Wow...it's been awhile since I have dumped my thoughts onto the computer screen. Maybe that's why I've been such a
Yes, this is the wonderful ONEDERland! I have hit it and am not going back. It was one of the prouder moments I have accomplished in my life. I would throw it in the ranks of graduating college, getting married, opening my own daycare business, etc.(Nothing can ever come close to having my daughter though!) If you have ever been over the 2 number...then you know how much you dream of that day. It is not a day that I want to throw away in one emotional eating binge. Not. Worth. It. And those socks...yes I know they don't match. Fun Fact: I never match my socks...unless it's a formal occasion and dress socks are needed, then it pains me. Only 9 more lbs to go before I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight(which I am still in no way proud of!)
The last time that I posted, I had just lost 30 lbs. Well since then, I have lost 5 more to put my grand whopping total at 35(I did the math for those of you whose brains have been fried by the long week. You're welcome :)). I was able to maintain over Thanksgiving by cutting my normal Thanksgiving portions in half and drinking a ton of water. It really wasn't as difficult as I thought that it would be! Especially since my Bread Machine decided to crap out on me the night before and didn't warm the dough, which in turn did not activate the yeast, which ultimately led to hard...only edible if you heat them up first rolls. Those are my one weakness..you put mine or my mom's Dinner Rolls in front of me and I have no control.
I think I also finally found a routine that keeps my energy up and recent knee pain subsided during my runs. I'll share my secret(which is common sense really) I take 3 Ibuprofen 2 hours before and then eat a Clif bar 15 minutes before. I have done this twice now, which both led to awesome 3 mile runs that felt effortless. I also need to give credit to my friends Michael Jackson, Fort Minor, Maroon 5, and Nicki Minaj. I think ultimately I need to invest in another pair of shoes because the ones that I have are getting worn out. I have a second pair of Asics but my feet fit a little weird in them so they remain strictly as everyday outside shoes.
Here's a whopper for you...my mom and I have now brought the idea of doing a Half Marathon onto the table. I want that 13.1 sticker for my car. Like really bad. I also know that in order to keep trucking along on this journey, I need some sort of goal...or ends to an mean. So a race(I hate to call them that because the only person I compete against is myself) is what we will do! So if you know of any around the Kansas or neighboring states for September/Octoberish next year, we're all ears! This means I am also looking at different training programs to use that get me to my goal, but aren't so intense that you would have to run a bajillion times a week. I need to usually cap it at 3-4 times a week or I feel like I'm skipping out on my daughter and husband. I have narrowed it down to a couple of plans that look
I have started doing what's called "Carb Cycling." Chris Powell was on the Dr. Oz show explaining how it works. Now I'm not doing it completely hardcore by the book right now. Just instituting basic principles and trying to ease into it. I have learned that through this journey of mine that if I just jump into something and go full speed at first...I end up crashing hard. So slow and stead wins the race for me! It works along the basic principle that you always need to keep your metabolism guessing. If you restrict what you eat to 1200 calories a day, every day, your body and your metabolism soon becomes accustomed to that. Sure in the beginning you may lose a bunch, but then you end up plateauing and have to find other means. With this, you alternate doing low carb days and high carb days. On a low carb day you would have an egg a slice of whole grain wheat toast and a slice of tomato for breakfast, snack would be celery and pb, lunch would be boiled chicken breast and salad, afternoon snack would be a protein shake, and dinner would be something like steak, chicken, or tilapia and veggies. A high carb day would be the same breakfast or something else like oatmeal, snack would be yogurt with granola cereal in it, lunch would be deli turkey and cheese wrapped in a tortilla and some sort of veggies, snack would be a banana and dinner could be something along the lines of marinara sauce over chicken and pasta. You do that for a cycle of six days and then the last day is your "Cheat day" where you basically can eat whatever you want, as long as you don't go over 2500 or so calories. I feel that it also helps me to not feel so worn down and tired when I try to eliminate carbs several days in a row. Carbs give the body the energy it needs to perform physical activities. I need that energy...therefore I think this is the perfect approach for me!
If you want to learn more and do your own research into it here is a link http://www.everydiet.org/diet/choose-to-lose I really encourage you to look through it and give it a try! I haven't bought the book but will eventually when I decide to fully implement the eating plans. Like I have said before, I hesitate to use the word diet or fall into something that seems like a fad, but this is more of a basic way of eating healthy and giving the body the energy and nutrients it needs.
One last thing...I think that I am being given signs at my weakest eating moments. When I was making the Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving I kept thinking about how bad I wanted one and was going to have one right when they came out of the oven. Well...we all know what happened there. I was so mad I took 1 bite and threw the rest of it away. And then just the other night, I was CRAVING anything Red Velvet. I mean this is a once in a month kind of craving that only women can understand. All I wanted was one flipping bite and my husband could have the rest of whatever it was. It didn't help that we were at the store and I see it. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Roll. Made from the bakery. I pulled it out of that freezer so fast and stuck it in my cart that I didn't have time to talk myself out of it. We got home, I took my one bite, and it was flipping freezer burnt. Disgusting. Almost got sick. All I could think was "Well played God, well played."
Totally overloaded yet? well then here's a gem for you...my daughter is a living Potato Head. She couldn't care less if there were no actual potato bodies in the kit, she will have her fun with the accessories.