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amazing the difference 7 pounds makes...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

When I first joined SP, my goal was to get to a 125... then a 120... then 115... then 110... never ever did I think after having 4 children I'd be this tiny again.... and to get down to a 107 was just shocking to me.

Of course a 107 is considered underweight, so I had to gain a little - I then stayed in a 108-110 range for well over a year... and I was so proud of myself. I felt awesome in my new wardrobe (of all tiny form fitting clothes) My teen daughter is constantly going through and "borrowing" MY clothes every day.

Well, I guess I got to "comfortable/confident" with my long term success that with our hectic holiday/winter schedule - and I stopped working out... now don't get me wrong, I still stayed somewhat active - but I wasn't doing my normal running and full 60-90 minute workout 3-4 days a week like I had done.

My last "real" workout was Oct 3, 2009 (ouch)

Then in December, I stopped weighing and tracking my foods.... I'll admit it was nice not having to run to my computer several times every day to track my food or input something I hadn't had before or having to input a recipe on something I made....

then in January I took up baking OUCH - I started making the most delicious breads, homemade baked donuts (using mashed potatoes LOL), homemade pretzels, breadsticks , dinner rolls, homemade pizza, ect.... the more I made, the more the family wanted me to make....

Fast forward to now... Even though I wasn't working out and I stopped tracking my foods... I still did my WI every Monday afternoon... and I slowly watched the numbers go up:
11-9-09: 109.2
11-15-09: 108.8
11-23-09: 109.6
11-30-09: 108.6
12-7-09: 110.4
12-14-09: 109.8
12-21-09: 111.8 (after our family Christmas Party)
12-28-09: 112.4 (this was the first week after I stopped tracking my foods)
1-4-10: 114.6
1-11-10: 113.8
1-18-10: 112.0
1-25-10: 115.0
2-1-10: 115.0
2-8-20: 115.02

Ok sorry but I wanted to show you how easy it is to put on weight... and just a tiny bit at a time DOES add up - and let me say, the difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel at 108 vs 115 is huge.... My belly is jiggly, my pants/jeans are tight, my shirts are too tight (I had to wear a jacket over my shirt to my nephews birthday party last week) I have had little to no energy.

My husband and I worked so hard together on our weight loss journey and our new healthy lifestyle... and he too slipped away like I did... and we both have been miserable. I gained only 7 pounds - but he gained back nearly 15....

So last night we said we are BACK... Today we did our first real workout since Oct 3....

We did a short one, only 55 minutes vs our normal 70-90 that we used to do.... and it felt GREAT!!! We both felt so much better today...
and starting tomorrow we'll be tracking all foods again (I actually started tracking again today)

We also decided that we are going to try something new... we're going to start getting up an hour earlier every day and do a 55-60 minute workout before the children get up.... one of the reasons we've not worked out is time and 4 children... not easy to workout with 4 children....

but we were talking and instead of 3-4 days a week doing a 70-90 minute workout, we're going to do 5-6 days a week and do a 55-60 minute workout... each day we'll target a different part of the body (upper, lower, core ect) Today's shorter workout was really encouraging to us both... as always, one of us does cardio while the other does ST and then we switch (we have a full home gym - practically everything) We're really encouraged and motivated to get back on track again! We're BACK!!

I told the family that I'm only going to bake ONCE a week from now on... because all that baking is not good for our bellies LOL (when I say bake, I'm talking the bread type items that they love me to make)

anyway sorry this is long - but I wanted to record this for myself and for others.... I took a Spark Break for awhile, but I'm back! And this time I'm not leaving - at least not for that long again!!

Here's to getting back to my range of 108-110 and fitting back into my clothes again!!!
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    I know it is soooooooooooo easy to put the weight on and takes a long time to get on a roll of losing. I gained a massive amount of weight in the 9 months of pregnancy and am not laying the blame on pregnancy alone. It took me 3 1/2 years to lose the weight (well plus a few extra pounds) I gained with my 1st and now it has taken since June to lose 42 pounds. It's like we are just programmed to eat to celebrate instead of eat as fuel.
    2927 days ago
    Good for you, Corina! If there's anyone who can do it, it's you.

    2954 days ago
    Glad to hear you're back! It is easy to fall back into old habits - but the important thing is that you know what to do to get back to the good habits! It's all about choices! emoticon
    2954 days ago
    welcome back!!!! thanks for sharing....i am still on a work out holiday...with about 19 days to go. but i am watching what i eat.....its nice that you will be back...

    55 minutes for a start is great!!!! emoticon
    2954 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this is valuable information. I've always heard maintaining can be just as hard as losing. It's all just a matter of staying focused. emoticon
    2956 days ago
    Oh I know what you mean! It is so easy to get comfortable and then the less healthy habits sneak back in.

    Congratulations on getting back on track! And working out with your husband sounds like such a great way to be healthy and enjoy some special time together.

    2957 days ago
    You are so right! It is super easy to put back on the weight if you aren't careful. Congrats on being back on track, and way to go!
    2957 days ago
    I too have found out how easy it is to relax for a few days or weeks and go without exercise and healthy eating. All of a sudden you realize that you are feeling sluggish and the clothes don't fit. I feel better physically and emotionally when I exercise and eat the right foods so why do I keep falling out of the routine?

    2957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2010 9:38:39 PM
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