Oh, how the last ten pounds have eluded me. I’ve had it on my “to-do” list for over two years.
I keep on telling myself when my baby slept through the night, then I can work out. Well, after my baby turned two, I decided that it had been long enough (She’s nearly two and a half and still doesn’t sleep through the night on a regular basis). Last summer I did Insantity and I lost 7 lbs, only to gain them back once I actually went on my summer vacation. Oh, that can drive one insane! I was very frustrated, why was my body taking such comfort in the pillowy folds of my flesh? The important thing I realized was not to be overwhelmed and give up.
Step two was making small changes in my diet. I have decided to be more consious of what I eat when at home during the day. I work from home and often lose time and forget to eat, and then I realize I’m starving so I eat anything. I made a plan to have oatmeal, granola, or a cup of herbal tea for breakfast each morning. I then have a salad for lunch. I’ve bought several salad fixings so that I can add vairety. And, I really do love a good salad. It was really helpful to have a plan, that way I was not guessing what I should eat and choosing the wrong thing.
- Eat the same thing each day. Ok I know that variety is the spice of life, but this is not forever. It’s a way to meet a goal in a reasonable time. I have been eating mostly oatmeal for breakfast, and a salad for lunch each day. I change up the type of oatmeal and salad to give me some excitement, but I genuinely like both things. You might not like either, I encourage you to find something healthy you could eat each breakfast and lunch.
- I then eat whatever everyone else is eating for dinner. My youngest has a gluten intolerance, so I usually eat what she is having, just to keep things low carb. I just eat things in moderation. Instead of a big helping I have a medium helping and just one serving. I got into the habit of large portions in college when I was playing sports because my body did need the extra calories. Now, not so much. I definitely don’t feel deprived, because I’m still eating yummy things, just less of it.
- Do something everyday. It might be a 3 mile run, walking the kids to park, or going to a spin class. I just try to find ways to not make it feel like a chore. I live in a warmer climate so I enjoy going out in the sunshine in the winter months and exercising.
- Let go. Don’t get caught up in numbers. I think it’s easy to bail if you’re not perfect. So, don’t make too many rules for you to break.
- Stay positive, ask for help. I set a goal everyday that I know I can meet. I often focus on how much water I will drink for the day, or how much time I will spend exersizing. I love “to-do” lists, so I just stick my goal on my list for each day.