It’s been busy, but I’ve still been fighting the good fight, I just haven’t been great about posting here. This week I lost 3.5 lbs. The Weight Loss Challenge is over and I did it! I took 1st place! Since April 1st, I lost a total of 11.59% (27.5 lbs) of my body weight! I couldn’t be more happy with myself. The challenge is just the kick in the booty that I needed to start shedding this baby weight. So as of today, I am down to 209.7 lbs and my next goal is still 199 by July 1st. My workouts have been getting better and better. I’m consistently able to improve my 5k pace on my runs. I haven’t drank soda in over 2 months. I am eating clean and healthier than ever, as well as getting in my 80g of protein per day. Life is good, I’m enjoying the ride and looking forward to feeling more and more healthy as time goes on! And here is my before and after pic from the challenge:
4.8 lb loss this week! YES! I worked hard and it paid off. What a great feeling. I also achieved my first mini goal of 219 lbs by 5/6! I feel great and really think I’m in my groove. I have set my next mini goal – 199 lbs by 7/1. That’s an average of 2.5 lbs per week, which should be no problem to attain. Smaller clothes are fitting and feeling better about myself every day. Looking forward to my wardrobe fitting again! Next week, I’m hoping for number somewhere between 2-4 lbs. Wish me luck!
I lost 1.7 lbs this week. I’m still not satisfied with that number. I know that in the past, I have done so much more. I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that maybe, just maybe, my body is different after birthing 3 children, getting older, and dealing with more stress that ever in my life. I said I am coming to terms with it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop me from working just as hard and pushing it week after week to shed this baby weight and get fit and healthy once again. My first mini-goal for myself was to get under 220 by May 6th, which is next week. This means I need a 4 lb loss this week. I WILL DO IT!!
I am one month into the 8 week challenge that I am part of. I am currently in 2nd place and I’m inching my way to taking over 1st place. I KNOW I can do it! I took some before pictures at the start of the challenge and I look some more yesterday at the 1 month mark. I’m down 14 lbs in a month, which is pretty good. I have been hard on myself because I think I can do better, but once I saw these pictures together, I feel pretty proud of myself!
I am down 2.3 lbs from last week. I was hoping for a little bit more, but I can be ok with it. I am down just about 12 lbs in 3 weeks and that is right along with what I was hoping to do. My first goal is 219 by May 6th. That is 2 weeks and 6 lbs away and I will complete this goal! My workouts have been going well and I’m slowly easing back into my old running routine. I’m starting to slowly add weights and strength training, as well. I noticed over the last few days that my clothes are getting loose and I just FEEL better overall. I haven’t had a soda in almost a month and I totally cut out artificial sweeteners (which wasn’t easy, especially in my coffee!). I am eating clean, whole foods and started drinking and brewing my Kombucha again. It all just feels right and I’m loving getting back to my old, normal self! The next couple of weeks won’t be easy, but I will push through and achieve my goals, just like I always do!
1.1 lbs was the loss for me this week. While I am NOT enthused about this, I did somewhat expect it. My cheat day this week was on Saturday and I knew that would affect my Monday morning weigh in. On top of that, my Aunt Flo is visiting, which always makes for a bad weigh in. I look forward to another big number next week. On another note, I had a huge non-scale victory this week: I ran my first full 5k with an 11:53 pace. It’s no PR, but it is a start. Feeling good.
It feels SO GOOD to be back at it! I lost 8.3 lbs this week and it is exactly the motivation that I needed to show myself that I can do this…I can lose this baby weight again. I have been focusing on my protein intake, which was seriously lacking before. I’m trying to get in 80+ grams of protein per day. This is a tough task when you’re consuming roughly 1250 calories a day, but totally doable. It just means that I have to make every calorie count…and I certainly have been. I’m eating a lot more lean meats, greek yogurt, eggs, veggies and a lot less (if any) empty calories like rice puffs, light ice cream and 90 calorie snacks. I have to say, it’s not very hard to give up the snack junk because I’m getting better at seeing food as fuel rather than pleasure. It’s a wonderful feeling. I feel my fire roaring again and I can’t wait to see what I will do next!
A small part of me is ashamed of the weight I saw on the scale today. I say only a small part of me, because really, what can I do about it now? I don’t have a time machine or a delorian, so I might as well suck it up and look ahead. 237.2 was the number. A mere 14 lbs less than I was at 1 week postpartum on April 13, 2012. I guess I can be glad that I didn’t gain over the last year. Just imagine what I could have done if I had tried. But I didn’t and here I am now. I’ve got a lot of work to so, but I finally feel good, like my mojo is back and I can do this. I am looking forward to getting under 220, which will allow me to fit into some of my intermediate-fat-clothes (lol). My first mini-goal is to get to 219 by May 6th. That’s 18 lbs in 5 weeks, with an average of 3.6 lbs per week. Totally doable, right? I’ve done better in the past, so I know it can be done. Today will begin calorie counting and workouts in my home gym, eventually working up to getting back in the gym (when time and my children allow). I’ll be weighing in on Mondays (yeah, that totally blows my “fun” weekends, huh?) and posting weekly, so keep checking back and cheering me on in my progress!
