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kallalillie's Avatar kallalillie 08:05 PM 11-17-2004
I need a weight-loss buddy, too.

1. I want to like the way I look so my daughter can have a positive view of her body, too.

2. I want to be able to keep up with her - she's a firecracker, full of energy

3. Two-story house! I'd like to still have breath in me when I reach the top of the stairs lugging an extra 30 lbs - (dd)

4. I want more stamina.

5. If I lose weight, maybe my husband will, too, and then I won't be so disgusted with his body now that it's changed.

(We lost a daughter to Down's syndrome/severe heart defects before her birth in 2002, and our second daughter in 2003 left me bedridden for four months and on insulin and blood thinners until her birth - we gained a lot of weight and we weren't thin before, either.) Anyway, when we married, my husband was a 34" waist and a 36" inseam (very tall) and I was a size 16. Now I'm a 20/22 and he's headed for a 50" waist. Fifty inches! I think it's a little understandable that I'm a little grossed out...although it isn't very mature, now is it...

So, how will I reach my goals??

I'm still breastfeeding, so no removal of any section of the FGP (food guide pyramid) and I try to avoid artificial sweeteners/chemical ingredients. Looks like I need exercise then...

*wrinkles her nose*
Here's the big question - how do you exercise with a toddler??

NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 08:13 PM 11-17-2004

I have a 9 mo that I also nurse. I'm not into the no-carb thing myself, but I do think it is important to lower the amount of carbs, especially the non-healthy ones.
As far as the exercise goes, I suggest getting a jogging stroller if you don't already have one. Look for a used one. Start walking, then walking faster and faster. Then if you're up to it (which I usually am not) start jogging. The important thing is that you're pushing yourself a little more and more. Another suggestion is to get a video of something you think you can get into. For me, it's pilates. I try to do it when my ds is napping, but sometimes I do it while he's awake and he crawls all over me.
Good luck!, and keep checkin' in with us.
kallalillie's Avatar kallalillie 12:08 AM 11-18-2004
I bought Tae-bo a couple of years ago...maybe I should actually try it. (Actually, I did try it, but then I felt so stupid bouncing around that I quit.)

Thanks for the welcome! We're all up here in WA, where it is darned cold and rainy, but I'd never thought of hauling out the stroller. I got it as a baby shower gift and never used it - well, we took it to Seattle Center once and Adia hated it. I was going to buy a little red wagon for her for Christmas, so maybe she'll like being pulled in it.

Food diary....*shudders*

1 bowl of kiddie cereal (Fruit Loops. Yes, I KNOW they're bad. But they were *there*)
1/2 c soy milk

I bowl noodles and veggies (kinda Thai)

and I don't know what dinner is. Better go ask. It's the Man's turn to cook.

Plady's Avatar Plady 11:38 AM 11-18-2004
Hi guys,

Good call on prepping mentally for T-Day. I have been idly surfing for low-carb menus but I know that I'm still going to want to chow down (especially since I'll be cooking everything!). I think the long walk after dinner is a great idea. I'll have to keep working on this one though. Do any of you have good low-carb side ideas?

Welcome Misty! I kind of agree that Tae-Bo can be a little embarrassing but I think it really is an amzing workout (just go at your own pace because they don't usually warm-up so well, I often rewind the warm-up segment and do that twice). However, I do find that sometimes dd (she's 3) will do some punching a kicking with me if I invite her. It doesn't always work but it's worth a shot.

Anyway, welcome! (and get rid of those fruit loops!!!)
josiesutcliffe's Avatar josiesutcliffe 05:07 PM 11-18-2004
Originally Posted by NorCal Mama
: suggest getting a jogging stroller if you don't already have one.

