See, a lot of husbands are afraid to tell their wives that they look big in those jeans. The reality is, all husbands should be able to tell their wives about their observations. And all wives should be able to do the same for their husbands. I was 132 pounds when I met my husband in 2003. He thought that I was too skinny back then. He used to take me to Chinese buffets every weekend to get me to eat so I could gained weight. I gained 8 pounds by the time we got married in 2005. We went on our honeymoon in Jamaica, and I gained two more pounds. I got stuck with 161 pounds after I gave birth to our son, Alexander. Two years later, I gave birth to Cianna who added 10 more pounds to my load. I went from wearing a size 6 pants to wearing a size 10. Seeing how big my arms were in this picture made me realize how big I was, and what I had to do to get back in shape.
I think working night shift has a lot to do with my weight gain. My hormones became unbalanced. Both my sleeping and my eating habits were upside down. When I started working from home back in March, I was convinced that I was going to be able to exercise, but I got distracted by other things, and never got to doing it. On top of that, I was not making healthy food choices. I am the pasta & pizza Queen. I am like the Italian girl who was born in Haiti. I never miss a chance to go to Olive Garden. Working night shift also made me eat late dinners, which is a no-no if you want to loose weight.
Let me tell you where the story gets funny. Yesterday I reach into my top drawer to get something to wrap my hair, and I pulled one of my VS lingerie top - it was shocking to see that it was a size S - I was about to wrap my hair with it when it dawned on me that I had not worn that thing for over 10 years. What was it still doing in my drawer? So I hung it in the bathroom to take a picture, and my daughter was like, " Mommy, this is too small for you, right?"
Sometimes we keep clothes in our closets hoping that we will fit in them again, but that never happened for me. I think I have clothes in my closet in 4 different sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and X-large. Like I always say, I refuse to wear a size 1X.
I would rather squeeze my A.S.S in a size Large.
My Diet Plan
I get really hungry around breakfast and lunch time. I guess that's when my metabolism is the fastest. I am going to try to eat heavier food around that time and eat snacks in between. I will try to drink water before I eat to make my stomach feel fuller faster, and I am going to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
- Exercise at least 4 days a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Eat less carbs.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Cut back on sugary drinks.
- Eliminate bleached and enriched food like pasta and bread.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Eat light snacks instead of heavy dinners