Have I talked about weight yet?

blah. Weight.

I’ll use my real numbers. Which is Hardcore! I think at my smallest I was 138 pounds. I was exercising about 4 hours again and eating from a South Beach Diet. It was a diet that I wouldn’t be able to maintain. I moved and there wasn’t a gym (or the awesome YMCA that I had) and I had troubles with not stress/emotionally eating.

I met Jacob and started dating him and we both became a little lax with our exercising and eating well. We ate out a lot of meals or ordered Pizza to go with our movies. So we gained weight, Jacob at a slower pace than me.

On our wedding day I weighed 175.

I felt wonderful: Graceful, Beautiful, and Lovely.

Then I got the photos. I looked at every flaw, the double chin, the arm flab, and back overflow.

When I gave birth to Peter my weight climbed to an unhealthy 228.

That’s where I stayed. I dropped 15 pounds within two weeks of giving birth to Peter. I had a lot of water weight that fell off as the swelling went down. The next two years of his life I went back and forth between that 15 pounds range.

In February I started Weight Watchers (my Aunt paid my membership for my birthday present). My starting weight was 228. I wanted to slowly drop weight to be at a healthy starting weight when we became pregnant again. I was on Weight Watchers (WW) for three months. During this time Jacob started talking about joining the military and I had a lot of emotional what-happens-if-he-never-comes-back eating. I lost 7 pounds in those three months. I’m proud of those 7 pounds. They were hard earned and lost during a stressful time.

I then had bad gallbladder attacks. And a couple more attacks. To the point where I was scared to eat and be in the horrible pain again. I lost 13 pounds in two weeks. Man that was NOT the way I wanted to lose weight. Since I dropped the 13 pounds so quickly I gained most back: from, you know, eating.

I joined up again with WW two weeks ago. I started at 218. I have a goal weight in mind. I would like to be at 185 for Jacob’s Basic Graduation. I think I would feel great! That’s losing 32 pounds between now and then. I can do it. I have a buddy that I’m checking in with throughout the day. I’m at 214.4 today and I’m happy to be actively doing something about my weight instead of just being miserable about it.

Jacob has been gently encouraging me, and I have the support to succeed. I’m hoping to check in every week with three things: What went well (and I want to remember to do again), what I need to change, and my weight for the week.

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with the big numbers so it’s broken down to 5% loss and 10% loss, one mini goal weight, and then my 184. With each one I hope to gain a little more momentum. I just reached my 5% goal and I’m so excited! Gives me hope that I can do this.

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Menu Plan Monday

This week is a little crazy. Actually most weeks are. Jacob and I are going to a Homeschooling Conference an hour away and his Mom (or sister) is going to come down and watch Peter and the dog. Also our wedding anniversary is TOMORROW, so we may be eating out.

Monday: Grilled Hamburgers and Grilled Corn on the Cob

Tuesday: Out to eat (hopefully ;))

Wednesday: Honey-Mustard BBQ Pork Ribs

Thursday: Bacon Tenderloins

Friday: Grilled Cheese and fruit salad

Saturday: Lunchmeat sandwiches

Sunday: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

We will be eating Pancakes, Eggs, and Cereal for breakfast, and Lunch will be Quesadillas and Homemade Lunchables.

I hope to make a tab to put the recipes up. They are delicious. What are you having to eat this week?