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Starting My Weight Loss Journey

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I joined SparkPeople in May 2011 and found out I was pregnant in June 2011. As a result, I had to halt all of my weight loss efforts. Long story very short, I went into preterm labor (3 months early) and had a premature baby by emergency C-section in December 2011. I had no issues during my pregnancy and exercised (gently) up until I went into early labor. The exercise kept the weight gain to a healthy range and aches and pains to a minimum. Due to the complications I had from the surgery, I was strongly advised by my doctor to not lift anything heavier than my baby and only gently exercise for 1 year. Of course, I tried to run/walk 8 weeks pospt-partum and that was a complete disaster. Painful on many levels including size 40H breasts and a severe drop in my milk supply emoticon I have been on an exercise hiatus until now.

I have pumped and breastfed my son from birth until this month. My body basically belonged to him until now. I am happy and blessed that I was able to breastfeed him for so long but now it is time for me to reclaim my body. I am in the process of weaning him so that I can return to running and working out hard again. I completed Day 1 of Couch to 5K on Sunday (12/2/2012). It was hard and still painful due to the remaining milk and large breasts.

My Plan...
Yoga, walking, and workout DVDs will be my regimen until my breasts are dried up enough for me to run emoticon The major part of my fitness lifestyle will be to adjust my diet. Since I am weaning my son, I need to reduce the amount of food I am eating and make healthier choices. Once my milk has dried up, I will re-start Couch to 5K emoticon

I am starting at 184 lbs. I have never weighed this much in my life. My goal is to change that in a healthy way that I can maintain for life. This is not about deprivation. It is about moderation and getting healthy emoticon

This blog will keep me honest and chronicle my weight loss journey. Hopefully you all will keep me honest too

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VERNEILLE 12/11/2012 8:09PM


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XANADUREALM 12/7/2012 7:02AM

    Welcome to SP!

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COOKINGSTARS 12/6/2012 5:41PM

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CHOCOCAT78 12/6/2012 8:54AM

    Thank you all so much for the encouragement. I am ready to get sparking!!! emoticon

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MOMMY2MADILYN 12/5/2012 8:32PM

    Welcome to the Team!! Congratulations on your son!! Stay positive and I just know you'll be successful!!

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JIBBIE49 12/5/2012 7:50PM

    emoticon Happy Holidays. Glad to know you are back and working to get yourself fit again. You can do it and realize that by starting TODAY, you will be so much better off by January 1st, 2013 when others have GAINED over the Holidays.

I remember OPRAH having a show on about how some fit, well-educated black women had very pre-term babies even though they ate well and didn't use drugs/alcohol, etc. The doctors were unable to answer WHY, so I'd certainly say not to blame yourself and be happy your son is now doing so well. Wonderful that you got to breastfeed him all this time.

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TONYA46 12/5/2012 6:56PM

    Hello Diva,

You can do it........ emoticon

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