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Pregnancy & Weight Loss??? Possible Pair?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Okay, this is going to be a mixed blog of stuff. I love comments, so please leave me some goodies!

First, here are some pictures from today (this morning), just to make a picture trail of progress, I guess. I hope to see some progress eventually!!


Well to begin, my husband and I have decided we are going to get pregnant, and as you can see I am over weight already (definitely considered obese) so I was wondering if any of your mommies out there think or know it’s okay to health-fully (if that’s a word) lose weight while pregnant? I don’t want to give up on my weight loss hopes at all, I plan to watch my weight and what I eat the whole pregnancy (I am not pregnant yet), but I wonder if it’s still okay to LOSE weight while pregnant?? (IF I can). I know I will still be walking daily, just to keep myself mobile and active to reduce gaining a lot of weight. Any suggestions are helpful!!! (I only gained 15 LBS with my last daughter the whole pregnancy, and I plan to do that again, but possibly losing some would satisfy me better!)

Oh and now I remember the other thing I wanted to ramble about, I think I have my husband talked into buying me one of those activity trackers for Christmas, I am super excited about that. I can’t wait to wear it around daily and see what all it tracks!
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Here’s a link if some of you haven’t heard about it. I think if I get it and like it, my next gadget will be one of those FitBit wrist bands, I want one of those too!


  
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BECOMEFIT4LIFE 1/23/2014 2:41PM

    i think that because you are changing your lifestyle with what you eat and adding exercise you should be able to either lose weight or not gain too much with pregnacy...as long as you are constantly talking to your doctor about what you are doing and following their advice. Good luck.

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EBERKSHIRE86 11/8/2013 2:33PM

    I have gone through 2 pregnancies overweight so I think I can offer you a little bit of insight. With my first I was around 195 ish when I got pregnant, at 5'1" that is considered obese as well. I wasn't super active throughout this pregnancy but I did workout sporadically I ate terribly in the beginning and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to do insulin shots which kept my eating in the second half pretty healthy since they gave me scare straight experience lol I was the same weight when I went in to deliver that I was when I found out I was pregnant. With my second child I was around 175 when I got pregnant and I ate super healthy trying to avoid round 2 of gestational diabetes I walked constantly and did prenatal workout dvds I didn't have to give myself insulin shots that time around but I did have to take a small dose in pill form I gained 20 pounds throughout and could definitely tell the difference in my labor it was so much easier than my first and I totally credit that to how active I was during that pregnancy we are currently planning our third and I plan to workout and eat clean throughout that one as well. So now that you know a little of my background here is what my doctor, my nutritionist and my diabetic educator told me both times, weight loss should not be your focus health should be your focus if you walk now keep walking if you run marathons keep running but don't start a new routine. Eat clean, remember everything you put in your mouth goes right to that baby and she needs all the nutrients and calories to grow don't deprive yourself don't count calories eat when your hungry drink plenty of water fuel your body with good food if you lose weight you lose weight but it is not your purpose right now your purpose is to grow that baby. And they were right I'm glad I kept tabs on where I was so my weight didn't get to out of control but I'm also glad that I didn't let weight consume me during a time that is supposed to be so happy. I stayed on spark throughout my pregnancy to keep me accountable as a little reminder that I will have to lose again what I gain and to stay in touch with spark friends but I didn't track because calories weren't my focus. There is a pregnancy team on here if you want to get in touch with other expecting moms on spark when the time comes or feel free to message me if you have any questions or just want support we will be trying soon too so who knows maybe we'll find ourselves in similar situations soon ;) best of luck on your journey!

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SSMITH-BA 11/8/2013 1:46PM

    http://www.babycenter.com/400_is-it
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Well in case others of your are wondering, since no one has commented, I found this website where other ladies were discussing pregnancy and losing weight, so I am hopeful!! Just want to be safe and healthy at the same time and come out of this pregnancy with no extra pounds attached! :) (if I get pregnant)

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BACK WHERE I ORIGINALLY STARTED :(

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sadly, I am right back where I started. I don’t dare climb on the scale, but just by looking at my reflection in the mirror, I am going to say I am right back up at 230 pounds.

But this is not the reason for my post today. I want to vent, or just release some of these thoughts in my head.

