I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but I've been working on losing some of the baby weight. While I gained 35 lbs with my first pregnancy 6 years ago, this time I gained 50. And my top weight was 188 lbs. Yikes. I'm 5'2.5".
Generally, the first couple of weeks, you can lose 15 to 20 lbs without effort. Then...it becomes more effort. Especially if you are nursing. Sure you are burning more calories, but then again, you are starving.
Four weeks ago, I decided to get cracking. Back in September 2011, I bought an E-book based on a recommendation of a blogger I read called "Fit Yummy Mummy". She'd used it to get fit. Now, she warned folks that the website looks kind of "spammy" (and she's right), but that it's a good program.
I bought the system for $30. I have a thing for different workouts. I have workout DVDs and books and cards. I like variety. I read through the system briefly, started working out using the "beginner" recommendations, and found out I was pregnant 6 weeks later. Um...
So I dusted off my FYM E-book and printed a few more pages. I really like the system because it is balanced and healthy. Her recommendations include diet (eat cleanly, count calories, eat a variety of food types) and exercise. Her exercise plan is 90 minutes per week...total. 15 minutes of high intensity interval training 3x per week and 15 minutes of body strengthening 3x per week.
The system starts easy and gets harder. It's a 16 week program in 4 different phases: introductory, beginner, intermediate, advanced. From a dietary standpoint, each week in Phase 1 you work on a new habit or two. When you have finished all four weeks and move on to the next phase, you repeat these weeks, in case you have slipped.
Each phase also includes it's own set of strengthening exercises and intervals. And might I just say: I hate planks. I have to do planks 3x per week. Ugh.
I started with the introductory workouts because after having a baby, my abs were totally weak, and I had to do planks. I just finished Phase I today.
Here are the results of phase I: I lost 8.4 lbs in four weeks. Yay me! Except for the first few days, I haven't been overly hungry. I am eating 2000 to 2400 calories per day, based on my age, weight, activity level, and the fact that I am nursing.
The diet plan requires you to eat every 3 to 4 hours, so I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, almost religiously. The exercise plan has been great. I haven't followed it exactly, but pretty close. Thursday and Saturday I do intervals and the strengthening workouts. The intervals actually take me 22 minutes with warmup and cooldown. The strengthening workouts take about 15 minutes.
Here's where I deviate a bit. On Tuesday, I do a 40 minute spin class instead of intervals. We do intervals IN the spin class. I squeeze my third strengthening workout in on Wednesday at home. And Sunday, I try to walk or swim, so I get a little extra in.
I have been tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal for the Ipad. My husband has also been tracking his calories, and he's lost 10 lbs.
So...onto phase 2!
The creator of the plan also has DVDs you can buy, and a monthly fee if you want to join her "club" where you get forums and a "workout of the month". You get a free month membership when you buy her Ebook. I never used my membership because of the whole "having a baby" thing last year. I find her DVDs to be a little steep on the price, so I am going to pass on that.
However, I must say that my results are so good that I am FINALLY ready to just cancel my weight watchers on line membership. I did really well on WW in 2002 and then a couple times later to lose the baby weight. I've never actually successfully lost weight any other way. Well, I guess I can't say that now.