Happy New Year! I love this time of year – I start cleaning out my pantry and closet and thinking about things I can do to better myself. What are your resolutions? Let’s talk about resolutions for a minute. We all make ’em, we all break ’em. According to Wikipedia – 88% of New Year’s Resolutions are not kept. That’s a pretty big failure rate! But – putting it out there, writing it down, and talking to people about those resolutions significantly improves your success rate. So leave me a comment – tell me what you’re goals are this year! I have a few resolutions. One is that I will make my bed every day. I sound like I’m 8 years old, huh? But making my bed sets the tone for my day. It keeps my house cleaner and it gets me up and moving. My other resolution is to lose a few lbs. and become healthier! I want to share a little of my story with you…
Let’s dial back to my early 20s. I was a healthy weight, active, and in love. I had met the man of my dreams and was looking forward to a perfect, wonderful life ahead of me. One that included me staying thin for my entire life. I don’t have the genes to eat whatever I want and not gain an ounce. I really have the opposite – there is heart disease and diabetes running through my genes. So, I have to work at it. So, I felt really good about the fact that I had incorporated some healthy habits into my lifestyle to help me maintain a healthy weight.
In August 2005 I got married to Jim. A man who makes me laugh every day and who is the hardest worker I know. After our first year of marriage I noticed that I had gained some weight. I took a look at my lifestyle and I knew that I was still exercising and trying to make healthy choices. I was frustrated. I saw my doctor and expressed my displeasure – only to have him tell me that it was my eating habits and activity that were causing my weight gain. I felt discouraged and tried a little harder. The scale continued to creep up and I finally just threw in the towel. If I was going to be heavy why should I be killing myself at spin class?
A few years passed and my husband and I moved to a new city for a new job. I scouted out new doctors and went in for my annual physical. It was through some routine blood work that I found out I had a common metablic disorder. I felt shocked. You never want to hear that something is wrong with you. And it had all happened so slowly that I didn’t notice how sluggish I had become, how foggy my brain was, and how overweight I had become.
Then the unexpected happened. I found out I was pregnant. I was ecstatic! But it was short lived. I found out at my first doctor’s appointment that I had miscarried. After I had healed physically and emotionally we started trying to get pregnant again – only to have month after month after month of negative tests. After about year of these emotional highs and lows, that did NOTHING to help my weight loss, we went and spoke to my OBGYN. After a few months of her care and no success in the pregnancy department we visited a fertility specialist. He was a godsend and with his help we were able to conceive our first child – Blake. I carried him full term and gave birth on January 2, 2012. I knew that he was a miracle and after struggling emotionally and physically for so long he was the very best blessing I could ever wish for. He’s brought me more joy and happiness than I had ever known.
At Blake’s 1st birthday I had stopped breast feeding and we decided we should try for another. We had no idea how long it would take us to get pregnant – so we thought we should get a jump start on it. We visited our fertility doc again and started up the process. We were blessed to become pregnant again and on November 29, 2013 I gave birth to my second miracle – Graham. He is such a little bundle of happiness with huge smiles and an infectious giggle. I could not be more blessed to have these two perfect boys despite my medical struggles.
Now I find myself here in the present. Graham just turned 1, and Blake just turned 3. I’ve lost some of my weight, but I’ve been at a standstill for months. Here I am last month – do you like our ugly sweaters? Ha ha! I have a ways to go to get to my goal weight – and I have learned that with my medical conditions that weight loss is not easy. It is something I have to work on constantly and stick to 100%. The world likes to send a message that losing weight is easy, but I’m here to tell you that it is not! Losing weight can be a struggle. Everyone is different. Everyone has different challenges and strengths. But with the right support I believe that anyone can achieve their goals.
I have never been a fan of extreme diets that restrict foods or force you to consume a pre-packaged meal or shake. I know that those types of diets are not ones that I could sustain for the rest of my life. Let’s be real. There are always going to be birthday parties and road trips and cookies! And I don’t want to give them up! I want to live in moderation and in health. Which is why I am so excited to be starting a new journey with Weight Watchers! They are so unique in the fact that no foods are off limits. They teach you to eat in moderation and to be able to enjoy every day life while losing weight and being healthy. They help you change the relationship you have with food. Last month Weight Watchers launched a new product in addition to their meetings and online tools. Personal coaching. Weight Watchers coaches are people who have lost weight and on the weight watchers program and have kept it off. So they get it. They’ve been there. They understand. You talk with your coach on your schedule. I am so excited for this! One thing that I struggle with is accountability. I am really looking forward to having someone who understands my struggles who can help me through this journey. And I am going to be sharing this journey with you! Leave me a comment and let me know if you want to get healthy with me! Also, if you want to learn more and get a look at how Personal Coaching works, be sure to stop by an upcoming #HealthyMatchUp event in a city nearest you (NYC, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and LA) to speed-chat with Coaches one-on-one. More information can be found here.
Another plan I have for 2015 is to share lots and lots of lunch ideas here on the blog. Lunch is something that I struggle with. If I’m out and about it is so easy to run through the drive thru, or even skip lunch and then snack all afternoon. So my goal this year is to feed myself well at lunch. I’m worth it after all! Here is my favorite lunch as of late. And it’s fast! Faster than that darn drive thru and so much more satisfying and delicious.
I start with a low carb whole wheat tortilla (I use La Tortilla Factory), and add a little Greek dill dressing (Steph’s Tzatziki sauce would work perfectly). I pile on lettuce, cucumber, grilled chicken and feta. Tomato would be great too if you’re into that sort of thing (I’m not – tomatoes make me gag.)
Wrap it up and pair with a serving of your favorite fruit and an infused water. Who wouldn’t take this over a drive thru meal?
This is me. Kadee. Wife of 9 years. Mom to two perfect boys. A woman who struggles with her weight. Ready to tell my body who’s boss. Are you with me?
- 1 low carb, whole wheat tortilla
- 1 tsp greek dill dressing
- 1/2 cup romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 2 chicken breast tenderloins
- 1 tsp no salt seasoning
- 1 tbsp feta cheese
- Season chicken tenderloins with no salt seasoning.
- Grill on an indoor or outdoor grill - I use my george foreman. Slice.
- Warm tortilla in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
- Layer inside the tortilla - dressing, lettuce, cucumber, chicken and feta.
- Roll up.
- Serve immediately.
This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.