Friday, March 15, 2013

Week Three Weigh-In!

Today's the day! Friday is here, which means it's time to weigh in. I was a little nervous about this today because I didn't feel like I looked any better, and I didn't really feel any better. BUT, my pants are all fitting a lot looser. Even my workout shorts were trying to fall off on Wednesday, so I thought, maybe I am doing something right.

Last week I weighed in at 174.2, and today...

173!
That makes a total loss for this week at 1.2 pounds, and a grand total over the past three weeks of 8 pounds. I'm pretty happy about this, especially considering these facts I've learned this week:
  • A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week, but a nursing mom will generally lose slower than this.
  • When beginning a workout program many people gain weight in the beginning due to extra water in your cells and because muscle weighs more than fat. 
When I look at this picture and say "yuck" at the spare tire sitting on my hips, I try to remind myself of these two facts. This IS working. And it isn't THAT hard. It's just slow, and I want it to happen faster. If I only lose 1 pound a week each week, I won't hit my goal weight of 130 until Peyton's 1st birthday. Even if I lose 2 pounds a week, that's still mid-August. It seems so far away, which I know is why we aren't supposed to look at the big picture. It's a daunting, impossible task if I try to look at losing 43 more pounds. It's only positive and helpful to think about losing that 1-2 pounds this week, though my patience is wearing thin. Haha, thin. Punny.

I may not like the extra baby weight still hanging around, but I do like that I lost an inch off my waist this week. I've definitely got a waist. Just too many curves below it.

I'm trying to forgive a few things, because I'm being too hard on myself. I mean,  I haven't really exercised since college. And I did have a baby 2 months ago. I can't expect my body to magically become what I want it to. This week, in addition to continuing to eat more fruit and vegetables, my new goal is to be patient: to not cheat and measure or weigh myself during the week, to stay calm and just let this weight loss happen. If I gain weight one week, it's not the end of the world, it just means I have to re-evaluate. If I only lose .2 pounds, I can't lose hope, because every loss is really a gain. If I lose 5 pounds, I can't celebrate because I'm probably not being healthy enough. Balance, control and patience. Three things I am not good at. But we'll see.

1 comment:

  1. It took me 10 months to lose my baby weight with Jayden. Hallie will be 10 months tomorrow, and I am still working on it. Everyone is different. Don't beat yourself up! And don't go crazy, or you will lose your milk for Peyton!! :) It sounds like you have a good balance (of not giving up and not going overboard). :)

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