If you were to take a look at my hips, they'd tell you a couple of things.
This weight loss thing is not as easy as it was 5+ years ago.
When I was an undergraduate student in USD, I had impeccable time management skillz.
Not to toot my own horn (let's be real, toot toot!), but during my busiest schedule, I had a full time class schedule (13 units or 4 classes + a science lab), board positions in multiple student organizations, and working 3 part time jobs.
And still made it to the gym at least 4 times a week.
But now? I'm a wife. I'm a mommy. I work full time AKA I sit at a desk for 35+ hours a week and spend 5 hours a week in a lunch room.
Between taking care of my husband and son, our home, getting my work done, and maybe squeezing in 30 minutes to myself, I'm exhausted.
The "little" changes that used to add up don't really matter as much after turning 25
I've always heard how your metabolism slows when you
lie about your age get older but I never really believed it. I mean, it can't change that much when you're not yet 30, right?
Don't drink enough water?
Ate too much salt?
Missed a veggie or fruit at mealtime?
Stared at a box of left over Easter chocolate?
Didn't have time to exercise?
The extra walking to/from the bus stop 5 days a week? Not really helping.
Turned down the
sabotage Girl Scout Cookies a co-worker brought in? Good for you, you will only gain 0.543 pounds for looking at them.
Seriously. The little things that should be adding up aren't doing squat anymore and the little things that never affected me are now HUGE THINGS!
I guess a lot has changed since those glorious college days.
I've had a baby.
Apparently that changes your body just a bit.
The helpful truths my hips do tell:
Exercise is muy importante.
Like, duh. Really important.
So important that I'm asking my husband to take on dinner responsibilities 2X a week. GASP!
I know that it's not a huge deal, but I like to provide the meals for my family and yes, my pride sometimes gets in the way of asking for help.
So after putting our son to bed I'm heading to our complex's fitness center, twice a week! While he graciously gets dinner going.
And on the weekends I'll get to fit in my lengthier workouts- think total body strength training on one day and longer cardio on another.
That's the plan anyway.
As for my eating?
I've been tracking my food for a couple days and have noticed one huge glaring oh-so-obvious issue with my weight loss plan.
I eat WAY too much.
My meals aren't too bad.
But the snacks?
Oh my goodness, the snacks are outrageous!!
Those snacking choices are what push me over my limit each and every day.
The worst part of this? I know better.
I've been down this road before. I know what it takes.
Hard work. Dedication. Consistency.
I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!
But the will power is gone and it's harder to see results (um, OK. It wouldn't be hard to see results if I was actually making a better effort).
....And I'm just going to end this whiny post now. After writing all of this I realize that YES, losing weight is hard. But so is being overweight.
They are both hard.
This past week has been a "re-awakening" of sorts and I now realize that it's not as easy as it was as a college undergrad.
But still worth it.
YUP- I'm still worth it!