Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Husband Inspires Me/300

I have a confession, most of you probably already know this about me....

I'm FAT! Yep, just plain chubby I am!

If you want to get clinical about it, I fit into the obese category with the BMI (Body Mass Index) that I have. Ross and I both are OBESE. That's such an ugly word, but it really puts it into perspective when you look at it like that.
This was us when we got married June 4th, 2005.

This was us July 28th, 2009. Now granted, I was 7½ months pregnant in this picture and it's not a full body view, but you can see how much chubbier we are by our faces. And I've only lost 20 of my 40 baby pounds gained, so my face doesn't look that different today.

 I've made halfhearted attempts at losing weight and so has Ross, but we haven't been very successful yet. I was losing a few pounds when I was counting points on WW, but then I just wasn't losing after the first couple, so I gave that up.

I have a real struggle with getting into a good exercise routine. Sometimes I feel like I'm just too lazy and then I remember that I still have a baby that gets up in the middle of the night and I couldn't tell you the last time I had 8 solid hours of sleep with no interruption. I used to think that I functioned just fine and had adapted to lack of sleep when Alexis was still a baby. Then she started sleeping all night, 8-10 hour stretches without waking at all and I couldn't believe how amazing I felt and how much energy I had! I'm hoping that Isabel is going to start sleeping for longer than 5-6 hours now that she's eating solid foods well. Another part of the problem is that I don't go to bed as soon as Isabel does, so I've only been asleep for about 2 hours when she's ready to get up and eat.

I also have some self control issues too. It's an all day, constant struggle being at home and exposed to food all day long. If I get a craving for a snack of some kind, instead of resisting and saying no, I just go get it. I love being a stay at home mom, but I think I'll be able to control my eating and get my portions under control once I get back to work (June 15th).

Ice Cream is my other major weakness, I could eat it everyday if I let myself. It's so yummy! I have to really cut back on how much I eat of it and how often and that should really help me out too.

I've kind of gotten off track with all the back story, lets get into what I was really wanting to say. Ross has adopted a new eating style and he's doing really well with it. I'm feeling inspired by him to get myself under control as well. 

He starts out with a good breakfast, eats a good size healthy lunch and then has a smoothie for supper. He usually has some carrot sticks and a grapefruit for his 2 breaks at work in the evening. He has done really good this whole week with it and I hope he really sees some results so that he stays encouraged. I have cut back on my evening snacks, I used to eat the majority of my food late in the evening instead of eating throughout the day and I know that is bad.

I'm disgusted with myself every time I look in the mirror, but haven't had the will power to change it. I'm hoping that with Ross getting himself together it's really going to motivate me. I used to use him as an excuse for why I couldn't lose weight, because he has just as many weaknesses as I do, if not more. But, he's pulling it together, so I can't use that excuse anymore!

My First Giveaway!

Now, let's get on with some fun stuff. This is my 300th post, so I've decided to have my first giveaway!!

Now, don't get yourselves all worked up or anything, it's not going to be that exciting. But, I've had it laying around for months now, so I've decided one of you will use it before I do.

It's a $25 gift card to your choice of four different restaurants: On The Border, Chilli's, Macaroni Grill or Maggiano's.

Here are the rules:
  1. Make sure you are a follower
  2. Leave me any old comment on this post
  3. Leave me your contact information in your comment
I will leave comments open until Wednesday evening. I'll post the winner Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Good luck to all of you!


Shell said...

Wow, I'm impressed by your husband's willpower! I hope he sees results soon. My dh was doing good and then he was out of town for a week- eating out the whole time, of course.

I follow. :)

thingsicantsaymichelle at gmail dot com

Mrs. Haid said...

I want to comment that I have no idea waht Magiiano's is... but I hope its pasta and I hope I win it and find out!!!

contact me on face book, okay?

Shelley O said...

I wanted to post even before your give-away was mentioned! I just wanted to say regardless of your weakness, you have a many strengths too, so dont forget that! Its a rough road to a slimmer healthier person and ill soon find my destination in a few more months what kinda route im on. You get moving cos im gonna need your support then i know! Always love reading your post, and your honesty! :) keep us posted on your honeys progress.

Sand ... Man said...

Good for your husband!

I remember looking at my medical history on line and seeing obese... I cried. I still cry when I picture that screen. I need to kick myself into gear, serious gear!

I am a follower=)

Murdock's mama said...

I know...can you believe the classifications for weight?! I know I'm not thin but if I go by mine [for 5'1"] I'm almost obese? I don't really feel that overweight!! Anywho...on a much happier note...I'm a follower! Love your blog..great giveaway! :)


Chrissy said...

Yay for giveaways! :o)

According to BMI, I am obese, too. To be in the healthy category (even at the very top of the range) I need to lose 50 pounds. It feels like it's so far away. I think I'm only about 10-15 away from being "just" overweight. ;o)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica,
I feel the weight thing with ya. I'm not too happy with the way my body looks and know that I need to lose ALLOT of weight. Now that I'm pregnant, Can't really diet but once this little bundle of joy arrives I REALLY PLAIN to go on a diet and lose all this extra flab that I have gained since Mike and I got married. When we got married I weighed about 130 lbs. When I went to the dr last Friday I weighed in at, once I go back to work after the baby...which should be some time towards the end of December. I'VE GOT TO GET BACK ON THE WEIGHT LOSS TRACK. Good luck to you...I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
Joyce K Halbert

Tina said...

I am so behind on blog reading - but I want to win a gift card! AND happy 300th post!!!!!!

Jaimee M said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Nel said...

Of course I am a follower!!!!!
I truly love your blog... and we still need our play date...

Susie B. Homemaker said...

Well the only restaurant out of those 4 in our area is Chili's, so guess that narrows it down for me if I win. :p Great giveaway!!

Mindy said...

I'm a follower, and I wouldn't mind winning! :o)

Jamie said...

Ok Jess, Im trying out this blog have encouraged me to do so!

I just keep telling myself my jiggly parts are beautiful and forge through my husband loves me the way I am. Mother Nature will just have to take a back seat with the weight situation!