Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Body After Baby Week One

Yes, it's that time again. Body After Baby over at Samantha's Mama Notes blog.

I haven't had much success in my quest to lose these last 15 pounds of the weight I gained while carrying Jordan. I don't know what the deal is. I seem to lack mojo when it comes down to it. I've been stuck here for WELL over a year.

As usual, I'm great when it comes to working out. I don't even eat THAT badly. As a matter of fact, I eat pretty well, except I add a few too many extra treats. Sam Adams holiday special beer and Aztec chocolate spice cookies, anyone?!

Really, it's discouraging, but I do want to lose the extra padding. I'd love to be back in the "happy place."

I did it before and can do it again.

Recently I read the new version of an old favorite, Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet. The new book, Eat Clean Diet Recharged is way better than the old one and quite motivating. As a matter of fact, even though it's only been a few weeks since I read it, I just requested it from the library to read again. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

The "clean" approach to eating is simple: Cut the crap. If it's processed, man-made, etc., then it's not really food. Keep it as close to whole as possible. Lean meats, eggs, a big variety of fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy. Remove white flour and sugar, corn syrup, trans fats and ingredients you can't pronounce. Shop the perimeter and skip the boxes (at least, for the most part.)

I have weight loss goals, for sure. I have fitness goals, too. I want to be able to do pull-ups and one-arm pushups. I want running to be easy again. I want my energy levels to skyrocket.

A biggie? I want to avoid cancer. My dad's had it twice and mom's fighting it right now. I figure my best bet there is to treat my body better than I've been treating it.

So, for this challenge, I'm going to focus on making it a habit to eat cleaner. I still plan to enjoy some holiday treats. I'd be stupid to say "Oh, I'm not going to have any Christmas cookies or wine or blah blah blah." How boring! I want to LIVE. I just want to live BETTER.

So, that's it. My plan is to clean up my act in the kitchen and see what happens. If I do it right, I should start losing the pounds, slow and steady. I should see almost immediate increases in energy. I should be able to fit more comfortably into my jeans and maybe sometime soon I can wear some of those cute little shirts I got when I was thinner, before having Jordan.

I'm ready for good things to happen.


signingcharity said...

i am sure you'll do great!

Tutus N' Trucks said...

Im going to have to look up that book and my weakness is SO sweets.
I am a sweet-aholic. It's bad.

Good luck!!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

I KNOW you can do it Krys! Like you said - you've done it before. :)

Rachel said...

You will do wonderful! I am with you on wanting to avoid cancer. So much of the things that we put in our bodies is absolute junk! It's no wonder we fight so many illnesses these days. Hope your mom gets better.

Brandon and Jenny said...

Ok...I am adopting your fitness goals as my own! OMGosh! I want to do pull ups! I haven't done one since college! And I've never done a one arm push up. And running used to be easy for me too, and oh how nice that would be!

I am going to research that book. I had never heard of it before. And as I am reading your post, I just finished a piece of home made pecan pie. (my second for the day...does that count as 'crap'?)

Good luck mama! We can do this!

Samantha said...

I just wrote an entire comment and then accidenlty closed the window....

I'm with you on the clean eating. IT's hard to do though! I am picky and don't like a lot of things plain. I'm excited to follow your progress. I think I will pick that book up too, we're doing story time at the library on Friday morning! Thanks for sharing it!

bass family said...

Great goals!

Melinda said...

Good Luck!
You inspire me.

I've always wanted to eat cleaner, but convenience always gets the best of me.

I do like things plain though, and have cut out ALOT of bad stuff.

Just the darn protein bars when I', stuck at work :/

Any tips on learning to do push ups and pull ups?
Still a goal of mine, but after 6 weeks of KettleWorx I feel just as week :(

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great plan! I wish I was brave enough to cut all processed foods.

L Harris said...

Those sound like great goals!