March 23, 2012: 163lbs – 24lbs lost
Whoop whoop! 2lbs this week! I am hopeful that this means I have left my plateau in the dust.
Thank you SO MUCH for your encouragement on my plateau post last week. Because of several suggestions in the comments, I tried to surprise attack my body this week. I worked out in the morning. I swapped out a cardio workout for an extra round of weight lifting. I ate a ridiculous amount of protein. I was hyper-vigilant about my water intake. I hit two 5 mile runs pushing a jogging stroller and a 27lb toddler (it’s like weights AND cardio!) in a 6 day span.
Y’all, this weight loss thing is hard. Honestly? It takes more effort and time and mental energy than I thought it would. I thought it just meant not putting certain things in my mouth and putting certain other things in on a regular basis. Well, that’s only part of it. The other parts, for me, are:
Diligent, diligent, diligent (did I mention diligent?) exercise. This means that for about an hour a day, 5 days a week, I am running or lifting. It’s a heckuva commitment (worth it, btw) and we’ve finally found a balance for our family after being at it for 8 months (since I started training for my half marathon). Most days I go after the boys are in bed. While DanO is putting the boys in their PJs, I put on my workout clothes. I nurse OBrother, lay him down (or pass him off to DanO) and book it out the door. This is the best way I’ve found to get an hour in and still feel like I have time with my husband in the evening, but it does mean that DanO is handling any post-bedtime struggles solo. It really is a family commitment.
Preparedness. The more prepared I am the easier it is to have self-control. When we go out for the day, I pack snacks for the kids and Medifast meals for me. If I get stuck without access to good food choices for several hours at a time, I’m in trouble. I prepare for going to the grocery store by eating a Medifast bar before leaving and chugging a boatload of water (a full stomach is a less-tempted stomach). At the grocery store, I help myself be prepared later by purchasing anytime snacks for myself (which also happen to be anytime snacks for the boys) – sugar snapped peas, carrot sticks, strawberries, grapes, and apples are a few favorites. I also always fill up my water bottle before leaving the house.
Educating myself. I have sat in the parking lot of Chipotle on my cell phone, pulling up their website and nutrition information from which I learned that the burrito tortilla, just the tortilla is 280 calories. I will only ever order a burrito bowl (all the insides in a bowl, no tortilla) ever again. I have asked the waitress at Red Robin for the nutrition information, whereupon she brought me a 4 inch 3 ring binder that weighed a good 10lbs. I subsequently poured over the entire thing and found that my only option was a plain chicken sandwich (no, not the salads; believe me, your best choice is not the salads). I pulled up the Ikea website and their restaurant nutrition facts at home on the computer before we went out to dinner there with my in-laws. (Go with the buffalo chicken wrap, but only eat half and save the other half for later.)
Being gutsy. I say no to things a lot. I turn down birthday cake when everyone else is having it. I am the only one who doesn’t eat (and rave about) baked goods at my moms group breakfast buffet. I sit quietly in conversations about people’s favorite Easter candies. It’s awkward. I’m not saying I sit there smugly, thinking ugh, those are so bad for you. I am sitting there thinking I am not there yet, but someday I will be. Someday I will enjoy a cupcake with everyone else at birthday parties from time to time. But for now, in order to get there, I have to be gutsy.
All of this takes time. It takes intention. It takes effort. But so far (even when I stall out on the scale for a couple of weeks) it has been worth it. Not easy, but worth it.
My Journey to Health:
March 31, 2012: 163lbs
March 23, 2012: 165lbs
March 8, 2012: 165lbs
February 29, 2012: 166lbs
January 30, 2012: 174lbs
December 30, 2011, 187 lbs
24 lbs lost!
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Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Nursing Mothers Program. I will only ever tell you how I actually feel about this experience and the Medifast products. Pinky swearsies. I am supposed to tell you that the Medifast Program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness and that any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs. K, you got that? Good. There will be a quiz later.