It's Time...

...To get back into shape! I knew this day was coming, and to be honest it's probably been looming for awhile, but I can't put it off any longer. I need to be healthier and get back into shape finally. And not just pre-baby shape. Better. Let's crunch some brutally honest numbers and see what we're working with, shall we?

Total weight gain from pregnancy:  40 pounds
10 days postpartum:  Down 20 pounds
3 weeks postpartum:  Down 30 pounds

Today? I'm still hanging around at that 'down 30' mark. Meaning I've got 10 pounds to lose to be back where I was before T was born. However, I was a good 15-20 pounds overweight when I got pregnant. Womp, womp womp. There's no more time to sulk about this weight gain and the work I've got to do though... now is the time to actually get up and DO something about it.

My incision is still healing, goodness that's a slow process so I'll be gradually getting back into the swing of things. I'm definitely able to do brisk walks and some light weights at this point, but anything involving a lot of jumping or quick moves (Zumba, plyometrics, etc) will still be out for awhile longer. Those are the only things that cause me some pain around my incision, but every day that gets a little bit easier

I'm also hoping to clean up our eating as well. The first crazy couple of months with T were too easy to just grab fast food, accept unhealthy (but delicious!) meals from friends and family or just not even make time to eat enough throughout the day (guilty!) because we were so occupied with our new baby. Jared and I are determined to make our meal plans and stick with them going forward.
Looking back at the ups and downs of my fitness levels has motivated me to really step it up and stick with it. I was looking back at all the various photos of fitness achievements I've done over the years and I want to get back to those feelings. It's been a long time since I got in some good, sweaty workouts and I'm more than ready. I'm a little bit scared of how difficult I know this will all be. Hello, I had a baby and haven't truly exercised in months, yikes!

I think I'm going to start the Couch to 5K program, because sure I've ran a couple half-marathons but I truly feel like I'm starting from scratch now. I figured that program would be an easy way to get back into things and I can still add in other works outs when I can.

Anyone else starting a training plan or have any new fitness goals they're working on? I'd love some motivation :) 

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  1. I'm with ya girl! Kenley is 17 months and I still have baby weight to lose. It came off SO easy after the other two, but my c-section was really rough. I did really well for a few weeks and felt great, and now I'm back to my old habits. Let's keep each other motivated! :)

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  2. Once Bre starts school in 2 weeks I am starting back with Tone it Up. If you want to join it's fun and easy and you can tweak the workouts to make it easier for you. Plus not only do they have the weekly schedule they have workouts you can do for parts you want to workout

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  3. You gotta find some buddies!! That's the only way I stick to anything consistent lol. Also, I feel like you just had a baby!! So take it easy ;) Oh and I since you asked (lol) I have NEVER done any sort of group fitness running anything, and my husband just signed us up for a tough mudder, so I am "training" for that hahaha. I don't know what a couch to 5k is, but working towards something is always good motivation too!! You got this girl.

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  4. Couch to 5K is good! Good luck to you! Lord knows I need to find something uh ... consistent ...

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  5. Good luck girl! I feel like I should probably do the C25k again because I haven't ran in forever & would like to again.

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  6. C25K will be great! I also love, love, love Popsugar Fitness videos on Youtube. They are all free, and they have so many starting from 10 min all the way to 1 hour workouts. In all styles. On days when I am crunched on time, or just uninspired to do anything I usually squeeze in one or two of those and feel so much better!

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  7. Starting the C25K app last night has me so motivated. We can do this!! I feel the same way. I used to call myself a "runner" but really, I haven't run in months so I'm truly beginning all the way over again. But hey, gotta start somewhere!! Once you can do a little bit more with your workouts, you need to try The Fitness Marshall on YouTube - he's crazy and amazing haha! You basically dance for half an hour. :)

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  8. Ughhh I am soooo not looking forward to the crunch after baby gets here and I am cleared to work out. I have been "phoning it in" during my workouts lately because let's face it...I am not used to carrying around all this added weight in the front, when I walk too fast it hurts my stomach, I have a baby crowding my lungs making it hard to breath and dang am I tired! Starting from scratch is where I will be too. I know you got this though and you will be in the swing of things in no time!!! Get it girl!!!!!!

