Handling stress and making better choices.

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Today was the day where I had to tell myself I have to make better choices. I’ve started going to church with my parents. It’s definitely been helping me cope with a lot lately. I’ve always been religious but hardly ever went to church. I really like it! The church I go to has a little store like Starbucks. You can get coffee, frappes, and food. I have been getting a cookies and cream frappe for the past couple sundays. Today I had to make a decision. It was a long night last night. My daughter has a stuffy nose so she didn’t sleep very well. All I wanted was something sweet and with coffee in it. I didnt go for my usual today. I settled for some berry flavored propel which was pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of flavored water unless it’s like the little packets that you put in yourself but I’m glad I tried something different today. I’m proud of myself because I could have easily gotten what I wanted. Making good choice is the hardest part of any diet or lifestyle.

I was going to start going to the gym tomorrow. I have a gym membership with planet fitness. I havent used it since before I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I really do like going to the gym when I’m feeling okay. I usually get on the elliptical for 30 minutes to an hour then do some weights. But I dont want to add too much all at once. I dont want to get so stressed out that I cant focus on the important things. So for now I’m just going to focus on eating right and once I feel comfortable enough and have gotten back in my routine then I will add going to the gym. For now taking care of the baby, keeping the house up, and focusing on what I am eating is enough. I already have a tough enough time just focusing on my eating right now but it’s a start.

Lately i have been emotionally eating. I’ve been stressed, depressed, and sleep deprived. Instead of finding another way to deal with all that emotion I just ate good food and a lot of it. Throughout my whole life food has been how I dealt with my problems which is why I was 300lbs as a freshman in high school. Once i started eating low carb I dealt with my emotions pretty well and stay on track most of the time with great success. Now that I have added stress with the baby i need to figure out how to handle all of it again in a healthy way. Since I found out I was pregnant I’ve gained 65lbs back of the 100 I lost before. I dont feel great about myself. I made bad choices during my pregnancy and I let being pregnant be an excuse to eat junk. I am definitely paying for it now. One thing that really helped me is keep my stress down before was journaling every day before bed. I’m going to start doing that again tonight. Maybe if I let it all out then it will help me stay on track with my eating.

As far as food for the day. I did go over my 20g carbs but it’s definitely a lot better than I have been eating lately.

I skipped breakfast.

For lunch I had a couple hot links with cheese and ranch. 16g carbs.

For dinner I had garlic herb chicken with a little bit of salsa. 12g carbs.

For a snack I had 2 string cheese sticks. 4g cabrs.

So total carb count for the day was 32g carbs. I’m over by 12g carbs but not bad for my first day back! Tomorrow I’m going to stay within my carb count!

I tried to drink a lot more water today. I know if I dont drink enough I will get intense leg cramps at night. At one point in time I was drinking up to 100oz of water a day. Today I was able to drink 90oz which isn’t bad. Hopefully its enough to avoid leg cramps!

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Being a new mom and dieting.

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So my daughter is now 4 months old. I love being a mom and watching her grow. I have also been dealing with post partum depression which I dealt with by eating my feelings. I have gained 70 of the 100lbs I lost back. I’m not proud of it. Now that I’m finally on the right medicine to help me deal with my depression and I’m feeling a lot better I can finally focus on my physical health. I’m not happy where I am at I could easily get back to where I was. My clothes are already getting tighter and my body changing back. So I really need to get back to the low carb lifestyle.

I’m now on summer break so I will have a lot more time to focus on what I’m eating and be able to go to the gym and exercise more. It will be a little more difficult with making plans for the baby but I have to figure it out. Today it kind of hit me that Emma will grow up seeing the choices I make. I grew up constantly eating junk food and cheap fast food so I guess that’s my comfort zone. I dont want Emma to grow up eating only junk food. I dont want her to grow up being overweight like I did. I was made fun of so much as a kid and sadly as an adult I still get made fun of by other adults. I hate it so much. I already dont like where my body is at but people laughing and make fun of me just makes me feel worse. I have to do this for myself, my daughter and my husband. We need to be a healthier family. I will post a picture of my beautiful daughter below!

Since I am on summer break I figure my first goal would be to lose 30lbs before the end of Summer Vacation. I dont know the exact date because we dont have next school years calendar yet but it will anywhere between August 17th-24th. That gives me at least 77 days. I’m going to try my hardest to meet this goal! I honestly have no idea what my exact weight it. I’ve been avoiding the scale so tomorrow I will face it and know it’s a starting point and I will get back to where I was!

I will be doing daily blogging again with how my day was, what I eat, my carb count, and how much water I drink. It keeps me more accountable if I post it here. I’ve made it through 100lbs before and I can do it again.

Day 26

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I feel pretty good today. I feel really bad that I cheated the past 2 days but I can’t change that. I can only move forward. I read an article online yesterday about a man that was only 2 years older than me and pretty close to my weight having a heart attack and passing away. It was really a slap in the face that I need to get on track and stay there. I am not at a healthy weight. Yes I lost 100lbs but I still have a long way to go before I get to where I need to be.

