I've done crunches a few times now, & I feel menstrual-crampy afterwards. Blah.
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Weight loss and misery in February! - Page 3
Oh the farting while working out! The ladies I lift with are rather crude at times, which is a blessing. It's hard to feel embarrassed around them. Pretty much everyone has also wet themselves at some point or another.
So yesterday & today I had GOOD sessions in the gym. Dh is starting to eat back on plan again which is helpful to me. I think I'm starting to get the momentum going in the right direction again. Thank goodness.
Think I'm gonna join in here, mamas. I pretty much got back to my prePreg (with #2) weight by 4 weeks PP (which was about 15 lbs more than my prePreg with #1 weight). BUT...now I'm back to gaining again. I've been all about the sugar n' carbs since DD was born (October baby = Halloween + Thanksgiving + Hanukkah & Xmas + New Years + Valentine's Day in quick succession....Treats Galore!!).
While I do think I could change some things about my diet, I think the bigger goal for me is exercise. I'm not gonna expect to get back to my pre-kids weight, but I'd love to get to a happy medium - i.e. get about halfway there, which means losing about 8-9 lbs, and slim down the Mummy Tummy a bit. I remember reading that for mummy tummy you gotta work on core muscles, as opposed to crunches...sound right? Lifeguard, you seem to be the workout pro....is that right? I have exercises my PT gave me that include some that focus on the core, so maybe if I actually do them (gasp!), and get back into doing some Leslie Sansome workouts and some weight-bearing stuff, I'll drop some poundage without having to greatly alter what I eat. Sound reasonable?
Core work is always a good idea. I think especially for mamas as our core can take a beating with pregnancy & then all the lifting/holding/carrying of lo's puts you at risk for injuries. As for spot reducing it just is not really possible. We need to lose fat to expose the nice muscles underneath but we can't choose where the fat will come off first (believe me I soooo wish I could reduce my belly first). By building the muscle you help ensure when your body fat is reduced you end up looking slim & "toned" not deflated or skinny-fat.
I have a powerlifting meet next weekend which is turning into a logistical nightmare but I'm hoping it will really help me move forward in my commitment to my training/nutrition. Bonus: lots of awesome ladies I train with will be there & it's out of town so dh & I will get a weekend away (dd will be with us of course).
You are doing great!
I have been slacking - mostly due to DD being sick and my not getting any sleep so what little sleep I could get - I did. She is now sleeping in a more normal pattern at night since she is feeling better so tonight I plan to do 30 min on the treadmill or the shred. Either way I will get in a work out ;). I'm holding steady at 123lbs - I want to lose those last 11lbs.
I went shopping two days ago because my transition jeans are way too lose, my prepregnancy jeans just don't fit right even though they can button comfortably. I'm kind of frustrated that my weight is the same as before I got pregnant, but my clothes aren't working. I know I should be patient. Four months isn't that much time. But it still sucked.
I've been working my abs a lot. I am taking a few days off because I have an infected insertion site from my insulin pump that is hurting. I've been taking at least a twenty minute jog on the treadmill each day.
Diet still sucks. Not really sure when that will actually change.
Yeah, my hardest area is diet right now, too. So i'm modifying my goals to get established with the exercise and "watch what I eat" but I'm not recording it right now. It just seems like overkill since I'm not committed. I spent a bit of time researching the new Weight Watchers points plus system this morning and am toying with the idea of joining...but it's expensive for what it is, and I'm not sure I can do it with the events upcoming, such as a week visit from my foodie sil. Though she is a skinny foodie who has this amazing ability to splurge only when it's a special occasion, but stick to a pretty strict diet all the other times. Of course, her visiting me is her splurge time.
Part of my problem is DH recently discovered he can cook real food. I work until 7pm, don't get home until 7:30 five nights a week. When I get home, I don't want to bother with cooking, so many nights he does it for me. He doesn't quite get the nutritional aspect of food, favoring anything that is really rich. I love that he will cook dinner so I don't have to, but good googley, could he cook some not-buttered veg?
So, uh....a friend brought over a pan of squares today that involved melting mars bars in butter, mixing with rice crispies and topping with an inch of chocolate+butter. Hmm. This was a day of epic diet fails.
However! I have been pleased with my small steps this past week or so.....making a real effort to eat less and less sugar - not cold turkey (obviously, melted mars bars...) but a definite decrease. We always eat really good, healthy, suppers, it's just the rest of the day - I have been trying to really make myself eat an actual meal at bfast and lunch instead of just grabbing something not so good for me and pouring more coffee.
I actually lost quite a bit of weight over the course of this pregnancy (2 sizes!) and would like to keep it off!!
Beth, that sounds epic. Worth it?! I'm drooling. My friend brought us a chocolate torte with raspberry coulis. Yummers. I think I'm about to do day 5 of the 30 day shred.
eta: day 5
Also, if my dh cooked dinner I would a.) love him more and b.) be much heavier. He's a comfort food guy.
Edited by RosemaryS-F - 2/14/12 at 6:20pm
Today was a big day. I've been increasing my exercising to 5 days a week, and cutting out some of the snacking during the day (between meal snacking only... still eating my ice cream). Anyway, this morning I dipped below my pre-pregnancy weight. By 0.2 pounds, but it counts. I had a migraine yesterday, so probably lost a pound vomiting, but I still saw the number on the scale.
So I'm not officially starting anything until I get through a bit of a stressful patch, but I've been reining in my snacking, and friends, I have made a shocking discovery. When I stop eating 1-2 sleeves of Arrowroot cookies per day (1 sleeve = 28 cookies), I lose weight. Surprising, I know. I'm down 3 lbs out of the 20 lbs I aim to lose.
Rosemary, I wish I could help, but I have a similar problem. We got a new scale recently and not only does it measure about 6 lbs over our old one, but it jumps around a lot more. The one trick I have found is to place it on the flattest spot in the bathroom floor. It seems much happier there and provides far more stable measurements.
Also, for all of you who are committing to regular exercise. I miss it a lot and yet that has not been enough to motivate me into a routine again beyond my daily physio exercises. I need to start it up again. I have never found that exercise does much for weight loss for me, but it's my most effective mood booster. (Well, it sort of helps weight loss in that it makes me feel better which makes it easier to eat well.)
lifeguard, wishing you lots of luck this weekend!!!
Amy May, woo-hoo!
Beth, yay for small steps!!
mythik, I think it's very reasonable to ease off when baby is not sleeping well. Glad she seems to be getting back on track!
livacreature, sorry about the site infection. I hate those, and I find that with the pace of life right now, it's tough to take the time to check my sets, change as needed, etc. Also, J keeps grabbing my tubing, a feature of babies this age that I had blocked from my memory.
If I got a new scale for the sake of accuracy and it measured 6 lbs above what I thought, that would be a deal breaker I think. Or else, I would forever mentally subtract 6 lbs from every weight it recorded because I would not believe it.
What are these cookies? Aren't they baby cookies?