Losing the Baby Weight {Check In 1}

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hi all, I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We were really busy!!  On Saturday, we enjoyed a day out on Pymatuming Lake trying out my brother-in-law's new Pontoon boat.  It was Jillian's first boat ride and she absolutely loved it and couldn't stop giggling, while Nicholas was lulled to sleep by the rhythmic motion of the waves.  Needless to say, both loved the boat in their own way!  It was also nice for Mommy and Daddy to enjoy an afternoon out on the water with our family. 


On Sunday, we ventured out to Lake Farm Park in Kirtland, OH for their Ice Cream Social weekend.  For those of you not familiar with Lake Farmpark, it's a delightful family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming, and country life.  There are several barns housing a variety of farm animals including cows, horses, pigs and sheep.  Jillian absolutely loves to pet all the animals!  It's a great place to bring the family and always has a full calendar of events going on throughout the year.  We decided this time to buy a family pass so I am really looking forward to visiting the Farmpark again!


I decided that this is the week I am finally getting serious about losing those last few stubborn pounds of baby weight.  To be perfectly honest, I gained more weight with Nicholas than I did with Jillian. I gained 50 pounds to be exact with Nicholas as compared to 40 with Jillian!  Yikes!!!  I am still blown away that I actually let myself gain that much weight.  Thankfully, I lost all of the weight that I gained with Jillian, however, never really felt like I was back to my normal weight and pre-pregnancy size until 9 months after Jillian was born.  It's true what they say, nine months up, nine months down.  I wouldn't say I recall doing anything major to lose the weight after I had Jillian. I worked out here and there and would try to watch what I ate.  However, I really couldn't do that much anyway since she breast fed for the first ten month of her life.  When you are breast feeding, you have to maintain a diet of at least 1800-2000 calories a day to maintain your milk supply.  Luckily for me, breast feeding is a built in all day calorie burning machine and you can burn up to 500 calories a day by doing nothing more than sitting on your rump. 
After I had Nicholas, I was lucky to lose 20 pounds right out of the gate.  I am sure most of that consisted of baby, fluid, water weight and other fun stuff that we lose when you have a baby.  After that first month, the scale stopped moving and I seemed to have hit a plateau.  I was also eating as if I were still nine months pregnant and decided that the party was over and I needed to start making changes.  I did a pretty good job at removing the obviously unhealthy foods from my diet such as fried foods, potato chips, sweets, and ice cream.  In a few weeks, I lost a few pounds, however, have seem to have hit a plateau again.  I am fully aware that if I am going to get serious about losing these last few pounds, I am going to have to change my sedentary life style and start exercising again.  You can only lose so much weight on diet changes alone!

So this morning I decided to get out of bed after Nicholas's 6:30AM feeding to work out instead of turning over and going back to bed.  I dusted off 'The Firm' DVD's and popped in 'Jiggle Free Abs'.  It felt so good to be working out again!  Before Jillian, I used to workout 5-6 times a week.  I was in the best shape of my life!  I love the feeling of having sore muscles throughout the day, constantly reminding you that you actually did something good for yourself.  I am hoping to get back to where I was before my pregnancies, and if I really want to challenge myself, back to "Wedding Weight." Wedding Weight is what Jeff and I affectionately refer to as what we weighed on our Wedding Day.  I am still breast feeding Nicholas so there will be no crash diets in my immediate future, however, I am hoping by making smart choices and by adding an exercise routine to my week, will help move the numbers on the scale in the right direction again.  I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal App on my iPhone to track my calories and to keep me in that 1800-2000 calorie range.  If you are on MyFitnessPal, I would love to have a few buddies join me on my weight loss journey by having you follow me.  My user name is karenathome (I know, shocker!).  Stay tuned for weekly blog updates of my progress and also a few healthy recipes as well!

{Check In 1 Weigh in Stats}
Wedding Weight: 112
Pre-pregnancy Weight:  120
Weight at Birth: 170
Current Weight: 138
Pounds lost: 32
Weight loss Goal: 120
 
Are you trying to lose the baby weight or those annoying last few pounds?  What lifestyle changes are you making in your life to help you meet your fitness goals?  I would love to hear from you!!!



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26 comments:

  1. you are very brave to put that out there! What a great motivator! Well...Levi is 9 and I haven't lost the last 5 or 7 pounds. Sigh. Not from lack of trying. I am going to be watching you for tips. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Janel! Hopefully we can both learn a few thing and lose a few together!!

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  2. I can so relate to this but my baby is 3!!!!!!!!! I would be happy with just toning up some of my belly fat. My issue is not really diet but the exercise. I am hoping to fit it in more but it's hard with work and life! I know that's just and excuse but I am trying : )

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    1. Fitting in the excercise is so hard!!! You certainly have to sacrifice sleep in my house to get anything accomplished. It gets easier, right???

