Just before I found out I was pregnant with Emily I had lost twelve pounds and was excitedly nearing my goal weight. Then pregnancy happened.
And boy did it happen.
I gained a whopping 58 pounds over the 38 weeks I was pregnant. Only twenty of that disappeared after Emily was born so I was left with quite the baby weight to lose.
When I was cleared to go back to exercising and was finally sleeping somewhat at night I began exercising every single day.
Three months later it was now March. Emily was six months old, but I weighed the same as I did at my six week post-partum checkup. Frustration set it. How could I exercise for three months and not lose a single pound?! I decided that I was going to go back to using My Fitness Pal and see how that worked. Surely I could lose weight, right?
Within the first week I lost two pounds. Now, three months in, I am happy to report I am still using My Fitness Pal and have lost a total of 17lbs! I've gone from a size 14 to a size 8 and can wear some of my pre-pregnancy pants and shorts now. It's an amazing and accomplishing feeling, but I can't leave out the difficulties either.
It's hard to keep track of what I eat. It's hard to turn down my favorite foods or an offer of a glazed donut. It's hard to go to the gym after a long day of work. But... Hard work has great results! --as I'm proof of.
My Fitness Pal, which by the way I am not touting or being compensating for writing about it, is amazing. It does the math, helps me realize that there is a heck of a lot of calories in an iced hot chocolate, and helps me healthily lose the weight. It's no magic pill or quick diet that makes promises that never happen. What it does is give you the ability to make a lifestyle change that will slowly, but surely, yield great and lasting results.
Over time I have learned to eat less and pay attention to what I do eat. I haven't even really changed my diet, just the amount of food. Heck, even Shawn is using it now and some of the other guys on the fire department. We now compare what we have eaten and how many calories we've burned during the day. He has lost about seven pounds in the two weeks since he began.
So, I am returning to my old self, physically anyway. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it. I'm hoping by my vacation in August I'll be at the weight my drivers license says!