I lost a total of 72 pounds in the 2 1/2 years after giving birth to Alchemy to get to this size 4. Some of it came off quick and easy, just from nursing and shedding that early postpartum weight. But about 30 of it I had to work hard for. I lost it mostly through diet. I did Weight Watchers and lost 30 pounds in about 8 months. Unfortunately, I didn't care much about the quality of what I ate and I used all the tricks in the books for using as few points as possible. I used artificial sweetened jelly with butter spray on light English muffins. Ate "light" yogurts (non-fat, artificially sweetened), I drank coffee with Spelnda, all day long to keep me full and give me energy. I had light canned soup with a grilled cheese with low-fat cheese, light bread and butter spray almost every day for lunch. And I had a scoop of fat-free ice cream every night for dessert. If it was zero or one point, it was for me. These are just a few of the tricks I used to stay satisfied and keep losing weight. I'd exercise from time to time to earn extra points but nothing consistent. And when I did, it was always cardio...or crunches. At this time in my life I was running a home day care and my stress was at an all time high.
I have this really vivid memory of me standing in a dressing room at Target. I had several pairs of jeans to try on in various sizes. I had lost so much weight that I had no pants that didn't just fall off of me. I started out at a size 14 & had no idea what size I wore. I put on the size 8. Way too big. Size 6, nope. Size 4, hung comfortable on my hips. I could tell if I lost any more weight I'd need a smaller size. Like, a 2? What? Suddenly, I couldn't breathe. I began to panic.
There's more to this story and I will tell it. But right now, I need to go workout! Stay tuned.