Body After Baby Challenge – on holdJuly 5, 2009
When I was pregnant, I gained 45 pounds. The first 2 weeks after I came home from the hospital, I lost a total of 30 pounds. When I was having trouble with milk supply and breastfeeding Penny, I hovered up another 5 pounds again, which I seem to have lost since I started the domperidone. To save you from doing the math, that’s 15 pounds to go.
This weekend, I came across Samantha @ MamaNotes’ Body After Baby Challenge. I’ve linked to the first week’s challenge to explain the premise, but that was way back in April (oh God, where does the time go?)! The most recent post is here.
I am joining the challenge this week! Time to banish the baby fat!
- Long Term Goals
- Milestone 1: Lose 15 pounds of baby weight (to get back to prepregnancy weight). Timeframe: 3 months
- Milestone 2: Lose an additional 20 pounds of weight (to a weight that I would feel comfortable at). Timeframe: 3-6 months on top of Milestone 1.
- Milestone 3: Lose an additional 30 pounds of weight (my end goal, and the weight that I have felt the most healthiest in my life). Timeframe: 6 months on top of Milestones 1 and 2.
- Eat healthier (will work on 1 aspect per week)
- Live a less sedentary lifestyle (will come naturally by completing my short term goals)
- Short Term Goals
- Use my cardio workout on the Wii 3 times this week
- Take the dog for a walk every day, even if it is just around the block
- Eat breakfast every day
- Plan of Action
- Hire a stand-in to come and complete all of the above steps for me, while I run away to some deserted island. What? That’s not a valid option? Hmm, then I guess I need to make myself a calendar of this week to put up on the fridge. Put a box on every day to check off that I have had breakfast, and taken the dog for a walk. I will put boxes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the cardio workout. Breakfast doesn’t need to be elaborate. A bowl of Cheerios and a piece of fruit would be fine.
- Having every box checked off on the first week is unrealistic, so if I have at least 2/3 cardio, and 4/5 each of the breakfasts and walks, I will reward myself with the purchase of a new pair of summer sandals.
When I look at the 75 pounds of weight I want to lose, it seems overwhelming, and this is one of the biggest deterrents to becoming more active and actually trying to lose that weight. But when I write it out this way, breaking it into smaller, more manageable chunks, and giving myself realistic timelines to the smaller chunks, it actually seems do-able.
For anyone who might be motivated to join the challenge with me, I am
currently 215 pounds, and was 200 prepregancy. During the time when I felt the healthiest in my life, I was 150 pounds. If you go by what the “standards” are, my ideal weight is 135 pounds for a height of 5’6″. I do not agree with that. I feel that’s placing unrealistic expectations on women already overwhelmed by the concept of “skinny.” I love Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty!
Please join me in my effort! Share your tips and ideas for motivation and accomplishing my goals, and make sure to let me know if you want support too!
Everyone in our house has been sick during the last week. Thank goodness Samantha decided to do a Fit Before Labor Day Challenge – 8 weeks to get fit. It will be complete with teams and before/after pictures, and best of all, @dudetodad and my husband, Court are going to participate too! So, I’m going to take these goals, along with Court’s and repost them next Monday for the 8 week challenge.