Monday, March 17, 2008

now we need to address the leftover cellulite

I have two goals to accomplish before I am ready for us to start "trying" for baby number 2.

The first was to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I cannot believe I gave birth 14 months ago and there is still pregnancy weight lingering around. I dropped most of the weight within just a few months, but couldn't shake those final 5-8 pounds, and I cannot believe what a difference 5 pounds makes in the fit of my clothes.

The second goal is to have 6 months in which I am neither housing a child, nor nourishing a child, with my body. I just feel like I need a tiny bit of space for my own mental sanity, and I want to give my body a chance to recover from any kind of nutritional deficiencies. I stopped breastfeeding Gabe right around his first birthday (a story for another post), so six months from then is around July.

I am happy to report that yesterday was a monumental day around here, because as of 10am, I am one pound below my pre-pregnancy weight. Hurray! One goal down!

I was rather surprised by this turn of events, because a few weeks ago, I'd accepted the fact that maybe I wasn't ever going to get back to that weight. I thought maybe my body had changed and this was my new "normal" weight. And to tell you the truth, I was okay with that. Having Gabe has changed my life for the better in a million different ways, and if a few extra pounds is all I have to sacrifice, I'm happy to do it. Plus, pregnancy and labor and motherhood have given me so much confidence in myself, I've noticed that I place much less emphasis on the physical side.

As I came to this realization, though, I decided to make a few "spring resolutions" that I thought might improve my life in general, rather than focusing on the number of the scale.

My new resolutions are:
1. Watch less television. I am ashamed to admit that I tend to turn on the television first thing in the morning to watch the news, and then leave it on all day long as background noise. I don't let Gabe watch any television, but I still hate that he is going to get used to seeing the television on all the time, even if he doesn't pay much attention to it.

2. Have some form of exercise 2-3 times per week. We joined a gym in January, but getting Gabe dressed and out the door, over to the gym, and then back in time for nap time was proving impossible, so I was going to the gym less than I'd hoped. In the afternoons, Gabe wakes up late and there is barely enough time to work out and get dinner on the table. I end up feeling harried more than anything else when I find the motivation to get over there. When I couldn't make it to the gym, rather than feeling motivated to try some exercise around the house, I would feel defeated and just sit around for the rest of the afternoon. With this new resolution, I have made an effort to throw Gabe in the stroller most days and take a walk around the neighborhood. I figure, even 15 minutes is something.

3. At the risk of sharing too much information, have sex at least 2-3 times per week. I think I don't need to elaborate on this one.

4. Go to bed by 11pm during the week. This one will have a direct impact on Goal #3, I think. I am a night owl, and love to stay up late watching movies or recorded television shows, but it really impacts Josh and my time together. I stay up late, then I wake up late in the morning, and we end of being on totally different schedules. If I can get myself to go to bed early during the week, then I'll save up the staying up late for Friday or Saturday nights, and both of us will be happy.

I made my resolutions a couple of weeks ago, and I really think the walking during the week and turning off the television during the day were what pushed me to lose the final few pounds. So I guess that old saying of 9 months on, 9 months off, doesn't really apply to me. 9 months on and 14 months off is more like it. I'll take it, though. I'm happy to have accepted my weight for what it was, but I'm also selfishly happy to fit into a few more outfits in my closet.


Maribeth said...

I like the sex part. I'm going to add that to my weight loss regime!

Chatty said...

Ok now get pregnant!

Kidding. A little. Alright, not really. It was just so fun to be pregnant together last time!

Anonymous said...

I like it. The whole enchilada. Best of luck to you on meeting your goals. I have no doubt you can do it!

KathyR said...

Ha! I gave birth 15 years ago, and I still have, uh, baby weight. Yeah. That's it.

Meika said...

Yeah, I did the nine months on, three months off - but don't hate me, I trampolined - three weeks on, seven months and counting off...

Baby weight, no problem. Our little vacation in Hawaii with all the American food we could eat?? Turns out I react to culture shock by gaining ten pounds. Ten STUBBORN pounds. So congrats on those last few - they're definitely the tough ones!

Kristi said...

You have such a great attitude toward losing your baby weight. I have the tv on toward the end of the day too, just so I can catch up on the news and feel connected to the world outside my house. My daughter doesn't watch it, but I sometimes really need to!

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Knit & Purl Mama said...

Great goals!

I never got off all the baby weight from Sean when I got pregnant with Mackenzie. Oops. I'm hoping it'll all still come off after I have baby 2. Not sure if we'll ever have baby 3 - but we'll see when the time comes. (I would just hate to have my body 100% back to "good" and then get pregnant again! I kinda felt that maybe I should get it all over with (ruining my body) at the same time!

How long do you plan on nursing Gabe for? I wish I could have nursed Sean longer than I did. (I'll try again with baby 2, but wont be heart broken should it not work out).

Love number 3. I tried to add that to my list too - but you know what? I'm the same as you! A night owl, and my schedule is totally off from my hubby's - that it's rare we want to, or have energy to (at the same time!) Ugh! How's that working out for you?