Two months ago, I started tracking what I ate with My Fitness Pal. My husband and I had both gained weight, or more accurately, were not losing weight, and he wanted to start eating better and exercising more to see if it would help his chronic kidney disease. So together we decided to put an end to our big dinners and wine during the week. We started eating more protein and veggies at dinner and minimized the carbs – ie. no pasta, no bread – and less deep fried foods. We also stopped having dessert every night – no more Halloween chocolate, no cookies after dinner, etc. Wine is only on Friday and Saturday night now.
After a few weeks husband started noticing a difference and with me tracking my calories and trying to adjust my macros, I started seeing subtle differences in the way my clothes fit. He is running more during the week when the kids are at school and I am back on track with my running as well.
Now, I won’t lie, the nasty stomach flu I had over New Years’ certainly did help with the weight loss but surprisingly, the weight is staying off and well, I am pretty excited about that.
Since starting the healthy eating plan and tracking my diet, I have now lost 10 lbs. I can’t remember the last time I was this weight – well, yes actually, it was before I got pregnant with my 3rd child. My clothes fit better and I feel better. We both do.
He says I don’t need to track my food intake anymore, but I can’t deny that it has become a habit for me now and the scientist in me is enjoying the process. I can’t wait to see how the next few months shape up!
This was my dinner last night. Kale and quinoa salad with feta cheese, walnuts, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and yellow pepper in a balsalmic vinaigrette. It was very tasty and pretty healthy. And I didn’t eat any dessert.
But then I went to a conference this morning and they had lots of pastries. Pastries, pastries and more pastries.
So, I’m 12 days in to my New Year’s resolution of healthier eating and daily exercising. So far it’s going pretty well. When I was at the office the other day, I got on the scale and was quite pleased to see that I had lost 5 pounds. All from just not having dessert after dinner and exercising at home regularly.
I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. Cutting out the desserts at nighttime was harder than I thought. For the first few nights I still felt really hungry after our healthy dinner of fish (or chicken) and vegetables and all I could think about was having a piece of chocolate or some Chicago Mix popcorn. Those first few days were hard but when I started to notice how my clothes fit every so slightly different, I knew I was on the right track. My husband tried to stop me from getting on the scale, but I just had to know if the numbers were doing down. I know it’s going to be a slow, steady decline but I am encouraged by what I’ve already seen happen in the last 10 days or so.
I also noticed that the postpartum telogen effluvium is starting. Some of the men in the audience may not know this, but women get pretty hairy when they are pregnant. I had nice layer of fur on my stomach and breasts throughout the pregnancy. I suddenly noticed in the last week that my belly looked cleaner than it has and that’s when I realized all the pregnancy hair had fallen out. Yay! I was happy to see it because it tells me my body is changing; it’s getting back to “normal” and the “svelting” I’m seeing is all part of it.
This week I ran twice. Now, I said I was going to run three times a week but it was hard to do this week because of the utterly frigid temperatures we had. I know, excuses, excuses. My two runs this week were 4.15 km and 3.71 km. The last run was particularly treacherous as I was practically running on ice the entire time. I’m lucky I didn’t get hurt though my shins were aching by the end and they still hurt a little bit today.
But it’s all good.
I am doing what I set out to do and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing a lot. I am not going on a hugely restrictive diet, I am just making smarter choices when it comes to what I eat. Sure, I have eliminated the nightly desserts and for some that might seem like a sacrifice, but you know what makes it all worthwhile? When my best friend comes over and we share this: