Friday, December 05, 2008
Last week, I was wallowing in a sea of Thanksgiving starches and goodies, with Christmas cookies on the horizon. Pretty depressed - we had family in town so I didn't make time to work out and spent the entire time cooking and offering people food. I gained back the few pounds I lost in November. Blah.
I learned that sometimes the way a person loses weight once is not the right way a second time. After my first baby was born, I used the Sparkpeople meal plans to help me lose my baby weight. The plans gave me direction and I felt like I was eating all the time. I lost the weight pretty easily.
This time (after baby #2 was born) I gained more weight and waited longer to work on getting it off. In November my son turned 1 and I had about 5lbs to lose to get back to pre-baby weight. I started the Sparkpeople meal plans. This time, I felt like the meal plans were boring and expensive to follow. I was a meal plan cheater.
Last weekend I was surfing around online and came across a site called "The DIY Diet" (Do it yourself). It is a blog about making a diet program that works for you. There are lists of meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner that are all under a certain # of calories. ("Breakfasts under 300 calories", etc.) There was also a link to figure out base metabolic rate and a really clear, easy explanation of how to set up your equation to figure out how many calories you need to burn a certain amount of weight. Surprise, surprise! The range I got is the range Sparkpeople gave me!
I decided that I am not going to do the meal plans anymore. Instead I am going to carefully weigh and measure, use Sparkrecipes.com to calculate nutritional value of meals I'm making, and be sure to track ALL of my food intake.
I started a liver and colon cleanse 2 week program.
I am carrying around a big water bottle with me at all times.
I have been jealously guarding my time to go to the workout classes I like at my gym.
I have been feeling really good, physically and mentally. Yesterday I made the mistake of going to the grocery store while I was hungry. I resisted the temptation to buy a frosted sugar cookie (those things are REALLY good! a pregnancy discovery!).
This weekend there we have A LOT going on. I need to watch my "grazing" at parties and make sure I find time to work out.