Weigh-In Wednesday #1

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Hello everyone!  And welcome to Weigh-In Wednesday!  As part of my yearly resolutions to be healthy, I am going to give a full report every Wednesday.  I figure what better way to keep working towards my goal than to report to a public audience?

This is very scary for me, I’ll admit that right away.  I am usually pretty secretive about my weight (who isn’t?) but I’m baring it all.

So here it is:  My name is Heidi.  I had a baby almost 7 weeks ago.  I have two other kids.  I have a very busy and tiring life.  But I am determined to get in shape and lose the baby weight.

How much do I want to lose?   25 lbs.  (Ideally, 30, but I haven’t been that small in about 5 years.)

How much do I weigh now?  Gulp…155.  Eek.

When do I want to lose it by?  My daughter’s first birthday.  Hopefully sooner though!

What am I going to do to lose it?  Exercise and counting calories.

Eating

I need to clarify that yes I am breastfeeding my baby and while I am counting calories, I am not eating so little that my supply will dry up.  I am going to be very careful about that.  I’ve read that breastfeeding accounts for about 500 calories so you can add 500 to what you should normally eat to lose weight.

Last year I was eating 1200 a day to lose weight.  So I will be eating 1700-2000 calories per day.  And following my body’s hunger cues to eat a little more if I’m still hungry.

The last several weeks I have tried both counting calories and not, just eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.  I have come to the conclusion that I have to count.  Every time I just let my body eat whatever I want I ended up gaining several pounds.

I am focusing on eating healthy foods as much as I can handle.  However I know myself and I have to do what works best.

Exercising

Right now I don’t have a plan for exercise because of our current situation.  My husband is on a rotation that requires him leaving very early and coming home late and when he does have time he is studying for the board exam at the end of January.  After January I hope I will be able to go running early in the morning.

Right now I’ve been doing yoga for 10-20 minutes a day.  I am SUPER out of shape.  It’s gonna be a rough road getting back!

And anyone who doesn’t think yoga is a good workout hasn’t really ever done it.

My exercise regime will change regularly to keep my body guessing and to prevent myself from getting bored.

 

Anyone else got a plan?  I would love to hear it and hear your weekly reports of how you’re doing too!

 

Comments

  1. I wish you all the best and hope to keep reading about what you are doing to shift the weight.
    Last year I managed to lose 12kg (28lbs) and went down two dress sizes. I hope to lose more this year but motivation to exercise isn’t really there. I never considered yoga, but will look at it a bit now! Look forward to hearing what other exercises you will be trying!

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I LOVE yoga because it’s cardio AND strength but you don’t really notice that much because it’s not like you are lifting weights. It’s super relaxing and rewarding AND rejuvenating. I’m addicted to it.

  2. you can do it heidi!

  3. I highly, highly recommend a new book that came out from Women’s Health – The Women’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Sexier, Healthier You–In 15 Minutes a Day! I purchased this book 2 weeks ago (at Costco, but they have it on Amazon), and have already gone down a size. My husband purchased the Men’s Health version and is having similar results. Seriously – who can’t find 15 minutes in a day to work out?! The best part – you don’t need a gym. Just a few simple weights and things, and you’re on your own in your own home.

    Good luck on your quest!

  4. Congrats! Mind if I join you as of tomorrow morning (I’m already at the office & can’t weigh in today)? I’ll post right here in your comments to keep myself accountable.

  5. Way to you. You can do this. I will follow along and cheer you on. I will join in later this summer as I am currently pregnant and am gaining instead of losing right now.

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Oh yes, don’t try to lose weight now! Enjoy being pregnant and keeping down what food you can :)

  6. Wow, me too!! We’re on parallel life plans right now, cuz. Right now I’m sitting at 155ish, but since I’m only twelve days out post partum, I’m sure that will continue to drop on its own over the next few weeks. Stepping on the scale right now is fun, because it seems like every other day I drop a couple more pounds! OK, realistically that part is coming to an end. Can’t run till I get the all-clear, but I’m planning to start by taking walks every day. Fortunately right now the hubband is in between school right now, so as soon as I’m ready, I’m going to get healthy. I also want to get back down to 130, but for me the number is much less important than just feeling healthy and fit again. Another recommendation? This pregnancy I gained much less squishy weight because I was eating homemade whole wheat toast every day for snacks and for breakfast. Helps keep my body SOOO regular, too!! Highly recommend it. Anyway, good luck and don’t stress too much–this three kids thing can be ROUGH!

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Go Holly! I am getting the hang of it and finding time to exercise so yay! I will have to try to make some home made bread…send me the recipe!

  7. My only suggestion is to not let your weight determine how you feel about yourself. While eating right and exercising, remember to appreciate your body. I hated my body for nearly a whole year and I think that contributed to my PPD, though I wouldn’t admit I had it to anyone! Good luck to you – don’t beat yourself up mentally. :)

    http://lds.org/ensign/2009/08/managing-postpartum-depression-a-gospel-perspective?lang=eng&query=depression

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Good reminder Mardi! I am usually pretty upbeat and I’ve found lots of ways to dress that help me feel attractive while in this fat state. :)

  8. I started my weight loss journey almost two years ago. There’s a post on my blog about it! We have a lot in common, of course two boys and our baby girl’s born on 11/24 ;) I’d love to swap exercising tips and what-nots, so let me know what you think Heidi. I’ll be posting tomorrow a catch-up post on my weight loss. ;)

  9. Good luck with your goals! You can do it. I’ve had two children, (whom I breastfed) and exercise regularly, eat healthy (no soda, no fast food, very little processed foods, etc) and have been able to get back to my previous size, though it does take a lot of work and dedication. I would suggest in addition to yoga (which I’ve never done, so I don’t know quite what it does for your body), is simple stuff you can do at home to work your muscles. Push-ups (even if you can only do a few at first, keep working at it and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can do more), lunges, sit-ups (get a towel, folded twice and lay it under you and put your feet under the couch), dips (take a cushion off the couch and use the frame as your “bench”). By working your muscles, you will keep burning calories after you’ve done your workout. You can do all these things in 10 minutes! The nice thing about breastfeeding is it actually helps you burn calories and slim down faster. Just listen to your body’s hunger cues and make healthy eating choices and you’ll lose the weight! :) Good luck!

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks Rachel! I am doing lots of different exercises, especially right now when I can only handle so much. I mix it up with jumping jacks, squats, bicycles, etc.

  10. Great! Sounds good! Let’s get going!

  11. Great post! Thanx for sharing everything. You are so much braver than me. I talked about this very thing on my blog but I was too much of chicken to bare it all, so now I think you’ve inspired me and I will try to be even more honest! Great goal!

    Natalie
    http://www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

  12. Go you!! I just started getting back in to the groove, like for reals back in, on January 2. I’ve cut the sugar out & am only eating good carbs like brown rice & whole grain pastas. I started taking the serving sizes of these carbs & add lots of grilled veggies to make it look like more food & veggies are way filling. I’ve been riding my bike for about an hour 4 days a week & I lost 5 pounds my first 5 days, but I haven’t weighed myself since Friday. I have a lot more to lose than you so I am not brave enough to post it, but maybe once its all gone I’ll share ;) GOOD LUCK!

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