I did it!

I weighed in this morning and I’m a half-pound UNDER my pre-Isaac weight! I am down 7.4 lbs since July 1. I would like to lose another 7-8 lbs, but they are just vanity lbs. It is nice to be able to fit into some of my smaller clothes and I am finally seeing a real difference when I look in the mirror. Also, my husband thinks I look fabulous 🙂

Nathan had a good weigh-in this morning as well. He is now down 16.6 lbs since July 1!

So close!

I had my official weekly weigh-in this morning and I was down 2 lbs! WoooooooHoooooooo!!!!!!! That puts me only .2 lbs from my pre-Isaac-pregnancy weight. I’m pleased with that. Also, my husband has lost more than 15 lbs in the last 5 weeks. I’m very proud of him. He has worked for this. I can see the difference in his face already.

We’re excited and nervous for tomorrow’s race. Well, maybe I’m the only one who is nervous. If the weather ends up feeling like it does this morning, it would be awesome. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for heat and humidity. I have a list of things to accomplish before tomorrow. It’s kind of funny. I have it broken down into things I need to do in the morning, things I can do while Isaac is up, things I can do when Isaac is napping, and things I need to do tonight. I love my lists! I also have a list for tomorrow morning.

Nathan’s last race time was 39:57 (a 12:52/mile pace). My prediction is that he will finish this race in 35:50. I finished my last race in 29:50 (a 9:36/mile pace). I have no idea if I will be able to beat that, but I’m going to try my best.

Friday Weigh-in, July 30, 2010

I lost .6 lbs this week. That puts me at 2.2 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight (with Isaac).  I’m so close. I’d love to lose another 10 lbs after that, but we’ll take it one goal at a time. Nathan and I have both been working hard at this and it’s nice to be able to support each other.

Tomorrow is my long run day. I have an 8 mile run scheduled. It’s my last “long” run before the race next week. Since I’ll be out running for over an hour tomorrow, I’m in the process of downloading some podcasts to keeps me company along the way. I’m getting excited and anxious about the race. This will be the first one that I’ve done that I’ve actually trained hard for. The first one I did was just to prove that I could do it. The second one was just a month or so after recovering from hurting my IT band and I had not been putting in many miles in preparation, but it wasn’t hard to beat my first race time. This time, I did 7 weeks of specific training that included speed work. I’m also entering this race about 10 pounds lighter than my last one. I think that training and weight loss should help. Now, if we could just have a nice 60 degree day with no humidity!

I have some new shoes:

I also found a running tank top on clearance at Target for $2.48. It’s pink. I like pink. At least my top and my shoes will be cute when the rest of me is covered in sweat.

Isaac wasn’t as easy today, but he still napped well this morning. I can tell he likes having all the toys to himself. Two molars have poked through on the top. I can feel 3 more major bumps on the bottom that should pop through soon. Poor child. 5 teeth at once. Hopefully, we’ll have this round of teething out of the way soon.

We get to see our big kids tomorrow! Yeah! We have missed them, but they are having a fabulous time.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for

Before and after photos to document my weight loss progress. I actually changed my clothes and did my hair and makeup at 6:00pm for this photo shoot. As you can see, Audrey also dressed up for the occasion.

The first photo was taken close to the time that Isaac was born.

Audrey and I tried to recreate the initial shot, but we didn’t remember how we were standing!

Back

Front

Side

My awesome muscles.

Now that I’ve posted all these photos, I feel sort of vain. Oh well. I just wanted to document my progress. I don’t think I look like a supermodel, but it’s my journey and I’m embracing it! My official Friday weigh-in yesterday brought me within 3.8 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight.

1 Year Weight Loss Update

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.

363 days ago

363 days ago, I decided it was time to get serious about trying to lose the weight I gained with my pregnancy with Isaac. I got as serious as I could while nursing. I couldn’t cut my calories too much without decreasing my milk supply. I made a half-hearted attempt here and there. I would work hard for a few days or weeks and then slip back into old habits. In the fall, I got a little more serious with cutting calories because Isaac decided he was done nursing.

I gained 32 pounds with my pregnancy with Isaac.

I lost 13.6 pounds right after having Isaac. Those pounds mostly fell off on their own.

My 5 1/2 months of half-hearted work rewarded me with a loss of 5.4 pounds.

Over Christmas I gained 4.6  pounds.  That means that from July until the beginning of January I only lost .8 pounds. Pathetic! I made some bad decisions. I knew what I needed to do, I just didn’t do it. I guess I should say I knew what I needed to stop doing (eating so dang much!).

This spring I started to turn things around. I increased my running and decreased my eating. I have had a few set backs since the beginning of 2010, but I’ve not let myself get as off track as I did last summer and fall. I have 2 days until I reach the one year point. I hope to have a good report for you with photos. Stay tuned!

Friday Weigh-in: June 11, 2010

The scale was kind to me. Or maybe I was kind to me. I worked hard to make better decisions with eating this week. I only walked once and ran once. I’m learning more and more and losing weight is mostly about food choices.  Exercise has a lot of benefits, but I can’t eat like a glutton and expect to be able to exercise off all those extra calories. I had put on 5 pounds since my lowest weigh-in at the end of April. I’ve lost 4 of those pounds now (since Sunday). It feels good.

8 1/2 pounds to my pre-pregnancy weight.

16 1/2 pounds to my goal weight.

Friday, April 9, 2010: Weigh-in

Nathan- Down another .4 pounds. 43 pounds to goal (I think).

Amy- Up 2.4 pounds. 10.8 pounds to reach my weight I was when I found out I was pregnant with Isaac. 18.8 to my goal.

Yeah for Nathan! I’m so proud of him. And, I guess I found out what happens when you take two days out of the week and eat whatever you want (easter candy!). I was not really the disappointed with my weigh-in because I was down so much last week. I’m pretty sure that some of that was from being sick and this week I have some extra hormonal water weight fluctuation. I’m also adjusting my calories so that I aim for less weight loss between now and the wedding. I’m still down about 2 pounds from where I was 2 weeks ago. I’ll take it.

I’m proud of my progress even though it’s been slow.

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Don’t miss the previous post if you’re just checking in for the first time today. Happy Friday!