Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Body After Baby: Week One


Yes, it's been over a year since I've given birth. And I've been at my pre-pregnancy weight for some time now. But there are still about 5-10 pounds of sloppy fertility treatment weight that refuses to budge. It doesn't help that I want to stuff my face with junk food every night in front of the television. So, when I found out about the Body After Baby Challenge over at Mama Notes, I decided it was time to get motivated and rid myself of that muffin top and those love handles. Also, since the hubby and I have decided to TTC #2, it's a way to make sure that any new baby who comes into the picture has the best start possible.

Body After Baby is an 8-week challenge to lose weight, eat healthier and feel better. All of the participants join together as a community to support one another with their goals. It's an online buddy system! While shedding weight may be our motivation, Body After Baby is really more about gaining confidence in our new bodies since having babies, getting healthy and setting a positive example for others.

After all, not everybody can bounce back from childbirth like Heidi Klum! The key is to set realistic expectations for myself - things I can achieve with some sweat...and maybe some tears along the way. Dropping from a size 6-8 to a size 2 in 8 weeks is unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy. But exercising and eating better meals is a step in the right direction. I may never get to a size 2 again but at least I can feel good in my new, curvier shape.

There will be weekly mini-challenges to earn points toward a grand prize. There will also be giveaways each week to keep us motivated. At the end of the 8 weeks, we will post our before and after photos. Whoever is nominated "Most Drastic Transformation" by the voting public will win the grand prize.

Now I am still breastfeeding so I can't officially "diet". I have to consume a higher amount of calories to maintain my supply. But I can definitely choose my meals more wisely, which will benefit not only myself but my son since technically, he eats what I eat.

Every Wednesday, I will be posting my weekly weigh-in and my progress with the challenge. This way, you and I both can hold me accountable!

Starting weight: 141 lbs. (BMI = 23.5)

How I feel: I've been feeling exhausted lately but I am eager to get started and gain some energy! I want to get myself a sexy new water bottle just for the occasion.

This week's goals: Walk or jog 4 times this week for 2 miles or more. Eat at least 2 servings of fruit each day and limit carbohydrate intake. No eating past 10pm. Go to sleep before midnight each night.

This week's mini-challenge: Drink four or more glasses of water each day. 1 glass of water = 1 point.

Wish me luck!


Melissa G. said...

That's really great that you are doing this challenge! I think we all could benefit from doing this! I know i could!

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