Last Wednesday, I went back to a WW meeting and rejoined at just a few days shy of 3 months postpartum. I’d been toying with the idea of rejoining for a few weeks and after all the traveling around the holidays (and then a cold and stomach bug – ugh!) I finally did it. My weight was… more than I wanted it to be. Roughly 24 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 14 or so above my goal weight, so I’m looking at losing about 40 pounds to be in a place where I’m comfortable.
I’d done WW Freestyle for a few weeks towards the end of 2017, but I didn’t dive in that deep before getting pulled in other directions. This time though, I’m one week in and fully committed to getting to a place where I feel good. I am super proud of myself because I tracked every single day this week, including Saturday when I went wayyy overboard and had 75 SmartPoints at a friends house for dinner. I also found myself planning more and makng much better decisions while out to eat which is always something I struggle with.
5 Takeaways from My First Week
Being on WW really helps me reign in my eating. I love having the structure of the SmartPoints budget, while also having nothing off limits, because I tend to go straight towards anything I “can’t have”. I’ve planned more, made better choices while eating out, and have eaten lighter/lower SmartPoints to balance out times when I know I’ll be having more and love the flexibility the program gives me.
It works really well for me as a nursing mom. I am hungrier than I’ve ever been while nursing (even more so than when I was pregnant!) and get 16 (!) extra SmartPoints every day while exclusively breastfeeding. On top of those, there are so many zero point foods that are actually satiating, so I can definitely eat enough to fuel myself and my milk production and stay on the plan.
SmartPoints definitely steers me towards eating healthier and having more protein in my diet. I absolutely love that lean chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, and nonfat greek yogurt have been added to the Zero points food list, on top of fruits and veggies like before. That means when I’m running low on SmartPoints I can have a whole meal that’s actually satisfying for next to nothing, like scrambled eggs with veggies or white bean chicken chili.
I’ve eaten more fish this week. I looooove that salmon and fish have been added to the Zero points list! I ate salmon twice this week and would normally steer clear of it even though it’s healthy because it was so many Points in previous versions of WW.
I love that WW has focused more on whole foods. They’ve removed all artificial sweeteners and colors from their products, and all the recipes on the weekly cards are full of real foods and things I can feel good about eating. Previous versions of WW included recipes with lots of artificial ingredients and fat-free cheese, which I never feel great while eating.
Weigh In Results
So in all honesty, I was really proud of myself even before stepping on the scale this week. I felt great about the decisions I made this week, while not feeling deprived, and ate in a way that feels sustainable. I also cut back significantly on sugar and tracked every single day, even when I went way over my daily SmartPoints. But obviously, I was hoping the scale reflected my hard work, and I was ecstatic to see I was down 5.4 pounds! I know a lot of that is water weight, and that I can’t expect to lose like that every week, but I walked away feeling really proud of myself and excited about week two on the program.