Still haven’t found that weight I lost

by DaniGirl on April 21, 2009 · 4 comments

in Me, only better

I got a really nice comment last week from Carolynn, saying she’s lost a couple of pounds after reading about Calorie Counter online here, and she asked for a Plan B update. Then yesterday, a friend said she’d just called Dr Bishop to make an appointment for herself. Actual requests for topics and the need for daily blog fodder? Perfect!

For those of you just tuning in, after finding myself last August at 192 lbs and a good 20 lbs heavier than I was pre-pregnancy, I went to see local weight-loss specialist MD Douglas Bishop and following a no sugar, low refined carbs diet of 1400 calories per day, I lost 30 lbs (and went from a tight size 16 to a loose size 12) in about six months.

The good news is, I’m still down about 30 lbs overall. Impressive, isn’t it? I hit my goal weight just before I came back to work in February, and in the almost three months I’ve been here I’ve been up a pound or three, down a pound or three, but mostly keeping it off. I’m right around 161 lbs, and seem to be half way between a size 10 and a size 12 in jeans. (I swear to god, I am *cursed* to never, ever have a perfect-fitting pair of pants!)

This is my weight-loss chart from Calorie Count. It inspires me to look at that big drop!
(The blue line is the actual weight loss and the green line is the “trend”,
ostensibly to make you feel better over the peaks and valleys.)

The bad-ish news is that I’m slipping on my eating habits, and while it doesn’t seem to be sabotaging all my hard work right now, I’m sure it might in the future! I eat a lot less quantity-wise than I ever did before, but I’m still not eating enough fruits and veggies (that should improve with the summer crops coming in) and am starting to slip and have daily “treats” instead of occassional ones. I’ve been really good, though, about not buying lunch downtown when I’m working — I’m too busy at lunch time out scoping photo opportunities for my 365 project!

I’m still going to the gym every Saturday, and hope to add in a trip on Wednesdays in the summer when Beloved is home from work. Chasing after three little boys does expend a lot of energy (who am I kidding, it’s only Lucas that I’m chasing, but I’m chasing him every waking minute!) and I seem to spend a lot of breakfasts and lunches at home eating bites of something at the counter while I pack schoolbags, unload the dishwasher and tend to the other minutiae that make up a mother’s job, so maybe that’s a good part of why I can cheat and not regain the weight too drastically.

Funny, though, how I was so enamoured with my new sleeker design at Christmas time, and now with bathing suit season coming up, I look in the mirror and think, “Hmmm, a little flabby here and a few too many bulges there.” Just as I seem doomed to be forever in ill-fitting pants, I think I’m stuck living with my inner critic no matter what I do!

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1 Shannon April 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

Congrats on all the weight loss – that is fantastic!! And is hard not to be a critic – it seems no matter what weight I am I manage to be hard on myself. Is it the nature of being female? Perhaps.

It is very, very hard to keep up with the good eating. I am horrible for doing great for a couple months, then when life gets busy and stressful, I’m back digging into the cookie jar. Daily!! I try not to be hard on myself b/c, like you, I have three little ones and my days are insanely crazy. Hopefully when the kids are older I will have a little more energy to focus on me again.

Now go slip on your swimsuit and be PROUD!!!

2 Mom on the Go April 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Spend a bit extra on a bathing suit that is intended for a mother of 3 with great “guns” or “pipes” or whatever you said when referring to the rowing machine. The mother of 3 part entitles you to a bit of tummy control (if you want it) or artfully designed stripes or whatever; or it might mean that you should do situps – I keep promising myself 100 situps per day but have only got to 75, three times a week.

If you don’t show your boys that real women are healthy ones who show off their real bodies with pride, how will our daughters find men one day who show them respect and acceptance.

My CAPTCHA is “armpits” – I think that might mean you still need to shave but maybe not ;+)

3 cait April 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

So I caught a glipmse of you out of the corner or my eye the other day at lunchtime, and I had to turn around to make sure it was really you. Turns out that the svelte lady nipping across the street was you, and I’m just not used to seeing you half the size of what you were.
Bottomline: you look outstanding, not to mention a lot younger, so get over it, recognize that you now have the ideal body combo of slim legs and big boobs, and FLAUNT IT!

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