Thursday, September 09, 2010
A little over a year ago (June 2009) I started my weight loss journey. I had the most success over those few months that I've ever had in trying to lose weight; in about 4 months I lost 20 pounds. And with those 20 pounds gone, I finally felt like I had accomplished what I'd been trying to accomplish for years, yes years!
Then in November, surprise, I'm pregnant! Now if losing 20 pounds isn't life-changing, finding out I'm pregnant sure is! The pregnancy was a bit unexpected and earlier than planned, but God always has other plans for my life and for that I am thankful.
I had a wonderful pregnancy, well mostly. I never got sick and for only about 4-6 weeks, I occasionally felt nauseated. I continued to walk when I felt like it, even though I had slowed down tremendously. I even walked in a 5k at the beginning of April when I was almost 6 months pregnant.
Toward the end of the pregnancy I started having some problems. At 36 weeks I went on antibiotics for a urinary tract infection that supposedly got to my kidneys. For 6 days I went through a great deal of pain for about an hour at a time, 4-5 times a day. The pain was so great, there was nothing I could take or do to ease the pain and give me comfort. Daniel held my hand and sat with me and just gave me support. I know he felt absolutely helpless that whole week. I felt helpless that whole week. I had to gut out the pain for the hour and when it was over I was so exhausted from it that I slept. I barely had an appetite and was exhausted for a whole week. When I got through my whole course of antibiotics and was virtually pain free, I worried the pain would come back at any time, not knowing if the pain was from the UTI or back labor. I talked to a Pharmacist friend who said she thought I had so much pain because my infection spread. Thankfully just as quick as that pain started, it was gone.
My eating habits were another story. I did gain 30 pounds which isn't too bad in my mind. It was too much for my current weight, but I wasn't too concerned.
Now, looking back, 30 pounds is a bit much. I'm thankful for the 20 pounds I lost prior to getting pregnant so 30 pounds gained wasn't so hard on my body.
Pregnancy is funny in that you can immediately drop half your pregnancy weight as soon as the baby is out. I had a 9 pound 8 ounce baby, so I lost close to 11 pounds in a matter of seconds, that's wild!
By 6 weeks postpartum, I had lost all 30 pounds and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I'm thankful for breast feeding and burning 500 calories a day, by basically sitting there and not doing anything. Awesome!
And now, our sweet daughter is 8 weeks and 2 days old and I have lost another 2.6 pounds (as of this past Saturday).
I am walking every weekday morning pushing baby girl in her stroller. She loves being pushed and I enjoy getting out with her and us both getting some fresh air. On Tuesday's and Thursday's I do more cardio when we get home from our walk and also some weights, through a DVD called Core Secrets. It's one of my favorites and keeps me interested.
My goals until the end of the year (and then I'll rework them again):
1. lose 30 pounds; that's 2 pounds a week
2. walk Monday through Friday with baby girl
3. on Tuesday's and Thursday's do a Core Secrets DVD, for at least 15 minutes
4. eat a balanced diet since I am breast feeding
5. don't count calories too much since I am breast feeding
6. take my vitamin everyday
I think these are great goals and since I've already been doing them for about 3 weeks, I'm already on the right track.
I'm glad to be back on Spark People. The encouragement and help is overwhelming and I'm so thankful for that!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Okay, am I the only one that thinks "The Biggest Loser" is crazy and dangerous?
I watched a taped episode at a family members house today and found it to be very alarming. I was speechless when I found out they only eat 1200 calories a day and burn 6000!!! Does anyone else that find unreasonable???
You have to create a calorie defecit everyday, I know that. You can create a defecit (which is good) even when you don't workout depending on how much/what you eat. Example: My body burns around 2,300 calories on its own, each day, with no workout. On Thursday I didn't work out, took the day off b/c my back was hurting, but still had a defecit of -442 calories b/c I only ate around 1800 calories. I worked out only 3 days this week before weighing in and lost 1.2 pounds. That is a big win to me!
My problem with 'The Biggest Loser' is burning 6000 calories a day and eating only 1200 calories; seems and is VERY unsafe. 1st: I would starve; as I'm sure most people have and do. I've tried 1200 calorie diets and they didn't work for me. I'm finally being realistic with my weight loss and goals and eating 1200 just wouldn't work for me. I like to eat. But now I watch what I eat. I measure and weigh everything so I know I'm getting all the right stuff.
And 6000 calories to burn, that's unreasonable. I would never want to burn 6000 calories in a day. I wouldn't be able to walk the next day or do anything. I would feel too worn out to workout the next day and it's just stupid and dangerous. I have a lot to lose too, around 80 more, at least. I know they have hundreds to lose in a short amount of time whereas I have all the time I need to lose my weight, but I just don't see how those trainers and doctors can support that calorie burn.
From what I've been reading, what's going to be effective (affective?) is to lose 1-2 pounds a week. You have the best chance of keeping it off, which I think to most people is more important; it is to me anyways. Being a "yo-yo" dieter is very unsafe for you and can be even more unsafe than carrying that extra weight around.
But everybody and every body is different. I know I just wouldn't want to be a part of something like that.
Spark people is what works for me! I tell anyone and everyone about my experience from it and it's all positive!!! It's the most effective tool I've found on my weight loss journey. I tried more times than I can count on one hand (maybe both) at "dieting" and weight loss and have failed b/c I'm not a calorie counter, I need someone to do it for me. Spark people takes care of that. I want to know my defecit for the day too. Am I working out too much, too little? What about eating, am I doing the right things? It's taken care of. I don't know enough about how my body works and what I need. That's why I've been so successful with my weight loss b/c I don't have to think about it. I plug it into spark people and it does the rest.
I'm so thankful for this amazing tool!
But really, am I the only one that thinks The Biggest Loser is nuts?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I came across an article on SP about sports bras and most women not wearing the proper fit and size.
I then thought to myself and told my husband, "I am one of those women."
I promptly found our measuring tape and got to work on figuring out my correct size (as the directions tell you in the article). Happily I figured that I am wearing the correct size bra, for everyday use. From what the article says on sports bras, I'm definitely wearing the wrong size for my size.
So I went out today and looked for a sports bra. I went to Wal-Mart, Target, JC Penney, Macy's, Ross Dress for Less, and Sports Authority. It was quite a bust (lol) at all places. I did end up buying 2 from Sports Authority. They aren't the style I was looking for but they are better support for the moment. I didn't want to spend an absolute fortune on 2-3 sports bras that (hopefully) won't fit for another couple of months as I continue my weight loss journey.
But it's still not the best support for my body. And I know that.
I will however spend a bit more money on sports bras when I'm down to the size I want to be so I know I will be getting the support I need. I hate that I'm not now but I couldn't find any good ones anywhere else.
Has anyone else had this problem?
And where do you buy your sports bras?
Here's the article on sports bras if you didn't see it. It's very informative.
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