Slow is the way to Go (and Grow.)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
So, I really have been exploring nutrition and exercise since before I decided to have my first baby in 2007. He was my motivation to lose weight the first time around. I knew that I wanted to be a cute pregnant girl, not a fat pregnant girl. I wanted to be obviously pregnant, not obviously fat with no hint of being pregnant on the outside. I achieved that goal, and it made me feel proud to to take my baby belly pics along my pregnancy journey. I lost all of the baby weight from my first pregnancy, except for 10lbs and then I became pregnant with my second son.
I think most of us know how to lose "weight," but losing "fat" is a bit more challenging. I learned so much about how to eat to torch fat from bodybuilding websites and my favorite magazine, Oxygen. It wasn't until I made my most recent attempt at losing weight that I realized just how hopeless I felt and how desperate I had become. I went to a local weight loss clinic that prescribes the hCG hormone injections and advises their patients to stick to a 600 calories/day diet. Not good, I know.
The first 2 weeks (known as detox,) I was instructed to eat between 800 and 1000 calories (hello starvation mode.) They provided me with a list of what to eat and when. I stuck to this faithfully for the full 2 weeks, and my scale went down 8.8lbs. Of course, I was elated. However, I went out for drinks with my Dad to celebrate, and that started the downward trend back to my old eating habits.
The next 4 weeks was when the injections started and I was dropped to 600 cals/day. I stuck with that for a whopping 4 days, and then I realized how much of a fool I was for falling for this gimmick. Anyone is going to lose "weight" by the scale's measurements on 600 cals/day. It's impossible, however that all of the "weight" you lose on such a diet is mostly fat. In my estimate, there is a little fat loss, but an overwhelming amount of precious muscle, too. That is just not what I am looking for. I worried about the long term effects of this type of diet, not to mention the effects of injecting myself with the hormone.
I came back to SparkPeople, and finally purchased The Spark. The book makes a ton of sense, but it wasn't until I read blog after blog about how losing weight at a slow rate was not only worth it, but the only way to do it successfully that it clicked! I have gathered other books in my arsenal that are proving this is the only way to do this.
It's best to take it minute by minute, and day by day, otherwise you'll never make it to week by week, month by month, or year by year. Start with now. Today. When you make it to the end of your first successful day, move onto the next. Creep along and don't rush it. It's still important to create a 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year goal, but start at the start, stick with YOUR plan at least 80% of the time, and you'll surely get to the finish line!