It’s been a while since I did an update on my fitness, so here it is!
I reached my pre-pregnancy weight in November, 11 months postpartum. I gained a little back over the holidays,and worked to get solidly back to my pre-pregnancy weight. But I am not stopping here. I was at my heaviest when I got pregnant with Tiny One, so my goal now is to get to my wedding weight, which is about 10-15 pounds away. Then I will be able to wear most of my wardrobe again! I hope to continue to lose weight so I am healthier before conceiving baby #2.
Exercise: I have not been as consistent as I would like with exercise (a common theme throughout my life…), but it is something I am working on. Throughout the summer and fall I went on long walks several times a week. I love the time outside – it would always help me clear my head, and as an added bonus, Tiny One often took a nap! Now that the weather is nice again I have been taking the Tiny One out on long walks again and it feels so good! But in the cold, I did not walk as much. I really don’t like being cold! To help motivate me to exercise more regularly, I started the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge, which was created by Briana Christine, who lost 100 pounds in a year after her third pregnancy. Her workouts are intense, but short, to help you get results while fitting it in your schedule. She is really motivating, and I am definitely stronger! I was also going to a Zumba class on Wednesday nights, but no longer attend my gym now that we moved. My plan now involves going for a walk at least 4 days a week, and I set up a schedule for getting in strength, cardio, pilates, belly dance, and stretching/yoga.
Nutrition: My diet has really been up and down over the past 18 months. When I was breastfeeding, I was scared of doing anything to lose what little amount I was making, so I tried to eat healthy, but did not limit myself at all or track my calories. Once Tiny One was no longer breastfeeding, I started to look at my calorie intake and Mr. S and I did a cleanse. The cleanse was hard, but helped to jump start more weight loss for me and inspired me to try some new healthy recipes. Unfortunately, I put some that I lost back on after the cleanse was over, and also struggled during our move. Now that we’re more settled in our new home, I am back on track with meal planning. I also use myfitnesspal on my iphone and I love it! I use it to track my calories and my water intake. I don’t track every day – since it can be time-consuming – but I try to do it most days to make sure I am on track. I also set a goal over the next few months to work on my personal recipe book, my meal planning, and my pantry to help make healthy eating easier.
Sometimes, weight loss is frustratingly slow, and it is even harder with a young child. But looking back, I have lost more than 20 pounds over the last year (since last May) and am taking steps to lose more and be healthier. All I can do is keep trying! Hopefully, sharing this will give some of you the inspiration you need to keep working towards being healthier even through set-backs and slow progress. I hope to keep sharing my progress with you, also to motivate myself.