I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds since I was about 15. The cycle went something like this: once I realized I was getting fat again, I would start running on the treadmill every day and eating next to nothing until I was a size 2. Then I would stop. Then I would get fat again. Keep in mind I am only 5’3, so the difference between fat and not fat is really only about 10 pounds.
The last time I actually felt like I was in great shape was at my sister’s wedding in July 2008. Then I graduated, got a real job, and all of that progress went out the window. Not having that convenient (and free) on-campus gym and running trails really took a toll, I suppose. You’d think that marrying a fitness freak would motivate me to stay in shape. Well, it motivated me to start going through that 10 pound cycle over and over again.
Add a baby into the mix. I gained 35 pounds when I was pregnant with Lucie. Technically that is still within the acceptable range for pregnancy weight gain, but when I first got pregnant I was already on the higher end of my usual weight fluctuations. And I cannot seem to drop the last 10 pounds of baby weight. I can fit back into most of my old clothes, but there is a definite muffin top. It’s depressing.
A few months after Lucie was born I joined Adrenaline Fitness and have been loving it so far. Although I haven’t been going consistently enough to see a difference, it’s definitely the best gym I have been part of with challenging classes.
But I am resolving to change my body and get in shape. We’ve even talked about signing up for the Savannah half marathon on November 3rd. I thought it would be interesting if I documented my progress here, if only just to keep myself motivated.
- Finding time to go to the gym. Yeah, I know – “if you have time to get on Facebook, you have time to work out” and bla bla bla. But here’s the thing – I have a choice of 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. group workout classes during the week. Lucie goes to bed at 7:30, so if I go to the gym after work I don’t see my baby all day.
- Chardonnay. It calls to me.
- Office Temptations. Now that I’m working in the city, there are tons of great restaurants within lunch distance. It’s also one of those offices where there is always food. People love to bring in treats. I never want to say no for so many reasons.
- It’s Hot. Not sure this counts because I see folks out running in all sorts of crazy heat. But highs in Atlanta have been in the low 100s.
- Group Classes. Group classes always challenge me much more than I challenge myself. My favorites at Adrenaline are Body Combat (kickboxing), Body Step and RPM (spin). I know that I need to add more resistance training, so my goal is to do Body Pump at least once per week.
- Taking Public Transit to Work. Which means another 30 minutes or so of walking per day to get to and from work.
- My Fitness Pal. A great little app that allows you to track calories burned and “earned” throughout the day. I find it’s very eye opening to track calories. You can search a huge database to find caloric values, as well as exercises.
- Couch to 5K. Another great app. This one’s not free, but it’s something I really feel I can stick to since it starts out relatively easy. Plus, you can listen to your favorite playlists AND the commands at the same time!
I plan to keep track of my progress here, but here’s the thing – I don’t really like weighing myself. I know the fact that I don’t kind of breaks a cardinal rule of dieting, but I would so much rather evaluate progress by how I look & feel, and how my clothes are fitting.
So many things to think about. If only Ben Stiller could move in, take away all my junk food and force me to exercise every day.
Baby Lucie turned 10 months on June 24. She’s starting to look and act more like a toddler every passing day. She’s got a thick head of hair, a full-fledged personality (attitude included) and a little head that’s chock full of knowledge just waiting to come out. She can already say a few words – recent ones include doggie, kitty, ball, up, and “but-a-doo” (that’s “butterfly”).
She’s taught us so much already. Since I have been thinking so much lately about how much our lives have changed in such a short time, I thought I’d pass along a few nuggets of wisdom from a first-time momma who is very much still learning.
- Children are pretty resilient. When we first had her, the level of worry was through the roof. “How are we going to screw this up?” was always at the top of our minds. Every time we changed her onesie or gave her a sponge bath, we thought we were going to break her fragile little arms. But somehow, ten months later, she is healthy and thriving.
- The daycare kids are alright. I get a lot of sad “I fell bad for you” looks when I tell people I have my baby in daycare. And God forbid, it’s not even the super expensive “prep school” variety. It’s a Kindercare. And guess what? I went to one when I was little too. I turned out fine, and she will too. In fact, she enjoys it and seems to be learning a lot.
- It’s not a competition. Have you ever noticed how moms on message boards are so quick to jump down each other’s throat when they feel another mom is doing wrong? I think it’s a shame. The fact is, there’s really not a “right way” when it comes to parenting. And it’s always best not to get in debates. When unsolicited advice comes around (which it will), just smile and nod, and keep doing it whatever way works for you.Baby milestones aren’t a competition, either. Lucie is still not crawling, and I often get pity looks from other moms. The truth is, I can’t do anything to speed it up and I’m happy to enjoy the cuddle time before she’s monkeying out of my arms and getting into every little thing.
- Messes can be dealt with on weekends. I can’t tell you how stressed I got when she was a newborn. With every misplaced dish, bottle or sock, my blood pressure would rise until I finally blew up on someone (my husband). Eventually I learned to look past the messes by reminding myself that we work full-time aside from being parents, and everyone needs at least some time to relax. Now we do our cleaning ritual on Saturday mornings until the mess starts rearing its ugly head a few hours later.
- Choose your battles. Something I have been particularly bad at, especially when it comes to the state of the house or other petty things that stress me out. Most of the time, it’s really not worth an argument or an evening of coldness.