19 weeks ago I started out on this humiliation diet with the goal of losing the rest of my baby weight, 35 pounds.
“The cold hard facts are these. I gained 70 pounds while pregnant with Girly McBaby. Yes, part of that is because I was told not to worry about gaining weight by my doctors who were concerned she would be premature, and felt that it was more important to get weight on her any way possible. And she was born healthy at 8.1 pounds so I don’t regret it. But I also know gaining 70 pounds wasn’t doctors orders. It was because I was sad and ice cream is like prozac and really, I just have issues with food. And most importantly, I do not want to pass on my issues with food to my baby girl. I want her to learn from my healthy habits, and my positive body image, and so it is time to get serious.”
So here we are at the end of the time I set for myself and I have lost 16 pounds of the last 35. 50 since Gracie was born.
A little under half of my goal, but it is hard to feel disappointed about 16 pounds. Along the way I tried a lot of different diets and workouts, and while I admire you paleo dieting cross fitters out there, it’s just not for me. What has worked best for me is eating a ton more vegetables than I ever have before, dinner usually looks like 50% vegetable, 30% meat, 20% carb. It used to be, and I would prefer it to be, 90% carb and 10% alcohol, but shits not fair.
For my workouts I have started running 2-3 miles a day, either pushing Gracie in her stroller, or at the gym, and then occasionally attempting a portion of a Tracy Anderson video. It is slow going, but it feels like a lifestyle I can maintain forever, and since it is taking so long and I have so much to lose, a crash diet just isn’t going to work for me.
I think the biggest obstacle to my success has been a social life, it sucks to be on a diet at weddings and on double dates. I mean, what kind of jackal doesn’t have a bite of cake at a wedding? SO RUDE! Right?
This is obviously not the end of my goals. I will keep you all updated on my progress a bit more sporadically, but I cannot thank all of you enough for your support. So much of weight issues have to do with shame, and sharing it with y’all and realizing I am not the only one who struggles to lose the baby weight was such a positive thing. Because, let’s face it, if I see one more Victoria Beckham/Giselle Bundchenesque magazine cover about losing baby weight I am going to become very spiteful…Thank God for Jessica Simpson.
Anyway, I am off to figure out how to continue on with my goals without allowing it to take up so much brain space.
Some of you asked for before and afters…Although it pains me to do this…
I guess I can see a little bit of a difference in my hips, tummy, and donkey butt.
And I did a body comp at our gym before and after, and the official stats say I lost 5% of my body fat, and gained muscle.