I wrote the following on Monday and I have a picture to go with but Google is going to start charging for more than 1 gig of memory on Picasa and it won't let me upload pictures. So I'm deciding what to do. Just imagine a "before" pic of me with a soft, pudgy belly in jeans that I have no right to be in. Mmmkay, now that that's said, here's the post...
It has been a week and 3 days since I had the baby and after a fantastic week of fatty, sugary foods, it's time to clean it up. I have to do this on the blog so I have some accountability, especially during the holidays. Maybe some of you are asking why I'm starting in the middle of the holiday season. My answer to that is because I would rather lose 5 pounds during December (any other month would be about 10 pounds) than gain the average 1-5 pounds. It's also a lot easier to continue eating well during January if you don't go off the wagon (I'm not even sure what that phrase means) in December.
After I had Morgan I didn't eat cleanly for about 6 months and I hung onto that extra 10 pounds until I made up my mind to lose it. My opinion is that having a baby is no excuse to be overweight.
So, who's with me? Tom, for one. He has to eat well with me because I'm making him. :) We won't have crap in our house because I will eat it.
We will both be eating 2000-2400 calories per day. Normally I wouldn't eat that much but I need an extra 500 calories since I am nursing. The food will be stuff like oats, cottage cheese, fruit, veggies, whole grain tortillas, turkey pepperoni (yeah, that's for me), eggs, yams, chicken, reduced fat cheese etc. We will eat 3 meals and 3 snacks averaging about 350-400 calories each. I can post what we actually eat if anyone is interested. It is easiest for me to eat the same thing every day except for dinner. That way I don't get sick of the food because there is something new every night.
As far as exercising goes... I exercised my whole pregnancy. I am dying to go jogging/running again and hoped to be able to run a 5k on Thanksgiving. As it turns out, having a baby is a little traumatic on my body and I wasn't able to do that. But within a few weeks I'm sure it will be better. For now I will have to walk and lift light weights. For those of you who haven't had a baby this month, you are probably okay to walk/jog/run for at least 30 minutes a day and lift heavy weights. Obviously talk to a doctor if you're just starting. And also remember that it's 85% what you eat and 15% workout.
Let's do this!
Starting weight: 159.6
Pre-pregnancy weight: 135
Goal weight: 130-138