I gained 18 pounds when I was pregnant with Matthew. He came out weighing 8.6 pounds – almost half of that weight gain.
I gained 35 pounds with Bryson’s pregnancy.
Almost double what I gained with Matthew. He came out almost 9.5 pounds – a far cry from half of my weight gain. Yes, I started out 25 pounds less than when I got pregnant with Matthew, but that doesn’t justify that gain. I did nothing different, I ate the same way – but I gained twice as much weight.
I’m not down about it – I’m not even frustrated. Most of the weight fell off within the first two weeks of having Bryson, but I’m left with 8 pesky pounds that want to stick around. When Bryson was 4 weeks old, I only had 6 pounds left to lose, but the trips to DQ and our newfound love of Magnum ice cream bars brought 2 pounds back. I don’t mind those two pounds – because I love the ice cream that put them there – but it’s time to get serious and get back in shape.
Here I am 11 days after Bryson was born – with 8 pounds still to go:
Here I am today, still 8 pounds to go, but I think I look a bit better. HA! (In all fairness, those are two different bathrooms so maybe that’s why I look better today than I did then! Come to think of it though, I’m sure it’s because my uterus wasn’t fully shrunk back to normal in the first photo. HA!)
So what’s my plan?
I have one (surprised?)!
B and I talked about me signing up for an expensive 10 week class (it’s the same class we met at over 7 years ago) that is known for making you shed pregnancy weight, but Bryson is so sporadic at night that neither of us is comfortable with me heading out each morning for a 5:30 AM class. We had talked about dropping our Y membership, but we have now decided that I will try their classes for several weeks to see if that works for me, and to see how the schedule works. The Y is WAY more flexible with class scheduling, so this is a much safer bet for me and will keep me more on track if I miss a planned class (I’ll just make it up later in the day). They have free (included) childcare, so the boys will be dropped there on my way to class and I’m sure they’ll have a great time. 🙂
I have planned out 3 days a week of strength classes and 3 days a week of cardio classes. I am going to stay off the treadmills for now – I need instructed classes to get my ass in shape. There are several days that I could do a couple of classes back-to-back, which is what I like to do! B will go some of the evenings with us, so that will be fun. This is how we met, and working out together has always been something we enjoy doing – not to mention the camaraderie that we get from it!
So – that’s the plan. I will do an official weigh-in, body mass calculations, body measurements, and maybe even a timed one mile run next Monday.
I start Tuesday (my 6-week postpartum checkup is Monday)!
There will be spreadsheets!