A month Two months ago I decided that I needed a break from dieting/healthy eating. Not a full-on, Imma-eat-everything-that-I-see kinda thing but I just needed . . . a break.
I needed to not log every single bite of food I ate in my food journal.
I needed to be able to eat with a little more freedom and not have to worry about skimping on dinner because we ordered lunch at work.
I also needed to get outta my funk.
I’ve always been a big proponent of having a reset period when trying to lose weight. I was on such a roll last year. I lost close to 25 pounds and then I hit a plateau that I couldn’t bust out of. Then I started to allow myself to cheat a little. Just little things here and there and then it turned into eating a donut for breakfast, ordering out for lunch and eating a huge helping of lasagna with 3 bread sticks on the side for dinner. Possibly followed up with some Ben & Jerry’s.
::hangs head in shame::
And, all things considered, I didn’t do too bad. I only gained back
5 7 pounds so I’m thrilled with that. It could have been much worse.
I ate a lot of peanut buster parfaits, y’all.
Greg & I decided this weekend that it was time to get back on the weight-loss wagon. I’m not doing anything drastic and, unfortunately, I still don’t really have time to workout like I would like to. I’m not expecting huge changes but I am hopeful that I could lose another 5-10 pounds by my birthday in July.
It’s the 14th in case you want to buy me a present.
And, speaking of presents, I decided that while I’m definitely working toward a healthier goal weight, I’m also going to start loving my current body a little more.
“Loving myself a little more” is a present to myself in case you missed that segue.
Greg and I are getting ready to take a mini-vacay and there will be water involved & rather than being shamed out of the pool, I decided it was time for a new bathing suit.
Do you think I actually remembered to take a picture of it?
Nope. But the one below is pretty darn close. And MC Sport was having a sale this weekend so I got it for much less than the listed price online. Score!
I know it kinda screams, “I’m a mom and am trying to cover up my post-baby belly” but let’s be real here. I am a mom. I am trying to cover up my post-baby belly.
At first I was sort-of horrified by my reflection but then I took a deep breath and shut down those self-loathing thoughts.
This is me. I’m a work in progress and I recognize that. I’m not going to go crazy trying to lose weight but I do want to be a better example for my children. I want to learn to love my body despite the fact that I have a spare tire around my waist and, at the ripe ol’ age of not-quite-28, my arms are starting to jiggle.
I’m going to work on changing the things I can but still loving those things that I’m working on.
When I turned around and saw that I had some (not lots but enough that it bugged me) back fat sticking out of the top of my suit, I decided that I was going to use an Ultimate Body Applicator every 72 hours until we leave. So last night, just before bed, with Greg’s help, I wrapped my upper back fat. Admittedly, it was a little strange having Saran wrap across my boobs. But? When I woke up this morning and I had lost 2.5 inches, I rushed to grab my new swimsuit to see what it looked like.
Much less back fat.
So I was pleased.
I’m also working on healthier eating.
Breakfast: English muffin with 1 tsp butter & 2 tsp jelly.
AM snack: 100 calorie pack Chips Ahoy
Lunch: salad (from our garden!) with grilled chicken breast + a side of mac & cheese
PM snack: none; too full from lunch
Supper: another salad with chicken breast.
And lots and lots of water to drink. I’m done with soda. I’ve never liked the flavor of full-on soda and Aspartame is just way to bad for you so I’m cutting it out. In all honesty, I will probably have one here and there but I’m making a conscious effort to eliminate it all together.
I know that I’ve blogged about this stuff before and it’s not like I’m all, “Yay! Imma lose 20 pounds in 10 days!” because this is a lifestyle rather than a crash diet and the last couple of months was a reset period.
I’ve got my best friend (that would be Greg. The bestie didn’t move in with us) & kiddos to keep me accountable at home.
I’ve got you guys to keep me accountable here.
I’ve got images of myself in my bathing suit as a short-term goal & images of my kids as teenagers as a long-term goal.
I’ve also got my trusty wraps when I need them.
I’m ready to do this.
The Down and Dirty
Last weigh in: 168.6
Current weigh in: 176.0 (up 7.1 from a few months ago but I’m still at an overall loss of 17.5)
Goals for this week:
- Drop 1 pound (175.0)
- Exercise twice this week.
- Drink 2 liters of water/day
- No soda