I have come to a decision. It's time to do something about this weight that has been creeping on my body over the last few months.
I've had enough of narrowing down my wardrobe for the week according to which pants will be most comfortable around my expanding waistline. I love wearing dresses in the summer, but I want to wear them because I want to, not because they hide all manner of flaws in my midsection.
When my weight leveled off after having the girls in April 2009, I was ten pounds lighter than I had been when I got pregnant. Though that was still about fifteen pounds heavier than I was during most of college, I felt okay about it. At this point in my life, I'm not looking for the body I once had. Let's face it--that body is never coming back.
I was pretty happy with where my weight was post-twins, and even though this body is all sorts of rearranged, it was sufficient and there was hope for a little more improvement. Instead, I have somehow managed to go ten pounds in the wrong direction.
I know what I need to do...I just have trouble putting it into action. I have never really struggled with my weight in the past, and I have never worked out consistently, though I used to be a lot more active than I am now. And I always eaten exactly what I wanted to. (I know, I should not be complaining about making it almost 30 years before worrying about any of this!) But I really have had enough, and I want to be comfortable and love my body again.
First goal--get back to this point, from last October:
Starting tomorrow morning (today, actually, by the time this post is up), I am going to get up at 6:00 and walk/jog in my neighborhood for about 30 minutes before I get ready for work. The girls are consistently sleeping until the time I leave for work or after, but I will put a monitor close to Jeremy's sleeping head just in case they wake up while I'm gone. I am going to walk at least four days this week, for a start.
Exercise will help, but the other half of that is to get my diet under control. I even hate that word, "diet", and I'm not thinking of it as a diet, just eating better for my overall health. I did really well managing my weight with a diabetic-style diet when I was pregnant, so back to carb-counting it is. I didn't feel too restricted, because I could fit just about anything I really wanted in my diet, with the right planning and modifications.
I'm feeling a lot better now that there's a game plan for doing something about this little issue, and I hope this motivation sticks around after my first walk tomorrow in the hot and humid morning air.
Tell me something good--what's your motivational technique? Also, I need breakfast tips...what's your favorite quick, easy, and relatively healthy breakfast? I like to eat at work, but toast and peanut butter gets old quickly. Thanks in advance!
Edited to add: Day 1=complete!