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.
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.
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!