I've been watching my food intake now for 4 weeks (tomorrow). I've been a bit more loosey-goosey with my points-counting in the last week, especially during the weekends when I have no idea the points values when we eat out or how to account for my activity.
To give you a view into how my body works, I give you my weekly (approximately...I've been a bit more lax on weigh-ins, too) weights. These are all first thing in the morning, pre-shower, no clothes:
So I'm down seven pounds overall and I think just under 2 pounds per week is a good pace over the course of four weeks. I am very glad I stuck with the healthy eating through the mini-plateau. I knew from past experience that my body tends to not lose for a couple of weeks, then lose a larger number, so that was helpful. The other thing that kept me going is my outlook on this--I just want to be healthy. I want to be able to keep up with my daughter. I want to be able to fit through smaller openings. I want to wear smaller clothes. I want to be safe whenever we get pregnant again. I want to feel good in my body.
I'm determined that eating better is going to make a difference, as will getting more exercise. Even if the number on the scale doesn't go down, I'm doing something good for my body. I will see and feel a difference, even if I still weigh 220 pounds.
Yesterday we did Couch to 5K week 3, day 2. It had been awhile since we did week 3 day 1, so it was sort of rough, but it felt awesome end the end. Baby Girl was okay in the stroller (it had been a LONG day and I wasn't sure how that was going to go), thank goodness. I love the way my body feels after I exercise and need to find a way and some time to get more--I know I feel better when I do it. It's just so damned hard to prioritize the exercise when I get so little time to relax each evening and need my sleep to make it through the day. If Baby Girl is going to continue to cooperate in the stroller, maybe we can squeeze in some more jogging just before or after dinner. I need to find a way to make it work, somehow.