Weight loss is at the fore front of my mind nearly every day all day long, especially as summer, swim suit season and shorts weather draws closer and closer. I’ve been really consistent with working out at least 4 times a week. I’m not as consistent with eating well. I do my best to stick to my eating plan and when I fall off the wagon I do my best not to stray too far.
All in all, I’m doing okay. I’m not gaining so i should be happy. But I’ve ben stuck at my current weight for a few weeks now. However, clothes continue to fit better and better. A dress I couldn’t zip a few months ago fits pretty darn good now. I went swimsuit shopping and didn’t leave the store in a depressive state vowing only to drink water for the rest of my life. I can run a few miles relatively easily and I feel so much stronger.
But I’m stuck at this same number and despite the positive feedback I’m getting from my clothes it’s bugging me quite a bit actually. So I turned to my essential oils for some help. I found a post that recommended using lemon, grapefruit and peppermint in a little capsule. Just two drops of each so not a huge amount, but let me tell you, it does help. I can get through most of the day without feeling like I’m starving and when I do eat I don’t feel like I need to eat my lunch and the plate too. Small side effect is burping up grapefruit and peppermint which isn’t as bad of a combination as you’d think. I’ve been taking these every morning after breakfast for about a week. This week’s weigh-in finally, FINALLY moved the scale. Yay! It wasn’t much but it moved!
To keep things moving in the right direction, I’m going to keep up with my pills for a while longer. I’m also going to work a little harder at staying on track with me eating plan. Additionally, I think my workouts need a boost, either adding another day or increasing the intensity. Adding another day might be tough but I can easily make my workouts harder and sweat a little more. I need to remember this is a process. Big changes don’t happen overnight. Healthy habits don’t become habits quickly. I’m still determined. I have about 12 lbs. to get to my pre-baby weight. I can do this! I am going to do this!
And I do mean quick, O is making waking up noises so I only have a few minutes.
I’m now down about 12.5 lbs total. I get to use the next notch down in my belt and some of my old clothes are starting to fit again. Yay! Easter was awful for me. Candy, candy, sugar, cookies, more candy everywhere. I fell off the wagon for a few days and it took me a few more days to get back on that I would care to admit. This week has been great though and I’m back on track. The nice weather has helped a ton. I’m able to get outside with O in the jogger for walks if not actual runs. Pushing him and running is so much harder than running on my own, you wouldn’t think so but wow, it adds a whole new level to running. I’m getting used to it gradually and being careful not to push too hard. Best of all I can feel my body getting stronger. I feel more like my old self which is so very motivating! I’m at the end of my couch to 5K app and am considering continuing to the 10K. I really do like running longer distances. I would love to be able to do a half marathon or a 10 mile at the end of the summer. I really just need to sign up so I have that extra motivation to keep working at it.
Speaking of motivation, I have an app that I use to keep me working out consistantly called GymPact. It adds a money aspect for incentive. At the beginning of the week you say you are going to workout 4 times. For each missed workout you also decide how much you are going to risk. So if you miss a workout, you pay the app money. How’s that for keeping your word? But, if you meet your goal, you are the one that gets paid-they divide up the money that people had to pay in to the people who met their pact. Pretty cool right? I’ve made decent money with this app to pay for fun stuff-like my crafting habit. The more you workout each week, the more money you earn. I workout at least 4 times a week and get anywhere from $0.80 to $1.10. Doesn’t seem like much but it adds up. You can do workouts anywhere with the motion sensor on your phone tracking your movement, go for a bike ride or run outside using a partner app like RunKeeper, walk 10,000 steps a day (tracked right with your phone or something like a FitBit), or check in at the gym. You need to be active for at least 30 minutes and if you are walking go at least more than 1 mile. It’s been a great app to keep me going-I don’t want to pay money for something I should be doing anyway. (This is not an advertisement for GymPact. This is my personal experience and I did not receive any incentive to share my experience.)
One other thing I’ve noticed that makes the difference between a good day and a bad day is tracking my food intake. I still suffer from severe baby brain where I can’t remember what I did 5 minutes ago so writing down what I eat is key. My eating plan tracks servings instead of calories which I appreciate. I’ve used apps that just made me feel awful for having that super high calorie breakfast that I didn’t realize was so high calorie and then I don’t want to eat the rest of the day because I don’t want to go over my calorie goal for the day. For me, it’s not healthy and doesn’t make me think about my choices. This works best for me and I’m seeing results.
Last tip I have since O continues to sleep and I actually have more than a few minutes is to make sure to either take some measurements or try on some clothes that you want to fit into. I have a dress I need to wear soon. When I started this weight loss stuff, I couldn’t zip it, now I can. That feeling when the zipper hit the top was amazing! Having that extra measurement is additional reinforcement when maybe the number on the scale isn’t decreasing as quickly as you’d like.
Keep up the great work everyone! I’d love to hear how you are doing or what tips and tricks you have to keep on keeping on!