Losing the Baby Fat: My Before Picture

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It’s time to do this thing. For week 1 of my Losing the Baby Fat weight loss challenge, I’m sharing my “Before Picture” or….what I look like right now.

Here it is…

Current Weight: 219.5 lbs.

Goal Weight: 170 lbs.

# of total pounds I want to lose in 2012: 50lbs.

# of pounds to go until I reach my goal: 49.5 lbs.

So far so good with my eating this week. I’m trying to cut down on the amount of sugar I consume (so making cookies twice in the last week probably wasn’t the best idea), even though it’s almost always organic sugar. It’s still sugar.

I’m also trying to cut down the coffee I’m drinking to one cup per day. I had been at one cup per day while pregnant.

(Okay, I occasionally had two cups…but it was organic, so that doesn’t make it bad. Right? :-))

Anyway, definitely after coming home from the hospital, I started drinking two cups per day….with sugar, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, vanilla (should I stop?), and whipped cream. I enjoy making homemade lattes, and I’m not ready to go “cold turkey” with the coffee drinking, so I think cutting back to one cup per day is the answer. For now.

Someday, I’d like to end my relationship with coffee altogether.

Now is not that time. No, not while homeschooling, going to school myself, trying to running a business, and parenting five children. No, now it not that time.

I will enjoy coffee for a while longer. Just less of it.

Now back to the point of this post, weight loss.

Do you have a goal to lose weight this year? What are the small steps you’re taking to get the weight off?

I’d love to hear about it! :-)


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  1. Deanna says:

    Good luck on the weight loss! I’m trying to shed a few pounds, too. I’m trying to take 15 lbs off…but they are 15 very stubborn pounds. I’m trying to focus on some of the good things I should be adding to my diet, instead of on all the naughty (yummy) things I shouldn’t be eating. So I’m going to try adding more water, fruits, and veggies to my diet. I was doing really good with the Eat Clean Diet book last year. I just need to jump on that wagon again. 😀

    • Sandra says:

      Thanks, Deanna! I’m trying to increase my water intake as well because I’m nursing, and because it’s healthy for me. I also need to work on eating more raw vegetables. I’ve been eating more salads the last couple of weeks, but there is only so much salad I can eat before I feel like I need a “salad break”. We have been eating cooked veggies, but I feel like I need to get in more raw veggies for better nutrient content. :-)

  2. Wow. You are a super mom. Go! I too am trying to increase my water in take. Learning how to add good things instead of taking things out, which doesn’t work with me since I am stubborn.
    Found you on Blogelina. Hope you can stop and check out my blog too.

    • Sandra says:

      Hi Corine!

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you found me on Blogelina. Her classes and her wealth of knowledge/resources have been fantastic.

      I’m also trying to remember to drink more water, especially since I’m nursing. :-)

  3. I want to lose weight too! Good luck on this! I think I might make it a goal for this year too. You inspired me! :)

    • Sandra says:

      Thanks, Alice! I saw Blogelina’s button on your blog, too. I’m looking forward to the twitter party next Tuesday!

  4. Gina H says:

    I’m just reached the 10lb mark.. Wahoo.. 30 more to go! I’m trying to get in the mindset that – Food is supposed to nourish my body and it’s not to be used for enjoyment and taste.. That is so hard to do!! UGH!! I really want my taste buds to soar and I really want all the bad stuff like sweets and chips!!

    • Sandra says:

      Way to go, Gina! That’s fantastic! And seeing food in a different light is helpful, too. Our family is eating more nourishing food in order to be healthy now and avoid sickness and disease (Lord willing) later on down the road.

      But I do still enjoy things like coffee (try to do it organic most of the time), ice cream (from Trader Joes without the hormones/antibiotics in the cows), and baked goods – made with healthier ingredients. :-)

      Keep up the good work!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    You look great after having a baby Sandra, I’m so impressed! I’ve decided to take losing weight a little serious this year. I’m going to try really hard to eat right and get some kind of excerise. Ricardo and I really want another child soon but I must lose weight first! I love reading your blogs, it motivates me to get off my butt, thanks!

    • Sandra says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Losing weight this time around has been easier, because of the way we’ve changed our eating habits over the past year. I’m hoping to lose 1lb. per week, but 2lbs. a week would be fantastic! :-)

      And some encouragement for your future pregnancy……I know I started my pregnancy weighing more than you do now, I ended up gaining 31lbs., and now 6-weeks postpartum I have lost ALL but 4 lbs. of that weight! You can do it! Especially with breastfeeding, the weight just seems to fall off those first few weeks after giving birth.

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