I’ve never been one to focus on numbers when it comes to my weight or size. Right now, I have no idea how much I weigh and I only know my clothes size because, well, a girls gotta buy clothes! I think being fixated on your vital stats can easily spin out of control and potentially lead to a dangerous lifestyle— it’s much healthier to focus on how you look and much more importantly, how you feel.
I toned up a bit for our wedding in May 2011 and was quite happy prancing around the pool in my bikini on our honeymoon, but when we found out I was pregnant at the end of June, it seemed pointless carrying on losing weight (let alone potentially unhealthy for the baby) and I didn’t want to undo any hard work I was about to embark on. Logic told me that I’d be naturally be putting the pounds on over the next 9 months and this was the one time in my life, that I could get away with eating what I wanted. So I did! I’ve never been a particularly healthy-eater and during pregnancy, I never ate for two— but I certainly didn’t curb my sweet tooth or cravings for junk food, either!
For about 6 weeks after Byron was born, I couldn’t walk properly or get in & out of my car, without having aches and pains— so exercise was a no-go area. I’m a bit of a fitness-phobe. Although that suggests that I’m scared of it, but actually, I’m just lazy. I wish I could be one of those people that enjoyed going to the gym or going for a run, but I’m just not! Add a baby to the equation and things get even tougher!
My goal was to lose some of my baby-weight by the time I went back to work and I’ve always said to myself, “Ooh, I’ll start that tomorrow!” (and promptly carried on eating that chocolate biscuit, I expect.) I was lucky enough to lose a bit of weight right at the very beginning of Byron’s life, while I was breastfeeding, which meant I could fit back into my pre-baby clothes, even if it wasn’t comfortably! But now it’s 6 months later, I’m back to work in approximately 10 weeks and my butt is still sat firmly on the sofa.
I’ve decided to start blogging about my new healthy lifestyle and eating habits, because quite frankly, sharing my goal is probably the only way I’m going to kick this! I know where my problems lay– a lack of exercise, over-indulging in “treats” and portion control, plus the fact I’m at home most days, making snacking easy. I’ll be documenting my daily eats, calorie intake and weekly weight loss, as well as trying out new recipes and exercises that can be completed with a baby in tow, or in the comfort of your own home!
I have no aspirations to weigh a certain amount, lose x amount of inches off my waist/hips/arms, or get to a certain dress size— I just want to iron out those lumps & bumps! 2lbs is a steady, healthy amount to lose per week, so that’s my aim for the next 10 weeks before work: 2lbs a week. Simple. I’ll review it after that time, because who knows how I’ll look or feel 20lbs lighter?!