A couple of weeks ago, my weight loss came to a standstill - just 8 pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. I haven't been working out and I just assumed that i would drop the pounds easily and naturally with breastfeeding as I had the first time around. I came to the realization that with my second child, my body just wasn't going to snap back to normal on its own. So, with the blessing of my doctor, I started to work out.
I stepped into the gym for the first time in a year, wearing guilt on my back and a self-conscious look on my face. Just 5 minutes on the elliptical machine (Level 1 mind you) and I was already out of breath. MAN I AM OUT OF SHAPE!!! Ok, so the key is to keep going because it gets easier right? On day 2, I pushed myself out of the house and to the gym again and sure enough, it took me 10 minutes to get out of breath. Day 3 - even easier! But there is just one problem. I HATE WORKING OUT. By the third day, I was already bored and I definitely needed something to keep me motivated. I considered getting a personal trainer, but with the ridiculously expensive cost involved, I've decided to do as much as I can on my own and maybe consider a trainer once I hit a plateau in my weight loss. So what do I do to keep on going? I just need to vary the activities that I do. I go for a brisk walk (at least 2 miles) on sunny days, do squats while holding the baby, and sit ups and pilates while watching watching tv. I also have a great workout music playlist on my ipod which makes it bearable while on the exercising machines.
Well - my hard work has paid off. In 2 weeks, I've lost 5 pounds and started my weight loss again. Hopefully I can keep this up until I hit my goal, and maybe even surpass it. For those that are interested, here is a list of a few of the songs on my workout playlist:
1. Apple Bottom Jeans - T Pain
2. Good Vibrations - Marky Mark
3. Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake
4. Hey Baby - DJ Otzi
5. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna
6. La Camisa Negra - Juanes
7. Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
8. La Duena del Swing - Los Hermanos Rosario
9. The Way I Are - Timbaland