Body After Baby Project – Errrr.

Hooooookay. So. Here’s the thing. I’ve done absolutely nothing in the way of lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, etc. I try and eat semi-healthy. But it doesn’t happen. I’m so busy. Having a job, a husband that works, a baby, and ONE CAR is not conducive to weight loss or exercise. If I’m not at work, I’m in the car either dropping him off, picking him up, or transferring Nellie from point A to point B. On days Josh works, we don’t get home until almost 8:00. We have to start Nellie’s bedtime routine ASAP so she doesn’t get in bed too late, which leaves us almost no time to cook. We almost always end up grabbing something quick to eat.

So, I’m saying it. Right now, my head is not into losing the baby weight. I thought that it was, but it’s not. I can’t put forth the effort right now. I am busy enough with working, being a mom, and trying to carve out family time that exercise is just not a priority right now. So I’m shelving my end of the Body After Baby Project – for now. I’m not getting rid of it, or giving it up, but for now I am putting it on the shelf until I can revisit it when I can get my shit together a little bit more, and dedicate actual and real time and effort into making a change.

I apologize to everyone who has been with me for the past 11 or so weeks but I just cannot dedicate myself to this right now. I won’t be making any more Body After Baby posts for a while.. If you’re looking for a bloggy weight loss team to join, check out McFatty Mondays! You can Google it and find the blogs that participate.

I hope you still stop by the ole’ blog from time to time. This is the Body After Baby Project, signing out… for now.

<3

Body After Baby Project: Week 8

I think it’s safe to say that my initial goal of 10 pounds in 10 weeks is a bust. I wanted to be 10 pounds lighter by the end of August and I doubt I’ve even lost one pound. So, it’s time to reassess my goals.

I have been struggling to find time to work out. Since my husband works 12 hour shifts (7 AM to 7 PM), and I am almost always either:

A: Driving him to work, then driving the baby to her Gran’s, then driving myself to work.
B: Putting the baby to sleep
C: Running errands
or
D: Sleeping

Time for exercise is rare. I could sneak in the occasional walk if it weren’t a thousand degrees outside. So I’ve made a few small, attainable goals for myself.

1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
2. Walk at least 20 minutes ONE DAY A WEEK.
3. Stop eating out so much.
And my last one is a big one. It’s huge. It’s gigantic.

4. Get down to a size 14 & BE FIT by Blog Her 2011.

I spent much of my weekend enviously reading my friends’ Tweets from the Blog Her conference in NYC. I found myself sighing longingly, thinking about it, and even dreaming about the damn conference that I wasn’t able to make this year. After reading Tweets and seeing pictures from the Sparklecorn party last night, I made up my mind. I’m going, damnit. Blog Her 2011 is going to be in SAN EFFING DIEGO next year, but that’s not going to stop me. I’m going to start socking money away NOW, and begin looking for a sponsor whom I love and who will love me back NOW. My goal is to look smashing at the cocktail parties next year, and my body is comfortable at a size 14. I also want to be healthy and fit by Blog Her 2011.

So this event is a year away. One year. I can do this.

So what about you, mamas? How is everyone doing? Have you met your goals, had to reassess, or fallen off the wagon completely like me? It’s okay if you have. None of us are perfect, and there is always time to start anew.

Here’s your link-up!

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Body After Baby Project: Week 6


Um.
Yeah.
So.

…………………………………

I think I need to re-assess my original goal because there’s no way I can make it in a safe and healthy way. My original goal was to lose 10 pounds in ten weeks. Well, I’m 6 weeks into the BAB Project and I haven’t lost anything. I am struggling to find time to exercise, and have fallen back into bad eating habits.

HOWEVER, I made better shopping choices this week when I went to the grocery store. So that’s a start. I realize that I need to shift my focus and take even smaller steps than I’d originally planned. I thought that 10 pounds in 10 weeks was an attainable goal and once upon a time, before I was a mother and my life became hectic and busy it would have been. Obviously my steps need to be even smaller. I’m going to re-assess my goals, and will be posting them in next week’s BAB Project post.

You all, on the other hand, are doing marvelously. I do read your posts (even if I’m bad about commenting), and am so proud of all of you for sticking to it where I have not. I’ve felt a lot of guilt about starting a project on my blog, having people join, and then not following through myself. But I am only human and I am in no way, shape, or form perfect. Especially when it comes to weight loss and lifestyle changes. It’s tough, and this is the toughest it’s ever been on me. I’ve lost weight in the past… The first time I slimmed down I dropped almost 40 pounds. So it’s not like I can’t do it, or I don’t realize how. I’m just having a hard time right now and I need to take it slower than I ever thought I’d have to.

So… Next week, I will have new and more attainable goals for myself. Ones that I can actually be proud of keeping, and not keep being ashamed of missing my goal.

Here is your link up for this week’s post. Keep it up, ladies. You are all doing fantastically well!!!

