School starts tomorrow and we’re getting back on track. Days are getting busier, I’m snacking less and doing more. You’d think the summer would be a prime time to lose weight, but for me, the lazy days of summer mean extra snacking, eating out while travelling and all together less healthy eating.
I will say that clothes are becoming fun again (which isn’t good for my wallet). I’m fitting into stuff better and I’m starting to like the way I look again. That is a good thing. I have enjoyed getting stronger and feeling like I have just a little more energy. I’m still exhausted by the end of the day, but I think chasing after five kids just might be the culprit!
I’m frustrated, however, with the flab around my middle. I could lose another 15 lbs if I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction. The flabby skin is going to be super hard to get rid of and nursing has left me less than perky. Being fat has left me less than perky too.
Being fat. That’s the first time I think I’ve said that here. I was fat. I am fat. Overweight is such a “nice” word to use, but sometimes fat is just the reality. I have too much extra fat on my body and I’ve been carrying it around too long. Heavyset is another one of those words we use to skirt around the problem of obesity. Why do we do that?
I know we’re just trying to be kind and not hurt someone’s feelings, but really, fat is fat. When should we stop being nice and start getting really concerned about the health of our family? The health of our friends? The health of our communities? The health of our nation?
I don’t know the answer to that because I know I would be hurt if someone randomly called me fat. I’d get a little mad too. So, until we figure out a good way, I guess I’ll keep using the politically correct words too. But man, somethings got to change. We’ve got to find a new way to talk about “being big” so that we can speak truth in love.
Okay, now I’ll get off a soapbox I didn’t realize I’d hopped on. It’s semantics thought and I kind of like arguing semantics.
Here is my goal progress:
- Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done a little better this week. about 75%.
- Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Not so much.
- Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Still a lot of cereal, but I’ve watched my portion size and added a banana. I did have fresh, from scratch cinnamon rolls this morning.
- Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – This last week we didn’t make it 3 times.
- Try at least one new recipe each week – Nope.
- Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – Not so good here either this past week.
Here are the numbers:
- Starting weight: 204.4
- Initial goal weight: 150
- Current weight: 184.6 (lost 1.8 lbs.)