Saturday, May 22, 2010
Losing the Baby Weight
Here I am on the night I went in to be induced...Wow!
Hannah is quickly approaching 3 months old (hard to believe!) and I am just beginning my quest to lose the baby weight. During my pregnancy I gained an astonishing amount of weight (about 50 pounds). I swore I would never be one of those pregnant ladies that gained that much weight...but low and behold, I was! haha I determined that there is very little a woman can do to control her weight gain during pregnancy. Even though I was extremely sick during the entire first trimester and some of the second, I still managed to gain that much weight. So, to all those pregnant ladies out there, don't beat yourself up about your weight gain. Now, I don't condone eating bon-bons all day, but a few indulgences won't be the end of you. ;-) So, now that I have had 10 weeks or so to adjust to motherhood, it's time to get down to business.
Since I am still exclusively breastfeeding, I don't want to go too crazy. I am still technically feeding 2 people. ;-) Since having Hannah, I have lost about 40 pounds, so I only have 10 to go until I am at my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I would ideally like to lose 15 more. But it's not necessarily the number on the scale that I am concerned about...it's more my overall appearance. Those that know me know that my problem area has always been my thighs and bottom, while my stomach was always relatively flat. Well, those days are long gone! haha Now I have both problem areas to deal with. (And let's not mention the stretchmarks....any suggestions for those would be greatly appreciated!)
Starting about 1 week after Hannah was born, I started taking her on walks in the neighborhood. I have not been as consistent as I would like, but at least it's a start. I am not a gym person...tried to be for a little while, but it just isn't me. Plus, now that I have Hannah in tow, the gym just won't work. So, I am going to have to workout at home. I have a Pilates dvd that I used to do a lot, so I am hoping to get back into that. I also have the Jillian Michael's Wii game that is supposed to help, but I'm not really convinced. I have an exercise ball and some light weights too. Now all I need is the motivation! Ugh...