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Honey badger motivation

Monday, February 24, 2014

A friend gave me a heads up that PBS was airing a show about honey badgers last Wednesday. I DVRed it and just watched part of it over the weekend. I loved seeing those fearless little critters trotting around! They have such pep in their step all the time. It made me smile and cheered me up after a hectic day. It also reminded me I haven't been on Spark in a while. I suggested Spark to a patient just last week. I really hope she signed up for it! It would be perfect for her.

Just because I haven't been here doesn't mean I haven't been trying to lose. I have lost all of my pregnancy weight (!!!!!!) and am currently more than a pound less than I was before I got pregnant!! It did take about 9 months to lose all of my pregnancy weight but as they say, it takes 9 months to put on, you should take at least 9 months to take it off.

I have been occasionally tracking my food with the Lose It app but my biggest weight loss tool has been breast feeding. I absolutely love it. I am actually in the process of applying to become a La Leche League leader to get hands on breast feeding support experience to fulfill the requirements to one day become a lactation consultant. I think my dream job would be to work in an OB office where I could help women get as healthy as possible before, during, and after pregnancy in addition to offering support with breast feeding. I would love it if every OB and pediatrician's office had their own lactation consultant. Breast feeding is a complex art that takes a lot of knowledge, time, energy, and training to effectively support. And I believe it's too important not to have that support available.

But alas, I became sidetracked by my latest passion! Besides breast feeding to use up lots of calories, I take the stairs at work (all the way from my office in the basement to the 9th floor of the hospital!) and I take my son for walks in the mall. I did recently purchase a running stroller. I can't wait for the weather to improve to take it for a spin!

I am still a YMCA member but I haven't been in months :( I want to sign my son up for swim and gym classes to do together but my work schedule makes that difficult. I work every third Saturday so I would miss a lot of classes. Part of me feels like we should quit to save money on something we aren't using, but I'm afraid to for some reason. It feels like I would be telling myself I'm never working out again. I know it's silly but I think at least having the membership leaves the option open for me even if I don't have much time to actually work out anymore.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 4/6/2014 10:21PM

    That sounds like an awesome dream job and you would be so good at it! If doctor's offices had someone like you on staff to talk with patients beforehand, there would be so many happy and healthy moms out there. I did not think about my health at all before I got pregnant. I went a whole year without caring about my body. If only I knew then what I know now.

That is awesome that you are at your pre-pregnancy weight. What a big accomplishment!

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GIANTMICROBE 2/24/2014 6:49PM

    Haha we talked about the honey badger at CrossFit tonight and how we all need to be honey badgers because "honey badger don't give a ****!" LOL

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MISSG180 2/24/2014 9:58AM

    I, too, loved breastfeeding my girls. Such a wonderfully cuddly time with them. And so good for both Mom and Baby.

Good to see you back!

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/24/2014 8:29AM

    Nursing was the best weight loss tool I ever had; I lost 30 lbs the first six weeks nursing my oldest! (She nursed a lot!)

Glad to have you back!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/24/2014 7:55AM

    I think breast feeding is the best thing in the world that women and newborns can experience. I don't have kids, but I have lots of hippy friends who did and breast fed their kids til they were toddlers. Why not? Free food!
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Congrats on the weight loss! You're doing a super job!

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Baby Cameron - gratuitous baby photo included :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

He's heeeeere! And will be 12 weeks old tomorrow! Time sure flies when you're having fun! I love my little guy so much and of course have literally hundreds of photos of him. Here is one of my favorites:

I go back to work Wednesday emoticon but on the bright side, I may have more time to be on SP while I'm there. We'll see how it goes. I am back to tracking my food and loving the giant amount of calories I am allowed thanks to breastfeeding. I am starting out at about 145 lbs - pretty much where I started the first time I did SP! I have a lot less time to devote to exercise this time around, but hopefully the calories used by breastfeeding will make up for it!

Here I am at 40 weeks pregnant - I delivered at exactly 41 weeks. I gained 40 lbs (started at 132 lbs and ended at 172 lbs). Now that's a bump!!

He was a BIG boy at 9 lbs 9 oz and 22 inches. At 2 weeks postpartum I was 148 lbs so the weight loss has been very slow so far - about a pound a month, but that has been without trying at all. I plan on taking at least six months to lose the last 12-15 lbs.

I hope my Spark Friends are doing well and I look forward to catching up with you :)

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MISSG180 8/6/2013 10:19PM

    I was out of town when you wrote this, so I'm a little late with the congratulations, but YAY!!!! He's adorable! You look very happy.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/29/2013 10:27AM

What a cutie patootie!!
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JEREMY723 7/27/2013 5:35PM

    Congrats! He's so cute:)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 7/23/2013 8:09AM

    He's so adorable!

