“Why are you joining a weight loss group, when you are not fat?” Yes, I actually got asked this question. And it is true that over a month ago now, I joined Slim by Summer. And yet most would say I don’t need to actually lose weight.
While that is true and I actually would like to become more fit and lose a few inches, especially around my mid section. Yes, it is no secret I gave birth to two kids in two years time with my girls being only 16 months apart. These two pregnancies back-to-back wreaked havoc on my belly.
I will be honest and tell you after having Lily, I knew I would not being having anymore babies, because with that pregnancy being high risk, I just couldn’t go through that one again. It was too much on me emotionally worrying for weeks on end, as well as not wanting to put my husband and girls through anymore worry or time away from me for doctor’s appointments or possible bed rest again.
So, I made a conscious effort to lose the extra baby weight. By last summer, I was down to almost 100lbs, which is about 5 lbs underweight for me, because not only was I working out, but I was having little people whine and say things like, “I need” or “I want”. Therefore, I would sometimes forget to eat while being so busy taking care of two babies on top of working out. Don’t get me wrong, I love food and have no issue eating if you remind me to or put it in front of me, but I truly just was so busy that I would feed the kids and then they would be onto the next thing they needed or wanted. So, I was actually told that I needed to put on weight at my last checkup.
Well, Hurricane Sandy and the winter did just that and I gained almost 10 lbs in the blink of an eye. Now, I am about 5 lbs over weight versus underweight. While not necessarily being a bad thing and believe me I know this really isn’t terrible in the grand scheme of things, I still would like to firm up a bit again, because I got lax and also had stopped working out.
In reality, I didn’t join Slim by the Summer to lose a massive amount of weight. If I could lose even 2-3 lbs in the end, that would be fine by me, but I honestly would like to lose a few inches. I know my tummy will probably never be as firm or tight as it once was before my two pregnancies and that is also fine by me, but just to be able to have it a little less flabby and slightly more firm would be a nice welcome. I have heard another blogger once refer to this parting gift from pregnancy as “A Mother’s Apron”. Well I feel I have a bit of that going on, as well as my thighs were actually beginning to spread again. So, these are the areas I would like to work on.
My routine consists of using the stationary bike daily between 20-30 minutes a day and doing a few sit-ups as well. It isn’t much, but just enough at this point (or least this seems to be the perfect amount of time that my kids stay occupied for before all hell may break loose). Kevin also recently hooked back up my Wii in our bedroom and would like to start using that, as well. I also got back into using MyFitness Pal to track my eating patterns helping me remember to indeed eat my three meals and snacks, as well as my workouts.
I am truly trying, but little things like the dreaded PMS, snacks and eating on the go has sometimes been obstacles for me, but again I am just trying my best, so I can hopefully look good for swimsuit season now, because who doesn’t want to look their best for that.
And if you are too are looking to lose weight, tone up or both, please don’t forget that you can still join us at Slim by the Summer.
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