How we dropped 44 pounds in 13 weeks
By jennamfs26 on May 04, 2014
Let me first start by saying that I'm not writing this post to brag so I would hope and assume no one reads it as such. I've had so many people privately messaging me asking how we dropped the weight, what we've been eating, what exercise we were doing, etc. etc. etc. This is for you people!
Secondly, I am not an expert, and I won't pretend to be. This was literally our first real run at being healthy and fit at the near ripe ages of 29 and 30. A few jogging stints in college, and a run at Jillian Michaels in 2012, but that's pretty much it.
After crying on Christmas Eve day in my closest because nothing, literally NOTHING other than crappy old maternity clothes fit me, I knew it was time to stop making excuses. The stuff that wasn't fitting me at 5 months post partum was stuff that I HAD been wearing between the other two kids (and I had never dropped back down to pre pregnancy weight, hanging on to 5 pounds each time). While breastfeeding certainly helped me unload a lot of Norah's baby weight without doing much, my regular trips to the freezer for ice cream definitely wasn't my best choice. Each of my three pregnancies, I will admit, I used to eat whatever.I.wanted. While I did tone down the ice cream consumption slightly with Norah, I basically ate whatever I wanted, gaining 45, 35ish and 35ish pounds respectively each time.
Technically, my heaviest weight ever, 2 weeks prior to having Norah::
My other fall back between kids was knowing how much I gained (let myself gain) while pregnant. Between kids 1/2 and 2/3, knowing we wanted to get pregnant again, I saw little point in working hard only to gain another 40 pounds down the road. Our decision to not having any more children after Norah was my original fuel for this lifestyle change (only, Halloween and Christmas came first.)
I had read a ton of good things about the T25 exercise DVDs( buy it here. ) and so on a whim I put them on my birthday list. Yes, I made a "birthday list" for my 29th birthday. A guy needs a little help sometimes, and that's ok. :)
Thankfully, without much talking, Ryan was on the same page about finally getting healthy and the DVD set was what he decided to gift me, and gift me early (along with another highly rated DVD).
So our journey began on January 6th. T25 comes with some nutritional guidelines and a few recipes. We originally figured out that I'd be doing 1200 calories while Ryan would get 1600.
My original split was then 300 for breakfast, 300 for lunch and 300 for dinner, with 2 150 calorie snacks in between. I can't speak to what my average calorie intake was prior to this, as I have no idea. What I do know is it did take my body awhile to adjust to what was likely a pretty decent calorie drop. I will admit there were nights I cried because I was starving. After doing a little research (because I told you we were newbs, and everything we learned we learned from the internet), it was imperative that we got some form of protein in us after working out. Only, we were working out after the kids went to bed and thus I was all out of calories. After talking with a few people who knew a bit more about healthy living than us, I finally figured it was necessary to up my calories slightly, and add the protein in after workouts. 1200 is the absolute minimum anyone should consume, especially with the intense daily cardio we were doing.
We used this calculator :: http://iifym.com/tdee-calculator/ to figure out our TDEE (Total Daily Exercise Expenditure) and our BMR. Bascially, your body burns calories just by going about your daily life. After figuring out our TDEE along with our average calorie burn doing the T25 workouts, we took it down by 15% (I think). This gave me a goal of 1038 net calories (consuming about 1350 to include an after workout protein drink).
We used the myfitnesspal app to track our calories every single day. There is no way we'd be eating even close to what we were suppose to without it. Once you start tracking calories and examining nutrition labels, it is INSANE what is in some stuff. This was a super important piece of our puzzle. Once we started weighing, measuring and counting, it was completely eye opening to see what "real servings" were.
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