I have come to the point in my weight loss journey where I can no longer assume that they baby weight will fall off by itself. The baby is over a year old, I am no longer breastfeeding - this weight is mine. All mine.
It isn't much - but it isn't budging, in fact it is actually on the rise. Three pounds this last month. You may be thinking that 3 pounds isn't such a big deal but when you consider I still haven't returned to my normal pre-pregnancy weight and that I am a short gal, those three pounds are significant.
That is really one of the cruel realities of being a woman of small vertical stature. Three pounds on my frame looks like 10 pounds on my 5'9" friend. I need to eat like the short girl I am and the skinny girl I want to be.
I have been using the Lose It! app on my phone for the last three years. For the last 18 months I haven't been keeping track of what I eat, I hate that part. But, I have enjoyed watching the chart change from gaining/losing the baby weight. Makes it seem like I am doing something, when I know I am not.
But now it is time to get back to work, and it is work.
My healthy weight range for my height/age is 107-140. That is a big range, and I know all to well from personal experience what I look like at the upper end of that range and I don't like it. My experience tells me that the only way I look good at 140 is when I am pure muscle. But, I am not going to the gym and I don't have the time to make it happen. When I am not pure muscle, 115 is really a better look for me. I am thinking 120 with moderate exercise would be ideal.
According to the LoseIt app, I need to eat 1,100 calories a day to get there. Are you kidding me! I might as well just give up eating good food ever again. Calories suck.
If I consume a pint of Ben & Jerry's Mint Cookie Ice cream that is my entire caloric allotment for the day. Do you know how easy it is to finish a pint of ice cream? I can do it without batting an eye lash. And it tastes so good. And seriously, who has the will power to just eat 1 serving (1/2 cup) of ice cream.
I like eating copious amounts of delicious, high-fat foods. I don't like eating my fruits and vegetables. I know fruits and vegetables have fewer calories so I need to eat more of them, but my body doesn't crave them like they do enchiladas, pot roast, pasta, baguettes, cookies, and baked goods.
Why couldn't I be 5'10"? If I were I could eat 2,090 calories, be at the lower end of the healthy weight range, and a pint of Ben & Jerry's wouldn't ruin my whole day.
One more example of how life is unfair - deal with it!
Any healthy, low-cal, yummy tasting foods in your recipe box?