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Losing the baby-weight and staying healthy after pregnancy

Between September 2011 and April 2012 I lost 35 pounds!

My original goal weight was 130lbs which I achieved in December 2011. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of maintenance and my body eventually settled at 119lbs a few months later. I've been maintaining ever since.

I fell pregnant in February 2015 and so I am now navigating the weight gain of pregnancy, motherhood and, then needing to lose the baby weight.

The post-pregnancy plan:
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Between September 2011 and April 2012 I lost 35 pounds!

My original goal weight was 130lbs which I achieved in December 2011. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of maintenance and my body eventually settled at 119lbs a few months later. I've been maintaining ever since.

I fell pregnant in February 2015 and so I am now navigating the weight gain of pregnancy, motherhood and, then needing to lose the baby weight.

The post-pregnancy plan:
Short term goals: First 3 months
Exercise:
-Go walking at least 10 minutes a day for first 4-6 weeks
-Slowly build in jogging using couch to 5km techniques when my body feels ready (I imagine after a month or two)
-Keep up with post-natel yoga and exercises to help with abdominal separation
Eating:
-Focus on my choices - choose healthier foods.
- Aim to track food 3 times a week
- Keep my food portions small
Mental health:
- Aim to get dressed every day
- Aim to get out of the house once a day

Long term goals:
- Half Marathon in September
- Back in maintenance range by September (53-55kg)


The maintenance plan:

Sign up for races to run every second or third month.
Aim to go jogging three times a week.
Keep tracking my fitness minutes.
Keep tracking my food at least twice a week.
Only ever have one helping of a sweet treat.
Keep blogging and commenting on Sparkpeople
Join challenges on sparkpeople - keep accountable to someone.
Always make sure that I'm enjoying my food - if I feel guilty about what I'm eating I can't be eating it for a good reason.

My original goals were:
First goal - to fit into my wedding dress again! (achieved 6 October 2011 - exactly on month after joining)

By my birthday
1 - be down one dress size or have reached 61kg (reached 61kg 14 Nov.)

2 - be able to do yoga on alternate days (yes, twenty minutes, nearly every other day)

3 - be jogging again (knee and doctor willing) (Started jogging again in the second week of November)

4 - have discovered something active to do on Saturday afternoons. (I make sure I'm busy but haven't found anything regular yet)

5 - start monitoring my fibre intake




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Member Since: 9/8/2011

SparkPoints: 38,230

Fitness Minutes: 55,062

My Goals:
Short term: (30 days)
-Reach 57kg
-Walk 5ooo steps every day

Medium term: (3 months)
-Build up to a 15km jog
-Have lost 3/4 of my pregnancy weight (9kg)

Run another 1/2 marathon in August/September 2016

Long term (1 Year)
-Run 1 half-marathons in 2016
-Run 1 10km (achieved)
-Run 3 Parkruns

Maintain weight range of 52.5 - 55kg (116-121 pounds)

Reduce sugar cravings

My Program:
Healthy eating
- to become a better nutritious cook
Healthy home
- to create an environment at home that is clean, organized and well decorated
Healthy mind
- Develop a better understanding of what I need to feel more fulfilled and happy

Personal Information:
What I'm learning:
- it's always possibly to find and choose the healthy option.
- You don't have to eat the whole plate of food. You can only eat some of it if you think the portion is too much.
- pack lunch for work. A home made sandwich is half the calories of a store bought one.
- becoming more disciplined in one area of my life is helping me become more disciplined in others.

Other Information:
Race times:
Adidas 5km 2009: 36 mins
Bupa 10km 2011: 59.44
Stroke 10km 2011: 56.34
Nun Run 2011 (4 miles): 41 minutes
Race for life 5km 2012: 25 mins
British 10km 2012: 49.16
Zoo Stampede 2012: 48.27
Bupa 10km 2013: 47.44
Belfast Half Marathon 2013: 2.01.36
Santa 5k 2013: 23.41
Tollymore 10k 2013 (off-road): 51.04
Castleward Half Marathon: 2.03
Ards Half Marathon: 1.58.46
Groomsport Half Marathon: 1.49.51
Larne Half Marathon 1.55.52
Castlewellan Challenge (1okm) 53.07


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SCHNOOTIE
2/26/2016 6:15:44 AM

Good morning! Thanks for adding me as a friend! How are you doing? How us that beautiful baby?



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SCHNOOTIE
12/28/2015 2:06:02 PM

Hello Sarah, I just read your introduction on the Shooting Star Team page. Your baby is adorable!!! What a peanut!! A few years ago my daughter Julia spent a year in Spain, and got to visit Ireland. She never quite recovered from the sheer beauty of the country and wants to take me over there to show me your amazing country. I think I shall do that eventually. Have a lovely day and snuggle that baby!



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12/23/2015 8:44:15 AM

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BROOKLYN_BORN
12/17/2015 12:23:39 PM

Congratulations on your maintenance anniversary



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PATRICIA-CR
12/16/2015 8:02:21 PM

Bravo for your 4 years maintaining your weight and a super healthy lifestyle!!! Great job! emoticon

Here's to many more years emoticon



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