Three in Two

This is an update on the last weight loss post, Four in Three.  I’m still eight pounds from goal, but three pounds from my short-term goal. It’s time for pictures.

Me at about 218 pounds. Seriously, this is obviously not all weight gained for pregnancy. I remember that day was the best I’d felt in a month. I’m wearing lipstick and standing up! We were going to dinner with friends. My self-esteem was terrible. My arms look like sausages. I bought this dress at a regular, non-maternity store because most maternity clothes are very cheaply made and I wanted one or two things that didn’t fall apart. Why did I buy a cap-sleeve dress? Who knows. The pattern did do a good job of hiding everything else.

Me two days ago. I think the biggest difference, other than the obvious BABY that’s missing, is my neck. Oh, and my watch now fits. I also stopped wearing makeup, but that’s not so much about my weight, is it?

I noticed that my bicep muscles are more toned. Most moms can attest to the toning that happens from picking up a kid over and over.

The dress was purchased to hide my growing rear, so it’s hard to tell that it’s smaller, but trust me, it is. I can fit into my pre-baby pants. The waistband are still a bit tight but I don’t know if my stomach muscles will ever be that toned again.

Having been thin most of my life made me less appreciative of the struggles of losing weight. I battled 10 pounds that kept wanting to creep onto my frame, but that was it. Now I know that it takes a lot of discipline to stay on plan. My “diet” wasn’t really a “diet” so much as a permanent change to my eating habits. I knew that if I purchased pre-made meals, I’d just go back to old habits after the diet ended. I used to eat, as a snack on a Saturday night:

  • 1/2 to one package of chocolate chip cookie dough- with a spoon
  • An entire bag of sour cream and cheddar potato chips
  • An entire container of sour cream for dipping the chips

A new snack is:

  • A piece of fruit or cheese

A typical old dinner was:

  • A ten- to fourteen- ounce steak or pork roast
  • Homemade macaroni and cheese with extra cheese
  • A dessert of sour cream or icing on a spoon (at least ten spoonsful)

A new dinner is:

  • Beans or lentils
  • Whole grain rice
  • Some sort of green vegetable cooked in canola/olive/flaxseed oil

So there you go. If I can change my diet, anyone can.