Part of me is ok with everything, simply because I know having a baby and busy husband puts a lot on my plate, and if I don't want to stress about working out right now, I shouldn't. But the other part of me knows how much more confident and in charge I feel when I feel strong. And I want to truly believe my husband when he tells me I'm beautiful. And I want to run two half marathons this fall AND feel good about them. I know I won't run my best if I'm feeling heavy and lethargic. So it's time to get serious.
Instead of losing the last five pounds of baby weight, I've gained an additional five. I know some of that is water weight because I ate a lot of 'party' food the last few days. But still, my body is just not going in the direction I want it to. And the only one I truly have to blame for that is myself. Yeah, it would be easier if everyone would pick up the eating habits I want to institute, and yes I would be easier if someone would come workout with me, or make sure I had a babysitter for the girls, but no more excuses.
After my friend Jenny bravely posted her stats online, I realized what I needed to do to get my butt in gear. I had to put myself out there. Now I'm still not quite as brave as Jenny, I won't post my weight for all to see (why that number scares me so much, no matter what it is, I have no idea). But I've got some before pictures for you. I'm hoping that every four weeks I can update my pictures with noticeable progress. Seeing the pictures helped last time around, so I'm crossing my fingers it will work for me again (and holy heck I almost forgot how in shape I had gotten!).
For the record, I planned to take some 'nice' before photos with the big camera and a tripod and all, but reality is it was now or never so I squeezed in some mirror selfies right before I hopped in the shower. I think it will just add to the 'beforeness' of the pictures. HA.
And some measurements, that may or may not be accurate, have you tried to measure you own arm? And I'm wearing jeans at the moment...
natural waist: 29.25 in
belly button: 33.5 in
hips: 41 in
leg: 25.5 in
arm: 11 in
So there's that. I can't believe I'm posting that picture. But it will only make it so much more rewarding when I get to post an after. Now I just have to get there.
My goals this week:
lose 2 pounds
two strength workouts
I'm not going to focus on the food as a specific goal this week, simply because there is a whole lot of crap in my house, and I know I'm going to eat some sugar and processed junk. My parents had a party Saturday night, and I took home some leftovers. They are SO good. So I'm going to enjoy them a bit, but hopefully not in excess amounts.
Also, I know it is recommended that women who are nursing lose no more than a pound a week (I think I've heard or read that...), but this first week I'm assuming I've got some water weight to lose that won't truly affect my milk supply. As long as I stay hydrated and fuel my body with healthy things I should be good.
I've already got one workout in this week, I managed to make it to barbell this morning at the gym. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be sore, even though I probably could have lifted a little more weight. I was scared of going too heavy the first time back at the class in a LONG time.
Did you move it today?