So, last week, I decided it was time again. I was now 7 weeks postpartum and wanted to see if I was making any progress. Now mind you, I had to suck in A LOT, my muffin top greatly hangs over, and the seems were being stretched to the max, but the things fit! It was awesome. I walked all over the house trying to impress my husband. He just seemed amused. The pants obviously didn't fit, but man it felt good to get in something that wasn't a dress or skirt (the only things I've worn lately). All my skirts and dresses from prepregnancy fit me two weeks after giving birth to Liliana, and I don't have too many, so I'm getting pretty sick of wearing the same things over and over again.
These two weeks I made some startling revelations: Did you know that if you don't eat out you'll lose more weight? Uh huh! See, aren't you glad you read this blog to find out fascinating nutritional advice? Oh, and another thing: if you don't make any desserts...you won't have any to eat! And when you don't eat desserts, you lose more weight too! It's just crazy!
So, 8 weeks postpartum, here's my progress:
Eating Habits: I kept two pieces of food on my plate (or gave them to my beagle (#3 love of my life after Evan and Liliana)) and we ate here in our house A LOT more. My mom was here for most of the last two weeks and she cooked nearly every night. This helped so much. I told Evan that if I don't get a job immediately and am staying at home for the next few months, I'm cooking every single night and going out will be a thing of the past. Not only will we save money, but we'll lose weight too! Evan lost a ton of weight the last two weeks too. He hasn't been this weight since before college. You know what that means right? The abs are looking mighty nice! ; )
Who could say no to that cute little beagle? : )
Exercise: I varied up my work outs these two weeks and had fun with it. We went swimming twice and I did P90X with Evan one afternoon. Other than that, I did my Jillian Michaels DVDs (30 day shred, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism). I've said this before, but buy all three of these. They are all excellent workouts. Even when I was in great shape before the pregnancy, these things kicked my butt. I had promised on my last post that I was going to increase the intensity, so I did Level 2 of the 30 day shred last night. I don't think my abs were quite ready for that yet. Your abs are nonexistent post pregnancy. It's pathetic and very strange feeling. But, hopefully, by the end of these two weeks I will feel more comfortable on my level two.
Here we go again, the moment of truth:
Prepregnancy weight: 126 pounds
Weight Day I went into Labor: 163 pounds
Weight Today: 139.2 pounds
I lost 2.2 pounds in the last two weeks. You're probably thinking "woman, that's not that great," but considering that I'm studying for the bar exam approximately 14 hours a day and taking care of my brand new baby girl, I'm proud of this progress. I only lost 1.6 pounds last time, so something I did worked better these two weeks. Plus, I originally thought that my weight would come off more slowly now that my uterus isn't shrinking anymore. Apparently, my hard work (well, as much as I have time for) is paying off slowly but surely. Plus, since I didn't ever breastfeed, I'm aware this weight is going to come off more slowly, but I'll get there. I'm very determined to get my body in shape...it has...after all only been 8 weeks. I can't wait for August when I'll no longer be studying. That workout routine is going to get intense and you guys are gonna start seeing major results from me...I hope. ; )
Goal for the Next Two Weeks: I'm not going to give myself a new goal these upcoming two weeks because I have the bar exam in two weeks, so my studying is priority #1. If I just keep up my 25 minute workouts every other day, I'll be really proud of myself. I don't foresee any progress in my next update, but as long as I don't gain, I'll be proud. My main goal for the next two weeks is to stay sane.
Eventual Goal: 13.2 pounds to return to pre-baby weight!
One thing I know for sure..this little girl is SO worth it all.
She's gorgeous isn't she? I know I'm her Mommy and all, but wow...