This post is all about me. I need this post. I need it as a reminder of how far I’ve come and what I’m capable of.

I have now been actively (for the most part) trying to lose weight for a year. I had hoped by this point to not only be below my Lily pre-pregnancy weight, but really close to my pre-pregnancy weight from the boys.

The first 7 months or so were spent working the Weight Watchers program and working out like a crazy person (boot camp, anyone?). The scale wasn’t moving much, and by the end of the 7 months I had only lost 9 pounds or something ridiculous like that. However, thanks to my 3 months of boot camp and then continuing with my workouts (half-heartedly, admittedly) at home for the next couple of months, I found I was dropping inches like crazy.

In the fall I decided to stop Weight Watchers, because for the first time in 8 years it just wasn’t working for me. Instead of paying for another program, I went the free route (cause you know me and my tight wallet!).

Right after beginning the free program at, I started seeing the number on the scale drop . Awesome feeling! As the number continued to drop, I got more and more lax with my exercise routine. Oops.

Ok, so long story short – I almost never exercise now, which I know is bad. In the year, I’ve lost 27 pounds and am hovering at just 3 pounds over my pre-Lily Pregnancy weight. And I’ve been hovering at that point for probably 3 months now, which is why I need this post and a kick in the rear end.

Last March (look at that little Lily!)

This past weekend (look at that big Lily!)

I have come a long way! I need to focus on that. Weight has been lost. Inches have been banished. Energy has returned!

The Plan: I’m going to continue tracking on MFP and hope that I can continue to chip away at this weight. I also just agreed to buy a friend’s used jogging stroller. That’s right – this mama is going to start running again.

The Motivation: I have friends who are really getting into running. Several friends who have run half marathons in 2012 already and have more scheduled. I find that so inspiring! I also have several friends who are like me (pretty much non-runners at this point) who are planning on running in a half-marathon next January. I find that incredibly inspiring!

The Goal: To run a 5K by the end of the summer and a 10K by the end of the fall. If I can figure out a  way to get to California to join my friends in January for  that half marathon, I will! (Anyone want to come watch my children for a weekend? Ha! Nick will be on the opposite coast for a conference the same weekend.)

Hopefully, with the running goal in place, my weight loss goal will be met as well. I would LOVE to come back here in one year and post that I’m at my pre-pregancy weight from the boys. That’s only another 12 pounds, and certainly seems doable.

Here’s to progress!

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  • Jenni

    Great Job 🙂 you girls look great 🙂 GOOD Luck with your plan and with your Running 🙂ReplyCancel

  • amy martinez

    You look fabulous and have done great in your journey! And, if you do come to California I’m running with you!ReplyCancel

  • That’s awesome. I just got my behind in gear and my youngest is already 11 months. You are a true motivation for me in more ways than one.ReplyCancel

  • You look great, Helen. Running with a stroller = tough workout. You’ll definitely see and feel a difference.ReplyCancel

  • andrea

    You have done amazing! And look awesome! (Cute scarf!)

    The last few pounds are always the hardest to get off… so don’t get discouraged, just know the last 12 will likely be slower to come off than the first 12. They’ll still come off, so keep working at it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    You look great!! I also quit using WW and switched to MFP. My husband and I started running a little over a year ago….we have done numerous 5ks and just completed our first 10k two weeks ago….you should be proud of yourself…good luck with your running!!ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    Good for you! Running changes my body like nothing else. Keep up the good work. You are doing great!ReplyCancel

    • “Running changes my body like nothing else” – That’s what I like to hear, Alex!ReplyCancel

  • lookin gooood, mama!

    i’ve lost 21 lbs in the last 6 weeks by doing the Dukan Diet. (and walking in the mornings and some running on weekends.) i’m 6 lbs from my pre-pg weight, and a ton more from my wedding weight. but i’m on my way!

    (haven’t been blogging about it because i want people i don’t see often to notice in person. hee hee!)ReplyCancel

  • Erin


  • Powered by Pixie dust I see 🙂

    I’ll be your virtual trainer. I plan to restart my 1/2 training in May (I’m doing 2 this year – September & October). But you know I’m a spokesperson for running. And running with a jogger is a whole other experience!! I did it in December and will do it again for another 4.2 miles next month… it’s definitely harder. But it will make the 1/2 seem even easier solo 😉ReplyCancel

    • I’m hoping it’ll make the races seem easier too! Plus, if I try running without Miss Lily, I’ll never get it done. Thanks for being a big motivator for me, Brenda!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    You rock…there, I said it. 🙂 (Seriously, you look great and should be totally proud. I’m proud of you!)ReplyCancel

  • Having a plan and making a commitment is a huge part of the battle. But frankly, I think you look great, so definitely do whatever will make YOU happy :-).

    ANd go super huge Lily!ReplyCancel

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