So, I had a baby recently (in case you didn't know already) and I am now in the, "Okay, I really need to get rid of this extra weight" stage. For those of you who haven't had a baby recently, there are several stages that you go through after delivering:
- Right after the baby is born - "I thought I just delivered! Why do I look like I am six months pregnant!"
- The first six weeks after the baby is born - "I can't wait until I can start exercising, it will be such a relief to get this weight off. I want to fit into my clothes again. When will the six weeks be up?" (You aren't supposed to exercise during the first six weeks after the baby is born to give your body time to heal.)
- Seven weeks - "Now I can exercise, let's do it."
- Seven weeks and two days - "Exercise? Who has the time or energy to exercise?"
- Four months later - "Okay, I really need to get rid of this extra weight."
- Four months and one week - "What's a few extra pounds among friends?"
In my self-improvement kick that I am on, I decided to do more than the usual vague commitment to exercising. I consulted my personal trainer (John) who recommended that I come up with a plan. And, I have obviously been listening at least some of the time when John has talked about exercise, because he approved my plan on the first go-round. My favorite part about the plan is that it doesn't require a gym. I am not a gym person. I always feel like anyone could look at me and tell I have NO CLUE what i am doing, even when I do. Plans that involve a gym never work for me.
So, now I have a plan, and this is my third day in a row of exercise. In a month from now, follow up with me and I will tell you what an amazing plan it is, and that I have seen such dramatic improvements that I will be marketing it next fall. Of course, the real test will come the first week of June when my 19-pounds-in-19-weeks plan comes to the real test. June is 19 weeks away, right?