Who am I? I'm a mom to a six year old and a five year old, I work part-time, and my husband just started a new job so he's working out of the home for the first time since before we had kids. This summer he traveled for work a lot and we got to go with him - it was a lot of fun and we ate out a TON. And, it seems, I gained nearly a ton! We moved back to the area where we grew up 3.5 years ago and I'm now about 25 lbs heavier than I was when we moved (I was between 130-135 then). Ugh. I've been struggling with my weight since we moved, my kids both weaned and after tandem nursing for a few years my appetite was out of control! I work out - hard - every day, so I just need to get the eating part of it under control. I've struggled with an eating disorder in the past, so I have to work hard not to go nuts when I try to loose weight. I seem to have overcome that problem a little too well the last couple years... maybe I've been too hesitant to commit to a diet for fear of it overtaking my life, but at this point I am really miserable with my appearance. I'm pretty muscular and in great shape - I just have too much fat on me.
Goals? As of this morning, I'm 158 lbs. I want to get down to 125.
How I'm going to get there? I'm tracking everything I eat using an app on my Droid, and I'm going to stay at 1350 calories/day until I get to my goal weight, then I'll figure out how many I need to eat to maintain. I'm making a permanent commitment to tracking my calories and my weight on a daily basis. I've tried weight watchers, intermittent fasting, and south beach the last couple years and none of them work for me for more than a few weeks - I get too frustrated with them. Nothing is as simple/easy as just sticking to a calorie allowance. I'm going to continue my exercise regime: walk and/or run with my dog every morning and do either the 30 day shred workout video or go to the gym and work hard on the elliptical. I try to get a long hike or bikeride in every week or two. I just started doing the Shred a few weeks ago, before that I was lifting weights - when I get tired of the Shred I'll go back to weight lifting. I use a heart rate monitor and stay between 70-85% of my maximum heart rate during my workouts. I really prefer to do as much exercise outdoors as possible, it feels almost wasteful to workout indoors instead of doing useful work outdoors... but there's just not as much outdoor work to be done this time of the year and I don't like the cold, either, so I'm trying to make the best of working out indoors.
This week will be tough - we celebrate Thanksgiving with my in-laws on Thursday, and with my parents on Friday. Portion control, portion control, portion control!