I was going to give myself four months to not worry about my weight and the way my new postpartum body looked. Four months turned into six. Which turned into seven.
But it’s time. Over the summer I went back to the fitness studio I took classes at before I got pregnant with L. I found a pole instructor I like and have taken a few other non-pole classes that I have enjoyed. I was taking class once a week, but I never felt I was seeing results.
My latest session ended last week and I needed to figure out what I was going to do. Do I do a monthly membership for $99 or go with the 11 class package deal for $120? A woman in my class that last night told our instructor that in the last month it was very noticeable she had lost her muffin top since taking classes. I asked her how many times she was taking class and she said twice a week.
That got me sold. My only obstacle was Hubby being okay with it. Taking class means being gone for part of the bedtime routine for both boys, and I don’t think he’s always a fan of being left alone with both boys at the same time. When I told him what I wanted to do he kind of sighed, but left it up to me. I told him I really wanted to lose the baby weight by L’s first birthday. That wasn’t going to happen if I only went to one class a week.
I have 10 pounds to lose to get down to my pre-L weight. Then another eight until I get to my desired weight. 18 pounds is a daunting number, so I’m going to stay focused on the 10.
I was doing very well with my step count last month. Then it got really hot and the boys got sick and injured and I got out of the habit of going on walks. During that time I was also doing well with my water intake. Now I’m back to mostly drinking coffee and soda. Between all that and craving sweets to go with the coffee (or my tea if I get the chance to drink that at nap time), I’m surprised I’ve been able to maintain my current weight for so long.
I need it gone. The last pesky 10 pounds I had with G only went away because I got sick with the norovirus when he was 9 months. Losing weight due to being ill is not how I want to lose weight, plus who knows when/if I’ll have to go through something like that again (I hope not; it was awful).
I got inspired by Josey’s fitness chart and thought about printing a calendar and filling in the dates with what exercises I want to do and when. But then I got ot thinking. I want more than that on the calendar. I want to keep track of water and step count as well.
FitBit does this; however, I like being able to see more of the whole picture at once. I want to be able to see how well I’ve done just by glancing at a calendar, this is why I put a sticker on each day I work out or go for a walk. The more stickers I see shimmering, the prouder I feel. And I don’t have to take out my phone whenever I want to see progress.
So, I decided to try and make my own Wellness Chart. I’m pretty proud of it:
I’m calling it a wellness chart because I don’t want to get caught up in the exercising part. Even if all I manage this month is upping my water intake, that’s a step to bettering my health (it’s amazing how much better I feel when I manage to drink 64oz of water!). I plan to start using my chart on Sunday (we have family visiting this weekend so I know I won’t be doing much the next few days). I haven’t decided where to keep it yet. I keep going between my bathroom mirror and the refrigerator door.
My biggest challenges are getting back into the habit of walking and drinking water. Then it’s portion control. I’m not going to worry too much about what I eat just yet; as portion control has helped a ton in the past. I just signed up for the fitness studio’s $99 monthly unlimited class pack, which should renew every month. I treated myself to a new workout shirt that I’m pretty in love with. I’m going to make sure I take at least two classes a week, that way it will be worth the money. I’ll continue to track step counts with FitBit since comparing my weekly total to my friends is a great motivator. Or will be once I get into the habit of breaking this 5-6k step cycle I am stuck in!
I have about 4.5 months to get down to my pre-L weight. I hope I can do it!