Friday, October 16, 2015

Weight Loss Journey: Week 1

The Baby has arrived, I've recovered, I've been released by my Doctor and I've procrastinated.

But it's finally that time, to be responsible, take care of myself and get the weight off.

My current weight is not bad at all, heck, 90% of the time I would say weight is just a number and doesn't have any value when it comes to my overall health. It doesn't matter if I weigh 200 or 110 if I'm not healthy.

I can admit, I've been ignoring my health, eating what I like and trying my hardest not to care that NONE of my pants truly fit at the moment. I can wear my pre-pregnancy jeans by using the old hair tie trick to "button" them, but I cannot brag that they actually fit.

One thing I am certainly aware is that having a baby makes your body change. It took 9 months to get here and it's going to take time for things to get back to normal. I did not have six-pack abs when I got pregnant, so I should not suddenly expect to achieve those results.

My stomach is stretched and squishy, it's gone in a ton, but it needs it's own time to heal. I'm aware I have minor diastasis recti, that takes time and careful exercise to heal.

My hips are wider, because I ate a lot of brownies and because they naturally widen for child birth. Once again, they take time to do their thing and heal up.

My breasts... they've been breast fed on and, well, let's just not talking about those.

There are many things I cannot control, things that need time to heal. But I can start making diet changes, crack down on myself and work on my health.

So, obviously there is a something special I'm going to do, right? Something I might be selling, something you will have to find the money to buy. Right? RIGHT? Everyone is all about their magic pill, shake, wrap, etc these days!

Nope. None of that.

I'm not saying none of that stuff works, but quick fixes don't change lifestyles.

So, then it's a diet trend! Paleo? Gluten Free? An oldie but a goodie like Atkins?

Nope. None of that.

I know people that have done all of the above and done great things for their life and health! But I also know many that crash and burn so hard off those super strict diet plans. I know myself, I know I love food and honestly, I will crash and burn the first time a chocolate cake passes by.

So what am I doing?

Walking and counting my calories.

Ewwwww. Calorie counting. I honestly tell anyone that asks that it is horrible, it is miserable and I hate it. You know why? It makes me super aware of what I am putting in my body!

With calorie counting, I have a limit to how many calories I can eat in a day. So I have to think carefully about each and every piece of food that goes into my body.

500 calorie breakfast with a 400 calorie latte? I'm nearly out of calories for the day. Good bye lunch and dinner!

Now I would not starve myself of a meal to reach the goal, but I'm never going to achieve my goal by eating like that.

I'll probably do just the opposite and gain weight like that.

But I can plan carefully. Maybe I want a latte on a Saturday morning, then I'll make the best choice possible. Get a small, maybe get skim milk. At the end of the day, I may still end up going over, just a little, but as long as it isn't a day to day thing, I'll be okay.

If I make weight loss a total punish to my love of food, I'll hate it and eventually quit.

With the holidays coming up, there will be a lot of temptation, I may not lose anything the entire time. But I can watch myself, balance myself and keep myself from gaining weight.

And how much does calorie counting cost? Well, it can be free! There are many free apps like Lose it! or My Fitness Pal that are free to use, sometimes they charge extra if you want additional features. I personally will be using the fitbit app, you can use it without a fitbit, but it's much for useful with the tracker. I have a fitbit flex I bought last year, obviously that cost something. But I purchased it at a discount for participating in a wellness event at my husband's employer.  But you don't need one by any means!

I also find it helpful to log my calories before I eat, I can always go back and fix them if I eat more or less. But failure is more likely if I eat to my hearts content and then see how bad I did. By logging ahead of time, I can get an idea of my limit and eat a proper portion. For example, I used to eat a Clif bar at breakfast, but one bar is 250+ calories, before I even have my coffee and creamer! So I'm given the choice to eat a smaller portion or find a different breakfast. I don't even want to touch fast food because one meal is bound to throw me over my entire days limit. But I could look up a grilled chicken sandwich from Chic-fil-a, see the amount of calories, pass on the fries and soda, and keep my calories in check.

And walking? I try to get in at least a 2 mile walk about 3 times a week. It's not much, I know, but it's better than sitting on the couch. I don't get a lot of time to exercise right now, my son is too young to walk all the miles and by time my husband gets home, it's already getting late so I just get in what I can. Obviously that could be remedied with a gym membership but once again, it's getting late and by time I drove to the gym, did my workout and came home, everyone would be in bed. I don't want to sacrifice bedtime with my children or the little time I have to spend with my husband these days.

I would normally do a home exercise, but as I mentioned above, with the diastasis recti, I am trying to be easy on my abs. Crunches are a bad idea and can even make the split worse, so I'm trying to work on healing before I push it.

And that's about it.

I'm blogging about it for the accountability. If I'm putting this on public forum and logging my weight each week, I'll feel a little pressure to work on it.

Similar to Weight Watchers, except I don't have a group to go to every week. I'm just checking in here.

I'll be weighing in every Friday morning. I have my goal set at 2 pounds per week, which is super tough, but the overall idea is just to get the weight off.

My goal is to reach 135lbs, it's not super skinny but it is a comfortable weight for me. From there I can continue to focus on fat loss and bring muscle building in when I'm ready. I worked so much with weights last year, I was getting tone and thin but my weight stay around 138 and I was happy with that! Because the number no longer mattered when I was healthy and getting my body in great shape. I just want to lose some of the weight before I start adding the muscle back in. Gosh I miss my strong arms and my butt, it actually got bigger but it was soooo toned. Thigh gap be damned, give me muscle.

This week, my stats are at the bottom of my post since I wanted to explain myself and start my journey off. Next weeks and the weeks that follow, it will appear at top. So you aren't forced to read about my week if you just want to see how I'm progressing.

I started counting about 3 weeks ago, but I was super lenient on the first weekend, I gained what I lost immediately. Followed by week of "so upset I no longer care" and then a marathon of sewing week where I just forgot. But I'm back on it this week and I'm sticking to it, no more weekends of cheating.

My Stats: Week 1

Current Weight: 145lbs
Goal Weight: 135lbs
Pounds Lost To Date: 3lbs

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Wish me luck! Participate in the comments below! Eat a donut for me!

- Amanda

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