Finding Hope in the Everyday

I’ve talked about my weight-loss journey before and I am thisclose to losing 25 pounds. When I hit that, I’ll do an update post with pictures. ::shudder:: I’ve really been struggling with pounds 20-25. I swear I gained and lost my 23rd pond 1o times. And it can be really disheartening when the numbers on the scale aren’t moving.

But, what I have learned is that if you are sticking with your program, the odds are your body is at least reshaping even if the scale isn’t moving. Here’s some easy ways to keep track:

  • Buy a belt. Preferably one with lots of holes or grommets all the way around. If you think you won’t fit in a belt, try the men’s section. They are cheaper anyways. I found one on clearance for about $5. When I started I was on the second hole, now I’m on 4 or 5 depending on the pair of pants. When I move a hole, I make a note.
  • Try on clothes. Even if you can’t afford a lot of interim clothes (see below), you can try them on for free in a store when ever you want. I would stick to a single brand/style. I sized down in a pair of jeans from Target, while simultaneously not fitting in any of the jeans of that same (smaller) size that I already owned.
  • Don’t be too frustrated by sizing in stores. This one makes me a bit of a hypocrite as just last week I crumpled on the floor sobbing in frustration in the dressing room at Nordstrom. Why? I fit in a 12, yet a 16 was way too tight. Vanity sizing sucks. Also note to salespeople: do not try and hug the crying fat girl.
  • Buy interim clothes, if you can. Obviously not a ton of them, but if you shop clearance at Target or Old Navy, you can get a pair of jeans and some t-shirts for $30ish. I recommend a pair of dark wash jeans, 2 t-shirts and a dressier top. I wear my baggy, ill-fitting clothes at home, but have some cuter stuff when I need to go out. And shop your closet. I found some cardigans shoved in the back where the buttonholes used to pull and they fit now.
  • Why interim clothes – why not just wait for a big reveal? One word: compliments. I see my in-laws once or twice a week. My mother-in-law had no idea I was trying to lose weight. I showed up at dinner in my new jeans/top and the first thing out of her mouth was “wow, you look thinner.” Score.

I’ve had a few people say to me that they could never exercise because they don’t have time and I am lucky because I have an eliptical in my house. I am lucky, but there are lots of little things that can be done to move more, that over the course of a day could add up to a decent amount of calories burned. (This is nothing that hasn’t been said in a thousand Redbook articles, but it bears repeating.)

  • Park further away.
  • Always return the cart to the rack if not the store.
  • Don’t sit on the bench at the park. You can burn over 200 calories an hour playing, chasing or escorting your kid around the equipment. Your child too old to need an escort? Walk the perimeter. Follow the child from slide to swing to bridge and back again. Pace. You can talk on your phone and walk back and forth. Any of that burns more calories than reading a book.
  • Dance while you clean. I like to shift back on forth on my feet while doing the dishes. It isn’t much but it is more than standing alone.
  • Get one thing out of the refrigerator or cupboard at a time when cooking. Those steps can add up.
  • Take the stairs. (Hard with a stroller, but I do it whenever I am out alone)
  • If you are a member of Netflix, you can test out exercise videos before you buy them. If I had know this sooner, I would have saved a fortune. Also, check half.com. People (like me) are selling them cheap. YouTube and SparkPeople have free videos, too.
  • It is ok to not like the 30 Day Shred. I hated it. My knees hurt and I quit on day 4.

And don’t forget to give yourself time. I know I won’t be where I want to be before BlogHer, but it isn’t because I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t start soon enough.

 

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4 Responses to “Finding Hope in the Everyday”

  1. Suzanne says:

    I will definitely check out some exercise videos on Netflix – the only ones I have are super easy stretching yoga type ones…and the 30 Day Shred. I made it to the second week with NO results before I decided I’d rather be fat than do it for one more day.

    You are really inspiring, Amy. 25 pounds is a lot of weight to lose, especially without living on shakes and processed powdered meals. I can’t wait to hug your super skinny face.

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    TMae Reply:

    Ditto what Suzanne said. SO INSPIRING. And awesome. And I hope you are so very proud of yourself. That’s a BIG change.

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  2. TMae says:

    Please tell me you were exercising author hyperbole with the saleslady hugging you. Please? If not, ugh.

    I hadn’t even considered Netflix for workout videos. You’re so smart!

    And again, seriously proud of you.

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    Amy Reply:

    Nope. Actual real life overly perfumed with Chanel hug.

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