So I know I've danced around the "I LOST WEIGHT!" topic a bit. I've mentioned it but haven't really gone into any specifics since I wrote about our grown-up behavior chart, which was...Jesus, last JULY.
I was down about 10 pounds then; I've since dropped another 15.
I'm now really and truly back to my "pre-pregnancy" weight -- and I'm talking the FIRST pregnancy, 10 years ago. It's a good weight, a comfortable weight, and smack dab in the middle of the healthy weight range for my height and frame size. (I am made of Bird Bones.)
After I posted that photo on the Social Media Thingies this weekend, a few people asked me to share the How.
It's sadly, nothing extraordinary, earth-shattering, nor guaranteed to get you a bikini-ready body in 30 days. I have no magic bullet or snake-oil supplement or One Weird Trick to share here.
I lost 25 pounds because:
1) I ate less.
2) I exercised more.
3) And I kept doing these things even after I hit my weight loss goals, and moved gradually into a maintenance plan. A maintenance plan that STILL involves eating less and exercising more, compared to my old habits.
Okay, I can definitely add 4) the Get-Off-Your-Ass Chart, which was our big initial motivator, and 5) my husband, who was totally IN THIS with me. We kept each other accountable, we cheered each other's success, we sympathized with each other's frustrations, and the occasional ARGH I JUST GAINED BACK FIVE POUNDS INEXPLICABLY WHAT THE FUUUUUCK.
(Jason has lost 35 pounds, even after packing on a ton of muscle through weightlifting. Now I have always found him super attractive [OBVS] no matter what he weighed, but even I gotta admit dayum, y'all, boy looks gooooood.)
We did not follow any specific diet plan or fad or brand; we focused on correcting our individual bad habits and replacing them with new habits we believed we could sustain long term. So far, so good.
The rest of this post is long and probably quite boring, especially if you find diet talk tedious. So here, I'll put it behind the extend-o-link for anyone who wants to read on, and everybody else can just look at this photo of a Stormtrooper hanging from a refrigerator magnet before heading elsewhere: