Friday, August 9, 2013

6 Months Postpartum and I Have Hit a Plateau.

In my last post I described how I felt that I was gaining momentum in my weight loss... Well since then it has slowed down some. I have only lost another pound and at my last weigh in I stayed the same at 132lbs.    It's a little frustrating but, I have decided to roll with the punches and tweak my diet a little bit. 

My daughter has just started to eat solids like baby oatmeal and some pureed veggies and right around this time Weight Watchers suggests that you reduce your daily point allowance because you will not need to breastfeed as much.  It's not a drastic drop in calories I just don't have as much wiggle room in my diet for treats and extra snacks. (FYI I'm not actually signed up with Weight Watchers but, I am using an app that tracks food points and uses the same guidelines.)

For those of you that are curious about what my diet looks like. I will give you a few examples of what I eat during the day.

Breakfast at 5:30am
Protein Smoothie- made with strawberries,  1/2 a banana, protein powder and  1/2 cup of Silk Fruit n Protein
2 eggs cooked in cooking spray with 2 pieces of white toast with a little bit of butter

Mid Morning Snack at 9:30
Oatmeal with protein powder and a few almonds
Veggie egg scramble made with egg beaters, low cal Swiss cheese, & spinach

2nd Mid Morning Snack at 11am
Chicken Breast
Yopalit light Greek yogurt and a banana

I visit my daughter on my lunch break, so I try to eat a little something to tide me over until I can eat lunch.

Lunch 1:30pm
Veggie egg scramble plus a few mini Yukon gold potatoes
Huge green salad with chicken breast, low cal Swiss, avocado, and croutons
Salmon with potatoes and spinach

Afternoon Snack around 3:30pm
PB Pretzels and an apple
yogurt with almonds

Dinner at 6pm
Grilled fish or chicken,a sweet potato with butter, and a green salad

After Dinner Snack 9pm
3 cups of popcorn
Cereal with skim & almond milk

I try to eat all through out the day.  I tend to do better if I'm not starving... The breastfeeding really keeps your hunger and thirst going. I am diligent about measuring my food portions and keeping track of everything I eat.  I also cut out alcohol a little over two months ago.  I feel like I'm retaining less water when I don't drink.

In running news I recently lowered my 4 mile time down from 31:31 to 31:22.  I'm happy about this because I was able to do this during a regular tempo training run.  I also lowered my 5k time down from 24:34 down to 23:49. This happened during the same training run.  

Today I am going to run 10 miles on the treadmill after work. I'm not looking forward to it, but we are past the halfway point of the brutal hot summer. Soon I will be able to run outside after work and that makes me happy.  This picture makes me really happy too.

Six months old and look at all that hair!

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