I am 5 months and 11 days post-partum. At around 4 months post-partum, I decided that I could not be ok with my chunky self. I was not overweight, I was just a chunkier version of me. I decided to actually go on a "diet" AKA major calorie restriction. You don't realize how many calories you consume on a daily basis. I was probably consuming at least 2000-2300 calories a day with NO exercise. This, my friends, is recipe for disaster!
I have limited myself to 1200 calories a day. Doesn't sound like a lot but I usually always feel satisfied (especially after I did this for about a week- my body got used to it) If I go over my calories by 100- SO WHAT! I don't beat myself up over it. I just jump right back in :) If my body is telling me I'm truly hungry, I eat. My problem in the past was that I ate because of boredom. These days, I get busy doing something around the house or focus on a project and guess what...the "hunger" I was feeling was not hunger at all! I know that exercise is so important but if you are consuming thousands of calories, it will never work!
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was 6 POUNDS lighter than I was 3 and a half weeks ago! I am so proud! I still have about 14 pounds to go but I know I can do this! My blog friends inspire me every day to stick with it!
A very good friend, my best friend, reminded me of a photo I took while on a cruise to the Bahamas. I couldn't even remember that girl in the picture. I am getting back to that girl! I want to feel good about myself. I want to look forward to shopping instead of wanting to puke at the thought. I am the one in the middle. This photo was taken in May of 2009. I was approximately 125-130 pounds.
This picture below was taken early August when I was 8 weeks post-partum. This is probably my heaviest time. Sad thing is, this was at my 10 year high school reunion. I looked horrible and didn't even realize it. Oh well. Maybe I will look better at my 20 year :)
I'm on my way back! I am determined! I find myself turning down foods that I know will set me back. This is huge for me! Everyone please pray for me during this journey!
Anyone have any diet tips? How do you all find time to exercise when you have little ones?