This post is all about me. I needÂ 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,Â 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 freeÂ program at MyFitnessPal.com, 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 haveÂ come a long way! I need to focus on that. Weight has been lost. Inches have been banished. Energy has returned!
The Plan:Â 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:Â 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 Â way to get to California to join my friends in January for Â 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 LOVEÂ 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!