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Body After Baby – Week #3

July 30, 2009

Body After Baby – Week #2 Recap

I was in a Body After Baby challenge last week? Really? Hmm. Are you sure? And I was supposed to write this update on Monday? Ouch.

Actually, my bathroom scale says I was participating. I am down to 214-ish. We’ve been making quite the effort with what we eat. Dinner has been moderate portions of meat/alternative, vegetables and a starch. I point out “moderate” because that has always been our issue. We don’t eat badly (well occasionally we do), we just eat TOO MUCH of the good food. I’m talking like 12 ounces of meat at dinner, nevermind whatever the starch happens to be. But as I was saying, we’ve been making an effort there.

Last week I made goals of walking the dog every day, eating breakfast every day, cardio workout 3x and 10-minute workout every day. I’ve definitely been slipping on eating breakfast. Alternatively, I’ve been sort of grazing all day. Like a bag of crackers beside me and eat a couple now, and a couple in an hour, etc. I didn’t do the cardio or the 10-minute workouts at all (shame on me!). But we did take the dog for a walk a couple of times. Court has the mosquito bites to prove it.

I issued Court a challenge the other day. [If you don’t like TMI, stop reading here] He is just over 240 right now. I promised him if he could get to 200 by Penny’s 1st birthday (early January), I’d let him have an unmentionable act that he doesn’t normally get. By the way, apparently trading off sexual favors is allowable, according to my “Babyproofing Your Marriage” book. I think that’s finally given him motivation, where he didn’t have much before. As soon as he gets his orthotics made I’ll start pushing him back to the gym too.

In conclusion, I didn’t meet any of my goals for Week #2. I still improved, but in a different area. I think I’m going to learn from Weeks #1 & #2, and not shoot so high for Week #4’s goals. Why not Week #3? Because today’s Thursday. I wasted the week away. I’m just continuing the way I have been, and will get back on track for Monday.

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Body After Baby – Week #2

July 20, 2009

Week #1 Review

Oh crap. I suck in the motivation department. Last week, I made goals of:

  • Eating breakfast every day
  • Walking the dog every day
  • Doing a 10-minute FitDadSays.com workout
  • Doing a Wii cardio workout 3 times

And I can happily say that I got tons of footrubs last week! Meaning… not so much of what was on my goal list. I ate breakfast most days, usually a bowl of Cheerios. I missed a couple of days though. I think the problem I have with breakfast right now is that I don’t get up until about 10am, and by the time I feed Penny and pour coffee into me, and decide I’m actually hungry – it’s lunch time.

We – as in Court, Penny, Hershey and myself – went for a walk around the block the other night. But that was it in the walking department. In my defense, 30 degrees Celsius is NOT conducive to walking outside until the sun goes down. And by then I’m so tired I can’t be bothered to move. I also blame this partly on Court. Of course, none of it has to do with me! (Yes, I’m not stupid. I know it’s all me. Stop making excuses.) But Court has plantar fasciitis (sp?). He was supposed to see the PT on Thursday, but they were sick, and he’s rescheduled in for tomorrow. His feet have been absolutely killing him. It’s really hard to get all of us up for a walk, when I know walking hurts him. But last night he soaked his feet in a big tub of hot water, and said it helped a bit. And he goes to the PT tomorrow. So hopefully we’ll get our family walks in here pretty quick.

I tried the FitDadSays.com workout. Once. And I couldn’t do 8 burpees. But I did the rest! And wasn’t gasping for breath like Court does (give him a break, he’s asthmatic). It seemed simple enough to do. But I think I need to do it when Court’s not around. He’s ok doing it (and did do it almost every night), but I feel like an idiot flopping around trying to do things like burpees. Don’t know what a burpee is? Click here. If a 10-minute workout sounds good, hope over to FitDadSays.com’s YouTube Videos for his many 10-minute workouts.

And did I do my cardio workouts on the Wii? Well, yes. Once. It’s Gold Gym’s Cardio Workout for anyone who was wondering. Mostly you shape box. While rocking back and forth from one foot to the other. It’s actually the rocking that keeps your heart rate up, and boy is it hard to do! Especially with the speed they have it at.

So for Week #1’s review, no I didn’t meet my goals. I didn’t even come close. BUT…it is definitely better than I was doing before we started.

Week #2 Goals

I’m going to continue with last week’s goals, mostly. But I’m going to work on getting up earlier so I can make eating breakfast at breakfast-time my goal. So this week, I want to get up by 9:00 every day (weekends don’t count), and eat breakfast within a half hour of getting up. I still want to walk the dog every day, but I’m going to try to do it in the morning. I’m still going to try to do my 10-minute workout every day, but I’m going to check some of FitDadSays.com’s other videos because he has some aimed at abs. And this baby-tummy needs work. And… I’m still going to do the cardio 3 times.

I am off to a good start for this week. I bought breakfast (a bagel from Tim Hortons… it’s still breakfast!), but didn’t get a chance to eat it until about 12:30. And I took Penny and Hershey for an almost hour long walk at the off leash park. Hershey got to run off leash for the first time, which let me focus on walking and making it count. And I learned that 10-11am during the week is a great time to go to the off leash park! I’m going to finish posting this, and do my 10-minute thing, and I think I’ll even turn the cardio workout on until Penny wakes up (which should be anytime now).

For the record, I didn’t lose any weight, and I didn’t gain any weight. But this afternoon, I feel good!

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Go Team Magenta!

July 13, 2009

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Samantha @ MamaNotes is hosting a Body After Baby Challenge, with a new sub-challenge of 8 weeks to be fit by Labor Day.

So many moms and even 2 dads have joined! Samantha had to split us into teams so that we can cheer on our little group. On Team Magenta is me, my husband Court, Srr, Heather, and Danielle. We’ll be cheering each other on for the next 8 weeks through various goals.

What I intend to accomplish over the next 8 weeks is just a split-off off my long term goals.

8-week Goals
Lose 15 pounds of baby weight (to get back to prepregnancy weight). To accomplish this, I will:

  • Do a 10-minute workout from Fit Dad Says every day (the one we’re working on right now is 30-second mountain climber, 15 reverse lunges per leg, 12 pushups [I do crunches], 15 overhead squats, 30-second plank, and 8 burpees). Fit Dad Says has videos of how to do everything. Right now I can only get through the list once. Actually, I can’t even finish the burpees right now. But that will get better the more I do them, and then I should be able to do 2 sets in 10 minutes, maybe a bit more.
  • 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 (I’d better get on this one. It’s 12:30 and I haven’t eaten yet)

Srr, Heather and Danielle, I’ll be visiting you shortly to say hi and leave some words of encouragement! Go Team Magenta!

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Body After Baby Challenge – on hold

July 5, 2009

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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.
  • Reward
    • 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.