Now: Although I adore my two little ones, I also want to make sure I blog about my exercise and eating.
Tim and I are both trying to make a lifestyle change. We are NOT on a diet. I don’t believe that diets work. When you’re done dieting, things go back to the way they were…..you eat those foods you gain back that weight. It makes no sense to me. You exercise until you lose the weight, then you stop exercising and you gain it back. No sense. A lifestyle change, although a bigger change, is somehow a lot more easier to manage. You’re doing it for the rest of your life, which is a little hard to swallow at first (pun intended). It takes longer to see results. But, you’re going to finally lose the weight and keep it off, which is the great reward in the end. You’re going to discover muscles you never knew you had. Just look at this bicep!
You’re going to wear clothes you never thought you’d fit into again, but you do, you really do. (Why do people, especially women, keep all these different size clothes in their closet anyway?) I got rid of all of my “fat” clothes recently. I’m still trying to lose weight……about 15 more lbs. would be good…..but by donating these clothes I’m trying to promise myself that I’m not going to gain that old weight back.
Our main eating goal: smaller portions. I really believe that in our case we can eat what we want, just smaller portions. We were terrible on portion control, but we’re getting much better. Just yesterday, Tim made pasta carbonara, which included whole wheat linguine, peas, bacon, egg white, and an egg yolk on top that gets mixed in after. I was going to take a photo but I dug in before I remembered. We also had a large side of broccoli drizzled with teriyaki sauce, and about 4 oz of red wine. I had read recently that red wine contained antioxidents which help your metabolism so we’ve been incorporating a small glass with our dinner. Later that evening, on our walk, he asked if I was full from dinner. I was…..why? Well, he had only used 4 oz of pasta….total…..for both of us. Normally he would have served us 4 oz each. What a revelation! We can eat half the amount of food and still be full! Wow.
Our main exercise goal: At least 30 minutes of cardio, and 15 minutes of combined strength and yoga. Now that the weather is getting nicer here in Buffalo, our 30 minutes of cardio is usually a nightly, brisk walk with the twins…..either pushing the stroller or pulling the wagon. We switch off pushing/pulling halfway. The person not pushing/pulling at the time? Does hand weights. We either pump our arms (like in speed-walking), do bicep curls, or tricep curls. I try to do a little of each as I go. Our strength and yoga come after the twins are bathed and in bed. We use the Wii Fit. We pick a variety of activities, going back and forth between the strength and yoga choices. We use the hand weights here too, when appropriate. We always end with jackknives (crunches) because our stomachs are where we need to lose the most fat. This is now.
Then: When we first started trying to get pregnant back in the summer of 2007 I weighed about 160lbs. I had gained about 20 of that on our Disneymoon back in 2004 and hadn’t lost it. Hadn’t really been trying to lose it I guess. (Except for a couple of months when I was dieting and eating less than 1,000 calories a day – unhealthy and unhappy). Tim was about 230. After our 9th month of not getting pregnant we decided to take the most-given advice (by people who have never been through it) – RELAX. Give me a break. Anyway, we decided we could use a vacation so we booked a Disney Cruise using our points from Disney Vacation Club (DVC). By now, I had gained another 20 lbs from stress and mild depression, and Tim had gained more than that.
Looking at these pictures afterwards made me really realize how much I weighed and how overweight I really was. I’m only 5’1″. While “relaxing” on the cruise, we ate what we wanted and didn’t do too much strenuous activity. We walked around the ship’s exercise deck a couple of mornings. But that in no way helped. I came back another 10 lbs. heavier. Tim was pushing close to 300.
I almost passed out the night I wore this peach dress because my dress was so tight and then I ate a huge dinner. I couldn’t breathe.
After we got back and I looked at these pictures…..and thought about how I felt…..and thought about how I was supposed to feel attractive and alluring in order to want to make a baby, not to mention healthy enough to carry a baby for 9 months. Close to 200 lbs. was too much. I knew I had to do something. It was February 2008. I bought the Wii Fit two months later. That was then.