Back in February, I was feeling as though I had hit a plateau with my post partum weight loss so I decided to join Weight Watchers. It also happened to be when I started my half marathon training. And I quickly learned that those two did not make a healthy combination.
Initially, I was doing pretty well on Weight Watchers and felt as though the weight was coming off. In fact, I had the numbers to prove it. As an exclusively breastfeeding mom, I got 43 points a week, plus an extra 49 for the entire week.
That’s a lot of points.
And with exercise, I was eating right to them. Not over.
Now, I never felt hungry or under nourished, but as I started to train for a half marathon, which entailed running around 20 miles a week (give or take), I felt as though my milk supply was dropping and I went into a bit of a panic.
As someone who has always had a huge over supply, it was really disconcerting. And after trying a few different herbal remedies (hops, fenugreek, oatmeal, more fluids), I decided that I should stop Weight Watchers until I was done training. I think my body needed the fat to sustain itself and my daughter.
I’m not sure if it’s because I stopped the Weight Watchers that my milk supply normalized again. But I did notice a difference pretty quickly, and for that, I’m thankful.
I still highly recommend Weight Watchers as it helped me tremendously to see how much I was eating. I’ve always been a very healthy eater, but my portion sizes are way out of control. But for now, while I continue training to decrease my 10K time and do the Ripped in 30 Challenge, I’m going to continue eating as I need to. Still mindfully, but not based on the points.
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