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It’s been a little more than 2 months since our newest baby arrived. I came home from the hospital at my pre-pregnancy weight, which, let’s face it, was at least 80 pounds more than it should have been! Now, at my age and stage in life, I have very little interest in bikinis. I don’t much care to try to run a marathon (though I very much admire those who do). I just want to be able to play with my kids. They have great fun with all the children’s classics like tag, hide and seek, and jumping rope. They desperately want me to come play with them, but after about 5 minutes, I’m done…and that may be an outlandish overestimate of my abilities!

I just want to have a little energy again. I’m tired of being so tired! I can’t be the wife and mother my family needs when I’m always so run-down. Yes, I know most moms of 2 month olds are tired…after all, sleep can be hard to come by! But, it’s more than that. It’s not just sleepy, it’s fatigue. I was quite anemic right after Baby was born, but that issue has resolved, all my numbers are normal…so I can’t explain it away that way anymore. Sometimes, you just have to spend a little energy to get a lot more energy!

So, now I know what I want to do, and I have a few goals:

  • Get healthy
  • Have more energy for the things I want to do
  • Be able to play
  • Get to a healthy weight

But, how am I going to accomplish this? Well, the obvious answer seems to be, eat better and get more exercise. It’s what all the weight loss experts tell us.  It seems simple! But it isn’t. My biggest challenge here is finding a spot to fit it into my day. Eating better takes a little planning…some time out of my day to think things through. Getting more exercise definitely takes time out of the day! Plus, I do have one more issue to take into consideration: breastfeeding. A nursing mother can’t just cut out calories or food groups all willy-nilly! I have to feed my baby too. But a lot of mothers out there nurse their babies and lose weight while they’re doing it. Just because I’ve never been one of them before doesn’t mean I can’t do it! So, what’s my plan? How am I going to meet my goals? Well, I’m going to start small, and take it step by step. I’m going to accomplish some small goals before I start looking too hard at the big picture.

So, each week, I’m going to set at least one (but often more) small goals to accomplish for the upcoming week. Then, the following week, I’m going to report back and let you know how I did.  I’ll post how I did meeting my goals, along with my weight and measurements for the week.  With each week that goes by, I’ll be adding more and more small steps toward my goal of getting healthy. I want to be here for my kids, and their kids too. My oldest is only 8…I’ve got to stick around for a while!

My Goals: Week 1

  1. Drink more water!  I want to start out drinking at least 72 ounces of water each day.  That’s 3 refills of my 24 ounce water bottle.  I know I’ll eventually need more than that, but it’s a start…small steps, remember?  By changing out some of the other drinks I consume every day for water instead, this shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish.
  2. Play!  I’m going to make sure I do something active with my kids for at least 20 minutes every day this week.  I had my husband fix up my bike for me, so hopefully we’ll be able too take a few bike rides together each evening after my husband gets home from work.  He’ll have to stay at home with the non-riders (Rhino and Baby).  I also have high hopes to play a little soccer a few times with everyone…Rhino can join in with soccer, too.  Otherwise, we’ll at least take a few walks together, watching out for snakes, of course!  It’s a very snaky time of year.
  3. Research!  I’m going to get a few books for myself at the library this week to research some different nutritional options out there.  My previous attempts at “eating better” have generally been unsustainable failures.  I do great for a week, but then go back to my same old habits.
  4. Start a weight loss journal.  Keeping honest records of my habits will help me see where I’ve succeeded and where I’ve failed.

Stats: Week 1

Weight: 228.6 pounds

Measurements:

  • Chest – 40.5 inches
  • Bicep – 16 inches
  • Thigh – 28 inches
  • Calf – 19.5 inches
  • Hips – 51 inches
  • Waist – 45 inches

I realize that changing my body and getting healthy again is going to take a long time.  After all, it’s taken years to get to this point.  It always seems a lot harder to make healthy changes than unhealthy ones.  But, I’m hoping that this time, by making small changes a little at a time, I can do it for good!


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5 thoughts on “Losing Weight Postpartum: My Small Steps to Reach My Goals

  1. I love that you aren’t just stating WHAT you will do to lose the weight, but also WHY you are doing it. You’ve got some pretty compelling reasons why you *will* accomplish your goals. I bet that if you keep reminding yourself of the “whys,” you will stay right on track!

    One little piece of advice about losing the baby weight: be very patient with yourself. Don’t expect miraculous biggest-loser-style drops in the numbers because none of us have personal trainers who beat us up every day. And please, please, please do not give away that sexy dress that you feel you will NEVER get into again.

    You can do it, Mama!
    #happynowlinkup

  2. You hit the nail on the head! Eating right and exercising sounds simple, but when you’ve got a newborn I can assure you that NOTHING is simple. I admire you for doing this while your baby is still so little – I think the only thing I can be counted on to do for the first 6 months is keep the baby alive. Everything else goes out the window.
    #happynowlinkup

    • Haha. I can certainly understand that sentiment. Many days, I feel that way too! Baby at least sleeps through the night, earlier than any of my others…so that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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