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Postpartum Update

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Two weeks after my baby was born my weight was down to 3 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. Yahoo! Much of that weight had been muscle and was now fat, but still. Only 3 lbs.

Well, two weeks later and I'm up 7 lbs, to be 10 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. Well that's fine. 10 lbs isn't too bad. But WTF? Why would I suddenly gain 7 lbs in a couple of weeks?

I'm now a month postpartum and I'm ready to start exercising. I feel well enough healed and have the energy, so I'm going to go ahead, even though I technically haven't been cleared for exercise by my midwife yet.

I've decided to do the TurboFire program. It looks like a lot of fun. I've done two workouts so far, and I know I'll like it.

However, given the fact that I haven't exercised in months and my body is totally out of it because of the pregnancy, I think I'll start with the 9 week prep schedule, rather than jumping right into the HIIT workouts.

So yesterday I did the Fire30 workout and oh my word! It was hard! Just fast paced and unfamiliar choreography. I know I'll enjoy it once I get the hang of it. Today was Stretch40 which was just a yoga session. It felt so good! But now I feel like I need to go for a run, since I didn't really get my heart rate up today or burn any calories. But I am really looking forward to doing that workout again and increasing my flexibility.

I'm trying really hard to feel good about my body right now. I just had a freaking baby, after all. I need to be patient and gentle with myself. But mostly I just feel yucky and ugly. I want to jumpstart things. Figuring out how much to exercise (but not too much too soon) and how much to eat to lose weight but not compromise my milk supply is frustrating. I keep seeing the scale creep up, and I'd really like to see that change direction.

I'd LOVE to lose 10 lbs by the end of the summer. But with breastfeeding, I don't know if that will happen. I didn't lose weight while breastfeeding the last two times, so I'm not terribly optimistic. But I didn't put the effort in the last two times like I'm motivated to this time.



  
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KIMBOLEENA1974 7/16/2013 6:56PM

    A lot of that change in the scale could be from the milk you are making now. :) Be patient with yourself. Wow, I was always 50 pounds above my prepregnancy weight at your same stage. You have done really well. Congratulations on your little one! :)

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MYAKAYAH 7/11/2013 6:30AM

    It sounds like you have a very good plan to follow to lose your baby weight. Plus you didn't gain that much. Remember "I need to be Patient & Gentle with myself."
It seems you did nicely in your pregnancy with maintaining your weight so its just a matter of finding the balance of food & exercise to get you where you want to be while making sure the baby is getting all it needs! You'll get there~ emoticon emoticon

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Postnatal New Beginning

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I haven't been on SP for a while, as I've been pregnant and not trying to lose weight.

Here I am, one week postpartum, with a gorgeous baby boy, and thinking about getting the baby weight off and back into shape.

The good news is I didn't gain a ton with this pregnancy, and at 1 week postpartum, I only have 7 lbs to lose before I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight. The bad news is that I have lost a lot of muscle and replaced it with fat. So the number may not be huge, but the body composition is the problem.

I currently weigh 147 lbs and have a 41% body fat percentage and a BMI of 25.

Oy.

I can't start exercising yet, and likely won't be able to for about another month. At least not serious exercise. I do have a few postnatal exercises I want to do for my abs and pelvic floor. But I can't start running or lifting again yet. I also can't really cut calories because of breastfeeding, so my nutrition goals can't be about calories, but instead will be about eating nutrient dense foods.

So my goals for this week:
1. Kegels, ab tightening, & posture exercises every day
2. 15 minute walk, 3x, as pain allows
3. Drink 12 cups of water a day
4. Drink green smoothie every day

Baby steps. Baby steps.

Oh man, I can't wait until I can start lifting again. I miss my muscles!

  
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LJCANNON 6/18/2013 8:22AM

    emoticon Congratulations on Your Baby!! Having a healthy Baby is a HUGE Accomplishment!!
emoticon Would Walking be a good way to get in some exercise. Even doing a Walking DVD while the Baby is napping would get your Heart Rate up and move you toward getting back in to your "Normal" Exercise Routine.

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Back to School and Back to Spark

Monday, September 03, 2012

I've been absent from Spark for a while. Months, actually. It's been a fun and busy summer. Camping and more camping. Running around with my kids and basically just taking it easy. It's been lovely.

Now that my kiddos are going to school, I feel like I need to get myself back to school, in a way. So I'm back here at Spark. I'm reestablishing routines in my life, my home, and in my family, and one of them is using SP as a tool to help me balance a healthy lifestyle.

I've been trying to get pregnant for over a year now. I had a miscarriage a few months ago. I found out I was pregnant again just a couple of days ago, but I'm starting to have some pink spotting. It's a strong possibility that I'll miscarry again. I'll just have to wait and see.

Right before I found out I was pregnant I had just recommitted to getting off those last 10 lbs from my last pregnancy THREE YEARS AGO. Have three years really gone by and I'm still at this weight? My body likes it here, in the mid 140s, that's for sure. I need to shake things up and shock my system to break this plateau and COMMIT to being active.

