Weight has always been an issue for me. Just writing that makes me cringe. After my second was born I finally did something about it. I’m obviously not a big dieter, I love food, good food, and that’s something I’m not willing to give up. Besides, to me, it’s not the weight that bothers me, it’s that I want to be able to go all day, keeping up with my kids, without feeling exhausted. I started swimming at the gym, because I love the water. I kept track of what I was eating (I love the internet for this, so many easy, awesome sites to help you do this. I use myfitnesspal.com and my name is “katrinakitchentrials” if you want to be pals on there!), and I started running on the elliptical at home.
The first day on the elliptical – I made it 2 minutes (yes, there are embarrassing truth bombs to be found throughout this post). I tried to run too hard and fast, thinking I was somehow in better shape than I actually was. I was getting concerned quickly about how this was going to turn out. But (isn’t there always a but), two days later I got on again and I went for 6 minutes before feeling exhausted. The next day it was 12 minutes, then 30, and by the end of the month I was running for 1 – 2 hours on the elliptical while the kids napped without even realizing it. Good TV watching while running was the key for me, mainly zombies, and while that helped with the running, it made my sleep horrible. A 30 year old having zombie nightmares: I realize this is ridiculous and I should have been mature enough to change shows. I wasn’t.
But (there’s another one of those but’s), while I was definitely feeling better, and getting in better shape, the weight wasn’t coming off as quickly as I thought it would. It started getting really discouraging, stepping on the scale, and not seeing it move more than a pound after working so hard all week. It wasn’t until that spring that I saw alli®, a weight loss product sitting on the shelf, and I grabbed it. It couldn’t hurt, and maybe it would be exactly what I needed. With summer bathing suit season right around the corner, I was even more motivated to start back up on the elliptical (slowly). On those rainy spring days, I made sure to burn more calories than I ate. I was finally able to find a successful routine that worked for me with the help of alli® in the mix!
alli® is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter weight loss aid* on the markets and prevents about 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed.* That means that for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise, alli® can help you lose one more.* Keep in mind that it works best when you stick to a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet too.
I changed nothing else about my routine. I kept up with the running on the elliptical and swimming at the gym. Finally, when I stepped on the scale, the numbers staring back at me were encouraging me, pushing me forward, instead of pulling me back down.
Like I said at the beginning, it was never about the numbers though, it was always about how I felt. It was just so discouraging to see little to no change. Day to day I knew that I was getting in better shape… but that part is so gradual you can’t keep track of it, you don’t notice the changes. I realized that the scale works as a motivator for me, and when it doesn’t move, it doesn’t motivate. That is the biggest gift alli® gave me – it helped that scale move a little more, motivating me a lot more. I suggest checking out myalli.com for advice, information and great recipes!
And then we decided on one more baby, and here I am, back at square one. I basically took the last two years to become incredibly lazy. The year after Sophie was born was really rough. I had more than my fair share of health issues and recovery the first year after she was born, and now here I sit, right back at the beginning. I’m finally mentally ready to get back into shape again this spring.
Did Someone Say Giveaway? How about a little motivation of your own?
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*alli (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions.
**Most people lose 5-10 lbs over a 6 month period.
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