It’s the beginning of a new year, and many people are making resolutions or setting goals for losing weight and getting in shape this year. Myself included. Last year I was pregnant with baby #3 when the new year rolled over, and I liked that because I didn’t have to make a goal of losing weight last year, I only had to worry about growing a healthy baby inside my growing body!
But, this year is a different story. Now that Blair is seven months old and I still look a little bit pregnant, can’t fit into any of my pre-pregnancy jeans, and am still holding on to about 15 lbs of extra baby weight. I’ve decided that I need to make getting back into shape, and losing the rest of the baby weight, more of a priority this year. I definitely am not having as easy of a time taking off the weight they way I did after my second baby was born!
Also, through Positively Real Media, (a great group of Christian natural living bloggers that I’m a part of), I am getting to know Beth Learn and her online fitness program, Fit2B. Through Beth and Fit2B, I am learning about diastasis recti, which is a gap between the abdominal muscles often cause by pregnancy.
I knew that I had a gap that started with my first pregnancy, but I always thought that it would just kind of go back together on it’s own, and didn’t realize that it is actually a pretty serious abdominal injury that can cause other issues, like lower back pain, something that’s always been a problem for me. At the beginning of December, I officially checked myself for a diastasis, and found that I do have about a two finger width, shallow diastasis, so I knew that I needed to make the effort to close the gap, and heal my abdominal muscles.
Also, my younger sister and I have decided to run a half-marathon together in June. I’ve always enjoyed running, and have run several 5K’s and one 10K, but this will be the farthest that I’ve ever run. My sister is in excellent shape after running the Chicago marathon this fall, so I know I’m going to have to work hard to keep up with her during the half-marathon!
So, for all of these reasons, I’m setting up a Fitness Challenge here on Live Renewed for the next eight weeks, and I really hope that you will join with me! It’s not going to be anything specific, like you have to work out so many times per week, or anything like that. But I just wanted a place where I could share my fitness goals, and a way to help keep myself accountable, and I thought my journey could be an encouragement to others as well.
I’ll be checking in each Monday to let you know how I’m doing with my fitness goals, and to hear how you all are doing with yours. I’ll also post a picture each week, (Yikes!) and hopefully those pictures will show a shrinking belly as I work to heal my diastasis. Over on my Facebook page, I’ll be offering encouragement and check-ins throughout the week, for those of you who want to join in the challenge, so make sure you “Like” Live Renewed over there to follow along.
I want my goals to be specific in regards to how often I want to work out, but not in regards to how many pounds or inches I want to lose. I want to set myself up for success in reaching my goals.
Here are my goals for the next eight weeks of the Fitness Challenge:
• Workout 3x per week – hopefully running 2x and a yoga or workout DVD on the other day, weather permitting.
• Be able to run 3 miles, 3x per week, and 4 miles on the weekend by the end of the challenge, beginning of March, to start the half-marathon training schedule.
• Make major progress on healing my diastasis, and lose inches off my waist, by working through the videos on Fit2B six days a week.
• Lose at least 5-10 lbs.
• Fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans by the end of the challenge.
Each week I’ll be posting my measurements and weight, along with a picture so I can track my progress. This is where it gets REAL!
I figure a photo of me like this can’t really be flattering, so here it goes:
• Weight: 164 lbs.
• Waist at Belly Button: 39″
I’d love to have you join with me for this fitness challenge! All you have to do is write down your own fitness goals for the next eight weeks and decide on a way to track your progress. Then share your goals with us here in the comments, or blog about them and leave us a link to your blog. We can check in with each other, and encourage one another, throughout the week on Facebook, and share our progress back here every Monday.
I’m excited to see what the next eight weeks will bring as I embark on this Fitness Challenge and can’t wait to hear about your goals and see your progress!
Did you set a goal to get in shape or lose weight this New Year? Will you join in the Fitness Challenge with me? What are your fitness goals and how will your track your progress?
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*Disclosure – I received a 3 month membership to Fit2B to review the program as a part of this fitness challenge, but my opinions are always my own.