17 pounds

02/23/2012 at 4:51 pm | Posted in weight loss | 24 Comments
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I haven’t been writing about something very big in my life. I’m afraid of jinxing myself.

But today is the day! Because I’m excited and it’s high time I share this with you guys.

I’ve lost 17 POUNDS since Christmas.

That’s almost a whole Sophie!

And much to my surprise, it’s been relatively simple. No crash diets. No cutting of my beloved carbs. Although I haven’t had a biscuit or a piece of fried chicken in two months. Even I can’t believe that little fact.

I really have my husband to thank. He met with a nutritionist right before the holiday, and ever since then, he’s a motivated man. Don’t even get me started on how much weight he’s lost. Probably more than 25 pounds by now. His pants are falling off him.

The neat thing about what we’re doing is that it’s going to stick. We’ve changed our lifestyle — some big adjustments, some small — with the plan that this is how things are going to be from now on. We’re eating out less, we’re more aware of calories, we’re buying mostly whole foods, we’re baking fish and chicken instead of frying them, and we only indulge in “real” sweets on occasion (the rest of the time, it’s fruit, frozen yogurt, low-cal cookies, trail mix).

It was difficult to get used to at first because I LOVE to eat in restaurants, I live on sweets, and baked meats with steamed veggies for dinner sounded so boring to me. But as the weeks pass, I realize my tastes are changing. Vegetables actually taste good (epiphany)! Moderating cheese and bread and sweets isn’t that hard. We’re not depriving ourselves, so I think that makes a big difference.

In fact, our little family goes out for pizza every Friday night. But we load up on salad (even Lily!) and eat only a couple of slices.


This was my lunch the other day. No "diet" food in sight!

I’ve also stopped eating until I’m uncomfortably full. That never felt good anyway. And portion control has been really eye-opening. Until now I never knew a portion of meat was the size of a deck of cards. And a cheese portion is only a one-inch cube. Shoot, I used to eat a dozen cubes (with crackers) in a sitting.

I do miss cookies, though. And sweet tea. And cupcakes.

So I treat myself every now and then. And when I know I’m going to indulge a little, I just exercise that day or keep the rest of that day’s calories in check.

I walk a few times a week, and I have a little strength-training routine that I do while I watch TV. Before we began all this, I thought it would be impossible to squeeze exercise into my schedule. But it’s not. I use my lunch hours and the girls’ nap times. I do sit-ups before bed at night. I walk to the grocery store, often pushing one of the girls in the stroller.

My Fitness Pal is a wonderful app that’s helped me keep track of how many calories I’m consuming and burning. I also love Calorie King, especially when I’m trying to make healthy choices at restaurants. And I read The Mayo Clinic Diet cover to cover. It’s been a huge help.

My favorite foods right now are: Morningstar Farms spicy black bean patties (on whole wheat tortilla with salsa, lettuce, reduced-fat cheese and a bit of low-cal sour cream), Skinny Cow dreamy clusters and ice cream sandwiches (these little suckers are soooo good!), grilled fish, and eggs (I usually scramble one whole egg with one egg white). And my favorite breakfast is a whole-wheat English muffin with peanut butter and sliced banana. Protein really helps me stay full longer (which I thought was hooey until now.)

My goal weight is about 10 pounds away, and to stay motivated I picture myself fitting into shorts and a new swimsuit this summer. Once I hit the mark, I’ll still use these tools to maintain my weight. It’s so easy, especially with these apps, so I figure why not?

Above all, though, it’s so nice to feel good. Like, really good.

I don’t get winded after climbing a flight of stairs. I sleep better at night. I don’t cringe when I look in the mirror. And I hope I’m passing on to my girls the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and self-confidence.

I want them to love themselves much sooner than it’s taken me to do it.



