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I NEEDED TO LOSE WEIGHT AFTER HAVING TWINS
Every year, Redbook magazine works with a group of women who are trying to lose weight so they can fit back into their wedding dress. It’s called the Wedding Dress Challenge and a few years ago, I had the great pleasure to be one of the participants. Over the course of several months, Redbook magazine provided me with a celebrity fitness trainer, a nutritionist and all the tools I needed to lose weight. In total, I lost 18 pounds and learned a lot about working out, dieting and weight loss. While I was participating in that challenge, I learned from the pros how lose weight quickly. More specifically, I learned what to eat and what not to eat to lose 10 pounds in a month.
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THE BACK STORY
But let me give you some background info as to why I needed to lose weight. When I first learned about this Redbook weight loss challenge, my twins were 2 years old and my oldest child was 5. I didn’t have time to work out every day or think about what I was eating. I was just trying to get enough rest each day. Even though my twins were sleeping through the night, I was still exhausted from the sheer amount of work I had to do every day. By the time evening came, all I wanted to do was plop down on the couch in front of the television, get a snack and drink alcohol. And that’s exactly what I did every single night. But as a result, I was over 200 lbs and couldn’t fit into my jeans or any of my old clothes. With the way I was eating and not exercising, I didn’t think I could ever lose 10 pounds again.
After my first pregnancy, I lost all my baby weight from working with a personal trainer. It took me about 4 months and my baby weight seemed to drop off pretty quickly. But I had no idea when or how I would be able to lose my baby weight from having my twins. I just had the mindset that I could never be skinny again and I’d be a thick girl for the rest of my life. I was slowly, in my mind, just accepting the weight.
Then one day by chance, I came across a study that was looking for people who wanted to lose weight so they can fit back into their wedding dress. The people sponsoring the study were not revealed but I was instantly interested. I definitely wanted to lose weight but didn’t think I could ever fit back into my wedding dress. When I got married I was 150 pounds. I was my thinnest and fittest self when I walked down the aisle. I was a workout queen and only “good” carbs rarely passed through my lips. But now, I was a far cry from the girl who wore that wedding dress years ago.
I sent an email to the group conducting the study and they responded quickly by asking me to sent them photos of my in my wedding dress (at my wedding) and what I looked like now. They also wanted me to tell them why I wanted to lose the weight and how I gained the weight. I sent them back my pictures and story and guess what? I made it into the program. And to my complete surprise, I found out that Redbook magazine was sponsoring this program. The purpose of the program was helping women who can’t fit into their wedding dresses anymore because of weight gain due to pregnancies, age, and inactivity lose weight.
I was given all the help and support I needed to succeed in the Wedding Dress Challenge. Redbook provided me with a gym membership, a fitness trainer that worked with celebs like Jessica Alba and Halle Berry and a nutritionist to help me through the process. Plus, I got sent free swag like a pedometer to use during my workouts. I was excited to be working with Redbook magazine but I was more excited to have support and coaching through a weight loss program. I had everything at my disposal that I needed to lose the weight. I just had to do the work and that was the hard part. All I wanted to do was lose 10 pounds. Even though, I ended up losing more than 10 pounds, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
I THOUGHT I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO LOSE 10 POUNDS BECAUSE…
But in all honest, I was scared to do the challenge. I was scared that I would fail. Because let’s be honest. I have been on so many diets. I have succeeded on some and failed miserably on others. But at this point, I was really just tired of diets and dieting. Yes, I wanted to lose weight. However, I had 3 reasons that I feared I couldn’t lose weight on Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge.
Reason #1: I wouldn’t be able to stick to my diet
Right of the bat, I learned that in order to lose weight I had to clean up my diet and stick to a healthy eating plan. My nutritionist stressed to me that there is no way to lose weight unless I ate clean. You can exercise all you want, but if you eat junk, you’ll never lose the weight. Initially, I had problems sticking to my eating plan but I really wanted to make this work. So I got serious about it and made a commitment to follow my eating and workout plan. My nutritionist came up with some meal plans based on my palate (turns out I am a plain eater). I found my favorite meals and ate them over and over while watching the weight fall off.
Reason #2: The diet will be unsustainable and unrealistic for me to follow in real life
While I was in grad school, I did the Atkins diet. At the time, I found it an easy diet to follow. I was never hungry and lost weight quickly. However, as the months went on, I found my low carb diet impossible to stick to. I experienced a lot of brain fog and fatigue. I ate so few carbs that frequently, I would just crash. Meaning, I would feel weak, dizzy and my head would start to spin. I also would get very evil and cranky when I got hungry. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, would call me the beast when he saw I was getting hungry. I didn’t like when he called me that but it was true. I was evil when I got hungry. I would carry around bottles of Gatorade to drink just in case I started feeling bad. Even though I had more than surpassed my weight loss goals on the Atkins diet, it just wasn’t sustainable for me. I decided to ditch the low carb life and eat a more balanced diet.
So fast forward to when I started Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge, I was just hoping and wishing and praying that I wouldn’t have to do a low carb diet. Thankfully, I didn’t. My nutritionist had me eating a delicious, balanced diet that allowed me to eat healthy carbs and lose weight safely over time.
Reason #3: I would always be hungry on this diet
Going into this challenge, I was dreading the “food I had to eat” part. I was worried that I would always be hungry and cranky because I’m always hungry. I think the term for this is hangry (LOL!). I was also worried that I would be eating bland, flavorless foods. But guess what? My nutritionist did a great job of making sure I loved all the foods I had to eat. So once I got my mind right, the food I was eating to lose weight was actually enjoyable. Also, I was always full and never went to bed feeling hungry. Actually sometimes I skipped my after dinner snack because I was still full from dinner. I did have to eat every few hours instead of 3 big meals a day. However, I was never hungry.
WHAT I ATE TO LOSE 10 POUNDS IN A MONTH
Surprisingly, I ate lots of tasty foods while I was on this weight loss program. I ate lots of whole grains, basic proteins, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. As you can imagine, I didn’t eat any sweets, processed or fried foods. As much as I could, I tried to eat foods in its natural state. I ate 3 square meals plus 2 snacks a day. I never had a smoothie or shake instead of a meal. And honestly, as long as I drank water, my stomach stayed full all day. Fill out the form below to check out a sample of what I ate in a day. I have detailed exactly what I ate during one day of my diet that helped me lose 10 pounds in a month.
NOW IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO LOSE 10 POUNDS
In this blog post, I’ve given you a day in the life of what I ate during Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge. I have detailed all the food I ate in one day which resulted in the loss of 10 pounds in a month. I do want you to keep in mind that my diet was created especially for me and that I am tall – 5’11” to be exact. So, I’m eating a bit more than those standard diets you see out there. However, you can still eat the foods I ate and lose weight. If you want to learn the exact foods I ate, my meal plans and my exercise routines, check out my eBook “The Busy Mom’s Guide on How to Lose Weight Fast: How Redbook Magazine Help Me Lose 18 Pounds“.
And don’t forget to tell me In the comments how much weight you want to lose.