I know some of you are going to hate me for writing this post. Because, I am about to write about trying to lose weight, even though I am “skinny.”
Before I had kids I definitely didn’t need to lose weight and never spent time any time counting calories. I was tall and thin and athletic too. Here’s me on my wedding day:
During my pregnancy I exercised regularly, doing marching band during the entire first trimester, and part of the second, and then walking to campus for the third. The nurses during the C-section remarked that I didn’t have any fat when they cut me open. Indeed, I was all babies:
After delivery I fairly quickly lost most of the weight I had gained, being able to fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothing within about 4 or 5 months postpartum (I think). A huge part of the weight loss was giving birth itself (about 20 lbs on the operating table!), and then nursing twins, as well as the general lack of time to eat; because with two newborns to take care of and naps to take, who has time for food?
But, as we settled into our life in apartments in a big city with no sidewalks/crosswalks and no car during the day, I have found that I sit A LOT during the day. Yes, I chase after kids and toss them around, and yes, I clean dishes and the house, but I sit in-between those things, for long periods of time. The statement many SAHM often make about getting exercise by chasing after their kids around all day is, in fact, a deceitful lie.
Did you know that the amount of hours we spend sitting is a leading contributor of weight gain and its accompanying ailments? Even if you exercise otherwise! And I would have to agree. I don’t eat a very poor diet. And I am decent at stopping when I am full and not over-indulging (though those church functions with their array of desserts are very hard for me to resist!) I don’t eat many fruits or vegetables however. And the result is that I’ve gained about 8-10 lbs over the last year or two.
|See little stomach pudge…|
It’s been a slow and steady, up, up, up! I’m sure some of you think 10 lbs isn’t a big deal, and it’s really not, but should I wait until it is a big deal to do something about it? Should I wait until it’s 20 lbs? 30 lbs? No, I don’t think so. I don’t like having these 10 extra lbs around. I don’t like this pudgy belly of mine, that hangs over my pants a little bit, nor how out-of-shape I feel. I want the body of my pre-motherhood days. (I’d kill for those abs again.) I want to feel good. And I really just don’t like sitting all day. It makes me more lazy-feeling and unmotivated.
I used to always be on the go all the time when I was in school, doing marching band and walking everywhere, and playing Ultimate Frisbee with my friends once a week too! Josh and I got out more and biked or went swimming or whatever too. I miss those days.
But, my life isn’t the same. I have kids, who take naps, who need to be fed (what feels like) every 2-3 hours. And we still don’t have a second car. My options often feel limited.
But, perhaps I do too much “woe-is-me.” I’m sure there have to be people like me who still manage to get out, with their kids, and exercise or sit less, right? I’m hoping that as I spend more time in the kitchen cooking (my new hobby), that I will be off my butt more. I also hope that as summer approaches Josh and I will get out more often too, go biking or swimming or walking. We both greatly enjoy those activities so I hope we will be able to do more of them when school is no longer in session.
I have also been trying to go to the gym in the evenings and work on my diet some too. Let’s hope this will all pay off. My goal is to lose these few extra pounds by the end of the summer. Think I can do it?
Wish me luck! And let me know what you have done to make sure you don’t sit as much!