Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love warm weather. I am always excited for the warm spring air to flow through my house. This past weekend I was SO happy to turn off the heat, crack the windows, and put the screen doors in. Plus, everyone is in a much better mood. There really isn’t anything bad to say about springtime, except…the packing away of winter clothes. The safety net of layers is something I usually miss dearly until the following November.
I’ve struggled with body issues for as long as I can remember, so I dread the spring and summer because of the clothing options. And because my body has not been at its best for quite some time, all the clothes I have seem to feel a little tighter and shorter each year. Yes, I could go buy new every year, but I don’t. Because every year I tell myself, “don’t worry, keep those. I’ll lose the weight to fit into that top.” 9 times out of 10 that doesn’t happen. I am always critiquing my belly, my arms, my thighs. Shorts are normally uncomfortable because my thighs force the fabric to rub together and then kind of wedge up,...more
One of the toughest food battles for me is the unconscious bite. My girls eat in their high chairs 4-5 times per day. And because they are toddlers, their menu is pretty similar day to day. Along with the fruit, veggies (most of which come from those pouches), and cheese sticks, I find myself making PB&J, grilled cheese, hummus on pita bread, and chicken nuggets all the time! Throw in a few cereal bars and crackers and there is their diet. God, I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a lazy mom! Anyways, I am constantly taking bites of their food. Most of the time I don’t even think about it until after I’ve eaten it. And it’s not always just a bite. Sometimes it is the entire crust of the PB&J or grilled cheese. All 4 sides! Again, I don’t even think about until after I’ve finished. At the end of the day, I could easily put down an entire meal worth of unconscious bites. A horrible habit that is very tough to break!
Here is where Carly and Body Back come in to the rescue! After sending my journal to Carly last Friday, she responded with a challenge for this week:...more
I stepped on the scale during the beginning of class this past Saturday and was elated! The number had gone down...finally! I know weight is just a number, but to be honest, it does matter to me. It certainly is not the only indicator of my hard work. I am aware that there are much more important things to consider when evaluating my success. But still, it is a concrete way of telling my hard work is paying off.
Carly put us through another insanely tough workout, and I leave on Saturday feeling great. I call my mom immediately when I get into my car to let her know how pumped I am. Then I get home and tell my husband. He is so excited for me. Then I look at my journal and give myself another pat on the back. I know I’ve put in the work.
After all of this, I don’t write another thing down in that journal ALL weekend long. What the hell? Why do I do this to myself?? It’s as if the weekend becomes a free for all. I have to figure out a new way to celebrate my success other than eating foods that I know are not good for me! We went out to celebrate my mother-in-laws...more
I wish I could say the first week of Body Back: Session 2 was perfect. Workout-wise, yes, I did well. Food-wise, no, I did not. There were three days last week where I just blew it. On Wednesday, I was at my parents house discussing an upcoming bridal shower for my brother’s fiance. My sister-in-law brought Nothing Bundt Cakes for us to sample. I absolutely LOVE those cakes. At one point during the first few weeks we had the girls home, I had NINE of them in my fridge. And I didn’t blink an eye polishing off each one. Probably over the course of 2-3 days (not kidding). It had been months since I had one. I should have put a piece of gum in, but instead, I decided to take a little taste. I really thought I could have one bite and stop. Not even close. I continued to take “bites” which added up to an entire cake. So that was Wednesday. Moving on to the weekend. We hosted a birthday party for my mother-in-law on Saturday. I always have a tough time at parties. It is hard for me to stay away from the appetizers and then the desserts. And I indulged in both this weekend. In the...more
Tomorrow is the start of Body Back Session 2, and I am so excited! Here is a little recap of my Session 1 experience…
I decided to join Body Back because I desperately needed a jump start. Since giving birth to my twin girls in November 2015, my eating had been absolutely horrible and my workouts, well, were just eh. Food wise, every single day was the same. Typically I would eat a healthy breakfast and mid morning snack. Rest of the morning/afternoon would go fine (unless it was a day I junked out early, in which case I would just throw in the towel and eat crappy the entire day). And then dinner time would hit. Most of the time nothing was planned. So my husband and I would have the merry-go-round “what do you feel like” “I don’t care, what do you want” “I don’t care, you pick”...and inevitably a frozen pizza would be thrown in or one of us would run out to pick up fast food or my healthy fast food, Chipotle. I sometimes feel like I would just eat dinner, so I could get to dessert. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, I would have dessert. And not just one cookie, or one bite of...more