I think a lot of women have that one pair of jeans they wish they could fit back into. I happened to find this pair of jeans at my mom’s house when we visited July 4 weekend.
They’re Boyfriend jeans from Gap. I’m not actually sure when the last time I fit into them was. Honestly, it was long before I was pregnant, a few years at least. But these are some seriously comfy jeans … when they fit properly.
I’ve never been one to get super motivated by numbers. Typically when I’ve tried to “lose weight” in the past, I end up getting discouraged after a while when the numbers aren’t going down as quickly as I’d like. I obsess, weigh myself too often and tend to quit when my workouts just don’t seem to be paying off on the scale.
Sure, I have a ballpark figure in mind of what I’d like to lose in the long run. But these pants are a great motivator for me, especially because toning in my hips, thighs and tummy will help me reclaim my pre-pregnancy shape. If you’ve had a child, you know your body is way different after, and it’s hard to get back to somewhat-normal.
Overall, I’m trying to have the outlook that I will not focus on numbers if I can help it. I tend to be able to see a difference in my measurements much more quickly than on the scale anyway, and I can obviously measure the amount of exercise I’m doing and how well I’m eating.
All that being said, I started (re-started after a long hiatus, really) the Couch to 5K program this week. I’d tried it before and actually did run a 5K (using the term “run” loosely there … mostly walked) in February 2010, just a few months before I got pregnant with Noah. The program had already sort of fallen by the wayside, and I kicked it completely to the curb when I got pregnant. I feel like now’s a good time to pick it back up. What I like about it is that it’s progressive. I’m out of shape, so the first week is challenging to me, but it’s not un-doable.
So far I’ve only done one day of it, and it pretty much kicked my butt. I got up early and ran near our house and actually made myself sick, so I’d say maybe I overdid it a bit. I also forgot to stretch before I ran, so I’m mega-sore. I’m hoping to do the C25K workouts 3x a week and mix in some strength training that I can do with Bobby, too.
I’m also trying to do a better job of making healthy food choices. I got into a pretty bad habit while I was pregnant of eating just about anything I wanted. My metabolism was fantastic during pregnancy, and I didn’t gain a lot of weight. But now I need to cut back on the sweets and snacks and focus on fruits and vegetables. It’s not necessarily eating the fruits and veggies that’s a problem; it’s more staying away from cookies and chips and ice cream. One positive step we’ve taken so far is that we are eating out far less. Bobby has really taken the lead in this and is already doing a great job of eating healthier himself. So that helps with the motivation factor, too.
I know it’ll be hard work to get into better shape, but the effort will be so worth it. I’ll be able to enjoy Noah more, and I’ll feel better in general.
Here’s a picture to keep me motivated and accountable:
That’s me currently in “THE Jeans.” Can’t even come close to zipping and buttoning them, and they are about 2″ below my waist line because I had a hard time pulling them over my hips. They are about 2 sizes smaller than the size I’m currently wearing. My plan is to take the same picture again in a month for comparison and monthly subsequently to keep myself motivated.
I’d definitely appreciate any encouragement or accountability anyone wants to provide!