Because I’m a chunker.

No matter how much I’d like to say that eating and sitting around makes your thighs look incredible, I can’t. :( So after jumping on the scale last week to a shocker and a good cry, I pledged to do something about it. For reals.

2 years ago, almost to the day, I went on Weight Watchers before I was pregnant and in 3 months lost 15lbs. So this time I did it again, because I know it works. But not just Weight Watchers, because that isn’t enough. I still feel like crap and the weight loss is much slower.

I had to get moving.

I take Bella on walks and to the park, but I mean really moving. Which I HATE. I can’t stand when I am sweaty or winded with that horrid sharp pain in my throat, when I can’t breathe or it feels like I might die from the ache in my side. HATE HATE HATE.

But – I hate how I look more right now.

Surprisingly, on one of my playdates a mom mentioned doing the C25k (Couch to 5k) program. I dislike running, but I’ve always had the urge to be one of those people that can just run forever. So I told her I’d be interested in joining up, and I did my first one on Friday.

Oh my.

I really thought I was going to pass out. I mean, it’s only 60 seconds of running, then 90 of walking for 20 minutes, but it was like torture. By the third run I thought I was going to hurl.

(Keep in mind I was pushing a stroller – not that it makes it much more acceptable but a little)

Jogging with Bella is a pain. She won’t wear sunglasses and tears off hats. The sun visor on my Jeep jogger is to short to cover her eyes from the sun. So for part of the walk I always have to stop and try to figure out how to keep the sun out of her eyes. I put a blanket over the top that hangs down but she pulls it off and it looks stupid.

But I’ve kept at it. And for the days I’m not doing it, I either walk briskly for about 45 minutes or do yoga for 30. We are all planning on doing the Jingle Bell 5k in our area in December, so hopefully I’ll be at least able to finish it. :/

I’m really sticking to my points, I actually have fun doing it. I plan all our meals and cook them, so now instead of using Allrecipes (hello butter and cheese) for weekly meal planning, I look the same ones up on and see what changes I need to make.

I’m also going to be doing a page called “WW Recipe of the Week” where I share what I made, pics, tricks to get it down in points without sacrificing taste, and any other info along with the points value of it. It’ll be updated when I cook something, get photos, and it turns out good – something everyone would eat.

I weigh in Saturday. If it’s awesome I’ll post it. If not, you won’t get a post because I’ll be busy rocking and soothing in a corner. ::fingers crossed::


  1. says

    I’ve been contemplating the C25K program myself. And pushing a stroller?? So.much.harder. When Violet was little I ran/jogged with a friend, sans Violet, and did a 5k. Then one day I took Violet along. I was all, “psshh, no problem. ” Then I started moving and was all, “gaaaaahhhhh.” and a hot mess. So give yourself more credit and a bigger pat on the back!

    • says

      I’ve been told doing jogging (heck, walking) with a stroller is harder than alone. I thought it might be easier because you have something to lean on when you get tired, lol.

  2. says

    Good luck! I ran on my treadmill for 6 months and while I liked it I have a motivation problem. Looking fat just isnt enough. I can eat well and loose, but I HATE working out of any kind. I really want to do C25K sometime though. Maybe after this baby is born. :)

    • says

      So excited fo you. :) For the baby, not for working out lol. Yeah, if the weight would come off as fast just by dieting I’d stick with it.

  3. says

    I just began a beginners 5k program too. I’ve already lost 45 lbs by eating healthier, but I need more! I’ve still got about 40 more pounds to lose. Keep going! I’m proud of you for taking control of your health. Good luck!

      • says

        Thanks! It’s really tough because my husband has lost 100 pounds since last Christmas and has WAY more will power than I do. And he’s running a lot more than I am. But I am home with our 3 year old all day, every day, and sometimes I just need some chocolate, ya know?

  4. says

    I was on my way to losing a ton of weight with Stroller Strides – which is basically walking while pushing a stroller with the occasionally stop to do wall push ups and tricep dips – until I got pregnant again. And I’m really really dreading doing it ALL AGAIN. I’d love to get recipe ideas from you, since that seems to be my biggest struggle – I just LOVE FOOD way too much.

    • says

      I’m excited to do a recipe each week, I have to remember to get pics because the only way I chose a recipe is if I can see it first.

      I should look into stroller strides here.

  5. Jen says

    The hardest part is getting started, and at least you enjoy the process of dieting. I eat well and make healthy meals all the time when my husband is overseas. I swear, when he comes back, I gain about 5-10 pounds in 2 weeks!! Maybe it’s because he’s so willing to go get food for me and the kids, which is a big hassle when it’s just me. Like now. He’s getting Red Robin. And I can feel my thighs getting bigger just thinking about my crispy chicken sandwich, but it makes no difference to my stomach. I’m freaking hungry!! I should bust out the double stroller and take the kids for walks here, though. Good luck and congrats on your progress!!

    • says

      I seriously *almost* got Sam to go get me Red Robin after reading your comment. Like, I didn’t even finish it and I was getting off the couch to tell him. How sad is that?

      When Sam is home, it’s so tough to stick to a diet. He runs 5 miles a day so he just eats whatever. :(

  6. says

    Good for you. I MAY try the C25K program after the baby comes. I really hate running outside, but I’ve heard really good things about it. PS. I think it would be really hard to run & push a stroller, so don’t discount that added effort!

    • says

      A. CONGATS! I must be really behind on the news :( I need to pop over to your blog. I’m adding it to my blogroll.

      B. I don’t know if I could have done this anytime before about 6 months after Bella was born, but I wish I had. I would be so much, well, lighter right now. :)

  7. Siva says

    I also loathe exercise but it makes me feel so much better about myself. I’ve never tried Weight Watchers, how much is it per month?

  8. says

    Yay! So glad I’m not alone in my chunk-ness right now! I just got back on WW too. Don’t think I can run (because my knees are bad) but I’m walking up to 5 miles a few times a week and doing yoga on the off days. Good for you and good luck with training for the 5k. And don’t worry about that weigh in. You’ll probably be quite surprised by what you see (especially since you’re not drinking anymore)!!

    • says

      You’d think without drinking I’d be losing it left and right! It was so frustrating to see I’ve actually gained weight. But hopefully without the alcohol and less food plus more exercise I’ll see changes a lot quicker than I would have.

      And thanks. Let’s trade recipes and ideas over the next few months!

  9. says

    Way to go and good for you! You are ahead of me. I keep saying that I am going to get moving and do C25K but I haven’t done anything yet. Maybe I will be motivated by. Anyway -keep it up!

  10. says

    Good job and good luck. I can’t say enough good things about Weight Watchers – it is the only thing that has worked for me so far. And keep up on the running! I’m the same way – I hate it, but I wish I didn’t.

  11. says

    I just completed my first week of Weight Watchers and I think I may actually be able to do this. I read that when my daughter (now 16 months) turns 2, my pudge is no longer “baby fat” it’s just fat- so I decided to take action. Good luck on your mission- the C2K sounds like an amazing challenge!

  12. Yoga Mama says

    Good for you! That sounds like a great plan. I’ve been so inspired by you lately. Life changes, making friends, getting fit – you’re doing great.

  13. says

    I joined WW again last week. It’s worked quite nicely in the past and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll work out well in the future.

    And I’m eating a ton of fruit and veggies because the new points thing is throwing me.

    And congrats on doing the Couch to 5K program. In a blur of post pregnancy hormones, I tried it last year only to give myself a concussion with my boob. (Nursing and all.) I’m going to try it again after The Girls retreat.