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  3. Amen! I'm currently pregnant with #2 and am dreading already on losing the baby weight. It was hard enough for me with #1 and right when I was getting in my groove and lost 10 pounds, I got pregnant again ;) Good job with your progress so far :)

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  4. For what it's worth, I think you look great!

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  5. I agree, I think you look FABULOUS!! =)

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  6. Good for you, I think you look awesome!!! I started this last pregnancy 10 pounds heavier than I would have liked to, so while I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, my goal is to lose another 10...before November. Fingers crossed!

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  7. PS- If you aren't already, TAKE MEASUREMENTS too! After Lizzy, once I really started working out, I had a heck of a time getting the scale to move, but I was dropping inches like crazy, and I would have had no idea if I weren't also taking measurements!

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  8. You ROCK! And you Looks Amazing... but I know exactly what you mean by wanting to tone and lose that annoying jiggle. I get it! Have you tried the 30 Day Shred? Amazing video.. amazing results and only 20 minutes of work out! Keep going girl- you got this!

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  9. You go! I'm going to my 6 week check up at the OBGYN today and hopefully I'll get the "go ahead" to workout again! You will keep me motivated... thanks :)

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  10. Karen - I am on a similar journey - except I had lost the baby weight and am working on getting to a healthy weight. I started my journey Feb of this year and am down a little over 50 lbs with exercise and eating right.

    You go girl for putting all of this out there and your pictures - I didn't really talk about mine until after I was really on that healthy living bandwagon. Will look forward to seeing your journey.

    Kat

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  11. Karen,
    Myfitnesspal is an awesome tool I used it when I lost my baby weight after dd and plan to use it once little man is born. Did you see you can actually put in breastfeeding as an option to it can adjust your calories? I can't wait to be able to get back on there and lose the weight from #2

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  12. Im another one that needs to get my butt back in gear and lose the weight from Morgan (and some I had before her). I just added you on myfitnesspal. Good luck!

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  13. Good for you!! I was just complaining to a friend that I didn't do anything to get back to pre-baby weight after Westin but it just seems like it is not going anywhere this time around! I will probably have to stop eating like I'm 9 months pregnant like you said. Haha! I need to start soon!

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  14. You look great! But it's important to feel great too. I've always been 123-125 lbs, pretty much from junior high, until now. But I'm much more loose obviously after having children. It's my goal in the next 4-6 weeks to really just tighten my tummy! Good luck to you!

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  15. It it so hard to get motivated, but good for you for taking the first step! I really need to find that motivation for myself. My baby is over a year old and I am still carrying around way too many pregnancy pounds. So frustrating! I need to take a look at that app and see what all it has to offer. I have a friend who is using it and raves about it!

    On another note, I am a 31 gifts consultant too! :)

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  16. Ughhh it's SO hard. I found that even though I'm close to my pre-preg weight, my body changed a lot and I carry weight in different places. Jillian Micheal's Fast Fix Kickboxing is GREAT! Stopping by from the blog hop and am now your newest follower:) Hope you can come check out Crazy Mama Drama !
    http://crazy-mama-drama.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-Mama-Drama/259491484156846

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  17. YOu amazing now.. but I totally understand! Good luck with you weight lose!

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  18. You've done so well. I did not breastfeed, and weighed 170,too. It took me forever to get it off. I lost ten pounds after the hospital and that was it. I finally got all the weight off, got smaller, and then started blogging. About five pounds have creeped up, and now I"m trying to work on those. I'm actually losing inches, and am smaller size, but the weight is not really moving.

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  19. You look awesome, girl! I was lucky to get below my pre-pregnancy weight quickly thanks to water weight and breastfeeding, but I was majorly above a healthy weight pre-pregnancy. So, I'm down about 35 pounds at this point, and according to my doctor and BMI, I still have 35 pounds to go.

    I need to do better with eating, but I'm not sure where my sweet spot is with breastfeeding. Any tips on that?

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  20. I already lost all the baby weight, but I have ALL the weight I gained, from the emotional eating during my depression from my first two (unsuccefull) pregnancies. It is hard work. I've been doing the Shred and with only a few sessions I already can see the difference : ) Let's see how that goes when I got back to work next week.

    You are looking great and I am excited to follow your journey.

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  21. You should be incredibly proud of yourself for the weight you've lost already! I've got about 7 lbs. to go. It seems like when I get to within 4 or 5 lbs. something comes up like the holidays or parties & I gain a couple back.

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  22. My little boy will be six months old at the end of the month and I still have a good 30 pounds to go until I reach my ultimate goal of 125 pounds. I just happened to stumble upon your blog from Jenna's Journey and I'm so glad that I did. Today I just started Jilian Michael's Body Revolution. I generally do not have a problem eating healthy, I just need to start moving my body! I'm a former college athlete looking to get my toned body back! Best wishes to you and I will be following your journey!

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