Since giving birth I have lost 45 pounds. I have worked VERY hard at those 45 pounds. However, I am not done; but that's OK because I have actually enjoyed losing weight. At first, not so much. Going to the gym was hard. And with 60 extra pounds I could feel how challenging it was going to be. I was nowhere near in shape and I knew that it was going to take a lot of effort and will power on my part. But once I forced myself to be in the gym 5 days a week I started liking it, even missing it when I wasn't there. I go to 3 or 4 exercise classes a week... the hard ones. Kickboxing, ultimate cardio and ultimate circuit. I'm guaranteed to lose at least 400 calories per class. And I don't miss class unless it's unavoidable. That means saying no to doing things with friends on those eveings I have class, which sometimes is hard to do, but totally worth it. I also lift weights 2-3 times a week. I really do feel great after every time I work out and that motivates me to stay healthy.
Which leads me to my next weight loss must... eating right. There were somethings that I had to give up altogether, like soda, juice, chocolate (I do allow myself one chocolately thing a week) and candy. I don't have any of that stuff in our pantry. If Chris wants a sweet I make him take it to work with him because I know that if it's in my house I am going to eat it, even if I don't like it. I snack out of boredom and if unhealthy snacks aren't an option, I obviously won't eat them. That has had a tremendous positive effect on my eating habits. I also started looking at the nutrition facts. Some things I thought weren't bad for me turned out to be and some things I thought had to be bad weren't. That has helped the most. Realizing how many calories, fat grams and saturated fat grams I should be eating a day vs. how many I actually was (without realizing it). And now that I know what's really good for me, what's in the middle and what's bad for me I have stuck very firmly to my diet.
I'm very proud of myself. I never thought I could do it, but I am! I want to be at my goal weight (a little below what I was before I got pregnant) when Josiah celebrates his one year birthday. I know I can do it. AND... next time I get pregnant I will be much smarter and healthier on my eating decisions. I just assumed that I could eat whatever I wanted because I was "eating for 2". Not true. So here's to 20 more pounds!!
If I can do it, you can do it!