For too many years, the words “I can’t” played a large role. Especially with regards to fitness.
Excuses for why I couldn’t run or play a certain sport or lose a few pounds were bountiful. And, honestly, most of them didn’t make any sense.
The first time I pushed my self-imposed limitations aside, was a few months before my wedding when I decided, if ever there was a time to aim for perfection in the area of health and wellness, this was the time. I had a realistic goal and, with the help of a running buddy or two and Weight Watchers online, I reached it in time for my dress fitting.
I have talked about goals here, but no timeline. It occurred to me yesterday that a lack of one might cause me to lose motivation. Not to give anything away about this week’s update, but it’s easy to see a few pounds lost and think “Yay! Good enough”. I don’t want to do that.
So, here it is: My goal is to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight by Wyatt’s first birthday in two months. That’s almost exactly 9 weeks from last week. My pre-pregnancy weight was about 155lbs and my last weigh-in was 169.5lbs.
Hold your horses! I’ll tell you this week’s weight in a minute.
Weight Watchers recommends an average of a 2 lb loss per week. Ok, so we have my goal of 15 lbs in 2 months!
I’m not going to bend over backwards. It’s just nice to have something to aim for.
I’d love to have pictures taken for Wyatt’s first birthday, and wouldn’t it be nice if I was able to wear one of my favorite pre-pregnancy outfits?! I bought a bunch of cute new Ann Taylor outfits when I went to BlogHer ’11 and was about 1.5 months pregnant.
Ok, enough of that. Let’s talk updated stats:
- Height: 5’9″ish
- Weight: 166 lbs!!! (-3.5 lbs from last week, -2 lbs since I started, and -10 lbs since my 6 week postpartum visit)
- Waist: 31.3″ (-1.2″ since last week)
- Bust: 36.8″ (-0.7″ since last week)
- Hips: 41″ (no change)
YAY! Yes, I’m celebrating! It was a good week. I would have been really defeated if I didn’t see a difference, to be completely transparent.
This week felt a little like a week on “The Biggest Loser”.
I did my best to stay on my feet 80% of the day and did something at least moderately active every day. I made it to the gym 3 times – twice for a Hatha Yoga class and once for Zumba (actually 4 trips to the gym and 2 Zumba classes if you count last Friday afternoon).
I completely restocked our refrigerator with things like hummus, roasted red peppers, spinach, carrots deli turkey meat, high fiber tortillas, lowfat cottage cheese, and fruit salad. I made sure we had plenty of bananas and apples and I hid all refined treats from plain view. And I tracked every.single.bite.
Know what else? I feel so good. I feel lighter and happier and more energetic. I’ve had an easier time staying on top of household chores and keeping up with the boys. I’ve had more patience with Dylan, though, that’s not to say I haven’t still yelled quite a few times.
PLUS Dylan’s eating better, which I mentioned a couple of days ago. He seems happier and easier to reason with, too.
I know part of that is me. I’m more playful and he gets more positive attention.
I do know not to expect such significant differences every week. I’m just happy to finally see some changes and, more importantly, feel them so strongly.
And also? Look at me getting this post up earlier!
I still credit my quiet time for meditation and prayer, too. I know God’s helping me improve myself one day at a time.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ~ Matthew 7:7
I still wish, sometimes, that I could instantly shed the excess weight and fit into my clothes. Who doesn’t? But I’m working on enjoying the journey, celebrating the victories, and honoring where my body is right now.
How about you? Was this a good week or a rough one? I’d love to hear both the struggles and the victories. And don’t forget, you can link up your fitness related posts below! The link’s open through next Thursday, so feel free to add yours anytime!