Saturday, January 8, 2011

6 week challenge

Last Monday (I think I actually started on Tuesday) I started a 6 week challenge with some Facebook friends. Holly decided we all needed a little kick in the rear to get back into the groove with taking care of our bodies. She has a 6 month(?) old baby, and I have a 2 year old. Hey, it is still baby weight okay?!?!

I was excited to get on board because to be honest. I need a little motivation. A little competition. It always works best for me.

I couldn't figure out why I was so UN-motivated to lose my baby weight. I had lost 10 lbs of it over last spring, but quickly put it back on during the summer months when I was on the road for 3 weeks, and came back to 115 degree weather. That kind of weather will really stunt the desire for exercise. That is for sure.

I did figure out that my major motivation for losing the baby weight in the past was so that I wasn't compounding my weight through each pregnancy. I always wanted to get back to point B, before I was pregnant so that it wouldn't turn into point C, and that wouldn't turn into point D and so forth. It was pretty good motivation, until we has determined that we had had our last baby.

So, I took the 6 week challenge. Nothing extreme. Just good old fashioned doin' it.

Here is the just of it.

No treats (I did it last year for a month as well)
No eating past 7:30
7 hours a sleep at night
NO overeating (no second helpings)
1 hour of exercise 6 times a week
8 8 oz glasses of water a day

I had been doing it for just a day or two, when I decided that I was going to look into the book Eat to Live. I read up, and adjusted just my breakfast and lunch, and altered my dinners like I had mentioned before. Not only that, Dr. Furhman, the author of the book gives you his blessing to EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. As long as it is a veggie or a fruit. You heard me . . .Holly, I am EATING AS MUCH AS I DANG WELL WANT TO. I am so glad I did. Because for the first time in my life, I am not really struggling with losing weight. It is coming off, and coming off quickly, AND I don't have the cravings that I usually have. And isn't that what we ALL hate about dieting? Denying the stuff that our bodies WANT?

Well, think of this?

What if . . .

You didn't crave it.

Just a thought.

Because I don't.

And that is pretty much a miracle, since I have lived on a serving or two of cookie dough at least a few times a week. Not to say that I wouldn't LOVE to shove some cookie dough in my mouth, but it is a whole heck of a lot easier when aren't craving it!

1 comment:

  1. I'm soo happy for you! Everybody needs something that makes them feel better about themselves and finding the balance between lifestyle change and diet is tricky, but this thing works for me. With my loseit app on my iPod touch and also exercise, I've lost 46 of the 55 pounds I gained during my pregnancy. I call that a victory!!

    I'll have to check into that book. Sounds intriguing.