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Monday, July 30, 2012

How I Lost the Weight

I announced last week on my personal FB page that I never thought I'd be able to say it, but I'm in the 120s again. Yep. I'm below my pre-pregnancy weight by about 13 pounds now, and even below my wedding weight.

Honestly, I wasn't trying to lose weight. I always said that I wanted to be at my pre-pregnancy weight (141) and when I reached that, it was all good. When asked if I ever wanted to lose any more, I said it would be cool, but I wasn't going to kill myself over it. I was fine with being around 140. After that I said 130 would be nice, but whatever, if I didn't make it, I wasn't going to complain. But now I'm under 130? I have to admit, it feels pretty damn great.

So how did I lose the weight? I had some friends asking and here you are. This is what I changed six weeks ago and lost the last ten pounds (yes, ten pounds, and counting, since we changed our diet mid-June).

Work Out Right
You need to work out, and you need to work out right. That doesn't mean walking twenty minutes a day and calling it good (like I was doing). If your level of fitness is higher than that, then you need to match it. Once I started running again, the pounds started to drop. That also means that if you aren't doing anything and haven't for awhile, then maybe walking is what you need to do. Just make sure you push yourself.

You know we started juicing back in June. This is a radical change for some people, but the benefits have been great. We are getting more than the daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies in just two glasses a day. We juice for breakfast and lunch most days, and sometimes after dinner.

Don't count calories
If you're eating good food, you don't have to. Since I started eating massive amounts of fruits and veggies, I don't worry about calories. I know the foods I'm choosing are low calories anyway. I eat when I'm hungry and until I'm full, then I stop.

Get rid of grains & dairy
Yeah, this is a hard one, one that I never thought I'd do. I always said I love bread and pasta too much. We didn't start with cutting out grains, just reducing them, and slowly I just stopped making meals with them. It's been difficult, I won't lie. I've had to completely reinvent how I make our meals and come up with new recipes. Who would've thought I used so many grains? It's been terribly fun though. I've been feeling so good since I stopped eating grains and dairy. I just don't ever feel sick to my stomach.

Eat fruits and veggies
And lots of them. We began this new lifestyle by trying to change our bodies pH levels. I was at 5.5, Brandon at 6. (Neutral is 7, below is acidic, more is alkaline). Now, 6 weeks later, I'm at 6.75 and Brandon is at 7.5. Rocking! But how did we do this? We discovered what foods are most alkaline and started eating them. Simple as that. Lots and lots of fruits and veggies, and a good variety too. It's been tasty!

Do it as a family
I'm the one cooking the meals, so Brandon has to eat what I make. But he's given up ice cream with me. That's love.

Don't be too strict
I cheat sometimes. I make wraps maybe once a week, I eat a burger with a bun, we have Chick-Fil-A or ice cream or Thai food or whatever. I'm not going to restrict myself completely, but I practice control. If I know I can go home soon and get a healthy snack of strawberries, I'll resist that gross snack.

I suppose those are the big things. It wasn't too difficult to do the switches because we live a fairly healthy lifestyle anyway, but even changing these little things has made us feel so much better. Brandon and I are both down to a great weight. It wasn't easy but it's so worth it.

For now, I've joined a gym because I want to start really toning up those muscles of mine. They have childcare included - awesome! I've been twice already and Penny had a good time. I'm so glad.
Do you have any questions? I'll gladly write a follow-up post! Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Share - Penny's Faces

Coming this week...
Monday - How I Lost the Weight
Tuesday - New Blog, Aurorae Review, Insta Tuesday Link-Up
Wednesday - Penny's Sleep
Thursday - Thursday Randoms
Friday - Friday Featured Blogger

Penny cracks me up. She's such a character. She does the funniest faces and sometimes, just sometimes, I manage to catch them! Check it out.

The "whaaaaat?" face
 The "OMG" face
The "happy" face
The "sad" face

 (love her sad faces lol)

The "indifferent" face
(I think she looks a little like Brandon's sister here)

The "contemplative and sometimes upside-down" face
The "sassy" face
And the "I see the dog so I'm going to stop nursing to look at him" face

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This Day in (Our) History

It's funny how July 28 became my travel day for the last couple years. International travel, to boot. Last year, we packed up and headed out to Australia for two weeks. What a trip that was! The year before that? Well, Brandon had been deployed for nearly a month by then and I was off on my first trip without him to my cousin's wedding in Canada. You could say July 28 is a special day.

Unfortunately, this year we're chillaxin' at home. Sorta. We hired the babysitter for a few hours in the afternoon so Mommy and Daddy can go see the new Batman movie. What can I say? I sorta love Batman (he's my fave superhero!)

But what else makes this day super special? It's Dexter's Birthday!!
Woke him up from a nap

He is a whopping three years old today. He's college aged, in dog years. Maybe even graduated by this time.

Want to hear the quick story of how we ended up with crazy here? Brandon wasn't so keen on getting a dog, but when I said he could get a cat (bargaining power) he couldn't refuse. He gave me some guidelines though. No beagles. No small dogs. No big dogs. No girl dogs. No dumb dogs. Oh, ok. We decided to get a dachshund, so I started my search. We stopped at a pet store one day and saw the cutest border collie puppy ever and Brandon started liking them again. He grew up with a border collie and loved it!

While perusing internet ads for a dachshund still, I came across a photo of Dexter, posted by the breeder. I showed Brandon and did a cost analysis (he's into charts) and we decided to get him! The next week he flew on over from the Big Island (we were still in Hawaii, remember?) and I picked him up from the airport, a cute little 8 week old puppy. Awww.

Honorable birthday mention to our kitty, Winston, who also turns three on Sunday. Yep, close in age!
Interrupted food time

Even though we aren't going on some great international vacation this year, this is the first time we'll be home for both the babies birthdays. How special!