Many have asked how I have “lost the weight” and what I’m doing now. First off let me be clear in that I have not reached my goal weight…as a matter of fact I am about 15-20 pounds away from that so in my mind still have quite a ways to go. However, I have lost 50 pounds since giving birth to my third boy last May so would consider that a huge success.
So how did I begin?
Let me say this…..beginning is easy – it’s the sticking to it that is hard. I have “begun” to lose weight a million times over the last 8 years – constantly trying to lose the baby weight from my first pregnancy. My problem has been sticking to it. I would give up after not gaining a 6 pack in two weeks and decided it was easier to be fat then to restrict my food and exercise. I didn’t have time for difficult. I had kids, jobs and just needed some Cheez Its by the end of the day. I mean who doesn’t??
So how do you start losing weight and actually finish? It’s all in the mental preparation. I feel like the most important part of beginning to lose weight is getting to a mental place that is 100% ready to do so. If you are not mentally prepared to complete the journey you might as well not even start because you will fail.
How does one get there???
Well this is a question that I have no formula for. Everyone wants to be skinny, everyone gets tired of clothes not fitting, everyone wants to feel good in a bathing suit and everyone wants to be healthy. For me I always wanted these things but it never resulted in me putting in the hard work for very long. After I had Gavin I came to a crossroads. I realized that being overweight has affected my whole entire life the past 8 years. I couldn’t fully enjoy playing with my kids because I just didn’t have the energy. I dreaded the water park because all I could think about was my cellulite, stretch marks and saddlebags that wiggled with every step. (Yes, I still have all of these things) I HATED shopping because I could never find anything. I lived in a world made for size 4s and I was stuck in an unhappy size 12 that most days probably should have been size 14. This was no longer acceptable to me. I was missing out on life. I was stuck in this body I didn’t even recognize and I HATED it. So after I was cleared by my doctor to exercise, I looked at my body in a different way, thanked it for making these beautiful boys I have, appreciated the fact that I had easy pregnancies and births despite treating my body like crap. I mean if I was my body I would have gotten a lot of revenge during childbirth. But no I had it fairly easy (as easy as creating humans can be) So with the appreciation came a realization that I can thank my body by treating it right. This realization for me was it. There was not turning back.
So I know that’s a long story but I feel like that really is the key to success. Find out what it is that you need to push you into that state. It’s the HARDEST THING YOU WILL EVERY DO….so find that sticking point and hold on for the ride.
So back to my original question….How did I begin?
I started, the last week of July 2014, with the 17 day diet which is a book that I have talked about before. The basis of this diet consists of 4 phases all 17 days long. I did the first 2 phases twice and had great results. The point is to eliminate carbs and eat lean proteins, low sugar fruits and veggies, and probiotics. You don’t even get “good” carbs….nope nada. Now this sounds like some form of chinese torture and the first few days it will feel like that. I mean is there even a food group that doesn’t consist of carbs? Yes, yes there is. The food lists are very small so you will end up eating A LOT of the same foods. I lived on plain greek yogurt, eggs and chicken breast until I thought I was going to start growing feathers. (oh wait I still live on that) However, being this restrictive for 17 days (you can do ANYTHING for 17 days) helped me drop 13 pounds right off the bat. 13 pounds in 17 days is HUGE and really motivated me to keep going. I knew my weight loss would slow down after that but I had never had such a motivator as that. After doing phase 2 and another round of phase 1 and 2 again I had lost 20 pounds in 2 months. (I also exercised while eating like this and I will touch on exercise in tomorrows post)
After, I finished this plan I embarked on another diet that consisted of 3 small meals and 3 small snacks every few hours to keep your metabolism revved and blood sugars stable. I was doing this over the Holidays and it was super, super hard to stick with it but I was on a mission and was DETERMINED to not give up.
By January I had lost another 25 pounds. I slowly began hitting a plateau and have only lost 5 pounds since January 1st BUT have lost several inches and dropped another pant size going from a size 14 to a size 8. I haven’t been a size 8 since high school so I’m celebrating small victories.
As a side note: I am 25 pounds higher than I was in high school but am wearing the same size….muscle gain anyone?!?! That is why the scale isn’t always the best form of weight loss.
Anyways, am I discouraged about this never-ending plateau???? YES!! It’s frustrating when the numbers don’t move but I’m trying to measure my progress by non-scale things like clothes, strength and all of that. I am so much stronger and my fitness level is through the roof. I’m doing things I never thought I’d ever be able to do again and can lug a 26 pound baby around like he is as light as a feather. I can run up and down our hill in the backyard with much more ease and yesterday me and the boys played soccer without me even breaking a sweat. So this keeps me motivated as opposed to that dumb scale that I usually want to chuck out the window!
Currently I am working out twice a day and doing an intensive form of exercise in the mornings. (Again, more specifics tomorrow) I am eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day and staying within my calories. I count everything that goes into my mouth and stick to healthy carbs (plain oatmeal, whole wheat bread/pasta, quinoa) lean proteins (chicken, eggs, turkey, plain greek yogurt) and fruits/veggies. I only drink water (which is all I have been drinking since end of July) and I drink about 3 liters a day. Yes, I have to pee ALL the time. Oh and I drink coffee (just without the heavy sweetener) because coffee is a must around here.
So I know this is a long post but it’s hard to get in all the details in a short list. Tomorrow I will be talking about exercise and what I have been doing there in conjunction with my eating. This week I will also be touching on gadgets I think are must haves for weight loss and how to combat excuses that stand in our way of success.
As always if you have any questions or want more specifics on anything comment below or shoot me an e-mail. This crap is hard and you gotta have support so I’m here for ya whenever…however!
Food for Thought: The days are going to pass anyway….so why not be healthy and happier at the end of 6 months than be in the same miserable boat?!?!