Hello friends! :)
I finally feel ready to post again. I just couldn't bring myself to post when I was not staying true to the BFC and was actually gaining weight.
I have felt wiped out since August when my oldest two children started High School and Middle School. The routine that we had for 9 years changed, drastically, and I have less "free" time (Yes... I'm having a little pity party over here).
I always posted in the morning before my kids got up and now they are up at 5:30am, getting ready, eating, etc.. and we're out the door at 7:00am. Then, I'm back home to make sure the horses get fed, homeschool the other three, chores, etc...
Then, even though I only let them do 1 activity/sport at a time, we had something every.... single.... night and on Saturdays. My schedule didn't leave alot of time to meal plan or make healthy dinners since we were running kids to practices, going to games, etc... I felt very defeated. Until last week, since the fall we had not had one Monday-Thursday that our family had eaten dinner together (someone was always missing due to sports) and it really bugged me. I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day and need to do our best to maximize our hours but I sure had a rough time pulling it all together. Last week, indoor soccer and basketball ended so now we are all home on Mondays and Wednesdays at dinnertime :) I am getting a handle on meal planning and have been doing great the past month and a half.
So, here is where I am at with the BFC. Seven weeks ago, I saw that a gal I follow on Facebook was going to start an online Transformation group and I wanted to be a part of it. The foods were very, very similar to the BFC (and I knew that the BFC worked)so that's what appealed to me first and foremost. I was feeling too over-whelmed and wasn't feeling strong enough to do it on my own. I knew I just needed to get the momentum going again. For 12 weeks, she gives us a weekly exercise routine, weekly meal plans (and is now teaching us how to make our own meal plans), has conference calls with us and is available for us when we have questions, concerns, etc... I jumped onboard since she had lost 136 lbs. in a year eating and exercising this way and has kept it off for 4 years. I am feeling great, losing weight, and getting in shape. I am eating basically everything that I ate when I was on the BFC. I guess I just needed a swift kick in the pants and needed to be held very accountable for what I ate.
I know that making diet changes are very hard, although I attribute my success in the program to all that I learned with the BFC - and I mean that!! Basically, I am eating the BFC way, (some days just a "little" more fruit and a few more whole wheat carbs). I haven't been tracking my sugars and carbs (atleast not on paper but I have been tracking them mentally which I think we always do once we learn the BFC ways) but I will soon because I am curious as to how much over I am on my sugars with the fruit that I have been eating.
The exercises have been huge for me. I am seeing muscles in places I have not seen in years! Here are my first set of before and after photos taken last Sunday at the 6 week mark. Now keep in mind, that even though I have only lost 6.4 lbs in those 6 weeks, I have gained alot of muscle and have lost 5.25 inches overall.
I know my blog is called "My BFC Journal" and since what I am eating is pretty in line with the BFC (again with the exception of a little more fruit) I felt that I could post about what I've been doing. Sometime this week, I will post my food journals for the past 6 weeks so you can see exactly what I've been eating. I know the BFC works and it turned my life around 2 1/2 years ago and showed me that change is possible, no matter your age or your circumstance if you just stay committed. Stay strong and focused and you will reach your goal!!! Have a great Saturday my friends!