I. Am. Officially. Fat. No way to get around it. Call it “baby weight,” call “post-nursing gain,” call it whatever you want… I’m full-on fat these days.
And to those who say I should “find the time” to go to the gym, I’d say I’d love to. The gym, yoga studio and pool were once my second home, and I miss them terribly. But between work and school, I’m away from the munchkin for 55+ hours a week; I don’t want to be away another seven – even if I am feeling physically better afterwards. And once she’s safely in bed at 10 p.m., it’s lights-out for mommy too.
So until I’m able to find the extra time, I’m exploring some online weight loss tools:
Weight WatchersI am blown away by Jennifer Hudson’s transformation from chunky mom to curvy diva, courtesy (she claims) of Weight Watchers. (I’m sure there’s a personal trainer also in the mix!)
That said, at $47.90 for the first month and $17.95 for each following month, this “convenient, customized, online plan” is a somewhat pricy option to explore, especially because it doesn’t even include the food. The site promises healthy, family-friendly menus, workout demos, interactive tools, an online weight monitor and personal goal-setting, as well as a community to chat, but it looks like major time commitment. I’ve also met several Weight Watchers devotees, and while incredibly successful, the maniacal obsession they have with points and meetings is a little off-putting.
A friend’s mom has had some great success with Nutrisystem recently, and I confess, I tried Nutrisystem years ago, but the food was just so awful, I lost weight because I didn’t want to eat it. The Nutrisystem of today has an interesting online component, offering free meal-planning and progress tracking tools and a rewards program. That said, the program requires a 28 day commitment, and meals that are hard to replicate at home if you decide to stop the program. The food is shipped directly to your house, so while convenient, you also have to make arrangements if you’re ordering frozen food. The menu comes out to roughly $11/day – before shipping – and you still need to augment the diet with grocery shopping.
As a time-crunched mommy, I tend to turn to Lean Cuisine once or twice a week anyway. My husband will eat it, and when it’s on sale, I can get 5 decent-sized dinners for $10. I’ve never been to their website, though, and I was surprised to see the free tools they have to offer. They have a free exercise tracker, a meal-planning tool, a rewards program launching in April, and an online nutritionist to answer questions. Plus, they also have a free bag promotion that I didn’t even know about. Because I already eat this food, this seems like a no-brainer fit for me.
On the weekends, or nights when I get home at a reasonable time, I can take the munchkin for a walk, but for the most part, I’m stuck running errands and playing “catch up” on nights and weekends. Anyone else have any helpful weight lost suggestions?