No one told me (or they did and I ignored them) that postpartum weight loss was going to be challenging. I had this notion in my head that I would lose all of the baby weight effortlessly by nursing and cleaning up my diet. However, nursing never happened and here I am one day from being 9 months postpartum and I haven't lost a single pound.
(picture taken before Stroller Strides class last Thursday)
I could rattle off a million excuses but the truth is I put myself last and it shows.
Last night I took the first step towards getting my "Body Back" by joining a program with the same name through Fit4Mom Annapolis. For the next 8 weeks I am focusing on eating clean and using my 21 Day Fix containers/meal plan to help me on this journey in addition to working out 5-6x a week with fellow "body backers."
We had our assessment class last night and for me it was depressing. I had an extremely difficult weekend in my personal life and considered staying home but instead, I put things aside as best I could and pushed through. We went through a series of moves, some timed and others until failure, to give ourselves a sense of where we were physically.
I was shocked at my results.
I am nowhere near the shape I was 3-4 years ago and I spent a lot of the class mentally struggling with that fact. However, I want to document my second weight loss journey here with all of you so the best way to do that is to share my results from last nights assessments.
Plank: Held for :53 (until failure)
Push-Ups(on toes): 4 (during the timeframe given to us)
Sit-Ups(perfect form): 20 (during the timeframe given to us)
Squats: 58 (during the timeframe given to us)
Bicep Curls: 34 (during the timeframe given to us)
Side Plank: Held for :46 (until failure)
Mile Run: DNF
As you can see, I have a ton of work to do. The DNF on the run was due to re-injuring my surgery knee on Sunday. I pushed myself to try and complete it but in the end only made it through 3 of 5 laps which really left me feeling angry and defeated.
HOWEVER, this is my starting point and in 8 weeks I will have improved on every single one of those numbers, because I've done it before and I can do it again.