Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Stretch Mark Saga

Wow. I stink at blogging since Alexa's been born. Oops. My life has been going at 7000 miles an hour that I can hardly find time to sleep, much less blog. I have my priorities, I hope you don't mind. 

Okay, well, for the past month I've had the green light to work out the way I did before I got pregnant. Yay right? Wrong. I really took for granted how strong I was and how much endurance I had. Push-ups were no big deal. Reverse crunches? Easy cheesy. Wanna run three miles? It's chill.

As of late, I'm in the worst shape of my life. I have never been more self-conscious than I am right now. I had gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy, and a ton of the weight came off simply by breastfeeding. That stopped about a month ago. Now, I need to lose 30 pounds to get to my goal weight (that's 10 less than my pre-pregnancy weight) and it's HARD. I've been running. I've been weight lifting. I've been doing Turbo Fire out the wazoo. Visibly, I see no difference except in my legs. Insert sad face here.

Now, it's always been easier for me to tone up my legs because I've been running my entire life. There's a muscle memory there. However, I've never ever had a decent tummy. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted a stomach that stayed flat even when I sat. So far, no dice.

So, here's my solution: 

To take the place of my Maternity Monday segment, I'll be doing a Motivation Monday to tell you how I did the previous week. Since I'm still in pretty lousy shape, I'll start off with a smaller goal of running three to four miles a week. I'll also alternate between doing Turbo Fire videos and Jillian Michaels' "Ripped in 30" to get more cardio and strength training as well. By the end of this, I want to be able to:

  1. Fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans.
  2. Tone my tummy.
  3. Run an entire 5k without stopping.

Whaddya think? Will you help me? Keep me accountable! Yell at me if I don't post and help me to stay motivated to achieve these goals. 

Thanks guys! I promise I'll be way better at blogging from now on. 

Happy Thursday!

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