A few months back, I wrote a post detailing my journey to accepting my new mom body and how it took me a very long time to get back to my pre-baby weight. That’s why the thought of writing this post was kind of embarrassing for me at first. But I realized that I’m human and it happens, to all of us.
I broadcast to the world, back in August, that after four years and two babies, I was finally back to my pre-baby weight. It wasn’t an easy road to get there and now four short months later, I have gained back most of those 10lbs that took painstakingly long to lose. Two years to lose 30lbs, four months to gain back those obstinate 10lbs. That doesn’t sound right, but I guess it is the reality of the situation.
And of course I have all the right excuses:
– I was in a car accident so I couldn’t work out too hard and take classes
– I was doing physio so I couldn’t do anything strenuous that may hurt my knees and neck.
– After taking care of the kids and house and errands and blah and blah, I was too tired to work out or I just didn’t have the time
– Once I wasn’t working out, my nutrition and portion control fell to the wayside and my night time snacking was at an all time high
– I wasn’t motivated
Well, I’m tired of excuses. I’m annoyed that I can only wear leggings and workout pants now because all my jeans are too tight and I have to buy a new pair of jeans. I’m tired of making my self feel better by eating and then later feel not so great about the same thing.
I’ve decided not to wait until the New Year to make a resolution. I’m going to make the committment now so that when the new year starts, I’ll already be in a good place. Here is what I’m going to do to get myself back on track.
1. Join the gym again and take classes at least three times a week
2. Start monitoring my food intake (and hopefully change it if it’s too much.)
3. Make myself and exercise a priority.
4. Invest some time with a personal trainer to help me figure out how to achieve my fitness goals
I’ve realized, that for me, exercise is not just about losing weight and keeping a healthy body, it’s also important in keeping me mentally healthy and giving me that extra energy to get through the day. The at-home and video workouts are just not making the cut anymore because my self-motivation is at an all time low. I need a push and I need to be held accountable.
A friend of mine and I even made a deal with each other to exercise three times a week. And each time we miss a workout, we have to put a loonie in a jar. If the jar keeps getting filled up with missed workouts, that money goes to the other person in the form of a gift card. So between my friend, scheduled classes at the gym, and four weekly sessions with a personal trainer, I think I’ve stacked the deck in my favour. Now it’s up to me to follow through and make sure I’m consious of my eating as well.
So that’s my story. It’s rewind and start again, this time with hopefully a better, more long term outcome. It happens to many of us and all we can do is sign, dust off and try again. Those jeans will fit, it’ll just take a little longer than we think.
Have you ever dealt with the weight off and on scenario? Does exercising and eating healthy become the last thing on your list of priorities? What do you do when that happens? I’d love to hear your thoughts.