Weight Loss

Like many people, my history with weight loss is long and storied. Rather than recount successful losses (70+ pounds on two occasions) and subsequent gains, I'm just going to start with where I am right now.

Two days after my son was born. Yikes!
In August of 2015 I got pregnant with my wonderful little man. Yay! The only problem was that after deciding to "take a break" from running, my weight had reached an all-time high of 295 pounds. Let's just say all-time high + pregnancy = not great. The day before S was born, I weighed 350 pounds. After a couple of weeks, things settled in at around 327.

Fortunately, I know what works for me, and I know what has caused me to backslide in the past. So this is going to be the last time I lose these pounds!

My Plan: I like to keep things relatively simple. If you try to tell me I can't have something specific, I'm going to smack you and take your cupcake, mmmkay? Needless to say, I am a big fan of "all things in moderation." I calculate my base metabolic rate (BMR) every 10 pounds and eat less than that number. Typically, I like to shoot for at least a 1000 calorie deficit every day, but if I'm having a really hungry day, or there is some sort of special event - I just make sure I don't exceed that number.

I am still eating all of the foods that I love (pizza Thursdays is a revered pastime at our house), but I'm watching portion size and trying to balance things out by adding in fruits and veggies as well as trying out some healthier versions of our favorite foods. That's it. It's not complicated, it's just not easy.
Loving the dawn of sweatshirt weather. Weight 315.

Running/Exercise: As much as I would love to dive in again and be running 3-6 miles a day, with an 8-10 miler on the weekends, but I know that just isn't realistic right now. I'm doing interval training to slowly increase to steady jogging. I have to give myself a mental kick in the shins regularly that it doesn't matter how fast or how far I used to run (which wasn't fast to begin with), it only matters what I can do right now to achieve steady growth and sustained sanity. I've missed running terribly and the little glimpses I get where it feels like running is definitely pushing me to gently move forward.

Goals: I would like to be able to run a marathon by September of 2017. This is a bold goal and I am fully prepared to alter it if necessary, but the thought of doing another marathon is motivating me in both running and weight loss more than almost anything. Of course, my family is my most important reason to want to be healthy and active, but this, concrete goal with a fixed timeline is something almost tangible that I can work towards.

Weigh Ins: I wrote here about the fact that I will be posting weekly weigh-ins to help keep me accountable. So here goes:

9/22/2016 - 312.8 *weighed-in on a Thursday due to being sick earlier in the week.
9/26/2016 -  311.8 (-1)
10/3/2016 - 309.2 (-2.6)
10/10/2016 - 310.2 (+1.0)
10/17/2016 - 310.4 (+.4)
11/7/2016 - 308.2 (-2.2)
1/3/2017 - 321.0 (YIKES) Time to get back with it and see some progress.
3/27/17 - 313.2 ( -7.8)
4/2/17 - 310.0 (-3.2)
4/10/17 - 308.4 (-1.6)
7/18/17 - 298.8! (-9.6)

Stick with me as I tackle weight loss, starting over as a runner, and learning to be a new parent. As the saying goes, "it won't be easy, but it will be worth it."

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