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1/11/11 3:14 P

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thanks, heidi. those are some great thoughts. i think the one that is helping me the most right now is to not focus on the scale, but behavior. it keeps me from obsessing, which i think backfires. thanks!!

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1/11/11 12:36 P

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ANNE-- we tried (and failed) to get pregnant during the whole time I was losing my weight. I kept thinking about how I would handle that shift, and talked to my ob about it a bit as well. So here's the PLAN I came up with (keeping in mind that practice can be very different LOL)

1. Keep the focus on behavior not scale-- I actually DO do this anyway. THe idea is to track the behaviors you want to make into habits which WILL lead to weight loss later and probably will prevent you from extra weight gain now

2. Set the calorie range and exercise routine with the input of my doctor who will tell me how many extra calories to eat for the developing fetus at various stages and for breastfeeding

3. Think about keeping my body healthy through the process of conceiving and growing a child and to keep myself on track enough that I'm not starting completely over

I was also very worried about cravings and my doctor basically said they should be treated the same way as nonpregnancy cravings-- if you are eating a balanced healthy diet your cravings are not for things your body needs but tend to be for the carbs/sugars/salts that comfort.

I hope some of this helps!

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1/11/11 12:26 P

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ANNE-- we tried (and failed) to get pregnant during the whole time I was losing my weight. I kept thinking about how I would handle that shift, and talked to my ob about it a bit as well. So here's the PLAN I came up with (keeping in mind that practice can be very different LOL)

1. Keep the focus on behavior not scale-- I actually DO do this anyway. THe idea is to track the behaviors you want to make into habits which WILL lead to weight loss later and probably will prevent you from extra weight gain now

2. Set the calorie range and exercise routine with the input of my doctor who will tell me how many extra calories to eat for the developing fetus at various stages and for breastfeeding

3. Think about keeping my body healthy through the process of conceiving and growing a child and to keep myself on track enough that I'm not starting completely over

I was also very worried about cravings and my doctor basically said they should be treated the same way as nonpregnancy cravings-- if you are eating a balanced healthy diet your cravings are not for things your body needs but tend to be for the carbs/sugars/salts that comfort.

I hope some of this helps!

Heidi

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ANNEGIRL1919's Photo ANNEGIRL1919 Posts: 597
1/5/11 8:43 A

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thanks for taking the time to read and encourage me. Judi, it's good to hear just to focus on the fact that this child is another blessing, and whether or not i gain what i want to in this pregnancy, it will eventually come off.

thanks again everyone!

~sharlin
happy wife to jaret '98
mom to:
avi '01
smith '04
faye '08
pierce '11

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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JUDI_CUTIE's Photo JUDI_CUTIE Posts: 7,954
1/5/11 1:43 A

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Hi, I'll chime in too! (I have not been checking in as much as usual.)

I would like to add that you should focus on being healthy and happy! As you already know from before, having children is unlike anything in the world! I have just had my kids home over winter break (one is 25 and in law school and he was here with his girlfriend and went back, and the other one is 28 and is here with his wife, and they leave tomorrow.)

My point is, we LOVE our kids so much, so it is worth a little extra dieting later. (In fact, I have been eating a lot just because they are here visiting, but a few days from now, it's back on the Beck wagon, and I know it will work and I'll be back on track.)

I know I'm rambling. What else can I say in terms of encouragement about what you need to do right now. I agree with the ideas of the other team members. Focus on what you ARE able to do, which is to be aware of your eating, track your food (if that is something you believe in doing), get some light moderate exercise, read the Beck ideas about eating mindfully, not thinking of hunger as an emergency, giving yourself credit. . . . And if you focus on those things, you will keep your tools fresh, and no matter how the actual weight turns out after the baby, you will be ready to continue on in this good manner, and it will all come back off. Try not to focus on the fact that you are gaining weight, even if it is "too much" (which is very hard to say for sure.)

Good luck!

Judi

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1/5/11 1:00 A

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Do you plan to breastfeed your baby? That most certainly will help to LOSE the weight. I gained with my first four & nursed them for at least six months and I dropped ALL the weight within 3 months of having them. I didn't nurse my fifth one and that was my REAL downfall since I didn't get the weight off. NOT smart on my part.
You only need to eat 300 calories more each day than your normal weight in order to have enough for the baby. I went to TOPS CLUB and there were women their who went through pregnancy & never gained since they were already obese when they'd gotten pregnant and they had healthy babies.
You can join SPARKS web site BABYFIT and get lots of support.

I'd certainly say to try NOT to gain more since getting it back off again is harder the older u r. Make sure to LOG what you eat, and to not have junk food but stay with highly nutritious foods. emoticon

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1/4/11 8:34 P

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i have never had children, however, I think if you read the beck book and think about what you eat you should be fine

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character: it becomes your destiny.


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ANNEGIRL1919's Photo ANNEGIRL1919 Posts: 597
1/4/11 9:37 A

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i found out i was expecting our 4th child this summer. it wasn't our plan, so it sort of threw me for a loop. i was working to be thinner than i'd been in 15 years, and so it's been mentally difficult for me to be gaining weight (even though i know it's necessary.)

anyway, the first trimester i'm always sick, so i basically gained nothing, but then after 3 months of feeling weird, when food sounds good again, it always takes me awhile to get back into the groove of eating in a controlled way. combine that with the holidays and a body that can't be checked up on in any of the normal ways (ie: are clothes too tight, what does the scale say?, etc.), as of last week, i'd gained 20.

when i had my son, i gained about 35-40, and had 20 to lose afterwards. my bp also got elevated at the end of the pregnancy. i really don't want those things to happen again, but if i'm not careful this last trimester, i'm on track to be gaining the same.

this last week i've been doing better with eating in a controlled, planned way, but this morning when i weighed, i'd gained another 2 pounds. :( i'm trying to stay upbeat-that it could be salt from a restaurant on sunday, and that in general if i just keep plugging away, the weight gain will slow, stop, or even go back a couple of pounds (the holiday fat), but i think it would help me a lot mentally if someone else affirmed that i don't have to keep gaining if i go back to eating how i did before.

thanks in advance, and for reading all of this!!

Edited by: ANNEGIRL1919 at: 1/4/2011 (09:38)
~sharlin
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mom to:
avi '01
smith '04
faye '08
pierce '11

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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