Or.... babywearing. There's nothing like walking up a hill with 26lb of baby strapped to your back to burn off some calories. And it's fun for the kidlet too. Babywearing's kind of my obsession

Not doing too well here, in fact as I type I have a cup of tea and a handful of chocolate covered raisins. We have a lot of family flying in from the UK tomorrow and I'm a little stressed over it (plus worrying about work while I'm out on vacation) so I think that's the reason for the self sabotage
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 06:14 PM 11-18-2004
Hey Everyone,

DS's birthday, combined with a surprise visit from my mom with my two nephews (ACK!!), too many projects and a cold that won't quit and I've been totally overwhelmed.

We ate like $#i! while Mom was here, but it was nice to treat myself. I did gain back 3 lbs, but I'm down 4, so I've actually LOST one!

The worst part is that I haven't gotten any exercise in the past few weeks. First, literally no time. Now, I can't breathe well enough and I don't really want to be outside as the Santa Ana's are blowing. Ugh.

I have been thinking lots about T day. I'm going to make a whole grain/rice stuffing instead of bread, with lots of nuts, so it will be lower carb, if not low-carb. I'm also going to avoid mashed potatoes, but might do sweet potatoes. No pie this year. My DH's family is coming and none of them eat pie, so why have the tempation? I got some super fancy cookies from an Armenian bakery that are beautiful, but I don't really like, so I think that will help with the temptation. Also, the South Beach cookbook has a lower-carb, lower-fat version of the typical green bean casserole and I'm definitely doing crudite this year.

The biggie, though, is going to be my birthday. It's the big THREE-OH and I am going out with the girls. Drink, drink, drink!! (I haven't been to a bar or club in about 4 years now. . .) I'll definitely make up for it after!

Pray for no more winds and a healthy body so I can EXERCISE!!!

How's everyone else doing?
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 08:15 PM 11-18-2004
the hard way:

If I don't do my exercise first thing in the morning, I'm done for.

Not exercising, ice cream, frosting on a spoon. :
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 08:26 PM 11-18-2004
But since I have a regular conference call Mon and Thurs at 9:00 AM and have to get some work in before that, those days are out. If I'm lucky, I can hit the 10 AM yoga class on Wed and/or Fri, but it's damn hard to get those urujaya (sp?) breaths going when your filled with snot.

I really, really, really want to go skating at the park, but again, the whole breathing thing. . .

In-laws here next week though. Should be the PERFECT excuse to get out of the house, hm?
kallalillie's Avatar kallalillie 10:30 PM 11-18-2004
I did better about today's breakfast...sure I did...blueberry waffles. No syrup and no margarine, either. Adia had eggs and reduced-fat sausage, but she ended up gnawing waffles with me while her father looked on in semi-horror - he says I'm going to turn her into a "granola freak." I am NOT a granola freak! (I like it, though.) I just want to feel better about myself.

At the moment, we're inside from habit, having a quiet day - Adia woke up with a fever of 102 rectally, so we're keeping her down to keep her rested and see if she can shake it off alone. For lunch, we had a bean and cheese quesadilla, without any sour cream. (I didn't have any.) (I can't eat it anyway...) My husband won't eat them without sour cream, though, and he says the light stuff tastes funny, and he won't even try plain yogurt instead.


Dinner's chicken soup with egg dumplings. I'd better go get it started now or we won't eat until 9.

I find it's hard to exercise when you eat late or really early. Does it help to have set mealtimes, or hinder?
Plady's Avatar Plady 02:25 PM 11-23-2004
I have been totally unsuccessful in visualizing a totally low-carb TDay. I'm making a turkey (nice and low carb) and stuffing (DH's favorite part) and a pumpkin ice cream pie. The pie won't be low-carb but I just felt like I couldn't use artificial sweetners in the dessert as we're having a pregnant guest who is really careful about eating all natural stuff and I was also getting depressed thinking about trying to adjust everything just for me. Our guests are bring a salad and a veggie side dish and maybe another dessert.

My plan of action is to enjoy the meal but just one serving and then to take NorCalMama's idea and plan on a nice long walk after dinner. And, I'm also making everything from scratch (corn bread for stuffing, stock, etc) so I will know what is in it and feel more appreciative of my own efforts. I figure that if I can't bring myself to stick to the diet for that one day at least I can savor every bite.

