Why were you inspired to do this?
After I delivered my second child, I needed to reestablish healthier habits, so that I could be a good parent, feel good about myself and (yeah, silly I know), I was determined to not buy/own non preggy clothes for my weight at that time (I was 190 lbs after the birth of my 2nd child).
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
I ordered and used the home version of Weight Watchers for nursing mothers. I slowly returned to the healthy and flavorful (but not calorieful) foods I enjoyed before, and was able to do it without driving my family crazy with calorie counting.
Once Matt was six weeks old, I began dance aerobics 2-3 times a week at the YMCA (which had excellent childcare).
Matt and I went running or walking together (using the baby jogger) 2-3 times a week.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
I felt much better about myself, my body and my ability to be disciplined and focused, even with the distractions and challenges of two kids.
My clothes fit again, from before my pregnancy! And my kids also enjoyed going to the YMCA, and Matt, to this day, still loves rides in the (now called) kid jogger.
Additional notes and tips:
If you can maintain the discipline, the home version of WW, is an excellent economical option. I saved points for my favorite treats, of cheese and dark chocolate, and I joked that I "did aerobics for lattes" because WW's plan takes into account your exercise.
The baby jogger was well worth the money and time, it got me out of the house, and into the fresh air a couple of times a week. Getting outside helped me keep perspective, a requirement when changing your lifestyle.