take that, plateau

March 23, 2012: 163lbs – 24lbs lost


Whoop whoop! 2lbs this week! I am hopeful that this means I have left my plateau in the dust.

Thank you SO MUCH for your encouragement on my plateau post last week. Because of several suggestions in the comments, I tried to surprise attack my body this week. I worked out in the morning. I swapped out a cardio workout for an extra round of weight lifting. I ate a ridiculous amount of protein. I was hyper-vigilant about my water intake. I hit two 5 mile runs pushing a jogging stroller and a 27lb toddler (it’s like weights AND cardio!) in a 6 day span.

Y’all, this weight loss thing is hard. Honestly? It takes more effort and time and mental energy than I thought it would. I thought it just meant not putting certain things in my mouth and putting certain other things in on a regular basis. Well, that’s only part of it. The other parts, for me, are:

Diligent, diligent, diligent (did I mention diligent?) exercise. This means that for about an hour a day, 5 days a week, I am running or lifting. It’s a heckuva commitment (worth it, btw) and we’ve finally found a balance for our family after being at it for 8 months (since I started training for my half marathon). Most days I go after the boys are in bed. While DanO is putting the boys in their PJs, I put on my workout clothes. I nurse OBrother, lay him down (or pass him off to DanO) and book it out the door. This is the best way I’ve found to get an hour in and still feel like I have time with my husband in the evening, but it does mean that DanO is handling any post-bedtime struggles solo. It really is a family commitment.

Preparedness. The more prepared I am the easier it is to have self-control. When we go out for the day, I pack snacks for the kids and Medifast meals for me. If I get stuck without access to good food choices for several hours at a time, I’m in trouble. I prepare for going to the grocery store by eating a Medifast bar before leaving and chugging a boatload of water (a full stomach is a less-tempted stomach). At the grocery store, I help myself be prepared later by purchasing anytime snacks for myself (which also happen to be anytime snacks for the boys) – sugar snapped peas, carrot sticks, strawberries, grapes, and apples are a few favorites. I also always fill up my water bottle before leaving the house.

Educating myself. I have sat in the parking lot of Chipotle on my cell phone, pulling up their website and nutrition information from which I learned that the burrito tortilla, just the tortilla is 280 calories. I will only ever order a burrito bowl (all the insides in a bowl, no tortilla) ever again. I have asked the waitress at Red Robin for the nutrition information, whereupon she brought me a 4 inch 3 ring binder that weighed a good 10lbs. I subsequently poured over the entire thing and found that my only option was a plain chicken sandwich (no, not the salads; believe me, your best choice is not the salads). I pulled up the Ikea website and their restaurant nutrition facts at home on the computer before we went out to dinner there with my in-laws. (Go with the buffalo chicken wrap, but only eat half and save the other half for later.)

Being gutsy. I say no to things a lot. I turn down birthday cake when everyone else is having it. I am the only one who doesn’t eat (and rave about) baked goods at my moms group breakfast buffet. I sit quietly in conversations about people’s favorite Easter candies. It’s awkward. I’m not saying I sit there smugly, thinking ugh, those are so bad for you. I am sitting there thinking I am not there yet, but someday I will be. Someday I will enjoy a cupcake with everyone else at birthday parties from time to time. But for now, in order to get there, I have to be gutsy.

All of this takes time. It takes intention. It takes effort. But so far (even when I stall out on the scale for a couple of weeks) it has been worth it. Not easy, but worth it.

My Journey to Health:

March 31, 2012: 163lbs

March 23, 2012: 165lbs

March 8, 2012: 165lbs

February 29, 2012: 166lbs

January 30, 2012: 174lbs

December 30, 2011, 187 lbs

24 lbs lost!

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How am I losing that weight, you ask? Medifast!! If you use the coupon code, OFAMILY56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage, when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! (More details at the bottom of this post.)

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Nursing Mothers Program. I will only ever tell you how I actually feel about this experience and the Medifast products. Pinky swearsies. I am supposed to tell you that the Medifast Program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness and that any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs. K, you got that? Good. There will be a quiz later.

38 Responses to “take that, plateau”

  1. kristen howerton

    Ugh, yes. The weight loss thing is so hard. I’m a couple weeks in and it really is a whole lifestyle change. I find those moments with friends (and gazing at Pinterest posts) to be the toughest. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is just basking in baked goods.

    • AllisonO

      Hot snot. Yep, putting that one into my vocabularly to be used ASAP. (And thank you, friend.)

  2. molly

    I am so excited for you, dear friend. It sounds like so.much.work but you look ah-maz-ing and I bet you are on cloud 9 with all that willpower. Go on, girl!

    • AllisonO

      It’s incredible, really, to feel like I actually CAN have self control. Not easy, but incredible. xoxo

  3. Jessie

    I have only been following your blog and your twitter account for a little bit, but I just wanted to say that I find your dedication to your diet and exercise plan really inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

    • AllisonO

      YAY! Thank you. I’m glad to know that letting it all hang out on here is worth it. Seriously, friend, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

  4. Brittany

    I love reading your blog! Never posted before but just wanted to tell you that you look great. I had a baby 6 months ago and seeing your progress has made me hopeful that I can get back into shape.

