Healthy Living for Mom: One Change at a Time

A diet plan that requires me to eliminate everything at once just does not work for me. But one change at a time? I can do that.
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I mentioned in my last post that I’d lost weight before. What I didn’t mention is that for every time I’ve knuckled down and lost a significant chunk, I’ve started and stalled a dozen times.

I’ve made bargains to buy myself [insert expensive gadget] when I lose _____ number of pounds.

I’ve told myself that I will get a [insert spa treatment] for every ______ pounds I lose.

I’ve looked in the mirror and thought: CRAP. I have [insert event that requires either fabulous and/or minimal clothing] coming up! I need to look good. I’m going to eliminate all sugar/caffeine/fat/dairy/carbs from my diet AND I’m going to go to the gym 5 mornings a week until I am bikini ready!

Each and every time...failure.

I have finally realized that eliminating everything at once just does not work for me. As soon as you tell me I can’t have carbs, I will crave (and eventually eat) an entire loaf of bread. And not even a good loaf of bread...something stupid like a 98 cent loaf of French Bread from Wal-Mart.

Knowing all of this, when I officially kicked-off my 30 pound weight loss extravaganza, I purposefully eased into the diet and nutrition aspect. I’ve been eating really poorly for most of the summer. Getting the hang of wrangling two kids meant that I often missed meals and became hungry to the point of being light-headed. Since “passing out while responsible for two young kids” is not on my Bucket List, I would immediately head to the pantry or fridge and wolf down whatever sounded tasty. When you’re that hungry it’s usually something SUPER nutritious like 16 Golden Oreos.

What do I mean by “easing into the diet”? The first priority was to eat every 2-3 hours. No matter what. Hunger is my enemy and once I’m hungry I can’t be happy with a salad or a handful of almonds.

That meant that every day I had breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner.

In upcoming weeks, I know that I’ll need to nail down what I’m eating ahead of time so I can stock up at the store and keep my meals and snacks nutritionally balanced. But it wasn’t realistic for me to sweep the contents of my kitchen into a garbage sack and start from scratch. That means that my morning yogurt may have had more sugar than it should or that one day my afternoon snack ended up being a chocolate chip granola bar.

Yes, I’ll say it, I’m using up my Ranch dressing before I stock up on low-fat vinaigrette.

Because having a colorful salad with grilled chicken breast and a light shower of Ranch dressing is better than eating half a bag of tortilla chips with a giant bowl of guacamole for dinner. Which I have done. Repeatedly.

For me, making that one nutritional change was a good way to shift from a pattern of being “too busy”, to making myself a priority along side the kiddos. More than once my daughter bellowed, “I’m hungry!” while I hastily threw together both of our lunches but I resisted the impulse to hustle her lunch to the table before I had a chance to prepare my own. A few times I alternated between feeding myself yogurt and feeding the baby boy prunes...I only almost ate a spoonful of prunes once.

Breakfast for three.

Breakfast for three.


I feel good. I’m not spending my days swinging between being overly hungry and uncomfortably full and I managed to hop on the treadmill to walk for 30 minutes twice last week.

WEEKLY STATS

  • Starting Weight: 195.5 lbs
  • Week One Weight: 191.5 lbs (-4lbs this week)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

What’s your favorite healthy snack? I need to branch out from string cheese and apples with peanut butter. :)

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