Week Nine Results:
Brandon reached 10%! He's so close to the end. If anyone noticed (and I didn't expect anyone to notice), I lost 4 pounds this week. It wasn't intentional, and I doubt I'll lose that much next week, but it sure felt great! I know the running is helping.
Here's some unsolicited advice for anyone thinking about weight loss:
1. Exercise. Grab a friend, and go walking everyday at the same time. If hubby is home in the morning, go in the morning. If hubby is home at night, go at night. If he's never home, break out the stroller while older kids are in school and go during the day. But whatever you do, just do it.
2. Eat less. Reduce your portions. Be reasonable. Rule of thumb: Half the plate is vegetable and fruit (mostly veggie). A quarter of the plate is protein (meat or beans). The last quarter is starch (pasta or potatoes). Keep stuff lean and low-fat and drink more water.
3. Consider getting help. I know some people are turned off by Weight Watchers, so if that's the case, just find someone to lose weight with you. No need to join if you don't want to. But find a walking buddy, a relative, your spouse, etc. to help! Having someone check in on you makes ALL the difference in the world. I LOVE having to get weighed in at a public place. I LOVE having meetings to attend where everyone claps for me because I lost 5 pounds. I LOVE having my husband do this with me. I LOVE having a friend to exercise with every morning. Without that support and motivation, I wouldn't do it.
I cannot tell you how many times, over the last 6 years I have tried to lose weight with no success. And I cannot tell you, in any simple way, how incredible I feel now to be healthy. To see my reflection and be able to get past the insecurity of how I look. And I still have 20 pounds to go! How incredible will it feel then?!
Warning! Ranting ahead....
I'm tired of the media telling us two extremes. For years it was always "Skinny is king! If you're not skinny, you're a loser and you're not beautiful!" Of course, the pendulum has swung a completely opposite way. Now you have Monique telling everyone that "Fat is gorgeous! Nothing bad about fat!" I appreciate Dove's commercials, because finally, someone is realistic. But I just have to vent about this:
Being fat can KILL YOU.
I'm not going to delve into all the medical studies done showing how being a healthy weight can save your life. We've all read them. Obesity is a silent killer. Sometimes it takes years. So it's hard to see the effects. But would any of us mothers pick up a cigarette and claim it's okay because we feel "fine"? Smoking is a silent killer, too.
I have asthma. I have/had heart arrhythmias. I had pain in my knees. I had blood anemia. Now, after the struggles of diet and exercise, my heart PVC's are GONE. My knee pain is GONE. My anemia is GONE. My asthma will always be there, but I haven't had an attack in 2 years. People, even my poop is healthier!
So, do it! Get out there and get yourself fit. You owe not only to yourself and your self-confidence, but to your children and husband who want and NEED a healthy mom/wife. Don't be afraid to try. You have nothing to lose but weight. And that would be the point! :)
If you need help, let me know. I'm all about the pep talks, people.