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I’ll be honest. When I started working out earlier this year I wasn’t sure that I’d stick with it. But here I am 11 months later and I’m pleased with my progress. I’m still running, doing yoga and lifting weights. I didn’t lose as much as I wanted but I won’t beat myself up. That will just motivate me for next year. In the interest of full disclosure, and to keep me accountable, I’m posting pictures, weights and measurements.

Starting size Dec 3, 2010

In December of last year, at 178 pounds, I was gaining weight and heading back to my heaviest pregnancy weight.

December 30, 2011 size

Here I am today at 156 pounds. I’m down two dress sizes and 22 pounds. I need to get some calipers or a new scale so I can track my body fat percentage.

Measurements 4/28/11
Bust – 38 in
Waist – 38 in
Hips – 42 in
Thigh – 25 1/3 in
Upper arm – 13 3/4 in
Calf – 14 1/2 in
Waist to Hip Ratio – 0.9

Measurements 12/30/11
Bust – 36 in
Waist – 35 1/2 in
Hips – 41 in
Thigh – 25 in
Upper arm – 12 1/2 in
Calf – 14 1/2 in
Waist to Hip Ratio – 0.87

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“I’m a runner.” I’ve finally been able to admit that to myself. I kept saying that it was just a phase and a way to lose weight. In reality, it is now something that I love. I have days where I don’t want to run, of course, but I feel so much better when I push through.

After the 2011 Semper Fi 5k

I run roughly a 13 minute mile. I’m trying to increase my speed without injuring my knees in the process. In July, I ran the Semper Fi 5k. The Run! Geek! Run! 8k is in two weeks and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah 1/2 marathon is in two months just in time for my birthday. I’m looking for a jogging stroller so I can take Li’l T out while I train. Any recs?

I like to run outside because the treadmill and track are so BORING! I need to have some scenery go by so I can take my mind off of how long I’m running. I told my dad about my runs and he let me know that my mom used to run. I nearly teared up to know that I still have that connection with her.

I was on my grind hitting the treadmill, lifting weights, and doing yoga when it happened. I injured myself. I have overuse injuries in both knees (runner’s knee?) with the right being more sore than the left. For the past week or so my knees have gone through varying degrees of soreness and stiffness. My doctor told me years ago that the popping sound in my knees was caused by having weak muscles around my knees. In my overzealous effort to build muscle and lose weight I didn’t take the time to properly develop those muscles. I increased the weight on the leg press and the speed of the treadmill too quickly. I ignored the weird feelings in my knees and shins. I didn’t stretch properly. Now, the imbalance in knee strength has me taking it very slow. I only walk on the treadmill and I’ve cut out the leg press and calf raises. I’m wearing a compression wrap on my right knee to give it some relief. I know that resting would be the best thing for me but I have to drive to work and chase after Li’l T. The best that I can do it keep my legs elevated when I do get time to sit down and use the heating pad. The pain has lessened and I know that  because it’s the knees it’ll take a while before I feel like myself again. I just have to remain patient and not push myself to soon.

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted any fitness updates. Oh well. This week starts week 9 of getting the pre-pre-baby body back. I say pre-pre-baby because I had some extra pounds when I got pregnant. As of last week, I’m down 10.8 11 pounds and I’m a few pounds away from where I was when I got pregnant. I’m down a dress size and fitting into my old pants again. The weight loss numbers have been lovely but THIS has been the greatest moment. Being able to pull out pants that I’ve had in storage. Donating skinny jeans that now look like baggy jeans. I’m still a work in progress when it comes to my blouses, though. Because of the squishy mommy belly those shirts are tight across the abdomen. I’m not worried because I know it will come.

I’m definitely NOT on a diet. I’m making a lifestyle change when it comes to eating that hopefully will rub off on the kid. We’re eating more homemade food and paying closer attention to serving sizes. More fresh foods and less pre-packaged.

Regimen: If I’m in the office then I’m in the gym at lunch. Cardio: Monday, Thursday. Flow yoga: Tuesday. Full body weight lifting: Wednesday, Friday. Sunday and Saturday are my “rest” days if you don’t count running behind Li’l T. 🙂 On workdays when I’m not in the office, like holidays or vacation days, I need to pull out my DVDs. Preferably, the dance mix or the Firm total body. With the vacation coming up in mid-April, I’ll be doing two a days and abstaining from all alcohol from mid-March until then. I’m planning on wearing a bikini down there and I want to reduce as much bloat as possible. LOL

I haven’t taken any measurements or photos but I’ll start that this week. If you’re a member of SparkPeople, look me up. I’m WaterChylde.


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