Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mama's Losing the LBs

So, weight loss. Blah. It's been a long journey.

I went through a bit of a depression while in college (the first time) and ate my way through my feelings. Couple that with the fact that I was not participating in a sport for the first time in my life, I ended up really sitting around doing nothing and feeling sorry for myself. I had made an attempt at weight loss right before I found out I was pregnant with Tee. I've never really gained much in any of my pregnancies, and I've lost all of it right away. 

But you bet your ass I blame all this on those pregnancies. That's right. It's all their fault!

Damn kids.

In all seriousness, I'm scared to even say how long I've been dealing with this.

But I came to a realization after Gray was born a few months a go. I love myself. I really, truly do! Seriously! I love myself! Every inch, every pound, the whole package. 

That statement alone has helped me prioritize and really decide I want to be healthier. I'm happy with ME, but I want to be healthier. I want my family to be healthier. I don't want to be skinnier, though sure, I'll take that little perk, but I could care less. I just want to FEEL better.

How freeing it is to not be restricted and controlled by diets and plans and numbers and routines I just never felt I could keep up with.

It feels GOOD to be free.

So, with that freedom and my new love for myself, what should I do?

First and foremost, gotta get off my rear and do something. The first and easiest thing I can do is just walk. I put Gray in the sling, let Tee and Bam get their bottles of water ready, and off we go! We aren't moving at any record-breaking pace, we aren't walking for a set amount of time, we're just walking, enjoying each other's company, exploring, and getting fresh air. It's good for ALL of us!

So that's my starting point. That and I pretty much completely gave up pop! (yes, people, it's POP, I'm a Midwest girl, let me be!) I gave it up completely when Gray was born and I was nursing her. She seemed extra fussy when I would have some, so I gave it up. She was a happier baby, and I shed a few pounds right then and there! Awesome! 

This is an ongoing process, and I'll post about my efforts and progress as the weeks go on.

Focus on being healthy. This is for my entire life, it's gotta be something we can stick with! And really, being alive and feeling good is something I can definitely handle!s

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