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  9. I am so ready to get back into my running routine once Emersyn is born! I am running a marathon in February and need to get back into the swing of things.

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  10. Sweet friend, I'm getting back in a routine with you. I have let some weight creep back on & it's got to go plus some to get to my goal. I'm trying to clean up our diet and I'm going to start swimming a few days a week. I'm definitely game for sharing recipes & keeping each other motivated!

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  11. I have lost 25 lbs so far doing the 21 Day Fix (repeating it over and over). I have been happy with the the results! Next week I'm starting a new program from the same company called 22 Hard Corps. I'm nervous to start something new but ready for a change. Good luck!

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  12. I started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago and I love it. I basically eat the same thing everyday, which is getting old, but it's helped a lot. Comparing what I used to eat to what I eat now is crazy. It's great that you only have 10 lbs to lose to at least be where you were!

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  13. I'm right there with you! I want to get back into running so badly once baby 2.0 is born. I ran a 1/4 marathon when I was like 6 weeks pregnant with Charlie and that was pretty much the last time I've moved in about 2 years. Lol

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  14. running is tough for me, but my fitbit has been a huge motivator. just being aware of how much you're moving in a day is helpful, especially on a lazier day - it's easier to move to meet a goal!

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  15. I'm totally with you, and I haven't even had a baby yet! Sometimes life just really gets busy and you don't have the opportunity to do the things that you want or need to do. I bet that you'll be getting yourself back into shape before you know it though!

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  16. Oh man, good luck! You can do it :) I posted 4 apps to become a runner yesterday if you're interested, C25k is, of course, one of them! (pursuingbalanceblog.com). But don't forget you mentioned hating running and I've personally found that when trying to get back into fitness, if I do things I don't enjoy I fail miserably. One trick I've learned for meal planning is to only buy for like 4 meals at once, make enough for left overs the next day. Then nothing goes bad, you're buying all fresh and not frozen foods and you use everything up. Good luck!!

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    1. ^^^I was actually going to say that... you wrote a post about how you don't like running, so make sure you find something you really like or you won't want to go through the effort :) Although of course I'm totally all for you running. lol.

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  17. I've been doing the 21 Day Fix and am LOVING it! 30 minute workouts fit perfectly in my schedule and they absolutely work - I'm seeing results I haven't seen after trying almost everything. I don't even follow the meal plan and I still see results. I also love the Shakeology as a meal replacement but even without that the workouts on their own are good (Not a beachbody coach so not a plug - I just love it!)

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  18. Being ten lbs away from pre-baby weight is totally normal and totally awesome! You are doing great, and as T gets older it will be easier to make more and more time for those workouts :) I started doing yoga after having R and really like it. It's super relaxing but I feel like I'm stretching and working too. Yoga with Adriene is a great YouTube channel. She's a good teacher without being too "yoga-y" if that makes sense.

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  19. Down 30 lbs is awesome!! I was also struggling a bit with weight before getting pregnant, so even though the baby weight is off (I think?? Things didn't quite go back the way they were before, so it's hard to tell, haha), I'm still trying to improve things. I've been running this week, and even though I hate running it's felt so good to work hard.

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  20. Right there with you, except that my "baby" is 18 months now and I still haven't gotten back into a good fitness routine. I ran a half-marathon in 2013 but also feel like I'm starting from scratch again. :(

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  21. You can totally do it!! I can count on my hands how many times I've run since my marathon last year - apparently it took a lot from my "running motivation" tank and it hasn't filled up much since :P I'm trying to remember that even 10, 20, 30 minutes of exercise is great! Whatever you can do to make it fit into your schedule! My next fitness goal is get into yoga! I've only done it a few times, never seriously, but I know it would complement my running well! Whenever I decide to be a runner again :P

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  22. I've just started back with Couch to 5K, too!

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  23. I think that the Couch to 5K would be a great starting point for you especially since you're still healing up, you don't want to do too much too fast. Good luck, girlie! You'll get to where you want to be before you know it. :)

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  24. every time i start again - because i'm always starting again after giving up haha no baby required - i do the couch to 5k. even if i don't finish it each time, it at least gets me going and started, which is what i need most of the time. good luck girl!! my exercise has been consistent for the last few months which is pretty amazing to me.. unfortunately, my eating has been horrible. like embarrassing lol. need to clean that up!

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