How Steph Lost the Baby Weight -- 23 Pounds in 8 Weeks (While Working Three Jobs)!

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How Steph Lost the Baby Weight -- 23 Pounds in 8 Weeks (While Working Three Jobs)!

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Steph's Diary, Week 1

As I begin my weight loss journey, I’m hoping for the best! My current weight is 182 pounds -- 17 more than my pre-pregnancy weight -- and success would mean getting to my goal weight of about 160 pounds. I knew getting the extra weight off wasn’t going to be easy, but now I think I’ve just let myself go! I need the motivation to finally do something about these extra pounds.

The program I’m going to be using is Nutrisystem. I’ve been in contact with two women from the company, a PR rep and a nutritionist. They’ve both been very helpful, as I’ve had a few questions already and I know I’ll have many more when I get my food and information. Also, I don’t like mushrooms and onions, and they’ve been helping me select foods that I’ll enjoy. Speaking of the food: The options sounded good as I picked them out, by name only, from a list. My shipment was sent via UPS on Friday, and I’m eagerly awaiting my delivery! One of my biggest fears right now, before I start, is that I won’t be satisfied with the quality or quantity of food, and I’ll feel like I’m starving all the time. 

As far as exercise goes… well, that also has yet to begin! I was a competitive swimmer all my life, and it is one of the only forms of exercise that I enjoy. While there is an indoor pool in my area, the thought of trying to coordinate a schedule to get my butt over there and miss out on time with my son doesn’t make motivation easy. In fact, most exercise programs mean time away from my son, and that’s the last thing that I want right now. I work one salaried full-time job, two part-time jobs and I’m taking online grad classes. Needless to say, my son goes to the sitter during the day and I crave every minute available with him when I get home at night. 

Still, I’m ready to be done looking at this person in the mirror, and I hope this challenge will jump start me! 

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