Fitness Friday: 6/28/13

Well, this is my first time writing a Fitness Friday post since March 1. It’s not that I haven’t been working at it, I just haven’t felt like posting until I made more progress. I guess I was tired of posting the same old, same old every week. I’m not sure if the original group of Fitness Friday bloggers I started working with last year are even still doing these posts or not. One of them is pregnant, I believe, so she’s probably not too concerned about weight loss!

I’m 5’10” tall. When I became serious about losing the weight I gained while pregnant, I joined another group of bloggers for Fitness Friday. I wrote my very first Fitness Friday post on Sep. 14, 2012, and I was 182lbs. If you know me in person or you’ve been watching the MyFitnessPal ticker at the side of my blog, then you know I have been losing weight.

On March 1 -the date of my last Fitness Friday post- I weighed in at 173lbs. Yesterday, June 27, I weighed in at 156lbs. It took me months to get down into the 160s, but once I did, the weight’s been coming off quickly. Oh, especially now that Baby J has weaned…I’ve dropped several pounds just this last week! You know that story moms say about your body holding onto the last 10lbs. if you’re nursing? Well, it was true for me!

This will probably be my last Fitness Friday post regarding weight loss. My first goal was to reach 165lbs., which I’ve surpassed. My ultimate goal is to reach a FIT and TONED 150lbs. I’m still working on that. :/ I would like to start a “Body after Baby” series and have moms who have celebrated fitness goals to guest post, but we’ll see if that happens or not!

Since this is the last post, obviously I need to show pictures! I’m posting before and after photos, and I’m wearing the same shirt. I wanted to wear the same jeans too, but I couldn’t figure out which jeans I was wearing in my before photos. I think they’re maternity jeans, but I went through my stack and couldn’t find any with that stitching on the back pockets. Oh well.

So here goes:

Before and After- Front Shot
Before and After: Front Shot
Before and After: Side Shot
Before and After: Side Shot

I have mixed feelings about my successes. Part of me is very happy. I can fit into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes. When I look at the pictures of myself a year ago, I can barely believe how big I was. At the time, I thought I was “heavy” and “curvy.” I didn’t realize how big I actually looked. After all, it took me nine months to put the weight on, so I was used to looking in the mirror and seeing myself heavy like that. I feel awkward saying the “F” word, but I was fat. There’s no way around it. Now I wonder if one of the reasons why my husband acted so weird when he first came home from deployment wasn’t just culture shock, etc., but was because he was shocked at how big I was (it was 2 weeks before our son was born). I look at my face in the “before” photos, and I realize how unattractive I was. Well, it’s all in the past, and I’m not going to let it happen again! And here’s where I’m not satisfied: I’m not fit enough. It’s not about being skinny. I don’t want to look like a model. I have no desire to be emaciated looking. I want to be toned. I want to have muscles. I want to be healthy. But it takes time and a lot of effort. And that’s the one area I really need to improve: EFFORT. I’m lazy when it comes to exercise. I don’t want to run. I don’t want to do squats or push ups. But if I don’t, I’m never going to be as fit as I want to be.

What are your fitness goals? How will you reach them?

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  1. First of all, you look fantastic. Even my husband has said he sees the hard work you’ve been putting into getting back into shape!

    Second, exercise isn’t fun until you start seeing results, and then it’s fun :). I’m still a few pounds from where I ultimately want to be, but I’m working hard to tone up and put on a fair amount of muscle, so I have to keep telling myself not to worry so much about the number on the scale and to focus more on what I am seeing in the mirror and how I feel. But, I’ve been having fun with it by giving myself new goals to reach. As of yesterday, my new goal is to be able to do unassisted pull-ups. That used to be easy for me, but I think it is going to take a while to be able to do that again!!

  2. You look amazing!! Your face looks completely different – great job! It’s so hard to do as a mom too!! I am pregnant right now but I’d love to join in on the body after baby series if you start it – I am only due in december though, trying to stay fit through my pregnancy :/ Keep up the great work!!

    1. Keeping fit during pregnancy is where I failed last time (but I’m determined to do better next time!). I’d love to have you guest post when I get the series started! Can I email you?

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