Gimme Some Suga + Month 2 Progress

Posted: March 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Evening, friends! How goes it? Things are dandy here. I started the week off right with a spin class this morning. So happy M is no longer sick. Not only because I hate seeing her not feeling well, but I admit that I love getting to utilize the gym daycare again. Later in the afternoon we had baby B’s two month check-up. As expected, the boy grows like a weed with all well on the health front. I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that two months have already passed by for him! But then, it feels like it has been forever since I did my last progress post. Odd how that works. Well, its time for me to show you the ch-ch-ch-changes. Last month is on the left; this month is on the right.

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Closer shots of the main areas I’m working on…

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If you go to my Body After Baby page, you can view the difference from the start to now.

To hold myself accountable, I will share my weight loss and measurement stats in this one post a month. I saw some great changes, especially in measurements this month!

Weight: – 4.8 lbs
Stomach (smallest part): – 1.5”
Stomach (at belly button): – 1.5”
Hips: –2.25”
Butt: –2”
Thighs: –.75” (Rt) / –1” (Lf)

Almost 5 pounds and a total of 9 inches in 4 weeks. Not too shabby at all, my friends. 😀 I do still have progress to make but I’m not doing anything drastic to get there. Just living healthy overall and letting my body do its thang.

I firmly believe that the best way to get results is to make changes you can stick with consistently. Consistency is the key to progress in my mind. For this reason, I make sure I don’t view anything as off limits. Take this weekend for example.

You all already know about my beer, portabella sandwich, and sweet potato fries dinner I had at the blogger meet-up. I believe I made a moderately healthy dinner choice for eating out. I chose something delicious that I truly wanted and tried to keep a balance. Fries? Ok! Beer? Fine! Still got in a bit of veggies and lots of water too.

Earlier in the day, I enjoyed some more fine eating as well. The family and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather with a picnic in a local town center.

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Gorgeous, I tell ya! We watched the train pass by. Took in the blue sky. Cherished the foot freedom. Admired a fellow’s kite flying skills. And ate.

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I recreated my last picnic meal because I loved it so much. A Morningstar Farms veggie burger on a sandwich thin with hummus, spinach, and tomato. On the side, I nibbled some grapes, baby carrots, and grape tomatoes.

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I fully enjoyed this well balanced lunch. Then, I had no qualms going to pick up a special treat with the family afterwards. A new bakery opened up called Gimme Some Suga and we wanted to try it out. I am on a mission to find a delectable cupcake place in the Atlanta area after all.

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Gimme Some Suga was such a cute shop and had tons of mouth watering choices. The cupcakes weren’t large at all so Peter and I decided to get a few to split.

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A peanut butter, red velvet, and brown buttered caramel trio. Are you drooling yet? I was.


The cake itself was meh, but the icing = I want to just buy a tub of it and go to town with a spoon. Good thing there seemed to be more icing than cake with these. So decadent! But back to my point…

I fit in things like this, but balance it out with numerous healthy meals – like my oats I had for breakfast and the green monster I had for a snack that day. That way I never feel deprived and I can continue with the choices that will bring me the results I hope to see. Trying to go all gung-ho and be “perfect” only backfires for me. In my opinion, it’s not realistic. You still have to live and have fun.

Making progress does take hard work and I do have to stay mindful of my choices. The most important thing, however, is making choices that will keep my momentum going. Every little bit adds up. Keeping the bigger picture in mind helps me stay on track with healthier decisions because I don’t feel like I “blew it” from eating some cupcakes. It’s what I do most of the time over an extended time that counts. And I would say it’s working out pretty well, don’t you think? I know I’m happy! And not starving. 😉

Question of the Evening – Do you prefer salty or sweet indulgences?

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127 Comments to “Gimme Some Suga + Month 2 Progress”
  1. Heather says:

    you’re looking great! so strong 🙂

  2. I’m more of a salty person, but my sweet tooth is growing through the years. 🙂

    Glad M is better and that you can go back to the gym too!

  3. Erin says:

    Your progress is looking good!

    And I love cupcakes too. My favorite is Luli’s in St. Augustine. They have a killer Tiramisu cupcake. If you are ever there you gotta go to:

  4. You look awesome!! Good for you for getting back in the healthy mindset so quickly 🙂

    I’m definitely a sweet indulgence girl. I never crave salty snacks, but sugar? All. The. Time.

  5. paula says:

    ahhh Awesome Tina!!!!
    You are making great progress, but more importantly are maintaining a great outlook. Your mindset is in the right place and you are keeping it all balanced. You really are an inspiration for fitness with a healthy attitude.

  6. Wow, you are looking great! Those cupcakes are the perfect size, looks delicious!

    • Tina says:

      Yep. They really were a good size to share a few bites of each. Although I still got a mad sugar rush afterwards. That icing was sweet!

  7. LindseyAnn says:

    You look amazing-keep up the great attitude and hard work!

    I tend to crave both alternately–it just depends on the day and the circumstances.

  8. Anne Marie says:

    Wow!! What great progress 😀 That is truly inspiring!!

    Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I hit up the Sprinkles Dallas this weekend with a friend and forgot how perfect cupcakes from a cupcakery can be!!

  9. Sarah R says:

    You’re shrinking! Every month getting smaller and smaller. I just love your mentality about it all too. Do you think taking a more relaxed approach is helping you more than being rigid about your eating/exercise? It seems like it!

    • Tina says:

      I definitely do because it does keep me consistently making better choices overall. When I would be more strict, I could stick with it for a few days or a week and then go haywire for a day or two. That didn’t do anything for progress!

  10. Go you!!! You look fabulous and I love your approach…crash dieting isn’t going to get you as far in the long run. 🙂 You rock!

  11. You are looking fantastic!! I love picnics – they always recharge my batteries. I prefer sweet indulgences – yum!

  12. Kara says:

    I think you look fantastic! I don’t know if I’d even put a bikini pic of myself NOW on my blog, let alone 2 months after the baby was born 🙂

    I like sweet stuff over salty any day!

  13. You can already see a huge difference! Congrats on all the hard work already paying off!!

  14. Jenny says:

    congrats on your progress! i love following up on it 😉 inspiring for sure!

  15. you are looking awesome mama!!! congrats!! And you are doing it the best way!!

    those cupcakes look yummy!

  16. Katy says:

    You look so STRONG! I love seeing your muscles get even more cut as the weeks go on.

    Is it wrong that I wanted to jump through the screen and rip that cupcake out of your hands?

    • Tina says:

      Oh…I would have put up a fight! LOL

      I think I love seeing new muscle definition the most too. I would always say that I would rather look like I WORK for my body than STARVE for my body. 😉

      • Melie says:

        Just to add my 2 cents. A related quote I really like is “hot bodies are forged”. And you are totally forging a great body to a totally ripped one! By the way, I am stealing your workouts. Thank you for sharing them! 🙂

  17. Wow, rockin bikini bod! You’re definitely making great progress!

  18. You look fabulous, Tina!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate and love reading about your philosophy with regards to weight loss / body changes. You have such a healthy, balanced perspective. I am in complete agreement that changes need to happen slowly and with intention, over time. I think what people forget is that drastic diets are not just ineffective in terms of weight loss, but they can be really damaging emotionally. Counting calories and obsessive dieting can work for some people, but for others it can lead to disordered eating and anxiety. I LOVE your attitude and totally look up to you – I want to be a mom like you someday!

  19. You look so awesome. I can’t believe you had a baby 2 months ago!!!!

  20. You look wonderful and so happy! Slamming & jamming! Meant to tweet/email you but I just saw your picture in November’s (?) Fitness magazine! 🙂

    • Tina says:

      Haha! Yep. Still feels weird to have been in there. And I still laugh that they used the oldest picture I sent in. M is so young in that pic!

  21. Congrats on the progress! Love your approach too. I am a sweets person.

  22. Ohmygoodness you look SO AMAZING!! I can’t BELIEVE the progress you’ve made!! You are the poster girl for showing the benefits of a healthy balanced lifestyle and your attitude is SO INPSIRATIONAL!! 😀

    And definitely sweets. Every day without fail! 😛

  23. You look great! Well done! Your hard work is defiantly paying off.

  24. Amanda says:

    You look amazing girl! And you look so strong and happy too! I think you are definitely an inspiration! 🙂

  25. Amy Winkeljohn says:

    Hey there! I just found your blog and realized that you live in Suwanee! I noticed the park and cupcake shop! I also live there and am a mom of 3 girls. =) Love your blog!

    • Tina says:

      I don’t live right in Suwanee but relatively close. That’s so cool though! I love learning that I have local readers. Perhaps we will cross paths one day. 😉

  26. Usually I’d say sweets all the way but lately i’ve had major cravings for chips and pretzels. I think you’ve got a great hold on your balance girl. Keep up the awesome progress!

  27. Nice work! You’re definitely coming along and seeing some great progress. I always crave sweet stuff more than salty. But I need to watch it. Lately, I’ve noticed that I’m just eating it regularly without thinking of it as a treat or anything special. I want to savor those yummy things that don’t provide me a lot of nutritional value. 🙂

  28. Jen says:

    Looking awesome my friend, awesome!!!!

  29. jobo says:

    Amazing progress!! The inches are awesome to see aren’t they? And you are doing it exactly right. So many people try to crash diet and it never works. Moderation is key, and you got it!! and I am DROOLING over that cupcake!! I want one, and almost all icing is fine with me!

    • Tina says:

      I was shocked to see the inches drop so much. Goes to show that its the whole picture that matters…but most of all – how you FEEL!

  30. Anne P says:

    Girl, you look fab!

