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Project: Skinny Butt

It seems that it's been a few months since I've posted to this, 7 months. Now that baby's out and I can exercise it's time to get my behind into gear! I had intended on really hunkering down when Charlotte got to 6 weeks old (which was a week ago). Rather, I really started thinking about it and entertaining ideas for what I wanted to do to get back in shape for the last week and yesterday was my redemption day.

So now in the spirit of what's worked for me in the past I'm on a new path. I have two goals right now.

Short term is that I have a bridesmaids dress I have to squeeze into on the 28th this month. I had to buy it when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant without any idea how big I'd be now. Thankfully it fits but it's snug. So I would like to get it to be a bit more comfortable.

Long term is that I'd like to get back to paddling. I had multiple dreams about dragon boating when I was pregnant and I miss it somethin' fierce! My team is apparently kicking ass and taking names without me and every time they post pictures and status updates about races I long to be with them again. I have a long way to go before I'm back to racing shape again, but I'm ready to work on it!

My second long term is to get back to pre-baby weight, which was 170lbs. I ballooned to 215 at the end of my pregnancy and am down to 200 now. I have 30 to go. Ultimately, I would like to lose more than this, but I figure it's a good place to start.

I call these goals Project: Skinny Butt - mostly because last night at water aerobics I told my instructor that I needed my butt skinnier to fit in my bridesmaids dress. It would fit if my butt wasn't so huge.

For Project: Skinny Butt I have come up with an outline of what I'll do and what I'd like to look into.

First I need some form of exercise every day. I have two and a half weeks until this wedding so here's my plan:

9th Tues (yesterday): water aerobics with added kick board

10th Wed (today): 20 minutes on the elliptical 

11th Thurs: water aerobics + kick board

12th Fri: 20-30 minutes exercise bike

13th Sat: Same as Friday

14th Sun: 30 minutes on the elliptical or walk

15th Mon: I'll be at the beach so 30-60 minute walk(s)

16th Tues: Same as Monday

17th Wed: Same as Monday

18th Thurs: water aerobics + kick board

19th Fri: 30 minutes on the elliptical + packing

20th Sat: 30 minutes on the elliptical or walk

21st Sun: 30 minutes on the elliptical or walk

22nd Mon: figure out something new

23rd Tues: water aerobics + kick board

24th Wed: 40 minutes elliptical
+ moving
25th Thurs: water aerobics + kick board + moving

26th Fri: 40 minutes elliptical
+ moving
27th & 28th: two days of weddings = take a break lady!

For the long term stuff, I'm debating between joining 24 hour fitness or doing a month of weight watchers after we move in with my parents. I'm going to try to resume my calorie counting method but I think weight watchers would be a good jump start. I'm also going to save my pennies to try out this tummy team thing my sis-in-law recommended to me. She got fabulous results and I'm sold, I just need money to do it. I think it would really help core strength to get me ready to paddle again.


  1. Hey Beth,
    If you have enough pennies to buy the Splint off the Tummy Team website, you should try just that until you can do the program. It straps everything together so your muscles can start healing, and you'll noticeably see a difference after a week. It's fast results that might get you comfortable in that dress! Kelly ships really really fast, too. I ordered a second splint from her and it was here two days later. A word to the wise, go bigger on the splint than you'll think you need. I got the small originally and felt like I was being cut in half.
    Plus you'll already have your splint then when it's time for the class! :)


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