All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

Putting It All Out There


For those of you interested in keeping tabs on my ability to stick to my fitness plan (you know who you are), you can find it here each week, along with not-so-hot photos of my just-showered, post-run, no makeup self in my weekly photo uniform!  I am doing this not for any of my readers, obviously, but for me.  I need to get in shape.  I need to get back to my pre-baby fitness level.  I NEED to do an adventure race next summer with my husband before we start trying for baby #3.

I cannot believe I’m writing/saying this, but a year from  now, I’ll likely start lupron shots for our first frozen cycle (FET) for Baby #3.  How can that even be just a year away when I have a happy 3 month old sleeping in his room down the hall (in his crib even – for over two hours – HU-freaking-ZZAH!)?  I have a hard time believing it, but it’s true.  We’ll start a month later than we did for Bryson because I will not have another transfer on/around October 12 – I will not have another June 24/25-ish birthday if we can help it!

When I finally got pregnant with Matthew (and I cannot believe I’m putting this on the internet), I weighed 192.6 pounds.  Holy hell!  That was the result of a 20 pound gain from serious fertility drugs and 3 IVF cycles (2 fresh cycles with a FET in between – and I won’t count the IUI cycles because they were just clomid and I don’t know if that causes you to gain weight).  I weighed 167.6 when I got pregnant with Bryson – much better but still not something to be proud of.  My goal for when we get pregnant with #3 (if we’re so lucky, fingers crossed) is to be hovering around 150.  The lightest I ever was, at the peak of my fitness with a very lean BMI for me, was 144.6, and that was super hard to maintain.  Maintaining 150 pounds is not hard if I keep taking care of me.

And that’s what this is all about, right?  Taking care of me.  Doing what I love.  Doing what makes me feel good (without breaking the law – HA!).  Doing the things that teach our boys how to live healthy lives.

It’s amazing how quickly things fall into place when you make an effort to be fit.  I don’t have the urge to eat like an idiot because it will un-do what I’ve worked hard to do.  I’m not totally changing everything, but am making small changes here and there.  For instance, I went to We.ndy’s for lunch yesterday and instead of getting a single with cheese meal, I got their grilled chicken sandwich meal (I love their chicken sandwich).  This morning, instead of going to Star.bucks for my venti cinnamon dolce late and the sausage breakfast sandwich, I went to Mc.d.onalds and got the egg white delight meal (yes, with the hashbrown) because it’s 400 calories versus 900.  I have thought about my choices two days in a row, and even though they’re still not the most stellar of choices, they’re much better than they would be if I wasn’t using the treadmill each day.  In time, I’m sure I’ll skip the fries/hashbrown all together because really, what’s the point?  But please don’t ever expect to read that I’ve given up my Diet C.oke (out of the fountain only) or Diet Pe.psi.  Or DQ.  That is asking all together too much!

I will update my fitness page (also on the main menu of my blog) every week!  I track fitness in 10 week intervals, and this one ends 12/9.  My target weight for that date is 159.6, and that’s being conservative when you look back on my other 10-week efforts.  I’m trying to not go crazy here!  We do have a big family trip to Colorado Springs over Christmas and that gives me another 2 weeks to shed another 3.8 pounds getting me down to a hopeful 155.8 pounds.  That would be awesome, and is totally do-able!

So there it is – all out there.  I’ll try not to post about this because it is super boring to everyone but me.  But if you’re interested, go ahead and check in on my page and harass me.  😉


Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

8 thoughts on “Putting It All Out There

  1. It sounds like you are making changes smartly so as not to shock your system & keep them manageable. Good for you! I hope you’ll inspire me; my weight loss attempt earlier in the year didn’t go so well. I have an awesome treadmill that I need to start using again.

    Out of curiosity, how tall are you?

  2. It’s all about those little food choices. DAMN they add up, don’t they? For me it’s about 80% food / 20% exercise when it all comes down to it in regards to weight loss.

  3. I am so proud of you!! 🙂 It sounds as if you have a great plan and are ready to really get in shape. I am excited to follow along with you and hopefully keep myself motivated by watching you.

  4. I’m impressed and can’t wait to read along as you meet your goal! I know you can do it! I hopped on the scale today too and I’m pretty freaked out by the number I saw. I know, it’s only been a week since Callen was born, but I’m already feeling ready to get back into the gym and get somewhat of my body back although I still have a long way to go to get back to my ideal weight, 150 pounds, as well. I want to run a half marathon in June….hmmm…I may need to do this same thing when I get cleared to excersize again! You are going to do awesome!

  5. Man, our weights are closer than I would have thought! I weighed about 185 when I got pregnant with L, and 165 this time around. I don’t know how I would look at 150, I think that may be too thin for me!

    Good luck on your goals, the little choices and exercise make a big difference. I’ll be in your footsteps in a few months here to get all this weight off (again! Sigh!)

  6. When i got pregnant with Molly I was 143 pounds (just converted) and by the time I was finished I think I was (conservatively) 187 pounds. I an only 6ft4 so it was all in my face and thighs and bum and BOOBS!!! Now I am 126.5 pounds and healthy and fit and happy. Still with a bum still with a belly but lighter than I have in years. Writing it on my blog and putting it out there was the first step. Best advice I was given was WALK WALK WALK everywhere. I also did a body transformation challenge from our version of Jillian from the Biggest Loser. Best thing I did. Can’t wait to watch you get fit and strong and healthy again!

  7. Yes!! This is going to be so good for you and I am excited to follow along with your progress (I’m a sucker for fitness challenges!!). I think you’re making some really smart changes and going about this the right way! For me, like for others, it’s also mostly a food thing – gotta cut those damn calories! Leave the diet soda, though! I’m hooked on it too!!

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