UPDATE: I was on a hiatus from my Sparkpage when I found out I was pregnant in May 2009. I gave birth to my beautiful son on January 5th, 2010. When he was 4 wks old, I jumped back into my weight loss journey. I am now 15 lbs lighter than when I got pregnant. I am so ready to finish what I started!!!
I am a 30 year old stay at home mom of 3. I have been overweight most of my life. I started my weight loss journey on June 1, 2008. I have done it without pills, surgery, or supplements. It is something I will achieve on my own.
The picture on the left is me on January 06, 2009 holding jeans that I wore when I started on June 1, 2008. I cannot believe I was that big! Ugh! The horror.
My journey started with a re-run of an Oprah show. It was May 2008. I was watching the show about people who have lost a lot of weight on their own. While watching it, I thought, "why not me?". On May 23rd I decided to try to give up soda. It was a small test with myself. I went one full week without soda. On June 1, 2008, I woke up and said, "I can do this!". I really had this 'a-ha' moment. I went online and read everything I could on nutrition. I wanted to lose weight, but not starve my body of the things it needed to thrive. Every morning I have the same breakfast: high fiber (5 grams or more), high protein cereal, 3/4 cup of blueberries, 6oz of fat free 100 calorie yogurt, and coffee w/skim milk, no sugar. I eat 23 almonds around 10am each morning. You need the good fat that is in them to help combat the bad fat. For lunch, it's usually a Lean Cuisine. I don't eat one with more than 6 grams of fat and it must not have too many calories. I always have a small snack after lunch. Usually a 100 calorie pack or something similar. Around 3-3:30 I have a small snack. It varies on what I pick. Sometimes fruit, sometimes crackers, nuts, whatever I am in the mood for. Dinner is 'normal' food. Just watch portions. I don't eat fried food and ONLY drink water, tea or iced tea with no sugar, and coffee with no sugar. You get used to no sugar being in your drinks. If I get hungry at night, I will eat a high fiber, high protein hot cereal. (I really like the one's Kashi makes.) Sadly, exercise is something I need to do more of. I have 3 kids and NO time. I walk when possible, but I think my daily running around and never sitting down helps.
When I started I told my mom that my goal was to be the size of the average American woman. (size 14) I thought that was achievable. I have been doing this for about 7 months and am 2 sizes away from my goal! When I hit it, I will make a new one. Baby steps are so important!!!
The nutrition program I developed for myself is high fiber, high protein, and whole grains. Lots of veges and fruits. Sadly, with 3 kids, I have very little time to exercise. I am trying. I need to tone.
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