Operation Get Fit!

I just got back from my 6-week postpartum check up. I am officially down to 164lbs! That means only 11lbs left to go until I hit my pre-pregnancy weight. I’d like to be back at 145lbs again, so that’s my final goal. Who knows if that will happen? At this point I fit most of my pre-pregnancy clothes, so I do think some (or most) of that 11lbs lies in my massive boobs. Perhaps I’ll be one of those moms who holds onto 5-10lbs until she’s done nursing. We’ll see.

So, here’s the plan. I’m going to take my measurements today (hopefully) and get my starting point. I’m much more interested in measurements than my weight because those are where I see the most differences. I don’t always lose weight very quickly because I work on building muscle, which obviously weighs more than fat.

So, for now my plan is to start off with lots and lots of sit ups! I’m tired of my flabby belly and want it to go away. I’m not sure I’ll always have the energy to do a hard workout, so I’m starting small. After a week or so of that, then I’m going to work hard on doing a good workout at least 3 times a week.

Last year I did the 30-Day Shred for one month. I loved that program. That along with three 21-mile bike rides a week helped me lose 8″ of fat in that month. I’m not expecting that this time around because I’m not going to go cycling so much (I do have an exercise bike in my basement that I’ll ride periodically, though) and I’m not going to eat quite the same way (I cut out most white flour and almost all sugar), but that’s okay. I don’t want to hurt my supply, so I’m going to be careful about not doing too much too fast, which is why 3 days a week of working out is my goal. Hopefully starting off working on my most troublesome part (my belly) will spur me into wanting to work out more of my body within a week. I haven’t done any real exercising other than walking (which isn’t real exercising to me anyway) since before Adele was born. It’s been a long time!

I am pretty happy with the way I’m looking lately, but I do want to tighten things back up. I’m feeling optimistic about everything. Hopefully it lasts!

So, here’s to getting back into shape!

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Update: I figured I should add a few pictures and make a quick update.

Here is how I look in my jeans right now. This is the only pair that I can wear comfortably without a belly band or anything like that. I’m pretty proud of the way I look and feel quite good about myself.

My boobs look ginormous!

Proof of the pooch.

Me from the front.

All in all, not too bad!

I also took the time to take my measurements (though I did that this morning — Monday, Aug 29 — after doing crunches/situps for almost a week). Keep in mind that I am 5’10”, I’m wearing an 8 X-Long jean from American Eagle in the pictures above, and I weigh 164lbs (as of my 6-week postpartum appointment last Wednesday).

Waist: 30″
Belly Button Area (i.e., the Pooch): 35″
Hips: 37.5″
Butt: 40.5″
Thigh: 22.5″

Hopefully I can trim some fat from all those areas! I looked back at some measurements I took last year before I did a one-month long regimen that cut 8″ of fat off my body. Here are the measurements from the start of that journey (well, the ones that I have that are the same to the ones I am tracking now).

Waist: 31″
Hips: 37″
Thigh: 22.5″

Look at that! My waist is smaller and my hips are only .5″ bigger! That is super encouraging. I know I will get back to where I want to be! When I got pregnant I was a bit smaller. Here are those measurements.

Waist: 28″
Thigh: 22″
Hips: 34.5″

I’m not too far off (well, I am in the hips area — those love handles are the bane of my existence!). I’m so eager to get back! So far I have only done crunches and/or sit ups every day. That six-week growth spurt has really sucked all my energy out of me. I’m hoping to get some cardio other than our nightly walk back into my routine soon. I’ll be doing the 30-Day Shred and cycling on my indoor bike. Hopefully those three things will trim me down quick!

Good luck to all those other new mommies or those hoping to trim some fat!

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