It’s been 8 months…8 MONTHS since I’ve had a baby and I haven’t worked out once. I know what you’re thinking; I’m using my baby as an excuse, but I’m not. No two baby’s are created equal, so if you have one kind enough to let you squeeze in a 40 min workout daily + a shower, consider yourself lucky. I, on the other hand, have no such luck. My baby is a tad on the needy end of the spectrum. He needs to be cuddled and held constantly and will only nap on mine and my husband’s chest. Even his independent playtime isn’t so independent. 10 mins into it he quickly let’s me know he wants me to join him, which I gladly do. I’m happy to do all of these things and more because I know this time with him is fleeting. In a matter of months he’ll be walking and talking, running this way and that, and surely overusing words such as “no” and “I don’t want to” whenever he can. He’ll be too busy exploring and being grown to cuddle with his momma anymore. So I’ve put myself on the back burner to ensure his needs are being met and that I get in as much baby time as possible.
The only possibility to working out is to do so while he’s still sleeping. I’d have to get up at 6:30am, an hour before my husband gets up for work. But this is a twofold problem. 1) our son still sleeps in the same room with us and I believe my husband said something along the lines of “I’ll kill you if your alarm wakes him up!” And 2) who wants to wake up at 6:30? I’m barely in bed by 11 on most good nights so 6:30 is pushing it for me.
So in the meantime I’ve logged every meal and weighed or measured every morsel that I eat. I drink nothing but water, and lots of it, a 1/4 of a cup of coffee on a good morning and green tea in the afternoon. Both with nothing in it. I eat as healthy as I can, bringing nothing but fruits and veggies and protein rich foods (that isn’t always meat), and whole grains into the house. We rarely eat out so it’s hard to deviate from the food I’m bringing home. It’s been 4 months, almost to the day, when I decided to take this approach and I’ve lost 23.5lbs. I could lie and say I’m pleased with my results but I’m not. I know if this was being done in conjunction with a good old fashioned workout led by my main man, Tony Horton, I would have lost more weight by now. But I try to celebrate it as a victory nonetheless. I try to tell myself “I’m that much closer to my goal weight no matter how long it takes me to get there.”
The last few days the weather has finally cooled down enough to take meaningful walk around my neighborhood with baby in tow. I decided to wear my heart rate monitor to have an idea as to how many calories I was burning. The first day I was blown away! Over 300 calories burned! The second day: 321 and the third: 394!! I take the hilliest paths possible to maximize my time. All of these walks were in the 50 minute range and would have been longer if not for the impending afternoon storm on the horizon. I realized walking is just as good as and Tony Horton workout, minus the lack of using weights. It’s still something and 394 calories burned in 50 mins time is nothing to balk at! So I will walk for at least an hour once a day, weather permitting. It’s so easy and it gets the both of us out of the house! 4 months from now, minus a day, my baby will be 1, and I’m hoping to be at my goal weight which is 37lbs less than I am now. I figure if I can lose 24lbs in 4 months without working out, surely I’ll be able to lose 34 in the next 4 months with a daily walk. I’ll even push for those 3 extra pounds!
BREAKING NEWS: These are a size 8! A couple of months ago I could get this above my thighs, no joke. I haven’t worn these since I was 4 months pregnant. I think I need to break out into a song and dance now. As you were! 😁😄😄😄👍👍👍👍Eating lots of 🍍🍈🍇🍊🍏🍎🍯🍒🌽🍅🍓 pays off!
Lunch is served! Nom nom! 🍇🍈🍍😍👍💕🍴
Why can’t this be my life?
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This hit me like a brick…
Baby food prep goodness! 💕😻👶🍌🍴
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