This month I seem to have hit a breakthrough. After two months of no progress, this month I've lost 5 pounds.
I'm only working out 3 times a week, but they are more intense than previously.
But the big difference this month is that Ellowyn has weaned herself so I am no longer breastfeeding. I had heard from several sources that, while some women find that breastfeeding aids weight loss, others have the reverse effect and their body clings onto those fat stores in order to fuel the milk production. I think I am probably one of the latter.
In addition to that, with Ellowyn weaned I no longer have any reservations about cutting my caloric intake way down. And I'm finding that easier to do, since I'm not as hungry as I used to be when I was lactating. I'm not actively counting calories, but I am being mindful to avoid high-calorie foods. I think my goal for next month will be to get serious about calorie counting again.
Anyway, I'm feeling really good that I seem to be back on track. All along, I had a hesitant timeline in the back of my mind: that I'd like to lose the 30 pounds in less than a year. I'm feeling like that goal may actually be attainable.
I lost 5 pounds this month. Since I started 5 months ago, I've lost 12 pounds, putting me 18 pounds away from my goal of losing 30 pounds.