I've never been that skinny girl. Over the years I've been strong, healthy, but never skinny. Almost exactly 10 months ago, I had a baby boy. He is the light of my life, but on account of gaining 40lbs during pregnancy, my weight hit levels that I probably never anticipated it would get to. All through my pregnancy, I was at the gym several times a week, doing aqua aerobics and reformer pilates. I think that staying so active helped me rebound quickly. Within 6 weeks of delivering I'd lost 32 of the 40lbs, and within 3 months I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight. That's not to say I wasn't still carrying an extra 40lbs over what I would consider my ideal - an ideal that I don't think I've weighed since high school and a part of me wonders if I'll ever see again. I have breastfeeding to thank for a big chunk of my intial post-partum weight loss, burning approximately 500 calories a day.
While I'm still breastfeeding, I'm not producing as much milk as I used to be, so I suspect the calories burned daily have started to dwindle, and the last few weeks, I've noticed weight starting to creep back on. I can't blame it on baby weight. That's just weight. I've also realized that this is the longest amount of time that I've gone without regular exercise. When I was on maternity leave, it was easy to take the little guy out for a walk and get some light exercise that way but, since going back to work, juggling the few free hours I have each day has put exercise on the back burner.
As my little one is nearly a year old, it's time to do something about it. Not just for me, but for him, for my husband, so that we can live a long, healthy life together. I don't want to be a mom who can't keep up with her child. He's already fast and active and he can't even walk yet!
WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS BLOG?
I need to be accountable to somebody, so I'm putting this out there on the internet. Perhaps nobody will read it, perhaps some stranger half way across the globe will. Perhaps I will provide inspiration, to myself if nothing else.
I'm a foodie, so I want to find delicious recipes, while keeping it somewhat healthy. I do like to exercise, but time is an issue. I'd like to find exercises that can be done in just a few minutes a day. There are tons of options out there for people like me. So, if you're reading this and feel like you could use a little extra motivation yourself, as the title says - WHY NOT JOIN ME?