While I was pregnant, I ate whatever I wanted; I couldn’t stomach salads or vegetables(foods I had eaten on a daily basis prior to my pregnancy) and 65 pounds later there I was, looking like Princess Fiona’s understudy. While it was fun letting myself eat as much as I wanted, by the end of my pregnancy I could barely breathe properly because of the excess weight. I knew what I had gotten myself into and take full responsibility for having gained so much weight. Although 28 pounds came off at delivery, I still had to lose (and still losing) 37 pounds. Although I am 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, I had 15 pounds to lose before getting pregnant. What can I say? I really enjoy good food but in the meantime its important for me to get to where I want my body to be without obsessing over it all day long.
When it comes to weight-loss, I am finding out that Honesty, Moderation, and Time are key.
- HONESTY- By honesty, I mean REALLY being honest with yourself. If I had a dollar for every person who said “I don’t know why I can’t lose weight, I don’t eat that much” I’d be rich. Yes, I know that people have health problems and some may take medications which cause weight gain and I am not referring to them. I am referring to that person who is constantly complaining but constantly eating junk food. (muffin for breakfast, cheese steak for lunch, etc. etc.) There is nothing wrong with a cheese steak a day when you are trying to lose weight, as long as you are willing to eat nothing but plain green vegetables the rest of the day (NO FUN). LOL… you get the point. This week I am asking you to commit to writing down EVERYTHING you eat (including that cookie you just ate while reading this) and you’ll see what you are doing wrong. The calorie range you want to stay in is 1200-1600 calories a day. For those of you who’d like to track online or on your phones I HIGHLY recommend the Myfitnesspal.com application. If you’d like to join me, my user name on there is arabamira17.
- MODERATION- If there is a “weakness” food you can’t live without, have it everyday, but in a portioned amount. For me, this is food is ice cream. Anytime I’ve dieted in the past, I ate ice cream everyday and lost weight. I can eat a half-cup of REAL ice cream and be satisfied and I refuse to eat that low-fat junk sweetened with splenda or aspartame. It isn’t natural, and it doesn’t taste good. If you are going to eat ice cream, go hard or go home and grab that pint of Haagen Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s. If you can’t control your “weakness” food/s and have to eat the whole bag of family sized Doritos’ (GUILTY), or the whole box of pasta, don’t keep it in the house.
- TIME- I’ve been able to lose 30 pounds on my own so far because I haven’t given up. I take each day as it comes, and if I indulge one day, I pay for it the next day by shutting my mouth. Though I am not a lazy person, I am not a fan of “working out”. It stresses me out, makes me hungry and I’d rather spend my time doing something I enjoy or find an activity that I can commit to while changing my body (I am open to suggestions). I love to dance and I take an hour and a half salsa class once a week.
Remember to track what you eat for a week and look at what you may be eating too much of. With this said, I leave you with a quote from Ralph Marston “Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
Take everything a day at a time and keep on moving. We can do this!
Until next time,