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Heavily pregnant.
For the past, oh, 24 months (give or take a few), I've been full of excuses.  Truth is, I was just not motivated.  I was tired, I was busy (read: obsessed) with teaching, and I was content in my condition.  Then I was pregnant, I was swollen and sore, and I was too big to move.  After that, I was stitched up and recovering, I was struggling with the steep learning curve of parenthood, and I was sleep-deprived.

Now? Maybe it was the discovery of my second vagina.  Maybe it's the fact that I've finally learned to sleep when Baby L sleeps, including during her nap times, leaving me with a decent store of energy.  Maybe it's that I finally found my groove as a mom and now is the season of discontent.

Regardless, it's time.

The prodigal exerciser has returned to the gym.

Not that I'm going full bore every day, every week.  No, no, nothing that stupid or obsessive or burnout-worthy.  I'm trying to be moderate, to be reasonable, and I'm trying to ease in so that I don't kill myself or my momentum.   Currently I am going 3-4 times/week, with the goal of going 5 times/week by the end of the month.

In the past, when I've worked out I was extreme.  As in, let's do a 40 minute cardio workout after a full-body weight workout comprised of 3 sets of 2 exercises per muscle group.  It would seriously take more than 1.5 hours to do these workouts, a luxury I was able to afford because I was single at the time.  I would go 6 days a week, even.  It worked in that I lost tons of weight (50 pounds?), but it cost me much of my free time.

Nowadays, I don't have free time.  Instead, I have brief periods (between nursing) of rest when Hubbs takes over for a bit.  This is why I need a more moderate routine, a workout that takes less than an hour and doesn't cut into Baby L's nap time or her feeding time.

So, here's my plan (subject to change depending on how things go in the next few weeks):

Monday: Cardio for 30 minutes + Ab workout (1-2 exercises, 3 sets)
Tuesday: Upper body weight workout (1-2 exercises per muscle group, 3 sets)
Wednesday: Cardio for 30 minutes
Thursday: Lower body weight workout (1-2 exercises per muscle group, 3 sets)
Friday: Cardio for 30 minutes + Ab workout (1-2 exercises, 3 sets)

We'll see what sort of progress I can achieve with this; it's not ideal in that I should probably be doing more cardio, but I figure that as long as I'm nursing, I am also burning a few extra calories each day.  Plus, I'm told that a few pounds do come off once I stop breastfeeding (please let this be true!).

Crawling with Jed on her back
Second vagina aside, I'm not getting all pumped to work out because I hate how I look and am struggling with self-esteem.  That was so last decade ;) Now that I'm in my 30's, I have made peace with my exterior, wrinkles, dimples, rolls and all.  However, I am motivated to work out because I want to have more energy to keep up with my little girl, who is becoming more mobile by the day.  Pretty soon she'll be walking and then running, and fat chance that I will be able to keep up with her energetic little self if I don't start conditioning now.  I am also thinking about Hawaii in January, and I am not keen on having to sport a big tent on my body when I'm on the beach.  I hate heat, and wearing a ton of fabric is not my idea of comfortable when the sun's beating down and it's a balmy 27 Celsius.

My goals?
* Shrink my size
* Reduce my weight
* Lose the fat bags between my thighs (as much as possible)
* Increase my energy levels
* Lose a chin, and get more definition in my chin area
* Wear a ModCloth bathing suit (actually, that's more like my reward, because if I'm dropping that much $ on a suit, I want it to be as an incentive for making some progress)

Dear Booshy has called October Buff-Tober, and is inviting folks to commit to getting healthier for the next 31 days.  I'm game, so count me in, Jessica!


jessicabold said…
Yay, you!! Sorry I'm late posting this but it does seem like we are on the same wavelength a lot!! Blog twins for sure!

So proud of you for hitting the gym and getting back into the groove, which is SO much harder with a much harder....

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