Okay, here goes. I’m officially starting my health kickoff for the year! Yes, some of you started at the new year, but as you know, with a baby and working full time, I do get things done, it just takes a lot longer to complete them, or at times, just get them started. I was on a health kick the first two weeks of the year – logging my calories, weighing myself to see if I made any progress, and I even scoped out some local gyms, vowing to devote two workouts a weekend at a gym (since it was impossible on weeknights when I only see Avery for 3 hours as it is). Well, that didn’t happen. Other things take priority and yes, I’d rather get another 30 minutes of sleep in the morning (especially when I rarely get more than 5) instead of getting up to workout. So, my dreams of losing the baby weight Avery left me with was put on hold. Until now…
As of today, we are 40-ish days away from our trip to Costa Rice, for our close friends’ (Hi Mariana & Kris!) wedding. We’ve had this trip planned for over a year now, and what better motivation is there? I have 40 days to get FIT!
How am I going to do it? Well, I’m not going to follow any ‘plan’ or workout to a certain disk serious like ‘P90X’ or ‘Insanity’ . (although I hear they are very effective. I just can’t devote an hour or sometimes even 30 minutes to a workout). I’m just going to eat healthier, and squeeze in as many workouts as I can – without jeopardizing time with Avery, or my sleep.
How am I possibly going to manage that? I work 45-50 hours a week, and when I’m not working, I’m taking care of Avery or household chores. So my first order of business is to get back into running. The weather is finally agreeable where I can take Avery out without bundling him up in a snowsuit like ‘A Christmas Story’ (Brownie points if you get that reference). I used to run in high school and I did a 5K with my Mom a couple years ago. So, my first order of business is to buy this:
Why a jogging stroller? Well, a treadmill would be the most convenient, and I could squeeze in workouts like my girl, RAS, but that’s a little out of budget (I asked Vinay for one for Mother’s Day. He laughed). With a stroller, I can spend time with Avery, he can get fresh air, and I can get a workout! Not a bad deal…
So, what are my goals? I’d like to feel confident enough to wear a bikini on our vacation. No specific weight or inches loss… because muscle weighs more than fat you know 🙂 Wouldn’t it be nice to look like this again?
(Turks & Caicos, Caribbean Cruise 2010)
I’ll write about my progress via a daily log (here), so hopefully that will keep me in check! (I’ve read that just keeping a food log helps you eat healthier because you have to write down what you eat and it helps you think twice about putting something in your mouth) Here’s the kickoff log from yesterday:
Days to go: 39
Sleep: 6 hours (Thanks, Avery 🙂)
Breakfast: Fiber-Plus Granola Bar, Special K Cereal, Earl Grey Tea
Lunch: Leftovers. 1/2 grilled chicken sandwich and rice
Snacks: Banana, Earl Grey Tea, yogurt
Dinner: Taco night. (I was light on the cheese and loaded them with veggies!).
Desert: Tiramisu ice cream? No thank you 🙂 (Vinay will have to finish the Ben&Jerry’s jug alone…)
Workout: Zilch. (I worked 11 hours today – Tuesdays & Thursday will be my ‘rest’ days because I have to work late)
Scale Says: Forgot to check… will have to tomorrow.
Reflections: I’m not really off to a running start, am I? I was good about food today, just couldn’t squeeze in a workout – kinda hard when I’m up at 4 with Avery and don’t get home from work until after 7. Tomorrow is a new day… and I’ll have time to workout when I get home with Avery… maybe a nice brisk walk tomorrow?
Do you have any tips or suggestions to share? How about some quick workouts with a baby in tow? How did you get back in shape after having a baby?
(jogging stroller photo courtesy of newegg.com-they have a great deal, only $100!)