So, a group of friends and I are doing a weight loss challenge. Whomever looses the most weight in 8 weeks wins the prize. We are judging the winner based on who loses the highest % of their starting weight. We figured that was the fairest way to do the challenge, since there are so many different body types participating. I have to say, that the first week I am kicking butt. Hopefully, I can keep this rate of weight loss going! The first week, I have lost 1.5% of my starting weight. Woo hoo!!
I cannot credit any insane exercise plan. I have just reduced my snacking, tried to eat healthier, and been under an incredible amount of stress. I have not cut out bacon or gluten or any of the foods that I love. I have done that in the past, and after a few weeks I have been so miserable that I have overindulged on everything I was restricting. So instead, this time I am going for moderation. If I crave french fries, I will have a few. Not a whole massive order of them, but a few; just enough to take the edge off the craving and make me feel happy in my tummy. With the stress that I am experiencing, I need some good chocolate and beer in my life.
As you can see, I am starting to make progress in the right direction. It is encouraging to see results quickly, even though I know that this downward trend will level off quickly. It always does. But until then, I will use this as motivation to keep going and proof that I am on the right track.
Yep, slowly but surely the weight is coming back. Despite my healthy-er eating and a little exercise. (I cropped out the actual numbers, because I just don't want to share that depressing fact with the world)
Let's be honest, when do I have time to exercise? Either before the family wakes up or after the kids go to bed. That leaves me with 4 am or 10 pm. Really. I am not exaggerating. Who wants to wake up that early? I know I should have done better while on maternity leave, but there always seemed to be something more important to do. I am trying not to make excuses, but I just keep hitting bumps in the weight loss road that trip me up. I need to get better at making exercise a priority.
As you can see, I did really good for the first month that R was around, but then it started creeping back upward. No I am fighting off pneumonia and the cough is making it really hard to do any type of exercise. So, while I am waiting for my z-pack to work, I am going to mentally psych myself up for some ass-kicking in August. I have the 4th Trimester Body pictures then and I would like to feel comfortable in my body. Even if I have only lost a couple of lbs, I think that little bit will make me feel infinitely more positive.