Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Let's Be Honest. Part 2.

Well, I told you I'd keep you updated on Project Bringin' Sexy Back 2013.  I won't typically write about exercise here (because, let's face it, it's not an interest of mine) but I DID say I'd update you, so here goes.

I like food. Actually, I like GOOD food. I love wine. I love chocolate. I love cheese and bread. I'm not really the fast food or processed food type; that has just never been an issue for me. I've never had a soda habit either. But I do like food, and I don't like diets that tell me I can't eat a certain food. Because I generally eat "real food" I don't think restrictive diets are for me.  I really try to keep everything in moderation, but I'm finding I need better discipline now that I have a post-baby body and I'm not 21 anymore.

Interestingly, my youngest brother Caleb has gotten REALLY into juicing lately. In fact, he's doing a two week juice diet, and only eating fresh fruit and vegetable juices. I don't think his primary interest was weight loss, but he has actually lost 10 pounds.  I talked to him a lot about my goals and my desire to get back into shape, and he encouraged me to try the juice fast, but ultimately I decided against it.  I have some concerns about fasting, but what it came down to was thinking back to when I was in my best shape.  Before our wedding, Kemi and I were working out 5-6 times per week.  I want to be able to have coffee still, have a glass of wine or cheese or chocolate here and there and not be restricted.  What WAS working for me at that time was running up to 3 miles a day, and doing a lot of weight training.  My other reason for deciding against a juice fast is because I primarily want to lose this weight not just for me, but to be at my healthiest for when/if we conceive again.  A juice fast may help me lose weight initially, but I fear that it will mostly be "water weight" and I am trying to make a long term change that I can maintain for as long as possible throughout a future pregnancy. Working on increasing my physical fitness through gaining muscle and doing aerobic exercise will likely be a more lasting change. SO!

The first step for me was to identify my weak points.  I generally have a healthy diet, like I said, but I have two areas I fail: first, when people bring treats to work. If there's a dozen donuts or brownies in the break room, I will always have one. Or two or three.  My other issue is snacking after dinner. I often will have a cookie or a glass of wine after I put Evie down to sleep. I don't think there's anything wrong with that in and of itself, but for me trying to lose a few extra pounds, I know I need to cut out the empty calories. So those were the first things to go.  Let's call that step Bringin' Sexy Back 1.0.

The second thing I started to implement (Bringin' Sexy Back 1.1) was to begin a little exercise. It's been almost impossible for me to workout with Kemi gone, so I try to do something after I put Evie to bed.  What I found I realllly like is this Barre 3 workout. Have you guys heard of it? It combines yoga, pilates and dance, and is really centered around women and moms. They unfortunately don't have a studio in AZ, but they do offer videos on their website. I've been doing this free one on youtube and really like it!

So far, I have lost five pounds with just these two small changes. I'm hoping to keep this ball rolling.  Wish me luck!


  1. Yours is the first post about health, diet and exercise I feel I can relate to. Thanks for sharing that Barre has a video! I've been drawn to them, but found no studio in MI either. I will definitely have to check out the video!

    Will Kemi be traveling to Rio?

  2. Hi Rakhi,

    Thank you, that's good to hear! I was reluctant to write about diet and exercise because it is so personal. The other nice thing Barre3 has is an online membership...for $15/month they have a bajillion different videos. I've been debating doing that too.

    So far, I don't think Matt is planning to bring a band to Rio, so probably not :(