Getting Fit and Healthy
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The picture on the right is when I hit my goal weight….then found out I was pregnant!
I remember always feeling like I was fat, even when I was as young as middle school. It is hard as an adult to look back at pictures and realize that I was never fat as a child and was really quite cute. It took me until well into my 30s to really love my body and appreciate all that it does.
In fact, there were a couple of key moments in my life when I really fell in love with my body. I have always been impressed with its ability to make humans. I make great babies! But the moment I fell in love with all my curves was during a yoga class. I had tried yoga before and really didn’t like it. This time I had joined a boutique gym that alternated between workouts and yoga. It was during one of these classes, watching the reflection of my body bend and move, that I realized its beauty. I watched myself, mesmerized, as I twisted and stretched into positions that I never dreamed of being able to do. I relished the times that I hit a position after not being able to quite make it when I first tried. This new understanding of my body changed how I interacted with it in regard to food and exercise. This was just one of many initial steps in changing my perspective on health.
- Meal Planning: I used OYS and Plan to Eat to find recipes, build a meal plan, and to create a shopping list. I have not returned to either of these but I want to. This also helps with staying within a budget and planning out meals that build on each other. Refocusing on this will be key in turning the corner on regaining my healthy weight.
- I prepped all my meals for the week on Sundays. It was a huge job but incredibly worth it. When I say that I prepped all my meals, I seriously did. My fridge was stocked with five breakfasts like overnight oats, snacks, and lunch. I would pack my lunch and snacks for work and would stick to it even during trainings that provided a catered lunch. Doing this was huge for me. It was really empowering and kept me motivated to stick with it! Now that I am a SAHM I am finding that if I prep my meals and snacks, as if I was working outside of the home, I do much better!
- Eat a meal or snack every two hours. I did not let myself get hungry.
- Eat everything I planned to eat. I did not skip meals or snacks. This helped to make sure I never felt hungry, which in turn had me gorging myself and heading off track of my packed food.
- Water: Drink half your weight in ounces. I am currently trying for 85 ounces of water a day. When I was really in the swing of things this was not hard at all. Now I feel like I have a good day if I get 30 ounces in! This is a huge focus of mine as I move forward.
- Steps: 10,000 steps! I had even upped this to 12,000 in my prime days! I am not tracking my steps right now, but I do plan to. To reach my step goal I would pace in the house. My big kids got a kick out of the creative step moves I’d come up with to ease the monotony of walking in place. I did eventually get a treadmill and this was a game-changer for me! Currently I am finding time to hit the treadmill only about a quarter of what I want. When the weather is nice I need to get back to running outside.
- Treadmill: 45 minutes of walking, five or so minutes on my warm-up, and then about ten for my cool down for a total of 60 minutes before work. Currently, I am finding it hard to get time to focus on this. The littlest little, Grayson, can be nowhere around for me to use the treadmill. While in Hood River I had been walking four or more times a week on the nearby trail. I loved getting my littles out in their jogger too. This will be wonderful to incorporate here at the beach!
- Measure and weigh everything I was eating. I found success with doing this for a few days and getting a really good feel of how much a serving size was. I’d weigh out items here and there to keep myself focused and accurate. If I found myself gaining weight this is the first thing I brought back in.
- LOG EVERYTHING, yes, I used caps for that. I can’t stress this enough. I had to log my meals and track my calories so that I had a good sense of how I was doing. I always have felt like I wanted an app that would account for items that I passed up. So if I didn’t have a brownie that was sitting out at work then I would enter that into the app and I would get rewarded somehow. I’ll have to keep thinking about how to make this come true!
- Get mean! Remember how I said I met Elijah and his cooking? He loves to cook for me and feed me. I finally told him that I was going to get mean and say no to all offers of food. Even the smallest taste! It is better for me to have none than to have a little. I do believe in moderation, however, when I’m getting serious this just doesn’t work for me. It opens the flood gates! When I have more control I can plan it. I do not tend to feel like I am missing out, so it works for me!
- No nibbling or tasting, unless I was going to log it and account for those calories. Usually, it’s just not worth the time it takes to log the info. And it was never worth the calories because honestly, I do not do well with tastes of things. It always turns into full-on eating of everything.
- Drink black coffee. I learned to drink my coffee black and absolutely love it that way now! My 2 o’clock fun coffee is my one big cheat. But, with a 2.5 year old and 5 month old, I think this is worth every one of those calories. (UPDATE: I am updating this sentence that was originally written nearly a year and a half ago. My itty bitty one is nearly 2! I still need my 2 o’clock coffee to keep up with these guys!)
- Telling myself that I already know what something tastes like so I don’t need it now. Thank you to my cousin, Crystal Spreadborough, for this little tidbit! It has helped me a ton!
- Not eating after 7:00pm. Though, I found this to be hard! I have to really work at it. I’m doing okay with this right now, but I need to bring it back into focus.
- CHEW GUM. I chewed gum so that I wouldn’t eat. I have not been doing this and will be buying myself some gum!
- Do an activity that doesn’t allow you to eat. Replace eating with this activity. For instance, I would snack while watching TV. Instead, I started crocheting and never allowed myself to have food while doing it. This kept my hands busy and I was able to break this habit!
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