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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Three Months Later

Just before I found out I was pregnant with Emily I had lost twelve pounds and was excitedly nearing my goal weight. Then pregnancy happened.

And boy did it happen.

I gained a whopping 58 pounds over the 38 weeks I was pregnant. Only twenty of that disappeared after Emily was born so I was left with quite the baby weight to lose.

When I was cleared to go back to exercising and was finally sleeping somewhat at night I began exercising every single day.

Three months later it was now March. Emily was six months old, but I weighed the same as I did at my six week post-partum checkup. Frustration set it. How could I exercise for three months and not lose a single pound?! I decided that I was going to go back to using My Fitness Pal and see how that worked. Surely I could lose weight, right?

Within the first week I lost two pounds. Now, three months in, I am happy to report I am still using My Fitness Pal and have lost a total of 17lbs! I've gone from a size 14 to a size 8 and can wear some of my pre-pregnancy pants and shorts now. It's an amazing and accomplishing feeling, but I can't leave out the difficulties either.

It's hard to keep track of what I eat. It's hard to turn down my favorite foods or an offer of a glazed donut. It's hard to go to the gym after a long day of work. But... Hard work has great results! --as I'm proof of.

My Fitness Pal, which by the way I am not touting or being compensating for writing about it, is amazing. It does the math, helps me realize that there is a heck of a lot of calories in an iced hot chocolate, and helps me healthily lose the weight. It's no magic pill or quick diet that makes promises that never happen. What it does is give you the ability to make a lifestyle change that will slowly, but surely, yield great and lasting results.

Over time I have learned to eat less and pay attention to what I do eat. I haven't even really changed my diet, just the amount of food. Heck, even Shawn is using it now and some of the other guys on the fire department. We now compare what we have eaten and how many calories we've burned during the day. He has lost about seven pounds in the two weeks since he began.

So, I am returning to my old self, physically anyway. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it. I'm hoping by my vacation in August I'll be at the weight my drivers license says!





9 comments:

Kristin said...

Looking fantastic! I won't tell you how quickly I lost the weight with my second kid, but I gained 40 pounds with my first and it felt like the weight would never come off. Right now I'm battling with the last 10 pounds before my goal weight. And it's a BATTLE! You keep it up. :-) It's worth it!

Glyndalyn said...

Congratulations! You look great. Keep it up.

Sharon said...

You are doing great Jen! I know it's not easy with a little one either. Most moms wouldn't be as determined as you are. Be proud and work it out girl! Lookin' good!

Rachel said...

Congrats on the weight loss. It's amazing how technology can help now a days!

Aaron Lindsey said...

Congrats! My Fitness Pal is a fantastic tool. I lost 60 pounds in 2010 using MFP. I've since 'found' 25 of the 60 I lost, but am getting back on track. There's a podcast that helps me a lot (and helped me to lose the 60 original pounds, and introduced me to MFP). It's called Fat2Fit radio. Good stuff.

Hydrant girl said...

Lookin' good! *thumbs up*

Mel said...

You are my hero! I have heard a lot about that app. I think I will go get it now. I still have 20 lbs. to go, the same as I had 9 months ago at my 6 week. Hopefully I can be as successful as you!

Solomon's Porch said...

Good for you Jen! I am currently on a "quest " to lose 60 lbs. I have been working on it since the 1st of Feb. and I have lost 24 lbs....
and two sizes it does feel good....I am cheering for ya....

kittyhere said...

I have not checked in on your blog for quite a while but I am glad I did. Weight has always an issue for me. I have been using My Fitness Pal off and on, back on for about 2 weeks. Reading about your success is giving me a push to stay at it. I would be thrilled if I could reach your post baby size 14 -- which would be back to my college size. But you, enjoy shopping for some new size 8 things. You deserve it.

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