First Time Mom and Losing It: One Year into My Weight Loss Journey

Friday, January 30, 2015

One Year into My Weight Loss Journey

After what seemed like an eternity staring at a blank page I started to type this post. It is not easy for me to recap a year of my weight loss journey because I feel like I have failed. I am no where near where I wanted to be at this time.

I started out doing really good and found lots of things that worked for me. The Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan really did give me a great start and boost in confidence. I learned to eat fresher and eat less bad carbs. I enjoyed salads, roasted lean meats and healthy snacks like roasted chickpeas and kale chips. I bought things like chia seeds and flax seed meal and found creative ways to eat them. Most importantly I stopped being afraid of eating fats and incorporated healthy fats like olive oil and avocado into my diet.

It took me a couple of months to start exercising but I started going consistently to the gym and liking it. I started with just the treadmill and then ventured onto the elliptical and arc trainer. I found that I loved the elliptical most of all and even got up to 15 minutes on the arc trainer. My back stopped hurting and I was able to walk long distances.

I was doing well and lost 60 pounds! I had to give away lots of clothes that were too big for me and buy smaller sizes. I started feeling more confident and getting compliments on my weight loss. Things were going good and then the summer came. I became less strict on what I ate and started going out and doing fun summer things like the beach, parks and sprinklers instead of exercising. I kept on and on until I started gaining instead of losing. I took longer brakes off of the scale and kept telling myself I would start on Monday.

Then I discovered the Atkins diet and loved all the foods I could eat on it. I loved eating the cheeses and bacon but also learned how to eat some healthy carbs like brown rice, veggies and some fruits. I lost a bit of weight again and started doing exercise at home again.

Then the holidays came and I starting eating and snacking on everything that I used to eat before I went on my journey. I stopped exercising and started going to tons of holiday events and play dates.

Now I sit here writing about my year on this journey and only 30 pounds down. I know 30 pounds is some lost but for me it is so far from where I wanted to be. I still have a lot to go but I am happy that I am at a loss and not a gain. Years and years of starting weight loss journeys I would always be at a gain once January came along.

I have my planner filled and my exercise and meals planned! I want to be ready for 2015 and have a better year. I want to learn that if I do mess up I have to get right back on track. I want to learn how to have fun in the summer while still staying on track. I want to enjoy the holidays but only enjoy one day of it and not weeks.

On January of 2016 I am going to link back to this post and show how much better I did. I want to be at my goal weight and say "YES I DID IT!"

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  1. Well done. The most difficult challenges are the most rewarding.

  2. You are on a journey of health - I had to start eating healthy when I moved up to the Mountains - allergies - and so I eat similar to what you've described and as long as I exercise a bit - well my weight as pretty much maintained - Good luck with this

  3. The important thong is you are still on the minus from where you started. The very fact that you recognize what you did to cause the gain means you will be able to get back on track very easily--I have faith in you!!

  4. 30 pounds down is awesome! You have a lot to be proud of. Don't get down on it. It's after all, just a number. What's more important is are you healthy and strong. Besides, you want to teach your kids that they shouldn't worry about the number.

  5. I'm so super proud of your accompishments - 30 pounds is amazing!! I love your tips and love reading about your journey!!

  6. Congrats on all your success over the past year.

  7. O know it wasn't your goal, but 30 pounds is awesome. Congrats and good luck!

  8. 30 lbs is still a huge accomplishment! Just take things one day, one meal, heck, one snack at a time! You've got this :)


  9. I love that you found a way to help your back stop hurting. I used to love to go to the gym... I work out at home now.

  10. I'm sure you'll rebound and get right back to where you hope to be. I'm glad your back pain has diminished too.

  11. It sounds like you are doing amazing! I really need to get my but in gear. Little steps is all you can do - then big results will come! :)

  12. You didn't fail. You are learning the right way to do things for you. Mistakes are part of it. You are realizing where you went wrong and getting back in the game. For a lot of people they just give up when things get rough.


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