It’s time to come clean. That isn’t exactly the best way to start a blog post, is it? I do, however, feel like I should admit what has been consuming my time and thoughts for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been terrified to talk about, because if I put it out there, you’ll hold me accountable to it.
I’ve started a new diet. I really don’t like that term, though. Diet. It just sounds negative and oppressive, not to mention that dull ache of hunger it induces in my stomach.
Let’s try again. I’m trying to change my overall attitude about food consumption and make healthier choices. Yikes, that doesn’t really sound great either. Too bad. I’m sticking with it.
Three weeks ago, while visiting family, I stepped on a scale for the first time in nearly a year. That’s right, a year. Aidan broke ours, and we just never got around to replacing it. The number that stared back at me horrified me. It was only a few pounds shy of what I weighed the day Neely was born, you know, when I was nine months pregnant. The fact that all of last summer’s clothes were fitting a little snug should have been a clue.
Needless to say, it was time for a change. Upon returning home, I purchased a new scale and got to work. I plugged my height, weight, and goals into a handy dandy application for my phone and started calorie counting and focusing on eating more produce, whole grains, and less processed food. I’ve also quit drinking sodas altogether. And I started jogging. (Oh, my aching legs!)
It’s working. I noticed after only a few days that I felt different, less bloated. I think a lot of my poor eating choices were causing me to retain water. My goal has been to lose two pounds a week, and for the last two weeks, I have succeeded.
The next step I’d like to take is to join a gym and get some advice on how to tone things up. We have a lot of things planned this week, so that may not happen until next week, but it’s definitely on the to-do list.
So now that I’ve shared with you, I have to keep it up, right? ;)
Here are a few websites I’ve been using to find recipes and inspiration…