Oh my goodness, it’s Week 4 already! We’re almost halfway done here! First, I’m going to start with the good news:
As of this morning, I have lost all of my baby weight.
I’m completely stoked! My next goal is another 7 pounds. After those 7 pounds, I will weigh less than I have in years. I will have another mini goal after that, but right now I’m focussing on baby steps and I’m really happy with my progress so far.
Week 3 Recap
Week 3 was eating healthy meals, and I did okay. Growing up, we ate a lot of healthier options. We didn’t own a fryer and we ate a lot of vegetables. I didn’t have a lot of friends who ate the same though, so when I turned 18 and moved out I ate a lot of things I enjoyed and psychologically felt deprived of. I went nuts. I started cooking with butter, and eating junk food, and I didn’t change my lackadaisical exercise “routine” to keep up with my new, higher caloric (and fat) intake. So I put on weight.
A lot of weight.
When the scale suddenly passed 200 pounds I freaked out and had an awakening. I’m only 5’5″, so that’s pretty high for me. My BMI was in the “obese” range. I saw photos of myself and it was frightening – that was not the me I “saw” in the mirror. But that was me.
So I made a lot of changes food-wise and started exercising more. I discovered that I love yoga, and when we adopted a shelter dog I learned a lot about the joy of exercise and just taking life each moment at a time. I still love cheese, but I’m learning to temper that relationship better.
Let’s fast forward to the present before I wax all nostalgic about cheeseburgers, breakfast burritos, and chocolate frappaccinos (with whipped cream and sprinkles).
At last week’s weigh in, I hadn’t lost anything. The very next day my scale registered 2 pounds lost (as I said, my scale is fickle. I think it may be possessed). This morning, it registered another pound and a half, which leaves me at exactly how much I weighed in before getting pregnant with Baby H. Cue much rejoicing! I also did fairly well on the mini challenge for three healthy meals a day, and I focussed on smart snacking and not giving in to emotional consumption impulses. I didn’t do as well Friday and Saturday, so 2 pts on those days, but 3 pts for every other day. That leaves me with 19 pts for last week, bringing me up to 85 pts total for the 8 week BAB challenge so far.
Week 4 Preview
This week’s mini challenge is sit-ups. 1 pt per sit-up, with a max of 50 pts per day. That’s a lot of sit-ups and crunches, but really – it’s not exorbitant. You can even break them up throughout the day. Currently, I get in a little bit exercise across the day, usually using Baby H as the cutest hand-weight ever. I already know that I won’t max the points for this week, since the “week” started yesterday and I did 20 before bed and that was it. My personal goal is to get in at least 10 a day every day this week, though.
I think this mini challenge is coming at a really great time for me, since I’ve been thinking about how I really need to add some toning type exercises in to my routine (I’m back into walking fairly regularly again), but I haven’t been very motivated about it. A little yoga here and there, and my routine of ab exercises once in a blue moon. I need this mini challenge.
With that, I’ll stop today’s rambling. I’ll be checking in again next week! Good vibes and mojo to everyone participating in this week’s mini challenge!