So this afternoon was my first time trying out Pilates. Both Stephen and I made a goal to loose weight this year, we want to feel and be more healthy! I'd like to drop approximately 40lbs. Since high school my weight has yo yo'd putting on and dropping 40-50lbs. give or take during life changes (work, moving, having children) - and as of right now I'm on the "putting on" part of the cycle. It was probably the summer of 2007 the last time I felt good about my weight. I had been nursing James for about 9 months (I was a pro at burning calories by breastfeeding!) and exercising, and for some reason the weight came off pretty easily compared to after I had Madeline. I dropped 50lbs. and was below the weight I was at when I got pregnant with James. Unfortunately I have gained back approx. 40lbs. since then. And this time I don't have breastfeeding on my side to help me burn calories. So I am going to try to workout for at least 40 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Watch my food portions, and try not to eat late. We'll see if these changes bring any results. I uploaded a few fitness videos to our Netflix queue and tried Pilates. I liked it! Even though I couldn't hold half the positions. But I tried, and my muscles responded by shaking and being sore afterwards. James and Madeline were totally curious and joining me. Madeline telling me, "Mom you are already looking skinnier to me!". "Thanks babe but it doesn't happen that fast." She then tells me, "But Mommy you can't get rid of your fat around your tummy, because that is from when James and I were in your tummy, and that is love." Sweet huh. And although I don't mind some of my motherhood scars - fat is one I do mind and rather get rid of! Below I uploaded some eGo photos to remember that I can do this and be at that weight again. Madeline liked looking at the old photos of mama and dada.
4 years ago - summer of 2007 at our cousin's wedding in Iowa.
10 years ago, Christmas 2001 I believe - before I had children.
14 years ago, Valentines 1997 I believe. Madeline said, "Wow you guys look different, Dada has rock star hair and his eyebrows are bigger." LOL
So wish us luck, send your encouragement - we can use it!