08 April 2013

Making Changes

Yesterday I alluded to making changes to lose a few things, those things are un welcomed, unwanted pounds. Pounds I have been carrying around since Charlotte was born 4 years ago.

Let me start this off a little differently, I graduated high school weighing 120 pounds. I graduated college with an almost 1 year old in tow and 130 pounds, which is my ideal weight. Fast forward to meeting my meeting, falling in love with, moving in with and then marrying my husband. We were married in May 2004 and I became pregnant in September 2004, I was pregnant or nursing from then until May 2009. I have pretty much weighed around 170 give or take since I gave birth to Charlotte in November 2008. Considering that it's 2013, and I still weighed that amount, it's a good thing, but not a good thing.

Now that we've gotten a little background, I have been trying to figure out how to get into the groove of things and lose this excess weight, mainly for health reason (I have High Blood Pressure and I refuse to take prescription medicine and I know losing weight will aid in keeping my pressure down) and a little bit of vanity is also involved with my desire to lose weight. Hey I want to wear a 2 piece again. The problem is stress and when I'm stressed I eat, not a good combination. Stress eating also usually isn't the healthiest of foods. When I crave, I crave salt (since I rarely eat it bc of my HBP) and sweets and with 4 kids, I have tons of salty and sweet items in my house.

So the changes that are being made, cutting down on the unhealthy snacks that I purchase. I am also eating 6 times a day, the 3 daily meals and 3 healthy snacks. I am also attempting to not eat more than 3500 calories a day and the biggest change is drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day.  I have also added some form of exercise at least 3 times a week. Last week, I walked 9 miles total and it felt pretty good. This week I am walking/running up and down my driveway, which is pretty steep. It was a challenge, but perseverance is key in losing this weight.

Do I have a date in mind, not really but it would be nice if I lost it before summer ends and that is a possibility if I maintain my eating and exercising habits.

On April 1, 2013, I weighed 170 pounds, On April 7, 2013, I weighed 166 pounds..

Onward and upward...If you are trying to lose weight, start small, Lets all start on the journey of a healthier version of ourselves :-)