How are you all doing?
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 03:59 PM 11-23-2004
Well, I'm doing all right. I've been doing my pilates everyday I've even been adding an exercise everyday. However, Friday, was dh's birthday, which I of course had to make his favorite cake which is also my favorite. Carrot cake. I've been doing O.K. with it. The temptation is hard. Yesterday I had 2 pieces, the day before 1 piece and the 2 days before I resisted the temptation. Today, I'm hoping, planning to not have any. I'm keeping it in the oven so I don't have to look at it every time I go into the kitchen. That helps some.
I like the new smilies. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 04:47 PM 11-23-2004
Hey ladies,

Check out my new signature!!! Off and running AGAIN!!! (Didn't even have AF in between. WHOA!)

Current: 164 lbs.
LT Goal: 150 and muscle
New Goal: no weight gain for the next 9 weeks
ST Goal: no more than 20 lbs. during this pg, if I can

Good thoughts and prayers and wishes for me and the new jellybean, please!!!
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 05:28 PM 11-23-2004
congratulations! mmgarda

could you fill me in what A/F and m/c mean?

So you'll probably not be involved in this thread anymore, but I'll look for you elsewhere. Good Luck and have a healthy happy pregnancy!
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 05:34 PM 11-23-2004
AF = Aunt Flow
m/c = miscarriage

I got pregnant, miscarried at 5 weeks (starting bleeding on 10/14/04), never got my period and am now pregnant again.


Assuming I o'd (ovulated) 2 weeks after beginning to bleed, I must have conceived right around Halloween and am about 3 weeks along now.

Somewhere in the initial, welcoming threads is a sticky for all the abbreviations you'll find on MDC.
Plady's Avatar Plady 03:14 AM 11-24-2004
Congrats mmgarda!

Sending comfy embryo vibes your way!
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 02:31 AM 11-28-2004
So, how did it go for everyone? I succeeded in making all of my goals. We had an unexpected Thanksgiving day. My oldest ds got a stomach ache in the morning and we were supposed to drive about 3 hours away. We stayed home, and I went to Safeway( the only store open) and put together a last minute Thanksgiving meal. We had all the typical Thanksgiving foods, and I was able to make it all light. It all turned out all right.
My new pilates maximum burn video came in the mail yesterday, and I was able to try it out for the first time today.
Plady's Avatar Plady 01:57 PM 11-28-2004
It went okay! I had a little bit more than I'd wanted to initially and I felt sick because of it right after dinner (it was really the third glass of wine that put me over the edge ).
The next day was where my resolve actually kicked in though, I DID NOT eat another piece of pumpkin ice cream pie and I DID NOT eat a bunch of stuffing! I did have some leftover turkey and that was all there was, T-Day is over and I even hit my T-Day Challenge goal from the other thread! I'd wanted to lose an inch and a half by T-Day and yesterday I did my measurements and sure enough! I'm down an inch and a half at my waist and more on my hips and thighs! I'm so pleased, I'd been feeling like it was getting futile and all my exercise was for naught but no! It's happening!
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 03:16 PM 11-29-2004
That's so awesome!

I failed pretty spectacularly. Lots of carbs and sweets in the house and I basically can't stand my in-laws, so I just gave myself permission to pig out.

I am SO ready to get back on the wagon, though. I'm totally blocked up and feel like I put on 5 lbs! I want a big fat salad today! I might have to go to the grocery store!
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 04:03 PM 11-29-2004
I just hooked up with someone on MDC, who happens to live right down the street. What a small world! We even went for a nice walk this am. I believe I have a new walking better. Sure helps for the motivation.
Great job Plady! mmgarda, don't get yourself down too much, we all have our moments, and you're providing for 2 now. Those first months, I remember, I was hungry constantly, especially for those yummy carbs.
josiesutcliffe's Avatar josiesutcliffe 02:02 PM 12-01-2004

I did OKish at Thanksgiving. We had family over from England so we had 8 people in our little house including 4 small children. So apart from a few indiscretions I didn't really have time to eat any junk!

