Essentially, the plan is to do the Couch to 5K program three nights a week, weather permitting (since we have to take Baby Girl with us if we want to do it together (except this past Sunday--my parents were in town and watched her while we went out)). We're looking at the weather forecast on Sunday to determine which nights we think we'll jog and planning on slow cooker meals for those nights (since I barely had enough time to cook dinner after we got home before Baby Girl went to bed). Then all other nights we're planning to do The 30 Day Shred.
The Shred has three parts to it and is intended to be done every single day for 30 days (aha....thus the "30 DAY Shred"....). Each part should be done for ten days straight. We're trying to decide if we'll do each part ten times, switch after a couple of weeks, or just play it by ear. Right now Part 1 is free On Demand through our cable provider (thanks to Sara for pointing this out!) and you can download each part for $1.99 on Amazon Video.
This is what this has looked like so far:
- 2/27: The Shred, Part 1 (after Baby Girl was in bed)
- 2/28: The Shred, Part 1
- 3/1: Jogging with Baby Girl in a jogging stroller (Couch to 5K, Week 1 Day 1)
- 3/2: The Shred, Part 1
- 3/3: The Shred, Part 1
- 3/4: Jogging (Couch to 5K, Week 1 Day 2)
- 3/5: Rest (mostly because we were exhausted from being at our niece's 4th birthday party for four hours)
- 3/6: Jogging (Couch to 5K, Week 1 Day 3)
- 3/7: The Shred, Part 1
I'm not changing how I eat, as I really do eat pretty reasonably. I feel like I should, but am afraid of cutting my precious milk supply and also am afraid it will cause any progress to stall out. Unfortunately, though, I've gained five pounds in the week that we've been working out. It's disappointing, but I'm going to chalk it up to natural variations--water, time of day, scale weirdness, etc. I'm planning to keep this up for a month before I get discouraged by my lack of weight loss and reevaluate this plan.
I'm also drinking more water. I've always drank at least 64 ounces of water per weekday (the weekends are another story), but am trying to get closer to 100 ounces now, which is where I was when we were losing weight before.
I can't express how helpful it is to have my husband on board with me--I don't know that I could (would?) do this without him. We spend all of our time together, so if he wanted to lay around the house while I worked out...well, it just wouldn't happen. The only time I've worked out without him was when he was working evenings--I was great about going to the gym while he worked.
Here we go!