So yesterday, I’m undressing to get ready for bed, alone in my bedroom, I shout out…”oh my god I am fat”, because I was eye balling my stomach in the mirror (I am sure I am not the only one here that’s done that) and from the other room my husband chimes in, “well you’re the only one who can change that”, “yes of course I know this is true” I reply, and it ended there…Well then I started thinking about doing that “Shakology” stuff, but realized how expensive it is just for a powder drink mix which I will end up NOT using because I cannot stand to drink my meals.

Anyways, today I’m working and my husband begins texting me “hey I need to talk about something”, “okay, what is it” I reply….”I’m not trying to sound rude, but I notice a very noticeable change in you, you’re getting bigger, and I don’t want to wait until you really, really big before I am honest with you”…Of course no woman likes to hear these things from anyone much less their husband, but I am trying to understand he only cares about me, my health and the way I look as his wife, but it’s still hard for some reason.

So I have to try, try again at this weight loss thing. Starting ALL over again, since I’ve gained back any weight I had lost.

But here is my true frustration….I work full time (40 hours per-week), I am a full time Mommy of two daughters (9yrs & 3 yrs), I am a full time student (online courses) but I take two courses per-month, so I have to work on assignments all week for both courses, and I have to clean the house, cook dinner, do laundry, help oldest daughter with homework, make sure the kids take their shower, etc…HOW IN THE WORLD DO I FIT IN AT LEAST A 30 MINUTE WALK PER-DAY and will this 30 minute walk even benefit me weight loss wise?

I have tried EVERYTHING in the past to lose weight and I have been very unsuccessful, I just don’t understand WHAT I need to do.

Okay, I feel better now, I released some of those thoughts!!!
Have a great week!

  
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EBERKSHIRE86 10/29/2013 4:12PM

    It's a tough situation I work full time and have two children as well you always feel like there is never enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done. Hang in there! First off I would talk to your husband if he is wanting you to do something about weight loss then he needs to pitch in have him pick up some of the slack in the housework so you have time for yourself. Involve your kids! My kids are 3 and 1 and both love to walk with me or do dvds with me ect. Sometimes if I can't get alone time I'll even use my 1 year old as a resistance weight (it always cracks her up ;)) but working out together is a good healthy habit to get into anyways! If you can't fit in a 30 minute block of exercise break it up do 10 in the morning while your getting ready (jog in place while you make lunches, do squats while you brush your teeth, make extra trips up the stairs) 10 on lunch take a few laps around the building 10 at night before bed or with the kids its still just as effective 30 minutes is 30 minutes whether all at once or separate and you'll benefit more from adding in some strength training (like the squats) as well. Also try to remember that fitness is only half the battle with 30 minutes a day your not going to see a difference if your not watching what you eat. Watch portions, try to cut down on processed foods, drink water, focus on lean meats and veggies THIS IS WHAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE! Nutrition is such a huge factor in losing the weight you can't out exercise a bad diet! Will it be hard? Probably, but it will be worth it make time for yourself, you'll never be sorry you did!

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CHAPELSMACK 10/29/2013 2:51PM

    I am glad you feel safe to vent on SP. I understand the frustration. And as hard as it might be to hear the truth from loved ones, sometimes it is the exact thing that we need to hear to get us on the right track. I know you can do it! You've got a whole website of cheerleaders rooting for you. emoticon emoticon

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UGH FAT PIX

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

THIS PAST SUNDAY, I WAS THE MAID OF HONOR IN MY SISTER'S WEDDING....

I LOOK HUGE!!!!! I CONTINUE TO BEAT MYSELF UP FOR ALWAYS GIVING UP ON MYSELF AND FAILING AT WEIGHT LOSS.

I AM THE ONE IN THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS, THE ONLY ONE THAT LOOKS H U G E!!!

:( :(


Looks like I have to crawl out of this dark place I am in and try to shed some pounds...ain't no one else doing to fight this battle for me :(

  
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SPARKLETHYME 10/17/2013 2:35AM

    ooh I can relate... but we're on the right track now, whew!
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JOYCEE23 10/16/2013 6:08PM

  be good to yourself and be glad for your health. you are fighting for good health and you can win! Don't give up!

