Body after Baby: Week 1

A few things to report...

First of all, my "will-power challenge" this week was NO CHOCOLATE. If you know me, you know that this was a struggle. I am looking forward to tomorrow when I can indulge in a {healthy} chocolate snack like the Special K crisps or graham crackers with Nutella (which is technically hazelnut, not chocolate, but I omitted this as well).

I'm giving myself a 9 out of 10 for this challenge and here's why: I *accidentally* had chocolate twice. I absentmindedly took a bite of Aiden's Kids Cliff bar when I opened it for him - which proves to me that I often eat calories I totally don't think about throughout the day. The second was on Ethan's first day of Kindergarten. Ricky made chocolate chip pancakes, per his request, and I ate two. The reason I am cutting myself some slack is because it didn't come down to a will-power issue. The fact that I was able to resist swiping a few M&Ms from the 5lb bag leftover from my family's visit almost two months ago shows that I was able to keep my will-power in tact.

Secondly, the good news is that I lost weight this week. Albeit only ONE measly pound. But hey, I'll take it. The best part is I am feeling really good and I'm *almost* able to button my favorite pre-pregnancy jeans. So I'm vowing to not focus too much on the numbers on the scale, but moreso on how things fit and how I feel.

Thirdly, I had my 6-week postpartum appointment on Tuesday and I've gotten the green light to start exercising once again. I'm not gonna lie, it's been a while. But I'm eager to lace up my roller blades and hit the street. I'm also going to alternate my workouts to include the "Running for Beginners" schedule I found on Pinterest {follow me here!} I'm going to ease into things people. As I've stated before, a runner I am not, however I have signed up for the Lights of Love 5K in December so I need to incorporate it back into my routine {by the way, if you'd like to learn why I'm running, click here. If you'd like to help me reach my fundraising goal in support of Team Dustin and the Ronald McDonald house, click here}.

So there you have it. I'm excited to continue my Body after Baby mission. Thank you to all of those who commented or sent me encouraging messages, I need it!

Body after Baby: week 1 pic
{ Week 1 } 173.5



  1. way to go! and...if you begin exercising and you don't lose immediately remember IT'S OKAY! You're gaining muscle! while i think you're perfect just the way you are, i'm proud of you. now i need some motivation!!!

  2. Thanks Aud!!! I know we've talked about a girls trip to NYC but I'm hoping by the end of this we can pick a more tropical location :)

  3. Hooray for you! The weight loss is awesome, but staying away from chocolate is even a bigger accomplishment in my book.

    I made the mistake of trying to diet too early after my third child was born 4.5 months ago, and almost made my milk supply dry up. So I went to a more moderate diet and I've lost all but 10 lbs. of the pre-pregnancy weight while breastfeeding. However, those last 10 have been hanging around without budging for a full month. My husband is a mixed martial artist who loves to exercise, so two nights ago, I recruited him to help me tone up. I've decided that feeling comfortable in my (too stretchy) skin is more important to me than a number on the scale. And considering I'm so sore from working out that typing this hurts, I obviously have my work cut out for me. Good luck with everything! I'll be rooting for you.

    1. Mixed martial arts? Awesome! That sounds like a great workout. Good luck to you too!

  4. Well done to you, what an inspiration. I am the same weight as you but my 'baby 'is almost 5! I've been following Weight Watchers since January and lots 22 lbs but want to loose way more.

    You don't know me, I work for Samtec in Scotland and met Rick when I visited NA a few years ago . Lovin your blog you just tell it how it is .

    Keep up the good work :-) Paula x

  5. You are so cute :)