So, here we go… this mama needs to do something to reclaim her body post babies (and, especially since staying at home). This was the best comparison I could find to give you a little indication of the change from wedding day to 8 years and 3 babies later:
The Post-Baby Weight Issue:
I have a bad track record with post-baby weight (well, weight in general, but that’s another post for another day). I’ve never really gained more than about 15–20 pounds during any of the 3 pregnancies (which is good since I started them all overweight). This last pregnancy was actually the lowest weight gain at not even 15 pounds. So with all 3 pregnancies, by about 3 weeks postpartum my weight has actually been below my pre-pregnancy weight by 5–10 pounds. I know! So essentially, pregnancy has been a great weight loss plan for me. BUT, all 3 times now, I put all the weight back on, plus at least 5–10 pounds extra in the few months that follows. Apparently, the combination of losing that little body inside me sucking up extra calories, the hormone shift & baby blues that make me want to eat, the newborn stress & exhaustion, and the lots of sitting around (you know, the hours a day I spend pumping, nursing a baby, snuggling/rocking a baby, etc.) isn’t a good one for my weight! I vowed that it wouldn’t happen with each subsequent pregnancy, but it has.
With Big Brother, I worked hard at dropping those extra 5–10 pounds I put on post-baby and it worked. I maintained that weight and was the exact same weight when I got pregnant with Little Brother as I was with Big Brother. But, when the post-baby weight gain happened with Little Brother, I didn’t lose it all. I didn’t put in the work; was sitting WAY more (hello, computer!) compared to my normal teaching days; had more access to food (being constantly in the house all day); and was eating out more. Needless to say, I gained weight. And now, the post-baby weight gain has occurred again. Three weeks postpartum this time I was doing great and down 7 pounds from my pregnancy weight. But, now 12 weeks out, I’m 1 pound over that pre-pregnancy weight (which was the heaviest non-pregnant weight I’d ever been). Ugh. Now that we’re transitioning out of that newborn stage into just the normal baby phase, we’re getting more sleep and have settled into a fairly comfortable routine. So it’s time for me to put a stop to the post-baby weight gain (and hopefully start the post-baby weight loss).
The Starting Plan:
I’ve accepted a fun blogging challenge to try Lean Cuisine meals once a day while also starting Couch-to-5K (C25k)! As a teacher, I used to take frozen meals like Lean Cuisine quite frequently for lunch. Since being at home instead though, I’ve found myself not eating consistent meals at consistent times, skipping meals, and just generally not eating as healthy. So, hopefully this will help get that back on track. We actually just did a “healthy foods” shop at Sam’s Club this week where I got two Lean Cuisine Asian Flavors 6-packs (a super sweet deal at less than $2 a piece)! I plan on replacing my at-home lunches each day with one of the Lean Cuisine meals. They look good! Plus, I stocked up on other healthy things like greek yogurt, turkey bacon, lettuce, vegetables, etc. So, hopefully we’re good there. Now, for the exercise part… I’ve heard great things about Couch to 5k. There’s quite a few of my friends that have used it with great success. The app was super easy to load and it’s all set on my phone.
I’m not a runner (obviously), but I’m hoping this will be doable. I’m not entirely convinced that after being pregnant and now this post-baby weight gain, I can manage to even run for one solid minute like the app says, but we’ll see. Plus I’ll have the support of a few other bloggers that are taking the challenge as well– Always Expect Moore and The Grant Life. I’ll be updating day-to-day via instagram (momendeavors) and this google+ story. And, in a couple of weeks I’ll give you a report here on the blog.
My workout shoes are ready, so the fun starts today!
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