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I will never forget the day 8 years ago when I told my good friends I was expecting a baby. I had just lost about 60 pounds and was feeling and looking good. One friend asked: “How are you going to keep the weight off?” I scoffed. Of course I will keep the weight off!! Who was I kidding? 8 years and 3 pregnancies (1 miscarriage, 1 c-section and 1 VBAC) later, I can assure you that weight came on faster than I ever imagined. Just thinking about eating a donut adds the pounds on. I am sad to say that I am now over 100 pounds overweight.
I’m ready to shed the weight. I’ve been ready, but it’s scary and overwhelming. This time though, I really want to make it last. I am starting with long-term behavioral changes.
So here’s my plan:
While that seems counterproductive, for me I need to eat. Often, between running with the kids and working at home, it can be after 2pm before I even think about feeding myself. Or sometimes, I am so exhausted from feeding everyone else that I just don’t have it in me to make something for me! I am then starving and turn to anything and everything! How awful is that? I am an important part of my home and I don’t take care of myself! I am going to make myself a priority again by planning my meals and making sure I have healthy options available.
The last time I had blood work done it showed I was severely dehydrated. I used to walk around chugging my water. I am one of those people who actually enjoys drinking a glass of water!
Taking a Multivitamin
I started taking a multivitamin containing fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene.
Writing everything down!
One of the ways that I was always successful losing weight years ago was by being very honest with myself and writing everything down that I ate. Whether that meant it was a bad day eating something I shouldn’t have, or having a great day. I would mark off how much water I drank too. Each week, I would weigh myself and journal that as well. I always liked going back through each week to see what may have worked in previous weeks, so I like to keep it all in a binder.
I created this great printable tracker for you to keep track of your own meals and weight loss. Just click on the photo to print your own!
With the kids going back to school, this is the perfect time for me to get back into a routine. Little things start to become habit and before you know it, they become easy. I have never been one for a gym membership, but I love doing workout videos right from my computer! My daughter’s dancing school just added a Zumba class, so if you could believe it, I registered! I am aiming for 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
alli® Weight Loss Capsules
This week I started taking alli® Weight Loss Capsules with each of my 3 meals. alli® weight loss aid is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body,. In clinical studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months. For every 5lbs – 10lbs I lose through diet and exercise, alli® can help me lose 2-3 more!*
I read the alli® Companion Guide to help me get off on the right foot.
From there, I got some really great sample meal and snack ideas at www.myalli.com.
I’m ready to embark on my alli® weight loss journey! Wish me luck! Without further ado, here’s my “BEFORE” picture.
Stay tuned for my after!
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*Disclaimer: “alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In clinical studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.