I haven’t posted about this yet because I was scared that I’d just completely fail. I am on a DIET. Some people say to call it a ‘lifestyle change’ but let’s be real.. when you’re really trying to lose weight, it’s a diet. After I had Luke I lost all of my weight by watching what I ate and walking, a lot of walking. And I kept it off.. until I got pregnant! With Eli it’s been a lot harder. I’m not blaming or making excuses because of course it’s all my fault but this past year was a hard one. And there was a lot of emotional eating! I’ll admit much of this past year was just plain depressing! After Eli was born I lost about twenty pounds of the thirty I gained. Then after we moved in with my parents and up until about two weeks ago, I had gained about 15 of that back. So, if you do the math I have about 25 lbs to lose to get back to pre-pregnancy. And then I’ve added another 5 lbs just because. So, my goal is to lose 30 lbs by May 30th. That equals to 1.5 lbs per week, which I think is an attainable goal. I’m hoping I can make it there sooner but I do want to give myself reasonable amount of time.

So there, now you all know. I definitely need some accountability!! I started this two weeks ago (I know, not the traditional January 1st) and I’ve lost 4 lbs so far. So far I’m just watching what I eat and exercising about 4 times a week. I’d like to be exercising Mon-Fri, but with the boys, there is usually a day where I just can’t fit it in. Or in the case of last week, there was one night where Eli was up ALL NIGHT with his teeth and I just didn’t feel like it! I’ve been doing The Shred & Walk Away the Pounds DVD’s and walking on the treadmill. The Shred just about kills me! So I usually alternate and do the shred one day and then walking (either the DVD or the treadmill) the next day.

I plan on doing a more detailed post about what I’ve been eating tomorrow but as far as our dinners, they’ve been normal. I don’t expect my family to eat diet food! Of course I want my family to eat healthy, but you can’t expect them to eat baked chicken and steamed broccoli every night! So, I just have to be the responsible one and eat a normal portion size!

Here is the menu for the next two weeks:

Baked Ziti w/ Salad

Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes

Vegetable Soup, Corn Bread

Chicken Pot Pie

BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cobb

Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit

Brunswick Stew

Roast w/ Carrots and Potatoes

S’wich nights: Tuna and fruit, Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Check out Orgjunkie for great menu and recipe ideas! I plan on searching for some healthy family-friendly recipes!