I’ve always been a pretty fit person. DH and I spent most of our free time while we were in California out hiking and/or biking. Even here in Va we managed to get out and do some biking or hiking on a regular basis. I loved it – feeling fit and trim. Then pregnancy hit. I vowed to continue to exercise in moderation and try to keep the weight monster at bay however between stresses at work, morning/all day sickness, ice storms making walking dangerous and the general aches and pains of pregnancy, I fell of that wagon pretty quickly.
I went from walking the dog twice a day to only managing the stairs on most days. My weight ballooned to a number I’ve never seen before and hope never to see again. Now, at least half that weight was necessary for the pregnancy, the other half – well, let’s just say I had a raging Panera Broccoli and Cheese soup habit. The final total on my pregnancy weigh gain was 42 lbs – the morning I was induced I weighed in at a cool 162lbs at the dr’s office. Oh how I hated that scale!
After Noah arrived I quickly dropped 20 odd lbs in the first three weeks. However, now things have plateaued and I’ve been stuck at 142lbs for the last 3 weeks. Now, 10lb of that is probably the extra heft of my milk laden boobies (okay, maybe 5lbs…anyways, I digress) but that still leave at least 10 more that have settled on my belly, arms, thighs, and butt (OMG – i tried on a number of my pre-pregnancy work out shorts and none of them would fit around my arse – I didn’t think it expanded that much! I had to buy a new work out wardrobe!).
Cue Jillian Michales! I’ve heard great things about her 30 day shred and since it was on sale on Amazon ($8 anyone??!) I decided to give it a try – today is day 1 and I almost died!! I knew I was outta shape but oh wow – she’s a hard arse and I’m all squishy marshmallow!
So, I’ll try to keep up a weekly check in on here to keep me accountable. DH has lots of plans this summer for beach volleyball tournaments which means bathing suits and I don’t want to have to buy a new suit – I LOVE the ones I have now. I’m not brave enough to post before and after pics here – sorry. Maybe if the results are spectacular then I’ll post a beach shot later this summer (haha..yea, right!). I end to fall off the wagon pretty quickly so I’ll need all the help I can get to stay on track with this.
My motivation – Jenny McCarthy! If she can look that amazing after a baby – then I certainly can (even if I dont have a personal trainer, chef, and nanny to watch the baby so I can work out 10 hours a day:) ).
Day 1 – 142lbs