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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.

Juicing
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!

5 comments:

  1. You look great! I'm planning on starting a Paleo-style diet in the fall (no grains/dairy). I know it's going to be difficult at first, but seeing your progress is great motivation for me!

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  2. looking awesome!! Hubs and I are going to do the caveman diet when he gets back...but after he leaves in a week I'm going to do the diet my mom's doing, which is the Food Addicts diet, she and I are the same size so I'm looking forward to us loosing weight together! Our daycare back in Bragg doesnt have childcare so I never had a gym and the one at the neighborhood office has the play area comnpletly seperated and Evelyn is too short for me to see her from the window...but hopefully when I get back I can trust her in there. I really have been trying to loose this weight!
    Great job and Congrats on loosing all your weight!! I bet Brandon eats it up!! :)

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  3. As a fitness enthusiast I would add weight-training in for sure!! :) Great job mama!

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  4. you seriously look so awesome! way to go on all your hard work!

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