Monday, May 6, 2013

We Need a Change!

So after Roman was born, I wanted to shed the weight I was still carrying as quickly as possible, so I told myself I was going to jump right in and eat a lot of healthy snacks. Fill myself up on carrots and ranch or trail mix so that I wouldn't overeat at meals. I drank tons of water and some juice and only had a minimum of soda because I had heard caffiene can stunt your breastmilk production.

As Roman got older and the weight really fell off, I began to get back into the old rythm. I'm still going to college and sitting at home with him at nights while Dillon is working, so in the day I tend to rush around getting food and at night I have too much time to snack. My snacks went from veggies to chips fast and pretty soon the weight loss stopped and I became stagnant.

Dillon had also gained a few of the lb's along with me during pregnancy, so he has expressed desire to get fit again as well.

When you are pregnant, you might have a job or activities that take up your time, but at the end of the day if you have thirty extra minutes to go to the gym (for me, the gym is 2 minutes up the road at my apartment's office, where Dillon works). I guess it never occured to me that after he was born, I would have zero extra minutes at the end of the day. Even when I find  myself sitting on the couch flipping through Netflix, I have him with me and Dillon is working. You can't exactly haul a baby up to the gym and sit his carseat next to the elliptical, especially when your baby likes to scream his little monkey head off just for the entertainment of hearing his own voice. It makes people nervous, or just annoys them, to have a baby in a place where there are usually only adults. Plus, I'm not sure what the apartment's policy is on having kids in the gym.

I have walked a lot on the vast sidewalks of my complex, and even tried running some. I ran up the golf cart trails on the course, but I found that the trails aren't quite big enough for those speedy carts and my stroller. Plus, some golfers will actually ask you to leave the trail because they are afraid you will be hit by their golf balls and be hurt or file a complaint. Apparently running with a big stroller on a golf course also makes people nervous. Hmm. That still leaves the sidewalks, so I'll keep trying.

My point in all of this is, it's very hard to get back into the swing of things and get your pre-baby body back. I have lost about 25 pounds since I gave birth, putting me pretty close to my pre-baby weight, but numbers aren't everything. This is especially true when I gained every bit of the 32 pregnancy pounds in my hips, belly, or breast.

This is me on Christmas, just 1 week after delivery, weighing 134 lbs. I lost 16 pounds during delivery and the week after. (Reminder: my baby weighed 7 lbs 11.5 oz. So the waters and placenta must have been pretty heavy!)

At this point, 4 months 3 weeks post-baby, I approximate my weight to be 125 lbs (I don't own a scale), but my belly is not in the shape I would like it to be. I bagged up all of my bikinis and bought a nice tankini with full coverage bottoms. I don't expect the stretch marks to fall off anytime soon, although the weight just might. I am back in my size 2 jeans, size medium fitted shirts, and size small t-shirts. I actually like my hourglass shape, but not the front pouch.

I know I will have to do a lot of work-outs to get my belly toned up, but I have decided that my first step will be eating right. This will also help Dillon get back on track as well. It was his idea that after all the soda in our house is gone, we will stop buying it. I'm not sure if this means we don't have sodas out anywhere either, or if we are really quitting them, but that is one major leap for us! I told him I may have to start drinking coffee regularly if I am going to keep up with school work and not completely die of caffiene withdrawls (through a straw of course, to save my pearly whites).

This post is a declaration of our desire to change our lifestyle. We want to step away from our usual go-to's and jump into a routine of healthier, cleaner eating. This means more whole foods, more veggies, more whole grains, more organic, less carbs --- better choices!

I have turned to the interwebs for help.
Through Pinterest, I've found Tanner and Stephanie on their blog Kissy Lips and Carrot. They are two 20-year-old college girls who made a healthy lifestyle change by promising to text one another every time they ate in order to keep their focus on healthy living.
I've also found Taralynn McNitt on her blog undressed skeleton. She is a 20-something who changed her life dramatically by losing a lot of weight. She constantly posts pictures and write articles about the meals she is eating and even helps you find choices for healthy eating at restaurants.
And of course, one of my favorite bloggers Amber Massey (from Life Moments with the Masseys or 3 Ladies and Their Gent) on her dietician blog Chocolate Broccoli.

I've also found a few faith points to keep me going:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
verses found here

Final thoughts: This isn't simply about "weight loss", because as I said earlier, it isn't about the numbers. This is about being healthier and starting a routine. I still love chips. It will still take a lot of work to get me working out. However, I am willing to try to make a change. None of this post is meant to get you to say "You look great..." or throw me compliments. I know I have bounced back well, but I am looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that I can keep this body and make improvements to it. This will make it easier on me in the future when I have more children, my metabolism slows, or a number of other things that happen as we age.

Please encourage me to keep going. And don't post so many cake pictures on Pinterest or Facebook, ok? haha

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