Losing weight is hard. But, unfortunately necessary for me right now.
Let me go back.
See, I have been thin and in shape all my life. Then I got pregnant with Isabella. So my weight loss journey starts with a thin Sarah, who gains weight and then loses it again.
Before picture (2008):
I have spent all of 2010 working on losing the weight I put on during pregnancy. It was hard, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been thin all my life, and always very active, but my food choices are some times questionable. So, when I got pregnant, even though I said I wasn’t going to “eat for two”, I did and gained 56 lbs. After Munchkin was born I initially lost about 30 lbs with just the birthing process and was left with 26 lbs to lose on my own.
2009 – about 2 weeks after Isabella was born
I started out by simply watching my calories and exercising every day (that part was easy because I’ve always been really consistent about my workouts). The first 10 lbs came off pretty steadily, 1-2 lbs a week. Then around March/April I hit a plateau and was stuck for about 6 weeks. Seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t drop another pound! I got frustrated and mad and darn near gave up.
Then, a friend gave me a book to read on weight loss. I almost tossed it but out of desperation figured it couldn’t hurt to at least start it. And you know what, it totally made the difference.
July 2010 – at about 150 lbs with 10 more to go!
The book is “The Beck Diet Solution” by Dr. Judith Beck. It doesn’t talk about fads or what you should eat or how to be restrictive. Instead it talks about changing your way of thinking and it made me realize that I was sabotaging myself with negative, all or nothing thoughts. If I ate a couple of cookies I’d feel guilty, say “screw it!” and then go crazy with eating. But the book taught me how to change those thought patterns and it really worked.
About that same time I joined SparkPeople and became active in the community and with tracking my calories and fitness. That combined with what I was learning in the Beck Diet Solution got me out of the plateau and I lost the remaining weight over the next 4 months.
One year after Munchkin was born I hit my goal weight. I’ve also challenged myself physically more than I ever thought I could by taking up running. I decided to get out of a fitness rut by doing the Couch to 5k program, which is a 9 week interval training program to get you running 3 miles by the end. I finished that at on October 3, 2010. Now, I can’t say that I love running or that I will become a long distance runner going out for marathons or anything, but it was a great challenge and taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Now, I’m back on the weight loss band wagon to lose the 20 lbs I have left from carrying Cora. What worked for me before doesn’t seem to be working now so I’ve joined Weight Watchers and hope that program can get me back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m optimistic and will post updates as I move through the journey!