We are three weeks into alittletoofluffy - half way through this friendly little weight loss competition. It's been an up and down ride for me. I've lost nine pounds, and I feel pretty proud of that. I still have a way to go to get rid of the baby weight and the extra padding I'd somehow come into possession of before I got pregnant last year (cookies. ice cream. wine. pizza). But it's gotten easier as the weeks go on.
I haven't been crazy with working out, just easing back into it. I've gone running, which I've missed. It's extremely hard to find the time to go during daylight in the winter with five kids and a hardworking husband, so I've been hanging out with Jillian Michaels. On mute, because it's the only way for me. My muscles are sore, so that's good.
The main way I've dropped the weight is by using MyFitnessPal. It's all about calories and portion control for me. I really believe you have to make changes you can see yourself sticking with, not doing crazy diets or cleanses where the results won't last. I am retraining my brain - I can have treats, I just can't have all the treats. I am overhauling my diet (and my family's) so that we're eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and way less processed garbage.
The good that's come from all of this (besides losing that weight), is that I honestly crave less sugar. And let me tell you: that in and of itself is a miracle. The first few days of the challenge I had no idea how I was going to keep my calories within my limit. And now I always have extra left at the end of the day. I'm trying to stay very aware of where I'm at each day, because like I said before, I've got a nursing babe to consider. She's top priority.
And it's been hard. I don't want to try to fool anyone. I'm the girl that could eat take out daily, loves to bake, and wants a glass of wine. So in my case, hard is good. It's helping me with my self discipline, which has been severely lacking.
And let's be honest, losing weight and eating right is fairly difficult when you have picky little people and a husband with a manly appetite. It's forced me to plan the menu a bit more, which is another bonus. I wanted to share a few of the recipes that have worked for us in case you're looking for a little inspiration!
This detox salad is the perfect lunch. I added 1/2 cup of shredded chicken for an extra protein boost.
Easy crockpot vegetable lasagna. I added ground turkey breast to satisfy the men in the family. It worked.
I also recently shared a recipe for skinny goat cheese pasta with Danielle that is a super quick and easy weeknight meal or perfect lunch time treat.
Whichever route you take to meet your goals, remember to stay healthy and avoid extremes.
And eat a cookie every once in awhile.