Let’s keep it real – I need to lose some serious weight. By serious, I mean that I’m not looking to lose that “last ten pounds” so I can fit into my clothes better. I need to lose at least 50 pounds, but 60 would be ideal. It’s crazy, because my family and friends would say, “no way!” I know how much I weigh, and I know what weight I feel most comfortable at. I was diagnosed with chronic hypertension after giving birth to my first son, five years ago. I couldn’t believe it. Yes, I was overweight – but I had just given birth! Yes, I have a family history of heart disease and hypertension – but I was still in my 20’s! There were a lot of “buts” filling my thoughts. It just didn’t seem fair at the time. It was my reality though. I know that my hypertension is partly due to excess weight and partly due to stress. I use meditation techniques (which I will discuss later) and pray in order to relieve some of the stress in my life; however, life happens, and various stressors present themselves on the regular. So here I am: I gave birth to my third and final child this spring, and I have a large amount of weight to lose. I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, and this is my life, right? So let’s get it!!!
My last post discussed the new diet regimen that I will follow starting October 1st. On a weekly basis (at the very least), I will provide an update on my progress and any tips that I discover. Please feel free to do the same!
I’m honestly not sure how I will tackle my weight loss journey this time around. When I lost weight after my second pregnancy, I worked out either before work or during my lunch break. On the weekend, I did Taebo. This worked pretty well, as long as I ate right.
This time, I am nursing (go me!), so I use my lunch time by going to pump during the day. I will have to wake up earlier so I can work out at home. I’m not good about working out at night – it just doesn’t suit me. In the coming days, I will need to come up with a plan.
My first step to natural health is adopting a better way of eating. No fun, but definitely worth it in the long run.
Starting October 1st, I will cut back on my secret love affair with sweet snacks and desserts…let the separation anxiety begin!
I will incorporate the following details into my regimen:
- Consume no more than 1200 calories per day
- No soda or sweet juice
- No fried foods
- No candy
- No carbs with dinner – I read somewhere that it is better to eat a more filling breakfast and let your calorie consumption taper throughout the day. On the weekend, we may have a filling breakfast, but during the week it is not likely. Lunch can consist of carbs, but our society is more accustomed to eating a heavy, fatty, carb-laden dinner. Dessert is literally the icing on the cake! No more – I must part ways with sweets, for the most part. So long, lover!
Wow…so many No’s…well, here is what I can have:
Drink half my weight in ounces of water – no small feat (for example, a 150lb person would consume 75 ounces of water per day)! I usually drink around 6 cups of water per day, but I haven’t weighed 96 pounds since I was in middle school…
- One cup of coffee per day
- Nuts or cheese for snacks, two snacks per day
- Breakfast each day, full of protein! I’m usually really bad about eating breakfast. I’ll have coffee while I’m getting ready in the morning, but I’m always in such a rush that I don’t get any breakfast in. Once I get to work, it just doesn’t happen. I’ve got to do better!
- Breakfast and lunch can have carbs but again, I must focus on my protein intake – with an infant in the home, especially one who is still not sleeping through the night, energy throughout the day is a must. In order to stay alert for work, I must consume a fair amount of protein.
- One dessert per week
So where does the “natural” part of my new regimen come into play? I mean, the purpose of this blog is meant to delve into all things natural, right? Prior to getting pregnant this time last year, I was juicing…and I loved it! I would make a mean pea soup with avocado for lunch, and I would make all-fruit smoothies for breakfast. I would eat a salad with protein (poultry or fish) for dinner. At first, I thought I would be lethargic and down-right bitchy, but that wasn’t true at all. I really did feel clean, if that makes any sense. I wasn’t even working out much, yet I lost twelve pounds in the first two weeks. It was crazy! I made sure to include enough green vegetables, like kale and spinach, in both my smoothies and soups to ensure that I was consuming enough protein. That is what I want to get back into. I know that going cold turkey and diving into a new eating regimen just isn’t effective for long-term success, so I thought I’d ease into eating better and ultimately, juicing again.
So tell me, what natural qualities are you adding to your diet?