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Breaking the barriers

I’ve been trying since December to stay on top of my weight and to try to stop actually gaining it. Over the past year or so, I’ve gained an unimpressive 30 or so pounds, mostly due to not having time to workout with school and really just not watching what I ate. The struggle came after I stopped breastfeeding 2 years ago. It was so easy to just eat what I wanted and let the fat melt away then, but now? HA. Nope. There’s nothing to get it off except hard work to control my diet and to get my butt moving. I’m way overweight for my height, and I feel horrible. Granted, since December, I’ve lost 10 pounds, but that’s been here and there, gaining and losing, teetering and tottering from not losing anything to having lost the 10 pounds all over again. Plus, with summer-swelling, sometimes it’s nothing more than fluid that I’ve gained or lost.

It’s disheartening to watch food intake via MyFitnessPal and barely lose anything. It seems like every time I almost get out of that 10 pound bracket that was my “starting” amount, I gain again and it’s bye-bye almost and hello “you’re stuck here at this weight” mentality. Plus, with my Fitbit, you can let it know you want to have a goal of 30 minutes of activity 3 times per week, and you can go walk, and it won’t log it.. because it wasn’t “very” active minutes, such as jogging. ‘Scuse me, but I’m no where near being able to jog yet, but I can walk pretty fast and be almost out of breath… yet that’s not enough, so I still see a “0”… which is discouraging.

This morning, I weighed in. I was finally under that “barrier” weight that was my goal of breaking. I was excited. I am excited. I want to keep going. I have a new barrier now. I started out again with walking last night and getting up and doing Zumba this morning. I think that will be my thing.. to do Zumba early in the morning… I just gotta keep it up and not stop. I need that push in the mornings to keep going. I want to break that new barrier and go on to the next one. In the end, it’s not breaking down barriers to weightloss, it’s about breaking down barriers to my health. And my health is worth working for.

 

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Diggin through old clothes

I have had a goal since having BabyK that I will do what I can to get back “in shape” (or, close as possible, as I’ve heard your shape never really returns). When I found out I was pregnant, I weighed 172.-something, wore size 14’s (snugly or comfortably, depending on how the garment was made) and was unhappy. I tried numerous times to lose the weight, but it just kept coming back because I’d get tired of trying and wouldn’t care and every bit plus more would come back on.

Well, since BabyK has been born, I have been losing weight. A lot of it has to do with the fact that a)I’m too broke for fast-food anymore, b) there’s really not any “down-time” to just snack to be snacking and c) I was told that my pumping his milk burns a lot of calories too, and since I’m pumping almost twice his daily need now, I’m sure that has kicked the fat-burning into high-gear as well.

But what I didn’t expect was to lose it so quickly! I can remember my mother-in-law fussing at my sister-in-law about her weight when she was 3 months post-partum, and I can remember thinking, “Geez, she just had a baby! Give her  a break!”. I also remember thinking, “How on earth do those celebs and other lucky women get back into their old clothes so darn fast?”. Well, I was back into my “old clothes” by the time BabyK was 4 weeks old, and now, I am currently pulling out old-er clothes that didn’t fit before. Why?

Weigh In 11/9 - 151.8 lbs

This was this morning. Please ignore the stubby, unpolished toes!

That’s right. That’s a whole 20lbs (and a few ounces) less than my pre-pregnancy weight. And the clothes?

Sideview - size8 pants

These are my pants from 3 years ago!

Monday night as we were washing clothes, I was looking through my clothes that I had packed into boxes for the move from our old place to our new home three years ago. I knew I had lost some weight and wanted to see how much more had to be lost to fit into those clothes again. Well, lo and behold, I’m not that far off. As a matter of fact, those pants you see? Size 8! Fit perfectly. The other clothes are still a little too “form-fitting” (a.k.a, tight) (and size 10’s… doesn’t make much sense, but it’s the truth!), but by the time I reach my goal (140lbs), I’m sure they’ll fit like I need them to.

Either way, I am super excited. I feel a lot better, both health wise and emotionally. Sure, I’m still “overweight”, but I’m lighter, and I feel more comfortable in my skin. Do I want to get down to my lowest weight? No. I think it would be unreasonable to try (just as it was then) to get down to that size. I’m comfortable with trying to  get to a weight that’s on the higher end of my “ideal” weight.

After all, I’m not trying to be some supermodel. The boney look just isn’t for me… or anyone for that matter… unless you’re a skeleton.

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