Thursday, July 16, 2009

Days 1-3

Well, we've made it 3 days on our 12 day kickoff to our new healthy eating plan. So far, so good...I think. If you are friends with Josh on Facebook, he is giving a play by play of our meals. I haven't been doing that yet but I am giving him the rundown of what I've eaten each day to keep me accountable. Here are some things I have learned so far:
  • I tend to snack a lot. When I'm bored, when I'm sleepy...anytime there's a lull in my day, I think about grabbing something to eat. I've tried to be more conscious about what's triggering the emotional eating. I've been trying to find productive things to do when I want to snack. I've also found that apples and caramel dip are a great snack that makes me feel full for a long time.
  • I can make it without Mtn Dew. :) With the exception of a small cup of coffee each morning, I haven't had any caffeine since Sunday night. I had a dull headache Monday and Tuesday but it has gone away now. I am learning to love water.
  • I expect to see results quickly. Obviously I need to give it more that 3 days so I'm trying to stay positive. The first time I can tell a difference in how I feel/look will be a huge motivator.
  • I catch myself thinking that one little "something or other" won't hurt. You know "that candy bar is so small, surely it won't mess up my progress." But, I haven't given in so I'm proud of that.
Overall, things have went smoothly the first few days. Josh is much better at menu planning and cooking so I've let him handle that. I haven't exercised as much as I've wanted but we are doing at least 12 minutes a day. That's better than nothing. Check back for another update if a few days.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 Days

Tomorrow we are kicking off the first 12 days of our new diet healthy eating plan. My mom and dad are both on board too. Josh is along for the ride because he tends to do a better job with menu planning and actually sticking to the plan.

We aren't following a specific plan - just eating healthier with the goal of no cheating for the 12 days. Momma is reading Mike Huckabee's book and 12 days is what he suggests to get started. He also suggests only 12 minutes of exercise but I am planning to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred.

I am planning to keep a record of my progress on here. Hopefully it will be good accountability. I really need to make a change. This is probably the worst I've felt about myself since right after Abby was born.

I've debated all day about posting a "before" picture. But, as I told Mom last night, if you know me in real life you know this is what I look like. So, there's no point in hiding it. Plus, it will motivate me to try harder to have an awesome "after" picture.

I went to the doctor last week because I have been feeling lightheaded several times a day. They did a complete blood workup and thankfully everything looked great. I am supposed to monitor my blood pressure for the next six weeks because it fluctuated so much while I was there. My appointment is 5 weeks from Wednesday. I have decided not to weigh myself until that appointment.

Because I want the accountability that comes with total honesty, I am going to share my current weight and my goals for the next weeks/months. And, well, because I think a little humiliation may help my motivation too.

So, here goes...
Mother's Day

Current weight - 186


  • 12 days with no cheating
  • at least 12 minutes of exercise every day - hopefully 20 minutes with Jillian
  • lose 10-15 pounds before my doctor's appointment
  • lose 40-50 pounds total (at 2lbs/week that should be around Christmas)

Well, I'm off to bed to get ready for this adventure. Please feel free to ask me about how it's going. And lots of encouraging comments would be nice too. :-)