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Do you like to exercise? I don’t. In fact, I avoid it (up until recently) at all costs. I would way rather clean the toilets in my house than exercise. I have been like that my entire life. I am not a gym person, I don’t like aerobics and honestly, don’t like to get out of breath. I know, pathetic right? I have been fortunate my entire life where I never had had to worry about my weight. I was always a string bean, had an incredibly high metabolism and could eat anything I wanted, with no exercise. Then I had a baby and and 5 years later, turned 40. My metabolism as I knew it my entire life, left the house and never came back. This was me (with very dark hair) 35 weeks pregnant in 2006. I could barely stand up straight. I decided to share with you because it honestly doesn’t matter if you are 10, 50 or 100 lbs over weight, you gotta start somewhere and for all of us, regardless of weight, the starting point is eating habits and exercise.
Since having my son almost 12 years ago, I have kind of lived in denial I think. I mean, I am not overweight by any stretch of the imagination but I am 10 lbs over where I would like to be. I have never been able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I have finally come to the conclusion that if I like to eat, I have no choice but to exercise. Something happens when you have kid and hit 40 years old. Everything you eat, sticks to you like glue and refuses to let go. Oh and all that fun womanly stuff starts to happen and your hormones and brain make your life a hot mess. My extra weight seems to be in my mid-section and butt. I am 20 lbs over when I got pregnant but would be happy to lose 10.
So I decided 3 weeks ago, to make a change. Above is me at the start of week 1 and 2 , not much of a change but I am going to focus on tightening up my mid section and hopefully by watching what I eat and exercise, it will suck back in. I decided that I would start drinking my shakes again (I have tried a bunch) and take a walk for 1 mile a day (baby steps) as many days a week as possible. One of my biggest issues is after dinner. I don’t know why but even after I eat dinner, I crave sweets. I am guilty of staying up watching General Hospital on Hulu each night and whatever other shows I want to catch up on, having a glass of wine and snacks. I have come to the conclusion that if I went to bed by 9, I wouldn’t stay up and eat. I am a night owl and I think I need to change that.
The picture above is from Monday this week. Not to much of a change visually but I feel so much better. I have so much more energy.
I have cut out the wine (only a glass or two a week) but the sweets, cheese and crackers are still my enemy. Maybe I should have my mom hid them although she is as guilty as me when it comes to night snacking. It’s like I have no control over ravaging my sons snack bin. Does anyone else do this? I will say that since I started walking and running first thing in the morning and then having a protein shake, most of my daytime cravings are cut in half. Maybe I need to do another shake in the afternoon? The protein shakes seem to kill my sweet cravings which is such an awesome feeling. Do you know what I mean? I always feel so gross after I eat all that crappy sweet food and if I could just have a small bag of cookies I would be fine, but I end up eating like 5 snack bags and then am disgusted with myself. The word balance and moderation doesn’t exist for me after 5pm.
Many of you have asked where I got my energy from to do all the pool work and landscape work, well this is why. I really think it has to do with my morning walk/run. Now that I am on week 3, I have built up to a 3 mile walk/run a day (5 days a week) and I must say, the exercise and shakes are the trick for me, although I still eat crap after 5pm. I still hate exercising but I don’t dread it as much now because I feel good. I decided to expose myself to all of you in an effort to not only maybe help someone in a similar situation but keep me accountable. I do better when I confess and say it out loud. For some reason, it makes me stay on track. I will share with you my protein drinks and healthy lunches that I started 3 weeks in a couple days.
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