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Countdown to One Piece

After a really unsuccessful weekend of eating well (read: fries, chocolate, cookies, etc) I've decided to start a fitness regime (ugh) and healthy eating plan of attack. My will alone is failing me, miserably. I've talked about my struggles with losing the baby weight here and here but now it's not so much baby weight, it's french fry and laziness weight... mmkay. Also, if one more person reminds me of how skinny I was before I got pregnant with Phoebe, there will be tears. It's just been a struggle for me to get that mindset again to want to eat whole foods all the time. I have made one bajillion excuses. I'm going to be doing weekly updates here as well as a hashtag (#cd21piece) on instagram. Please play along with me, I need to have some accountability. Also, I'm a little forgetful about it, but I'm on My Fitness Pal (lesleywgraham) if you're curious about what I'm eating and doing for exercise. June is my deadline for meeting my goal of pre-baby weight: 128.

Here's how I've lost weight in the past:

- Two weeks no carbs, only lean meats and veggies. This reboots your system and turns your body into fat burning mode. Lots of water and grass fed meats and organic produce are key. No booze or sugar.
- Add in one cheat meal on the third week. This is crucial for me to succeed. You have one hour to eat as much junk as ya want. Add in 5 g of carbs (handful of fruit).
- Each following week you can add in another 5 g of carbs (good carbs like fruit, starches (sweet potato), quinoa, etc. Grains aren't a big part of my diet).

That's it! I lost 30 lbs doing this. For exercise I walked and did yoga.

A huge motivator for me was seeing how incredible Amy Adams looked in American Hustle. Have you seen it? Wowzers. Also, what motivates you to exercise? Seriously.

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16 comments :

  1. 1) Amy Adams is your doppleganger.
    2) I am with you. I cut out carbs and sugar just to have more energy!
    3) My will is failing with chocolate.

    Cheering you on! x

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    1. 1. i love you

      there is no number 2.

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  2. It's so so so hard to stay motivated! For the last 2 years I've been in a cycle where I eat great and exercise regularly for about 3 weeks and then my motivation disappears.. leaving me a lazy, carb & sugar induced bum for a week or 2. I decide this year, or at least this month, my goal is to do something physical each day. Even if it's just a few rounds of squats and pushups. Trying to go with the mantra "a body in motion stays in motion". 13 days in, I've only been lazy one day and totally hated on myself for it.
    One thing that has been helping me is when the lazy fog starts to cloud my brain I've been thinking about my son and my health- reminding myself that running a few miles in the morning isn't just about looking great or fitting into skinny jeans but exercise & eating right is about being healthier, being stronger, nipping potential health problems, living a long life to watch my son grow, to see my grandchildren, maybe even my grandchildren's children...
    Other things that work for me just say no (literally, out loud- my husband thinks I'm crazy) to the chocolate and sweets.. and pretending I'm running from a burning fire when I'm on the treadmill.
    I love the hashtag! You can do this!!

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    1. ahahaha! jen i laughed so hard at your motivational tools because i use some of the same ones. i like the idea of just doing something, anything once a day. thanks girl!

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  3. Awww, that photo makes me miss our vacay! I'm feeling the same way, just a want/need to be 'wholesome'. I miss my solo gym time that I had pre-baby, but there are not enough hours in the day!! I'm going to try early morning workouts, I'm not an early riser like you :) but not 'being a morning person' is a lame excuse I'm realizing...

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    1. i know! can you believe it has been THREE years?! that is crazy. it's so hard to get up early to do exercise. i get it, i get up early but then i just sit on my rear.

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  4. Two thoughts.....

    -the only way I keep with an exercise regimen is to change my view of why I do it. If I do it to look a certain way then I will quit. If I do it for the mental boost then I will stick with it. I'm a better person, mom, spouse, etc when I take time to exercise.

    -I think the diet you were on sounds too restrictive for the long term, maybe that is why it's hard to get back there? I just look at things like that and think "will I want to eat this way for the rest of my life?" and if the answer is no then I think (for me) it's best not to go there at all.

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    1. i know this sounds restrictive but it is the only thing that has EVER worked for me. i kept the weight off for a year and a half this way. it's really only restrictive in the beginning and then you add back in all of the good carbs. for me just getting through those detox weeks is tough but thank God super temporary.

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  5. you can do it! I need to do something about my "baby" weight too :S

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  6. girl I am struggling too. I indulged over the holidays so much and I even work out at the gym four times a week and haven't shed a pound. I have at least 25 hanging on since my baby was born. Struggle!!! Good luck, im rooting you on and right there with you!

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    1. do it with me girl! you look beautiful ps it's just hard when there's a difference that you want to come and it doesn't. i really understand. good for you for getting to the gym four times a week. wow!!

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  7. What motivates me to exercise? Stress relief, time by myself. And weightloss! I stopped dieting when I moved to Florida and just started eating how I wanted to (which isn't TERRIBLY UNHEALTHY). But by running a lot I've been able to slowly shed the lbs plus extra! While still eating delicious bread and fruit. Chocolate... Etc.

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  8. We need to get together and help with our struggles. I like to exercise but can not control what I eat what so ever! I grew up on processed food and it's soooo hard to break. I also love grains. sigh. I'm going to try to do no processed food in the month of February (30 days before I turn 30!) but we will see how it goes. As far as exercise motivation.... I try to have goals (sign up for a 5k, etc.) My best friend and I also have an accountability blog. No one else really reads it, but we post about our workouts. It's pretty motivating when you keep seeing the other person posting and you haven't posted anything! Another trick is that I put my workout clothes (shoes too) and tell myself I can't change until I workout. I also say that I will just try working out for 5 minutes, if I still don't want to do it I will stop, but usually once I get started it's not so bad! Those all may sound silly, but it works for me (usually)!

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