For those keeping track

. . .yes, I’m still working on finishing the year healthy.

These are the things I had on my list to work on:

  • In bed by 10:00
  • 8 glasses of water a day
  • Floss 3x a week
  • No eating during nap time or after supper
  • (new one) Move from 3 to 4 days of running a week

That’s all I’m going to do. Some of those things are really big things! I didn’t do so well last week, but I’m not giving up. These are all things that I can do and I’m going to feel very good about sticking with it.

My journey with my eating habits has been erratic. To be honest, I have some real issues with food addiction. I use food as a way to cope when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed. I also use it when I want to celebrate something or if I’m just bored.

I want to be really honest with you because it’s not helpful to pretend that I have this all under control. A little over a week ago, I was feeling overwhelmed or something (I can’t even remember what the deal was right now) and I chose to deal with it by eating whatever I could find in the house that looked appealing. I ate a piece of  toast with butter on it, then I ate a plate of chips with cheese melted on the top, then I had a half cup of trail mix. That’s a “snack” of about 800 calories and I don’t think I stopped there. I don’t remember what else I ate. Then I repeated that pattern for several days in a row. The end result was that I managed to increase my weight by 6 to 7 pounds in two weeks. Some of that was water weight, but most of those pounds I have to own. I earned them fair and square.

I’ve turned it around for the last several days. It’s good to be heading in the right direction! I need to find better ways to cope. I’ve also been reminded that I really need to limit eating things that are high in carbohydrates. I love my carbs and I’m not totally cutting them out, but they need to be a smaller percentage of my diet. Foods that are full of HFCS spike my blood sugar and make me feel happy for a while, but then it’s followed by a crash. That makes me want to eat again. Not a good cycle. I’m trying to choose the carbohydrates I eat more carefully (focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains) and keep the extra snacky things like chips, cookies, and crackers to a very small percentage of what I consume. I just can’t have that stuff in the house all the time.

Don’t worry, family, this doesn’t mean that we’re only allowing veggies and turkey in the house for Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to the whole spread, including potatoes, dinners rolls, pies and other desserts. It just means that I’m making sure the leftover sweets go back home with Tim.

1 Year Weight Loss Update

I gave some information in my post a couple of days ago about this year’s ups and downs with trying to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy with Isaac.  Today is the one year point and I thought I would focus on the things I learned and some of the positive outcomes I’ve experienced.

I don’t have photos yet. Sorry. Nathan is working on our computer that has our photos and I haven’t taken any yet today. We’ll have time to do that this weekend.

So, the number that you’ve all been waiting for…. how much weight did I lose over the course of the last year? I usually do my weigh-in on Friday, but since t0day was my “anniversary” I thought I would weigh myself this morning and use those numbers to get my year total.

Here’s the “skinny” (hee hee):

Weight gained with pregnancy- 32 pounds

Weight lost without really trying- 13.6 pounds

Weight lost since I decided to “try” to lose weight- 13.8 pounds

Total weight lost in the last 13 months-    27.4 pounds

When I look back, I can see that I really tried hard for only about 3 or 4 months and those weren’t all in a row. I wasted a lot of time having to lose the same 5-7 pounds over and over again.

I think one of the biggest factors in losing the weight that I did was the support I got from Nathan and from my friend, Marie. Marie has also been working on losing weight and has lost almost 30 pounds in the last 10 months. Or something like that. She just kept working at it and logging her food. She didn’t take days and days and weeks off like I would. Guess what? She saw positive results from doing that. It’s hard to ignore the hard facts when she’s reporting every week how much she lost 🙂

I also found a new and powerful motivation. I have found that I enjoy running. I like to participate in races every so often. I’m competitive and I want to get stronger and faster. I want my next finish time to be faster than the last. Eating right and losing weight will help enormously with this. I’ll be carrying 10 less pounds at my next race than I had at the previous one. That’s also helped get me out the door at 5:30 in the morning to exercise. It’s not telling myself that I need to work out a certain number of times a week or minutes a day, it’s telling myself that I’m an athlete in training. Or something like that!

I’ve learned that I can feel good about myself and dress in ways that flatter my figure even if I have not made it to my goal weight.

I’ve also learned that having 3 babies changes your body and there are some things that I can do about it, but some things I wont be able to change. It’s a small price to pay!

Thanks for bearing with my weight loss journey updates! I really am hoping to post photos soon.

Weight

I have been doing some major binge eating for the last 4 months. Every time I feel stressed out, or bored or think about food, I eat. That’s a lot of eating. In the interest of full-disclosure, I’ll be completely honest and tell you how much I’ve gained since March:

18 pounds.

That’s an awful lot of weight in 4 months.

So, I’m restarting today and declaring it to the world so I can’t go back. Food really hasn’t been serving my very well. I’m still bored and feeling stress after eating a bowl of ice cream. I have this horrible addiction to high carbohydrate foods. I feel like eating so I have cookies, crackers, bread or ice cream. It spikes my blood sugar and I feel good. For about 5 minutes. Then my blood sugar crashes and I feel hungry and icky. Repeat cycle all day long. So, for a week, I’m cutting out carbohydrates that don’t serve a purpose (cookies, crackers, white bread, pure sugar desserts) and trying to increase my intake of foods that occur naturally (grow in the ground or on trees…) or have a mother.