The @80bites Diet {Try it for Yourself! Ends 3/7}

Recently, I participated in a weight loss challenge against several other mom bloggers. While we all won the competition, I lost almost double what I was “required” to lose.

Since then, I have been working hard to continue on my weight loss journey, but I need some extra motivation. When I heard about the 80bites Diet, I jumped all over it.

80bites dietThe 80bites Diet is a 12 week journey. It’s an online program, and every week, new content will be unlocked. {That means you can’t skip ahead!}

So, how does it work?

It’s **so** easy! There’s no counting calories, no withholding carbs, none of that. You literally count your bites. The fewer bites you take, the less food you take in, which means fewer calories, a smaller stomach, and a journey to becoming a healthy you.

They recommend that you download their app to help you count your bites, but it’s not required. In fact, I heard that one of their success stories lost over 200 pounds, and they simply used a pencil and a piece of paper to count bites. That is awesome!

I’ve only been participating in the program for a few days, but I am absolutely loving it so far. It is so much easier than any diet program I’ve found. I can’t wait to see how much weight I lose through the 12 week program.

Also, I did download the app. While I don’t use my iphone as a phone anymore, I do still have it for games and certain apps. I’ve found it’s so easy to drop my iphone in my lap, and tap each time i take a bite. It’s discreet, and even when I’m out in public, no one has to know that I’m sitting there counting how many bites of food I’ve taken. Love that.

80bites wants to give each of you the chance to join me on the 80bites journey. One of you will win a membership into the 80bites diet program.

If you don’t want to wait until the end of the giveaway, and you’re ready to get started now, 80bites is offering 20% off the cost of a membership for all of my readers. Just use the code BLESSED at checkout. {Offer ends March 13th, so don’t delay!}

A membership typically costs $50. That’s the best price for any 12 week program I’ve found. To get 20% off that and get the program for just $40 is a huge bargain – and worth every penny from what I’ve seen so far.

Are you ready to join me on this journey?

Use the rafflecopter gadget below to enter for your chance to win a free membership.

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Disclaimer: I received a membership to the 80bites diet program in order to facilitate my review. Over the next 12 weeks, I will post about my progress and share my thoughts with my readers. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 80bites is sponsoring this giveaway. Please consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

End of Week One Weigh In #DietBet

I have been working hard all week at eating right, exercising more, giving up soda, and keeping my big butt off the couch. I’ve cut out all soda and junk food, I’ve reduced my portion sizes, and I have started exercising. {Walking on a treadmill at 2.8 MPH for 30 – 45 minutes.}

Since I don’t own a scale at home, I had to go back to my local Curves office to weigh in. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that the scale was 8 pounds lighter! That’s right! I went from 213 to 205. Awesome. That means I am just 1 pound away from meeting my DietBet goal, and I am that much closer to my overall goal.

bathroom scaleI have been very, very careful not to overdo anything: For the first time in my life, I am eating 3 meals a day plus healthy snacks. I’m drinking nothing but water. I don’t over exercise, and I’m continuing to take in more than I work off. I want to do this the right way.

I am convinced that giving up soda and sweet tea is what has helped the most. Not drinking 4 – 6 cans of Pepsi every single day has made a world of difference. Already I’ve noticed that my pants are getting looser, my belly doesn’t appear nearly as bloated, and I just feel better.

I’ve still got a very long way to go, but if I stick with the what I’ve been doing for the past week, I’m sure to get a great start on meeting my final goals for this year.

Remember, you can follow my progress in the DietBet Challenge here: My Profile Page on DietBet.

Disclaimer: DietBet is giving me the opportunity to participate in a Mom Blogger’s Challenge and compete for $5,000 – which, if won, will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am not a doctor. Any steps I take to lose weight are my own, and individuals should seek their doctor’s opinion before starting a weight loss program of any kind.

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy – Is it Possible?

Healthy weight gain during pregnancyOne of the big things on every pregnant mama’s mind is her weight. If you already have difficulty looking at the scale, it can be hard to watch those numbers go up (and up, and up). So, how much weight should a pregnant woman gain, and is a healthy weight gain possible?

After scouring the internet for articles on this topic, I became really, really discouraged. Every article I read categorized me in the “obese” category. Do you know how hard that is for me to stomach? Especially after being anorexic and bulimic for so long. But, after 5 kids, my body has been through a *lot* and losing weight the right way has been a constant struggle.

That being said, I did find some information that is worth sharing with all of you, and I’ll give you some of the things that have helped me keep a healthy weight gain this pregnancy.

There are lots of resources online that will tell you exactly how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy based on your weight before pregnancy and your BMI. Most articles say the following: (Statistics came from this article.)

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a weight gain of 25 to 37 pounds during pregnancy for women who were a normal weight before pregnancy.
  • Women who are underweight should gain between 28-40 pounds unless your health care provider says differently.
  • Women who are overweight should gain between 15-25 pounds unless your health care provider says differently.

Now, some articles will go on to say that women who fall into the obese category should gain between 11 – 20 pounds. BabyCenter actually has a pregnancy weight tracker where you can find out if you’re on the right track with your weight gain.

But before you do ANYTHING, you need to check with your doctor about the amount of weight he or she wants you to gain. It can be different if you are carrying multiples, or due to other circumstances. Please, don’t take anything you read on the internet as coming straight from the Bible. Talk to your doctor and get their opinion.

So what happens if you gain too much weight? Well, you can be putting yourself and your baby at risk. If you are already large, you could be forcing the doctors to give you a c-section. Your baby could become really big and you could have complications delivering. You’re also putting yourself at risk for gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. (Part of me wonders if that’s why I had pre-eclampsia with Parker. There was no other logical explanation for it.)

Ok, so what if you don’t gain enough weight? Your baby could be born pre-term or have a low birth weight.

Again, talk to your doctor about how much weight you should gain throughout your pregnancy.

During my pregnancy, I have gained a total of 6 pounds in 29 weeks. I’ll be honest, stress has played a BIG role in the lack of weight gain. But, there are other things I have done that I’m sure have helped:

  • Drink plenty of water. I try to get in at least 64 ounces, if not more, every day. Don’t drink it all at once, though. Space it out throughout the day, otherwise, you’ll spend all night running to the bathroom.
  • Eat smaller meals. I started this early in my pregnancy, because my morning sickness was so bad. By nibbling throughout the day, I kept from getting really hungry and eating large meals.
  • Avoid soda and sugary snacks. THIS is a hard one for me. I’m a pepsiholic. And don’t even get me started on chocolate milk shakes. But, by cutting these out, (or at least making them a rare treat), I’m keeping my sugar intake down, and avoiding those extra pounds that I don’t need.
  • Don’t eat after 8pm. Another hard one, since hubby doesn’t like to eat dinner alone, but he doesn’t get home until 9 or 10 most nights. If I do eat with him, I make sure I’ve had something earlier, and I’ll just take a few bites.

Again, always be sure to talk to doctor before making any changes to your diet. Just know that a healthy weight gain during pregnancy IS possible. With support from you husband, your family, and/or your friends, YOU CAN DO IT!