Friday, May 29, 2009

Accountablity

Here is a post about me right now, it is so easy to get into the habit of posting about all things baby so I want to make sure I find some balance in my life and on my blog. Naturally most of my world is not seen through mommy-lenses but I want to take time to work on myself as an idividual and not just a mom.

One of the things I want to work on is my health. The saga of Edward's birth was a bit rattling (to say the least) and I don't want my health to get in the way of being the best Mrs. Goat and Mommy Goat I can be. So that means I need to commit some time to exercise and nutrition in hopes of losing some weight and being healthier.

And in a way this seems like a good time to start as I seem to be mostly healed from my c-section and have already lost some weight. I know that breastfeeding doesn't necessarily mean weight loss for all people but it seems to be having that effect on me. In the 3 months since Edward was born I am down a total of 88 pounds, and 40 pounds down from my prepregnancy weight. (Keep in mind that I had a LOT of water weight/swelling because of the pre-eclampsia but still.) I am worried that this is only going to last as long as I breastfeed so I want to get on the weight loss bandwagon and keep this trend going.

So I am talking about it here in an effort to get some accountability. We've had to cancel the gym but I did the first day of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred today and wow, that is a challenge. I may have lost some weight but my body definitely lost some of its ablities in the pregnancy and c-section. Now is the time to get it going.

I am also hoping to start walking in the evenings with baby goat and Mr. Goat. Now that it is summer and beautiful I hope this will work and we can fit it in between feedings, our own dinner and work stuff. And if you have good ideas for workouts that can be done at home that would be good. I don't have the Wii Fit but am looking at the EA Sports Active game to use as it is a bit more cardio and a little less balance but I am not sure I can spend the $ right now. Maybe for my birthday in August.

I am thrilled with the 40 lbs I've lost so far, even though I can take very little credit for it as it seems to be boob driven. Nevertheless this is the largest drop in weight I've had in many many years of effort and I really enjoyed buying pants 2 sizes smaller (I had to get at least one pair for going back to work but my wardrobe is in sad (good but sad) shape right now).

Let me know if you have any suggestions for good workout options at home and if you want to go walking, golfing or tennis playing sometime this summer. I want to make a change for baby goat, Mr. Goat, and for me!

11 comments:

Valerie said...

I always liked Beachbody's Turbo Jam. The instructor is a little peppy, and can sometimes be annoying, but the workout is fun and upbeat. They have quite a few series. Most of them focus mainly on cardio, but there are some that focus just on sculpting. Also, I've heard really good things about Jillian Michael's No More
Trouble Zones.
You should check out www.dietgirl.org as well. She has a great weight-loss blog (especially if you go to the beginning of her blog) and she can be great motivation. Hope that helps!

Kim said...

Liz, let's keep each other accountable! I did day one of the 30 Day Shred too! A month ago. I was so sore the next day I never did it again. I need try again though.

Marketing Mama said...

Liz,

I am SOOOO Excited for you. It's amazing how breastfeeding burns calories. It's also amazing that I'm still holding onto so much damn baby weight after being a breastfeeding mom for the last 17 months. You'd think I'd be a freakin size 2. NOPE!

Walking is an awesome, gentle way to start getting active and babies can go along for the ride. I did the same thing with both my babes, heading out on walks with the stroller each day either right before or after dinner. Even if you only have 15 minutes, going around the block is better than nothing.

I can't find the time to fit work out videos into my schedule, but I have become determined to get serious about my ongoing munching and mindless calorie intake. I have a professional photographer taking pics of my family 2 weeks from now and if I can lose even 5 pounds before then, I'll be happier.

(sorry I just made that about me. I'm so excited for you!)

kristine said...

Good for you! Congratulations on the weight you HAVE lost and for the life you want to have for yourself and your family. It's a big step to take but a good one!
So, since you are talking about the Wii Fit, I am going to assume you have a Wii? I bought a game called My Fitness Coach when I bougth our Wii. Now, this was back in like Febraury and I just now, the day before yesterday, used it for the first time. It's a great alternative to the Wii Fit as well as the EA game. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love my Wii Fit, but I felt like this gave me more of a workout than the Wii Fit does. It's only $20 so that's a huge bonus!!
What the game does is you go through a series of assesments and then your trainer makes a workout plan for you. It's nice because it's based off of your weight as well as your physical abilities and what you need to work on.
If we were closer I would *love* to go walking with you.

Good luck!! I'm re-entering the fitness world after months of stopping it and so far so good! If I can help you in any way, just let me know!

kristine said...

oh and also - I didn't add, you do the workout right then and there. She does everything and you do it along with her. It's not like she just gives you a plan and you're on you're way. She can demonstrate it for you and then you do it or you just do it. You have the option of 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes for workouts, too. So even if you only have 15 minutes it's getting something in and that's better than nothing!

Here's a link to the game:
http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/4g1xoYv-pBuBjGBqCS-nGN1GKR4OLQEc

Molly Guthrey Millett said...

I personally like Leslie Sansone and her walking DVDs, which mix in other activities, such as light jogging, light weights, yoga, etc.

http://www.lesliesansone.com/

She also has a really upbeat, friendly, inspirational attitude and seems to understand real lives and real schedules when it comes to working out.

I admire you for trying to work out. I can't seem to get into gear in that department. Then again, I find it difficult to do so for some reason until my babies are sleeping through the night.

kristine said...

Oh, I totally forgot about Leslie Sansone. I have a couple of her walking DVDs. I think I have 4 big miles (or something like that) and some jogging one. I might even have another. If you think you'd want a copy of them, I'd be happy to make a copy )or copies) of them for you!
They're really easy to do at home but they also get your heart pumping! I was kind of skeptical at first but they really do work.

Christopher Miller said...

As someone who's down 85 lbs himself, I'm going to give you the best advice I've ever found, but the worst one to hear and to take to heart: Start writing in a food journal. Limit yourself to 1500 calories a day. No matter how much workout you do, it won't burn off the calories if you way overshoot what you need.

Your calorie need for a day is 13 times your body weight (probably more with the feeding). To lose a pound a week, you need to have a 3,500 calorie deficit (500 a day). My three-mile run burns about 500 calories, but if I stop someplace and pound down 2,000 on a meal, that run isn't going to do anything.

calorieking.com is a good place to find the numbers you need for various items, including fast food stuff. If you're cooking, there are sites that have the nutrition information for various recipes. I even found one that will calculate the info if you enter the recipe in.

The workout is important, but you've gotta watch the numbers too. You can do it!

Anonymous said...

I lost some weight while breastfeeding, but now that we're weaning, I'm finally losing that last 5-10....so you just might keep losing! We stopped buying junk food cold turkey--it's amazing how much less junk you eat when it's just not available anymore!
Good luck, Liz!
amy p

Rebecca said...

I, too, lost weight after pregnancy due to breastfeeding, and two kids later, I'm still smaller than I was pre-kids!

One suggestion I have is to keep calorie drinks out of your diet - avoid soda pop and beer, and limit juice. It's amazing the impact those drinks can have.

As for workouts, I think just find something you enjoy - something you'll be somewhat excited to do several times a week. You can have the perfect workout planned, but if you don't want to do it, it's not going to be sustainable. On the other hand, if you find something you enjoy, you'll probably continue on with it for the long term.

liz said...

Good for you! Personally, I'm still waiting for breastfeeding to melt off the rest of my baby weight... :)