From frumpy to fabulous?

January 28, 2011

It’s that point in winter where I am officially stir-crazy and longing for sunshine.

Combine that with the fact that I still need to lose my baby weight, and the fact that almost nothing in my closet fits or looks cute, and it’s a recipe for me wanting to sit around in my sweats all day and eat Bon-Bons. What are Bon-Bons, anyway? I’ve never had them. Okay, I’ll change that to “sit around in my sweats all day and eat cookies ‘n cream ice cream.”

A couple years ago, I lost 30 pounds. I felt great. I had more energy. I enjoyed shopping for clothes and looking nice. I didn’t cringe when I saw my wedding photos. It was great!

Then I got pregnant. I was almost halfway through my pregnancy before I gained anything (my “morning” sickness actually made me lose weight at first). Then I packed on the pounds. I dropped a fair amount of weight within the first few weeks after G was born. But breastfeeding makes me RAVENOUS. And I’m not always good at making sure I have healthy snacks in the house. Or at making sure I eat proper meals when I’m trying for half the day to get this sassy baby to nap… that means I get too hungry and then eat too much. I actually gained back a little bit of the pregnancy weight that I had lost those first few weeks of G’s life.

Now it’s time to make these changes happen. I don’t want my son to see me as a frumpy housewife with no confidence. I want him to see me as his hip, healthy mother. I want him to know his parents as healthy, active people. I want him to have good eating habits and to see exercise as a normal part of life. But it’s up to me (and his father) to lead by example.

I read two blog posts today that were very inspirational. Both of them are from beautiful blogs that I recommend you check out. First, I read this post over at styleberryBLOG. And then I read this post over at jones design company. (Seriously, though, check these blogs out, they are great!)

Both of those posts were what I needed today, after a tiring week. I’m in a slump. I’m not feeling good about myself. I don’t feel pretty, or sexy, or like leaving the house.

This weekend, I am going to do these things:
1) Purge my closet. I was already going to do this, actually, but now I’m going to be absolutely BRUTAL. Nothing maternity. Nothing that I don’t love, or that isn’t a wardrobe staple.
2) Buy myself something nice to wear, and a cute accessory.
3) Dust off my 30 Day Shred DVD, and put it where I can see it.
4) Go grocery shopping for healthy foods and plenty of quick, healthy snacks to keep me going during the day.
5) Get out my workout clothes.
6) Make a meal plan for dinners for next week.

My goals for each day next week:
1) Wake up each morning before my family.
2) Workout.
3) Shower, put on makeup, and put on a nice outfit.

I don’t want to do anything to compromise my milk supply. I’m not going to do anything drastic. No crash diets. No severe calorie restriction. But I am going to make sure I am eating a lot of real foods. I’m going to be better about meal planning. I’m going to drink more water. I’m going to make time to workout. I’m going to begin making a lifestyle change that I can stick with.

Wish me luck!

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3 Responses to “From frumpy to fabulous?”

  1. Good luck friend!!! I know how hard it is and i can only imagine how hard it will be after i birth this child! I have just gained my first pregnancy pound at 24 weeks woo woo.. but i also know that my insane appetitte will have me packing them on fast if i dont watch out. i do suggest bananas, celery (cut it right when you get home!), pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, trail mix and what other veggies/fruits you like and clean them right when you get home so you can grab a baggy/container and munch on them quickly and it is good for you!

    • Thank you! I like your idea of cutting up the veggies ahead of time. I need to do food prep like that right away, and have veggies ready so I can just grab them and then there’s no excuse. Same with fruit… I got out the fruit bowl and it’s on the counter waiting to be filled with more (there are just apples in it right now). I love fruit and could eat it all day, but I forget about it if it’s buried in the fridge!

      • Yeah, I HAVE to cut it up right when I get home or it wallows in the pits of the fridge! I also will spend the extra bucks to just buy small containers of fruit salad at the grocery store, if it is stuff Anthony doesn’t like. Worth the price to me.

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