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Body After Baby Project: Week 5


I’m beginning to sound like a broken record with these weekly posts, ya’ll.
“OMG! FAIL!”
“I didn’t work out.”
“Food fail!”

I’m sorry to say this week is more of the same. I just cannot carve out gym time and by the time Nellie’s in bed, I have so many house chores to do or I just want to spend time with Josh then go to bed. There’s hope on the horizon; I’m going to ask my in-laws if we can have the treadmill that’s in their basement that they never use. We’ve already kinda found a place for it.. So I am hopeful about that.

AF is in town so I’m feeling about 20 pounds heavier than I really am… I bet I have not lost a single pound since the inception of the BAB Project, though. You all are doing so amazingly well, and I am proud of all of you! I will drag my big, cellulite-pocked butt back on the bandwagon soon. I will. It’s just hard to juggle aspects of life right now!

Instead of a “progress picture”, here’s an adorable video of my girl being silly. Enjoy it!



And here’s your link up!

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Body After Baby Project: Week 5


I’m beginning to sound like a broken record with these weekly posts, ya’ll.
“OMG! FAIL!”
“I didn’t work out.”
“Food fail!”

I’m sorry to say this week is more of the same. I just cannot carve out gym time and by the time Nellie’s in bed, I have so many house chores to do or I just want to spend time with Josh then go to bed. There’s hope on the horizon; I’m going to ask my in-laws if we can have the treadmill that’s in their basement that they never use. We’ve already kinda found a place for it.. So I am hopeful about that.

AF is in town so I’m feeling about 20 pounds heavier than I really am… I bet I have not lost a single pound since the inception of the BAB Project, though. You all are doing so amazingly well, and I am proud of all of you! I will drag my big, cellulite-pocked butt back on the bandwagon soon. I will. It’s just hard to juggle aspects of life right now!

Instead of a “progress picture”, here’s an adorable video of my girl being silly. Enjoy it!



And here’s your link up!

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Body After Baby Project: Week 4

Alright, BAB Ladies. I’m ashamed. I am ashamed to say that just four weeks into my own project.. I’ve fallen off the bandwagon with a big, fat, thud. I haven’t exercised in about two weeks, and the last few days I’ve been eating way worse than I should be.

But.. I’m going to try harder. I promise. You all are doing so amazingly well, I’ve still been reading your posts and cheering you all on! I admire you all, and I am inspired by you. I should be able to get to the gym Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend and I’m gonna work my fanny off. No pictures for you this week, so here’s a video that will make you think you’re either stoned, or sleep deprived. Which, since we’re all moms, the latter is probably true.

And here’s your link up!

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Body After Baby Project: Week 3


Holy. Fail. Batman. I’m serious. I did not get to the gym ONCE this week. NOT ONCE. I walked a few days, but nothing that can be considered any form of serious exercise. Nutritionally, I’ve done OK. I’m fairly certain I’ve been within my caloric range almost the entire week. Yesterday was the only day that I think I may have gone over… We had a family cookout, naturally and I had a hamburger and a hot dog and a cupcake and.. Er, well. I didn’t gorge myself like I have the tendency to do at cookouts but I definitely made some not-so-great choices.

So, needless to say, once again I have no idea how much I weigh and I’m not so sure I want to know. Obviously I’m going to try harder this week to get to the gym and exercise but sometimes I just cannot get there, or get too busy with the baby… Soooo, I’m going to just have to keep plugging along with my nutrition.

I have no pictures of me this week, so instead, here’s some random pictures of cute stuff.




Link up your week 3 posts here:

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I hope your week went better than mine did!!!

Body After Baby Project: Week 2



Alrighty, so, it’s week 2 and I’ve got to confess: I’ve been a huge exercise failure this week. Nutrition-wise I’ve been very good but exercise.. Well. I’m doing what I feel I can do. It’s difficult, only having one car and a limited amount of days in which I can go to the gym. Also, it’s about 900 degrees outside here so walking outside is a no-go, because I have to take my daughter with me and it’s too hot for her.

I do have an at-home DVD I can do, but I’ve been so tired when I got home from work.. Blah blah, excuses. I got in a REALLY good workout Wednesday at the gym so that’s good. I will say also, I walked quite a bit around the mall on Thursday and had a good 30-45 minutes of pretty heavy… errr.. “physical exertion” with my husband on Friday, if you catch my drift. Saturday and Sunday I walked around the mall again for about an hour each time, so that’s something at least. Sunday night I was going to do my 30 Day Shred but Nellie kept waking up right as I was about to start, so I just ended up doing some crunches.

