Monday, October 31, 2011

Weight Loss 101: The Sabatage

I posted a week and a half ago about getting back into shape and wanting to lose the rest of this baby weight. (Can you still call it baby weight if your oldest is 8?) Its update time and this topic will be about "the sabatage".

Everyone has one. It could be your spouse or significant other, your siblings, a friend, your parents or even your kids. They may not realize they are even doing it either. But they are. They constantly want to eat unhealthy things and bring you or beg for large quantities of candy, junk food, or fast food. I call it the sabatage.

My husband, who I know means well, fits this mold. He would have us eating out at fast food places for every meal, every day. I love fast food as well but I want to lose weight more. He's also a late night snacker. Its been really hard trying to lose this weight while living with someone who isn't on the same page. But at the same time it sort of helps because I'm learning to avoid certain temptations and to be stronger. Here are two things I've been doing:

1. Everything tastes better when you dip it. When my husband starts his late night snacking I slice up some fruit and dip away. I mix it up on the dip. If I've got a sweet tooth then I dip them in a small amount of caramel. If I just want to dip then I use fat free cottage cheese or peanut butter.
2. I bought a juicer. Now when my husband wants to eat fast food its not such a big deal anymore. I make a veggie drink and drink that up before I eat any of my dinner. This way I'm getting my veggie servings in with fresh vegetables and I'm not eating as much of the fast food. I usually end up eating half my sandwich and a small fry. So I still get to eat the fast food but I'm not going overboard by eating a 2000 calorie meal.

What kind of sabatage are you dealing with? How do you overcome it?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You wanna sell my what?!

So last night I'm about to leave to head off to go fry my skin at the tanning salon and my husband drops another crazy idea on me. He's all "hey lets sell your car!" And I'm all "what?! Let's sell your truck!" He ignored that one and just kept rambling on about how we should sell my car and that he already has a buyer lined up. huh, good to know.

I am a stay at home parent but I do drive quite a bit. I drive my son to and from school 5 days a week since his school doesn't have a bus system. I also have a 1 and 3 year old to entertain and errands to run. I know many other households do the whole one car thing but I have to be honest here and ask how the heck do you manage? 

So back to my husband. He's all "I want to help out a guy at work. He's got bad credit and can only get XX amount for a car loan." So I'm like "well I'm glad you're trying to save the world one person at a time but I like my car and I don't want to get rid of it." So then he tries to guilt trip me by telling me about all the money we would save if we only had one car. Then I was all "Huh, and all this time I thought we could save money by you no longer smoking". He didn't like that either. In the end, the car stays and wife wins ;) Go me!

So tell me, are you a one car or two car family? If you only have one car then what do you do to make it work?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Losing Weight

Lets face it. Losing weight and getting into shape is hard and it sucks. There is no magic pill or wand that will magically make us the size we desire (unfortunately). We have to work for it and you won't work for it unless you truly want it.

A month ago I decided that now is my time. I'm ready to lose the extra pounds that I have gained from each of my pregnancies and get into the best shape that I can. Its important that I stick around on this wonderful Earth for as long as possible. I want to see my kids grow up. I want to see them start their own careers and families. I want to be around to see my grandchildren and play with them. 

I'm going to be posting updates on my progress in hopes of inspiring any of my readers that getting into shape can be fun and it doesn't have to be hard or something dreaded. Like I said I made this decision about a month ago to lose these 15 pounds. And if I'm lucky then maybe even another 5 on top of that ;)

What have I been doing so far? Zumba actually. I gave into the infomercial and figured why not?! I don't have time to head over to the classes and it really does look fun. Plus my kids love to dance around so this might be something that they would join in on. So I bought this set on amazon. It was kinda expensive but the price fluctuates and it was $89.99 when i bought it. They also sell this set which averages around $55 and comes with a few less DVD's but still just as great. So far I've lost 5 pounds and I'm feeling pretty darn good about it!

If you're interested, join me in getting in shape. You can post your progress along with me and we can support each other. :)