20 January 2014

Hashtag: Mandy gets fit

I have a confession to make. I never lost all my "baby weight" from Easton. In total, I gained roughly 30lbs when I was pregnant with Easton. Within about 3 weeks after giving birth, I lost 25 of those pounds. Pretty good, right? But... my body clung onto those last 5 pounds for dear life. And it didn't help that I ate like crap and wasn't exercising much. So.. on top of the 5lbs I never lost, I gained an additional 7-8 in the past 6 months. So if you do the simple math, that's a weight gain of about 12ish pounds. Doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm only 5'3", so every single pound makes a difference.

To be honest, I knew my body was changing but I didn't really take notice until a month or so ago. I went to put on a pair of pants that fit me just fine at just 3 months post-partum -- and a year later... they were hardly buttoning. Yikes. I hadn't stepped on a scale in probably 4 or 5 months, and so that morning I decided to weigh myself. And what I saw? +7 pounds more than the last time I weighed myself. GASP.

And it's not just the weight gain that's bugging me. It's all the jiggling and squishness. You know? Things are not as tones as they once where. And lately, I've been severely lacking in my self-esteem. I don't like what I see when I look in the mirror. Some people are so good at just embracing themselves and the changes their body makes as they get older. But me?? I don't want to accept it.

A week or so ago, I pretty much had it with myself and my reflection. So I went to the gym by my house and got a membership. And just like that, I'm a gym goer. The thing is, I want to make my goals attainable. I'm not one of those people that can promise to go to the gym every single day, or go on some crazy diet. And I'm also not setting specific weight goals for myself. My #1 objective, is just to be healthier, physically. So with that said, I've decided that my overall goal will just to go to to the gym 4 days a week, and eat a little better. That's it. And actually, this past week, I made it to the gym 5 times!!... so I'm giving myself a pat on the back for that. If I find myself struggling, I will try to get a little more strict and specific. But we'll see how it goes.

 
I'm writing all of this down, to sort of hold myself accountable. Everything seems a little more legit when it's written here on my personal blog. And to be honest, I could use some support from my fellow bloggers. I posted on Instagram last week about this very topic, and the outpouring of encouragement was so motivating! Another reason why social media is such a blessing. :)

#mandygetsfit <---- Yes. That is a real hashtag. If you already follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you've seen it already :) But if not, let's connect and keep each other going!

Do you have fitness goals this year?!

17 comments:

Rebecca said...

I know EXACTLY how you feel. I have gained much more weight than 7 pounds since having Kaenan. I too went to put on a pair of pants that fit me perfectly weeks after giving birth, but now, 20 months later, I'm even squishier and jiggly than I was 3 weeks post-partum. I feel ya girl. I don't like looking in the mirror clothes-less either. But, if it helps at all, you truly are BEAUTIFUL. I know that we are our own worst critic, so just know that the people around you find you to be gorgeous. <3

Sandy Williams said...

Yep. I weigh more now than I did a few months post-partum, too. I had twins and my stomach is completely ruined, but I've been using that fact as an excuse to not exercise. I'm working on it now but, like you, I can't do an all-out diet or promise to exercise every single day. I got a FitBit for Christmas, and I'm trying super hard to get at least 8,000 steps in a day. That usually requires some kind of walk or exercise or a lot of chasing the toddlers around, but my work is so sedentary I need to see those stats to remind me to get moving.
Also, hi! I feel kind of weird and random just popping in and commenting without an intro, but I've been obsessed with Stitch Fix reviews for the past few weeks and followed a link here. Love the blog so far. :-)

Ashlea with an a said...

you gym go-er you!! :) good for you, either way you are one beautiful mama! I feel so damn intimidated when it comes to gyms. and I totally feel ya, I may be only 2 months post partum but this third little baby will be the one that does me in, im thinkin' these hips may never go back!

♥Renee @ •Getting Fit Fab• said...

Woohoo! I am loving this, and you are in the right direction to start. I am doing at home workouts, and eating better/healthier, it's all baby steps for me. I have a lot of weight to lose so starting slow is a great way to start. I actually started my blog to keep myself accountable, and it grew into something much more. You'll be kicking boot-ay girl! ♥

Julie Danielle said...

I just did the same thing. We joined last weekend and I plan to go every weekday. I don't want to burn myself out. I want this to be something I just do everyday, like brushing my teeth. I know if I keep it up I can lose some weight and just become healthier.

Stephanie @ The Good Stuff said...

Good for you!

I'm having an internal debate right now, trying to motivate myself to exercise and I think that might mean joining a gym (probably the Y). I've lost a considerable amount of weight over the last 2 years (minus some time off to have baby #2) and I'm to the point now where I know I need to incorporate exercise both to finish my weight loss journey, but also just for overall health reasons. BUT I don't wanna! *sigh* I need to figure out how to get my head in the game, but I have a whole list of excuses.

Courtney said...

So, so, so awesome, Mandy!! Good for you! And I personally love your goals. 4x a week and eat healthier. That's awesome and attainable. Major kudos.

Whitney H said...

Honestly I feel the exact same way! I said that this year was going to be a change for me but it hasn't happened yet =/ I don't know what it's going to take for me to do it, but you go girl!! Maybe you'll rub off on me :)

Marie Luciano said...

bleh I can't stand the gym lol. But good for you for for getting healthier & staying on track.

Amber said...

I'm so proud of you, friend! I'm in the same boat as you (not baby weight!) haha, but in the stage where I am just uncomfortable and having low self esteem. Need to get on the workout train with you!

Cindy @ Cinsarah said...

We can do it Mandy!!
I'm on WEEK THREE or both eating healthy + working out and I feel great! :)

Fran said...

You go girl! I might need to do something soon, I just got no the scale and the number scaled me!

Karly Gomez said...

Woo, kick butt girl! I've been wanting to go to the gym as well, but there just isn't the time with only one car. I am hoping to join a volleyball league or something, though. I still remember going with my mom to her games when I was a kid, and it was so much fun seeing her play!

Krista said...

Go Mandy! I had baby #2 in October and these last 7 lbs are killing me. I joined Weight Watchers and got a Fitbit. I have yet to incorporate any physical activity. These past 3 weeks I've just been focusing on food and eating healthy. So far, so good. Check out Fat Free Friday on my blog when I check in about my weight loss. www.quinnmommy.blogspot.com

jessica | piganddac said...

Oh girl...I feel you. The second baby did me in. I've lost the weight but I feel all squishy like you mentioned. I have to say, I'm totally motivated by this post. Good for you for signing up and setting attainable goals, I like your way of thinking.

Julie S. said...

I am not even kidding but the same thing happened with a pair of pants of mine like 3 weeks ago! After being really, really sick while being pregnant with K (now 2), I liked being able to eat and NOT feel nauseous! So this week I have been pushing the water, keeping my snacking on track, and hoping next week the gym scenario will make an appearance! You can do this!

Laura @ The Everyday Joys said...

Yah! I had a gym membership once in my life. I hardly went (with a friend - I'd never go alone), but my goal, at that time (pre-baby, newlywed), was the same -- just to be healthy. Sometimes you don't need the "diet" or the "goals." I think it's great to want to get active, be healthy, and maybe just be more cautious of what you're eating. You don't have to count calories or work out 7 days a week to get where you want to be. :) Good luck, friend! Here's to being healthier mamas in 2014!