I’m now into month #7 of my documented well being journey.
The quick summary is that I achieved my goal of losing my baby weight before I went on an overseas holiday in mid-June.
I gave myself 6 months to achieve this and I’m proud to say I lost more then I originally targeted.
How did I do it?
Well, you are welcome to review how I went about it all below.
Despite all the ups and downs I want to reaffirm my primary goal which is:
To track my weight loss as I maintain breastfeeding for my newborn son Ky for over 12 months
Originally, I made the goal to lose weight down to my ‘best self’ which was 69 kgs from 95kgs after having baby no.2 Jan 2018. (I documented my weight loss after baby no.1 in 2015. Read about it here.)
About 4 months into this recent journey I realised that it will take more time to lose the weight to 69kgs and so I made the adjustment and targeted my pre-baby weight of 75kgs.
I managed to weight 73.9kgs just before my trip to Thailand. YAY 😉
So now what?
Well, I’ve set another goal.
To fit into a size 10 dress by Christmas 2018
What’s the latest?
Well… I can tell you we had a BLAST in Thailand with family and friends.
Almost 20 of us went.
We survived the 9 hour flight which I wrote about last week.
Ate to our hearts content – seafood, pad thai, fresh fruit, hot buffet breakfast, crepes, sweets and all types of drinks 🙂
The only bit of exercise I did was walking around the markets and swimming in the pool 😉
I put on some naughty weight.
So it’s back on the bike for me, returning to my usual daily structure and building back into my normal routine and positive habits.
My Top 3 Things To Report
- Stress levels
- Back on the grind
- Time out?
1. Stress levels
Our little son is now a little over 6 months old and has 2 little teeth popping through the gums.
As a result he’s really irritable at night and with the help of some child friendly Nurofen and Bonjela he’s found a little bit of relief at night time.
During the day he is like a little joey in the kangaroo pouch.
As soon as I get him down for some tummy time or set him down to do some things around the house – he starts crying.
It’s not one of those ‘cute’ baby cries either… it’s like a firetruck siren.
It’s loud to begin with then it rises and falls depending on how much attention he gets.
I swear this little guy knows how to press my buttons 😉
So on top of his teething issues we have also had some additional challenges like travelling overseas and moving house.
As a result I’ve been incredibly stressed and I feel it’s affected my supply of breast milk.
I know our established routine will help me ‘de-stress’ once I get everything up and running at home.
Once I have all that under control then the stress will go 🙂
2. Back on the grind
To be honest I wasn’t too naughty while being overseas.
Although I enjoyed myself I didn’t over eat (too much), only had 1-2 alcoholic drinks and kept meals light at dinner time.
But now that I’m back and settling into the new house I’m looking to get back into routine.
So it’s back on the grind now.
I’m currently hovering around 74kgs and my target is to lose 5kgs over the next 5 months from size 14 to size 10.
I have found that the ‘easy’ part was losing the baby weight.
I’m in the ‘hard’ part of my weight loss which is shrinking down from my ‘stable’ pre-baby weight.
I have found it takes a lot more determination and discipline to lose weight here so I have given myself another 5 months to lose 5kgs.
But any progress is better then no progress.
I’ve returned to my normal routine of weighing myself in the morning and stuck to my program of eating during an 8 hour window and practicing intermittent fasting. (If you’re not sure what fasting is about check out my summary here.)
The thing I need to improve on is the regular exercise.
Right now I try and compliment my eating regime with a short high intensity interval training program (HIIT) consisting of sit to stand squats off a chair, wall push ups and step up and step downs.
I spend one minute at each exercise and complete the circuit three times. It only takes 9-10 minutes and I’m done. I also work at a high intensity (80% max.) so you should feel your heart beating out your chest and your breathing gets quite heavy. Now you’re working!
Once Ky get’s a little older I’ll be looking to start some strengthening work to tone up 😉
3. Time out?
I’m a really big believer in trying to manage your day effectively so you can carve out some “ME TIME”.
In the morning breakfast is organised by my husband Leki.
We prepare the kids for what lies ahead before he’s off to work.
When I’m by myself it’s all hands on deck for the next 8 hours.
Eme doesn’t nap during the day anymore and she’s only got 2-3 things to attend throughout the week.
So there’s a lot of down time. A LOT OF DOWN TIME.
There’s plenty to do – it’s full time work.
But I’m not complaining. I actually enjoy it.
It just takes a lot of effort to plan the day for myself, my newborn Ky and the active 3yo Eme.
So as a family we’ve stated that we tend to commit to regular short ‘mini-breaks’. I wrote about it here.
It gives you a little bit of pleasure knowing that while you’re working hard – at home or at the office – coming soon you have a short trip planned to relieve some pressure!
So we have pre-planned a couple of small trips in August and September plus our annual Christmas getaway with Leki’s family is being organised now.
We are also planning a little caravan trip probably Easter next year for maybe a week. More on that later 😉
How bad am I?
I just got back from a holiday and I’m already planning the next one(s).
It makes us happy 🙂