Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wanted to add....

Now that I'm getting back into this, I wanted to let you know that I also take a multi-vitamin. I'm always on Pre-natals so I don't give much thought to it, but it will help to make sure you're getting the vitamins you need in case you aren't eating a well-balalnced diet. Try to eat a well balanced diet, as well. Fruits, veggies, grains, dairy, protein.
Also, they make little flavored water packets that give you 5 grams of fiber. I like the South Beach living ones... 30calories. You can find them at Walmart. These were really helpful because I didn't like drinking water. The fiber also helps you make it to the next meal if you feel hungry. I would use them between breakfast and lunch.
I also like the Activia yogurt. It helps keep your digestive system working.
Last thing I wanted to add was.... BE KIND TO YOURSELF! Think positive thoughts and look forward to when you will feel better and look great! It takes patience. :) But it WILL happen.
I like thinking of it as a game....I try to see if I can resist the chocolate my hubby leaves on the counter or the bowl of ice-cream sitting in the freezer that he dished up for me. :) I won't even take one lick of the bowl when I make brownies! I've been very far.

Friday, January 2, 2009

OH BOY....Here we go again! that I have had the babies and I've let myself go over the last nine months....I have decided it's time to lose the weight....AGAIN! I lost 25 lbs. in 3 months last time. I have 30 to lose this time. I will be updating every now and then....not sure if I will post a before picture. You wouldn't believe how much skin around your tummy can stretch! :) I call it my badge of motherhood and yet, I WANT TO GET RID OF IT!!!! From now on I will call my c-section scar my badge of motherhood. :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Tell me what your resolutions are going to be!

Edited to add:
For those of you who want to join my "Get your BUTT in shape" cause, here is a run-down of what I did last time:

*Drink lots of water
*Write down everything you eat and try to keep it to 1200 calories a day (this really varies depending on how much you want to weigh-my goal is 140 for my height and build) I counted it as points, though, and not calories, so 50 calories equals 1 point and that gave me 24 points a day. If you work out you can eat more than that. I also gave myself an extra 30 points a week that I could do with as I please. So if I ate out, I would use those extra points. You lose it faster if you don't use them. :)
*Eat a cereal with fiber in it! It keeps you full longer and the fiber is good for you. My favorite was Special K. It was only 3 points for breakfast which gave me more points for later. Or you can have an egg and some hashbrowns for 3 points and a piece of fruit for 1 point. The protien is good for you, too, as it helps build muscle.
* If you get hungry snack on veggies! I liked celery and bell peppers. ZERO points for veggies.
* If you find yourself having a craving, get the 100 calorie snack packs. They measure it for you and it's just enough to satisy the craving.
*EXERCISE! I did toning and aerobic excercise. Pilates is a must in my book. I used TaeBo for the aerobic and it does a good job on your abs. Aerobic helps you burn more fat and toning helps define the muscles once the fat is gone. I also lifted 5 lb weights and did push-ups to define my arm muscles. Basically do what works for you.
* Don't eat past 7PM. There goes my quiet ice-cream time to myself....sigh. However, they do make low cal ice-cream. :)
* You're gonna hate this one, but WEIGH yourself EVERY DAY! Yes, it will fluctuate, but you can see the results if you pig-out or if you have a really good day. PMS will usually put on a couple of pounds of water weight, but DON't get discouraged!!
*One last thing-Eat the suggested serving size on the package. So fishsticks and french fries and chips (or they have 100 calorie packs of chips), even candy. It's ALL about portion control.

Typical day for me:
Weigh in
drink lots of water
snack (100 calorie snack or veggies)
sometimes another snack

I have a weight-loss journal that I write down everything I eat with the points value next to it, and I write down how much excercise I do and what type it is. I write down how much I weigh at the top of every day. I don't really keep track of the water. I just fill a gallon jug and try to finish it off during the day.
REMEMBER the first couple of weeks are the Hardest! Stick to it and you will find you don't crave the fattening stuff anymore. I actually felt sick if I ate pizza and burgers. Weird, I know.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions about anything. GOOD LUCK!