Thursday, October 28, 2010

good for me...

So I had mentioned before that I was on a diet. It is weird to post on here...but I try to write like no one reads this. And...I will probably gain it all back here soon anyways...

I hate diets. My whole life I have eaten whatever I wanted. 12 pack of croissants from costco...I could polish that off on my own in a day. A whole bag of mini snickers, no problem. I used to get a loaf of cheese bread on my lunch and eat almost the whole thing. I once ate 3 loaded J-Dawgs in one sitting just because they were free and delicious. I never even thought twice about eating that much. I also want to say that I have been really BLESSED with good genes and a high metabolism. It really isn't fair that I can eat whatever and pretty much stay the same. I know I am lucky to have a metabolism that is so high. Oh...plus I am tall so I can really hide weight gain...so I am not trying to complain...but I wanted to fit my clothes again.

I am not one of those moms who has a baby, forgets to eat and looses a bunch of weight while nursing. No...when Henry (all my children really) was born I was insatiable. I would sometimes make 2 desserts a day...I am talking cheesecake and cookies all in one day, and I would polish them off. When I am nursing all I do is read cook books, look at food online, read menus, and plan what I am going to cook next...oh and eat.

All of these things had me packing on the pounds. I swear I was eating like 7000 calories a day. Who knows, it was a lot. I would eat whatever...and I would never EVER think, oh I shouldn't eat that.

So I tried to go on south beach while I was still nursing but it just didn't take. I lost a bunch but right after I was still eating A LOT. And so I pretty much immediately gained it all back. Too many hormones in my body still.

I knew I had to do something once school started. I didn't fit ANY of my clothes and I was uncomfortable pretty much all of the time. Even when I was trying to go to sleep I couldn't get comfy in my puffy body.

I decided to try something new for me...

Eating less.

Imagine that, it actually works. I started the diet very strict, 1 serving of whole grain cereal with fruit for breakfast, 1 serving of cereal plus fruit or veggies for lunch and 1/2 a chicken breast, 1/2 a cup of brown rice, and veggies for dinner . Plus as many fruits and vegetables as I wanted for snacks. Nothing after 7:00 p.m. (which is hard for me...I like to have 2nd dinner around 10:30)

Now 1 serving is almost nothing. I am not exaggerating when I say I was used to eating a lot. Usually I would have 2-3 small bowls of cereal for breakfast. 1 serving with most cereals is 1 cup. I was STARVING. But slowly, slowly it started getting easier.

Right away I lost like 6 pounds in the first week or something crazy like that ( I was eating really unhealthy before). But after that it was 1-2 pounds a week.

The reason I am journaling about that now is I have never stuck to something this long in my life. I have been doing it OVER two months now and I have lost...

wait for it...

17 pounds.
That is TONS, I have never lost that much at once. I am still a little over the weight I was before I had Robbie...but I mostly fit into all my stuff and I and I feel really good. I am at the weight I was before I had Henry so at least I have gotten off all the baby weight. Cortney told me last night it was one of my biggest accomplishments ever...hahaa...which makes me sound pretty pathetic if you don't know me. But if you do know me you know i love food more than just about anything on this great green earth. So for me to eat less for 2 months is really saying something...I have never shown so much self control. Just yesterday I weighed in at my goal weight. I feel pretty proud of myself. Plus I don't feel uncomfortable ALL the time. Which is nice.

I will say Cali told me I am not as fun when I am not eating. She said it takes away a whole aspect of my personality...which is true...usually I am the person that is bringing something delish, or wanting to go out to eat or on a doughnut run or something like that. Cortney agreed. Usually when I am mad he just has to feed me and I am on top of the world. I am not that nice when I am hungry so he really had to suffer through there at the beginning.

That's all...just patting my self on the back. hahaaa

p.s. I wanted to say too that now I am still eating cereal usually for breakfast and lunch and then normal dinner just smaller portion and I stop when I START to get full. If we are eating out I just eat normal but less too.

9 comments:

::lindsay said...

Good for you! That's awesome! I'm kinda the same way. I've been blessed with a fast metabolism as well. I'm finding though, now that I'm in my 30's it's just not the same as it used to be. I need to take a page from your book and try the same thing, or else I'll be one of those ladies who have skinny arms and legs and a big ol fat spare tire around the midsection!

Kandee Lou said...

GREAT JOB! You inspire me in so many ways. I counted calories 2 weeks ago and lost 7 lbs. Then I just quit, what is wrong with me, it wasn't even that hard. I have tried to do better this week, but I haven't stepped on the scales yet. Keep it up!

cort said...

You are by far the coolest/cutest person I know. I could never do what you did (heaven knows I need to:)

angie said...

Oh that is awesome!! Good job. I have totally realized that it's all about portion control.

Angelique said...

So awesome Ash. You look great!

{natalie} said...

way to go ash. that is awesome. i'm feeling pretty crappy since i am baking cookies as i type AND my friend just stopped by with sugar cookies too. ahhh.

i love food.

so what i'm saying is GOOD JOB. i have no willpower.

Stanger Family said...

Oh Ashley you are so funny! I love the eating Ashley I remember Saturdays at work when we stuffed our faces all day. Well at least until we got in trouble for making it fun. Oh the cheese bread from Millhollow, yummy! Way to go Loosing weight makes you feel great!

Our Family said...

ashley,idk if you'll remember me but I am married to Elder Jared Sommer (one of the missionarries in your parents mission long ago) :) in peru. i loved your post. i am not one of those blessed tall people with a high metabolism and always seems like I need to lose 30 pounds...ugh! so thanks lots for this bit of advice from you. Every day I wake up and tell myself I am going to eat really well that day. I usually do okay for a day and then give into 5 cookies for lunch or something..I eat when I'm stressed too...not a good thing! anyways, love looking at your blog and our kids LOVE corney's dad as their principle! our oldest daughter even had him for her drivers ed. instructor! small world aint it! you look great and have such a cute family! have a great day! katie sommer

Allison said...

What are some of your favorite cereals?