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My youngest child is 16 1/2 months old. It’s about time I got down to my pre-pregnancy weight. At least, I think I should be able to. I know a lot of women that do. Even after 3 or 4 or more children. Of course, not everyone does or can, but I think in my case, I should be able to. It is mostly laziness and a love of food that has kept it from happening so far.

Every week I will post an update here, probably on Sundays. I will post my weight (first thing in the morning after peeing, before drinking water, without clothes–hey, stop laughing!), my goal for the week, and how I met my goal last week.

So… I stepped on the scales this morning (under above conditions), and I weighed in at 141. [Note about the picture–it’s NOT me, though that was about my weight just before I gave birth 17 months ago!] I weighed 125 on my wedding day, and that is just about ideal for me.

Long term goal: To be able to fit into my wedding dress by my 5th anniversary, August 28. This will only happen if I don’t get pregnant between now and then. Not likely to happen, but anything is possible. If that happens, then my goal will be modified to not gain any more weight from the time I discover I am pregnant until my anniversary. That should be doable; first pregnancy I gained 0 pounds the first trimester, and second one only 2 or 3, I think. To achieve Plan A goal, I must lose about 16 pounds. That is a little over a pound per week.

Short term goal: To be down to 139 by next weigh in. This would normally be the 6th, but that is also D-day (that is, moving day), so if I manage to remember to weigh in first thing in the morning, I will do it. Otherwise, it might be Friday or Monday.

The plan: This plan has two sides: Diet and exercise. In the diet area, these are my goals:

  • Avoid supper as much as possible. If I’m hungry, eat fruit only. This worked well for me before I had kids, and now that I am neither nursing nor pregnant, I should be able to do it again. I just need to get my body used to it.
  • Only eat until I feel satisfied, no matter how good the food tastes or how much (or little) is left over.
  • Have dessert no more than twice a week, and make sure it’s small and healthy.

In the exercise department, here are my goals:

  • Do 2 sets of these exercises 2-3 times this week. The week after we move, I want to go up to the next level and do them at least twice. I’m currently using quart jars full of beans for weights. Don’t laugh! It’s all I’ve got. When I get through the whole 5 or 6 videos, I will start over using probably 5 or 7 lb.
  • After we move, spend 20 minutes 2-3 days per week walking up and down the hill on our property as fast as I can. It’s pretty steep in spots, so I will probably have a hard time with this one. As it gets easier, I will increase the speed and probably the time as well. To make the time pass easier, I will listen to the Desire of Ages on tape. Yeah, I know, nobody listens to cassettes anymore, but I don’t have a portable CD player (yet), and I DO have rechargeable batteries! Plus I like the way this guy narrates! When I finish that, I will probably listen to Pilgrim’s Progress again–also on cassette.

Would you like to join me in this challenge? Post a comment to let me know your goals and plan of attack, and we’ll encourage each other! I’ll try to post an update every week, and then you can post your update as a comment. If you have a blog and want to do a link-up, let me know and I’ll put a link-up thingy at the end of this post. Otherwise we can just do the comment thing. Let me know what you want to do!