Saturday, April 14, 2012
I have been MIA for awhile.
I was getting super frustrated over not being able to get below 140lbs. So I decided to stop obsessing and focus on just making healthy choices.
I kept exercising 6 days a week. I kept eating healthy meals full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I took several week long breaks from sugar to see if I could (I can!).
And now I am down to 137.5lbs.
Only 2.5lbs from my (what I thought was unreachable) goal set way back in October. People, I have not seen 135lbs since before kids. I have not seen my current weight since 2004.
It has taken me so much longer than expected to lose 12.5lbs. I thought it would be done by January 1st. Here we are in April...
There are so many GOOD things about the weight coming off slowly and I am actually glad it has taken me extra time and focus.
1) I have really focused on making this a new way of living my life. This is not a diet or some short term deal. To stay at a healthy weight I cannot go back to how I was eating. These slow changes over a period of months have not been that difficult and now it feels "normal" to eat and exercise like this.
2) I have had time to figure out what works for me. For example, I need a "cheat day" once a week when I have cookies and pizza with my kids (Fridays). I find myself able to say no to many less than healthy choices during the week because I am so looking forward to baking with my kids after school and snuggling up to enjoy pizza and warm cookies in the evening. I find I rarely eat more than 3 cookies and usually one slice of homemade pizza on wheat crust with lots of veggies...AND IT STILL FEELS LIKE A SPLURGE!
3) My family is eating so much healthier, too. We now order a bountiful basket each week (bountifulbaskets.org) and have 60% of our meals vegetarian. The kids are asking for fresh fruit for snacks or homemade 9 grain bread. YAY!
I really appreciate the boost that sparkpeople gave me when I started. I had no idea how to count calories. I figured since I exercised I could eat whatever I wanted. I found amazing recipes that I continue to use on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading blogs and getting encouragement from others that are farther along in their weight loss journey.
I know 12.5lbs doesn't seem like much...but it is huge to me. I have carried around that extra weight for 6 years. I am hoping to lose the last 2.5lbs by my son's birthday in May. It will mark the end of my years feeling ugly and unhealthy after becoming a mom. I am strong, beautiful, and healthy....AND a mom! And I will have done it without surgery, gimmicks, or expensive diet plans.