Ok, here’s the sitch.
I would like to lose 25 pounds.
Before I started having kids, I read an article in a magazine where a woman reached her goal weight and rewarded herself with $200 to spend on new clothes.
I excitedly told my husband about it because I planned to do the same for myself when I reached my goal weight.
He asked me what my magic number was, I told him.
His exact words were, “Oh, honey, let’s make it $1000.”
I realize this makes my husband sound like a jerk. Luckily, he knows his audience and I thought it was both hilarious and insulting at the same time-but mostly hilarious.
What a great motivator! All I had to do (at the time) was lose 15 pounds! Then I got pregnant.
After my first pregnancy, I didn’t get close to my goal because I knew we were planning on getting pregnant again soon, so I didn’t even try…
Almost a year after having my son, I joined a local Mommy Weight-loss Facebook group. It was a motivational group, and I started losing weight fast! I actually got 6 pounds away from my goal. That’s right, I was a measly 6 pounds away from $1000-just for me. Writing it out is making it more real. UGH.
By the way, it won’t be a big chunk of money all at once. It will be more like anytime I go clothes shopping for myself, I won’t worry about the cost, and I will just keep a running tab. I’m actually curious to see how long it will take me to spend it all. (See what I did there? I’m speaking as if I’ve won the bet already. Ha!)
I guess I got cocky? I stopped watching what I ate. I didn’t exercise as much. Seriously, this is painful-what was I doing?
Now our situation is quite different. At the time, we were members of the YMCA. It was a fantastic gym, and it had FREE CHILDCARE!!! It was such a great escape for my SAHM self! Someone else will watch my kids while I do something for me?!
Well, we moved away. There are Y’s close by. Two out of three of them are brand new. Monthly membership is the same as our old place, but we would have to pay for child care each time we went. I had no idea how spoiled we were. (If I went three times a week, child care would be more than the cost of our membership.)
We have a large garage where my husband works out almost every day. I am just having such a hard time getting myself going. I don’t like exercising with the kids all over me, and I have “better” things to do during nap time (blogging takes time!!)
But here I am, 25 pounds away from my goal, something needs to be done.
Before I list the changes I plan to make, I want to point something out. The title of this post is “Healthier Lifestyle.” As in, I want to make healthier choices in my life because I want to be healthy, and it is essential that I set a good example for my kids. 25 pounds is just a number, its a goal I have in mind. The $1000 is supposed to be a motivator (its working so well!) The true motivator and end goal is to live a healthier lifestyle.
That said, here are the changes I plan to make:
*Drink more water-I want to drink 3 Liters of water a day. I’ve done it before, I know I can do it again. My body felt better, my skin looked great, and bonus!! I didn’t feel hungry all the time.
*Healthier food choices-The kids eat a lot healthier than I do, if I just eat what I give them, I should be golden.
*No late night snacks-I love munching on something at night while catching up on our latest show (currently its “Big Bang”) If I’m hungry past 9pm, I can have fruits or vegetables.
*I get a “cheat” night-In the past, Friday worked best for me. It’s usually date night and I really like to have beer with my chicken wings. When I was strict last year, it was something fun to look forward to. I was good all week because I knew I could eat whatever I wanted on Friday. Also, if there is a special occasion, I can have a treat. But in moderation. Which leads me to my next one…
*Eat in moderation-I’m not sure what shifted and when, but lately I have been eating A LOT. Its as if I don’t give my brain enough time to tell me I’m full, and I keep eating. I need to take smaller portions and wait a bit before I get more.
*Find a new “coping mechanism”-I eat far too much chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
I know I have a lot of changes I want to make, but in the beginning, I’m going to go easy on myself. Last week I started with the water and I’ve already been watching it on the late night snacking. I’ve also been eating a lot less chocolate. I’ve resumed my physical therapy exercises for my back, but now I need to do actual cardio and weights. For the next few days, I will exercise a different time of day to find the best time that works for me and the kiddos.
What do you do for yourself to live a healthy lifestyle? What types of exercises do you do? Do you have any favorite healthy meals or snacks? Please share!!