by Christine@TheAums on February 14, 2011 · 5 comments
When I joined iVillage’s Rev Up Your Weight Loss Challenge 6 weeks ago, I committed to what would end up being a life-changing experience. I know, that sounds a bit melodramatic, but weight loss, health, and body issues in general are emotional subjects for all moms no matter how recently or long ago we had our babies. I’m especially talking about us moms who don’t have house cleaners, nannies, personal trainers, chefs, plastic surgeons, and photoshop at our disposal. I was hoping, after having 4 babies in a 6 year time span, to give birth to a new me, and by that I meant a few things.
*I wanted to drop the weight that constantly nags at me in the back of mind. I ached to get out of my maternity jeans and into the pre-pregnancy ones that I already own, no shopping necessary.
*I wanted to feel more energetic and spend that extra energy literally running, dancing, playing with my kids.
*I wanted to cook and eat healthy, well-rounded meals, and feel less stress around mealtimes.
*I wanted the skin on my belly to be tight and smooth, stretchmark-free…there I go dreaming again.
So, did I accomplish any of this? Yeah, kind of.
I did make it out of my maternity jeans and into some cute and comfortable jeans that a good friend gave me, so I didn’t have to spend money. Of course, they’re still a size up, so my pre-pregnancy jeans are back in the attic waiting for my next go at trimming and toning. And I did finally look at the numbers on the scale and confirm my hunch that I lost a couple of pounds. But it was a solid 2 pounds, and I know this because I chose to weigh myself in the evening. See to me, stepping on the scale is kinda like shopping for shoes- you’re supposed to go at the end of the day when your feet are at their widest.
My energy really peaked at about week 3, halfway through the challenge. In other words, it took a couple of weeks of consistent effort to exercise daily before it felt like a habit and was even enjoyable. I started mixing up my walks with jogs, runs, hikes, and videos, and even explored new trails, beachs, and parts of my neighborhood. I found that the best time for me to work out is first thing in the morning before the family wakes up. For the rest of the day, I’d have a pep in my step and feel really motivated to be physically active with my kids.
Eating well continues to be a roller coaster ride and sitting next to my husband with a sweet tooth doesn’t help! The only way to make it happen is to sit down, brainstorm a healthy menu, make a grocery list, and then find the time to grocery shop. I’m still struggling to streamline this process and will let you know if I have any major breakthroughs.
I can’t believe the challenge is over and I really wish it was starting again because pretty much after I wrapped shooting the above clip, I sort of let my good habits go. Sure, I had sick children and then my own sick self to take care of last weekend, but I definitely fell off the horse in a matter of days. Now I’m working at it like I did 6 weeks ago, trying to get back into the routine of working out, and working out hard. It takes so much longer to build good habits than it takes to lose them. **Sigh**
Did you join the challenge or make any New Year’s weight loss resolutions? How’s it going? How do you get back on the horse after falling off?