Body After Baby Week One

This is the first full week of Body After Baby Challenge!! Are you ready?
Right behind kids and general health issues, fitness is my other interest and something I love.
During college, I worked at two different gyms – at one I worked in the day care, and at the other I (among other things) taught exercise classes! Talk about an awesome job. I got paid to workout! I also worked with many different women, helping them design exercise programs, answer general nutrition/diet questions, and the like.  It was such a fun and rewarding job. This is another reason why I started this challenge. 
I love this stuff.
My personal goals for this challenge are to lose about 15 pounds, keep my snacking under control, and run in another half marathon this fall/winter. My plan is to exercise 5x a week with a focus on my running, eat more salad’s and less crackers (yum!) and focus on being proud of what my body can do. 
Please note that this  challenge is not just about the numbers on the scale. It may be, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Body After Baby is about more than just losing weight. It’s about being healthy for you and your family, feeling good about yourself, being who you want to be, and whatever else you see fit in your personal life. So, no matter what you’re goals are, you can join in. 
As a reminder, every Monday we will “recap.” Share what you want, but consider leaving your progress that you made during the previous week, along with your goals for the current week. I will also post various exercise and diet tips throughout this challenge so keep on the lookout for those. 
Here are a few tips to get us started:
  • Consider taking a “before” picture of yourself.  This can be an excellent motivator! If you do this, I would suggest taking a progress picture every 2-3 weeks. Seeing small results will help keep you motivated! And your “after” picture will be amazing!! 
  • If you are trying to lose weight, weigh yourself no more than once a week. Do it on the same day every week, at the same time. I like to weigh myself every Monday when I first wake up in the morning. 
  • Take one day, and one pound at a time. Don’t feel overwhelmed with how much weight you want to lose. Focus on each day, be in the present moment. 
If you want to participate in this challenge, just leave your link in the comments section for this week’s goals and plan. (Some of you posted on Friday, and that’s great- just leave that link.) Please make sure that the link goes to your actual “Body After Baby” post and please only leave your link if you’re participating in this challenge. 
Let’s make sure we’re visiting each other and helping one another stay motivated and encouraged! 
Samantha from As Time Goes By Designs made me a super cute button which you’ll find on the left sidebar of my blog. If you want to put it on your own blog just grab the code! 
Also- if you need suggestions for a workout routine to do at home, or have any diet or fitness related questions, please don’t hesitate to email me! 
Here’s to a healthy week full of exercising, eating right, and feeling great! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

15 thoughts on “Body After Baby Week One

  1. Good for you! This sounds like a great challenge for women trying to lose weight after having a baby. I wish you all the best in your weight loss goals!

  2. Breeze- I’ve seen your blog, thank you.

    Tracy- awesome, so glad to have you!! If you click on the title of your “body after baby” post it will go to it directly, like- thebeaverfamily.blogspot.com/bodyafterbaby or however you titled it in your post, than you can copy and paste that here. If it doesn’t work,leaving the link you did is just fine! 🙂

    Thanks Cascia!

  3. Your socks are in the mail (have been since Saturday) and they should be there in a couple of days! Let me know when you get them.

    I’m going to try this (typing over a bowl of leftover alfredo). My friend told me about a great workout video for stay at home moms, but she didn’t remember the name. I’m going to try to find out and let you all know.

  4. I am new to your blog.. and I love it!

    I have had 5 pregnancies in the past 5 years, and have two happy healthy sons to show for it.. My youngest just turned 6 months.

    From start to finish I gained around 50lbs during (all) my pregnancies combined. I lost a few lbs after delivering my sons, and in the past two months have lost a further 14lbs. I am still 22lbs over my goal weight and have just (today) started a new challenge at gym to help me lose this weight.

    I have added your button on my blog, and think this is a great idea for all us moms to motivate each other!

    Away baby weight away! I will be hot again! 🙂

    http://ponderingsinsa.blogspot.com/2009/05/body-after-baby.html

    Good Luck to us all!

    Kerren
    South Africa

  5. Are you up with your baby too?

    You already got the socks? No kidding? In two days? That’s awesome. The black ones (which also look great without the ribbon) are the ones I’m calling Samantha, but the pink ones don’t have a name yet, so if you like them better, I can switch the names. That’s fine.

    Do not under any circumstances put them in the washing machine. They will never be the same again, trust me. It’s best if they don’t get dirty, but since that’s not possible, the best luck I’ve had is to hand wash them, being as gentle as possible with the lace. And I know they look inside out, but they make them that way to keep the seam off little toesies. I wish they did that for grown-up socks.

  6. Great tips! I have really been wanting to lose some extra weight as well AND just feel better and more energetic. UGH. After three kids, I feel like I look ok….but ya know, I’m just ready to look AWESOME in a bikini. Yea, I just can’t help but have that dream.

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