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Losing the Baby Weight

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It should have been easy to lose the baby weight. Eat right and exercise. What is so hard about that? But I found myself celebrating my baby’s first birthday and still weighing more than when I became pregnant.

My plan was to get into a consistent work out schedule. But it had been a while since I had been to the gym. I set a realistic goal of going to the gym 2-3 days a week. That was about all I could expect my three kids to tolerate of the gym’s child care. So I started with doing cardio and added some Pilates classes. Then on a Friday afternoon, I gathered my kids and all their gear and jumped into the car to catch a TBC Class.

As I approached the group fitness room, I saw another woman also walking in. She was about my height but she was tan, extremely fit and muscular. Nothing on her body jiggled. I began to panic as I realized that this must be the instructor. That should have been my first “sign” to run the other way.

I looked at her with a weak smile, “Is this the TBC Class?” “Yes, come on in.” She nodded and smiled. She was pleasant. I used to take cardio classes all the time. I told myself that I would be fine. She explained the equipment that we needed to gather for class, 2 sets of weights, a body bar, a step with six risers and a mat. As I began to gather the equipment, I heard another member telling the instructor that after last week’s class, it hurt her to sit down for days. This was just another “sign” that I ignored. “TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING,” the instructor said. “That is what we will work on today. We will do every muscle group-head to toe. Let’s get started!”

We started to warm up by marching in place, lunging side to side and then moved right into the horrible muscle burning exercises. It was 10 minutes into class when I actually wanted to cry. I tried to look around to see if anyone else was having as much difficulty as me but when I took the focus off the repeater knee lift on the step, I nearly tumbled off and twisted my ankle.

It seemed like 2 hours, not 15 minutes, when we were told to “grab a drink.” I ran to my water bottle, unscrewed the cap and began to gulp the icy cold water.

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I not only wish you luck, I'll buy myself a new yoga mat as well. And a swimming cap. I've wanted to do both yoga and swimming at my gym but haven't done so. Thanks for the inspiration!

June 29, 2009 - 9:38am

I also have extra weight to lose, and your description of the TBC class was so perfect that I swear I was almost sweating and needing water just to sit here and read about it. I know that in her mind, that instructor saw you with a lot of respect as the newbie that made it through the class! My only question is, will you go back to her class again? =)

June 29, 2009 - 7:57am
(reply to Diane Porter)

ABSOLUTELY! It will be a good way to see if my endurance is improving. It is easy for me to fall into a "routine" work out. I find myself taking the same classes and not challenging myself with new things. I am trying to step out of my comfort zone. I do the same thing with yoga. I am HORRIBLE at yoga but decided to buy a new mat to force myself to learn something out of my zone. Wish me luck!

June 29, 2009 - 8:29am

Susan-- You are absolutely dead on about losing weight being hard! I am currently 5 months post partum and absolutely determined to lose my baby weight. I started eating right and exercising (I actually purchased the P90X from an infomercial-- I have to say it kicks my butt). I am 3 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and it feels pretty good. I am going to lose an additional 10-15lbs to be at my IDEAL weight, but it definitely helps to see some improvement.

What keeps me going and motivated is that if there are women out there with 2,3,4 children looking like they have none--then I can do it too.
So, continue to exercise and when you feel like throwing a shoe at your instructor, remember your goal!

June 29, 2009 - 5:47am

I struggled to lose weight after having my children too. It was only after I stopped breast feeding did it finally start to come off. I agree, it is hard work! Your instructor sounds tough. :) Good luck Susan.

June 28, 2009 - 12:50pm
(reply to Kellie - My Health Software)

Thanks for your comment! I am weaning my son now and after your comment, am hopeful that by continuing to eat right and exercise, I will start to see some results.

June 28, 2009 - 4:43pm
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