Update #3: Weight Loss for the Win!

Please forgive this post if this isn't the kind of thing you care to read. (But come on, if you've stuck it out through Butthole Therapists and Bladder Spasms then clearly you have an amazing tolerance level.)

Yesterday I hit my post-baby weight loss goal. Since January I've lost 22 pounds. And I kind of can't believe it happened. I did something that required self-control! About food! Which is not something I am known for!!

After the Dark Lord was born, I got back down in the pre-baby-ish neighborhood without too much effort. But then I think my metabolism decided to stop enabling my bad habits. (Oh, 30s. Between the crapped-out metabolism, back pains, and white hair and also white eyebrows I'm not even kidding, you are such a gem.)

So by the time I got pregnant with Loki, I was already at least 10 pounds overweight. And then during the pregnancy those 10 pounds each found a friend and that's what I was left to work with.

I lost the first 10 pounds tracking my calories with the My Fitness Pal app, but then I just hit a wall and wasn't making any progress.

I read about the Fast Metabolism Diet, checked out the book from the library, and started it last month. That's how the next 12 pounds came off, and I really recommend it if anyone's interested.

You eat lots of food, but you cut out sugar, wheat flour, dairy, corn, and drink a crapload of water. (And then when you break and eat two three cupcakes at a child's birthday party your system just might revolt and make you violently, violently ill. Heads up there.) I did have some weekends (and, you know, longer weekends) in there when I just gave it up because of restaurants or events or parties. ("Hey, it's my sister's wedding! Let's eat all the things!") So then it would take a couple of days to get back on track.

Ready for pictures because that's the kind of post this is?

December 29th

June 26th

I feel great, not only because it's really nice to be able to wear all my clothes again, but because my body just feels good with all this actual good real food in it. Here's hoping I can remember that feeling so it can help me curb my, ahem, tendencies moving forward.

Ok. Thanks for bearing with me. Y'all are the best!


Señora H-B said... [reply]

Look at you, foxy lady! Well done!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Senora, thanks so much!

Rachael said... [reply]

Wow, what a great payoff for such hard work! Well done you!

Kayla FrecklesinApril said... [reply]

Ok, you ALWAYS look fantastic but whoa mama, you are smokin'. And itty bitty! You have given me the faith that this baby weight WILL come off, despite the fact that I'm 5 years older than I was last time. Bless you for giving me hope.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Kayla, you absolutely will do it. And I had those thoughts too. ("I guess I just need to accept that this is what it is now, and buy all new clothes. Yay.")

Rachael, thanks!

Christin said... [reply]

You look great! I love success stories. Thanks for sharing the book... I have a stubborn 20lb that refuses to come off (not that I've been focused in my efforts). Maybe this is the thing to try.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Christin, I think the book is at least worth a look. If you'd like, feel free to email me and I'll give you the full skinny (heh) on what it's like--what's hard, what's easy, what can make it easier, etc.

Desmama said... [reply]

Downloaded it on my Kindle. I am determined! Because LOOK AT YOU!

Bridget said... [reply]

I know very well how hard this is, so good job! You look awesome.

liesel said... [reply]

I worked hard and fought against the stubborn 4th baby weight that refused to go off as easily as the first three had and eventually prevailed. I had to resort to extreme measures of actual calorie counting. Unfortunately that nasty 30lbs has crept back on all sneaky like. Curse my stupid aging metabolism. I'm ramping myself up for another round of the fight. I'm not very stoked about it (I don't WANT to stop eating sugar!) But maybe I'll try this, it sure looks good on you!

MBC said... [reply]

Yay! You look great!

Pamela Ferri said... [reply]

Great work and great ressources. I also use MyFitnessPal. Keep going!

Bebe McGooch said... [reply]

You look amazing in both photos, but I am so impressed with that after shot! I might even be inspired, which is a rare thing these days. Way to go, Nem!

I need to lose at least 30 lbs. Sigh. I'm so in denial, when I see pics of myself I'm like, whoa, nelly. But it's hard because I'm hoping to get pregnant again soon, so I use that as an excuse to be lazy and not do anything about it.

Liz Johnson said... [reply]

That is fantastic!! You inspire me. I might have to check out that book.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Desmama, I think I'm going to do a post about doing this diet, because I feel like there are some useful tips I could maybe pass on.

Bridget, thank you!!

Liesel, I know. Not eating sugar sucks. But once you quit I promise you don't crave it the same way anymore!

Thanks, MBC!

Pamela Ferri, thank you!

Bebe, thank you!! And yeah. I felt the same way you do when I was trying to get pregnant. But then it really did suck to have all the pre AND pregnancy weight to lose. Just seemed to me like a much harder hill to climb.

Liz, thanks! It's worth a look--like I told Desmama, I'm going to write a post that I hope might be helpful for anyone thinking about doing it.

Missy W. said... [reply]

I'm so glad you are feeling healthy and happy!

Lady Susan said... [reply]

Way to be amazing! You actually look great in both of those pictures, but I bet you "*feel* better in the last one. And I love those red pants. I need some red pants. (Actually, I need any clothes that are not 10 years old.)

Jenny said... [reply]

You are amazing. And look fantastic!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Missy, thank you! It's a pretty good feeling.

Lady Susan, I promised myself that once I could fit into stuff again I would reward myself with a pair of red jeans. And now I'm not seeing them anywhere! I'm hoping I haven't missed the trend . . .

Debra Harris said... [reply]

Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is wonderful, let alone the content!.

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