As of today I have lost 19.2 pounds since mid May! I thought I would link up to this party with these lovely ladies, since all the cool kids are doing it:
My blog started out as a weight-loss-after-baby-keep-me-accountable blog, and it has turned into a full blown mommy blog, but I still like to write about fitness and nutrition now and then. I set goals each month, and usually there is one that is weight loss or exercise-related.
Me at my high school graduation, with my siblings
I never struggled with weight until I went to college, and even though I was about 20 pounds heavier throughout college than I was in high school, I was still a decent weight for my height (5’1″). But after having kids…things are different!
Me in college
I gained 50 pounds with my first baby, managed to lose 40 of it, but then regained about 30 before getting pregnant again. I only gained 20 with her, but that brought me right back to the same weight at 9 months pregnant. After having her, I lost 10-15, but struggled with the rest.
Super pregnant in 2008
So when I started getting serious about this in May, I had about 40-45 pounds I wanted to lose. And three months later, I’m about halfway there!
We do want to have another baby soon, so I don’t know if I will be able to reach my goal before then. But every pound that I lose now means a lower starting weight!
So what am I doing? Well, for starters I have had no sugar. It’s been almost three months since I’ve downed a delicious Coca Cola (my #1 weakness) or eaten a candy bar. If you’re looking to lose weight, no sugar goes a long way!
Also, I am training to run a half-marathon, and I know that all miles I’ve been logging have helped a lot!
And lastly, drinking lots of water!
I did not drop a ton of “water weight” right at the beginning. I have had to fight for each and every ounce that I’ve lost so far. Over three months I’ve had maybe 2 or 3 times where all of a sudden the scale dropped over a pound at once. Every other time (every day), I would lose just ounces, or even fluctuate up a pound or two.
The good thing about the “no sugar” rule is that it leaves me a lot of options for when I do need to treat myself to something delicious. I can have all the pizza in the world, or I can drive through a fast food restaurant for a burger. Of course the better I eat, the faster I will lose the weight, but this way I can treat myself without cheating on my plan.
I look forward to reading everyone else’s posts from the link up, and I will keep you all posted on my progress!