Good luck to you going back to work. I'm sure having a plan will help you get back on track. Are you able to take him for walks in the stroller (when this weather cooperates)?

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ANGYAS 7/23/2013 4:10AM

    so cute ;) emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS 7/22/2013 8:24PM

    Sooooo cute!!!!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 7/22/2013 6:49PM

    I have a little on named Cameron too!! Cute pics and congrats emoticon

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STEPHANIE302013 7/22/2013 3:19PM

    so cute!!!

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EG8383 7/22/2013 3:08PM

  HI welcome back to spark and congrats on that cutie Cameron there! He's adorable =) Life is busier now but you will do great! Happy Monday!

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SUECHRIS50 7/22/2013 1:11PM

    what a beautiful bundle of JOY!!you look awesome!!

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CENTURYFLOWER 7/22/2013 1:06PM

    I'm so glad I logged in just in time to see Cameron's picture! Oh I'm so happy for you! What a cutie!

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Ignorance, denial, or overwhelmed?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A friend that is a fitness instructor posted something on Facebook that caught my eye:
"Found this poster at my uncle's house from the early 80's. Near 30 years later Diet and exercise are still considered the keys to health and longevity, but yet we fail to recognize that still!"

I wanted to comment but so many thoughts streamed through my head! I really don't think it's something to which we are ignorant. I would love to know how many people really don't realize this by now. I feel like it's an obvious concept - it's making the changes that can be difficult, for whatever reason. We recognize it, we just don't act on it. That explains dietitians and other health professionals who don't always walk the walk (myself included!). Why do we ignore it?

A member of my family asked me this weekend if he should take vitamin B12. My immediate response, before I could even filter myself, was "no, you should exercise!" I knew he was going to say it was because he was tired all the time - which was his response. I told him it may seem counterintuitive, but some physical activity could give him more energy. I also asked him if he has been wearing his CPAP for his sleep apnea - something I know he doesn't like to do and he had not been. Two behavioral modifications that would help relieve his fatigue, but it is still much easier to pop a vitamin once a day! I did tell him he could ask his doctor to check his level along with other labs to see if he was anemic or had some other deficiency to explain it. But deep down, I think the other two issues were bigger concerns.

I don't blame him for longing for that easier way out - I did the same thing when I was a teenager. I had terrible stomach aches growing up and I always wanted it to be some actual medical issue, like a disease of some sort that was beyond my control. I hated when the doctor would just tell me I needed to eat more fiber! I didn't want to have to change my habits. I thought it would be easier to have some surgery or have to take some medicine! I realize now how silly that is. After living a healthier lifestyle, I realize it is really not that hard!

I remember when I came to the realization that I needed to do something to stop gaining weight and actually make an attempt to lose some. I burst into tears because I was terrified I was going to start a cycle of crazy dieting and weight fluctuations. And I do this for a living! It is really overwhelming to start all this. But then while you're in the swing of things, it seems so easy! Getting into the autopilot where the exercising and the tracking is not optional, but mandatory didn't take long. I almost feel like it took longer to break the habit!

I am mostly writing this as a message to myself when I want to start losing the baby weight! Don't deny what needs to be done. Get back on track with what worked so well the first time:
~Track every bite and preferably before you eat it
~Workout as much as time allows - and stop telling yourself walking doesn't count!
~Remember the quote "Someone even busier than you is working out right now!" Find the time, it's for your health.
~Make every choice considering what your body deserves
~Only splurge when it's worth it - don't eat it unless you love it!
~Just do something, even if it's only one healthy thing a day

Now in the meantime, I need to focus on trying to stay physically active for the remainder of this pregnancy. I haven't done anything for exercise since I did the Color Run - which we actually ran less than 1k of! That was in October. So the goal is to walk at least once a week for at least 20 minutes. I find it hard to get myself to get up and go to the gym because I start thinking "it's just walking, it doesn't really matter that much if I skip it!" But some is better than none. I want to maintain the habit of visiting the gym or devoting a little time to working out. Actually it's more like reestablish than maintain at this point!!

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FLGIRL1234 1/2/2013 4:53PM

    A little late reading this ...sorry.

I love this blog though. You are still trudging along....it doesn't matter the pace. Good for you on getting back out there.

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APPLESBANANAS 12/13/2012 10:38AM

    Great job setting some new goals and giving yourself some time to think things over. Lately I've been lying in bed at night before going to sleep and thinking, "this is your last year of just you and Grant. Soon you'll be pregnant or with a baby, and then that will be forever." Pretty gloomy stuff, but its true, and most nights I am regretting that I didn't take 5 minutes to put away the dishes or balance the checkbook. Positive, productive momentum feels so good. I was going to skip working out today but instead I'm getting on the elliptical for a few minutes after reading your blog.

