Yeah none of that happened. I ate just as much, barely exercised and I gave into everyone of my cookie, ice cream, m&m cravings. With Miller I gained 40lbs and this time around I gained 38lbs. I have about 11lbs left that I've been hanging onto since 4 weeks after Matthew's birth. I hung on to ten extra pounds after Miller's birth until I quit breastfeeding and once I quit I took off around 17lbs rather quickly. I gained about nine of those back before my pregnancy with Matthew.
The number on the scale is actually not what I'm worried about. Prior to getting pregnant I never even owned a scale!! My entire life from 18-30 I have always stayed in a five weight range so I've always just gone by how my clothes fit.
My goal is to get back in shape and lead a healthier lifestyle. I want to be able to exercise at the level I did pre-kids and I want to feel good in my body.
Here are my three starting off points:
1. Eat Healthier
- Step 1- Cut out desserts for January (to see if I can do it and then add back in sparingly)
- Step 2- Lower carbs starting in February
- Step 3- Add more fresh vegetables and fruit
2. Add Exercise into my routine
- Gym 2-3 times a week
- At home exercises 2 times a week
3. Get into Yoga
-try to attend 1 yoga class a week
I plan to make yoga "me time" to relax and regenerate for the week. I also need to work on flexibility.
I've decided not to give myself a time frame for when things must happen. Since I've been pregnant or nursing a baby since September 2012 I really just want to take this year and focus on slowly getting my body back in the shape it was three years ago. I know this won't happen over night (I wish it could) so I know I'm going to have to be patient with myself and not beat myself up if I fall off track.
And the best motivation of all... pre-baby selfies of yourself in 2012 (when you thought you were fat and clearly you weren't!!) to remind you that you want to fit in those clothes again.
So I would love to hear from everyone- what's your go-to workout these days? What are your favorite workout songs? Anyone have a must try diet or exercise?