About a year after my Princess was born, I went on a diet, The Biggest Loser Diet to be exact. I lost quite a bit of weight and I was beginning to feel really good about myself. I liked the way I looked in my clothes and I liked the way I felt.
Not only was I eating correctly, but I was also exercising. I had energy to do things around the house. I had energy to play with my kids. I had the energy to be the kind of wife and mother I wanted to be.
Then, life got stressful. When life gets stressful, I eat. I find comfort in food. I let food temporarily remove the stress from my life.
Then, I got pregnant. When I’m pregnant I like to eat. I feel as though I should be allowed to eat what I want because I am trying to grow another person inside my body.
I rationalize eating. I rationalize everything.
I recently started to watch my eating and to exercise on a regular basis. Little did I know that my Little Man would sabotage my weight loss plan. He had been sleeping through the night like a champ, and then one day he decided to wake up every two hours. This went on for weeks and there was no way I was going to wake up extra early to work out when I was only getting 5-6 hours of sleep a night.
Enter rationalization. I decided that because I am nursing a baby, I am burning calories and I don’t need to exercise. And a lack of exercise led to my lack of desire to watch what I eat.
I feel that in the last few days I have completely undone everything I had worked so hard to achieve. “Why do I need to eat right if I’m not working out” is what runs through my brain these days.
I need to change that mentality. I need to be motivated to get my act together; to eat right and exercise, if not for me, then for my family. I need to take care of myself, so I can be here to take care of them.
So what do you do to stay motivated when trying to shed the extra pounds? Do I really need to buy a scale and focus on the number, or can I just watch my pant size go down? I need some motivation here!! Help Me!!!