It has been quite some time since my last post and a lot has happened. I have had some time to think about my “new” blog. Since turning 40 and having had my second baby, now almost 6 months ago, I came to a mid-life crisis of sorts. I wanted more in life. As much as I love hand bags (and don’t fret, I will probably post on them at a later point) I needed more in terms of bettering myself, feeling better inside and out, and making the most of my time, not only with my children, but myself. So here is where it starts.
Life is funny. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get your butt into gear and realize everything you are doing is a choice. For me, all it took was reading a few books. While on vacation, I was able to read two books that really brought me to my “aha” moment. The first is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the second is The Four Hour work Week. I read these first and they truly have changed my perspective (at least for the time being) on life and my time, and how truly important it is to make the most of who you are, for yourself and your family. I will delve into these concepts at a later date, but for now I am going to focus on my physical well being.
In terms of my physical well being, here is where I will start altering my blog content- I was so inspired by The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, I then looked into The Four Hour Body, and here is where I attempt to begin my physical transformation.
I am not a large person. I am 5’6″, and should weigh (at least at my best) 140 lbs. I have never been overweight in a sense that I never felt my weight was out of control or hindered my ability to be active but since having a baby just six months ago, I had hit a plateau with my weight. And after my second baby, it seemed I had gained 20 lbs without ever going back to my original weight. I know most of us, especially new moms, can understand this. I lost weight, about 25 lbs., immediately after having my second, but I just stayed at a weight, couldn’t budge now for 3 months. I realize it takes time and yes, you should give yourself a break, but I was tired of feeling bad about myself , not to mention just not feeling good in general, so once I read the first portion of The Four Hour Body, I devoured the content and put it into practice the same day I started the book.
Now I am kicking myself that I didn’t take a picture prior to starting this diet but I did start on the third day so pictures will be posted soon.
First thing I did, besides read the applicable sections of the book, was I began a journal. Prior to vacation, I began writing a lot more. It is nice to have a notebook with me to jot down ideas, tasks, and habits so I continue this activity with my weight loss journey. I wrote everything down that I wanted in life, a personal mission statement if you will, (taken from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and came to the conclusion that in my personal mission statement, I wanted to be healthy, in turn being able to keep up with my children. I feel the best about myself when I am healthy and fit so when reading my personal mission statement, it helps keep my motivated and stay on track with my weight loss program. I ordered a scale on Amazon that measures fat in addition to lbs. And I also ordered a kettle bell but working out and using this is not necessary for the first two weeks on the “diet”.
Now I wouldn’t call this “diet” really a program. You can pretty much eat whatever you want except carbs and sugar. I will begin with Day One.
Day 1- July 4, 2017
Measure arms, thighs, waist and hips- yikes! I am pretty sure my waist is wider than my husband’s hips! But you have to know where you started and measuring muscle is a better indicator of weight loss than stepping on a scale that only measures lbs. After assessing BMI, I can only assume I am around 25% +. Not good. The book recommends getting readings via x-ray or even using calipers to have a more accurate reading of your body’s fat and its locations, not to mention as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words- bigger impact to stay motivated, but I am a mom and have no time to devote to all that! Instead, to motivate, I use a picture of myself while on vacation. I am in a dress that I thought was flattering but actually looks like a tent covering my body- pictures don’t lie either. Pictures may add 10 lbs. but I am pretty sure even 10 lbs. was not going to make a difference in my overall physique! Picture up in plain view every a day=motivation!
Breakfast at 7am: 2 Eggs, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup black beans. WATER
Lunch at 11am: grilled chicken, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup black beans. WATER
*Snack at 3pm: 2 eggs, 1/3 avocado
Dinner at 7pm: grilled steak, green beans, 1/2 cup black beans
*Snack is really a meal so that you don’t get hungry the remainder of the day. You should eat every 4 hours and each meal should have a protein (chicken, fish, beef, pork, egg) with no breading, a vegetable and a bean.
What I learned my first day:
I never realty felt hungry, just had cravings. Write the cravings down because for one day a week, you get to binge! That’s right, you heard me, eat whatever you want, as much as you want, all day long. My binge day will be Saturdays so by the end of day one, all I wanted were CARBS, and all of the unhealthy ones, a bagel, pastries, French fries, cake and cookies! But this was more a habit since I have such a sweet tooth.
Making different food for me and the family wasn’t a big deal either because most of the food the kids ate too, (doesn’t hurt that grilling anything makes everything taste better, then every body’s happy). I did have to endure watching my son eat an M&M ice cream bar, while being 90 degrees outside, now THAT was torture!
By the end of the day, I wanted to eat and drink all things sugar. Malisa in green tent dress appears in my mind- nope, no faltering. I made it.
The next morning on Day 2 I stepped on the scale – down 2 lbs.- DOWN 2 LBS! Down 2 lbs.? I hadn’t been under 160 in over a year! Hmmm, I am skeptical, but pretty motivated considering the quick results, so I start Day 2.