If you read this blog pre-baby, you probably remember my love-hate relationship with diets... I am an equal opportunist, meaning I'm willing to try anything; but, the diet only gets about two days to prove its value (i.e. make me lose 10 pounds) and ease (i.e. require nothing of me) before I give up and move on to the next great thing. Sad, but true. (For a "brief history of my even briefer diets", click here.)
Anyway, the beginning of the school year is kind-of my New Year's Eve. I love the opportunity for a fresh start, and I always have lofty goals of a more organized, productive, and healthy life. You know where this is headed...
I'm not pregnant. I'm not breastfeeding or taking care of a newborn. Shoot, I'm not even working full time. I have no excuse anymore for not taking care of myself. It's time for me to get real about my weight.
First, a little background...
This is our wedding day (why is that always the baseline?) in June 2007. I weighed about 135 pounds thanks to a busy semester of wedding planning and student teaching plus a few weeks of nervous energy. I felt beautiful on that day.
There are really no words... I can giggle at this photo right now; but, if I'm being honest, it makes me sad. I gained about 45 pounds, had gestational diabetes, and was miserable. (To put that into perspective, if Sam stays in the 50th percentile, he will not weigh 45lbs. until he is SIX years old.) I do not want to do pregnancy like that again.
Luckily, my body reacted well to breastfeeding and motherhood. When this photo was taken in August (just five weeks after Sam was born), I had lost 35 pounds of baby-weight; and, seriously, I felt like the skinniest person in the world!
Which brings me to today...
|At Sam's first birthday party on July 12th, 2012.|
So, I'm ready to get serious... As of yesterday, I have signed up for My Fitness Pal online and downloaded the ap to my phone. (If you are also doing the plan, feel free to follow me. I'm just emyselfandi.) I'm committing to counting calories and exercising this year - NO excuses! My goal? To lose 30 pounds by January 1.
I admit that I don't have a good track record with dieting. I don't like to be uncomfortable and, frankly, I like junk food. But, this time is going to be different. Here are a few reasons why:
- I want to feel better and have energy to keep up with my wild boy.
- I want be ready for the next pregnancy and go into it MUCH healthier - for my body, and my baby.
- I want to set a good example for my boy of healthy living.
- I want to look good in my clothes and bathing suit. (What? Anyone who says that isn't at least some of their motivation for losing weight is delusional.)
So... here goes nothing! I hope you will join me on this journey... It is sure to bring plenty of laughs and confessions - but, hopefully, some victories too! Look for a "first day of school photo/check-in in about two weeks.