I need to lose weight, or at least lose inches.
Now, those of you who have known me for years are going to be shocked by this revelation. That is, unless you've seen me lately. In that case, you completely understand why I'm here.
And for those of you who don't know me, let me put it to you this way...I'm "that skinny girl." My dad threw a party for me when I finally hit 100 lbs. I had abs without trying and my dancer body stuck around even through becoming a mommy.
At least, I was able to keep it up through TWO of my pregnancies.
And then came Sawyer, and my toned days flew out the window. I'm not sure if my metabolism has changed, or if I'm just getting older, or if (gulp) this is my destiny, but whatever the reason, the flab has got to go. And soon. Why?
Because in May, I'm going to the beach. FOUR MONTHS. And this jiggle? It doesn't need to be seen by anyone.
We almost always go to the beach, and I have proof that, without even trying, I always got my body back:
|2007, after ONE kid|
|2009, after TWO kids|
Impressive, right? BUT this is what I looked like last year:
|2010, pregnant w/ 3rd kid|
This is an issue, and not only for my self-esteem (let's face it, that's a huge part of the problem), but for my health.
Because I've never really had to try to keep weight off before now, I really don't know where to begin. Though I've always been skinny (until now, and I have thus far shied away from documenting the pudge with photographs), I have never been what I would consider healthy.
I don't eat well. I live off bread, cheese, and pasta.
I don't exercise. Sometimes I run to the kitchen to get a snack, if that counts.
Now I have three children who need me to be healthy. And I have a four month deadline before it's time to brave the beach again.
I went searching for some extra inspiration to help me want to exercise, because, if I'm being honest, I truly HATE to exercise. And I came up with...
The Disney Princess Half-Marathon and 5k!
I have a full year to prepare for it, and if I'm able to run it, I get an extra trip to Disney, according to my wonderfully supportive (or perhaps nostalgic for my old body) husband. I did a little digging and found that many people like me are using a program called Couch to 5k. It is supposed to literally take a lazy lump like myself and have me running a 5k in a matter of months. I like the idea of easing myself into running, and I like the idea of being toned again even more.
Food is going to be harder for me to control. I love to eat, and pretty much everything I eat has some form of carbs, dairy, or a combo of the two. I'm also a nursing mom, so I have to make sure I'm getting enough calories. While I'm going to try to eat better, I'm not going to let myself be hungry, because my son doesn't need to be hungry!
Weight doesn't matter much to me. Inches matter, and that pudgy patch on my belly and my jiggly thighs matter. Would I like my weight to be lower? Absolutely. But muscles weighs more than fat, and I realize that my weight might not change much, though (hopefully) my physique will. This is for my health and for a healthy self-esteem.
But I won't complain if the scale shows a lower number soon ;-).
(For the record, I'm starting this journey at 140 lbs. And it's a very unhealthy 140 lbs., so don't bother telling me I don't need to lose weight, cause I most certainly do. Yay, heart health! Belly fat, be gone!)