I just realized that I have not had any “Fitness” entries… probably because I am NOT fit! I have boxes of cute skinny clothes that I would like to fit into!
Baby was born almost 5 months ago and I am still hanging on to EVERY extra pound I gained during pregnancy. Before I got pregnant with her, I was seven pounds away from my goal weight. SO CLOSE!!! And even though this is beyond embarrassing, I am just going to put the number out there. I need to loose 30 pounds! Yikes! I even took “before” pictures and cried as I looked at them. I had to hurry and download them on a secret file on my computer and then delete them from the camera because I just could not run the risk of someone seeing them. I considered putting one here, but then I convinced myself it will be better to wait until I have an “after” photo to compare it to… Yeah, that’s it.
Weight has always been a struggle for me. I am not naturally athletic like my sisters. Growing up, I was the “fat” girl in our family (2 boys – 5 girls). I was often asked to put on a pair of my sister’s jeans to stretch them out for her. I shared some clothes with my sisters just older and just younger, but they were always tight on me. I was painfully aware that they were skinnier and cuter than me. For breakfast I usually had a granola bar on the way to school. At lunch, I would eat ONE roll – no butter. Then at dinner I would eat whatever dinner Mom cooked – I really didn’t have a choice. I never knew how to eat to be healthy. I just figured if I ate less, I would loose weight. It didn’t work though. I was heavy all through high school. The funny thing is, that weight I was in high school is now my goal weight!
So when I started having babies, I knew things had to change. With babies 1, 2, and 3, I was working full time as a school teacher. I didn’t have time to sit around and snack – so that helped. I also started reading. Any book that was written by a scientist or health expert or scholar was fair game. I stayed away from fad diets, and tried to eat well and get exercise. It worked. I was pretty happy that even though I was never quite to my goal weight, I was still able to loose weight and get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I had energy to keep up with my Littles and my hubby.
My hubby’s business was doing well, so I stopped teaching and became a stay-at-home mom. I love being at home with my Littles all day. They make me laugh and teach me many life lessons. But the big problem is, the kitchen. That is where we are – doing school work, cooking, playing at the kitchen table – and that is also where the snacks are! I have a HUGE weakness for chocolate, ice cream, candy bars made with chocolate, and dipping chocolate into peanut butter. We have a cupboard in the kitchen that we call “The Candy Cupboard” because that is all that is in it! So, with the last three babies it was hard to get fit again. It was hard to not snack, eat healthy foods, and get in that 30 minutes of exercise.
Exercise. I have a love/hate relationship with that word. I LOVE to exercise. I love lifting weights. I love feeling sore the next day. I love rowing on a row machine until I can’t row any more. I HATE not being able to exercise. There always seems to be something. I sleep through the alarm. I turn off the alarm because I was up all night with Baby. I come downstairs at 5:30 to exercise and one of my Littles comes down a minute later. If I don’t get my workout in first thing in the morning, it usually doesn’t happen. Once I had a gym membership so that I would workout after the kids were in bed. That was amazing, but I live too far from a gym now.
Basically, I know what to do. I just need to get the willpower and get it done. I am reading a new book called The Daniel Plan. I am only 40 pages into it, but I definitely recommend it. I like how the authors incorporate God in the healthy body plan. He is the one who created and gave me this body. With extra help from Him, I can do this. So here is my plan… Someone please hold me to it!
- Exercise 5-6 times a week. At least 30 minutes. If I don’t get a morning workout in, go for a walk with the Littles.
- Fruits and veggies at every meal.
- Stay away from candy, junk food, soda, and ice cream.
- No late night snacking. (You know, after the Littles go to bed.)
- Keep reading fitness books to stay motivated.
So mark today. It is the beginning of the last time I will have to loose baby weight! I am ready to drop those extra pounds and BE HEALTHY!!! Besides, I have boxes of cute clothes calling my name!