How Melissa Lost the Baby Weight -- 9 Pounds in 8 Weeks!

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-iVillage on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:06AM

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Melissa's Journal, week 1

a -iVillage on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:47AM

Today I start the journey of getting my pre-baby body back. I got on the scale today and gasped. I weigh 163 pounds! This is the heaviest I’ve been in my life.  I was slightly shocked, but I knew that my weight had crept up while I was pregnant. I also know that I just stopped paying attention to the number on the scale after my 35th week of pregnancy.

I’m going to be on the The New Sonoma Diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change than a diet; there are no restrictions, just the directive to cook healthy, fresh food and control portion sizes. I got the book on Thursday and went shopping to stock my pantry with all of the healthy options included in the book. I love to cook and the recipes seem easy, which is great -- although I’m slightly nervous about having enough time to prepare everything. The book also emphasizes savoring food and enjoying the dining experience. There’s no guilt factor. I think my biggest obstacle will be my husband. He’s a very picky eater, and I’m nervous I won’t find things I can make for dinner that will please both of us. But he’s very supportive, so I’m sure he’ll help me make it work.  

I also joined a gym. I enjoy working out and I’m making a commitment to exercise at least four days a week to start. I know that with exercise and this diet I’ll be able to achieve my weight loss goals. Before, I felt guilty leaving Benjamin in order to go work out, but I know that I have to and that he’ll be in good hands.

I’m optimistic and excited about this challenge. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can only benefit me in the long run. I had a brief biopsy scare recently (I’m fine, thank God), and it made me realize I need to take better care of myself. I have so much to live for, and if I invest in myself then I can be a better mommy and wife. And because I’m being held accountable by so many different people, I know I’ll have the extra motivation I need to achieve my goals.

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