Saturday, December 6, 2008


Yep, the scale is creeping down. Slowly but surely. I couldn't wait for the day that I could break 125. That day has come. It actually came a few days ago. Wonder if I will see 120 by the end of the year?

So what's my secret? Evelyne said I need to tell. I suppose I should. But first we need to look at what I've done so far.

Tomorrow my baby will be 2 years old. Two years ago I was sitting at 164 lbs. When I had my first dr. appointment when I was 9 weeks pregnant, I weighed 124 lbs. Wow, I didn't realize that's the weight I am now. When I started work in February 2007, I weighed around 137 lbs. I spent the next year "dieting." I would try to work out some. I would eat healthy. I tried several different diet plans. I was getting a little smaller, but the weight really wasn't coming off. Around May I hired Tony after stating that I was going to do this on my own. It was obvious I couldn't and so many people had great success due to his program. I lost 8 lbs in the first month. Then my progress stalled. There were times when I didn't totally follow the plan--I might have been eating the food but not working out as much or not sticking to the meal plan 100% but would workout. I would lose a little weight, then gain a little back. In November, I decided to move on. I felt I was wasting my time and his time by continuing. I really needed to save the $$ and I wasn't able to work out like I should. I thought it was best to save my $$ and free up his time so he could focus on other clients. Here it is a month later and I am 5-10 lbs lighter. Huh, 5-10. What? One night, I weighed 136 on my scale, with clothes, after dinner. Last week, same conditions, I weighed 126. That looks like a 10 lbs loss to me. Yet I was in my doctors office the other day and I weighed myself. I was 132 on her scale on October 30. It was the afternoon, with clothes. On Thursday I was 127. That's just a 5 lbs loss. I distinctly remember going to her office on October 30 and telling her my scale said I was 134 that morning. The nurse and I was discussing the 2 lb difference and how their scale usually has patients heavier than they are. This morning I was 124.6. Looks like a 10 lb difference to me.

Anyway, what have I been doing? What's the secret? It's simple. It's what I did the last time I lost weight. And the time before that. The answer for me is reduction in calories. I can't even tell you how many calories I consume because I don't count them. I listen to my body and I eat when I feel the need and I have control of the situation and I stop before I overeat. I try to eat healthy, I try to eat clean, but I'm not going to lie, I have eaten some junk--chocolate, pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream. I just eat it in moderation. And I haven't worked out in I don't know how long. Actually, I am afraid that if I do work out, I will somehow gain weight. Silly, I know. Now I am sure that some of you are shaking your head thinking that I will just gain the weight back and I am screwing up my metabolism and this is probably just water weight. Well, you know, it could be. But I lost weight in 2004 by doing this. I ate whatever I wanted, but in moderation. I could eat one bite of cheesecake and walk away. I rarely worked out. And I stayed at 115 lbs for over a year. The only reason I gained it back was because I got pregnant. Of course, I was a fat skinny. And that's what I am now. My plan is to drop the weight, then tone my body. Yes, I might gain some weight due to muscle, but at least my body will be small. Oh, I don't think this is a water weight thing. I can see changes in my body. I have discovered that I have saddle bags. Yeah, didn't see them before because there was some fat just above them. But now that it's shrinking, those saddle bags have become visible. UGGGGGG.....I need to work on that.

Everyone is different. Reducing calories may not work for everyone just like Atkins, or Weight Watchers, or any other plan. But I have found that this does work for me. I am finally breaking past the barrier that has been up for almost 2 years. With my first two babies, I was under my pre-pregnancy weight before they were 1. It took 6 months with Hanna and about 8 months with Hailey. This time it has taken much longer. I did work hard with the first two, but not *that* hard. I thought it would be that *easy* this time but I didn't take in to account that I am about 6 years older than I was back then. I might actually have to work harder to get to where I need to be. But for right now, what i am doing is working and it's about damn time!

Can I reach 123 this coming week???


carla said...

delurking to give you a big ole unequivocal YESYESYES YOU CAN.

(can you even believe TWO? we just hit a 3 year birthday here and I still cant believe shes walkingtalking :))


Jessica said...

Hey girl!

Well, CONGRATS! This is great news and I love how you are so stream of you know you are skinny fat but you just want to get lean and then build...whatever works for YOU girl. That is the thing I forgot to write in my list of tips the other day. The #1 rule is that EVERY BODY is different. We all try to see what one person is doing and obsess over it - what works for you may not work for another.

Anyhoo, thanks so much and of course, I also loved the pregnancy and baby stuff cause I am applying you to me. Doesn't that mean I am breaking my rule??? :)

Have a great day and keep it up sister!

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Well done! Very impressive.

Hayley said...

I happened to find your blog through "Ask Darla's" blog and I'm very glad I did! I am around the same weight as you (give or take a couple more pounds) and I am also working on losing to get to around 115. Do you mind if I ask how tall you are?

I was so excited to read this post because the way you say you're losing weight is exactly the way I'm trying to not counting and obsessing anything...just listening to my body and following my hunger/fullness signals. It's so fantastic to read that it's working for someone! :) Quick question - if you're not counting calories how do you know you've actually made a reduction? Do you write down what you eat?

Anyway, I'm so glad I found your blog and I definitely plan on keeping up with you! Very cute babies, btw.. :)

Anonymous said...

You know, I HONESTLY believe that when you stop worrying about every single morsel you put into your mouth and how you missed a workout, your body relaxes and starts to do what it's supposed to do. I'm so happy for you girl! You'll be where you want to be soon!

April said...

I know you can be 123! If you want to be you will! I'm an obsesser, got away from it for a bit and now it's back. Oh well, works for me :)