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Monday, April 4, 2011

The week ahead... fitness.

One of my major goals post-pregnancy is to get back into the swing of things in terms of fitness and eating better. Before I was pregnant I was going to the gym 5-6 times a week and working with a personal trainer. Through my pregnancy, I continued to go to the gym (or walk outside) 3-5 times a week. I actually worked with my personal trainer until I was about 8 months pregnant as well.

After W was born, I walked outside with him in the stroller when the weather permitted and in the final weeks of my leave, I started going to the gym 1-2 times a week. I will admit that I did not watch what I ate because I was worried about not eating enough and having it mess with my breastmilk supply. Of course, I suffer from low supply and I'm not sure anything I ate could ever have helped that situation.

I started Weight Watchers online in February but struggled with the new system. About 6 years ago, I lost over 80 pounds using South Beach, Weight Watchers, and working out. I have used Weight Watchers to maintain my weight since then. I think this is one reason I found the new system so challenging. So now I'm just trying to make better choices and reduce my calorie intake.

Last week I made it to the gym 3 times and I feel okay about that. My goal is to make it 4 times this week. Last week I did about 20 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of strength training each day. When I weighed myself, I was up in weight which I know can happen but is always frustrating. This week I plan on doing cardio every day that I go to the gym to try and knock my body back into the swing of things.

I've decided not to weigh myself once a week. Perhaps I will just do once a month or once every two months. Right now I get too discouraged if I don't see a loss. I am going to go more on how my clothing fits and hopefully I will be back in my pre-pregnancy clothing before I know it!

I need to lose 20 pounds to be back down to my pre-pregnancy weight range and to have a BMI that makes me feel comfortable. I know I can do it and I just need to take one day at a time and stay focused! It is so challenging though and I applaud anyone and everyone (new mothers and all others too) who is working on getting healthier and losing weight!


  1. I am working on losing weight as well! I got off birth control in November and haven't gotten my period since December, I went to the doctor, and one of my levels is high, which is why I am not getting my period, we really wanted to start trying for a baby.If I can just lose 20-30 lbs from what I read that will increase our changes quite a bit. Today I walked up and down stairs 4 levels at work twice and then took my puppy for a walk after dinner! And drank 66 ounces of water

  2. this was really interesting to read. i love hearing about other moms and how they shed their weight or started to feel good in their skin again post baby. thanks for sharing! woo hoo! :)


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