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!