Am feeling kind of yucky at the moment with a stomach bug but trying to look on the bright side - I think I've lost a couple of pounds (scale is out of power). Not the most fun way to do it though.

Slipped up today - I had a rice crispie treat, vanilla cookies and a packet of chips (favourites brought over from England). Didn't even want them because I don't feel well but think it's something to do with stress - my husband is muttering about leaving jobs, selling the house and moving back to the UK which has thrown me into a bit of a panic.

Well enough of my waffling. Hope everyone else is doing well.

mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 03:43 PM 12-01-2004
But not as bad as the day before.

As predicted, I polished off the ramen from the day before, but I did add some broccoli so there was more fiber and vitamins. It was tasty and helped the nausea, so I don't feel too guilty. Of course, I followed it up with a large portion of mixed nuts and dried fruit. :

Then, when I went grocery shopping, I was really thirsty so I bought and drank a pint of chocolate milk. But I figure I need the calcium and potassium anyway, so I'm not going to worry. (Despite the fact that it was like 60 g carbs!) :LOL

I did really good for dinner, though I ate more than I should have. Pan fried super-garlicky tofu w/ kim chee, spinach and carrots. I'm really craving the spicy stuff right now. All in all, I'd say I probably ate 4 or 5 times as many grams of carbs yesterday than I want to be eating. Yikes.

So far today, I've had turkey sausage and eggs., along w/ ginger tea. I'm planning on a turkey salad scoop (I have to make it still) on top of fresh spinach w/ baby carrotts and cherry tomatoes for lunch. Yum.

How's everyone else?
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 08:51 PM 12-03-2004
this morning, I decided to take a break and not do my pilates. Which was fine, but then I went to the Co-op and was craving something bready and fruity, so I bought a box of cereal bars. I was only going to have one, but I ATE THE WHOLE BOX! : That comes to a total of 150g of carbs just for a snack. 720 calories. 78g of sugar. I feel like doing this :Puke but, I'm not bulemic, nor do I want to be, so I won't.
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 03:02 PM 12-06-2004
I'm doing good here. I'm enjoying my new pilates video. It's great for strength and toning, but I need something a little more for cardio. I don't want to buy a big machine. I need something for the days that it's too cold to take ds out in the stroller. I don't even get cardio that way, because I usually just walk, sometimes I fast pace walk. But anyway, I"m thinking about getting some kind of video.
kalalillie, I was considering the Tae Bo. I checked one out on-line, but I don't know. Does anyone have any good suggestions, for a good cardio video. I know I wouldn't be into step-aerobics, I like dancing, and maybe I'd like kick- boxing.?
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 03:31 AM 12-10-2004
Hey, what's up everyone? Has this thread lost its fire?
mmgarda's Avatar mmgarda 05:03 PM 12-10-2004
Hey all,

I've been having a rough time because I'm so dang hungry all the time! I have had to add more carbs back into my diet, just to deal with the m/s and so it's been tough. plus, I had bronchitis for 3 weeks, so no exercise.

BUT, I've lost a few more pounds, so I"m back to 163 which is great. My goal still is to keep it to 185 for the whole pregancy, if I can (I went to 215 w/ DS, so. . .). I also made it to yoga this week, FINALLY, and I am so darn sore! : I was definitely going to go again next week, but I just got a job interview, so. . . Ah well. I need a more steady paycheck anyway.

How are the rest of you?
NorCal Mama's Avatar NorCal Mama 06:53 PM 12-29-2004
I remember craving carbs so bad during my pregnancy too. And being so worn out so easily. Everything in moderation, huh?

Since this thread doesn't seem to be going anywhere anymore, I started a new one if anyone's interested. It's titled: Need Support Group . I do so much better when I have others to check in with regularly. I've been doing so badly during Christmas. I know I've put on some weight that I worked so hard to lose. Hope all of you are doing well.

I hope to see you all in my new thread!
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