Shedding The Baby Weight (Week One)



So now that my boys are turning one, it is seriously time to stop making excuses. It is really easy to blame the twins for my weight gain, and yes, it is a very legitimate claim. When I had I was 301 pounds. I started out at 190. That is a 111 pound weight gain! But as I discussed in an early post, a good 60 pounds of it was edema. The sad thing about it is, three weeks after having the boys I was down to 216 pounds. A year later I have only lost 8 pounds. EIGHT MEASLY LITTLE POUNDS. It is ridiculous. I am a pro when it comes to dodging a workout. I have horrible habits. I drink way to much drive through chai and eat way to many sweets. I get fast food on my way home sometimes just because. I don't work out at all. I make excuses for why I cant find the time or energy to work out. When my Husband tries to motivate me, I nag him and make him feel like crap for bringing my weight gain up. I feel horrible when I look in the mirror. I hate my appearance, but rather than do something about it, I have a cookie. It is a vicious cycle and it has to stop. I look at pictures of myself when I first moved to Oregon. I was 23, young and 70 pounds thinner. I want to get back to that. But rather work out I go play with the boys and then go to bed. In the morning when I can't find anything to wear because none of my clothes fit I will make more excuses.

I AM DONE WITH THE EXCUSES. 

I cannot live this way anymore. I want to make a change, and I am committed to doing it. I cant keep looking at videos of me playing with my boys and not recognizing the woman on the screen. I am tired of being embarrassed...

So you ask, whats the plan? What fad diet am I going to try?? I'm not starting a diet. I will of course be making some changes to stop my after work fast food runs and limit my bought chai teas, but most of all I will work out. I recently got a new phone and with it comes a program to help people improve their health. This week I started a training program "Baby Steps To 5K". Over the next 10 weeks I will be running 3 times a week. By the end of the program I will be running a 5K in about an hour. From there they have other programs. I plan to run Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesday. I started this past Sunday. It was hard, but it felt great. I know that when I get home from work today I am not going to want to go for a run, but I have to do it. I know I can make this change, I have made much harder life changes in the past. I was a smoker up until I found out I was pregnant. I decided then to quit and I have not had a cigarette since. I never really believed I could quit smoking until I had the right motivation. For me, this is a very similar choice. It is not really just about looking good, but about being a healthier me. I want to be there for my kids and I want to be a fit and healthy mom, for them. If I could quit smoking for them, I can make these changes too.

I am going to check in again in 4 weeks to see what progress I am making... So wish me luck!


Starting Weight: 208.5
Next Check In: 8/19/15

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About Amara Franklin

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times... I LOVE MY LIFE. I have a great husband and the best little baby dudes in the world! I have found that raising twins is not so different than a singleton, just a little bit louder (and a lot more fun!). I look forward to going through this journey together... SUPER MOMS UNITE!

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