Monday, March 5, 2012

Post Baby Weight Loss Inspiration

I was so excited to lose almost all of my baby weight within the first three to four weeks after I had Jane.  Then came the need to lose the 10 to 15 pounds I had hoped to lose before getting pregnant.  My plan was to hit the gym early and often during maternity leave so that I'd go into tax season a well oiled machine.  Some post- delivery complications and a list of other reasons and excuses kept me from really exercising like I needed to to lose weight and tone up.  As I got closer to going back to work (which I had designated as the time at which I would go to my first post-Jane Weight Watchers meeting), I found every reason to indugle in snacks and desserts.  Enough is enough!!  This Wednesday at 12:15, I will be heading to that WW meeting and getting on board the weight loss train.  I think my goal will be 17 pounds.  Eeek!!!  It's intimidating.  Just when I think I can't do it, I look at these images for inspiration...

I have never had the build to wear a two piece.  I am the same width from my shoulders to my hips.  But if there was ever a bikini worth toning up for, this is it.

Good point, Gwyneth.  In all other areas of my life, I do things with my maximum effort.  Why shouldn't that extend to my heath and wellbeing?

I go to a body pump class during lunch, and the part I hate most is the squats section.  Ugghhh!  But goodness, looking at Carrie in this picture makes me ready to throw a little extra weight on my bar and dig deep to squat lower.

I have never been a great runner.  I went to the Rock n Roll marathon yesterday and was inspired by the thousands of people that passed me as I cheered them on.  I found this photo and the following set of instructions that I am planning to use as a guide to run 30 straight minutes eight weeks from now.

Week 1: Run one minute. Walk 90 seconds. Repeat eight times. Do three times a week.
Week 2: Run two minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat seven times. Do three times a week.
Week 3: Run three minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat six times. Do three times a week.
Week 4: Run five minutes. Walk two minutes. Repeat four times. Do three times a week.
Week 5: Run eight minutes. Walk two minutes. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.
Week 6: Run twelve minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.
Week 7: Run fifteen minutes. Walk one minute. Run fifteen minutes. Do three times a week.
Week 8: Run thirty

Wish me luck!

What do you find helps inspire you to get back into shape or to stay in shape?


  1. I am in a similar boat! I have 13 pounds to go to reach my goal! I am not down to pre-pregnancy weight yet. I joined WW online a couple weeks ago and have lost close to 5 pounds in the first two weeks! So excited about that. I also walk with the jogging stroller whenever the weather's nice...and I eat ALL my allowed points :)

  2. I've been starting my days off with a glass of OJ (I'm not a big breakfast person). It helps my energy levels and has significantly decreased my appetite! I also stay hydrated (decaffeinated iced tea with mint) and take B12, Vitamins D &C, and Fish Oil every morning. I've been doing this for about 2 months and have lost about 5 pounds without changing my eating/lifestyle habits. Good luck with the workouts! I hope you have time to enjoy the outdoor weather in the coming weeks.


  3. Ooh, I love that running tip! I've gained back all my pre-wedding weight, but just joined a gym with an outdoor track. I want to get into running and those instructions make it seem a little less intimidating!

  4. Ooh, I'm going to have to try that running tip. I just joined a gym that has an outdoor track on the 6th floor. I want to get into running and those instructions make it seem a lot less intimidating!



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