Thursday, April 3, 2008

Baby Fat

So, I am sick of the excess pregnancy weight. I really wish that I could just blink and it would be gone. Unfortunately, that is not how the body works. I know everyone says that your body will never be the same after a baby. I understand that. Your shape changes. I get that. The thing is that all of my friends that have young children ALL look better now than they ever have. They are leaner and lighter than they have ever been. So, being surrounded by this I feel like I should be leaner and lighter too.

So, it comes down to the usual- diet and exercise. I need to get myself into a workout routine and stick with it. I have started and stopped several times over the last few months. It seems that just when I get into a groove, something comes up where I can't make it to the gym for a few days and then I am off the wagon again. Ugghhh, so frustrating.

Several weeks ago I took a cycling class at the gym. I hadn't cycled in probably 18 months so needless to say, it kicked my butt. I kind of liked it though. So, I took it 3 times a week for a couple weeks. Amazingly enough, just adding that little bit to my routine helped me drop a size (That should tell you just how out of shape I really am). Seeing results really pumped me up. So, I added running and more cycling to my routine. Several things happened since then- nothing major, just stuff that has come up and I am basically back to square one.

I guess it is that I can't seem to make working out a priority. When I decided to stay home with Emerson, one of the things I was most excited about was having the time to workout a lot. I am one of those people who truly enjoys going to the gym and getting sweaty. I like the burn of cardio and lifting weights. I like the ache your body has the day after a good workout. If I could workout for a living, I would. However, it seems that a baby is more time consuming and complicated than anything I imagined. Even though I am home most of the time, I still find a ton of excuses for not going to the gym.

So, here I am ranting on about something that is so trivial. I just thought that I would share a story about what is going on with me. Maybe if I put my goals in writing it will make a difference. Okay, so my goals are as follows:

1. Drop 15lbs or 2 more clothing sizes (whichever comes first)
2. Get back into a running routine- maybe not marathon level, but back to where I enjoy the release that a long run brings
3. Tone up everything that "stretched out" with pregnancy

So, there they are. We will see if that helps at all.

Just for fun, here is a pic of Emerson from today. She is still so happy and smiley eventhough she is sick.


Amanda said...

You look great, my friend! If you book a beach vacation for this summer it will give you something great to work toward. It helped me so much last year when I was trying to lose it all.

Erin said...

sister...I feel your pain. And a certain un-named friend of ours (who I believe left you a comment yesterday) is going to be my motivation to lose weight after this baby :)

But I was just thinking how great you looked for Emerson still being so don't be too hard on yourself. It took me a little over a year with Hunter!