It’s been almost two months since I finished my “Operation Get Fit” workouts….how do I know this? Well, because I had promised to write a “final” post with my results, photo’s and such………and I haven’t. Lately, I haven’t been able to write and publish the posts I want to on time. It’s just the way life is going these days but I haven’t forgotten about it. So, here it goes.
Last year I agreed to be a bridesmaid (for the first time) for my friend Kelly; her wedding was June 24th 2013. I had baby Hilary in December 2012 and at 8 weeks postpartum, I went dress shopping for my bridesmaid dress. The sales lady and I agreed I’d lose that little weight I needed by June. Ha!
April arrives and so does my dress. I tried it on and couldn’t zip it up! Seriously, I only zipped it half way up my back and I was 8 weeks away from Kelly’s wedding. My mother and husband who saw the dress 1/2 zipped said that I needed to get more active (with a 4 month old and almost 3-year-old). It was a little harsh but just what I needed to hear.
If you missed the others posts, here you go:
Why Operation Get Fit ; Week 1 ; Week 2 ; Week 3 ; Week 4 ; Week 5 ; Week 6 ; Week 7 and Week 8.
“Sometimes you need to hear the honest true from someone you love to get to were you need to be”
I created a plan to workout 4-5 nights a week once both girls were in bed and after we managed to get baby Hilary on a bedtime routine. Usually around 8 pm I would either run outside if my husband was home or workout in our basement to a few different DVD’s.
- Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 (All 4 levels completed).
- Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (just to change it up here and there).
- Brad Gouthro DVD.
- Running occasionally outside on my own or with baby H in the stroller.
- A variety of other random workouts (arms, abs etc).
After searching for any before picture this is the only before picture I could find. I guess I am always the one behind the camera these days.
I lost 8 and a 1/2 pounds and 10 inches all over but mainly from my waste/hips and bum – a.k.a. baby weight.
What is hard?
Heck yeah! I committed to being a bridesmaid which meant wearing this dress. The only person that was going to get me there was me. I had to be the one to decide each and every night to put my workout clothing on after I had been up since 6 am taking care of Hilary and sometimes Lilly when not at day care. I was the one who decided not to sit in front of the TV (okay, that did happen at least 2 nights that I remember when I just didn’t have it in me) but 97% of the time I was committed to losing the weight.
Also, my husband was home most evenings and would help out so I could do my workouts. He even watched the hockey playoffs on our computer ……. awwwwwww, that’s love.
What did I learn? A LOT!
Mainly, that I can get the results if not better if I just put in the time.
I also learned that setting a specific goal (long term) and weekly goals (short term) are something I need to keep me going. I would look at each week on Sunday and plan out what days I could workout and what days I just really needed to rest. Yes, some of those workout days turned into rest days but then my scheduled rest days became a workout day.
Did the dress fit?
It sure did! I had no problem zipping it up in the back. I had the dress on from around 1 pm until 11:30 pm expect for the few times I had to nurse Hilary. Off I would go to the cabin we rented. I would strip down and put on a robe so I could nurse her then back in the dress like that! I had pretty little silver shoes with a little heal to go with the dress (great colour choice by the bride).
After the big day I decided to sit back a little and concentrate on things at home. Less working out and more just having fun with the girls. And no, I did not increase my TV time. We actually cancelled our TV cable since we stopped watching it so much. In July I took part in the 6k Mud Hero Run which was a lot of fun and August I recently ran the Run for Women 5k.
Where am I now?
I’ve managed to keep the weight off and am starting to plan for the next round of “losing the baby weight”. I have another 7 pounds to go am coming up with a workout plan to start soon. I’ve been running twice a week when my hubby is home and managed to go to Zumba one night!
I’m happy with my results but not done yet!
Did you ever work 6-8 weeks on a fitness program?
What were your results?
Did you continue, lighten-up a bit or end the workouts all together?
I’d love to hear your comments below!
10 thoughts on “Update: “Operation Get Fit” Results”
Great work Anna! You and the dress look awesome. I also find it hard to work out around the “too many things” I take on. BUt you’re right, just got to plan the workouts into an already busy schedule. Keep going! We are all up early and off for a run this morning 🙂
Sure hope you all have an awesome run!
You look great Anna! To have such discipline and focus when you have an 8 month old AND a 3 year old is so impressive!!
Way to work hard and get it done, Anna. You look so beautiful! And good luck with the next round.
Thanks Elle, it’s been fun and I am looking forward to the next round.
You look great! Congrats on the hard work — and I am sure we all look forward to the next round 🙂
Thanks Ashley.i need to come up with a catchy name for round too…soon!
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