Friday, March 11, 2011

Of course it's exercise

I was shopping for fabric yesterday. Boy, my heart was a pumpin'. I was thinking that it could count as a form of exercise. Let's analyse...lift heavy bolts of fabric(weights), walk up and down the aisles(laps), match colors and patterns(brain stretcher), heart pumpin' from excitement(cardio), standing in line(rest). Sounds like a complete work out to me.

I've been increasingly concerned about this since gaining twenty-five pounds over the last year or so. There are a lot of factors but the biggest is a decrease in my dedicated work out time. Previous to pregnancy I looked and most importantly felt great! I practiced yoga about 6-7 days a week. Then I taught on top of that and found time to get the elliptical in my schedule.

Recently I had fallen ill. I lost about 7 pounds during that time. I have started to make time for my yoga practice again and am hoping to keep that initial weight off. That would mean I have about 20 pounds left to make my way back to pre-pregnancy weight. Oh happy day! It's not necessarily important to me to be 'skinny'. I don't have that type of body. I'm a woman and have the curves to prove it. It's more about my confidence and self-esteem that goes along with feeling thin.

Here are some now and then photos...
May 31, 2008 Craftwood Inn, Manitou Springs, CO
July 4th 2008 in Granby, CO
August 2008 in San Diego, CA. I was a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding
Evan and I in February 2011. I can see the difference in my face!
Today in Evan's room. In this picture I can see a difference in my chest and arms. Come on chatarunga...sculpt those muscles!

I have devised a plan. I'm big on plans!

  1. Breakfast-water, naked green machine and protein powder
  2. Lunch-salad with olive oil and lemon juice, fruit
  3. Dinner-sensible protein and veggie
  4. Yoga three times a week
  5. Walk/play with Evan
  6. Work in some weight lifting...not crazy lifting, just enough to break a sweat.
My biggest down fall is snacks. Especially when I'm bored. Well, I don't have a lot of bored time anymore. Now that I'm home all the time I can get busy with projects!

Here's to better health! I hope you join me in this journey.


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  2. I'm totally joining you because I've got you beat. Factoring in my pregnancy baby weight and the extra pounds I had to start with, I need to lose... 55-60 lbs!!! Agh!

    I am really looking forward to eating better, too. You just FEEL better when you eat better! It's hard to do at my house because my husband is a meat and carbs guy. But something's got to give. I don't enjoy meat and carbs. :)

    Also, even if you're heavier than you'd like to be, you still look great. Especially for having a baby! :)

  3. April-Thanks for the compliments. I do think I look like great for having a baby. It's just not that great when I look back at the most fit and healthy time in my life. I stopped drinking, smoking and started to eat organic and local. I think that made the biggest difference. Well, and my dedicated yoga practice. That melted 50 lbs off before the wedding.

  4. I should wii. Once during a deployment last winter I wii-d(thats not really a word there is it?)and it helped a ton. I lost 7lbs in 2weeks. Just wii-ing. LOL
    I don't have a clue what a naked green machine is, but it sounds cruel.

    (I bought a cookbook called, The Meat Lovers Meatless Cookbook. Maybe April's hubby would try something out of there.)

  5. I've heard good things about wii-ing.

    Naked green machine is a drink. Naked is the brand...think odwalla. Green machine is the flavor. It has kiwi, spinach, spirilina, banana, apple and a bunch of other stuff. No sugar, salt or anything icky added.