Eating was kind of a struggle today. My daughter was crying constantly today. She would not go to sleep at all so she was overly tired. I just wanted to stress eat because i was stressed. I also had to go pick up fast food for my husband because he is sick and didn’t want what I cooked for dinner. I was tempted to get something but I didn’t.

Food for the day:

For breakfast I had a Jimmy Dean scramble. 2g carbs.

For lunch I had ham and cheese roll ups with jalapenos. 6g carbs.

For dinner I had chicken and broccoli. 12g carbs.

Total carbs for the day 20g. Right at my goal for the day.

I know i didn’t drink enough water today. Tomorrow I will drink more.

Day 25

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Well i cheated for dinner yesterday and today. I let my emotions get the best of me. Cheating is not going to help me feel better in the long run. I know i need to stop or I’ll end up being over 400lbs again. Tomorrow I have to get back on track. I have got to get this post partum depression under control. I have to do this I just don’t know how.

Day 22- weigh-ins day!

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Today is my first weigh-in day. I haven’t weighed myself in a week. Last Sunday I was at 354. This morning I was at 344! I lost 10lbs this week! I’m so proud of myself. This week was hard but I got through it. I know i won’t always lose this much in a week up it feels good. Only 44lbs away from my year goal. I also had a non-scale victory. I was able to fit in jeans that I wore before I was pregnant. I need to keep both of these as motivation to keep going. I feel really good today and when I cheat I just feel bad. It’s hard because I was really addicted to food because it was my comfort. I need to find other ways to find comfort, healthier ways. I remember being 432lbs 2 years ago and being absolutely miserable every single day. I never want to feel that way again.

I unintentionally fasted until 1 today. I went up to work and it took a lot longer than I expected to get stuff done. I also got more steps in than yesterday but not much. I only got 2,500 steps. I have got to get more active!

Food for the day:

I skipped breakfast.

For lunch I had a Jimmy Dean Scramble with jalapenos. 4g carbs.

For dinner I had ground beef with cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce. 7g carbs.

For a snack I had pork rind nachos. 9g carbs.

Total carbs for the day 20g. Right at my goal for the day. Not bad!

So far I’ve only drank 60 ounces today. I’m thong to drink another 20 ounces before bed to be at 8p ounces which is my goal!

Day 20

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Today was a pretty good day. My daughter wasn’t so fussy so I was actually able to get stuff done. I was able to pick up our bedroom, hang up all our clean clothes, do a few loads of laundry, and clean out my closet. I didn’t just want to sit on the couch and watch t.v. today. I’ve been doing that for 5 weeks and I’m not doing it any more. I’ve got 5 more weeks of maternity leave and I’m not going to do nothing that entire time.

I’m really trying to get my activity up throughout the day. I keep for forgetting to put my fitbit on in the morning so I’m just going to sleep with it on from now on. So tomorrow I will keep track of my steps. I’m going to try and get at least 7,000 a day then work my way up to 10,000.

Food for the day:

For breakfast I had a Jimmy Dean scramble. 2g carbs.

For lunch I had a few Turkey hotdogs with cheese and a little bit of sugar free bbq sauce. 8g carbs.

For dinner I had apple wood smoked bacon pork loin and a few bites of broccoli. 9g carbs.

For a snack I had a few slices of ham with ranch. Later on I had a turkey hotdog and some olives. 5g carbs.

Total carbs for the day 24g. I only went over my limit by 4g. Not too bad. Weigh-in is in 2 days. I can’t wait to see if I have lost any this week.

For water today I drank 90 ounces of water today which is 10 ounces over my goal!

Day 9

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It’s been a long day. My daughter is now 3 weeks old. She actually slept 5 hours straight last night so I was able to get a good bit of sleep. This morning she had gas pains so she was crying pretty much all morning. I had to go to work today to lay out lesson plans for next week. I also had to pick up papers to grade. There was a huge stack waiting for me. My kids were horrible for the sub last week. I’m so disappointed. They know what i expect and they should do that while I’m not there. That’s one thing that sucks about being a teacher.

I didn’t lose anything today but I didn’t gain so I’m still feeling pretty good. I know I’m eating the day om supposed to and that’s all I can do at this point.

Food for the day:

For breakfast I had a Jimmy Dean scramble. 2g carbs.

For lunch I had ham and cheese roll ups with ranch. 7g carbs.

For dinner I had baked chicken with cheesy broccoli. 11g carbs.

For a snack I had pork rinds with buffalo sauce. 0g carbs.

Total carbs for the day 20g. That is right at my goal and the first time in awhile that I was actually at my goal.

As for water goes I have drank 60 ounces so far and I am working on another 30 ounces. That will put me at 90 ounces for the day which is over my daily goal.