I have a confession to make. Even though I’m a dietitian and fitness freak, I’m not perfect. I’ll be the first one to admit that my diet during pregnancy wasn’t the best. In fact, it was far from it. From the very beginning, pretty much any vegetable turned me off with the exception of romaine lettuce, carrots, and a few others. Even then, those vegetables rarely made it to my plate. And what did I crave? Of course I craved everything greasy, cheesy, creamy, and sweet. Things I would consider red light foods. I may have used the excuse that I’m going to get a belly, might as well enjoy it. And I was ok with it.
But enough is enough. It’s time for this momma to get back into it. It’s time to shape up my plate, along with my families and take care of business. I think my husband will be happy since he’s complained a couple of times about the quality of food we’ve been eating and the number of times we eat out. So I’m considering this to be my before. Considering I gained 30lbs during my pregnancy and because of the fluids they pumped into me, I only lost 3lbs when I stepped on the scale six days after she was born. As I write this, my swelling has gone down so I’m sure I’ve lost more, but I’m not about to step on the scale just yet.
I’ve written about before: you’ve got to have plan and SMART goals.
If you don’t have a plan, you plan to fail.
I don’t want to focus on a number on the scale so I’m not going to put a number of pounds to loose. Plus, I don’t like being a slave to my scale. So my goals are going to focus on behavior changes that will lead to weight loss. And since I’ve been on a workout hiatus since a week before Joelle was born, I’m itching to get back into my fitness routine.
Let’s start with recalling what it mean to have a SMART goal. First, the S stands for specific. M is for measurable. A is for achievable. R is realistic and T is time based.
Here are my current goals I’m working towards for the next month (see how I’ve broken them down into time increments? That’s the T in SMART goals). The great thing about this blog is that it will keep me accountable knowing that my goals are out there for you all to know. Also, it’s important to start off slow and choose only a few goals to focus on. This will increase the odds that you will be successful.
- I will include a vegetable, preferably something different, on every dinner plate.
- I will drink a minimum of one glass of water (8 oz or more) during every meal and nursing session to keep my fluid intake up.
- My daily snacks will consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts, or low fat dairy and not chips or sweets.
- I will eat more mindfully. I will eat only enough to fill me up and not eat when I’m not hungry.
All of the goals above adhere to the SMART definition as they are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based.
Let’s talk working out and fitness. I’ve yet to be released back to being physically active (come on, I can teach BodyPump a week after giving birth, right? 🙂 ). These goals are going to be loosely time based and allow me to progress based on how my recovery is going. So far, I’m able to move without any pain however, I’m still taking some pretty good pain killers.
- I will start adding physical activity with walking around my neighborhood (but a 101 degree heat index today made me stay inside all day).
- Once I feel I can return to activity, I will start with working out in my basement with practicing the classes I teach.
- Then, I’ll return to teaching my classes on a regular basis.
I’m thinking more into the future as well when it comes to my fitness goals for the remaining year. By the end of the year:
- I will be back to running 4-6 days a week.
- I will have one race on the schedule for the coming year.
- Keeping my aspirations to be a triathlete in mind, I will begin swimming at least once a week (I might need to hire a coach because I can’t swim to save my life….. that may be a problem).
So here’s my before picture. This was taken today (7/13/15) which is 11 days after giving birth to Joelle (still kinda look pregnant). I’m also taking my measurements of my bust, waist, hips, thighs, and upper arms to keep track of my progress.
What goals do you have for yourself?
We’re more than half way through 2015. Are you still focused on your New Years resolutions?