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Starting over

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Last week, I had my well-woman exam, and when I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office I was utterly shocked.

205 pounds!

I was right back up to the weight that I'd been at when I came home from the hospital after having my son. But more importantly, this weight is sitting differently, because I gained it differently.

I've made this before collage so that I have a benchmark of where I'm coming from. I've never done this before and I hope it helps. Except for pregnancy recovery (which was super quick), my BMI has never been into the obese range. I'm so baffled and a little ashamed.

Here's some thoughts on how I got here:

I'm currently a third year PhD student, my son is 20 months old, and my husband works full-time while going to school part-time. Due to finances, we acquired a roommate in the fall (she works three jobs, and takes classes part-time), and we have two cats and a dog with an anxiety disordered. We live in tight quarters, and we're all extremely busy. Due to a number of reasons, I've ended up being the one who does most of the cooking and cleaning. Also, our diet has taken a sharp downturn since my husband was laid off of his last job in 2010. This is mostly due to money.

I also haven't worked out regularly, truly regularly, since before my son was born. Last semester, for four weeks, I went to the gym twice a week and the bike trail on a third day. This quickly got thrown out when I was no longer able to keep up with my work.

This is all a long way to say it's time reprioritize. Here are my weight goals. I'm going to try to work out what this looks like practically over this week.

1) 200: 5 pounds lost
2) 195: 10 pounds lost
3) 190: 15 pounds lost
4) 185: 20 pounds lost, 10% bodyweight
5) 180: 25 pounds lost, half-way there!
6) 175: 30 pounds lost
7) 170: 35 pounds lost
8) 165: 40 pounds lost
9) 160: 45 pounds lost
10) 155: Goal weight

Which means for this week, I have baby step goals: 1) Drink more water, 2) Begin phasing soda out of my diet, 3) track what I'm eating, and 4) go for a walk 3 times.

I figure these are small things that will get me moving in the right direction, as I try to figure out how I can phase self-care back into my routine.

Just to end on a happy note, here's a picture of one of the guys I do it all for:
• DANYLE821
It seems like we are doing the same thing: Starting Over. I was on Sparkpeople before, but deleted my old profile for a fresh start. I have a 7 month old, and even though I have been a SAHM, I found it really difficult to find time to work out and eat healthy. However, I am also making myself a priority now (and I'm going to make my husband help with dishes and laundry!) and want to make healthy life changes too. We are both taking a great first step with coming back on Spark and
1774 days ago
• DEB9021
Very cute picture, and very worth getting healthy for! Instead of being discouraged about how the weight crept on, be assured that with little changes it will also creep off. If you make the small changes that you can and do them daily, you will see and feel a difference quickly. Baby steps that you keep up for the long haul won't be baby steps at all. Good luck!

1775 days ago
• PAMLICO-DAZE
Good luck on your weight loss journey!
1776 days ago