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 2

a -iVillage on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:49AM

I was a little nervous hopping on the scale this morning. I didn’t want to see the same number and get upset. But I lost 3 pounds! The New Sonoma Diet is working!

There hasn’t been much that I haven’t liked about this diet. I started on Monday, and the book is great. The recipes are really good, and I really like the focus on making fresh, healthy food. The downside is that there’s a lot of prep work, but I’m figuring out shortcuts—like buying minced garlic in the jar or bagged salad mix. I also prep dinners while Benjamin naps so I’m not rushing around in the evening to get dinner ready.  

I’m learning that it might be a little difficult when we go out to eat. On Friday my husband and I decided to go to Red Lobster. I LOVE their cheddar biscuits. But the program emphasizes whole grains, and I didn’t want to sabotage myself, so I didn’t have a biscuit. I also chose wood-grilled seafood and got asparagus and salad. I felt good about the choices I made and happy that I didn’t cave. Another challenge was going to a craft fair on Sunday. What’s at any type of fair? Fair food! I told myself to make a healthy choice, and I found a good fajita and a spinach wrap. Telling myself to stick with it helps. I know I want this healthier lifestyle, and I feel better already because of it. Plus, my husband noticed that I didn’t cheat on the program and was full of praise.

I went to the gym three times this week. I joined an all-women gym (with a daycare!), which lets me work out in peace. They have free fitness classes, and I really love Zumba and yoga. I need variety, so knowing I can pick and choose what I do each day is wonderful. I also got out this weekend with my husband and son. It’s important to find things you love to do to “sneak” fitness in so working out doesn’t seem like a chore.

I’m really hopeful that I can stick with the program. I’ve tried other things in the past, and I tend to approach them with gusto and then fizzle out. But when I think about how much is at stake I really want to invest in myself.

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