I have stopped drinking soda and tea all. the. time. Giving up soda? Not so bad. Giving up sweet tea? Lord, help me...
Now don't get me wrong, if we go out to eat I have no problem ordering a glass of tea with my meal, I am still human. I have just stopped buying it and keeping it in the house.
I have started "meal planning". That thing that all those cool, have-it-all-together Mamas do. Around Thursday or Friday every week I write out what I plan to cook for dinner for the following week. Seems like a no-brainer right? Yeah, this is not what I was doing before. I was following the, throw it together at the last minute or take out sounds good, methods. Planning ahead has made a huge difference. 1.) I am able to buy for what I plan on cooking instead of just winging it at the grocery store every week. 2.) I am able to plan my breakfast and lunch based on what I am having for dinner (helps when you are trying to stay within a specified amount of "points" for the day).
Sounds easy enough, right? Yeah...
Well, here is a little background. I am the oldest of three girls and have always been the "bigger" one. My sisters are disgustingly thin. They were lucky enough to get that from my Mom, who is so tiny one would wonder how she was able to carry three babies to term. So, out of four women in my family, I am the big girl. Since I have always been the bigger of the three of us and I didn't know anything different, I just lived with it. I never really tried to diet, with the exception of starving myself for my wedding, and I despise any activity that makes my body sweat. I wasn't happy with my weight, but I also was not bothered by it enough to do anything about it. Until I had Autumn.
My pregnancy with Autumn added about 25 pounds to my small frame, and considering that I was not at a healthy weight before the pregnancy, you can see where that left me. I did nothing after Autumn was born to lose the weight and it was not until we were discussing having another baby that I had an epiphany. I could not gain another 25 pounds. Could. Not. So, I got to work.
I joined Weight Watchers and lost 20 pounds just in time to get knocked up. Awesome. That was my goal, after all. Then I gained 15 of those pounds back having Nate. Bright Side? At least it was only 15 and not 25. So, after being re-introduced to my fat self, I decided to make a permanent change.
One of the things I am struggling with the most is turning this into a lifestyle. Ideally, I would like to not have to eat Lean Cuisines for lunch for-ev-er. It's fine for now, while I am getting the weight off, but I am going to have to get creative in the future. I am going to have to reinvent my relationship with food.
So, this journey is just beginning. I am 2 1/2 weeks in and down 5.8 pounds. Don't get me wrong, like most people I am fueled by vanity but I am also fueled by the desire to be here to hound my children for as long as possible. And if that means having cantaloupe instead of chips, or eating a Lean Cuisine for lunch everyday, then so be it.
Now, to leave you with a little nugget of wisdom I have learned over the last 2 1/2 weeks...hungry people are mean. Just ask Steve.