Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu and the D word...

I haven't posted about this yet because I was scared that I'd just completely fail. I am on a DIET. Some people say to call it a 'lifestyle change' but let's be real.. when you're really trying to lose weight, it's a diet. After I had Luke I lost all of my weight by watching what I ate and walking, a lot of walking. And I kept it off.. until I got pregnant! With Eli it's been a lot harder. I'm not blaming or making excuses because of course it's all my fault but this past year was a hard one. And there was a lot of emotional eating! I'll admit much of this past year was just plain depressing! After Eli was born I lost about twenty pounds of the thirty I gained. Then after we moved in with my parents and up until about two weeks ago, I had gained about 15 of that back. So, if you do the math I have about 25 lbs to lose to get back to pre-pregnancy. And then I've added another 5 lbs just because. So, my goal is to lose 30 lbs by May 30th. That equals to 1.5 lbs per week, which I think is an attainable goal. I'm hoping I can make it there sooner but I do want to give myself reasonable amount of time.

So there, now you all know. I definitely need some accountability!! I started this two weeks ago (I know, not the traditional January 1st) and I've lost 4 lbs so far. So far I'm just watching what I eat and exercising about 4 times a week. I'd like to be exercising Mon-Fri, but with the boys, there is usually a day where I just can't fit it in. Or in the case of last week, there was one night where Eli was up ALL NIGHT with his teeth and I just didn't feel like it! I've been doing The Shred & Walk Away the Pounds DVD's and walking on the treadmill. The Shred just about kills me! So I usually alternate and do the shred one day and then walking (either the DVD or the treadmill) the next day.

I plan on doing a more detailed post about what I've been eating tomorrow but as far as our dinners, they've been normal. I don't expect my family to eat diet food! Of course I want my family to eat healthy, but you can't expect them to eat baked chicken and steamed broccoli every night! So, I just have to be the responsible one and eat a normal portion size!

Here is the menu for the next two weeks:

Baked Ziti w/ Salad

Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes

Vegetable Soup, Corn Bread

Chicken Pot Pie

BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cobb

Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit

Brunswick Stew

Roast w/ Carrots and Potatoes

S'wich nights: Tuna and fruit, Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Check out Orgjunkie for great menu and recipe ideas! I plan on searching for some healthy family-friendly recipes!


Sassy Amie said...

Congratulations on your 4lbs! I can imagine that it's hard to diet when you want to feed your family good meals. From what I can see on your list for the week, you are doing a great job! Keep up the great work!!

Jessica said...

I have lost 3 ... so far... I too have been doing the Shred...OUCH! We just got a treadmill (as in last night just got it) so I am looking forward (sarcasm here) to using that in addition to the Shred...I do hope it will help "melt" away the pounds HA!
I am trying the low cal thing...much easier for me...but it is hard when you have to cook for the family too. Your menu sounds yummo as usual!
Keep up the great work!!