How Leslie Lost the Baby Weight -- 13 Pounds in 8 Weeks!

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iVillage on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:23AM

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Leslie's Journal, week 1

a iVillage on Dec 20, 2010 at 9:59AM

It's been a long time since I last weighed myself, and now I know why: I weigh 168 pounds. Cringe! Seeing this number makes me want to starve myself, but I know that I can’t; I’m still nursing! So what I want most out of the next 8 weeks is to lose weight, correct my bad eating habits and feel good about myself again physically.
I have mixed feelings going into this challenge. I really want to lose this extra weight, but I’m hesitant about sharing it all on the Internet. Still, it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up, so I’m facing the challenge and my insecurities and putting myself out there.

I was assigned the Chefs Diet diet plan, and so far it's exceeded my expectations. They deliver breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks in discrete black cooler bags to my doorstep everyday. So convenient! And it’s not miniscule amounts of bland, tasteless food -- the meals have been tasty, and the portions are more generous than I expected. I get to eat steak, lots of chicken, fish, veggies, cheese, fruit and some carbs -- which, admittedly, were the basis of my pre-diet diet. I even ate a mini Philly cheese steak today-mmmm! Note the word “mini”: Portion control is my biggest weakness, but I’m starting to see that I can feel satisfied eating smaller portions. 
Surprisingly, I’m not missing foods like pizza and bread. I am missing chips! In fact, I’ve had to stop myself from eating the chips, Goldfish crackers and other snack foods my older daughter leaves behind. It’s a bad habit I’ve picked up -- one I’ve gotta break right away!

I think my biggest challenge over the next 8 weeks will be resisting the urge to indulge in the various sweet treats and snacks that pop up at work. But so far, so good! There have been several meetings with big spreads and cupcake celebrations within the last few days, and I’m proud to say that I haven’t given in to taking  “just one little nibble.” 

Week one was a success. Just 7 more to go!

Next Up: How Steph Lost the Baby Weight -- 23 Pounds in 8 Weeks (While Working Three Jobs)!
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