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Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm now 6 weeks post partum, and about 30 lbs lighter than where I was 10 months ago. Life is crazy difficult- life with a newborn tends to be. I'm trying hard to not constantly stress eat, as I do not want to gain any of that weight back. It's really hard though.

Since I'm breastfeeding, I'm not trying to lose weight at the moment, just maintain. Even that seems hard, which why I figured I could at least try to track. I have to admit though, I'm looking at the number of calories recommended to maintain and shaking my head. It's a lot of calories.

I feel great. I feel sexy. I cried when I saw the scale go under 200. It was really hard to believe, but even my size 18 jeans feel loose. I haven't tried any size 16's, but maybe this summer when I shop for shorts...

I know it won't be easy. Life, like I said, is really chaotic at the moment. Three kids, one of which is a newborn can be very stressful. Last week, we dealt with RSV, and that was one of the scariest moments in my life to be honest. I never had a sick infant before, and when we thought she'd be hospitalized, I thought I'd go crazy with worry. Friday night, I'm going to admit that the only thing that made me feel better was a bag of Haribo Gummy Bears.

But now it's time to start, or else I will be back to 225 in no time. I can't wait for the spring, and warmer weather. The baby is still too small to take out for walks in this cold weather. And I don't feel comfortable bringing her to the college gym to walk the track- not with the flu and germs going around. Not yet, when she's so little and vulnerable. :(

So, tracking is my goal, at least for a few week. If I lose, that's fine, but I have to aim to not gain.

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JACARD 2/12/2013 10:13AM

  Congratulations!

I must say, I read this with a bittersweet feeling in my heart. You see, my baby is 14 months old. When he was 6 weeks old, I was about 20 lbs down from pre-pregnancy weight and ready to get back to seriously healthy eating. At his first birthday, however, I was 40 lbs up from that low weight. I think back on how I let it all go and I almost want to cry.

So I want to say yes, life with 3 littles is HARD. (My baby is my fourth and my oldest turned five the week before he was born.) I wonder whether, had I focused on maintaining, I would have done better than I did trying to lose and being overwhelmed.

Focus on the good times. Try to have healthy options in the fridge to grab while rocking a screaming baby in one arm and trying not to trip over the toddler. (Bonus points if the toddler can eat them too.) Get a good baby carrier so you can go for long walks (though I question the exercise potential when you're walking at toddler speed...). And enjoy the fleeting baby days because htey don't come back!

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