Body issues and struggles with my weight are not new to me. I've written throughout the years about my desires to lose weight, wear a smaller size, and feel better about my body. I've had successes through Weight Watchers and the Primal lifestyle, but each time I've fallen off the proverbial wagon and ended up heavier than before.
The time when most women gain lots of weight - pregnancy - is the time that I gained very little. I gained only 25 lbs during my pregnancy, and lost it all within four weeks of giving birth. Since then I've been back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 245 lbs, and holding steady. I share that number as because I want to be as transparent as possible about the journey I plan to undertake. See, even though I've lost my pregnancy weight, my body has changed in ways that I don't like. And even though the scale shows the same number, to me, I appear bigger than I did before. Things have shifted, skin has stretched, and I'm left with an image that I don't like at all. So I have no choice but to fix it through changing my diet and getting back into exercise.
It's my hope that sharing this publicly will help me stay accountable to my goals, instead of slacking off.
Here's my plan:
- Use the Primal Lifestyle as the foundation for my lifestyle change. I'm shooting for 100% adherence which means I'll end up somewhere around 80%, which is where I was before. Basically this means removing processed foods from my diet, focusing on proteins and healthy fats in my diet, moving more (walking,yoga, etc), and trying to get a decent amount of sleep (may be hard with the baby).
- Utilizing the gym in my building as well as getting back to yoga classes.
- Not using "cravings" as an excuse to eat unhealthy things that will derail my efforts.
By far, my biggest challenge is going to be the moving more portion of this plan. I've never been much into working out, but I know I need to do it. It's also going to be hard for me to leave the baby, but I know I need to get more used it. Eating habits have always been easier for me, but it will be challenging with a new baby. Regardless, I'm committed to making changes and becoming more healthy not only for myself, but also for my little one.
I'll report back soon on how it's going!