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Back at it - DAY 1 - OMG, it's a long road ahead

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Flashback to December 26, 2010 - I looked in the mirror and didn't like what I saw, so I started tracking my food on SparkPeople and continuing with the exercise program I already had in place. I was 35 years old, with 4 kids aged 6 and under. So just a little bit of busy-ness and stress in my days. Anyway, my starting weight was 178, my goal was 135 lbs. By March, 2011 I was down to 142 pounds. I was pretty proud of myself. I ran my second half marathon in May, 2011 and ran a respectable 2 hrs, 3 minutes. That was the highlight of my weight loss journey. I got pregnant in March, 2011 and miscarried in May (right after my race). Since then, it's been a downward spiral for me. That miscarriage was #4 for me since 2000, so you'd think it wouldn't have affected me so much, but it did. That's a whole separate conversation, I'll get back to that later.

Fast forward to today, 3/27/13, and I've gained all my weight back, and then some. I weighed in this morning at 190 lbs. I'm disappointed and discouraged, to say the least. But I'm committed to tracking and making it happen again. Exercise isn't a problem, it's eating that kills me. Or should I say overeating. Not even "bad food" eating (like cakes, cookies, chips, etc - I rarely eat those things), but eating way too much of "normal foods." Like, 3 servings for dinner isn't unusual. And my serving size is probably much larger than an actual serving size.

Since I know myself, and know I don't do well with a lot of choices, I made a menu for a day, and I'm going to basically repeat that menu every day for a week. Then I'll make another one, and do that one for a week. Etc etc. The challenge is going to be to feed the kids, but they're really good with eating any meat I prepare (chicken, flank steak, beef, pork) so my plan is to make try to keep their "meat" and "veggies" simple, then give them a starch for a side. I'm lucky with my husband, he's not picky and he'll eat whatever. So him and the kids will eat the same things, and I'll just continue with my same dinner over and over. We'll see how it works out, but I really think consistency and lack of "choice" is key for me. At least for now.

As for exercise, I've always been a consistent exerciser. Typically 4 days per week, usually 1.5 to 2 hour workouts. I've started doing back to back classes at my gym (like I'll do a cardio class like Zumba or kickboxing), then I'll hit a Spin class. I'm just going to keep it up, and once the weight starts coming off, I'm going to start back at running in earnest. There's a half marathon in September that I've got my sights set on. I want to get under 2 hours! So that's my main goal.

So that's all I'll write for today. I'm only on day 1, with a long road ahead. My goal is still 135 lbs, but I'm not putting a time frame on that. My first mini-goal is a 10 week challenge to lose 30 pounds. I did it before, I know I can do it again. I'll be back tomorrow to update on day 2.

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