Losing It! Week 4: I must scream it to the world!

Have you seen Cars? If you have a kid, I’m betting you probably have. I watch it/hear it at least three times a week or so, since my son insists on watching it in the car. My favorite little duo is Luigi and Guido, the Italian owners of Casa Della Tires. They are old school all the way, and I love their little quips that they make back and forth with the other characters.

I woke up this morning EXCITED. I knew it was official weigh in day, and I was itching to get on the scale. I laid in bed for a few minutes, preparing myself for the number. “It might not be as low as you’re hoping,” I told myself. But there’s only one way to find out, right?

So I stepped on the scale. I looked down, and instinctively yelled my favorite line from Cars — “I must scream it to the world! My excitement from the top of someplace…very high!”

Week 3: 197.2

Week 4: 193.8

Loss: 3.4 pounds

Total loss to date: 18 pounds

I swear to you I scared my kids. Yes, I literally did yell that line out of joy, full Italian accent and all. But why is this weight so exciting? Well, I was 194.5 pounds the day I found out I was pregnant with my now 8 month-old. I had embarked on a weight loss journey a few months prior, and I was on a roll. My starting weight then? 219.5 (ouch!). So now, I feel like I’m back where I left off. After 9 months of pregnancy, and months of apathy, I am back. I’m back!

So what made my weight drop this week? Here’s my hunch: Water and real food. Crazy, right? Feed your body well, and you’ll see results! During week 3, I ate a frozen Smart Ones every day for lunch. Sure, the points were well in my allowance, but there’s just something about eating altered foods that doesn’t sit well with your body. This week, I did my best to eat fresh, whole foods, and it paid off! I’ve developed a slight apple addiction as well. I’m eating one in the afternoon, and occasionally one after dinner for a sweet treat.

Was I perfect? No. I didn’t run once. I ate pizza with my in-laws. But what I’m doing isn’t a diet — it’s a new way of eating. I have a true food addiction, and I simply cannot not eat crap once in a while. I have weeks where I can’t pull myself on to the treadmill for anything in the world. But this is about learning to eat normally. I used to eat for sport, and I did it well. Now, I eat to be satisfied.

I saw this on Pinterest a while back, and I was wondering if it’s really true:

And now as I’ve finished my 4th week (already?!), I can say yes, it’s totally true! My jeans fit now. I feel better. It’s amazing what can be done in 4 weeks. I’m no where near done, but seeing little changes makes it so much easier to keep going.

What were you doing a month ago? It was the last week of 2011. I made myself a promise that by New Year’s Eve of 2012, I’d be a different person. I’m on my way, and I’ll be yelling Disney/Pixar quotes the whole way. Italian accent and all.

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  1. Kathryn says

    I have been watching my food intake for seriously in the past 10 days. Besides my morning glass of sweet tea ( I refuse to give that up) I have been drinking water and milk. And instead of eating a candy bar or cookies I eat a 100 calorie pack of chocolate pretzels or a yogurt parfait. And the biggest change I have made NO FAST FOOD in the last 10 days!!

    • says

      That’s awesome, Kathryn! Fast food was (is?) a huge hang up of mine. I love burgers and fries! It’s so hard to break that habit, but doesn’t it feel good to eat clean?!

  2. Marlena Curley says

    Congrats! I’m working on changing my eating habits the same way. It can’t be about a diet but about a new lifestyle. I’ve only lost 8lbs in 3 weeks but I’m not giving up. I have had quite a few days that I comepletely fell of the wagon but I figure if I keep getting back on it’ll work out in the end! Anyway thanks for sharing your progress. It helps keep me positive :)

  3. says

    congrats Ashley! I’m so happy for you!
    3 weeks ago I began a new program 20second fitness. It’s all about getting the best workout in as little time as possible which has really been helping me be consistent, and see results. I have a very hard time talking myself onto the treadmill or those long workout videos, but 20second fitness gives me a better workout in a fraction of the time…much easier for someone like myself who dreads working out but knows I need to do it. lol.

    3 weeks later; my pants are a little looser, my muscles are more defined, I’m stronger and I feel better than I have in a long time!

    I still need to work on my food though. You are an inspiration. I am like you and LOVE food, especially good tasting food. I’ve also gains a small apple addiction, but I usually dip my sliced apples in a little Natural Peanut butter like Adams. SO good!

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