February 6, 2015

Getting Fit: January

Me and My SoldierMan Getting Fit: Finding the Healthier MeWell, the first month of the new year wasn’t bad. Since Southwest broke our stroller, I had to find a new way to get my exercise in than neighborhood walks. So I broke out the old cardio DVDs that served me so well during deployment. And while I am not keeping up the same schedule that I was able to then (mostly because, when you’re Bacheloretting, you can workout at 10:30 at night without any worries about bothering anyone or being seen jumping around the room ;)) I can definitely tell that it’s doing the job, I’m less bloaty, my endurance and heart rate have already improved to the point where I can tell, and pretty sure my butt is already lifting from the squat day. So that’s nice.

And of course, I have renewed motivation ever since learning we’ll be spending this summer, and the next few summers, in Hawaii, the land of year-round shorts and sundresses. I started counting calories for a while, just to establish a baseline. I’m using MyFitnessPal’s calorie counter app on my phone, but instead of going by their recommended amount, I’m using this one instead, which appears to be more accurate. So far it’s been helpful, rather than tedious. The other night, about an hour after dinner, I was STARVING. I checked my log, and I had 500 calories leftover at the end of the day! No wonder I was so hungry!

Things that went well:

  • Cardio 2-3 times a week
  • Sticking within or very close to my calorie goals
  • Pulled on a pair of non-maternity shorts! Couldn’t button them, but still, I couldn’t do that in December. **UPDATE: Yes, at the beginning of January, I could only pull the shorts up over my hips. And technically this is a February “win” but I have to share – today, I was able to button and zip them! YAYYY!!
  • Clothes are fitting more comfortably, which is always nice
  • Almost exclusively drinking water, and morning coffee
  • Until the new tooth began coming, sleeping better. Baby G’s new tooth, that is.

Things to work on:

  • Upping cardio 3-4 times a week.
  • Sticking with the calorie counter. Not a huge challenge, but still important.
  • More water!
  • Stress management. PCSing is stressful, and stress is hard on your arteries. Literally. I need to be more mindful of that.

How did your January goals go?


  1. I think it's great that you are getting into a good routine. I used the myfitness pal app to lose weight and it was amazing. :)

  2. So totally not on the fitness subject, I'm wanting to know more about how the airline broke your stroller, and better yet what exactly did they do about it? I am planning on flying with E over the summer, and one of my biggest concerns is how the airline handles (or manhandles) our carseat and stroller.

    Also, yay for non maternity shorts!…coming from someone who is still choosing to wear maternity jeans four months post partum because it turns out, that elastic waistband is really more comfortable than a zipper and buttons!


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