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!