It’s finally Springtime here in New England. The snow has melted, the birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to bloom. We can all begin to thaw out from our insanely long winter.
With Spring upon us, I have this new found sense of determination to get my pre-baby body back. I am the first to admit that it has not been easy. I struggled this winter with working out and staying active. It was just too cold outside. I also strayed from my typical diet and put on some pounds which I did not need nor did I want.
So I decided to take control of my body. I want to be back in my skinny jeans and feel like myself again. I am never going to be a size 2, nor do I want to be. My body is not built that way and I love having curves, but not extra curves!
Two weeks ago I decided to join Weight Watchers and I have already lost 5 lbs. It may be just a little but when you look at what 5 lbs on on a scale, it’s pretty significant. I joined with a friend and fellow new mama and she has lost 6 lbs. That’s a total combined weight loss of 11 lbs in just two weeks. At this rate, we will be bikini ready in no time – or maybe a few months. I am realistic. My body is not like it used to be but is also not where it needs to be. I want to be healthy for myself, my baby and my family.
Here are my tips and tricks on how I plan to get my body back, one step at a time:
1. TRACK WHAT YOU EAT! Make sure you hold yourself accountable for everything you are eating. As a new mom, I am beyond busy. I would eat things on the go and then completely forgot that I ate them. These were USELESS calories. Eat healthy and eat when you’re hungry. Listen to your body and learn what works and what doesn’t. Everyone is different. But do not forget to track. I thought I was eating much less then I actually was. It was an awakening to say the least.
2. Find a Support Buddy. Luckily I am not alone in my weight loss journey. I have two friends who are helping me through. One is my friend Michelle, she is a new mommy and joined Weight Watcher’s with me. We attends meetings together every Saturday and check in with one another on our progress. It’s nice to know I am not in this alone. I also have a friend, whom I work with, that is my walking buddy. We try to walk on our lunch break a few times a week. It gets me up from my desk and moving. Plus, she pushes me. (she’s a fast walker, Thanks Christina – lol)
3. Throw Out the Junk Food! Brian and I had way too much junk in the house. Chips, cookies, ice cream – all stuff we don’t need. I threw it all away. I’d rather be healthy then have a bite of a cookie. This takes away any temptation. If I want a sweet, I make sugar free jello or a cup of sugar free cocoa. They have amazing flavors. If you need salt, add Mrs. Dash to your veggies. I am having fun learning healthy alternatives.
4. Set a goal and stick to it! I have two goals in my weight loss journey. The first goal is to fit back in to my size 8 shorts, which I wore on a cruise right before I had Hunter. Sadly, they are extremely uncomfortable and tight right now. So my short term goal is to wear them by mid-May, for our trip to Florida. My long term goal is to achieve a certain weight and maintain it. Once I reach my goal weight, I will post my before and after photos with you.
Happy Spring, Mamas! I will post updates and photos each step of the way.