Bye Bye Baby Weight: Finding My Running Mojo


14 Weeks Postpartum


I am trying to run.

Check that.

I am running.

I am doing the Couch 2 5k Program for the third time.

First time I did it! I completed it. I had a hard time on the treadmill, but once I completed it, I went 5k Crazy and ran about 8 5k’s and one 4M during the spring/summer of 2007 before I got married.

Unfortunately I loved it SO much that I over trained. I was running for 60-90 minutes a day, everyday, without any other training or rest days. My knee became messed up and I stopped running. I missed it.

I also lost my running mojo with it.

The second time was last year. I had a really hard time completing the early weeks, I was so frustrated with how bad I was, compared to how I was years ago. I was in better shape, I weighed less, yet I was having a really hard time struggling. Running three minutes was like torture and I was pretty much forcing myself to do it.

Come to find out I was pregnant with my second boy, which was contributing to my tiredness and overall physical decline. I stopped week three.

No mojo to be found. HELLO MOJO? Will you come by for a visit? I miss you!

So now, I have started again. I am managing a lot better than last time, and I am actually about to hit week 4. I still have no mojo, I am just getting through it, and when I look at the week ahead I have little to no confidence.

Until a few days ago.

I went to Jack Rabbit, which is a REALLY popular running store in NYC. I went for a new pair of running sneakers because I knew my 3 year old really old shoes were doing nothing to help my ankles or my form. They watched me run on the treadmill and got me the perfect pair to correct my slanted ankles.

However, the entire store was FILLED with mojo! It was everywhere! Draped on the running clothes, displayed freely on the bulletin board stacked with races. Everyone who came in started their sentences with “I’m training for the half this May…” “I’m in need of some new shoes for the 10k I’m doing next month…” Mojo. Everywhere.

As I eavesdropped casually listened to one sales rep tell her story I was completely intrigued and I think I even felt a little mojo jump into me.

She said she was really overweight and not active at all. One day she started running. She said when she started she couldn’t barely make it for half a block. She then explaining that within a year she was running a half, then another, then a marathon. Talk about mojo! All of a sudden, I was beginning to feel more optimistic.

I have always been intimidated by running, but I remember clearly from 2007, the sheer joy of crossing the finish line. I wasn’t the fastest (no where close) but I always finished and that is where the mojo comes in.

Mojo = the confidence to complete and achieve any challenge presented. (taken from the Brooklyn Active Mama Handbook)

As I attempt to regain my mojo, my biggest challenge will be quiet that little voice that usually says something along the lines of “hell naw, not today!” or “Look! there is a free elliptical machine!” I want to progress and surpass where I was in 2007. I will find my mojo along the way, but right now I am still looking. I will keep training, close my eyes to the weeks ahead and run a few races this spring.

I didn’t weigh in this week. I decided to give the scale a rest this week. I did try on  some suits for church today and one of them fit, which was awesome since it didn’t fit 3 weeks ago.

Workouts this week:

Saturday: Spinning & Kettlebells

Monday: C25k Week 3 Day 1. Kettlebells

Tuesday: 20 on the stair climber 30 spinning

Wednesday: C25k Week 3 Day 2, 15 Elliptical

Thursday: Total Body Class (full body strength workout)



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. This is my second time doing the c25k program too and like you, I've completed it before and was a 5k beast once upon a time. But let me tell you, since then the mojo I used to have is long gone and I'm despeately trying hard to get it back.
    Recently I walked a 5k to get motivated and it worked!!!! I remembered the fun of crossing the finish line, the comradery between the runners, and the fun feeling of accomplishment. Now I'm heading to the gym today to kick off week one.
    Good luck to u, I will be running and blogging with you (my post about my experience goes up today)
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  2. I actually have heard about the store Jack Rabbit! Good luck with the mojo. I don't think I could ever find enough mojo to make me run. Ever… LOL
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  3. Glad you got your mojo back!! You are clearly on a mission and I love going on the journey with you. Maybe I'll get some real mojo after I have the baby. We'll see.
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  4. glossedmimi

    Send your mojo down here. I was running about 6 miles in Sept. and then one day I just stopped and I haven't run since. I keep saying I am going to get back out there but the pollen is awful right now. Monday hopefully I get up with my Black Girls Run group and get in some runs and work my way up to a 5K sometime in early June.

  5. Rita,

    that is a really fantastic idea. I should just register for a 5k and get some mojo that way! something about being in a race environment makes you want to come back for more, good luck to you as well :) i'll be following along and hopefully we will be back at it in no time!

  6. ha, Jack rabbit is ridiculously popular. lol you should try!

  7. I think all the baby weight will magically disappear within one day for you. :)

  8. Man, all of my bloggy friends and tweeps are in bgr groups…so jealous! With this newborn I can only run during odd working hours. I hear you though, that pollen is crazy (and so are ny drivers :) so I am treadmilling it for the time being

  9. rosesdaughter says:

    I need running Mojo. I signed up for a 10 K in July. Send some of that mojo my way. PLEASE

  10. I have been trying to work on running and was doing pretty good. We are relocating and working on finalizing house, etc. etc. so I have been limited with running. But something that I have been doing is running in place for 5-10 minutes. I know it might sound cheesy, but it is a good work out if you really put everything in to it. But, I can't wait to get back to the track or running trails. 😉
    I want to get to a 5K soon and then we will see what happens from there. I have a few friends running a full marathon 26 miles this summer, needless to say I won't be in that one. lol

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  11. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    way to go lady…running has completely changed how i look at my body and what it can do! start with the 5k and you will see what your body can do!
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