Thursday, January 9, 2014

Losing Weight Without Trying!

I was always very happy with my weight before I had kids.  I'm 5'5" and usually weighed around 127. I had a corporate desk job, exercised a few times a week, ate out almost every single day and was always aware of the food I was eating.

Then I had two kids.  After having Mya in May of 2007, I quickly lost the 30 pounds I gained because of some health issues I had after giving birth.  I was in the hospital for 8 days after having lost a lot of blood and finding out I had a blood clot.  I'll save the rest of this story for another post someday, but my point is, I lost the baby weight quickly because I was not well!  I noticed after about a year, that my weight was dropping to the low 120's and even hit the teens.  Then after I had Mason in the fall of 2010, I found myself dropping back to the teens again.  It took about 9 months or so, and I did a lot of Jillian Michaels workouts and calorie counting to get the initial weight off.  But, I have kept it off without a rigorous exercise routine. And I can tell you that I'm not "naturally thin."  I roughly know how many calories I can eat during the day (and still indulge in snacks and desserts too!) while maintaining my desired weight.

How did this happen???
1.  Less eating out.  I was controlling my portions and selecting healthier options when I would eat out during my desk-job years, but even so, I was still eating more calories!  I'm sure I was cutting out hundreds of calories per week by eating a sandwich and yogurt for lunch instead of a chicken sandwich and fries every other day.
2. Moving around more. Some days I do not sit down for more than 20 or 30 minutes before 5:00.  Unless you count the time I'm driving! I'm always on the move….cleaning, cooking, laundry, picking up toys, etc.  Burn, burn, burn away calories!!!!
3.  Never missing a meal.  I do NOT miss a meal.  I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  And I stay on schedule.  My metabolism is higher when I stick to this routine.  I will have a snack in the afternoon and evening, but I do not replace a meal with a snack.  My meals usually include a protein, carb and fruit or veggie.  My weakness is my daily Diet Pepsi--don't judge :)
4. Not replacing meals with snacks. On the rare occasion that it's 3PM and I haven't had lunch yet, I will not just go grab a granola bar to hold me over until dinner.  Here is what happens if I do that: That granola bar doesn't fully satisfy me, so then I'll grab a handful of crackers from the pantry.  Then an hour later, I'm hungry again, so I go into the pantry again.  Then at 6:00 when I'm supposed to eat dinner, I'm so starving that I over-eat and exceed my calorie limit.

So instead…..
I will eat a sandwich and salad, then maybe have a later dinner, but a normal-sized one!

One of my many goals for 2014 is to exercise more.  We are getting an elliptical machine delivered next week, so I'm excited to kick-start myself into gear!  I'll keep you posted!!!!

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