Operation: Fit into my pants!
It has been about 17 years since I have posted anything on this site. It’s hard to write about fitness or healthy eating when you are not participating in either. I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy on October 26th. He is now 10 weeks old, happy and healthy. I was fortunate enough to save up 10 weeks of vacation time to spend with my new little love, but now I am back to work. Back to 10 hour days and commutes and traffic and annoying co-workers.
Now for some reason, my boss frowns upon her employees wearing spit-up stained yoga pants to work every day. I feel like they are perfectly acceptable with oversized maternity tank tops and unwashed hair. But because she feels differently and I would like to continue to get a paycheck, I have to cram my belly flaps into dress pants. And wear heels. And wash my hair. The heels and hair situation is under control, but the pants… Those damn pants with their buttons and zippers and non-elastic waistbands are posing a problem. I have lost most of my baby weight but I still have an extra 5 lbs to go and they are all in my waist. Imagine 5 pounds of hamburger meat taped to your midsection. Then add stretch marks. It’s super sexy! I still had a belly flap from my first baby before I got pregnant with my second and now my flap has friends. There is a flap above the original flap and a nice extra layer of fat on top of the flaps. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I tried on some of my work clothes. Um… yeah. Not working out so well. I have about 3 pairs I can cram my gut into and about 5 shirts. I refuse to buy new clothes, so I have a mission.
“Operation Bikini” has turned into “Operation- fit into my pants”. It sounds much less glamorous but it’s a much more realistic goal for me. There may never be another bikini in my future, but there will always need to be pants.
I have given up sugar. I ate pie like it was my job over the holidays. I have started running again. I had issues with knee injuries before I got pregnant and so far, my lack of exercise during my pregnancy seems to have helped that problem. It is frustrating starting from the beginning but I am determined to get back to where I enjoy running again. Right now, it’s mostly just painful. I have a lot of numbness around my c-section scar, a lot of flappy skin and some pulling at my incision site. It just feels weird but I am going to stick with it.
I am running a 10k at the end of March with my best friends. They did not just have a baby in October, so I have a lot of work to do to be able to keep up and not die. I also don’t want to injure either of them with my belly flaps flying around. It could happen. So I want to start doing a lot of races. It motivates me.
Starting in February, I am going to try to do one each month. Squeezing in the training in between everything else will be a challenge. I am going to have to give up a little sleep and baby cuddle time to make it happen. Wish me luck and I will let you know how it’s going.