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!
- Breakfast-water, naked green machine and protein powder
- Lunch-salad with olive oil and lemon juice, fruit
- Dinner-sensible protein and veggie
- Yoga three times a week
- Walk/play with Evan
- 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.