This is the picture that is a turning point for me. I love it. My family looks so adorable and it is just such a sweet representation of who we are. But, the sixth member of the family (my ass) looks so HUGE!!!! Really, I love this picture but I absolutely hate how I look it in.
I can see why so many parents (moms specifically) shy away from getting in front of the camera when they are feeling in not such great form. I never thought I could ever have let myself get to this point in my life.
I can’t let myself continue on this path.
So I am making aggressive changes in my life. I started a very strict physician assisted diet this week. From what I can tell by tracking all my foods for the last few days my calorie intake is between 1000-1300 calories. I was instructed to eat 5-6 small meals a day. I start with breakfast at 7am, snack at 10am, lunch at 1pm, snack at 4pm, dinner at 7pm, and a snack at 10pm if necessary (who am I kidding? I am asleep by 10pm!!!) My doctor told me to set a timer for those meals/snacks so that I do not skip them. It is important for the metabolism to stay ahead of hunger.
It is amazing how little one can eat and still be alive 🙂
The week has been a real lesson in moderation.
I am hungry, but not hungry. I know that makes no sense, but I actually think most of my eating is pretty mindless. I eat because there is food around and I want it. I have not really developed any hunger cues in my life, so this timed eating is actually teaching me how to know when I am hungry and when my body needs fuel. I won’t say it has been easy because it is not AT ALL. However, it is very logical. I eat what I am supposed to when I am supposed to. No more, no less.
Here is what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese on whole grain bread
morning snack: 2 tbsp hummus and baby carrots
Lunch: Brussel Sprouts and Glazed chicken with rice (Lean Cuisine)
afternoon snack: 3/4 cups low fat cottage cheese
Dinner: Beef Stew (medium bowl)
Everything tasted really good, but I was also very hungry.
Now, this diet works for during the week when nothing is going on except a very predictable work and home schedule. My question is, how is going to work on the weekend????
I don’t know.
But I am going to stick to the plan. I see the doctor again on January 6 and I am hoping to be down some major pounds. I am giving myself two days relaxed (Christmas Eve and New Years Eve).
So, we will see.