Thursday, July 14, 2011

Making good decisions...

I loved being pregnant and I love being a mom.  As much as I love my children, the damage they did to my body needs to be fixed :-).  After I had Addison and shed most of my pregnancy weight quickly, I became very involved with the everyday joys of being a parent - not at all involved with taking care of myself (BAD DECISION), and let that extra 15 pounds stay on for over a year.  I kicked it into gear and got down to my pre-pregnancy weight, but then the talks of baby #2 began.  I was going to be pregnant in a few months anyway, so why not enjoy a few chesseburgers right now, right??  BAD DECISION!  I ended up gaining quite a few pounds before even getting pregnant with the little man.  Again, I dropped most of my pregnancy weight fairly quickly, but still held on to that last 15.  But now the problem was that I had even more to lose because I made too many BAD DECISIONS before getting pregnant the second time.  I managed to get down to my pre-AJ weight, and that leads me to the GOOD DECISION making time!

2 weeks ago from yesterday I decided to make GOOD DECISIONS regarding my weight-loss and fitness.  I didn't want to make excuses anymore - and believe me, there were lots...
  • I have two kids, so there's no time to work out
  • I work full time and have two kids, so there's no time to work out
  • I will start next Monday
  • I'm too tired
The list went on and on.  I finally just told myself that I was tired of making excuses and I needed to make a change.  So two weeks ago from yesterday, I made the decision to lose 20 pounds by October 29 - AJ's first birthday!  That weight will actually put me back at my pre-Addi weight.  On top of eating healthy and small portions throughout the day, below are a few more rules I made for myself during these 4 months:
  • No fried foods (that means no buffalo wings or fries and I was pretty sad about that one)
  • 3 diet pops a week (I found that I was replacing water with pop and it just wasn't healthy)
  • Workout 6 days/week for at least 20 minutes each workout
To hold myself accountable, I'm sharing this with all of you!  I've got a great support system behind me - thanks Aaron for making me get up and run, and thanks Brandi for all the encouragement!  I intended to send Brandi weekly progress reports, but it's turned into daily :-).  I'm finishing up week two and feel great - the workouts have been fun and I'm working hard at making good food choices.  Check out my weight-loss status at the top of the blog to keep up to date on my progress!

Wish me luck on my journey to make GOOD DECISIONS!!


Anonymous said...

Hey, any time you have a weak moment call me! I am your girl!! I wish you were in the same town and I could drag you on my runs with me!! You will do it!! ~ Brandi

Bridget said...

You'll be great Jenny-jenny! I know you can do it! Call me anytime you want to make a bad decision and i'll be there :) Bridget

Anonymous said...

Jenny, you are doing great & looking awesome! Just reading your latest blog post encourages me to keep it up too!
See you tonight! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks ladies - you are all VERY encouraging!!


Kim @ The Gab said...

Awesome Jenny! Good for you. All it takes is making those good decisions over time. It'll pay off for sure.

Anonymous said...

Wow Jenny, you are very inspiring! I'm having a challenging time without my gym. I guess I had better get serious too. Thanks for the encouragement! You are amazing and I know you will meet your goal. Looking forward to seeing you next week. :)