Thank you guys for all of the support on my last post. We all have one of those days, sometimes, and it helps to be comforted by people that care! You’re awesome!
On a totally different note, I am in the process of getting in shape. By “in shape,” I mean, not lumpy and gross. Over the past six or seven years, my poor body has been put through the wringer. My body image/ weight situation history looks something like this:
College Me: Obnoxiously high metabolism, wears a size 2 pants and has muscle tone from doing absolutely nothing. It’s okay, I hate her too.
Post Marriage Me: Metabolism still high, but now with crazy PCOS hormones (stopped birth control pills) that turned me into a size 4. Nice muscle tone gone. All gone.
Post Knox Me: Lumpy sides, flat stomach without stretch marks (bless that child), now a size 6.
Post Brody Me: All hope is gone. Stretch marks and lumps abound. Size 8 pants… they’re tight.
After I stopped nursing Brody, I started to gain weight back that I had lost nursing- I think I gained about 5 ish pounds, but I felt AWFUL about myself. My clothes didn’t fit, my stomach stuck out and I just really missed my old self. I finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and actually do something. Now, I am notorious for starting these grand plans and not following through with them. So I knew I needed help because, please, my accountability and will power are ZERO. So, I got help.
I hired a personal trainer to work with me twice a week for 30 minutes for one month. He is a member of our church, and he does lots of fitness boot camps at our gym, and I’d heard lots of good things about him. This was not super cheap, but also not exorbitantly priced, so I decided this would be my Christmas gift to myself. Having a trainer has been fantastic for me because I actually have to workout. He asks me about my diet and holds me accountable to put in the work that’s necessary for the results I want to have.
It got a little wonky around Christmas time, and my workouts were interrupted for a couple weeks, but I didn’t fall too far behind. I have two more sessions left, and I am going to go ahead and sign up for another month. I was going to cut back to once a week, but Trevor insisted that I keep it up because he knows how important it is to me, and he wants me to set myself up for success. He jokingly told his friends that I cheated on him by hiring a trainer (Trevor is a workout fiend and tried to train me himself a while back, but I can’t listen to him when I’m tired and sweaty, it made me want to punch him), but he’s proud of the work I’ve done so far.
The first week, I lost three pounds. The next week, I gained two (muscle really does weigh more than fat, people, it’s true). Now, I’m losing consistently each week and am down five pounds total. We did full measurements when I started, so I am curious to see how those look after two months, but I can already tell a huge difference in my stomach area. That mom “pooch” is shrinking and my core is getting stronger. I actually have definition again in my arms and legs, which is so awesome. Each workout is supposedly burning between 500 and 600 calories- it’s a high intensity, no breaks kind of thing, and even though I pretty much want to die while I’m doing it, I figure I can do anything for 30 minutes! I am not ashamed to say that I watch the clock the ENTIRE time I am in there and do not enjoy it one bit… but I know I will love the results, so it’s worth it.
As far as diet goes, I’m not really dieting, per se. I am using the “My Fitness Pal” app on my phone to keep up with my daily caloric intake. For someone my size, age, build, etc. and taking into account the weight I want to lose, I am supposed to take in about 1320 calories a day to lose weight the “right” way. So, that’s what I am doing. I eat what I want, just less of it and I’m not taking in a lot of sugar. I am making better snack choices- I’m addicted to popcorn popped in coconut oil- and snacking way less, which has helped a lot. I’m feeling motivated for the first time ever with getting healthy, and I am so, so glad I finally did this for me. I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress as I move forward!