A few weeks ago, I dusted off my Fitbit Aria Scale and stepped on it. I hadn’t weighed myself in a few weeks *cough* because I knew that I hadn’t been doing well. Aria thought I had done so poorly that she didn’t recognize me….
I was sad. I thought we were friends.
I hadn’t been much of a friend to her, or to myself for that matter.
I had made it down to 163 pounds.
I had done so well.
Then I completely dropped the ball.
Or covered it in chocolate and ate it.
Seriously, though, seeing the scale go back over that 200 number was devastating. Something had to change.
I’ve been down this road before, and it just looks so much longer this time. I knew I needed to start counting calories again, and I knew that I needed to start exercising again. It took a few minutes *eh hem* to get the motivation to make the changes. Finally, I went to Fleet Feet St Louis and got fitted for some running shoes. The staff was really nice, and after spending $190 I walked out in a spiffy pair of Brooks running shoes, complete with the recommended arch inserts because what miniscule arches I have are collapsing when I walk and run, and some SwiftWick socks for compression. I knew that starting an exercise routine with a new baby wouldn’t be easy. Fortunately, as a Kolcraft Mom, I was able to get a Jeep® Liberty Sport X All Terrain Stroller for review (coming soon).
Now that I had the necessary gear, I knew I had to start. So, I downloaded a #C25K app and started training for a 5K.
I started the C25K training on July 31st. I’m not sure if/when I will register for an actual race, but I am glad to have at least gotten started. The last time I lost weight, I went from 225lb to 163lb with calorie counting and exercise. I had an end goal in mind then, so when I hurt my knee, started gaining weight even while counting calories, I just threw in the towel because I felt like there was no way I would ever GET THERE. This time around, I think I am going to take it ten pounds at a time. My first goal is 190lb.
Here’s the thing, though. I know that I am an emo eater. When I am stressed, I eat. I’ve got plenty of stress on my plate right now. I am in the middle of studying for my pastoral license exam, raising a new baby, homeschooling my oldest two, and the list goes on. I know there’s no substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, and I wouldn’t dream of attempting to lose weight without them. I have been looking into supplements that can aid with weight loss, though, and think I want to try Garcinia Cambogia, which made from the tamarind rind, and is reported to reduce your likelihood of eating as a response to stress. I’ve also heard great things about Raspberry Ketones, which are reported to help sugars and fats pass through your system without being absorbed and stored as they normally would. I wonder if they could be taken together?
Have you used any natural diet supplements? What do you think?
It’s time to #getfit