Yes, it’s been far too long. Yes, I am still fat. Yes, I have neglected my health and fitness. No, I am not going to do it any longer.
This is not an April Fool’s joke – starting on April 1, 2013, I am official back on the saddle. I am one week away from being one YEAR postpartum with Baby #3. I am not proud of the number that will show on the scale when I weigh myself on Monday morning, but I am proud that I am taking control of it once again.
I really thought that I could and would lose all of the baby weight in 9 months, like I did after Baby #1 and Baby #2, but alas…it didn’t happen. I have basically maintained the same weight for the last year. Some may say “Well, at least you didn’t gain!” But I am not that easy on myself. I am not comfortable with my weight or my (lack of) fitness level at this point and I need to get healthy.
So stop on by as I begin (for real this time) the next leg of my journey. Wish me luck (or don’t, I don’t need it)!
Today is not Friday, my usual posting day, but I need to post tonight.
Here I am, 6 weeks postpartum. 5 weeks ago, I got back on track to reach my pre-pregnanacy body. I’ve lost 10 lbs in those 5 weeks. While some would be happy with that, I am not. At 241 lbs, with the amount of exercise I’ve been doing, as well as my caloric intake…I should be losing much more. My first instinct is the question whether I’m eating enough. Is my body going into starvation mode because I’m larger and need more calories than I do when I’m 170 lbs? Maybe. So I upped my calories. But still no big change. Now tonight, in the middle of my run, my hip started hurting. This is a lingering pain leftover from pregnancy that apparently has decided to return. For this, I will visit the chiropractor. But GRRRRRR…..
I am a fairly intelligent person, so logically, I know that this is ok. But the perfectionist in me says “HECK NO THIS IS NOT OK!” I have gone over all of the usual retorts in my head – “It took you 9 months to gain the weight, you’re not going to lose it overnight” or “Weight loss is not a sprint, it’s a marathon” or “YOU JUST HAD A BABY, FOR GOD SAKE!”. I understand all of these things and yes, they are all valid comments. But in your head, while your hormones are still regulating, your stomach no longer carries a watermelon but your boobs certainly could be the size of two watermelons, your mood swings are enough to drive yourSELF crazy and the inner-tube around your mid-section could keep you afloat in the pool……..none of these comments matter.
At this stage, all you want is your old body back and not being able to get it back overnight, well, it’s a tough pill to swallow – even the third time around. Alas, I’m slowly coming to grips with the fact that I am not magic and I cannot wave my wand and get my old body back overnight. (slowly being the key word here.) I’ve got to keep on keeping on and accept that as long as I do everything that I can, that is all that I can do. So here I go….ready to fight another day toward my old body. Slowly, but surely.
It’s a girl…..
…..and I’m fat – yet again!
Baby #3 was born 1 week ago on April 6, 2012. We are ecstatic about her arrival – a healthy, happy little peanut! This pregnancy had many ups and downs from carrying triplets in the beginning, to placenta previa in the second half. I had an array of excuses to bring back my old eating habits and was restricted from exercise by my doctors. So guess what that means – it means I’m fat!
I had gained about 10 lbs before getting pregnant, so was about 176 or so at that point. Today, 1 week postpartum, I weighed in at 251.5. Yes, I gained 75 lbs in this pregnancy. Not quite as much as the 110 that I gained with #1, but more than the 55 that I gained with #2.
Today marks the beginning of this oh-so-familiar journey of post-pregnancy weight loss. I’m excited to get back on track. When I am tracking my calories and workouts, I feel the most comfortable and in control. After just a half a day, my stomach is growling like crazy since I did such a great job of stretching it out over the last 10 months, LoL.
I’m not allowed to participate in strenuous exercise until 4 weeks postpartum, bUt I do plan to burn *some* calories before then…I just have to take it slowly. My gym membership will resume in mid-May, which will really get things going -I cannot wait!!
I have a great goal to shoot for right now. My little sister is getting married on August 11th and I am a maid of honor. What a perfect reason to drop the lbs and try to look great in a dress! I know it will be tough to lose all 75 lbs in 17 weeks, so I will settle for losing a majority of it. I’d like to get down to 189 by the wedding. That is 62 lbs in 17 weeks – or about 3.5 lbs per week. Yep, that’s not going to be easy. If you’ve followed my blog at all before, you know that I only set lofty goals for myself. Challenges motivate me!
So here I find myself again, in this familiar spot. But I won’t be here for long…you can count on that!