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Well, after last week’s fiasco of gaining a pound, I’m sure you’re all eager to see where I’m at this week. (By the way, I’ve given up keeping track of the weeks! This would be week 5 or 6 or something, but I’m just not keeping track anymore.)

I shall not disappoint you. I was 138 this morning. I credit this mostly to being more temperate at meals and to not eating anything for supper unless I was truly hungry—and then only eating a little fruit and maybe 1 or 2 slices of toast, not 4 slices! I doubt my cold has contributed in any way; I’ve had too much of an appetite in spite of it.

So let me review my long-term goal:

Get down to 125 by the end of August, and be able to get into my wedding dress for my anniversary.

Hmmm. . . By now August 28 (our anniversary) is less than 2 months away. That is 13 pounds in two months—more than I usually gained during pregnancy (though one month I did gain 14 pounds; that was weird!). I have exactly 7 weeks to get there (of course, you would probably find out on August 29), meaning I must lose about 2 pounds a week to make my goal. Considering my track record so far, that doesn’t seem likely.

However, I think that I can get close. And considering that my wedding dress was not snug when I wore it at about 125 pounds (I was actually trying to gain weight the week before my wedding to fit into it!), I might be able to fit into it well enough at 130 pounds. And 8 pounds in 7 weeks is a reasonable goal.

So here is my revised long-term goal:

Weigh something between 125 and 130 by the end of August so that I can wear my wedding dress on our anniversary.

Another thing I am determined to do is exercise. The huge sewing project I did recently consumed every spare moment, so I didn’t get any exercise done during that time. Then I got sick, so didn’t have any spare energy to exercise! It doesn’t help that there is a tree laying across the driveway (below where we park—it’s not in the cars’ way) that makes it impossible to walk up and down our property like I want to do, and I don’t have a double stroller to take the kids along, and I don’t want to leave them alone, so I’ll just have to do whatever I can do on our property. The good news is that the tree is going to be cut out, so I won’t have any excuses! Though I do need to find a place to exercise in this house. I was going to use the downstairs bedroom, because then I can leave the exercise mat set up, but it’s still got plywood with carpet staples sticking into it, so that’s not an option yet! But I’ll see what I can do.

I’m actually getting excited! I haven’t been able to get below 140 for a long time. I am now only 5 pounds away from my pre-second-pregnancy weight now. I got within 8 pounds of the first one. (Does that make sense? No? Okay, I was 125 when I got pregnant the first time, got down to 133, now I’m down to 138.) I think I can do this!

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