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Post Partum Weight Loss Update: Fitness Program

Ok, so it’s been quite a while since I posted about my post-partum weightloss journey.  I’ve got to be honest…life has been getting in the way!  I actually gained 7 pounds.  Eek!  I went the wrong way!  Though we’re back to school now, we recently took a month-long break from lessons, which means we kinda took a month-long break from any kind of structure that even remotely resembles a routine.  Things have been totally crazy!  Plus, it’s been so insanely hot outside…it’s Texas, and it’s summer…of course it’s hot!  I have lots of excuses, don’t I?

So, here I am, dusting myself off, and getting back on the fitness wagon.  

What’s Next?

I’m going to keep up with my water intake goal, and try to keep on track with that one.  That’s pretty easy, I can do that!

I recently found a fantastic program for homeschooling moms (though I personally think any busy mom could benefit) called “Homeschool Mom Fitness”.  I have only been through one week so far, but, I feel like I finally have some hope for getting fit again!  I’m back down to 229 pounds after my high of 230.  My biggest problem with getting myself in shape has always been this preconceived notion that I have to find a big block of time every day to “work out”.  I just isn’t there.  I’m always doing something.  I flutter from doing dishes to folding laundry to sitting at the kitchen table teaching lessons to…well, you get the picture.

There just isn’t any extra time in our schedule for a big block of half an hour, or even 20 minutes for me to take on my own.  But, this program is different.   Each week, there are 5 sets of 3 exercises to complete each day.  You can complete them all at once, or just take them a set at a time.  The first week, you only have to go 20 seconds per exercise.  That’s 60 seconds 5 times a day…that’s all.  The second week is 30 seconds per exercise.  It increases each week.  Even I can find a single minute here and there throughout my day.  As I become more cognizant of my extra time through the day, I’m pretty sure I’ll be finding time to squeeze in exercise in spots I thought were totally jam-packed.

How to Work In the Work Outs

Consider this…

How often do you find yourself standing in the kitchen, waiting for something to cook?  It takes a few minutes for those pancakes to cook on each side, but not enough that you can leave them and go do something else.  You’re a captive.  But…why not squeeze in a set or two of exercises while you’re there?  You’ve already started your day out right!

Or this…

You’re sitting on the floor with your baby while she has some tummy time.  That’s a great time to do something a little entertaining for her…why not make it some exercise.  My baby thinks it’s hilarious to watch Mommy exercise.  I get a step closer to being a fit mom, and baby grins all at the same time.  Everybody wins!

If you’re homeschooling…

These would make great P.E. exercises to do with your students.  Work in a few with your kiddos.  Now, you’ve covered a class subject, and you’re all better off than you were before!

We’re back to school here in our house, and our routine is back to normal.  I feel like I have even less time to myself with all of our school work to oversee.  But, I am still going strong, finding those few minutes here and there.  It’s only Tuesday, and the hardest part of the week is still to come…we’ve got a swimming day scheduled tomorrow (how’s that to stay in a routine?).  But, for once, I have confidence in my ability to stick with this program.

To learn more about Homeschool Mom Fitness, hop on over and check out their website.  For one low price, you get lifetime access to all of the materials…there is no monthly fee.  So, even if you do fall off the fitness wagon (it happens to us all), you still have access to the materials to get yourself back on track again.  There is a fitness tracker, access to videos to show you the proper form for all the exercises, access to a Facebook group (which I have really enjoyed so far), and more.  The program was created by a homeschool mom and her husband, who happens to be a certified personal trainer, so you know he knows his stuff!  I really hope you’ll drop by, and check out this program.  Join us, and let’s all get back in shape together!


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My, oh my, what a week it has been!  I started off with such high hopes for the week.  But on Tuesday evening, Bear was running a fever at bedtime.  It wasn’t very high, but she has a history with fever.  She has a tendency to spike a fever really fast…so I gave her some medicine (in hopes to avoid the inevitable), and sent her to bed.  I got up and checked on her at around 2 am, and she was fine, still slightly warm, but not burning up.  I went back to bed.  At 4:30, she came to get me up because she couldn’t sleep.  I was going to give her a hug and get her settled back down in bed, but when I hugged her…well, the raging fever had clearly begun!  Then, I took her temperature, it was 103.  I gave her some more medicine, and settled her down on the couch to try to get some sleep.  Patch curled up right beside her, kind of pinning her down.  All of a sudden, she threw the blanket back and tried to get up…nut the dog was in the way.  I asked what she needed as I was throwing the dog off the couch.  Bear didn’t answer, but she hopped up and made a beeline for the bathroom…but she didn’t make it.  Patch had cost her too much time!  Bear threw up…and the sick saga began!  Fortunately, only 2 out of 5 kids seem to have caught this one, though we may not be totally out of the woods yet.

Ah, the joys of motherhood!  It’s glamorous, really. 

All that to say, I didn’t do a great job at keeping up with all my goals this past week.  Life just got in the way.