  31. Tina, you’re awesome! Your progress is really inspiring – as is your down-to-earth approach!

  32. Helen says:

    Awesome progress 🙂

    Those cupcakes look so good, I would love to try that icing!

  33. Congrats on the continued progress! Your one hard working Mama! I love how your doing it in such a healthy way! Keep up the great work!

  34. Can I say I prefer both?!
    Tina, you look awesome! Great job!

  35. Kristina says:

    Alright lady-you look AMAZING!!!!!
    Care to share a cupcake?! Even though you deserve it WAY more than me-i’m a sweets girl!

  36. Damn, mama!!! That’s some seriously awesome progress!! 🙂

    And I love that shirt you’re wearing in the picnic photos!

  37. Congrats!!! You look amazing – the first thing I noticed though was how happy/smiley you are in the progress pics. 🙂

  38. Jess says:

    God I just love everything about this post, Tina! You are SUCH a great example of balance, moderation, and living smartly but fully and are setting an amazing example for your two little ones one day. You look GREAT btw, so proud of you!

  39. I love your attitude and you look fantastic!

  40. Way to go!! You can definately see the results from all your hard work!! You are such an inspiration to all mothers!! (And UBER brave too!)

  41. Shayla says:

    Wow Tina! You look amazing!! You’re so inspirational and I love your healthy attitude toward your weight loss goals. I’m not trying to lose any weight, but I do sometimes get down on myself for indulging in something I wouldn’t otherwise have during the week, and I have to remind myself that it’s the whole picture and that the majority of the time I do a good job in eating a healthy well balanced diet. I love what you said and I’m going to remind myself of all the words and message in this post. I’m also going to come back to these posts when I’ll be needing to lose some pregnancy pounds 🙂

  42. hello gorgeous! you look fabulous!! keep up the consistent great work, staying positive and doing what you do because its working wonderfully!

  43. […] I completely forgot to say THANK YOU to all of you for your uplifting comments on my most recent Body After Baby progress. I really hope to show that its possible to make changes with balance and consistency. Hearing that […]

  44. Rose says:

    Tina you look so great!!! I wish I could adapt your view on exercise and food, but I slowly am.
    All my life (well.. all 18 years I’m still quite young) I have had an all or nothing mentality. I have been dieting ever since I was 13 I think.. and this last January I made my new years resolution to stop dieting and learn how to eat intuitively.
    Some days if I dont eat intuitively I get so mad at myself.. and then I remind myself that it has only been 2 whole months since I’ve stopped dieting and it will take a long time to learn.
    I’ve also finally achieved a good balance of cardio and weight lifting… in the past it was always all cardio or all weights… I was always trying to get a quick fix.
    I only need to lose 7 pounds to be at my happy weight and the fact that you have lost 5 pounds in such a healthy way really inspires me!!
    You look so so good and I would have never guessed you were pregnant!!
    Thanks again, Rose

    • Tina says:

      Kudos on wanting to reach a more balanced approach! Awesome! And yes, it does take time. I still have things I’m learning and ways I’m growing with intuitive eating and balance.

      Also with progress – remember that the best thing we can do is make healthy choices as often as possible and let our bodies do their thing. They will reach a naturally good place for them if we care for them. Don’t put more pressure on yourself than that – caring for your body. 🙂

  45. I. G. says:

    You look great for having your baby JUST TWO MONTHS AGO! Congratulations on the weigt loss! Do you think breastfeeding helps your weight loss? This seems to be most controversial in mothers…

    • Tina says:

      Breastfeeding does help me have to eat more, so I can have more food while still “dieting”. However, there are aspects of it that can make sticking with healthy habits harder. I can get VERY hungry while breastfeeding and have cravings that are hard to control. When I’m tired from being up a lot nursing its harder for me to stay motivated with healthy decisions. Those sorts of things. I wrote a post about it recently in fact –

      So, yes, breastfeeding helps me burn more calories which helps with weight loss….but I still have to work hard to be mindful of making decisions that will keep progress happening. Hope that makes sense! And I always recommend breastfeeding, but doing it for the other benefits. Not to help lose baby weight, even though that can be a perk of it too.

  46. Forgive me as I’m catching up a bit…but wow Tina! WOW! I cannot believe the progress you are making! You look fabulous!

    I love your view on balance…my thoughts exactly! I used to follow really strict diets, but they never lasted long since I always ended up bingeing on my favorite “bad for you” foods after a few weeks…then I would feel miserable. I still struggle with the mentality that certain foods are off limits (kinda hard to just stop thinking a certain way after doing it for years) but I think I’ve made tons of progress!

    I am more of a sweets lover…not a big fan of salt!

  47. Great job tina–the body after baby is coming along nicely 🙂

  48. Geraldine says:

    Amazing progress Tina! Your stomach looks like it’s really tightening up and pulling in. You look great!

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