I used to have to pray to gain weight when I was a preteen. Even in my early twenties I was a mere waif of a woman 🙂 This did not stem from excellent eating habits or healthy living. So what changed? My entire physical makeup changed post child. Here we go, I cannot blame my weight on my hormone levels, metabolism or my many stresses. I have tried to curb the weight countless ways over the years. The reality is that I am over weight because I love carbs and chocolate, enough said 🙂
I know this is true because last May I met the authors of Trim Healthy Mama, Pearl and Serene, at a convention. Talk about two really sweet, encouraging women. It was their influence combined with my husband’s gentle prodding and me seeing my own reflection, in a big mirror, that helped me find the will power to lay off the processed carbs. I literally became a crazy person for the first several days as I went through total carb withdraw. ( This cold turkey approach is not recommended.) Then I started feeling better. I lost over 50 pounds in a period of 6 months unfortunately I found many of those pounds along the way so in reality I only lost 25 pounds.
So I did not follow the THM methods faithfully. I was not even regularly exercising but the pounds seemed to melt off when I heeded their advice.
Then we got this dog right around the holidays. I justified the extra pie and cookies by the fact I was walking the dog so much. My new theory has aided in me gaining 5 pounds.
How is it that I cannot stick to an eating plan that makes me feel so good? One factor is that when I am tired I leave all my good eating habits behind and revert to the quick and easy. When I have had a particularly hard night of caring for the baby I tend to make poor eating choices. For example I might eat six mini cupcakes instead of a carrot (just an example).
Is there a reasonable solution to this dilemma of lack of will power and the extra 20 pounds I could stand to lose? Maybe being honest with you, my readers (and hiding the chocolate chip cookies) will be a good start.