May 14, 2007
Some of you may remember a few years ago when I had a weight-loss blog where I tracked my adventure of losing 23 pounds and a total of something like 17 inches off of various parts of my body. It took a good year to do it, but it worked. And I kept it off for quite a while, though I did gain back about 10 pounds or so before becoming pregnant (but honestly- looking back at some of those pictures where I was 115 lbs, I think I was TOO skinny!)
While I love my baby girl and wouldn’t trade her for the world, I am NOT loving the things pregnancy did to my body. The stretch marks don’t bother me too much, because I’ve never been a bikini girl and the only person who will be seeing them is Dan. But the soft flabby-ness of my midsection is less than desirable.
So I think it’s time for me to try doing this thing again.
I gained 40 pounds while I was pregnant, much to my surprise. The night I checked into the hospital in labor, I weighed 167 pounds. Within 2 weeks of having Maggie, I was down to 146- HURRAY! Today, almost 7 weeks after giving birth, I weigh 145. hm. I think some serious action is required to get things moving again. And since I’m about finished with breastfeeding (I’ve been trying to nurse Maggie at night after successfully switching her over to formula during the day, but my milk is now starting to dwindle in supply) I think it’s safe for me to diet now. Plus, the magic weight loss that supposedly comes with breastfeeding will be gone!
The last time I did this, I had quite a strict system of tracking. I weighed myself on Mondays and Wednesdays and took my measurements on Mondays. I entered the data in an Excel spreadsheet and created pretty graphs showing my progress (I LOVE GRAPHS.) I also tracked my daily food intake on FitDay to keep an eye on my calories- I didn’t restrict carbs or fats too much, mainly because I wasn’t too far off the charts for either of them. I stuck mainly to portion control and ate a cookie if I wanted one. I also tried hard to exercise, which has always been a hard thing for me to stick to. I did okay, going through phases where I would work out 3 days a week for 2 weeks or so… and then not do much for a few weeks. But I tried!
This morning, I opened up my old weight loss tracking spreadsheet, dated 2003-2004. I saved a new copy for 2007 and named it ‘Baby Weight Loss 2007’. This time, I don’t have a specific goal date in mind, though I would like to get in a bit better shape by the time my 10 year high school reunion rolls around (a month away!) My main goal is to just lose the extra weight I have, which is about 15 or 20 pounds. My other goal is to simply tighten up my body and get rid of the general overall softness of it. I’ve been walking a few times a week with Maggie, but I’d like to start doing some other things (if she gives me time!) like Pilates or even breaking out my old TaeBo tapes!
Rather than starting a whole separate blog for this, I’ll just be posting updates here if there’s anything exciting to report. Here are my Day 1 measurements and weight:
Weight: 145 pounds
Bust: 41.5 inches (thanks to my still-full boobs!)
Waist: 36 inches
Hips: 41 inches
Thigh: 24 inches
Arm: 11 inches
Wish me luck!