I’m not sure I’ll ever be 100% happy with my body. I have always thought I could be more physically fit or a little thinner. I’ve tried many different diets over the course of my life, usually along with my mom, but even when I was thin, I never felt satisfied with the way I looked. I look at pictures now of myself in my early 20s and realize that I should have appreciated the body I had a whole lot more. I am trying to learn my lesson because I know that when I’m 40 or 50, I will look back at pictures of myself in my early thirties (I can’t believe I’m already 30) and wish I had been more confident about my body.
When I gained about 40 lbs when I was pregnant with Liam (check this post for a lovely picture of me at my largest), I thought I’d never lose all the weight. I had slowly gained weight from the time when I got married to when I got pregnant, so when I thought about losing the baby weight, I actually wanted to lose about 15 lbs extra so that I would be closer to the weight I was when I got married.
At first, I really didn’t do anything more than breastfeed to try to lose weight. I ate pretty much the same as I did when I was pregnant (too much) and didn’t exercise much. Then, I decided I wanted our wedding photographers to take family pictures for us at Mr. TTT’s parents’ ranch (where we got married) right before Liam’s first birthday. With a hard deadline for when I wanted to look my best, I started exercising more – usually just walks and hikes so I didn’t have to be away from Liam any more than I already was as a WOHM – and watching what I ate. I gradually lost weight and was able to fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes, which was a nice feeling. However, it wasn’t until January, when I started using My Fitness Pal, that the weight really started falling off.
I don’t know why I never did simple calorie counting before – it is so easy and I really never feel deprived. I have been able to eat girl scout cookies for dessert a few times a week and indulge in my favorite Mexican food or pizza on occasion, while still meeting my daily calorie goals. I can log the exercise I do and track my progress when I weigh myself every week or so, and it has been so motivating to see the progress I’ve made, not to mention that some of my close friends also use the program and offer their support on a daily basis.
Since mid-January, I’ve lost 12lbs and am now at my goal weight. I am going to continue logging my calories, though, because I think it is a good reminder to not over indulge and to be mindful of everything I eat. Once I get over being sick (for the second time this month), I want to start weight training to tone up my muscles that have turned to mush over the last couple of years.
One thing I’ve noticed about my self-image lately is that it is much better now than when I was this same weight a few years ago, and I think it’s because I appreciate it so much more. Like I said, I really never thought I’d be able to get to this point (the weight I am now was like my dream goal back in January), and I am really proud of myself for sticking with it and reaching my goal. Plus, buying new, much smaller clothes is so fun!
Is there a weight loss method that worked for you?