Then I found out about the pregnancy. And I'm HOPING I won't miscarry. Which means my focus for September is not going to be on weight-loss after all. Instead, I'm going to focus on finishing my 5k training and eat better. And eat more. I rarely get enough calories, and when I do it's because I ate a bunch of sugary crap.

So.

September Goals:
1. Run 4 days a week
2. Drink a green smoothie daily
3. Drink 8 oz H2O daily
4. Demolish my existing floors
5. Lay new hardwood floors

Here's to a great month!

  
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EMFRAPPIER 9/4/2012 8:56AM

    Great goals!! Welcome back to Spark! Sending good vibes for a healthy pregnancy.

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/4/2012 12:11AM

    You have some wonderful Sept. goals....I wish you well with your pregnancy



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Crikey

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This morning I measured my body fat %. Now I realize that there is usually a (potentially pretty big) margin of error when measuring this. I have a fancy Omron scale that has a hand grip to supposedly be more accurate.

Well, my bf% is up nearly 2% since October. I've only gained about two lbs since October, but I haven't really worked out at all, so I've lost some muscle, I suppose.

As of this morning I have 41.8% body fat. That seems like a huge number! I'm not very overweight, but I'm totally not fit. That's according to the fancy scale. But then just using online calculator using mathematical formulas based on averages, (inputting my gender, my age, my height, and my waist measurement) my body fat is 30%.

That's an unbelievable discrepancy! And honestly, I'm more likely to accept the 30%, not because it sounds so much better, but because it seems much more realistic considering my size. I can't believe that 145 lbs equates to 41% body fat. That just doesn't seem right.

This is really frustrating, because I believe that body fat is what needs to be lost, not over all weight. But with no reliable way to measure body fat, how can I tell it's going down?

Well, I guess I throw out that scale. Just like everyone tells you to. Instead, I'll go by the fit of my jeans. Right now I'm wearing my largest pair of jeans. And they fit well. They used to be really loose and fall off my hips.

Goal #1: Get these jeans to fall off my hips again so I need a belt. Can I accomplish this in the 3 weeks before my first June weigh-in? I guess we'll see . . . .

Here's to weight training! And HIIT!

Hope y'all have a beautiful and healthy day.

  
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ISHIIGIRL 5/15/2012 11:33AM

    The best way to measure body fat is by electrodes at the drs office or water emersion. Its very interesting and the most accurate. You can get this done at a local gym or wellness center.

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One Week

Monday, May 14, 2012

So I've been recommitted to living healthy for one week. Not much of a streak, but I'm just glad to be back. And I'm feeling really good. Balanced.

My weigh-in this morning showed me down 2 lbs! I realize that doesn't necessarily mean 2 lbs of fat, but it was nice to see all the same. Hopefully that's 1 lb fat and 1 lb water weight. I can live with that.

My soreness from my last workout wasn't completely gone, but barely noticeable. So I was excited to hit the weights today. I had a good workout. I did the same workout as last Monday, even with the same weights, and it was much easier. So I did extra reps. Except for the swiss-ball jackknives. Oh. My. Word. On the first set I barely got out 4 reps before I felt like I was going to die. Clearly my abs hadn't fully recovered from last week. On the second set I did 1 rep and it felt like my abs were ripping. It was so painful and I just fell off the ball. So I guess my abs need more rest. Or I injured them or something.

After my weights workout I did 15 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. Then, as recommended in the New Rules of Lifting for Women book, I stopped completely for 5 minutes. This let my bloodstream get flooded with fat, as normally happens when your body stops working out. Then I went back to the treadmill for some steady jogging endurance training. That way my body had a ready supply of fat to burn, (so goes the theory) instead of burning glycogen.

I don't explain it very well. So if you're interested, read the book. I'm going to try it for a month and see how it goes. Either it will help me burn more fat as opposed to glycogen, or it won't. If it does, then fantastic. If it doesn't, it can't hurt and I'm still burning calories.

After my workout I had to rush to the gym to take my daughter to her swimming lesson. I had my toddler in the pool with me and we goofed off for an hour. Then rush home and rush to clean the house and whip together a dinner before hubby got home.

I'm exhausted! But I feel great. Which is a nice change from my usual state of feeling exhausted and awful.

Hoping I feel enough energy to do some HIIT and endurance training tomorrow. I really want to focus my energies on weight lifting, but I have missed running. I want to get back into the ability to run 5k without getting winded.

It feels so good to move!

  
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CHEFMOM1199 5/15/2012 10:32AM

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STARTINGINLIMBO 5/15/2012 8:53AM

    Wow, I didn't know that about fat flooding the bloodstream during a five minute rest after a workout with weights, and then starting up again with more of it, to burn the fat off. Very cool.
Congratulations on your two pound weight loss!

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 5/15/2012 1:09AM

  Good job! emoticon

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LOWFATFOODIE 5/15/2012 12:40AM

    emoticon workout!
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