I Feel 27 Again (Well, 27 Plus Two Kids)

I guess it’s been awhile since I gave a Hot by BlogHer update. You might wonder how I’ve been spending the past month, and if I’ve been keeping to the (vague) goals I set for myself.

The verdict is: it’s working. Here’s the breakdown.

Weight: I’m now down ten pounds since I said enough is enough. Did you catch that? T-E-N pounds! Sure, ten pounds in two and a half months isn’t a lot of weight – it works out to roughly a pound a week.

But those ten pounds have even more significance than half a dress size lost. First, my weight now begins with a 1 and not a 2. That’s an impressive feat, considering at one point in my life I weighed 245 pounds. Also, I’m now at the same weight that was recorded as my “starting weight” back when I was 27 and sitting in my paper gown on the cold table for my very first OB appointment ever. I haven’t seen those numbers since that day my doctor confirmed that Cordy was on her way into our lives.

Food & Exercise: I’ve cut a lot of the junk out of my diet. Fast food still hasn’t been eliminated from my diet, but when we do eat out, I’m making healthier choices, eating more vegetables, and passing on giant desserts. Portion sizes are the key for me – I’m still eating some of the junk I love, but not as much of it. Just two days ago, Aaron and I went out for ice cream, and instead of getting my own giant scoop of Graeter’s cotton candy ice cream in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone, we split a hot fudge sundae, and I ate maybe 1/3 of it total. Maybe less.

Exercise is, well, always a stumbling point for me. Finding time is hard, and finding the energy is even harder. I’ve been inspired by Karen, though, and now that the weather is nice I’m taking the girls out for long walks, and then trying to do a little weights work at home following the method that Madonna’s trainer uses. (Hey, if it works, right?) My goal for the next month is to make exercise my #1 priority.

Self-image: Earlier this month, I attended Camp Baby in NJ, and at first I was a little nervous about seeing some of the gorgeous women bloggers I know. I fretted over what to wear and how to do my hair, and for one tiny moment worried that no one would talk to me because I wasn’t worth talking to. However, I caught myself and quickly dropped the negative self-talk, and resolved to have a great time. I wasn’t going to let my self-image ruin this trip. I did talk to lots of bloggers, big and small, I dressed for comfort, and only rarely did I feel insecure.

Overall, I’d give myself a solid ‘B’ for my efforts. There are still lots of things I could improve on, but the changes I’ve made so far are working, even if they’re not producing results as fast as I might prefer. I don’t feel deprived of anything, I’m losing weight, currently at my lowest weight in four years, and I’m feeling better about myself. July is coming up quickly – I’m going to be ready for it. Maybe I’ll even wear a cute summer dress to one of the cocktail parties at BlogHer this year?

How is everyone else doing?

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  1. Good for you!! Change is hard – I’ve been trying to work exercise into my schedule – ugh!

  2. Good job, hon! Losing weight while caring for kids is TOUGH. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

    I’ve been writing down what I put into my mouth today… it ain’t pretty. And it makes you think several times about that half of a waffle or 1/3 of a hot dog.

  3. First of all, WTG!!

    My double whammy is that my high school reunion is a few weeks before blogher. That got my attention. Plus I just need to exercise no matter my weight/shape. I’ve been trying to squeeze in 10-20 minutes here and there whenever I can. If it’s 2-3 times a day, great. If it’s only 1, that’s OK too. So a quick workout video early in the a.m. or at lunchtime, walking/biking instead of driving somewhere, yardwork, even jumping with my kids in the inflatables at a birthday party — it all adds up. I hope.

  4. Keep up the good work! Now that the weather is warmer I’m exercising by taking long walks with my dog. I’m eating more fruit too. Well, that is if wine counts as a fruit.:)

  5. You are awesome! I’m so proud of you keeping up with your goal!

    I’m just now getting back on the program. Working really threw me off, but now I’m back home full-time so I’m trying to make a good change…again.

  6. Hooray for pre-pregnancy weight!

    I gotta get back on the bandwagon. This year I haven’t been so wonderful. I’ll be great for 3 days, then slack.

    BlogHer ’06 I was below my wedding weight. ’07 I was not, but let’s see if I can accomplish it again for ’08.

    Keep motivating us! :-)

  7. That is 30 shades of AWESOME Christina! GO YOU!

    Now leave the girls with Aaron, starting next week. Run one minute, walk one minute. Repeat for 20 minutes – and build it up slowly. Do weights one day, running the next – and MAKE SURE you have a rest day. Eat lots of protein (lean meats, fish, even protein bars) and sign up for sparkpeople to keep a food diary.

    Pretty soon I’ll be calling you Sugarpants!

  8. Amy@giftofgreen says:

    You are so awesome! Congratulations on sticking to it and giving negative talk the old boot!

  9. I haven’t started, but you are an inspiration.

    As for blogger gatherings, I’m always of the hope that people have gotten to know me through my words and will like/or not like me because of those and not my appearance. I can hope, right?

  10. CONGRATS … WAY TO GO!!! 10 lbs is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!

  11. Go you! Congrats on your hard work and success! I have been told that the slower it comes off the more likely it is to stay off!

  12. Yahoo! 10 lbs and you’re my new role model!

    Amy in Ohio

  13. Momma to LG says:

    Good for you! I gotta get of my ass!

  14. 10 lbs!! That’s fantastic! I’m not doing so well, although I’ve stopped baking. Now I must stop going to Sonic.

  15. The Domesticator says:

    Congrats! Ten pounds is something to be proud of. Glad to hear it’s giving you confidence. Keep it up!!!

  16. Congratulations on 10 pounds lost! I’ve heard the slower the weight comes off the healthier it is – too fast is scary.

    I’ve not been doing anything particularly planned (i.e., not following anybody’s program or anything) but have been making better snack choices and not eating so much ice cream. That really does a LOT for me.

    As for exercise, again, not doing anything specific every day, but my mom said to me, “well, I notice that you hardly ever sit down, never get to eat an entire meal, and are always running after the girls… all of that does seem to add up.

  17. The Spunky Mommy says:

    Hi! I tagged you to do a new “Lemonade Meme” http://spunkymommy.blogspot.com/2008/04/ode-to-lemons.html You’re it!

  18. congratulations! keep at ‘er!

  19. Dude, ten pounds is AWESOME. I’d say you should bump yourself up to an ‘A’ and give yourself a fun reward. SERIOUSLY.

    And being back at your pre-Cordy weight is even awesomer.

    (Just go with it. I make up words. Whatever.)

  20. Chicky Chicky Baby says:

    You looked fabulous at J&J and I kept meaning to tell you that and then I didn’t and I SUCK. But you did, you looked great.

    Congrats on your 10 pounds!

  21. Hey.. a pound a week is the right way to lose weight. Slow and steady usually means permanent!

    I am so proud of Karen! Tell her all the time. But, I’m sorry that trainer is full of garbage! Yes, mix up your cardio; it’s called interval training. But never do weight training (she calls it toning) every day. Your muscles need rest! And don’t be afraid of weight.
    Well.. I could go on and on, but I won’t. We can talk more when we’re showing off at Blogher in July.

  22. I too think you looked awesome at J&J. Keep on keepin’ on!

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