The verdict's out! I officially gained 40 lbs during pregnancy! Huhuhu! And now, after more than a year of giving birth, I find that I have thankfully lost most of the excess and am now a little stuck dealing with the final 10 pounds before being back to my old weight (I've read that these last 10 pounds are the hardest to break; so any tips would be highly appreciated please. J)
Don't get me wrong. I was never waif thin. Having been an obese teenager in college and losing close to 60 pounds in a span of 2 years after graduation (a feat I am extremely proud of), I was never one to expect to be a size 2. It was enough for me that I was already at a healthy weight that, although I was still a little meaty here and there, I was comfortable in.
So you can imagine my reasons for wanting to lose the extra pregnancy baggage after giving birth. I also want my old clothes to fit again. Mahal ng wardrobe change/replacement a! J
I am quite familiar with the ups and downs of dieting, and basically an overall lifestyle change. But one really important technique that I found that helped me tremendously in the battle of the poundage was/is to keep a food and fitness journal.
|My food and fitness journal|
One of my most favorite journals to date is this small green food and fitness notebook that I bought at Duty-Free Philippines. Selling for only $2 (approximately Php90), this handy journal makes it easier for me to track my food intake and progress.
It gives me a detailed account of the food I've eaten and their corresponding calories (which I also write down), the amount of water I've already taken in, and the type and duration of exercise I've done for the day.
The entries inside serve as a good motivational tool for me and helps make and keep me accountable for what I've done, and eaten, during the day.
You need not have a special notebook for this. Any old notebook dedicated solely to record your progress is all it takes.
So the next time you feel like doing a lifestyle change, why not try having your own fitness and food journal? You'll be amazed at the results. J