I wanted to share a couple of things that I've been doing that I really feel like have helped me to shed the pounds.
1. I'm working out like a mad woman. I'm doing an hour of cardio, plus strength training 5 times a week. I've also thrown in several 90 minute Bikram Yoga classes on top of that. Hello Calorie Burn!
2. I'm being extremely mindful of every single thing I put in my mouth. I'm trying to eat 100% clean foods (nothing processed). The key word here is trying. I've eaten 1/2 a whole wheat bagel thing several mornings and I ate several foods at our Super Bowl Party that weren't clean. Overall though, it's been mostly clean. For breakfast I usually eat 1/2 a whole wheat bagel thin topped with a couple of egg whites or steel cut oats with blueberries. I also have some coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. For lunch I'll either have a Green Monster Smoothie or a big spinach salad. For dinner I'll have some grilled chicken breast or salmon with brown rice and veggies. If I get hungry during the day between meals I'll have a metabolic reset shake or an apple with some peanut butter. It's all pretty boring food, but it's working for me right now. I'm sure I'll get sick of it soon and have to jazz it up a little.
I'm also drinking a ton of water. This hasn't really been an issue since I started doing Bikram. It makes me so thirsty that I can't get enough water.
3. I had a big talk with my hubs. You know the one..."I'm fat. I hate being fat. I hate that you have a fat wife. You deserve better. So on and so forth." He was so sweet and said I was beautiful and that he loved me, but he also said he doesn't want me to be unhappy and he wants me to be healthy. So I asked him to keep me accountable for what I eat and how much I'm exercising. He hasn't really had to say anything to me. Just knowing he's watching has helped keep me in track. He's awesome.
4. I'm consistently taking a couple of supplements. CLA, Fish Oil and Biotin. I don't really know if these have helped me git rid of the weight, but I'm sure they're not hurting. My body definitely needs the Omega 3 from the fish oil and the CLA is supposed to have good weight loss benefits. Since I've been taking the Biotin my hair and nails have been growing like crazy! My hair seems so much thicker and I know a lot less of it is falling out (it seemed like it never stopped falling out after I had my last baby). Like I said, I don't know for a fact that these are helping, but I feel good about them.
That's about it. There's no miracle pill or exercise, I'm just working hard to achieve the results that I want. There you have it.