So if you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you will know that while I try to remain active and healthy, I have struggled with my metabolism and have been slowly gaining a little weight over the past few years and have had a REALLY hard time losing it. Like super hard. Before I started training for my marathon, I was about 7-8 pounds from where I wanted to be, and while I was in a healthy range for my age and height, I could feel things being tighter than I wanted. Fast forward to after my race and I get on the scale (after many months of not weighing myself) and guess what I see? Not any weight loss, not even maintaining what I was before. Nope. A weight gain, of many pounds. Fantastic, right? Well, I come to find out that I guess this is pretty common to gain weight during marathon training, which I suppose makes sense, but doesn’t make it less of a slap in the face. So this week, I am rebooting and making some small and realistic changes in my diet and workout schedule to help me (hopefully) lose some weight over the next few months. I am calling them my seven “real life” rules to a thinner me.
1. Drink more water. My goals to drink 3 of my large Starbucks cups of water each day, which is 72 oz. Hopefully this will help flush my system out some.
2. Eat smaller meals. This is a big one for me, like probably many moms. I go-go-go all day and often skip meals just because I have no time and then here comes the end of the day and now I am starving and often reach for not the best options. I want to make sure I am eating my three meals with a slightly smaller portion and three slightly bigger snacks in between each meal to help spread my calorie count out more during the day and keep my sad metabolism revving up.
3. No carbs after bedtime- the kids bedtime. If I want a snack, I’ll pick something like veggies or fruit or a yogurt. I mean no bread, crackers, chips- that kind thing. Those are my weaknesses anyways.
4. Workout 4x a week. During my marathon training, I often didn’t have time to do both the gym and run, so I just had to run. I want to go to the gym 4x a week and do my classes twice a week and then twice do weights and the elliptical.
5. Be better at my meal planning. Again, one of the pitfalls of being a mom- I get so busy and often don’t think about what to make for dinner and suddenly it’s dinner time and now I am making something quick for the kids and nothing for me, and then after they are in bed I get hungry and realize I had’t eaten anything since lunch. I want to get bucket planning my dinners so I can eat when the kids eat so then after they are in bed, I may just want a small snack and not a large meal.
6. Tracking my calories- at least for awhile. I really hate recording what I eat because it’s such a pain, but I know it helps. It helps to keep you accountable and realize that all of those little snacks here and there do add up. I plan on using my My Fitness Pal app to keep track of my calories to help me get back on track.
7. Wine is ok. Yes, you read that right. I’m sure that I don’t need those extra calories, but one or two glasses isn’t going to make or break me, and, to be honest, life is way to short not to have some wine in it 🙂