I have a goal to be a positive, healthy role model for my two daughters. There’s a lot of pressure on girls and women to be thin and pretty, but I hope to show these girls that the goal in life should be to be healthy and active. The best way to do that is to start with me.
I’ve complained before about my weight. Particularly after having a second baby. And while weight isn’t the most important thing my first goal was to fit into my prepregnancy clothes. In order to do that I had to lose some weight.
I’ve been wearing a Fitbit for years. I’ve actually had it since it first came out, but then I lost it. So hubby got me a new one. And then we found the old one (a year and a half later) and now hubby has one, too! I love that it gives me a snapshot of my activity for the day. It tells me when I’m being lazy, when I need to step up my game. I love the dashboard these days because you can link to friends and see how many steps they’ve taken and make a little competition out of it. I really try to get to 10,000 steps every day. Even if I don’t get to that number every day I usually average it over the week.
My Fitness Pal has been a great tool on this journey. I know calorie counting isn’t for everyone and I really didn’t want to do it at first. I felt like I ate pretty healthy. Logging my food was an eye-opener. After spending the better part of 4 years pregnant or nursing I was still eating like I was still pregnant or nursing. Using MFP to log my food really put things into perspective for me. I love that most food is already in the database. If it’s not you can easily add it. And there’s an app, so you can log on the go. You set your goals and MFP tells you how to get there. And for me it’s not about off limits foods. Nothing is off limits. Everything in moderation!
Of course none of the above does any good if I’m not active. I’ve talked about running before. I’m still doing that! Actually, I’m doing a lot of that. I try to get a few runs in per week, which is a little more difficult with our busy summer schedule. I do what I can even if it means running to and from the pool for swim lessons (it’s only 1.6 miles away and it’s downhill on the way there and uphill on the way down and I’ve got 66 pounds of kids in the stroller). I also like BeFit. It’s a YouTube channel with a ton of workout videos. They’re great for days between runs or when I can’t get a run in (hello, stormy summer, I’m talking to you!).
I’m also participating in Stroller Strength again this summer. I’ve been doing this program since Cupcake was 3 months old. I love it. It gets me up and out of the house at least 2 days a week and the girls see me exercising, so they know it’s important. I’ve made some great friends and had fun while keeping active.
Clearly the effort has been worth it.
With a little hard work I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks. It was enough to put me in my prepregnancy clothes. I was pretty darn happy. After that picture was taken I lost another 5 pounds. Even some of my prepregnancy clothes are too big now.
I’m not following a strict calorie count any more, mainly because dropping the calories was affecting my running. I didn’t have the energy for long runs and since I’m training for a 10K and a 78 mile relay race the running is more important. But honestly my goal is strong not skinny. I’m living a balanced, active life and I’m loving it!
What are some of your favorite ways to stay active?
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