The most wonderful time of the year

It’s September and as I sit here trying to remember where the month of August went, I’m also excited for what September has to offer.

To say I’ve been looking forward to September would be an understatement.

September means the start of Strong Start, a playgroup that meets twice a week where Lincoln can play with his friends and I can socialize with my friends.

September means the start of pre-school for our little man. He will attend one, possibly two, mornings a week and a few friends and I have already discussed going for a weekly walk together while the kids are learning and having fun.

September means experiencing Jason Mraz live in concert for the second time. I. Can’t. Hardly. Wait.

September means my first race/event is a little over a month away. I will be participating in a 10K on October 7. Eek!

I haven’t been running as much as I would like but I make each run count when I can get out there.

Running post-pregnancy is taking some getting used to and not for the reasons you may think.

The last time I ran I was pregnant. I learned to listen to my body and not push myself too hard. Now I have to re-learn how to listen to my body and know that it’s OK to breathe hard again. My joints are still loose pregnancy and it’s important not to push myself to the point of injury. It’s all one big balancing act – one that I have missed dearly.

September also means I am one-month into my post-pregnancy weight loss journey. Teagan was born on a Saturday. I recorded my weight the night before I had her and am using that as my starting point. Saturdays will also be weigh-in days.

It is not a pretty number but it is going down. I’m not prepared to share the exact figures yet but I have lost 26 lbs so far. Most of that was simply from giving birth but the rest is the result of clean eating (most of the time), exercise, and breastfeeding. I’m aiming for a healthy weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week and will check-in each week.

I know that weight loss isn’t the be-all to end-all, and my ultimate goal is on overall health and fitness, but each pound lost will make everything else easier to accomplish. Especially my goal of completing a marathon.

I am also excited to join the FitFluential family as a new Ambassador – more on this in the next few days.

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