Just read the first few posts...can't wait to read the rest. This is just what I need, I'm not sure about how to safely drop these extra pounds while nursing.<br><br>
DD is up, gotta go.
Ithappened- That is part of my problem, too, I have a husband and 7 year old to cook for and while they're not picky, salads just wouldn't be enough for them. Although I do steam plenty of veggies and try to cook healthfully. How did the shopping go? Did you find some flattering shorts?<br>
AmandaAmanda- sounds like a good idea to start a new May thread to keep track of goals.<br>
As for me, I now weigh 151, down 23 pounds since giving birth, with 15 more to go to reach my goal! I've stopped eating after 7 or 8, and cut down on snacks, 3 good meals and maybe 2 snacks a day, which is plenty for me.
Amanda, great idea! I am currently 122 - 125 depending on when I weigh myself (down 19 pounds since I came home from the hospital, yay fluid weight, but now for the hard part!). My goal is to lose 22 - 25 pounds, putting me at 100.<br><br>
It's been hard to eat consistently well. Today I had 4 frozen waffles with maple syrup for breakfast. Lunch was a chicken breast with carrots and celery (good, right...but wait for it...). Then a fruit smoothie (still good, right?). Then chocolate chips (not so great). I've decided just to eat them all until they're gone and then not buy any more. The sugar cravings are hard to deal with. I used to replace sugar with coffee and that worked, but now I can't handle that much caffeine. Decaf doesn't really do it. Breakfast is also a challenge. Nothing much except simple carbs really appeals. I was eating eggs, but I just can't face them anymore, for some reason. However, one only goes so far with frozen waffles, or Cheerios, or even oatmeal. A few hours later I'm shaky and sick feeling, crashing down from the sugar.<br><br>
On the plus side, went for a great walk this morning! Longer than I expected, as I took a wrong turn (postpartum mush brain is good for something, apparently) and added a fair bit of distance to my route.
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I <i>thought</i> it went well.. till I came home and showed DH.. (disclaimer: I always ask him to give me a totally honest opinion on clothes). When I put them on, he said.. 'hmm, interesting, they look sort of like a 1950s grandmother from France'<br><br>
so, I guess those will be going back to the store.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I will probably wait till we're in the US this summer to shop, stuff in the EU is waaaay more expensive, esp anything American.<br><br>
As for food. I am going to try to cut down a lot on wheat for a while, as well as processed sugars. I am also trying to run 2-4 miles, 3-4 times a week. I have about 4-5lbs to go before I am at pre-preg weight and about 8 until I am at 'goal' but to be honest I'd be happy just to be down 4-5 more lbs.<br><br>
Breakfast: I am doing buckwheat groats + oats, a few nuts with whole milk yogurt (keeps me full longer) + coffee or I will have egg whites<br><br>
Lunch: I had half a grilled cheese and a huge salad with an apple<br><br>
Not sure what we're doing for dinner.. was considering making this <a href="http://www.hungry-girl.com/week/weeklydetails.php?isid=1714" target="_blank">falfael</a> recipe
I have a few workout DVDs on hold at the library, so hopefully I'll find one I like so I can keep working out even though I can't hit the gym with our new schedules.<br><br>
Problem though--my right knee has started really hurting last night and today, and I have no idea what started it. I've been back at work running around the restaurant, so that might be it I guess? Also I have been horrible about stretching when I WAS working out, so I think I'll give that a shot and hopefully the pain goes away. Right now it hurts to even walk, and twisting or turning on it causes sharp pain. UGH.
I think I ate too much yesterday; however, the food was all healthy, so I'm counting that as a success! No chocolate at all was consumed. My LO broke out in a rash yesterday, so I decided that I really needed to cut out the obvious breast milk irritants -- chocolate and dairy (can't quite cut out the caffeine; I only have one cup of tea/day anyway). Also, I'm lactose intolerant myself. For some reason my pregnant body was OK with some dairy, but now, I am definitely noticing a bad reaction to cheese, etc. Sad. I love cheese. That should help keep the calories down, but we will see how I do.<br><br>
I walked yesterday too, but today looks grey and imminently rainy, plus I need to get some stuff done around the house. (Yeah, right! How much stuff can I actually achieve with a baby on my shoulder? Or, if I'm lucky, in the sling? She fussed all night last night (again!), and now she's sleeping peacefully on my lap -- oh, the irony -- good thing she's SO extremely cute!)<br><br>
And I also joined babyfit.com, a pregnant/lactating offshoot of Spark. I think I need to explore it a bit more. So far it doesn't seem to offer what I want, which is to put in actual weight loss goals. It does allow you to track your calories (provided the food you have is in their database; I stumped it this morning with nutritional yeast, and does my white egg bread that I made myself really count as the standard, store-bought "white bread?"), and it does suggest how many calories you should eat, but to what end? To maintain? To lose? If so, at what speed? Anyone know more about their interface and options?
<b>Annie Mac</b>- Im using mydailyplate aka livestrong. I found they have way more variety in terms of foods you can track and their interface is very user friendly.. you can also add custom 'fitness' routines so I have breastfeeding which I minus 200 cals for as actvity every day. . .
Well I got a mountain bike for my anniversary and I love it, but DH seems to love it more because he has ridden it more than me. Which I knew was going to be a problem since I am the one that wears the baby. It sure was a lot of fun to take care of three kids while DH rode my bike (eyes roll).<br><br>
I went to the store with all three kids to go clothes shopping, that was awesome...not. I grabbed several things and took them home. Well good news - they all fit- bad news they are bigger sizes than I am used to - but at least they fit right? I will be keeping a few summer dresses and a couple of shirts, but will be taking the rest back to the store. Yay for shopping with little ones LOL.<br><br>
I feel like I am losing weigth, and I seem to have a smaller belly when I look in the mirror so something must be working. I just have to try harder and work out more.
Ithappened: Thanks for the link suggestion. Much better site! I like the graph where you can chart your weight. I added 350 for breastfeeding. Maybe I'm being optimistic, but I read that nursing burns 200 - 600 calories/day. That's a big differential, but my LO is EBF, and still very young, so it must be at least that much.<br><br>
And Happiestever: Funny! Are you sure your husband didn't buy you one of those "gifts" that are really for them? I had a bf who gave me an espresso machine once. He LOVED it! When we broke up, I gave it to him, as he was the only one who ever used it.<br><br>
Does anyone have an idea how long it takes for the uterus to get back to normal small size post C-section? I read it takes 6 wks post vaginal birth, but it's got to be longer when it's actually been cut open. Anyway, I'm figuring I still have some uterus size to lose, which makes me feel a bit better. It's probably not ALL fat (ahem, sorry, "maternal reserves"). For those mamas who had a CS, I've noticed that my belly is kind of hanging down like it never did before. I assume this is normal, but does it go away? Obviously, less belly = less drooping.
Here is our new thread- <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=15360440#post15360440" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...0#post15360440</a><br><br>
Let me know if you want anything added. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
You should plan to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight by 6 to a year after conveyance. Most ladies lose half of their child weight by about a month and a half after post-pregnancy. The rest frequently falls off over the next several months.