Each year, I look forward to VeganMoFo — the month long vegan blogging challenge — so much so that last year I started this blog in order to participate. For this year’s MoFo, I came up with a theme and have been working on gathering material for 20 plus posts. Unfortunately, between family obligations, travel and my employer’s unreasonable demand that I actually do work at work, I haven’t had time to keep up with the goings on at the PPK. The result: I did not find out that VeganMoFo would be in September this year until September 2. But, when life gives me lemons, I make vodka sours, throw back a few and hatch a plan for: My Own Personal MoFo (TM). This October, I’ll be blogging regularly — just 30 days behind schedule.
In the meantime, I thought I’d talk a little bit about why I haven’t been blogging lately. Although I’ve received exactly zero questions about my whereabouts, I’ve decided to do this post in the form of a Q&A.
Q: Why haven’t you been blogging?
A: For the past 8 months, I’ve been working to lose the weight I gained while pregnant with my son. Because of my busy work schedule, I’ve been eating mainly prepackaged foods and adding my own veggies and fruits. In other words, there hasn’t been much to blog about.
Q: What diet did you follow?
A: I don’t believe in fad diets. I am not now, nor will I ever, attempt to subside on the foods eaten by our cave-dwelling ancestors, eat for my blood-type, give up a food group, live entirely on cabbage soup, etc. Instead, I did some old-fashioned calorie counting. I tracked everything that I ate, making sure that my weekday eating fell within a certain calorie range. On weekends, I didn’t count calories. I also exercise 6 days a week. As I mentioned, I relied on packaged foods because my work schedule doesn’t always permit me to cook. Knowing that dinner was in the freezer eliminated the temptation for high calorie takeout.
Q: Are you worried that discussing weight loss could be triggering for those with eating disorders?
A: I worry about everything. Going to law school and becoming a trained professional worrier only made it worse. In this case, though, I decided that it was important to speak up. From the time I first started looking for information about pregnancy, one of the things I saw mentioned over and over was the idea that breast feeding would lead to weight loss. Some sources went so far as to suggest that breast feeding was some sort of magic bullet that would cause the pounds to melt right off. I’m here to say that I did not loose a single ounce through breast feeding — and I know plenty of other moms who had the same experience. What’s more, I didn’t loose any weight through exercise alone. It was not until I started counting calories that I had any success — and once I started loosing wieght, it took me 8 whole months to reach my weight goal.
Q: So, what’s your point?
A: Good question. I actually think it’s harmful to suggest to women that they will magically loose weight without having to make an effort. When I stepped on the scale after 3 months of breast-feeding and saw that I weighed more than I had the day I left the hospital, I felt like there was something wrong with me. To all the other moms in the same situation: You are not a failure and there’s nothing wrong with you. With the right eating and exercise plan (which should probably be determined in consultation with your doctor if you are breast feeding) and a lot of effort on your part, you can reach your goals.
Q: Will you post about dieting in the future?
A: The short answer is no. I never intended for this blog to be a diet blog or even a “healthy eating blog.”
I hope to see you back in October for my personal month of vegan food.