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Round two!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Hi everyone!

April 1 marked the "reset" button for me! My 6 weeks of just loving on my little boy and relaxing are over! My doctor cleared me for full return to exercise, and I am starting to get to work on getting back to my pre-preggo weight (or as close as I can get to it!)

I'm sitting between 152-153 lbs, so basically I have about 15lbs to lose. Not too shabby! I'm hoping to have it gone by July 1st, but I'm not going to pressure myself. It's just me hoping to fit into last summer's clothes so I don't have to go buy more clothing!

Some changes about my body that I need to remember if I don't fit into those clothes by that time:

- I'm breastfeeding - this means that in any given day, my bust can increase and decrease a cup size or two. Additionally, I'm a good 2 cup sizes bigger than I was last summer, just from pregnancy and nursing, so this probably won't change.

- Someone gave me hips. Oh, that would be Elliott. I was into a size 8 (Old Navy, almost a size 6) for bottoms before my pregnancy. My hips have grown probably 1-2 inches in actual size from pregnancy and childbirth, which means I doubt I will ever see a size 6, mmmaybe a size 8 if I'm lucky, but likely I'll be in 10s on the bottom.

How will I be working towards this?

1) Starting C25K again on Sunday. I did this program with complete success last year around this time of year. I feel like it will be my easiest way to get a consistent 3x cardio per week. As soon as Brad comes home from work on the scheduled days, feed baby and literally - run! I went for a walk on Thursday with 6 x 1-minute jogs randomly tossed in and DAMN it felt good! As I get consistent with that, I will also start regular strength training.

2) Eliminating dairy. Womp-womp. I'm not too happy about this to be perfectly honest. We are currently investigating if Elliott has a dairy intolerance (very common in infants, typically outgrown by 1 year) and I've been dairy-free for a week now. Right down to minor ingredients in foods. I'm not saying that going dairy-free is an answer to weight-loss. At all. But it is reallllly curbing mindless snacking. At this point, I have to read every ingredient list. I'm ending my days roughly 500 calories lower since doing this, without feeling hungry or messing with my milk supply. And for the dairy-free life, I'm gaining a happier baby who is brighter, less fussy, and sleeping much better!

3) Aiming for 2200-2500 calories per day. Elliott eats a LOT. Breastfeeding makes up for a lot of calories out (although it's difficult to find an accurate number anywhere that I could actually use the math for). If I can lose weight slowly at that range, I'll be happy. If I notice a stall, I'll have to fiddle with it a bit.

I'm going to check in with these three points at mid-month and end of the month.

Oh what? You want more pictures of Elliott?

4 weeks old on St Patrick's Day!

5 weeks old

6 weeks old on Easter Sunday

Happy Easter!

Reading with Daddy again!

Who's that handsome fella?

Have a great weekend my friends!

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    Oh my goodness he is a handsome boy!! Precious!!

    Amazing at getting right back at exercising! I'm starting over with the couch to 5K myself soon!! Hope you have fun with it!!
    1274 days ago
    Ah! He's gorgeous! And you are cloth diapering! How are you finding that? I'm excited to put to use all my cloth diapers for this little guy. Only 3 weeks until his EDD, hopefully I'll meet him soon :)
    1286 days ago
    Gosh, he is just SO YUMMY!!! emoticon I also love your plan, and I know you will back to pre pregnancy weight in no time. I love how it is something you are working towards, but not stressing or pressuring yourself to get there quickly. You are a rockstar!! emoticon
    1288 days ago
    Adorable! I am so happy that things are going well for you and your little bean, Elliott, is healthy and happy!

    Have a great week girl!
    1294 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Cute pics!
    I feel ya on figuring out the calories. You read an approx., but I imagine it varies with every woman depending on how many times you nurse and how long, etc. Just do your thing and you'll find what works best for you. I'm eating around 2000 a day and losing pretty well. Glad to see you being honest with yourself about the body changes. Yes, although we can get back to a set weight, it lies differently now!
    You'll do fabulous, because you are so emoticon !

    Take care girl!!
    1295 days ago
    Such cute pics of Elliott!! He is changing so much! I love his green St. Patty's Day diaper, haha!

    I bet your jogging was fabulous! Feels good to stretch your legs and get the blood pumping again, I bet! I'm proud of you for getting the ball rolling right away. And 15 pounds is great! That won't take you long, I bet! You were so healthy through your entire pregnancy, and there's no stopping you now!
    1295 days ago
    Back when you were all baby-belly and quitting the gym, didn't I say how I was going to be your home-gym buddy? And here you are, ready for exercise, and I'm... well... um... ready for exercise! Haha! I knew you'd be the one doing the motivating, as per usual.

    Yay for C25k! I haven't been a total slacker; I'm a long way into that 10k learn-to-run program but I've been doing it more like 2x/week rather than the prescribed 3x (which means I'm a teensy bit behind for race day in 3 weeks!) and you'll be a good influence for me to stay on schedule.

    I do need some prodding to get back to strength training, though. I've been doing hella yardwork, does that count? My whole body aches afterward. Did you know that raking the moss out of the lawn will TORCH your lats like nothing?! Seriously... it's a better workout that pull-downs or pull-ups... it's pull-the-moss-outs any day!

    The dairy thing is going to be just fine. Once you've got your work-arounds figured out (did you come up with some good quickie breakfasts?) it'll be no sweat.

    Love the pictures! Keep 'em coming! :D

    Okay going to stop now (what do you mean my blog comment isn't allowed to be longer than your blog post?) but I'll do my own blog post soon. Soonish. Sometime.

    xo!!!!! Excited for you!
    1296 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 8:53:57 PM
  • ROCKMAN6797
    What a cute baby! I especially the one where your hubby is reading to him, he appears to be lost in his thoughts looking at Daddy!
    As for getting back into the swing of things, you have got this!

    1297 days ago
    Good luck! Your goals sound awesome and you have a cute little baby. Enjoy the baby stage. It can be tough at times, but they don't stay little and cuddly forever. I'm lucky to sneak in cuddles with my baby (he is 2 1/2). You will bounce back. I think my hips went back to normal after a few months.

    1297 days ago
    What a sweet little bunny boy!

    You've got a great plan. You may surprise yourself by what you will actually accomplish.

    1297 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    1297 days ago
  • KOBER9999
    They grow soo fast! Love your pics!
    Sounds like you have a great plan...
    1297 days ago
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