Saturday, September 19, 2009

Banishing the Baby Belly: Week One.

For the last five and a half months, I've been doing nothing but making excuses for my slightly less than sexy post-pregnancy bod. Excuses like,  I just had a baby. My body's still trying to recover. Plus, I'm tired. And stressed. I don't have time to brush my hair, let alone exercise. And my perennial favorite: I'm focusing on my baby right now. Who cares what I look like?

I care, that's who. Although he'd never admit it, I'm pretty sure my husband does to. After all, he's the one who has to look at me (I know, honey, you think I'm hot no matter how heavy I am, blah, blah, blah).

But you know what? That's not even the point. The point is that I don't feel good at this weight. I don't have as much energy, or as much stamina, as I should. I'm certainly not doing my heart any favors.

And that little girl? The one I've been focusing on 100 percent? Needs a mommy who's a good role model. One who's healthy, and fit, and able to keep up with her. One who's proud of her body, and can teach her to feel good about herself - by providing a good example.

So, I'm done, Internet. Done making excuses. Starting today, I'm getting down to business. I'm going to start taking my Weight Watchers Online membership seriously. Exercising at least three days a week. And  re-developing the healthy habits that help make me feel comfortable in my own skin.

I owe it to myself. And to the baby girl who gave me this belly in the first place.

And, because I can't seem to do anything privately anymore (is blogging an addiction?), I'm going to share the journey with all of you.

I'm not telling you how much I weigh - I'm not feeling that brave. Suffice it to say that I weigh more than my husband does (cringe). And my measurements? Okay, I'm not feeling that brave either. Maybe I'll share those in a couple months - when they're slightly less scary.

Instead, I'm starting another blog, called Banishing the Baby Belly. That's where I'll write about my successes, challenges, and share inspiration (when I find it). And each Saturday, I'll  let you know how much I've lost (both here and there).

If anybody out there wants to join in, I'd be happy to have you. I'm a firm believer that misery shared is slightly less painful than misery borne alone. we go. Wish me luck.


  1. Hey Amber. My third baby is now 2 (the others are 5 and 4) and I finally signed up again for aerobics classes. (I quit when I was pregnant with #3) Not sure why I didn't do it earlier but at least I started back. I honestly don't think I can get back my flat belly without surgical intervention but I have got to lose some damn weight! So I will use your blog to inspire me to keep going to the hellish kickboxing classes. Good luck!

    September 20, 2009 2:46 PM

  2. Amber, I gained 60 pounds with Bea... and I have about 27 more to lose before I am back at my pre-preggo weight.

    Not that my pre-preggo weight was anything to proud of.

    I would love to join you! I am doing weight watchers... again. I've actually just hit the "10 pounds lost!" marker- yahoo!

    SO... I run 2-3 times a week, and teach a weekly spinning class. Yeah, I teach it. I'm kinda cray like that...

    I have a blog I keep about running... well, I used to keep it. It's Writing about it kept me accountable... so I think you're doing a great thing :)

  3. Thanks, ladies. I firmly believe we can do this. It'd be easier if we had trainers and personal chefs and all that like the Hollywood bunch does, but hopefully good old fashioned sweat will work too.

  4. Ooo, ooo, OOO! Me too, me too!!! I'm SO ready to get rid of this body that doesn't belong to me anymore. Today actually starts week 6 for me - eating MUCH healthier and working out with a trainer 3 days/week, the other days by myself. I'm not brave enough to share my stats either. I'll share them when they're not my stats anymore. :o)

    I WILL share that I'm down 15 pounds so far!

    So I say, "Good for you (and me!) for starting on this journey." If you need motivation along the way, I'm here for you!

    P.S. I tried posting this comment on your new blog, but it wouldn't let me. :o( ???


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