    • AllisonO

      Awesome!! Pregnancy and growing our families is so demanding on our bodies, isn’t it? You can do it, mama!

  5. Moriah

    You are looking awesome! I haven’t checked your blog in a while and I TOTALLY notice a difference in the way you look. You are doing a great job, mama! I admire your dedication and motivation to lose that weight. I’m having a hard time letting go of those pesky sweets in order to get back to my pre-baby figure. :-\

    • AllisonO

      Thanks sweet girl! Yes, dropping the sweets is hard, but it’s so rewarding. Like, so much more rewarding than a cupcake.

  6. Erinasmommy

    Way to go! Gosh, I really admire your dedication and hard work. It will (it is) work! You are amazing!!!!

    Are you finding any difference in your supply? I know that there are calories “added back” for breastfeeding, but I’m nervous to do much diet/excercise. My supply (which I measure by how much I pump at work) is barely enough to cover my 50 hrs a week away from the baby. She’s 7.5 months and just now really getting into solids. I really notice a difference in my supply based on how tired I am, what I ate and if I got enough water.

    • AllisonO

      Hey Erin!

      First, Medifast’s nursing mother’s program is much different than their normal program (like, almost double the calories) so I think the most important thing is to be on a plan that accounts for lactation. At one point when I was losing more than 3lbs a week, we added more calories into my plan to avoid that a possible milk drop.

      I don’t pump very often (pretty much date night and that’s it) so my best gauge is how satisfied baby boy is and ‘that fullness feeling’ at night, etc. I personally haven’t noticed a drop, even back when I was running 20 miles a week for half training (and baby was 4 months old) but I know everyone’s breastfeeding body is so very different. I think if you noticed something dramatic after starting a weight loss plan, you could both reign it in (add back more calories) and add in milk-supporting supplements like Earth Mama Angel Baby Milk Maid tea (I have that from time to time, proactively) and fenugreek.

      Let me know if you have any other specific questions!!

  7. the Blah Blah Blahger

    I had two great workout days this week and three awesome food days. We’ve got to celebrate the milestones, however small they may be. Congrats on overcoming and shaking up your routine!!!

    • AllisonO

      Atta girl! Those awesome food days are so empowering, right? Like, hey! Food doesn’t tell me what to do, I tell IT what to do. Boom. xoxo

  8. Joie

    Wowza! You look amazing. Truly, what a difference all your hard work is making! You are fo sho inspiring me as I start to work off my pre- and pregnancy weight.

    This not being my first go-round with weight loss, I have to say, it sure seems like you’re doing everything right. Brava, brava!

  9. Amanda Gerig

    This is beyond impressive. I wish I had as much willpower as you have. This inspires me to be more self disciplined about my health. Thanks, Allison. ps- I miss you!

  10. Marilyn

    You look great…and happy. :-) The preparedness thing really helps me too. Like you said, it IS pretty time-intensive, so when life gets busy, it’s one of the first things to go. But I’m currently back on the wagon, and I feel good. :-)

  11. elizabeth

    you look amazing! you seriously must have a lot of muscle, because that does not look like 163 lbs!

  12. Elisabeth

    Yay, Allison! You look fantastic! So proud of you. I really need to buckle down and lose another 10 or so before I get knocked up again so I can be healthy for me, and future kiddos! You’re an inspiration!

  13. Lisa

    Hey Allison,
    would you mind sharing what exactly you do during your work-outs? Like what exercises, how many workouts, how long.. And I was wondering, do you think the same weight-loss would have been possible without Medifast but on your own diet? I’m in Germany and it’s not available here and I haven’t found anything that is as recommended or that has the same structure.
    I’m at about 160 pounds, too, but since I’m shorter than you, I still need to lose a couple of pounds and I’m not losing any weight with my workout. I’d love any (!) advice :)

  14. mae

    I am so proud of you, and you look fantastic! Very inspiring stuff, babe. Especially the bit about the preparing with snacks and stuff. I needed to hear that, because I need to DO it. I mean I need to be more dilligent about the working out as well, but this week I’m going to start with the eating more intentionally. I’m learning that even though my instincts say to go whole hog all the time, I’m much more successful when I try to change my habits one or two at a time, instead of all 17 right this second.

  15. Beana

    Way to go with that plateau! The change in your body is showing so much and even more so, the light in your eyes! This is a great post!

  16. Elizabeth M.

    YOU GO GIRL! I know how hard it is to watch others eat yummy baked goods and fast food. I am allergic to wheat/gluten so I ALWAYS pack my own snacks. You are looking FANTASTIC! Keep on keeping on.

  17. Tiffany @MomNom

    You look amazing!! I’m so glad you pushed through…so proud of you!

  18. Annie

    Hooray! You do look (and sound : ) amazing. Thanks for the tips – I think the key to success is to have realistic expectations and finding what works for your family. Your tips will help me when I’m trying to shed the wait after having baby #3!

  19. Melissa

    you look fabulous, and I will honestly say your recent posts have inspired me. I’m at my heaviest weight (after having two babies, now 2 under 2) and I am TOTALLY with you on the mind set of “I’m a hard working mom, I totally deserve to eat whatever I want” and blah blah blah. Thanks for being honest and sharing your journey!


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