This is the picture that made me cringe… It was the first time that I looked at myself and felt truly unhappy. I knew that I’d slowly, sometimes even not so slowly, gained a few pounds over the last few years, but this is the first time that I truly did not like how I looked. It’s not a horrible picture at all. I recognize that. But, it was taken after a week in yoga pants, elastic waistband shorts, and lots of lose fitting shirts and recognized that I looked like I was pseudo-pregnant.
I managed to have three babies and never really gain a pound, but it’s the raising the babies that is killing me. Pasta and pizza and chicken nuggets. Stress snacking. The wine. The lack of sleep…always. No time to exercise.
Then, I realized that it’s all excuses. Many people I love and know find a way to take care of themselves with the same pressures on their shoulders. So today, I start by trying to take care of me!
This isn’t magically going to happen overnight. In fact, if I think I’m going to go from minimal exercise, wine every night, and a crap diet, to a perfectly fit family, I’m crazy. So I’m going to try baby steps.
My Goals This Week: Week of October 22nd
- Exercise three days this week for 30 minutes
- Drink alcohol no more than three nights this week.
- Sleep at least six hours a day
- Plan at least five healthy meals
This week are trying some great recipes from the blog – Meal Prep on Fleek focusing on Weight Watchers-friendly options.
In the meal prep blog, I found twenty great recipes that are easy to make and stand a slight chance of actually being eaten by my children. Things like:
How did people diet before bloggers and Pinterest?!?
My goal this week is to lose 1.5 lbs. Wish me luck! What are you guys doing to stay healthy in a realistic way?