Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Body After Baby update


Let's get this out of the way: Zero loss this week. However, zero gain, too. The two I lost last week are still gone. That's good.

I have been eating quite well. I have had some treats but in moderation. Still craving a donut like no one's business! One of these weeks I'll cave and have one. Maybe even this Sunday, since Logan's singing in church. Maybe we'll get donuts afterward. I have been very active, as usual. I am starting to think that still breastfeeding is making me hold on HARD to these pounds. Oh well, I'll be done with that soon enough.

I am sad to report that there is no way I'll reach my goal of losing the last baby pounds by the time we attend a wedding in March. I'm going to keep plugging away, though.

My activity this week:
Last Wednesday I took completely off because the Spartacus workout I did on Tuesday had me so incredibly sore!
Thursday: I think I maybe took that day off too. I was really sore.
Friday: 30 minutes of stair climber and lower body weights
Saturday: Ran outside 4.32 miles. It took me 47 minutes due to an achy knee and icy spots on the sidewalks. I had to walk sometimes.
Sunday: Spartacus workout again. Still really hard, but I wasn't super sore afterward.
Monday: 30 minutes on the bike
Tuesday: ran a mile on treadmill, did upper body weights, then 15 minutes on stair climber

So far this year I have run about 25 miles. I expect my mileage will pick up when outdoors running conditions improve. I really hate the treadmill and have a hard time outside when it's snowy or icy.

Over at Mama Notes, the host blog for this challenge, Samantha has posted a couple questions for those of us whgo are participating.

First: Do you snack, and if so, what do you snack on?

I snack. For sure! I tend to eat breakfast sometime around 8, snack around 10:30, have lunch around 12:30 or 1, snack around 3 or 4 and we eat dinner pretty late, usually around 6:30 or 7. (I wish we ate earlier, but that's just how it usually works out. The good thing about that is I never want to snack just before bed.) Also, if I work out in the morning, I eat a banana before I go. If I work out in the evening, I will usually have a yogurt or glass of skim milk when I get home.

My favorite snacks are fruit, yogurt, I just tried veggies with hummus but probably won't buy hummus again, Triscuits and sharp cheddar or Laughing Cow cheese, cottage cheese, peanut butter on celery or an apple, or a bowl of raisin bran (LOVE that stuff!) Oh, and I ADORE nuts and trail mix, but have to be REALLY careful because, although the "experts" say nuts will fill you up, I can eat TONS of almonds or walnuts without feeling full. I just want to eat more and more and more, so I have to pre-pack them into servings. Otherwise I can easily sit down and chow 800 calories of trail mix or almonds, and still be rifling through the cupboard.

Samantha's other question was:Do you lift weights?
She noticed she hardly ever sees females lifting at the gym. They all just do cardio.

Yeah. Females are afraid of "bulking up" if they lift weights. I can tell you, though, I have a body weight sticking point of about 146 pounds. My body is very comfortable there. I weighed that much on my wedding day, then went up to almost 170, then lost it through Weight Watchers and cardio, and weighed 146 again before having Logan. Then I went up to 205 with Logan, then it took me a good 2 1/2 years to get back to 146, but this time I incorporated lots of weight training and I looked SO much better at a weight-trained 146 than I did at a cardio-only 146. It REALLY makes a difference in the way your body looks.

I am definitely a lifter. I lift three to four times a week, and quite heavily. I am a pretty strong girl, at least compared to the others I've seen lifting at my gym. I also do cardio at least four times a week. I think it's about having a good balance of both, plus cardio's good for your heart and lungs, hence the name "cardio!"

So, this week I would love to see some pounds go bye-bye. Hopefully if I just keep on keepin' on, it'll happen. Oh, yeah, and some sleep would help. I'm talkin' to YOU Jordan!

And I need to be better about the vitamins again. I keep forgetting!

Hope you have a great week!


Lisa said...

Maybe it was a trend this week - 0 lbs for me too! That is awesome that you do so much cardio & weights! It feels so good when you are done :-)

Unknown said...

You are my hero for lifting all those weights and running so much! Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

We are on the same eating schedule! Haha!

I am a big snacker. I love things like yogurt, fruit, pb, bowl of cereal, bars, etc. Basically anything I can get my hands on easily.

Samantha said...

Dear Jordon,
Please sleep for your mommy. Please!!! It is really fun once you start doing it, I promise! It makes your mama happy too. SHe isn't as grumpy in the morning. Trust me, I would know. ;)
Love, Lucas

Crystal HW said...

We all reach a plateau of sorts for a bit. The key is hanging in there until you get over that plateau and start losing more again.

Try getting out your vitamin the night before, and putting it somewhere you can't miss it the next morning, like beside your toothbrush on the counter or something. It worked for me.

Sarah said...

I haven't been losing or gaining either. Hard to find motivation that way! But hang in there, you'll see results soon :)