I enjoyed a good year and a half or so of not worrying about my weight. It took about 8 months to lose my baby weight, but since then I have put it all back on again. I am now at the same weight I was back a few years ago, when I joined Weight Watchers and ended up losing 20 lbs before getting pregnant.
Weight Watchers was really good for me, but this time I decided to try and go the “I need to exercise more” route. After getting back from our trip, I decided to join a gym. The local YMCA offered the best solution – child care, a swimming pool, as well as (of course) fitness equipment. They have a lot of free classes and also paid classes.
Inspired by Beth and Becky and their marathon training, I have wanted to have a goal to strive for. Running by itself doesn’t interest me very much, but the thought of doing a triathlon is very exciting! I love to swim, and I like to run and bike. Training for a triathlon gives me the variety I crave.
I am not sure I’ll be able to do a triathlon any time soon, as they are mostly held during the summers. I decided I would start with just running and swimming for now, and try to train as if I am going to do one. It’s exciting to be working for something other than pounds.
Today I met with the fitness coach who showed me how to use the machines and set me up with a schedule for strength training (weights). I am sooo out of shape, and when doing the leg machines I had to put the weights to the sissy ones. But when it came to arms, I was able to put the weights heavier. I guess carrying around a 20 pound baby all the time has its advantages!
I look forward to getting back in shape, and also to swimming again! I hope to go swimming tomorrow, but I might take a day off first. I ran for 25 minutes yesterday, and did the strength training today… I’m exhausted!