How I’m Losing 10 Pounds
I’m on a mission — to lose 10 pounds and to get fit and toned again.
That’s me three weeks ago — at 137 pounds. Oofta.
Yep, I have the Kim Kardashian bootie going on — but not in a good way.
I have been working out with a wonderful personal trainer for a few months, but three weeks ago I joined his 8-Week Challenge and things are finally moving in the right direction.
I worked out with Neil twice a week in the last three weeks, am eating more protein and trying to drink more water. I was feeling a little more toned, but I’m so used to the scale not moving even though I have pretty healthy eating habits that I was surprised to find out today that I lost more than 2 inches around my waist after three weeks. Yay!
That might be nothing to someone else, but I needed that reassurance. For the first time in a long time I feel encouraged that I will get back into shape again.
How did I gain weight and get so out of shape?
Before I met Don, I used to spin several times a week and did yoga once a week. Then I met Don when I tried out the yoga class he was teaching. We got married a year later, and I got pregnant two months later.
I was about seven months pregnant in this picture, and hiking in Santa Barbara:
I kept working out throughout my pregnancy and only stopped spinning when my knees kept hitting my belly. I figured that meant it was about time to get off the bicycle. I took my last yoga class a day before L was born.
The 35 pounds I put on during the pregnancy came off pretty quickly. I wasn’t in a rush — it had taken 10 months to put them on, so I was going to give myself some time to take it off. I think it took about six months. It was easy — all I had to do was breastfeed Landon.
Breastfeeding was the best diet I’ve ever been on, for three years. I went from a size 8 pre-baby to a size 6, and sometimes even a 4. For the first time in my life I could eat anything I wanted and wasn’t putting on weight; I even lost weight. While I used to like to work out, I was now not interested in it anymore, going so far as writing posts about being a “former exercise fan.”
When L was about 3, I was still nursing him but noticed that I was starting to gain weight again. Little by little, a few pounds here and there. I’d lose some and gain some back.
But it wasn’t just the weight. Five extra pounds isn’t that dramatic, but I was starting to feel out of shape and flabby because I wasn’t working out, which made me feel like I had gained 10+ pounds.
I think it’s a combination of not having to run after a toddler anymore, starting to write my blog and sitting for hundreds of hours, not working out, breastfeeding less, and getting older — my metabolism just isn’t the same it was five years ago.
So even though I wasn’t eating more, I kept gaining weight.
A few months ago, I couldn’t fit into my size 6 clothes anymore. I have my size 8 jeans somewhere, but I didn’t want to dig for them.
Eventually, I had to buy new jeans to feel comfortable, but I was miserable. I felt like I had a tire around me all day. This wasn’t my body, this was not who I wanted to be, and these extra rolls felt awful.
I have so many cute tops that I never wore last summer or the summer before because they don’t fit. I refuse to buy new ones when all it takes is some self-control and exercising to get back into the ones I have. I had been spoiled for three years while breastfeeding. Now I was mad at myself and frustrated, which made me eat even more.
Why couldn’t I lose some measly 10 pounds when other people, can lose 14 in just four weeks?
Around the New Year, I decided enough is enough. I had two options: either make peace with these extra 10 pounds or do something about it so I can finally stop obsessing about it.
So I’m making changes, and they are paying off. To be honest, the number of pounds I’ll lose is less important to me — I want to feel toned again and get back into my size 6 clothes.
I hope the inches keep coming off. After today’s encouraging news, I can’t wait to see how many inches I’ll lose in 8 weeks. I found cute Adidas workout pants and a sweatshirt for just $25 yesterday at Kohl’s, and I’m ready to conquer these extra pounds.
Look out for tomorrow’s post if you’re also interested in getting back in shape. I might just have a free tool that will help you keep track of your success.
Did motherhood cause you to put on the pounds? What is keeping you from getting back in shape?