater (whom I will soon be interviewing in person).
For 30 days you will consume a delicious plant based (vegan) diet–you will eat delicious recipes and get spoiled by the goodness of all that plants have to offer! You can enroll in the one-time 30-day program, or sing up for the whole year of fun, learning and eating foods fit for (healthy) kings. Month-Long Membership: includes everything I just described and these materials–Body by Plants manual with 160+ recipes, menu planners and educational material, Boot Camp Workout manual, Boot Camp Handbook and Vegan 101 webinar, and occasional, boot camper only, recipes and news. If you are like me and want to do healthy and lean naturally, without counting calories, and want to enjoy the foods you eat–this is the perfect plan for you!
If you are ready to take charge of your health and your weight, to reduce your risk of life threatening diseases: heart attacks, strokes, cancers, cognitive impairment, hormone imbalances, etc.,  I will be your health coach starting next week! Jeri, it sure seems hard in the beginning, and even harder to hear it, but sometimes it is the harsh reality that will wake us up and push us forward.
If you get to the point when you need help, make sure to sign up for Body by Plants, so I can help you achieve what I have and what others have as well, doing the program. I think I remember you mentioning somewhere that you are studying at The Wellness Forum – it’s definitely showing! As women striving to serve the Lord and our families better, meal planning is a wonderful strategy to help us provide a healthy, home-cooked meal with the awesome added benefit of saving time, money and stress! I also provide all-inclusive full meal planning kits for FREE to subscribers of The Nourishing Home.
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You can drink coffee throughout the week, but skip the sugar and stick to skim milk if you don't like it black.


I looked online for the closest location to my house and went to my first meeting just days after Thanksgiving. My 2-year-old can be found eating carrot sticks for a snack and broccoli for dinner (he wants to eat what mommy is eating)! I used to hate getting dressed in the morning because nothing ever fit and I had low self esteem. I just wanted to share my journey and I hope that if you are also on the track to a healthier lifestyle, that I have given you a little inspiration!
I am happy to say that I have successfully maintained my weight and even lost a couple more pounds!! I breastfed and thought it would be some kind of magic weight loss program and I ate whatever I wanted. My baby is 7 months and I've lost some of the weight, but like you he is my 3rd and breastfeeding did drop the weight off on the first two, but not this one! I guess this is proof that we need more than crochet hooks in our hands to stay away from snacking on unhealthy foods.
I was looking for a way to rid my body of unnatural toxins and chemicals found in the processed food I had been eating.
The women were considered to be active if exercised for a minimum of 30 minutes (moderate activity level) on most days of the week (according to government-recommended guidelines).
This risk increased to 87% among obese active women, 88% among overweight inactive women, and obese inactive women were at a whopping two and a half times the risk.
While we both were initially slim, our healthier version of SAD (Standard American Diet) and medications* did us in and we neither felt nor looked out best.
All you have to do is sign up now and spread the word to the people you love and care about–invite them to start this journey with you. Each GF Meal Plan Kit includes the weekly meal plan, PLUS a handy shopping list and helpful prep ahead task recommendations to make getting a healthy meal on the table a snap! My heart in creating this blog is to help you by sharing helpful meal planning strategies and nourishing GF recipes that are healthy, easy and delicious with thanksgiving to God! You are welcome to share a photo via social media, as long as it contains a link back to the corresponding recipe from this site. She consistently has great answers to our questions, tons of tips, advice, encouragement and more.
Not only was this a visual reminder of the weight I wanted to lose, but it made me excited to get that “after” shot!
I’ve also been making more home cooked meals using lean meats and reduced sodium and low fat ingredients. This gives me a little wiggle room I’m not as strict with my meals and am able to indulge once in awhile I stay on track by continuing to go to my weekly meetings and weigh in. I used My Fitness pal as I don't like feeling silly when I have stayed the same some weeks but either way how ever you lose it its weight gone!! I have the desire, sometimes, but you have given me the push to try to find a weight watchers here where I live. I was looking for a way to increase my energy as I was suffering from extreme fatigue and therefore, depression. Eliminate all processed, packaged foods and choose organic, sustainable animal proteins that are fed their species' appropriate diet. There was no denying it–I did not feel healthy, I did not feel vibrant, I did not look great, and, long-term, I knew if I kept things that way, I would only get worse. She went from size 12 to size 6, and now has a ton of energy and her skin cleared up from acne. But I was exclusively breastfeeding and everyone kept telling me that when you breastfeed the weight just falls off (I now know that this is a LIE! And condiments like regular mayo has been swapped out for light mayo and 2% milk for fat free milk.
I'm so ready for the warmer weather because I really want to start running and eating right.
I personally do not know you, but I know it takes a lot of courage for someone to talk about their personal weight loss journey with the world. Doing this will help you familiarize yourself with your daily caloric, micro- and macronutrient intake.
They say to stick to red wine on the paleo diet, but that can really be detrimental to weight loss, especially if you drink it the way I do. Additionally, please refrain from adapting recipes without properly linking back to the original recipe, and keep in mind that simple substitutions do not constitute an adapted or original recipe.


