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Four months. Where on earth did it go?

Yesterday was my little Ruby’s 4 month birthday, and we celebrated by having naps and going shopping. (I may or may not have purchased a pink jean mini-skirt for her. Don’t judge me.)

She is growing like crazy and is learning new things all the time… but as she gains her baby rolls, it’s time for me to lose mine. I’ve used this blog as a platform to push myself to lose weight more than once over the course of the (almost) six years that I’ve been writing here. My greatest success was the year Peeah got married, and I came within 5 pounds of my goal weight (135 lbs). I was running 3 – 4 times a week, and I stopped eating chocolate for 14 months.

I’ve lost most of the weight I gained while I was pregnant with Ruby–I’m down to about 6 or  7 pounds that I can attribute to “baby weight”. But then I was at least 15 – 20 lbs overweight when I got pregnant, so I have a ways to go. Now that the sun is shining and bathing suit weather is upon us, I feel more than ready to let this excess weight go.

My biggest hurdle has always been my eating habits, and now that I’m a full-time mom to Ruby, finding time to exercise is a challenge.

BUT, that doesn’t mean that I can’t do it.

So, here’s my plan: alter my eating habits. I’ll be honest… I eat a lot of crap. Most of the time I’m grabbing something on the fly because she needs me, or if my hands are free I don’t want to “waste” my free time laboring over something in the kitchen.

No more.

It’s just lazy, and it’s not good for me or for her.

Also, I’ve decided to say goodbye to chocolate once more. I’ve had the idea rolling around in my head for a little while now, and then actually ended up talking about it with some friends at dinner last night. When I eliminate chocolate from my diet, I always find myself reaching for a wider variety of better options for me to eat.

So, to make it official, I’m going off it for at least 6 months. I’ll reevaluate at Christmas.

Lastly, being a mom doesn’t mean I get to stop exercising. I am going to start working out at home, taking her out for at least one walk a day, then if this new bedtime routine I’m working on takes, I’d like to start running or biking after she goes to bed.

So. There it is. To keep myself honest I plan to post my progress with you each month on Ruby’s “birthday”. As she gains weight, I’ll hopefully lose some.

Right now my dream would be to lose 30 pounds. I’ll keep you posted!

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  • Faith

    Nursing could either help or hinder your weight loss.  You do burn more calories, but I question whether the hormones make nursing women more prone to fat storage or not.  I think the key would have to be to to choose healthier options.

    I’m looking forward to the ability to take some of this weight off once my baby is born, but I’m nervous about what success I’ll have while I’m nursing and if it will affect my supply or not.  The most effective weight loss method I’ve ever tried was a combination of a lot of moderate-intensity walking (an hour a day 3-5 days a week), and cutting 80% of my carb intake.  I know it works when I’m not nursing, but again, I’m not sure if it’ll affect my supply if I try it while nursing.

    So keep us posted for sure!  I’m interested to hear how it goes for you!

  • Date Girl

    Good for you! I was only pregnant for 5 months, but my body changed so much in that short time. I still have to remind myself that it won’t bounce back immediately. My baby weight is gone, but things are not where they once were. I have more jiggle in my wiggle as it were. 
    Good luck with the chocolate-I’m like you. When I stop eating a lot of sugar, I tend to reach for things like apples, dried fruit, or other healthy alternatives.