Left to Right: Kyle (brother), Emily (sis-in-law), Suzanne (momma), me, and Jeff (daddy, who hates his picture being taken)
This is my gorgeous family at Thanksgiving last year. At the beginning of that November I started losing weight. I was actively trying to, but I didn't share it with anyone. And then when people started noticing, all the attention was focused on my weight. I had always considered myself on the smaller side of average, but when I hit a size 16 and almost 200 lbs, I just about broke down. I started working out almost everyday and eating alot better. I think alot of it stemmed because I was worried about how certain people thought of me, because when they were in my life, I beat myself up about how big I was and worried every moment what they thought of me, but I was scared to share my feelings with them. So basically because I wouldn't talk to them they left my life, and I relaxed on myself and let myself enjoy the weight loss and benefits of the weight loss. I quit trying to actively lose weight in February and settled into my new weight for a little bit. I have kept it off quite successfully, but the toning that had started is going away.
So, I have decided it's time to start again. In all honesty, I still need to lose about 20-30 more to be in a healthy range that lowers my risk from the hereditary diseases in my family. My parents have gained weight recently and it is distressing my mom. Her self-esteem is almost completely gone because of this gain, so she has put my nutrition degree to work and today in my free time at work, I am putting together meal plans and grocery lists. I don't live my parents anymore, but I promised mom I would do everything with her so she wasn't exactly alone. The issue is I have to make different, but similar meal plans for mom and dad. He is diabetic and has to keep his sugar stable, and extremely cutting things could spike it or crash it.
Mom and I have been reading the Trim Healthy Mama book. (if you haven't I totally recommend it!) Mom had been trying to follow it about 80% and found she was still gaining weight after about 6 weeks, so we are going to do the Fuel Pull Cycle for a couple weeks, while I add some healthy carbs the first few days for Daddy, but not too many mind you.
I love the science and philosophy in THM and could not believe how much sense it made and how I never learned any of this in my Nutrition classes, a full bachelor's degree of classes and not mentioned once! I was upset that no one bothered to even mention this philosophy. So I am still learning and reading the book and plan but I am convinced if people followed it completely it would at least make them healthier and possible lose weight.
So I am going to get to meal planning, and everyone else have a wonderful day! Enjoy some coffee on this fall day!
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. --Psalm 118:26