The other day I was listening to The Jillian Michaels Show podcast and a new mom called in. She had a 4 month old baby and was a marathon runner before pregnancy.
She asked Jillian for advice on finding time to hold down a job, be a mom, and exercise.
Jillian sighed and replied that this was the one situation where there wasn't a simple answer. She understood the time constraints of motherhood and gave the new momma tips on how to find bits of time here and there to squeeze in a workout. At the end of the conversation, she said something like, "Now, you can control your diet - that is the easy part."
I hate to say this, but Jillian, I disagree. I can (somewhat) easily squeeze in a 30 minute workout 4 to 5 times per week, before Ina wakes up.
However, I know this sounds like an excuse, but I have found that I am too mentally exhausted to keep track of my Weight Watchers points. I have a good idea of how many I am eating, but with the large amount of calories I am allotted while breastfeeding and running, it is just too much.
When I get home from work I honestly feel like there isn't any more room in my brain to think about how many points I have eaten, and how many more I can eat. I have actually been getting anxiety surrounding the subject, and I don't want to waste anymore of my emotions / brain capacity on something so trivial when I have such a beautiful baby to pay attention to.
So, I have decided to switch from points tracking to Weight Watcher's Simply Filling Plan. You can read more about it here, but basically I am allowed to eat from the power foods list until I am full. I have 49 points a week, plus any extra I earn while exercising, to eat whatever I want (you can call those my wine and ice cream points).
I am going to try the new plan for 30 days (I was so inspired by Kim's 30 day diet experiment turned lifestyle) and report back on what I think.
I can already tell I am going to like it, if yesterday is any indication. I didn't feel like I was cheating, but I didn't have to keep track of anything.
My breakfast and lunch were so boring (not because of the plan but because of my pantry options) that I didn't even take a picture.
Breakfast - overnight oats with vanilla greek yogurt, skim milk, and oats with a banana
Lunch - hard boiled eggs, carrots, and clementines
Dinner - grilled chicken and roasted potatoes, carrots, and onions with 2 tsp of olive oil
Snacks - popcorn and a grapefruit
Run - 3 miles on the treadmill - I earned 7 extra points and didn't use any of them - yet.
Thought for the day