Fitness Update

Four weeks of Best Body Bootcamp complete!

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Week 1 and 2 were great. Week 3 stunk. Week 4 was mostly good. The best part of it all is I’ve actually been sore. Ya know, the good sore.

Besides the workouts, we set two goals each week. My goals this week were more water and only one dessert after each meal. Water intake was great and I’m quite embarrassed to admit that one dessert after each meal was VERY difficult. I only accomplished that 5 out of 7 days.

Week 5 kicked off today. Guess what. I worked out AND enjoyed it. I could only get the first two sets in before going to work but I finished up this evening. Not my favorite way to do it but the most important thing is, I did it! Woohoo!

To help my motivation, I’ve joined another group to help me through the holidays. I feel like I’m in AA or something with all these support groups! Welcome Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge! Honestly, a holiday challenge scares the crap out of me. The PRESSURE!! But, really, this is also why I’m signing up. Keeps me motivated. And who doesn’t need extra motivation to stay in shape and eat well during the holidays?

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The HBBC is a competition with all the points publicly posted (yikes!) so that will help keep me motivated too. You earn points based on your activity, fruit and veggie consumption, and a host of other things. It’s not too late to join if you want to join me.

I think it’s time for a Callan update too. This little guy is 4 months old. Love this kid!

He’s so going to kill me one day for posting this ridiculous picture. He was posing for his 4 month pictures.

One more thing for ya. I’m back to posting recipes. I’ve been cooking up a dairy-free storm and have a ton of new recipes I’m excited to share.

Body After Baby — Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

You see this?

ATM-bibIt’s the race bib for the race I didn’t run yesterday.

I was signed up for the Army 10 Miler. As in, I was supposed to run 10 miles yesterday.

At 6 weeks postpartum, I decided to sign up for the race. So, I put together a running plan. This left me 8 weeks to get ready. Definitely not long enough to be running any PRs but enough to be back in shape and do some decent splits.

Workouts got a bit tough toward the end of pregnancy, but I kept up with it. Once Callan arrived and I was feeling better, we started going on walks. Sometimes in the stroller and sometimes in the Moby. We started walking at about 3 weeks and it was too soon. (PM me if you want to know how I knew.) We tried again around 4 weeks and I was good to go. The weather was so hot and that kept us in a few days but we tried as much as we could.

Then I started my race training. By the end of the first week, I was already hitting a wall. I’d lost my motivation. I knew it would be hard to get back into it, but I also thought running would come fairly easily. I mean, I’ve just dropped 23 pounds and should feel weightless, right? My legs were just tired and heavy. I kept it up for a few weeks but once things got a bit busy, I basically stopped. So, for the last three weeks, I’ve been quite lazy.

Honestly, the biggest motivation for me staying active is to stay thin. I hit my pre-pregnancy weight right at 6 weeks postpartum. Since then, I’ve even dropped a few extra. Unfortunately, losing the weight so quickly kind of made me lose my motivation.

39 Weeks – Oh, that looks painful now. And, my puffy eyes!

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A few days after Callan was born.

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Yes, some of it’s genes; but, I did work out my entire pregnancy and started back-up as soon as I could. I know that, plus breast feeding, contributed to losing the weight. That doesn’t mean things look the same. There is some major toning needed.

Here’s what I’m struggling with:

  1. I’m at my happy weight so less motivated to work out.
  2. We don’t belong to a gym anymore and it’s getting colder outside. I hate being cold and I really do miss the equipment at a gym. (Joining a gym isn’t an option as they’re too far from our house.)
  3. Timing. I can’t just leave the house while Little Dude sleeps and I’m much better at working out in the morning than in the evening.

Here’s what should be motivating me:

  1. I’m not toned and even though the number on the scale looks good, I’m not happy with the way I look.
  2. I usually enjoy working out.
  3. Callan – It’s very important he sees us healthy and active.

So, what’s a girl to do?

My first step in getting back into the groove is joining in with some others. I’m going to Best Body Bootcamp!!! I’ve seen a few other bloggers getting involved so I couldn’t wait to sign-up for the next session. Here we go!

Day 1 — a success!

I need your help mommies (and others!). How do I motivate myself? How long did it take you to get back into shape?