Normally I hit the gym on Sundays but didn’t make it, so I have no idea how much I weigh right now. But here are my pics:


Start Weight: 198 lbs
Current Weight: ??
Start Waist: 41″
Current Waist: 41″
Goal: 188 lbs by 8/25/10

I’m feeling a little discouraged, because I am not seeing any progress yet. I may have lost a few pounds but I don’t really know, because I haven’t been on a scale yet this week. All I know is that I’m doing what I can do right now.. I need to step up the exercise, but it is very difficult for me right now because I am limited as to when/where I can work out.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Some snacks I’ve enjoyed this week:

  • Grapes
  • Carrots and celery with hummus
  • Low-cal, whole grain wheat wrap with hummus spread & cucumbers
  • 1 piece whole grain bread w/ 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2-3 Twizzlers

Anyone got any healthy and tasty snack ideas?

So.. How ’bout you, mamas? How’d you do this week? Link up your week 2 BAB posts below:

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Body After Baby Project: The Beginning!



Welcome to my first OFFICIAL Body After Baby Post!


What is the Body After Baby Project?

Click here to read all about BAB, and to find out who is participating so you can swing by their blogs and support them!

Okay. So. I’ve been working out for a week, but this is my official ‘start’.
Workouts I’ve Done This Week

  • Treadmill walking/power walking
  • Elliptical

and…

  • Level 1 of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.
    OH. MY. GOD. This program IS SO HARD RIGHT NOW. The day after my first time I thought my thighs were going to spontaneously burst into flames because they burned so badly. The second time was worse. But, I didn’t feel as awful the day AFTER day 2. This is a good workout on the days that I can’t make it to the gym.

Nutritionally, I’ve done GREAT this week. I’ve been using the SparkPeople tracker and have been either under, or within my caloric goal range. YES!!!

So.. Here are my weekly pics.


Weight: 198 lbs
Waist size: 41″
Goal #1: Reach 188 lbs by 8/25/2010
Reward: Pedicure!

BAB Participants

Make sure to add the URL of your BAB post to the link-up below so everyone participating can swing by and cheer you on!

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Dinner last night was slow-cooker salsa chicken courtesy of a Spark recipe. It was amazingly delicious and low fat/calorie but you would NEVER guess that it was. If you want the recipe, e-mail me (see the Contact Me button on my blog’s menu bar) and I’ll send it to you!

Have a great week mamas!!!

Body After Baby Project: Join Me!



Hello there, and Welcome to..

What Is Body After Baby?

The Body After Baby Project began as my own personal resolve to drop the 40+ pounds I gained while pregnant with my daughter. On my first trip back to the gym, I realized that I had almost 50 pounds to lose and I felt very deflated and discouraged. I decided that in order to make myself more accountable for my weight loss, I’d share my experiences here on my blog. I then decided to set small, attainable goals for myself and reward myself with each goal that I reached.

It was after my first post that several bloggy friends of mine asked if Body After Baby Project (or, BAB Project for short) was participation-friendly and I got to thinking… Why not?! Without a real plan, I opened up the BAB Project to my bloggy friends and invited them to join me.

There are no “rules” in the BAB Project, but there are a few friendly suggestions and guidelines.

  • Do your best to make your BAB Project post on Mondays, and when you do make sure you visit my blog and leave me a comment with the location of your post.
  • I encourage progress pictures. Of course, if you are not comfortable with that, it’s fine!
  • SMALL GOALS, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.
  • One of the things I insist is this: When you reach a goal, you MUST reward yourself! I want you to pick something for YOURSELF. Not your partner, not your children.. YOURSELF. You are working hard, and you DESERVE a treat when you reach a goal!
  • SUPPORT EACH OTHER. There’s a link up tool at the bottom of the page with the names of the women who are participating. Stop by other peoples’ blogs and give them a pat on the back on BAB Mondays!

Who Can Join?

Body After Baby is a project for moms. It’s not my intention to single out any women who aren’t yet mothers, or have no intention on becoming mothers at all. I just know that being a mom is hard and really lonely sometimes, and losing weight and getting fit is so much easier with the support of people who are similar to yourselves. So, to my non-mama readers: PLEASE don’t be offended or feel left out, because that’s really not my intention. If you’re not a mama, and want to participate in a weight loss project on a blog, check out Heir to Blair’s McFatty Mondays!

That being said, what kind of moms can join?

ALL MOMS. Whether your child is 6 months, 6 years, or 16 years! If you have experienced a miscarriage/stillbirth/other loss, in my eyes you are still a mother and you are welcome.

What If I Don’t Have a Lot of Weight to Lose?

That’s okay! If you simply want to tone up, or build muscle, that’s absolutely fine! No goal is too big or too small for the BAB Project.

I Need Help Getting Started.

Are you an exercise/fitness newbie? Check out my favorite resource for weight loss: SparkPeople.com. Feel free to friend me when you sign up, my username is karmapearl!

So, are you ready to join? If so, feel free to grab one of the buttons below and paste it to your page!


If you need a smaller button:


When you make your posts, try and include this picture in the beginning:


So everyone knows that you’re participating! Don’t forget to add your name to the link widget below, so you’re part of the list and people can swing by for words of support and encouragement.

Let’s do it, mamas!!!!