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HIPPICHICK1 12/13/2012 9:59AM

    I think that humans are fairly lazy by nature and we have also forgotten out natural instincts to a certain extent. When given the choice we will sit rather than stand, walk rather than run, eat fast food rather than cook a healthy meal, take a pill rather than count calories, exercise and eat well.
In my Spark honeymoon phase I recall people asking me HOW I'd lost the weight and when I told them how (diet and exercise) you should have seen their face drop with disappointment. It was truly a sad thing for me to realize that they thought it was a magic pill that I had been taking. Maybe I should have made up a story like Stone Soup to candy coat the weight loss process.

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JEREMY723 12/13/2012 7:53AM

    Though I agree with you on advice for your friend asking about B12, asking his doctor would be good if he's VERY tired after a good night's sleep.

That was my situation and it's pernicious amemia. Monthly shots for life are the only way to get around it.

I"ll post a photo of the turkey trot shirt in the next couple of days. It's colorful but I don't think there's a turkey.

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MISSG180 12/12/2012 6:01PM

    I think people are really used to the notion that everything should be easy, and our lifestyle has taught us to expect instant. It's hard, and we aren't used to hard anymore.

Go you; get those walks in.

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SENIMMO 12/12/2012 5:30PM

    Like everyone (who counts emoticon ) keeps telling me, every little bit counts. Every small step in the right direction is to be celebrated. emoticon emoticon

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Obsessed with foooood!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Uh, trying to write this blog in place of stuffing my face with more food! I just thought to myself, "I can't wait to go to sleep so I can wake up tomorrow and eat more food." Not exactly a healthy thought, but at least I know I'm cut off the rest of today! I tracked my calories for the day - hadn't in a while - in an attempt to convince myself that I don't need anything else today!

I'm 21 weeks pregnant tomorrow. I didn't gain any weight for the first trimester and I used it as an excuse to go even more liberally with my intake. I also finally felt hungry again after being a bit queasy. Now I've gained about a pound a week, which is normal, but I just don't want to go over that! I'm about 10 pounds up so that puts me on track for a 30 pound weight gain overall. As long as I get this food obsession under control!

I am still yet to reach my highest weight I was before I started SP. I am wondering how it will feel to pass that weight! I'm still in my "comfort zone" now - none of the numbers on the scale are too much of a shocker yet. I think the scale will be harder to watch than my belly. I love seeing my bump grow!! It's all worth it and reversible with a little hard work and some serious Sparking!

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MISSG180 12/12/2012 1:36PM

    Growing a baby is important business. As long as you are eating healthy food, then you are doing the best thing for your little one. Go you!

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LMCBUD 12/11/2012 10:20AM

    Sounds like baby is growing :) Don't beat yourself up over food -- just make healthy choices. I ate a ton when I was pregnant with my daughter. I gained 35 lbs and dropped all but 10 of them during breast feeding. The last 10 I had to work at but you are already in that habit!!!

Enjoy being a new mama! :)

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APPLESBANANAS 12/11/2012 9:38AM

    What an adventure! Im glad you're not so nauseous anymore, and also glad you're aware of your health while you're pregnant, but don't be too obsessed. I can't believe its 21 weeks already! Congrats again.

Every time I see baby things I think of you. I almost bought you a silicone bib yesterday that looked like a trough that can catch anything that falls from baby's mouth...but then I realized that the words "fashionable, cute" on the package were just marketing ploys and your baby might look like a futuristic robot wearing it.

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HIPPICHICK1 12/10/2012 11:53PM

    Well what do you expect after not eating (or feeling nauseated) for 3 months? Congrats on the wee one!!
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GR8ERJOY 12/10/2012 9:19PM

    Congratulations! It's such an amazing experience. Keep yourself focused, but remember to be kind to yourself and that little bambino.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

At 15 weeks and I think I have an official baby bump!

I've only gained about a pound or two overall but I know I have plenty to go! One of the nice things about having lost weight before getting pregnant is that almost all of my clothes still fit. I'm afraid my belly was bigger than this when I was 15 pound heavier!

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MISSG180 11/1/2012 3:55PM

    Adorable bump!!!

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GIANTMICROBE 11/1/2012 7:49AM

    OK, you should take this very seriously from me because I can't stand baby bumps.

Yours is cute.

You should be HONORED.

LOL :)

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LYNNANN43 10/31/2012 11:59PM

    What a cute baby bump! emoticon emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/31/2012 8:13PM

    Awe!! What a cute little baby bump! emoticon

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JEREMY723 10/31/2012 7:58PM

    Congrats! Enjoy these months!

I hope you made it through Sandy without any down trees, etc!

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HOLLYM48 10/31/2012 6:46PM

    Congrats on your baby! Wishes for healthy and happy months ahead and a healthy baby in your future! emoticon

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