Monday, February 7, 2011

Cheddar Bunnies Get a Free Pass.

I received an email from someone asking me about the weight loss deal and how everything was going. Thank you for asking!

It's going well.

I've passed my short-term goal, but I'm not jumping for joy until March 11th. I almost think that losing weight is the easier part--it's the keeping if off that's really tough. For me, anyway. So, I'm happy with the progress, but doing my best to keep my eyes on the prize: Maintaining where I want to be. I constantly envision my life one year from the current day. What will my life look like? I want my weight loss tactics to blend seamlessly with our daily lives--it can't be anything that requires too much extra work or expense, because it simply won't stick. I've learned!

My guidelines are pretty simple:

1) The rules only apply when we are under our own roof or are in control of our choices

2) If I wouldn't feed it to the kids, then I don't eat it
-Nothing advertised as "low fat", "non fat" or "sugar free" (only whole milk, whole fat yogurt, etc.--if they're cutting something out, they're typically replacing it with something else)
-As few packaged things and as many whole foods as realistically possible for our lifestyle
3) Realistic expectations
-There will always be instances where the rules are broken (i.e.--blizzards, church potlucks, etc.) and that's when portion control comes into play. I won't turn down comfort food on a snowy day!

4) Splurge meal
-Once a week, I get to eat whatever I want for one meal. Appetizer, entree, dessert. So far my splurge meals have included items such as a bacon cheeseburger, chili fries, ice cream, onion rings, and cheesecake. Yum. It's nice to go out with friends and dig into a yummy dessert, guilt-free.

5) Exercise
-It's just gotta happen. I do Zumba once a week and some weight training throughout the week. The double stroller is staring at me in the garage, begging for some use, and I can't wait until the weather warms up so I can push the kiddos around on our route.

There you have it! I will keep you updated when I reach my first goal date. But, thanks for checking in on me. It helps to keep me motivated!

Have a lovely day.


  1. You go, hot mama! Looking great! (And I am DYING to get out for walks again. Spring...HURRY!)

  2. I love your guidelines! I've been trying to figure out some of these same things - I want to be healthy & not have mom-gut, but I also don't want fitness/dieting to rule my life or take away time from my fam. I really love rule #2 ... lately I've been drinking lots of slimfast shakes for meals, but as Liam gets bigger I want him to see a better example of healthy eating. Good words!

  3. You're doing great, Katie! Can't wait to get back to Zumba-ing with you gals - looks like this week might be cancelled too due to MORE snow! :( Gahhhh!

  4. Oh, I would TOTALLY take too much advantage of the splurge meal. I lack self control, LOL!
    Good job! I am all about portion control and exercise, that's pretty much my only two rules.

  5. Good job! Portion control is definitely the secret to success.