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How I lost the baby weight, mostly…

During my pregnancy, I gained 45 pounds. On my 125lb frame, that was a lot of weight. Granted, I had a pretty big baby, but once I had Sam, I had quite a bit of weight to lose.

All my life, I’ve always been skinny. Too skinny. Getting bigger during my pregnancy, I realized how much better I felt, with a little more meat on my bones. So when I gave birth, I told myself that I wanted to lose most of the weight, just not all of it.

pregnancy photo

Because I had a very difficult birth, I couldn’t do anything for almost of 5 months after Sam came. For the best of 2 months, I could barely sit down, let alone exercise. So coming up with a workout or weight loss plan was pretty challenging.

In the beginning, I started out slow. When soring came and Sam was 5 months old, I started taking a walk with him around the neighbourood every day for 45 minutes. After a trip to France where I swam in my parents’ pool a bit, I realized I was well enough to step it up. At that point, Sam was on a pretty rigourous napping schedule. Every morning, around 9:30 a.m., I would put him down for an hour or two. That was my designated workout time. Every day of the week, I ran. I started at 15 minutes. Then 30. And by the time I went back to work, 10 months postpartum I was running for an hour straight. I took it one day at a time, and was really happy with my progress. Of course, after I went back to work, I stopped running completely, but that is a story for another day.

In terms of a diet, I didn’t do anything drastic. Everything in moderation. I stopped snacking between meals, cut out desert, except for yogourt and fruit. That was it. I don’t really believe in drastic dieting. I think that all you need is to eat a good diet and exercise.

In the end, I lost 35 pounds. I’m still a bit bigger than I used to be, I still have a stomach pouch, but I’m happy with my weight, and comfortable with myself and my body for the first time in a long time. In the end, that was the most important thing for me. Weight is just a number, it’s how you feel about yourself that matters.

training

I did it!

So after all these months of talking about it, I finally did it! This morning, I completed my first half-marathon in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 10.7 minutes. I was able to stick ti my 4:1 intervals the whole time, no longer walking breaks, which I didn’t think I would be able to do. I guess adrenaline had a lot to play in that.

Next year, I am thinking I may do a half-marathon again, but in 10:1 intervals. I don’t know if I’d be ready to just run the whole thing. We’ll see. For now, rest!

training

Half-marathon training, kind of…

Can I really call it half-marathon training if I run only twice a week? Not sure. I feel a little burnt out and although I am stressed that the half-marathon is in 2 weeks, I’m also glad it is almost over and I’ll be able to go back to a normal running routine.

So…
Time run : 30 minutes (4:1 intervals) – I am exhausted! Couldn’t run any longer. I am so sleepy that it was painful…
Distance run : 3.4 kilometres