Weight loss. Lifestyle change. Diet. UGH. These are all terms that make me shudder My journey with weight loss has been a roller coaster to say the least. It has always been easier said than done.
I’ll start by giving you a little bit of history involving my personal weight loss/gain story. I tend to fluctuate back and forth and it has been years since I’ve been at my ideal weight. The charts say I’m borderline obese….umm what? Me??? I don’t feel that way, but I know if I don’t change my habits now that it’s going to bite me in the badonkadonk thirty years down the road. I was pretty skinny up until I met my husband–I blame him for taking me out on so many dates and saying I could order dessert 😉 When we first met I was a svelte size 4-6 and about 118 lbs. Slowly the weight trickled on over the next couple years, and by the time we got married I was about 25 lbs heavier.
Don’t get me wrong, I still felt good in my own skin. We’ve now been married for almost 12 years and all I can say is that if I continue down the path I’m on now I’m in trouble. When I was pregnant with Connor I gained a whopping 70 lbs! The good thing is it was mostly water and swelling and luckily, it seemed to fall right off afterwards. Of course, the 14 months of breastfeeding didn’t hurt. I was actually 10 lbs. lighter than before I had Connor while breastfeeding. Then I stopped breastfeeding and the weight trickled back on again. Sigh.
Some of you may remember that at the beginning of the year I started a link-up called “The Biggest Loser: Blogger Challenge”. That was so much fun and I was really motivated by reading all of your stories. I lost 8 lbs. during the challenge. It’s not a ton, but it did help get the wheels turning, along with taking off some of that Christmas weight gain.
During the past few weeks I’ve had some inspirational people come into my life. I really think that people can make a difference just by sharing their personal stories with you. Relating to someone and hearing their point of view can do wonders. So, one day I woke up and decided I was going to stop eating all the candy around me at work. It was/is hard, but I’ve been doing it. Then, instead of having 2-3 crescent rolls I could just have a half or one and cut my portion sizes down. I started counting my calories in a journal. I am using my fitbit zip (this is wonderful tool!). I can’t say enough about it! It counts your calories, steps, and distance every day. It helps keep me accountable.
So, right now I’m down about 5 lbs since the beginning of the month. If you can get past those first couple of weeks it makes such a difference. If I can do it while working 40+ hours a week, taking a child to and from school, folding laundry, cooking dinners & lunches, keeping a house clean, and so much more…..anyone can!
The biggest thing for me is remembering to eat. Sometimes I’ll work through lunch and then I’ll get home and start shoveling whatever I can into my mouth because I am STARVING! That is so wrong. I know my body needs protein and energy to make it through the day so I don’t feel dragged down. If I’m in a pinch and don’t have a lot of time I’ll grab a Slim-Fast out of the fridge (my favorite flavor is chocolate). I get my sweet fix and I feed my body so it’s not so deprived when I get home. I feel better and I am starting to look better too! That’s just the cherry on top!
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