Goal 1: Drinking Water

I was successful on this goal this week!  I met my goal of 4 water bottle refills every day except Saturday, when I only made it to three.  Not too bad for the week, I suppose.

Goal 2: Play

Well, I didn’t do very well here.  My playmates were sick!  We did ride bikes on Tuesday evening before Bear started feeling sick.  We rode again on Thursday…Bear was on the mend, and Lizard didn’t come down with the bug until Friday.  Lizard was better on Saturday (she never gets sick as bad as everyone else), but it had started raining.  It rained Saturday and Sunday, and most of Monday.  We got out a dance video Monday afternoon and jumped around in the living room for about an hour…it was fun.

Goal 3: Research

I didn’t have much time to myself to read this week.  Between taking care of (and cleaning up after) sick ones, and keeping the cooped up well ones out of trouble, it just didn’t happen.

Goal 4: Records

See Goal 3.  I just didn’t have much extra time.  My mind was being pulled in a hundred different directions, and most days, I just plain forgot!

Goal 5: Planning

I have no excuses here, I just didn’t get it done!

Goal 6: Finish Strong

Well, I guess I started at about the same strength as I finished, even if both were a little weak!  So, do I count that as a success??


My Progress

This Week’s Numbers:

Weight: 225.0

Measurements:

  • Chest – 37.5 inches
  • Bicep – 14.5 inches
  • Thigh – 27 inches
  • Calf – 19 inches
  • Hips – 50.5 inches
  • Waist – 42.5 inches

Last Week’s Numbers:

Weight: 227.8 pounds

Measurements:

  • Chest – 39 inches
  • Bicep – 15.5 inches
  • Thigh – 27.5 inches
  • Calf – 19 inches
  • Hips – 51 inches
  • Waist – 43 inches

Even though I didn’t meet all my goals, all of my stats are still heading in the right direction.  So I guess I can’t be too hard on myself!  I have to say, even more exciting than getting a little smaller is the fact that I am starting to notice a difference in the amount of energy I have during the day.  Its amazing to me how much of a difference drinking so much water makes.  Water doesn’t specifically give me energy…since it’s essentially inert.  However, it gives my body one building block of what it needs to function at its optimum level…even if there are a lot more blocks to go!

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My Goals: For Week 4

I think I’m going to try again at last weeks goals.  Maybe I’ll do better this week!  I don’t want to try to add something else to the goals when I didn’t master what I already set.

  1. I’d like to try for at least 4 refills of my handy  24 ounce bottle every day.  I did it twice last week, so I know it can be done!
  2. Try to go at least 5 minutes longer riding bikes with the kids every evening this week.  Some of this goal, of course does depend on Baby’s attitude with her Daddy while I’m gone!
  3. Keep reading up on different healthy weight loss options from the books I checked out.
  4. Keep on recording my meals in my planner.  Find a space to start recording my movement activities.
  5. Start meal planning our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  Breakfast around here is kind of a free-for-all, and I need to do better about making sure the kids are all out of bed at the same time so that we can sit at the table and eat a proper breakfast like civilized people!  I let the kids get away with some really unhealthy snacking habits…I think having a plan would help with that.  As for lunch, I’m just tired of fixing 4 different lunches for 5 people.  We have everyone eat the same dinner, why shouldn’t that rule apply at breakfast and lunch, too?
  6. Finish the week strong!  I kind of let everything go lax after my slip ups on Thursday last week.  This week, I want to make sure I do as well on the weekend as I did starting out!

So, hopefully, life will be a little less hectic this week, and I’ll be able to meet more of these goals.


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This is the first follow-up to the post Losing Weight Postpartum: Small Steps to Reach My Goals.


How Did I Do This Week?

Well, I’ve done better on some of my goals than others this week!  Just as I suspected.  I’ll break it down.  I posted my first postpartum weight loss post on a Tuesday, so I’ll start on Tuesday.

Tuesday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

Well, I did alright on this one!  I had a goal of filling my water bottle 3 times.  I had to fill it 4 times, and drained it each time!  So, that makes 24 ounces, times 4…I drank 96 ounces of water on Wednesday.  

Goal number 2: Play

We did really well on this one!  I rode my bike with my kiddos tonight.  It wasn’t very far, but, my poor bike is about to give out…even if it didn’t have a 200+ pound woman trying to ride it, I think it might be having issues!  But, for now, it’s working!  If it can hold out until next month, it would be great!  Making big purchases is always better for next month!

Wednesday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

Not bad on this goal again on Wednesday.  I drank another 4 bottles.  That’s 96 ounces again today!

Goal number 2: Play

I rode with the kids again tonight!  I went a little farther than I did last night.  Every day a little more…that’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

Thursday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

Well…we had to go to town on Thursday.  I didn’t do very well today!  I only made it to 2 refills of my bottle.  I had two large Dr. Peppers, though, instead of water.  They’re so easily accessible!  Oh, if only no restaurant in Texas knew about Dr. Pepper!  I can resist a Coke!  I can resist a Pepsi.  Then, I came home.  My husband didn’t help me get back on track much!  The two of us need to have a sit-down and figure out exactly what I’m doing!