But just by stepping into my first meeting, I knew I was headed in the right direction and there was no turning back. Find yourself snacking on your kids goldfish crackers or eating the leftovers on their plate, or licking your plate clean just because you don’t want to waste food? I would also like to continue to work on toning my body and then hopefully I will be ready for swimsuit season!
My hormones are changing again… my period returned (TMI, sorry), my hair is starting to shed again, and my skin is a mess!
I really need to do something about my weight, and you have given me a bit of a push – thank you!
I’m gonna work my hardest to get down to 180 and then down to 160 and hopefully 140 in time.
At the same time we were finally able to potty train our 3 year old (also a difficult task). Funny story, I had gained weight after last tax season, so I signed up for WW online this past fall.
When you eat protein and fat without an elevated insulin level, your body is able to use your food for fuel. I recommend HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for the most effective means of burning fat and building muscle. Those who know me well know that I have a lot of will power and when I truly set my mind to something, there is no stopping me. Think of how much money you might need to spend down the road on doctors bills or hospital bills due to complications from being overweight. There is a really cool Weight Watchers app that lets me scan bar codes on packaged foods right from my iPhone so I can easily keep track of my daily points. I also continue to use the points plus program and try to always stock the fridge and pantry with healthy choices like fruits, veggies, and lean protein.
When it uses up that fuel, it will then access energy from your fat storage and burn that off. One more note on drinking: the more you drink, the more likely you are do stray away from your dietary goals. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I noticed I wasn’t squeezing into my pants, I was SHOVING myself into them.
Just knowing I had to step on a scale in front of someone each week made me accountable and after sitting through the first meeting I had all the motivation I needed to start my weight loss journey! The app also has point values for almost every chain restaurant you can think of so I was also able to eat out and keep on track. I religiously tracked my points for the first 3 weeks until I was able to get comfortable knowing which foods I could eat.
Walk to the store, work, school, the park, gym or wherever you are headed if you have the chance. I was now a busy mom of a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and a 3 month old and knew that if I was going to focus on losing weight, I was going to need help.
After week two I gave up diet soda and started drinking only tea and water (and coffee from time to time).
Fortunately most fruits and veggies are 0 points so you always have that option during the day. But I know that if I’m not careful the numbers will continue to go in the wrong direction. Armed with a list of simple start foods, you can eat as much of them as you want during the day without having to track your points. My New Years resolution is to continue to maintain what I have worked so hard to accomplish this past year.
It was mostly being used as a coat rack until recently I made an effort to do about 10-15 minutes of cardio on the elliptical (set to level 3) about 5 times a week. That is why we have a problem with diets and low will-power, our parents rewarded us with food. I also tried to eat a lot of high fiber foods, never skipped breakfast, and never ate past 7pm (this means getting as far away from the kitchen as possible at night to avoid temptations).
I want to friend you so i get an idea of what oyu eat every day and how to arrange my meals to get below 50g of carbs a day.



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