March 23, 2014

Overcoming the Hurdle One Ounce at a Time

As I know many moms struggle with weight loss and gain, I thought I'd share my journey (so far) with you all. I'll also post tips, ideas and updates as the fat expulsion continues.

During my pregnancy with M2, I gained about 40 lbs. Considering I was overweight when I got pregnant, this was not a good thing! Luckily, with hard work I lost all 40 plus another 10 by the time M2 was 5 months old. Sadly, my weight loss then stagnated. Working full time plus having a new baby, house hunting, packing up our old place and life in general got in my way. I shouldn't have let it, but I did.

Gaining and losing the same 10 lbs. over and over again was an endless cycle. It was also endlessly frustrating and disheartening. However, during the past month I've put a renewed effort into weight loss and have lost 13 lbs. (knock on wood) and am on my way toward reaching my goals.

My downfalls are sweets and being an emotional eater. If I'm happy, I eat. Sad, I eat. Mad, I eat. Depressed, I eat. And then I just feel more depressed and horrible after I eat. Willpower against food is something I don't have a whole lot of, that's for sure--especially as I love to cook and bake. Slowly, I'm learning to eat healthier foods and that just because I bake or cook it doesn't mean I need to eat all of it or a large portion of it.

Any junk food in the house I keep hidden so it's not easy to access and have little bits at a time. Even the junk has gotten healthier, such as ice cream to fat-free froyo. I baked a cake the other day and gave much of it away. What I have eaten is a tiny fraction of what I would normally.

The fridge is stocked with plenty of fruit while rice cakes inhabit the pantry in case I want something crunchy/salty. I also cook most of our meals myself so that I can control what goes in them (plus, I love cooking and it's cheaper than eating out).

As the weather warms, I plan to spend more time walking and exercising to add in that arm of weight loss. I love weight lifting so that is being worked in as well.

The scale and I are still not on good terms, but the numbers are going down and my clothes are getting looser! Slowly, one ounce at a time, I'm getting closer to my final goal.

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