Weight loss after my pregnancy has been…well, lets just call it difficult. I was 130 lbs when I got pregnant, and during my pregnancy I did really great concerning weight gain (ahem, until my third trimester). I gained a total of 55 pounds during my pregnancy. 55 POUNDS!! AHHH!!!! I really couldn’t believe it.
The good news was that within a week after having my baby, I lost 30 pounds. 30 POUNDS! IN ONE WEEK! So awesome!! I was so stoked when I realized how much weight had come off and so quickly! With out any work! And I hadn’t even gotten in the swing of breastfeeding yet, so I figured, “surely the last 25 pounds would simply melt away thanks to breastfeeding!”.
HA! I was very wrong.
Apparently, I am one of those women who doesn’t lose weight while breastfeeding. No idea why, but I just didn’t lose any significant weight while breastfeeding.
I lost a total of 5 pounds in the nine months of breastfeeding following Adelaide’s birth. Then once I stopped breastfeeding I dropped another 5 pounds in one month! Which meant I was finally fitting back into my old clothes again.
At Adelaide’s first birthday, one year from my 130 pound body, I was 145. Not bad, but I really had my heart set on being back at 130 when Adelaide turned 1, so I let myself down a bit.
Her birthday was a big wake up call, and since then, I have COMMITTED to losing the last 15 pounds before the end of the year!
One of the lovely mommy bloggers I follow, Sarah of Whoorl, just had her second baby 8 weeks ago, and recently posted about re-starting her tried-and-true, post-baby fitness routine, which includes the Couch to 5K running program. Thanks for the referral Sarah! I read about it and fell in love with the program and have been using it for the past three weeks!
The Couch to 5K program is designed for people who are couch potatoes (ME!) or are new to running, and it works by building up endurance gently and gradually through three, 30-minute workouts a week. Each session uses various intervals of running and walking, and over time you end up running more than walking.
The best part, for me, is the podcast created by the very attractive sounding Robert Ullrey, who used the program himself. I can’t fathom looking at my watch and keeping track of when I’m supposed to be running or walking, so the podcast is perfect because the attractive man in my ears keeps time for me (and tells me I’m doing a great job!).
I decided to repeat week 2 since during my first “week 2” I ended up walking more than I was supposed to. I blame the hills on my trail and the 40 pounds I have the joy of pushing. Regardless, I am still seeing improvements with every work out.
I have the luxury of using the Nike + workout tracker with my workouts, which tracks my distance, mile time and calories burned. If I didn’t have this, I would be a lot more discouraged. But according to the data in my Nike +, my mile time keeps getting faster and faster, which means my overall pace is improving. Yay!
And the scale agrees!
I’m down to 140! Thats another 5 pounds in three weeks. Woo hoo! Only 10 pounds more to go! We’ll see if I can make it to a full 5K in 30 minutes which is the goal of the Couch to 5K program (right now I’m run-walking 1.75 miles in 30 minutes). So ya, I’m skeptical. But if I can keep doing my 30 minute work-outs, three times a week, then I think I’ll continue to see physical changes, which is really what this is all about.
Give the program a try and let me know what you think!
Adelaide enjoying her fishies during my workout.
The only photo you’ll ever see of me working out!