I'm not calling this thread a "weight loss" thread, because while the # on the scale is of interest to me, I think that there is so much more to the post-pregnancy body image. I want to be fit. I want to be healthy. I want to feel good in my skin. (I'd also love to weight 125 lbs, but that may just be a dream.)
Anyway, if anyone else wants to join me in a support thread here for getting back in shape - or maybe getting in shape in the first place - I'd love it!
Here's my plan:
Pre-pregnancy: 135 lbs and size 4
Now (at 3 1/2 weeks pp): 170 and size 16
With DSs skin problems, I've been eating raw to try to eliminate whatever he's reacting to. It so happens that eating raw has a great side effect: weight loss! I've been "supplementing" myself with rice a few times a week, just to keep my caloric intake up for breastfeeding. I definitely don't have a supply issue, but am keeping an eye on it just to make sure. So far I feel great, and I've been doing it for two weeks.
Here's my challenge: I've always been really good at eating right - when I feel like it. I have a lot of conviction about eating healthily. Even when I feel I've been eating like crap, it usually means I ate a bowl of organic, homemade raw ice cream. Food is not my problem. Exercise is. I used to ride horses 3-5 times a week, which was great exercise, without feeling like I was exercising. Now I'm lucky if I see my horses that many times a month. It's really the only thing I miss from before I had children. Anyway, with giving up constant riding, I've lost the only regular exercise I had. I love to hike, but it's hard to do that with kiddos.
So, while I'm eating well, I am going to start exercising more. DS1 just learned to ride a 2-wheeler, which gives us a lot more freedom. He can ride, while DS2 is in the stroller, and DS3 is in the wrap. I am desperately going to try to go for a walk every day from now until I'm six weeks post partum, and then after that ramp it up a bit. My problem is, I have no idea how to do that. The gym is not an option - we don't have the $, and I don't leave my kids in the day care there. There is only so much I can do with a newborn and a 2 and 4 year old. I've got a few work out videos, but am not very inspired by them.
My plan is to weigh myself every Sunday morning. I really struggle with doing this. In college I was over weight and I found it took throwing out the scale and learning to accept myself for me to start loosing weight. Still, I want to make sure that what I'm doing is effective, so I think that a once a week weigh-in is going to have to be part of my plan. I'm not really concerned about the number, it's just a good way to gauge where I'm at.
Where are you at? What are your plans? What are your great suggestions for me!?