Okay, y’all. I just got fed up with the post-pregnancy weight. 3 weeks ago, I was 2 pounds away from being at my highest pregnancy weight. That was without two Wee Allens in my tummy. I looked at my profile in the mirror and my stomach was as big as my backside. I looked like a double-humped camel that got wringed out in the middle. Even Spanx can’t help that.
I know that I’ve already discussed affirming myself in my post, 5 Simple Affirmations to Improve Your Child’s Self-Image, but I’m so tired of wearing maternity tees and yoga pants…and waddling.
So, my Richie, who has also struggled with his weight, told me about social dieting through www.dietbet.com. At first, I was like, “There’s no way I can do that.” Then I watched the video, which I’m attaching here. First of all, it’s such a cute video. How could a person not want to participate? But, I’m very frugal. And, I just wasn’t ready to bet on myself.
After I wrote my post, 5 Simple Affirmations, I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to affirm myself if I didn’t feel good physically. I was tired all the time. Having trouble going to sleep. Having trouble waking up. Just tired. Trying to exercise in the wee hours of the morning before the fam rose from slumber. But, my food intake was all…wrong.
Then, I tried to be accountable to one of my very good friends. Even with a pinkie swear. We really did try to be accountable to one another, but we were two weaklings. Me with my Coca-Cola and peanut M&Ms, she with her ice cream and cake. I texted her one time to ask her how she was doing. She was on vacay. Her response,
“Girl, I done fell off the wagon and it be pullin’ itself.”
Of course, she is one of the funniest people ever. She knows who she is. :0)
So, then I tried several things. Nothing really worked to keep me motivated. I really do believe that if you stick with any legitimate diet long enough, you will eventually lose weight. “Sticking to it” was where it got rough. My problem always has been that I celebrate with food. I reward myself with food.
Lose 2 lbs?…food.
I never have been able to get good traction with diets of any kind.
Three weeks ago, I finally decided that I was gonna try this social dieting thing. Put my money where my mouth is. Literally. I read about and joined dietbet.com, signed up for the biggest game I could, and began to count calories. First three days…BAM! I had already lost 1.8 lbs. This is gonna be a piece of cake.
Then, I had a craving for a huge, fatty, boneless, 12-oz ribeye and cauliflower in sharp cheddar cheese sauce. The next night was Date Night at the movies, so I HAD to have popcorn and M&Ms. The next day, I had gained it all back. Two nights of “celebrating” and it was back. Was I gonna lose my bet?
No way. This had to stop.
Those two nights wouldn’t have been so bad had I already been at the weight I want to be. But then I realized that what I really wanted was to feel better, look better, and to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes (because I am NOT going to buy anything else in THIS size).
Since that first week of messing up, I have lost 6.6 lbs…in 2 weeks! I’ve only got 1/2 a pound to lose to make my 4% goal and 10 days to do it.
Let me explain what I’m doing.
1. Calorie Counting
I’m using a mobile app, MyFitnessPal. It’s a free app that actually corresponds to the website, www.myfitnesspal.com. Even though I have an account on the website, I only use the mobile app. If I eat ANYTHING, I log it in the daily diary (and just about every brand and restaurant item is available too…if it’s not there, you can add it). It keeps me responsible for what I eat. I’ve tried a daily intake of 1500 calories months before and didn’t lose anything. You have to kind of play with your calorie limit until you find what works for you. Too high, obviously, and you won’t be able to burn the calories that you are ingesting. Too low and you’re body can go into starvation mode, which also inhibits weight loss. I’ve found my perfect number is 1200 calories a day.
The best thing about calorie counting is that if I want a treat, I can find something in the snack aisle that is not only low-calorie, but tastes pretty good. I’ve become a Lean-Cuisine and Weight-Watchers-Smart-Ones frozen-meal mama. I keep fresh veggies (from a local farmers’ market), fruits, nuts, and chicken breasts for grilling and shredding. Keeping the right things on hands at all times saves me from wanting those fries. Okay, okay…I’ve taken a few fries from my girls’ lunch. You know, kind of like being the Royal Taster. Gotta check for poison and such.
2. Water, Water, Water
So many personal trainers and weight-loss coaches will tell you, “Don’t drink your calories!” I find that’s absolutely true for me. I also have to abstain from diet drinks as well because of all of the sodium. Sodium = water retention = no weight loss & swelling. I let myself have a diet drink every now and then, but I’m learning to love water. On occasion, I really like Crystal Light’s PURE because it uses Stevia as a sweetener and is only 10 calories per serving. Yum!
Your body triggers you the same way for two of its basic needs: food and water. Both thirst and hunger are signaled by what we call hunger pangs. In other words, sometimes when you think you’re body is wanting food, all it really wants is a tall glass of unadulterated water. Now, when I think I might be hungry off the regular schedule, I just drink a big glass of water. If that still doesn’t help, I choose a healthy, low-calorie snack. Without the water I drank, I wouldn’t be as satiated with just that snack. It’s a win-win.
Did you know that you are supposed to drink HALF of your body weight in ounces every single day? That’s not counting medications, dehydrating beverages like tea or coffee, climate changes, altitude adjustments where you live, physical activity, or pregnancy that might affect your need for more water. That’s just the basic daily requirement. The more you weigh, the more you should drink. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 oz of water everyday. That’s the new standard. Eight 8-oz glasses isn’t a one-size-fits-all guideline anymore (unless you weigh 128 lbs). It can get kind of hard to keep track of ounces here and there, so there’s an app for that. I use iDrated; my Richie uses Water Your Body (an app featured on “The Doctors”).
I’ll warn you. When you start actually drinking the right amount of water everyday, you’re gonna live in the bathroom until your body gets used to your generosity. I can’t tell you how many times I had to run to the restroom that first week only to make it just in time. That may not make sense to you. Drink water then pee it all right out. But, how did you think fat cells actually leave your body? You guessed it–urine. And feces, sweat, and the air you breathe out. Makes me wanna hyperventilate while I stand on the scale to see if that helps matters.
I love to run. Love it. If you would have known me in high school (Phys Ed), you wouldn’t believe that one bit. But, I really do love to run. Pop in my earbuds and head out the front door to wherever my legs can carry me. In fact, I got pregnant with my girls after starting a running program in just 3 months. Running. Just me and the open trail. I like to use the mobile app, Ease into 5K. It literally brings you from being a couch potato to a 5K runner (3.11 miles) in just 9 weeks! Again, I’m a living testament. Got a Pandora charm for my first 5K run on the beach in Galveston, TX in March 2011 to prove it. You can do it too!
If you don’t want to exercise just yet, just lower your calorie intake or try one of those 30-day challenges. Like the 30-day Plank Challenge or whatever 30-day Challenge you choose. I’m not a big fan of gym memberships. Too hard to get out of them. The Friends episode (The One with the Ballroom Dancing) about getting out of gym memberships is hilarious and so spot on.
Come with me on a journey and join a game on dietbet.com. Watch the video explaining the process or read the rules here. You bet, then have 28 days to lose 4% of your own body weight any way you choose. Don’t dismiss it or think about it. Just do it. Dietbet even has a free mobile app. Whoever loses their 4% gets to split the pot! C’mon! No woulda-shoulda-couldas! Let’s show our kids how to be doers, not procrastinators.
DISCLAIMER: I get no affiliate monies for mentioning dietbet.com. I just think it’s a cool motivator for those that don’t like to lose money. And I’m pretty sure that’s everyone.