As you all know, I started my healthy eating plan in May. As of yesterday, I’m down 25 lbs. Yes, 25 lbs of weight gone!!!!!!!!!!!!
It definitely has NOT been easy, but I never thought I would lose this much weight.
Although, to be fair, I never thought I would gain so much weight.
I do give myself a little slack, since having two babies in the NICU for three months is a little stressful. However, those babies are now three years old.
Anyways, I thought I would share the most challenging parts of my weight loss with you. I’m also sharing how I fight through them.
Weight Loss Challenges
Challenge #1 I’m hungry A LOT
I’ve been eating 5 to 6 times per day, but I still seem to be hungry a lot of the time. I’ve been trying to eat a lot of protein and foods that should fill me up, but when it hits 9 pm, my stomach is always growling. I’ve been doing really good and not giving into it, but it’s not easy.
I know I need to drink more water, but that is hard for me too. Which leads to…
Challenge #2 I don’t drink enough Water
I’ve given up diet soda (although I occasionally slip up,) but water just doesn’t do it for me. I do drink a LOT of ice tea, but I don’t think that counts. I have to use sweetener (Stevia or Sweet ‘N Low) in it, which is why I don’t think it counts. I’ve seen a lot of people infusing their water with lemons or other fruits/vegetables, so maybe that would help? I’d love some suggestions on how to improve this one.
Challenge #3 Changes in Routines
If I’m home for all my meals and snacks, I do great. It’s when there’s some kind of change that I struggle. For example, last night we went to a Church Festival. I ate lunch and my afternoon snack, but then we went to the festival. I should have brought a snack, but I didn’t. Instead, I ate a hamburger, some chips, a bite of the kids’ ice cream, and some of the kid’s popcorn. Plus, I had 2 beers (although, they were Michelob Ultra.) Now, I feel guilty, and a little bloated. But, there’s always tomorrow. How do you handle when you go out for a family outing or party?
Challenge #4 Variety
I’ve been eating a lot of the same foods for each meal, snack, etc. It’s easy because I know the calorie count, and I like the taste of it. I usually eat Oatmeal with a little dried fruit for breakfast, followed by a protein bar for a snack. I then eat egg whites with a slice of cheese on a whole wheat English muffin for lunch, or a sandwich. My afternoon snack is also some type of protein or protein shake. I also might have celery with my BetterBody Foods PB Fit Powder, Peanut Butter (affiliate link) or hundred calorie pack WHOLLY GUACAMOLE (affiliate link.) Dinner might be a salad or Chicken with vegetables or even a frozen Weight Watchers/Lean Cuisine/Healthy Choice meal. I know there are plenty of other options out there, it’s just hard for me to find the time to buy and prepare them.
Challenge #5 Clothing
It’s actually been fun to go shopping again because I’ve been able to buy smaller sizes, and I like how clothes look on me. However, that means spending money on new ones and getting rid of a lot of the clothes I recently bought to fit my bigger body. I do have a bunch of clothes in storage in my parent’s basement, so I really need to weed out everything in my closet, then go through those storage tubs. I’m a little scared to get rid of all my bigger clothes, though. What if I can’t keep up this weight loss? I don’t want to go back and forth and just waste money…not to mention hurt my body.
Challenges are Worth It
While losing weight is a struggle and hard work, it is worth it. I call these obstacles challenges because I’m up for beating each one.
As I come up with solutions through my journey, I’ll be sharing them with you.
There are many, many benefits to me losing weight and becoming healthy. I have been a lot more active, have more energy, my blood pressure has gone back into the low/normal range, and I’m guessing my cholesterol too. I’m also hoping my acid reflux/Barrett’s esophagus will improve, but I won’t know for sure until I have my scope in August. My back pain hasn’t improved yet, but I’m still working on those core muscles.