New Weight Loss/Fitness Journey + Weekly Workout Update

I Decided To Begin Again

I can’t exactly say I’ve suddenly decided out of nowhere to lose weight and get fit. I also can no long call my excess weight “baby weight” given that Will is almost 16-months-old. I’ve been on many fitness journeys in the past few years, pretty much ever since I finished playing volleyball for the University of Cincinnati, but this time is different.

When volleyball first ended, after playing for over ten years pretty much non-stop, I was a bit freaked out. I was incredibly worried about gaining weight and suddenly being completely out of shape, given that workouts and practices were no longer required. But I was pleasantly surprised at my motivation to start running. As much as I hated running while I was playing volleyball, for whatever reason, once it was over, I developed a true passion for it. For those first 7-8 months, I focused more on running than anything else. By month six I was running five miles, three times a week with no problem. I was lean, toned, and incredibly happy with the way I looked.

But that summer I got pregnant, morning sickness took over, and I lost all motivation to work out. Combined with my boyfriend telling me “this is the time to eat whatever you want” I indulged and gained 55 pounds! I wasn’t all that worried about it though, because I knew as soon as Will was born I would get my butt in gear and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Or so I thought.

Losing The Baby Weight

After Will was born, the weight seemed to fall off. I easily lost the first 25 pounds, much attributed to breastfeeding. I got a gym membership at Planet Fitness and began working out again in hopes of losing the last 35 pounds. I got down to 180-185 by working out a few times a week and going on constant walks with Will. But then I got a little too comfortable.

Winter rolled around and walks outside were out of the question. Because I work from home, I had constant, easy access to food, and unfortunately I took advantage. I was constantly snacking and wasn’t watching my portions. I had almost fallen back to my pregnancy-style eating, which was frightening.

Getting Back On Track

Finally, for whatever reason, when we were on vacation in Disney World, it hit me. I had to get my butt in shape. I was tired of feeling bad about my body and being embarrassed about still being unable to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I have all these great pairs of jeans but can only fit into two of them! I decided that once we got back, it was go time, and this time I would document it on my blog as a way to stay on track and not let my weight or my diet fall to the wayside again.

Weekly Workout Update

I say weekly, but I plan on posting an update every Wednesday, just because it’s easy to remember with all the W’s! I¬†took pictures this morning of what my body looks like now so that each week I can compare photos to see progress. I know from experience that the scale doesn’t always reflect progress so I felt that was the best way to do it. The hardest part will be actually posting those photos!

But each week I will post my workouts, any healthy meals I tried, the best and worst parts of the week, goals for the upcoming week, and maybe (hopefully) a progress photo. I will make my first post next Wednesday so that I have a full week of content to share. I hope you all will follow along through my journey and maybe even join me!

No more slacking off! It’s time for this mama to get fit!

2 thoughts on “New Weight Loss/Fitness Journey + Weekly Workout Update”

  1. Gosh I love this. Since I had a successful big weightless ore baby I thought I’d be able to do it the same way post baby but it’s just not the case. Mt son is 13 months and I still have about 5 or 10 pounds (depending on the day) left to go but I know I just haven’t been working myself hard enough. Like you said, being home makes it so easy to just slip and over eat. We just have to keep in mind our goals! Go you momma!

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