Back when Kajsa was nursing I had gotten into the habit of eating lots of extra calories, but after she weaned I found it hard to break the habit. Over the course of the next year I'd gained about 15 pounds. Not long after she turned 2 I decided it was time to focus on myself. We joined the Chaska Community Center and I made it a goal to work out 3 times per week. (My insurance also deducts $20 from my gym membership if I visit at least 12 times per month!)
In April, at 136.5 pounds, I began with a 9-week couch-to-5k-type app on my phone and used the running track. Then I moved my workouts onto a treadmill and began interval training with my heart rate monitor. By the end of July I had lost 16 pounds!
In August we went on vacation and I gained a few back, but lost them again over the course of the next month. Last week, in order to add some variety, I fired up the old Wii at home and have been doing both Wii Fit and Wii Active routines on the days I don't go to the gym (and sometimes even when I do). At this week's weigh-in I hit 117!
Wii Fit suggested that a healthy weight would be 112, so right now that is my stated goal and it's admittedly arbitrary. I'll see how I feel when I get there.
In addition to working out, I've been using the My Fitness Pal app on my phone to count calories. Other than the two weeks I was on vacation I don't think I've missed more than a handful of days logging calories in six months. I have also done more cooking, which has helped to provide a more interesting variety so that I rarely find myself in the dieting doldrums.