Goal number 2: Play

I went bike riding with the kids again tonight, even though I didn’t feel like it.  It was drizzling, but, Monkey had exacted a promise to ride (after Daddy came home) from me right after we got home from town.  It was raining, but, by golly, I rode bikes!

Friday

Yikes!

Goal number 1: Drink more water

Well, I did better than I did on Thursday, but that doesn’t take much, huh?  I made it to 3 refills.  I’m a little disappointed, because the first two days, I went above and beyond my goal and had 4 refills.  Today I only drank 3 refills of my 24 ounce bottle.  But, I did better than I did on Thursday!  So, I gotta keep my eye on the positive 🙂

Goal number 2: Play

I went bike riding with the kids.  They don’t seem likely to forget that I promised them some sort of play every night this week, be it soccer, bikes, or playing in the pool.  I promised that one of the three would happen today, apparently it was bike riding again tonight!

Saturday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

I made it right to 3 refills of my water bottle again today.  At least I made it to my goal.  Andrew was home…since it was Saturday.  I drank quite a few other drinks besides water.  So I drank a lot of calories, I suppose.  They sure do go down faster that way!

Goal number 2: Play

I didn’t make it bike riding with the kids.  But, Andrew and I played soccer with the kids.  I don’t have any clue how to play soccer.  But, Andrew does, and he coaches the kids.  I just run around and hope not to embarrass myself!  The kids don’t care though.  All that they notice is that Mommy is hanging out with them, and taking time out to play crazy with them!

Sunday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

I did alright, but not great today…only 2 refills.  We took the kids fishing this morning.  So, I really detest park restrooms, there’s wasps.  I have an irrational fear of wasps…silly, I know.  But, I admit I was drinking pretty slow so that I wouldn’t have to use the waspy restroom while we were there.  Baby was also being pretty fussy, so I had her in the carrier walking around most of the time.

Goal number 2:

Well, we did go to the park for fishing.  I was up and moving around.  But I didn’t get to play much.  Like I said, Baby was being pretty fussy.  So, she claimed most of my attention.  Most everyone else was “fishing” with Andrew.  After we came home, we filled up the wading pool, and we did all splash around and play in it for a couple hours.  We were all really tired when we got through!

Monday

Goal number 1: Drink more water

I made my goal today.  Andrew was home for Memorial Day.  It was nice to have some extra family time.

Goal number 2: Play

We spent a lot of time as a family, but it was kind of a lazy day.  The kids did a little splashing around in the pool, but a cold front had dropped the temperature down into the mid 80s, so it was a little chilly for playing in the water.  I think we were all still pretty worn out from our activities yesterday!

Goal Numbers 3 and 4

Goal number 3 was picking up some books at the library to do a little research to think about what kind of changes I want to make.  I did get a couple of books, and I’m still working on reading through them.  So, I’ll count that for the “goal met” column.

Goal number 4 was starting a weight loss journal.  Well, I didn’t start anything separate, but I started keeping notes in my planner of what I ate every day.


My Progress

This Week’s Numbers:

Weight: 227.8

Measurements:

  • Chest –  39 inches
  • Bicep –  15.5 inches
  • Thigh –  27.5 inches
  • Calf –  19 inches
  • Hips –  51 inches
  • Waist –  43 inches

Last Week’s Numbers:

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

So, there was a little progress.  I think if I had stuck to my plan just a little tighter, I might have done a little better.  But, I’ll take it for a start.  I lost nearly a pound.  I either lost or at least stayed even with the measuring tape!  


My Goals: Week 2

So, I want to keep going with all of my goals from this week, but with a couple changes.

  1. I’d like to try for at least 4 refills of my handy  24 ounce bottle every day.  I did it twice last week, so I know it can be done!
  2. Try to go at least 5 minutes longer riding bikes with the kids every evening this week.  Some of this goal, of course does depend on Baby’s attitude with her Daddy while I’m gone!
  3. Keep reading up on different healthy weight loss options from the books I checked out.
  4. Keep on recording my meals in my planner.  Find a space to start recording my movement activities.
  5. Start meal planning our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  Breakfast around here is kind of a free-for-all, and I need to do better about making sure the kids are all out of bed at the same time so that we can sit at the table and eat a proper breakfast like civilized people!  I let the kids get away with some really unhealthy snacking habits…I think having a plan would help with that.  As for lunch, I’m just tired of fixing 4 different lunches for 5 people.  We have everyone eat the same dinner, why shouldn’t that rule apply at breakfast and lunch, too?
  6. Finish the week strong!  I kind of let everything go lax after my slip ups on Thursday last week.  This week, I want to make sure I do as well on the weekend as I did starting out!

Alright, I think I’ve done everything in this post that I promised to do last week.  I ‘fessed up on how I did with my goals from last week.  I shared my numbers, and I posted my new goals for this coming week.  I’ll check in again next Tuesday and let you know how I did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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