Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It's me again! I'm back! Last January I posted a blog about how I'd fallen off the wagon and wanted to get back on with spark again. I did well for a couple months and then in April I found out I was pregnant! What a wonderful blessing! Unfortunately I took this as a free pass to eat whatever and however much I wanted and not exercise (other than walking a few days a week). So what was a 177lb problem in January became a much bigger problem this December.
My beautiful daughter was born on December 1, 2011 and I could not be happier. She is amazing and I love her beyond words. While pregnant I tipped the scales at 224. This is the most I have ever weighed. Yes, I know I was pregnant, and she was worth every single pound, but that's substantially more than I should weigh. I dropped about 15 or so pounds right after she was born. I am now down to 193.5. I don't have false hopes of losing weight quickly. I put the weight on over roughly a year's time, and that is how long it will take to get it off. I also don't expect to ever look the way I did before. My body has changed. I have stretch marks (tiger stripes as I like to call them), my hips are widened, and my breasts...don't get me started on those monsters. Let's just say that breastfeeding and gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy results in having to spend almost $60 on a running bra that will hold the girls in place. 42DD??
I am tracking my calories again. Why? Because it works. I'm running again too. Up to 4 miles now and loving it. Exercising is definitely different than it was before. I can't just work out for 2 hours after work everyday. I work full time and would like to see my baby when I get home. So I consider it good if I get in 3 runs a week. My goal is to run a half in September and then possibly a full next Spring.
For the year prior to getting pregnant I followed a strict vegetarian diet. 18 weeks into pregnancy I experienced intense meat cravings and after testing for severe low iron, decided that the best thing for my baby would be to eat meat again. If you are vegetarian or vegan, please don't lecture me. It's what I felt was the right choice at the time. I am still eating meat, because I am still breastfeeding, and honestly because I still enjoy it. Don't judge.
I'm not going to make any proclamations about my diet or how I eat. I'm not going to say I'm a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. My diet is what is. I'm going to eat lean meat. I'm going to avoid sugar as much as possible. I'm going to limit gluten. And for my daughter's sake, right now I am avoiding dairy (she doesn't tolerate it).
Okay, so that's it for now. I just like to journal to get things straight in my mind about what I'm doing and why and so I'll have something to look back at and remember why I'm doing this. I'd love to lose another 50 pounds. I'll take it a pound at a time though.