I gave some information in my post a couple of days ago about this year’s ups and downs with trying to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy with Isaac. Today is the one year point and I thought I would focus on the things I learned and some of the positive outcomes I’ve experienced.
I don’t have photos yet. Sorry. Nathan is working on our computer that has our photos and I haven’t taken any yet today. We’ll have time to do that this weekend.
So, the number that you’ve all been waiting for…. how much weight did I lose over the course of the last year? I usually do my weigh-in on Friday, but since t0day was my “anniversary” I thought I would weigh myself this morning and use those numbers to get my year total.
Here’s the “skinny” (hee hee):
Weight gained with pregnancy- 32 pounds
Weight lost without really trying- 13.6 pounds
Weight lost since I decided to “try” to lose weight- 13.8 pounds
Total weight lost in the last 13 months- 27.4 pounds
When I look back, I can see that I really tried hard for only about 3 or 4 months and those weren’t all in a row. I wasted a lot of time having to lose the same 5-7 pounds over and over again.
I think one of the biggest factors in losing the weight that I did was the support I got from Nathan and from my friend, Marie. Marie has also been working on losing weight and has lost almost 30 pounds in the last 10 months. Or something like that. She just kept working at it and logging her food. She didn’t take days and days and weeks off like I would. Guess what? She saw positive results from doing that. It’s hard to ignore the hard facts when she’s reporting every week how much she lost 🙂
I also found a new and powerful motivation. I have found that I enjoy running. I like to participate in races every so often. I’m competitive and I want to get stronger and faster. I want my next finish time to be faster than the last. Eating right and losing weight will help enormously with this. I’ll be carrying 10 less pounds at my next race than I had at the previous one. That’s also helped get me out the door at 5:30 in the morning to exercise. It’s not telling myself that I need to work out a certain number of times a week or minutes a day, it’s telling myself that I’m an athlete in training. Or something like that!
I’ve learned that I can feel good about myself and dress in ways that flatter my figure even if I have not made it to my goal weight.
I’ve also learned that having 3 babies changes your body and there are some things that I can do about it, but some things I wont be able to change. It’s a small price to pay!
Thanks for bearing with my weight loss journey updates! I really am hoping to post photos soon.