Get Fit

Kendall was born August 2010.  When I was pregnant I gained 40ish lbs, more than my doctor or I wanted.  While I was pregnant I thought, "no big deal, I'll lose it" and never thought twice about the food I put in my mouth, just ask Jimmy.
After she was born I remember feeling "skinny".  I could see my toes again so that was HUGE! But in reality, I was still huge.  The funny thing is I had just thought, "oh well...this is just how I am now, I'm a mom".  What a terrible mindset.  So I really did nothing to change.  I didn't watch what I ate, didn't exercise, I was just complacent.  
That January, 2011, we went on a family vacation to Florida.  I remember I didn't even pack a bathing suit because I knew there was NO WAY I was getting into one, not even a one piece.  I had packed all of my non-maternity summer clothes and thought, "well of course they'll fit".  Do you see what a distorted body image I had?  When we got to Florida I was sadly mistaken.  Sure the dresses fit because they were loose and flowy but they sure as hell didn't look cute and as for pants?  I rocked the maternity ones, yes 5 months postpartum.  
When we got back I was sad.  I didn't even get to swim with my baby on her very first pool and beach trips because I was so unhappy with myself.  And then I saw this picture that my mother-in-law took of us at the beach.

I was mortified.  Sure I'm smiling but you can tell that is not a genuine smile, at all.  I was not happy.
When we got home I knew it was time for a change.  I had asked for a treadmill for Christmas that year, got it but never actually got on it {sad but true}.  For my birthday, in February, I asked for an iPhone.  I got it and one of the first aps I downloaded was MyFitnessPal.  I was watching The Today Show and they were talking about the best aps in 2011 {I think} and had mentioned this calorie counting ap and I thought, "well that sounds easy" and so I downloaded it.  Best decision I ever made.
With MyFitnessPal {let's call it MFP from here on out} you enter your height, weight, activity level, your goal weight and how many pounds you want to lose a week {2 being the most per week} and it will automatically calculate how many calories you should eat to reach your goal weight.
March 2011:
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 180
Activity Level: sedentary
Goal Weight: 130
Weight Loss Goal: 2 lbs per week
Net Calorie Goal: 1200
There it was.  In black and white.  This seemed easy enough.  And so my journey began.
The thing about MFP is it has the largest database.  I've yet to eat something that I cannot find in the look up, with the exception of some mom and pop restaurants.  Now there is even a handy little bar-code scanning feature so you can simply scan whatever it is you eat and adjust the servings and BAM, it's added, you're done.  You track your exercise too and, like any other weight loss program, when you exercise you get more calories.  Easy as pie, right?
For me counting calories was enough.  The only time I worked out was if I went over my calories and the extent of my working out was walking on the treadmill.  It worked for me though.  I was very strict about my calories and that alone dropped the pounds, sometimes I lost up to 4 lbs in one week, without exercise.  If we went out to dinner I would look up the menu ahead of time and plan out my meal before we even got there so there was no, "wonder if this 1800 calorie salad is good for me".  I knew before we stepped in there that the grilled chicken with a vegetable side was at least half the calories of that salad.
In September 2011 I reached my goal.  Less than 8 months after starting MFP.  I had originally set my goal weight to 130 but once I got to be around 137 I felt comfortable in my clothes, in my skin, so I adjusted my goal to 135.  On September 30 I weighed in at 133 and felt great!
The real shocker was when I tried on jeans that just a year ago were too tight to button.  These jeans were so tight on my thighs that I was certain I was going to rub a hole in them.  They were size 12s and I'm now, comfortably, in a 4.

Now that I had conquered that goal, probably the first goal I've ever reached, I had one more thing on my list.  I have always wanted to run a 5K.  The spring before we got married I was going to do one but I couldn't find anyone to do it with me {excuses, excuses} and so I walked the Breast Cancer 5K with my mom and mother-in-law.
In November, 2011, I started training for my first 5K.  I started with the Get Running Couch to 5K app for my iPhone.  It's a 9 week program that will take you from a couch potato to a runner with gradual increases in your running time each week.  It's pretty easy to do and if I can successfully run 3.1 miles without stopping anyone can do it, trust.  After my 9 week program I could run a 5K in about 28 minutes.  I signed up and ran my first 5K on St. Patty's day 2012.  I had some set backs though.  The week of I had gotten sick, terrible cough courtesy of The Toddler and the night before the race I was up for 3 hours coughing leaving me with just 4 hours of sleep. I ran the race in about 35 minutes, 11ish/min miles and, although I wasn't happy with my time, I finished!!
2011 was all about losing the weight, once and for all.  I succeeded at that and I'm pretty proud of myself {toot, toot!} for doing it in just 7 months.  But?  That left me skinny-fat.  Sure I was fitting into size 4s and 28s but I had extra skin, flab if you will, that was just...unsightly.  That is when I decided that 2012 will be all about firming up and getting fit.
 As usual, in true L.A.I.D. fashion I will document my success {hopefully} along the way.


