Ok…it’s really more like a five and a half month update :). I’ve taken a little break from blogging this past month, but I’m so happy to be back, and want to update all of you on my progress in the past six weeks….and share LOTS of pictures :).
I have to be honest and admit that I’ve been slacking BIG TIME.
It all began with our family vacation earlier in May to Hilton Head, SC. I mean, I don’t regret cheating on vacation, because I did work so hard up until that point and deserved to stray from my diet and indulge in some great food. My strategy was to be good during the day so I could really enjoy our dinners. I tried to stick with lean protein dishes with vegetables and still stayed away from pasta dishes, but I did have appetizers, bread (I know, I know) red wine, and some delicious ice cream a few nights.
Like I said, I don’t regret one bite of the yummy food on vacation, but the problem was when I came home from SC, it was hard to get back into my clean eating routine. The good news is that I didn’t gain any weight while we were away, but I did feel bloated and pretty gross :(.
However, I was also able to exercise on vacation. A few mornings I got up and out early for a run and did my HIIT workouts outside on the pier watching the big yachts going out for the day. It was so beautiful. Where we stayed had awesome bike trails for miles and miles, so we rented bikes for the week and rode them everywhere. We took them to breakfast, the beach, and even to dinner one night. I can probably attribute all of our bike rides to why I didn’t gain any weight…and the kids loved it too!
When we returned from vacation Daniela was a few days away from turning five months. My weight on that day was 131 pounds, down 40 pounds from date of delivery, one measly pound away from my pre-pregnancy weight, and six pounds away from my goal. Even after my vacation I was able to lose four pounds last month even though I didn’t do as much as I could have. However, I’m still the same weight as of today.
OH…and how can I forget that I FINALLY fit comfortably into my smallest pair of pre-pregnancy jeans!!!! That felt awesome :).
Here are a few more vacation pictures…
It’s so difficult to get a good family photo with a toddler and an infant. We got a few nice shots…just not many all together.
But in reality, most of them looked like this…
Now that my weight is down on the scale, I know I really have to work really hard to sculpt my body the way I really want it to look…now is the time that the number on the scale won’t matter as much as my measurements do, and how my clothes fit.
This past weekend we baptized our beautiful little girl in the church where Phil grew up. We had such a great weekend with our family and friends, and it reminded me how truly blessed we are to have such a loving support system for us and our children. Daniela was such a good girl on her big day.
Here I am getting my girl dressed.
A few shots from the church. How handsome is that boy?!
Here is a shot with us and Daniela’s Godparents, my brother Paul and my sister-in-law, Kim <3
And just a couple more of my girl at her little after party brunch…
We had beautiful weather and the food was awesome…but I ate WAY too including a slice of red velvet cake and my stomach is still mad at me for it.
I’m sharing this because I want everyone to understand that even though I’ve made significant changes in my diet and have stuck with them for the most part, it is okay to have a cheat meal or occasional cheat day. Finding balance is key when you are trying to lose weight, or are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I know I’m not going to eat perfectly every single day and that it’s ok to indulge from time to time so I don’t give up on my goals in the long run.
Now, with that being said, I also know that I really have to buckle down and work extra hard to reach my final goal and sustain it. I get frustrated with myself for not looking exactly how I want to yet, but then I remind myself that I gave birth less than six months ago and I have to be patient and just continue putting the work in and I will get there!
The point I’m trying to make here with my Fit Mama confessional post, is that it’s okay if you fall of the wagon from time to time…but what’s most important is that you get back on.