Friday, July 25, 2014

Reaching My Goal & How I Did It

Happy Friday, ya'll! I have been waiting to post this so I could post it under Lauren's Friday's Favorite F Words series. Today's is fitness and I have something exciting to tell you!


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A week and a half ago, I met my goal. I FINALLY reached my pre-pregnancy weight!

Surprisingly, I really thought that number would mean more to me than it did. I definitely felt a sense of "YES, I DID IT! SUCK IT PREGNANCY WEIGHT!" I did a dance around my bathroom in my under-roo's, as one does of course. I was ecstatic and I may have gotten misty. 

After the happy wore of, I was wondering to myself if I would keep on dieting. Would keep being the healthy person I have been for the last 6 months? 

What a silly question!

At the beginning of all of this, yes I wanted to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I also wanted to create a healthy relationship with food. I wanted to not binge eat, I wanted to exercise and be active. Mostly, I wanted to be an example to my daughter so that she would be able to have a good relationship with food and exercise one day. 

Those goals didn't stop just because I hit a number on the scale. 

As of this morning I have lost 32 pounds. I went from 164 to 132. I am SO proud of that, but now that I hit my pre-pregnancy weight of 133 lbs, I have decided to stop caring about the number. Now it matters that I stay healthy and on the right track, if more weight loss comes with that --great! But that's not my focus anymore. 

A lot of people in the last few months have asked how I did it, what I did, when I did it. I decided to give a few tips! I am in NO way a "professional", these are solely what worked for me and me alone. But they did work. All of these tips I am giving I still follow to this day.




1. Calorie count for awhile, I calorie counted for the first three months. I am grateful that I did. It got me into a habit of PAYING attention to what is going into my body. I know that for me, I wasn't paying attention and just thought that what I was eating wasn't a lot...turns out--it was a lot. I stopped calorie counting after I realized I was being cognizant of calorie intake all on my own and didn't need the app anymore. I still don't. This is just mainly so you realize exactly how much you are putting into your body. 

2. Exercise EVERY day, even if it's only a tiny workout or just a walk. It gets your body moving and keeps that metabolism up. Plus, I have SO much more energy after a work-out. 

3. BUY CUTE WORK OUT CLOTHES. If you buy cute workout clothes--the work out will come. Trust me. Every time I bought new shorts, or a new bra, I wanted to work out! Clothes are definitely a good motivator.

4. Alternate your work-out routine. I started flat-lining doing the same thing every day. It keeps your body from getting lazy and keeps YOU from getting lazy. Plus I was getting super freaking bored.

5. Get work-out DVD's for the days you don't want to go to the gym, or when you can't go. I have a toddler, and I don't have a ton of money for a babysitter or daycare, so unless I go to the gym when Daniel gets home, I don't go. DVD's are what kept me on track. 

6. Get SUPPORT. My husband has been awesome through this, keeping me on track when I want to quit and making sure to compliment me even more than he usually does so I feel good about myself. He has pushed me through more 30 Day Shred workouts than I can count! He's kind of amazing that one. But I also have friend who is working out with me, who has the exact weight goals I do. She has been a ROCK of support when I need to vent to someone who is going through what I am. Plus when she'd tell me she lost weight it would spark the competition in me and I'd work harder that week and vice versa. It's a good motivator! 

7. BUY HEALTHY FOOD. I know this sounds like a "duh!" one, but you'd be surprised how much processed, REALLY bad for you, CRAP, you have in your house. I know I was. We got rid of most of it, kept some of it for my husband and for me occasionally. Then we replaced the "crap food budget" with a "produce budget". We eat so much more produce now and I LOVE it. I make healthy snacks and keep them in ziplocks in the fridge so when I am feeling peck-ish I have something healthy to turn to. I try to keep what's in the cabinets & fridge healthy so that even when I am tempted to binge I only have healthy stuff to binge on. THAT has helped me a LOT. Because I am a BIG stress eater. BIG. STRESS. EATER. Because we got rid of junk food, I now snack on celery, carrots, cucumbers, BANANAS and sometimes nuts. I am sure doing this alone contributed the most to my weight loss. 

8. Indulge every now and again! I still eat fast food, I still eat ice cream. I just eat WAY smaller portions and I don't eat it all the time. Fast food is definitely a "treat". Banning yourself from stuff you love is only going to make you resent the diet you're on and make you want to quit. I still eat cookies, but then I work out more that day. I still eat the things I really like, I am just careful about it and not careless. Big difference. 

9. KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES I had to figure out WHY I was gaining the weight. What was I doing that was enabling it? I found out I am a BIG stress eater. I found out that I will eat any cookie I see. I found out that I can't be trusted with sweets or junk food in the house. Knowing that, I was able to make adjustments so that I can be healthy. They weren't easy, but they've definitely paid off. 

and finally, the most IMPORTANT

10. DON'T GIVE UP When I started this...I literally had to lower myself down to pee. I couldn't squat. I couldn't walk. If there was a hitch in my step I felt it through my whole body. I was HUNGRY for a week while my body adjusted to smaller portion sizes. I wanted to quit so bad. My husband liked me as I was, and I was trying to get pregnant so what did it even matter?! I made a LOT of excuses, and almost quit. But then I didn't. I knew I needed to be healthy to get pregnant again, I knew I needed to have a healthier relationship with food and I knew I needed to do something about my dwindling self confidence. I am SO glad I didn't quit. The hard work WILL pay off, you just can't quit. So believe in your goals and believe in YOURSELF and never ever ever quit. You'll get there eventually. :) 

I hope that as the months go on, I will be able to keep the weight off, that I will continue a healthy relationship with food and that I will be an example to my children.

I hope that when I get pregnant again, I will have a healthier pregnancy and stay healthy and not gain a billion pounds. 

I hope that this experience will continue to mean something other than a number on a scale. 

Good luck ladies on your weight loss, I wish you all the best!

xoxoo

Tanika 

2 comments:

  1. congratulations! i love that you are conscious of teaching your daughter confidence and a healthy relationship with food. women need examples of that from an early age. that is so great that you are conscious of that! did you do a weight loss group or something (jenny craig, weight watchers) in addition to the things listed above??

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  2. Way to go Tanika! I'm proud of you. And these are super great tips! I'm glad you're conscious of having a good relationship with food so your kiddos can see that example. :)

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