  1. I had a baby boy 6 months ago and feel the same way! I am downloading the app now and bout Zumba for home exercise yesterday. I am just not able to make it to the gym like I used to! Thanks for your motivation, I will keep following!

  2. You are living proof that anyone can do it!! Love how vulnerable you were sharing this with the whole world! Kudos, Shannon. I bow to you!

  3. Oh my goodness! I am still shocked by this! you are a completely different person! What you've done is such an inspiration!! Way to go!!

  4. wow! i just saw your blog mentioned in a post over at Analyze this! you look amazing!!! such a wonderful accomplishment! i just downloaded the "my fitness pal" app on my phone this a.m. and am getting back to running. I have a good 30 lbs to lose, and seeing how far you come, and how similar we are (i.e. height, size, etc...) it gives me such hope!!! thanks for sharing your journey!

  5. HI there! I found you via Aly and I am so inspired by you! I feel like I am in that "I'm a Mama mindset" also. I am so ready to lose the weight I've gained since being pregnant and after, it's just time. reading your post has been so inspiring that I think I can do this. I would love to know any menus you followed and what foods/snacks you ate and followed on 1200 calories. I tried 1200 in Oct/Nov 2011 and I just couldn't keep it up past 4 weeks. Thanks for the encouragement!!

  6. Because of your post, I downloaded MFP for my phone. I love it! I feel like this might actually work for me!!

    You're an inspiration!

  7. I'm so proud of you!! You look fabulous!!!!

  8. So inspiring! You look amazing!

  9. You look great! Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

  10. What an incredible transformation! You look amazing :)

  11. So inspiring!! Great job girl. Glad I found this post. :)

  12. Wow, thanks for sharing this Shannon! I am restarting my weight loss goals after being on prednisone for my lupus for over 2 years now and no longer happy with the way I look. I just downloaded My Fitness Pal and am going to give it a try!!

  13. Reading this post is truly an inspiration! Thank you. I will be downloading that app tonight and begin counting calories! I had my son 3 yrs ago and gain a whopping 50lbs after his birth I was 5' and weighed 170. Never changed my diet or exercise routine then I got pregnant with my second child. I did better with my pregnancy weight and only gained about 25lbs. After my daughters birth I was down (once again) to 170. She is 8 months old now and I still weigh 170. I hate the way I look, the way clothes fit, etc but never do anything about it "I love food too much" is what I usually say. Not anymore! I a
    So tired of it! And if you can do it so can I :D

  14. i love the results you got and read through your comments and stories. You look wonderful! i too would like to join. However, i am having trouble finding out exactly you did this. I read where someone downloaded the app but am requesting some help finding it. it may just be a glitch on my phone but i cant find the exercise information. Thanks in advance for your help.

  15. I am Inspired!!! I just turned 30 YESTERDAY and I still have my baby fat from my 5 year old. NO more excuses! I am going to lose this. THANK YOU for posting this.

    Micia :D

  16. You really have displayed reality for most of us moms. You're attitude toward achieving goals yet being realistic is wonderful!

  17. Which couch to 5k app do you use? So many to choose from

  18. Are you still using MFL? If so, I'd love to follow you.

  19. So I've just started couch to 5k and I've got the My net diary app (which is pretty much the same thing) you will be my inspiration! lol. Mostly because you did the same things I'm doing and started at the same weight with the same goal. Reading your blog, I know it can be done!

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  21. you look amazing!! hopefully i will have the same luck when i start my post-baby body journey in a few months. :)

  22. This is inspiring to me, because with MFP, I have lost 14 pounds before, in a month. Gained it back since... but currently I am back down 9 pounds... I keep hitting 175 (I'm 5'6") and that is kind of my breaking point... I'm 166 consistently now... and I haven't been doing anything... My goal weight is also 130... I can never stick to an exercise program or plan, but I think this might be my only positive way to go! Thanks for sharing your experience!