Like most new moms, I have a few pounds to lose. I didn’t gain an inappropriate amount of weight when I was pregnant, and honestly, a few months after M was born I was feeling pretty good about my new mom body. I was going to stroller fit twice a week and eating well to fuel the small amount of milk I was able to produce for my son.
Then I stopped breast feeding. And I put on more pounds then I did when I was pregnant.
I know exactly what was to blame.
- Being able to drink alcohol again after 12+ months. Perhaps a little too much alcohol during our summer vacations… and July was pretty much an extended vacation for me with no job to go back to.
- Bad habits developed when pregnant and breast feeding. I lost a ton of weight pre-diagnosis so I gave myself a licence to put the pounds back on. Because of my restricted diet I allowed myself a splurge or two, because I could. But that continued when it shouldn’t. I no longer have an excuse to eat what I want (I’m not talking a cookie or two, I’m talking eating an entire container of gluten-free cookies and a bag of chips one night when I was pregnant… ok, maybe more then once). I’m not fuelling another human being anymore. Just myself. And I need to make better choices.
So, I’m going on a diet. What I’m calling, the Baby Food Diet.
Wait. I know what you’re thinking. No, I’m not going to follow the ridiculous
celebrity diet craze and eat pureed baby food.
My son is eating solid foods now. And more then anything, he wants what you’re having. And I’ve caught myself, holding M in one arm, the other arm deep in a bag of potato chips (my number 1 pregnancy weakness and
hard to break habit), and saying to my son, “No baboo, chips aren’t for babies. They aren’t good for you.”
And it hit me. If it’s not good for my son, it’s not good for me. So that’s my new diet strategy. WWME. What Would M Eat?
I’m busy prepping homemade baby food. I’m choosing healthy new foods for my boy to expand his palette. We’re doing a mix of purees and baby led weaning so I make purees and small easy to chew chunks that he can feed himself. He gets distracted easily so this dual method works to keep him entertained and get in the calories my low weight, reflux baby needs. And I am again looking at his food and thinking, “My son eats better than me.”
So I’m making changes. I’m cutting back on the amount of wine I drink – empty calories. I’m back to prepping veggies for easy to grab lunches and snacks. I’m adding as many chopped veggies to my breakfast scrambles as I can find in my fridge. And I’m adding in some exercise every day, even if it’s only the 7-minute workout from the app I downloaded. How can I possibly say to myself that I don’t have 7 minutes? I can make 7 minutes.
I need to do this. Not just for my waist line, but to keep up with my growing, moving, standing and soon to be walking, boy. I want to be a good example, in my eating, activity and attitude.