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  1. Congrats girl!! I am so excited for you! I want to lose about 30lbs myself and now that I am not totally consumed by not sleeping I think I can make it happen. I am so proud of you and super encouraged! (but I am still having the tots)

    • Oh yes. There *will* be tots. 🙂

  2. Congratulations! It’s very hard to make changes and stick with it. Way to go!

  3. Girl, you rock! Congratulations! 17 pounds is amazing. I am beyond happy for you.

  4. You are a rockstar! I started using My Fitness Pal this week to see how much I was *really* eating. Whoa. It was not pretty. I am trying to buckle down and get back to where I was before I got pregnant with Cole. Hope I can join you in feeling good in a bathing suit this summer!

  5. That is AMAZING. You should be so proud of yourself. Do you mind sharing some of your favorite go to recipes? Especially ones that are quick & family-pleasing? I have dropped a bit of weight and I’m always looking to add more healthy recipes into our rotation.

    Also. I don’t know if you saw but I’m reading The Happiness Project with a bunch of my girlfriends and sharing our discussion questions along with my answers. For some reason this book reminds me of you… maybe its your “happiness is…” posts but I think you might really enjoy this book. Here’s my first post on it. The book is a super easy read!

    • I’m so glad you wrote this! I’ve had that book on my shelf for about a year now. I’m almost afraid to start it, for some weird reason. Now I’m going to give it a shot and follow along with y’all. Thank you!

      And, I love the recipe idea. I’ll definitely start sharing some of my faves. The cookbook I most use now is “Fix It and Enjoy It.” The author consulted with Mayo Clinic folks, so it’s really healthy. And, there’s yummy stuff like spaghetti pie, enchiladas and breaded chicken.

  6. Wow congrats to you!!! Totally awesome and I’m going to check out the apps, need to find a new lifestyle and get back or close to how I felt pre baby 😉

  7. Congrats! That is fabulous! Go, you! Thanks for the reinforcement and motivation. I have been working at this for myself and had a enough week, so the reminder of healthy ways is fantastic! Good job,mama!

  8. Way to go Suzanne! I am so proud of you!!!

  9. This is SO Awesome!! I am so happy for you. Congratulations! I KNOW how hard this can be so way to go for sticking with it!! You are going to be my motivation come September 🙂

  10. That’s terrific! I need to do something like that but haven’t found the motivation. So nice if you can just sneak it in without feeling deprived and nice that you’ll be able to continue making healthy choices. Might need to get the # of your nutritionist :).

  11. Awesome! You and Marc inspire me daily to stick with a healthy eating plan. So proud of you!

  12. Great job!! Thanks for sharing your good news and for giving us some insight on how you lost the weight. You have definitely inspired me 🙂

  13. What an awesome post to read on a Friday morning! Congrats to you and Marc! I love the spicy black bean burgers too, aren’t they the best and so easy?!

  14. Wow, great job! I am so inspired by how you have lost the weight and plan to keep it off.

  15. congratulations on this of many fine accomps to both of your credits…you will never regret taking these steps to proactively enhance your well being…the longer we wait the more difficult this becomes because entrenched habits and life styles only become more so with each passing day (not to mention days, weeks, months, years, decades)…also received lily’s piece of art you sent…it is now proudly displayed on my refrigerator along with her frog purse photo


  16. Suzanne, that is FANTASTIC!!!! 17 pounds?? Holy shit girl! Awesome, awesome job! And your lunch salad looks most excellent. 🙂

  17. Way to go! Doesn’t it feel fantastic? 🙂 You can totally knock off those other 10lbs!

  18. That is AWESOME. Huge congrats.

  19. That is AMAZING! Congrats, lady!! Huge high fives!!!

  20. […] how can the same girl who wrote this post be talking about Girl Scout Cookies? Good […]

  21. YAY! Awesome! Feels so good doesn’t it? I’ve lost 15 pounds since New Year’s. I am loving wearing my old clothes again. I use My fitness pal too. Love it.

  22. […] since I wrote about our weight loss, I’ve been asked to share healthy recipes. We made a couple of my favorite dishes this week, […]

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