At the beginning of 2009 I was battling the extra 15 pounds I’d put on since our wedding (March 2008). At the end of 2009 I found myself battling 30 of the extra 60 pounds I gained during pregnancy plus those extra 15 that I was battling when the year started. I entered 2010 feeling pretty down on myself about the extra poundage, but I’ve refocused that energy and I’m determined to do something about it.
For those of you who haven’t read my Weight Loss Journey page, I lost 70lbs. a few years back on Weight Watchers. I went back to meetings at the beginning of this year. Part of me feels a little ashamed that I can’t do it this time around on my own. I know how to eat well and I love to workout. Why can’t I just get my act together and get the weight off? This is where I’ve had to start being a little nicer to myself. I *know* that this is what works for me and I just shouldn’t beat myself up over wanting to go back. The program totally appeals to my Type A personality. Counting calories or tracking points isn’t for everyone, but it works for me and I believe strongly in the old adage “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” I can’t say I’ve learned anything new this time around by going to the meetings, but I like the accountability of the scale every week. Another huge perk is having an excuse to get out of the house and socialize face-to-face with people who share a common goal. It’s a nice compliment to the amazing support system I’ve found in the food blogging community.
So far, I’m down just over 5 pounds and on track with what I’d hoped for. I have 26lbs to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and 41lbs to get back to my goal weight. Those numbers seem huge when I think about the big picture, but I’m taking it week by week, day by day and doing everything I can to accomplish my goals.
I am doing a few things differently this time around:
1. I’m trying to eat “real” food and get away from the packaged, processed stuff. Sure those 100 calorie packs are only 2 points, but there’s nothing in them. Absolutely no nutritional value and they’re not filling in the least.
2. I’m trying to tone up while I lose weight by incorporating a lot more strength training into my workout schedule. I was skinny fat the last time I made it to goal meaning I had a low BMI, but a high percentage of body fat. I don’t want to just weigh less. I want to be fit.
3. I’m doing this as a mom and as a wife. The first time around I was able to make weight loss my #1 priority in life. This time it is still a huge priority, but it has to take a backseat to a very small, very adorable little girl and a handsome man. 🙂 Everyone tells you to take “me time” on a regular basis. One thing I have going for me is that when I think of doing something nice for myself, the first thing that comes to mind is exercising.
My food yesterday was all leftovers and repeats so I decided to skip the pictures and go a different route. Sorry if this post was tedious or boring. It feels good to be honest with all of you and with myself in getting it all out there.