Have you ever had reality smack you in the face? I have and let me tell you, reality isn't very kind. It's like a giant hand with long fingernails and warts and sharp, poky rings. It hurts. I've been trying to lose my baby weight for a while now. Okay, two years and it just isn't going anywhere. If you had asked me a few weeks ago what my diet was like I would (slightly smugly) have told you that I always eat a healthy, high fiber breakfast, never drink less than 3 quarts of water a day and I certainly rarely eat anything with sugar or fat.
Ya, not even.
Apparently I've been deluding myself into thinking I eat the way I did when I was training for a marathon and successfully losing my twin baby weight. Sure, I eat oatmeal for breakfast but I might also have a handful or three of the kid's cereal or maybe I'd have a few pieces of toast. Then I'll have a few snacks throughout the day but I don't know if you can call them snacks when they're full size meals. I don't ever drink soda (I don't like the taste) but I haven't been drinking enough water either. If I were planning my emergency water supply based on what I've been drinking, a pint or maybe 2 would be sufficient. And apparently I eat some sort of junk food like cookies or candy or toast with a ton of butter and cinnamon sugar every day. I think I felt that because I go to the gym everyday and run outside whenever I get the chance that somehow I got a free pass on the food. My head knows that's a bunch of bull but apparently my face didn't get the message.
I'm tired of deleting half our pictures because I don't like the way I look. I'm frustrated with all the clothes that don't fit. I hate feeling like I could run faster and further if only I wasn't carrying this extra weight. Most of all I hate that food has such a hold on me. It scares me.
So now that I know what I'm really eating, it's time to make some changes. I'm back in the habit of tracking my food and water. I'm also trying to slowly change the way my family is eating. They've been mirroring my habits and that's just not cool. So we're slowly switching all of our bread to whole grain, I've been spending more time in the produce section and I'm taking the time to notice how I feel and what works and what doesn't. I think one of my problems has been that I'd follow all the rules and stick to the plan for um, a day and get angry that I hadn't lost all the weight so I'd quit. Mature, I know.
Losing weight takes time, it takes focus and most of all it takes hard work. So any suggestions? What has worked for you? What should I try? I'm not interested in pills or magic shots just real food. I would also like to know how I can get my kids to eat better.
Wish me luck!