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EVIE4NOW 10/16/2013 5:54PM

  If you don't fight for yourself, nobody will fight for you. Words to live by. However... sorry dear... you don't look huge to me.

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WEDDING IN A MONTH

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

HEY SPARKPEOPLE....

I AM IN THE SLUMPS....
PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME TIPS TO DROP AT LEAST 5LBS IN A MONTH....I'VE GOT TO BE A BRIDESMAID IN MY SISTER'S WEDDING ON OCTOBER 13TH AND I AM SOOOO CHUBBY, MY STOMACH POKES OUT, I HAVE DUNLAP...I DON'T WANT TO BE THE MOST DISGUSTING THING IN HER WEDDING PICTURES...

SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME KIND OF PLAN I CAN FOLLOW FOR THE NEXT MONTH TO DROP AT LEAST 5LBS...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

THANKS
XSANDI

  
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TIBI183 9/11/2013 1:28AM

    You are welcome. I know its tough at first but you will see that you improve fast. I never made it to level 3 because of different reasons but I'm working on mastering all three levels.
Hope you will be able to see some results soon.

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SSMITH-BA 9/10/2013 6:50PM

    hey TIBI...wow I did the week1 video....I thought i was going to die. I'm going to try it each.day & see if I.can make.it.through week one.

thanks.for.the advice

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TIBI183 9/10/2013 2:20PM

    30-Day-Shred by Jillian Michaels. It is super tough at first and you will feel sore in the first few days, but it gives you results. I keep restarting it (unfortunately, I never went through all three levels) but i have always lost a few inches and also some weight.

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Meal Replacement?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

are meal replacement smoothies./..or shakes, whatever you want to call them, you think they're a good idea? Will it make my body think I am starving and store the fat ?

Now I love to eat, but I just remember when I was a lot younger I lost weight by only eating one meal per-day...of course I got pregnant shortly after losing the weight so I gained it all back and have never been that small ever again...So I'm not sure weather to try only eating once a day again and see what happens or try meal replacement to cut down on my calorie intake...I am just very unhappy, & fat and every time I try to lose weight, I fail...no matter how motivated I am, it always fades away and I quit and give up.

  
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ICEDEMETER 8/14/2013 11:37AM

    Sorry - this turned in to a novel!

Meal replacement shakes can certainly work for some people. If you choose carefully (or make your own), then you can get a reasonable amount of nutrition and calories from them. They can be most useful to get in good nutrition when you don't have time to eat.

BUT (you knew that was coming, right?!) they don't teach you how to eat well so you can maintain for the rest of your life. They also don't give you the "satisfaction" of chewing, so it's easy to feel like you haven't eaten and end up eating actual food as well as the shake.

Personally, they are a bunch of calories that I don't enjoy, so aren't worth the time, money, and effort. I LIKE to chew, so I'll go for food every time!

Just something to think about --- have you considered looking at things as a permanent change, instead of as a quick weight-loss scenario? Have you looked up what your maintenance calories would be at the weight you want to be, including the amount of exercise that you KNOW that you will keep up? That's what I did, and instead of using the "weight loss ranges", I just gradually dropped my calories to where I'll need them to be when I get to my "goal weight". This does NOT give quick weight loss, but it is slow and steady, and has allowed me to figure out what my permanent nutrition and fitness will look like (with lots of tweaks along the way).

The best thing about going about it this way (in my opinion), is that I have been able to focus on what nutritious foods I can ADD to my diet instead of focusing on deleting things. I've learned to cook so that what I eat is delicious as well as nutritious, and there seriously is nothing that I "used to have" that I now miss. If there's something I want, then I have it --- but I DID have to learn portion sizes!

One last thing to consider: have you looked in to doing some heavy weight lifting? It's something that doesn't take a ton of time (1/2 hour, 2 or 3 times per week), and the additional muscle that you build will make everything easier. There is a blog by BREWMASTERBILL that gives a great outline for beginners in this.

Whatever you decide to do (shakes, one meal per day, or whatever), please make sure that you are getting enough calories and adequate nutrition. Your body needs a certain amount of calories, vitamins, and minerals to function and you don't do yourself any favours by depriving yourself of necessities.

Stay strong and good luck figuring out what will work best for you!

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