Up until doing IVF with Emma, I was pretty thin. I was very conscious of my eating, I ran 5 miles at least 5 days a week, and I took a regular pilates class. I even did pilates and continued to run past 30 weeks pregnant, until the doctor forced me to stop because I had a low amniotic fluid level.
I was finally able to lose all but about 5 pounds of the Emma-related weight and then...I got pregnant with Kate! I exercised up until about 20 weeks with Kate, but my hips and back hurt way more than they did with Emma. So I stopped.
At my heaviest with Kate, I was a good 40 pounds more than my pre-Emma weight. Since giving birth to Kate, I've lost about 15 pounds, still making me a good 25 pounds more than I wanted to be.
I'm kind of lucky because I'm tall and no one really notices the extra weight on me. But I sure do!
And now I've had enough! I am back to running at least 4 days a week (though, admittedly, more like 3 miles at a time, not 5). I've already run 2 races since March. And I'm signed up for a 1/2 marathon in September.
AND I've signed up for Weight Watchers.
Since having kids, I've totally stopped paying attention to what I eat. If I'm hungry and something sounds good to me, I eat it. It has to stop! What I like about Weight Watchers - I'm just doing the online points tracking, where each food has a certain number of points and you get a set amount of points a day - is that I'm back to paying attention to what I'm eating. And since fruit and veggies have ZERO points, I'm eating so much better.
I've been on it now for 2 weeks and I've lost 5 pounds. Not bad. My goal is to lose 15-18 more. I'll keep you posted.