It seems to be the conundrum of all new moms. Just how am I supposed to work off this baby weight... with a new baby mucking up any sort of schedule?! The whole weight thing has always been a struggle for me. My awesome college body was spectacular- and I miss it- and wish I would have relished in it more instead of constantly aiming for the next size down. Lame.
After the twins I was stressed to the max. I had just recently quit my job. It was my first time staying at home 24/7, and I eat when I'm stressed out. So I ate. A lot. There was nothing else to do really. I was either sitting there feeding for hours on end as one finished, the other was ready, and the cycle seemed to start back up again as soon as it ended. It sucked. I lost a good amount of weight soon after the c-section... I mean c'mon, 12 lbs. of sheer babies, then all the yucky stuff... so it added up. But then I started packing on the pounds and I quickly reached the heaviest I had ever been. (including the twin pregnancy) I kind of just relegated myself to being the fat girl for the rest of my life.
I didn't know how to fix it! Those who are really trying to loose weight, and actually loose it have learned that food isn't really the problem. It's exercise. Without a big dose of movement, your crazy diet isn't going to help that much. So about 2 years after the girls' birth I started a regimen. (with the help and peer pressure of my cousin) I did a Pilates routine during naptime, and I went on jogs with my double jogging stroller. I loved having the girls with me when I "worked out" because it was a great time waster for the mornings, made the day fly by, and everyone involved had a good, relaxing time!
I lost a lot of weight. (of course, being me, I was never satisfied, but whatever. <--- wow, into commas are we?) Then I got pregnant again. Now I'm back to square one. I have lost some- but I've got the paunch. And I'm in semi-fat pants. I need to get back to normal.
The logistics of it all is confusing. I tried to do the walking thing. But my jogging stroller is broken. (don't buy InStep- I am currently harassing them as we speak over this) My triple is too unwieldy to jog/walk with unless absolutely necessary. And I have to strap the boy to my person- which gets hot. Oh, and did I mention the 115 degree heat that is coming in the near future? And I would just go back to Pilates during nap- but I need naptime to fold laundry, try in vain to take a nap of my own, and feed the baby.
So new plan! In the morning before the girls' breakfast, and after Little Man has eaten and is gearing up to take a full-tummy-induced-nap, I break out the yoga mat, flick on the DVD, and I do some pilates. Bunny has been exceptionally interested in this and does it alongside me! Boy, is that girl limber! She can do most of the exercises, and simply has a ball!
She's quite the task-master! She never wants to stop Pilates! (Squirt is kinda sick, but I think she's scared about the whole thing anyway- what a shock) This new system is working out great. I'm a subscriber to doing your exercise with the kids. Naptime is time for rest- not to tone up your abs and get rid of the doughnut butt.
Plus I'm hoping to instill a love of fitness in the kids- a love that I wish I had. I seriously don't understand these people who just love to run, and do triathlons in their spare time. But those people have amazing physiques, and are probably healthier for it. I hope my kids can be like that. (and nothing like me in this regard)