Friday, March 13, 2015

Mommy Get That Body Back: 10 Pounds in Two Months Challenge

Well, the time has come. I am staring down at the nine month post partum line and still have a pesky ten pounds to lose.  I wanted it all gone the minute I left the hospital, but I was happy enough to have left 50 pounds behind. But as "they" all say, (who "they" is I'm not sure but whatever), "It takes 9 months to put it on and 9 months to take it off".  Well, let's do it.

Before starting my infertility treatments, I was a fit, 150 pounds.  I was teaching at least four fitness classes a week and keeping that pre-mommy body tight and right.  Once I started IVF I had to SLAM on the breaks and take it down to a walk a day...not easy or fun at all.  Alas, I carried my twin boys to 39 weeks and gained 75 pounds to prove it. As the months have passed, I have been able to continually lose weight and see my body shrinking back to it's normal size.  My clothes all fit again (whoo hoo), but I still don't feel quite like myself. These last ten pounds are more a tightening than a true fat loss. Now is the time to get this mommy body tight and right! So, here we go, the ten pounds in two months challenge...cardio sessions, kicked up strength training and clean, portion controlled eating.  Who's with me?!

Anyone want to join me in this two month slim down? Well, if so, let's start with getting on My Fitness Pal. I know, I know, you don't want to know what is really going in your body due to total fear of the truth. Well, if you want to drop lbs, then you gotta face it.  I've said it before and I'll say it again...ignorance is not bliss when it comes to calories. I have been a dedicated food journal-er for years now, but it is time to make better food choices and be proud to enter my calories and not shamed into skipping a day of logging.

Thirsty? Yeah, yeah you are. Get over to that water bottle and pound it. Lucky for me, I was a camel in my past life and drink water like it's going out of style. I know for some people it isn' t that easy, but if you are truly going to commit to this challenge, then there really isn't any other liquid that should pass your lips...unless you are indulging in 4 oz of red wine of course.

For the fitness portion of this challenge, I plan to continue to get in cardio 3-4 times per week. I teach cycle class on Sundays at the one and only Bike2theBeat so that is a slam dunk.  To get in the other days I plan to jog a few miles with the boys (don't forget their massive stroller which adds an extra 40 pounds easy), knock out an at home boxing session or bust out a power hour once I get the babies to bed. That paired with my 4 or more nursing sessions a day should provide a serious calorie burn.

To support the cardio and tighten my flabby muscles, I am taking my strength training up a notch and training every other day. Arms, legs,'s all gotta get done. Whether through resistance training using my own body weight (push ups, tricep dips, plank, squats and lunges) or using free weights (medium weight, high reps) I am going to dedicate myself to getting it done. No. Matter. What.

Aside from keeping on top of my eating and exercise habits I am going to continue to stay busy, do my usual baby wearing around town (if toting around a cute baby isn't the best weighted vest on Earth then I don't know what else is), and make sure I am moving most of the day. I know I can do this, I just know it!

So, here we go. Day one. Only 59 more to go. I will check in with you along the way, but the goal is to lose 1-2 pounds a week. No starving, no stress, just good ole' healthy living.  I urge you to join me even if your goal is not to lose weight but just to regain your health. I know we can do this, we can do anything we set our minds to do.

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