If you have ever lamented about the desire to lose weight postpartum, I am sure that you have probably heard someone say “it took nine months to get it on, it will take that long to get it off”. While I agree with that statement, it drives me crazy every time I hear it. I want my pre-baby body back, in some form at least! And not only do I want to look and feel better about myself, but I want to set a good example for my family and be able to do fun things with them in the future.
Friends, I am happy to tell you that I stand just a mere 10 pounds away from the weight that I was at when I got pregnant with the twins. However, I still have another 35 pounds to shave off from my first pregnancy (and then some more to lose after that, but I’m not focusing on that right now). I finally feel like I have an obtainable goal to work toward!
My goal is to lose all pounds packed on during pregnancy no later than one month after my first son’s second birthday. Twenty four months is long enough! So, this playdate crasher will be working on my fitness and more for the rest of my life. And for those of you with similar goals, I want to share with you my plan for success (not that I have already obtained this):
1.) Commit to logging ALL calories consumed with this awesome free tool, myfitnesspal.com and staying under 1800 calories a day.
2.) Go to the gym or go for a walk five days a week (every day except Wednesday and Sunday for me). We have a family membership at our local YMCA.
3.) Teach myself to run again using Podrunner Intervals 1 day to 5k.
4.) Cutting back on Sugar!
Every other week I will post with an update and those of you who are interesting in a little accountability please feel free to post with you thoughts and progress. If you would like a good book for encouragement with a spiritual slant, I recommend Candace Cameron-Bure’s Reshaping it All. After I read her book, I really felt empowered and encouraged to take the bull by the horns and get things going. It’s not a diet, just some personal stories that are very encouraging.
Best of luck to anyone who is on a similar journey, I will update in two weeks with my progress. And yes, I am still breastfeeding, so I’ve got an extra calorie burn helping me out. 🙂