Stubborn Seven

7 lbs from now, I will be back in to my normal pre-baby weight range.  Now I know not all of you recently had a baby, but I have talked to and worked with many people who still have that extra baby weight on (even though their kids are heading off to college).  To be honest with you, the number isn’t that important to me.  I care more about fitting into my clothes, feeling strong and fit, and taking proper care of my body so Noah has a healthy example to look up to.

That being said, if I keep a mere 5 lbs on with each pregnancy that I have in the future, the numbers add up and I would slowly be moving toward the category that most of our country is in: overweight.  So here I will share with you my strategy to fight against those stubborn 7 pounds.  It’s simple, really.  I studied exercise science for 4 years in college, but there is nothing complex about the fact that to lose weight, you need to eat well and exercise more.  The problem is that most people only focus on their “diet”.  Without exercise, those pounds will creep right back on once their diet is over because they are losing water and muscle along with their fat.  However, gaining muscle will help the changes be more permanent.  The American Council on Exercise states:

Normally, only about 5% of dieters are successful in keeping weight off, and weight cycling is very common. Usually one-third of weight lost is regained within one year and almost all is regained within three to five years.”   

My plan includes conscious eating, exercise, and accountability.  I have a nutritionist helping me with my eating (which I will talk more about in a later post), and I am moving more throughout my day, taking some time to build back lost muscle.  Being social with my “exercise” helps me have fun while I do it and also keeps me accountable.  And, you all are my accountability as well:-)