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How I Did

On January 5th, I told you about my latest challenge.  It’s now February 4th and it’s time to report how I did!  On January 5th, my weight was 164.8.  This morning my weight was 159.4.  That’s a difference of 5.4 pounds.  I’ll take it!

Even more important than the weight though is my commitment.  I’ve missed 1, maybe 2, workouts this entire month.  Something has clicked recently.  Yes, my eating is better…most of the time.  Last weekend, not so much.  Oh My God, the salt.  I could barely get my rings off my fingers, they were so bloated.  However, for the most part my eating has been better.  And my exercising has been great.  I’m doing a combination of circuit training and cardio on the elliptical and it’s working I think.  Those new pants I bought at the end of December are starting to become loose.  Woo-hoo!

There’s still a long way to go to get my body where I want it to be but I feel like I’m on the right rack to get there.

I signed up for my first race of the season – the Oakdale Duathlon on May 14th.  Amanda is signed up with me.  Who else is going to join us?  Come on!  You can do it!

One last thing – why is it somehow clicking for me now?  Honestly I think it has to do with me being done creating my family.  Weird?  I don’t think so.  The past seven years I’ve been pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about getting pregnant again.  My body has not been my own for a lot of that time.  It’s mine now though.  Or, it will be when Levi weans.  I want my health and body to be the best it can be so I can do lots and lots of fun things with my children as they grow.  I want to show them a healthy lifestyle so hopefully they have one too.  I want to live a long life where I can go and be active with my husband, children and eventual grandchildren.  I’m taking charge of my body and health now so I can reap all those rewards in the future.

And I admit that wearing a single digit size would be pretty awesome too!

Starting Over Again

I didn’t want to come back here until I’d done something.  Sure, Sunday I went for a short “run” but it was extremely hot out and about 1.85 miles into it I started feeling light headed and nauseous so I packed it in and went home for a total of two miles.  It was not my best effort.  But Tuesday night, after several days of bad eating (more on that) I kicked my butt (Kris kicked it too) into gear and went to the basement.  I got on the elliptical, streamed a British comedy (IT Crowd) on Netflix, set the timer for 40 minutes and started ellipting.  There were so many times when I gave myself permission to stop short but I didn’t.  I did the full 40 minutes.  Sure, my legs were tired but I wasn’t exhausted.  I did it.  I did something at least.  That duathlon is rapidly approaching and I am anything but prepared for it.

Now about the eating…I was doing so well!  And I still am during the day at work.  Of course that’s only because I bring all my food with me so I can’t screw it up too badly.  And I’ve done a respectable job at avoiding all the “free food” traps set out around the building.  But at night lately I haven’t done as well.  Some of it is emotional eating.  When I’m upset it’s easier to finish the kids’ uneaten dinners, snack on the now gone bag of chocolate chips, etc.  But I don’t need to sabotage myself.  I’m unhappy with my current weight and body shape.  Exercising and watching my nutrition are the only ways I’m going to be happy again with my weight and body shape.  Last summer Kris told me he liked my back.  It was starting to show some muscle.  I’ve lost that with the baby weight gain.  I want it back.  So, I’m starting over again.  Back to exercising regularly and back to watching my nutrition and holding my calories to under 2200.

Back To Calorie Counting

So, long time no write, huh? Unfortunately, it’s also long time no work out either. Bad me. Bad, bad me. My last week home was spent with the children as much as possible and then we did some home improvement projects that took some time too. It’s all excuses but it is what it is. Also unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to get my eating under control. A couple weeks back I joined an eating log with a few friends. It’s a simple Google docs spreadsheet where I log what I’m eating. The others do as well and there we can commiserate on how we’re doing, hold each other accountable (always friendly) and praise each other for good days or meals. Even this though isn’t helping much. I’ve been honest with that I’m eating but the others are having bad days here and there too and I take that as a “pass” to have bad days as well. Stupid of me, huh? The culmination of not working out and eating poorly is weight gain. Shocking, right? My weight this morning was up to 168.4. It’s time to get serious. Yes, I’m only 12 weeks out from having a baby but still chips, chocolate, soda and large quantities of food in general are really not necessary.

So, starting today I’m going to start counting calories again. In my eating log I’ve included a weight column to track my morning weight and also a column to track my daily calories. Since I’m breastfeeding I don’t want my calories to get too low but I also don’t want them to be too high either. Breastfeeding can burn between 250-500 calories per day. It’s hard to know which end of the spectrum I personally fall. But if I want to have 1500 calories for me plus 250-500 calories for Levi then I need to consume between 1750-2000 calories overall, not including workout out. I’m OK with a slow weight loss because my number one priority is maintaining my milk supply. So, my goal range for calories is going to be 2000-2200. It’s time to get the eating under control. Next up – figuring out how to get my workouts in now that I’m back to work.

I’ve been exercising, but not every day.  Every other or every third is more like it.  A run here, a bike ride there.  I don’t know that I’m putting out my best effort, but I’m trying to at least be out there doing it.  I feel more tired than anything.  Today my legs and butt are sore and tired though, probably from the bike ride yesterday or from the landscaping I was doing yesterday evening.  Either way I like the soreness.  The whole body tiredness?  Not as much.  While I wouldn’t wish away the newborn days for ANYTHING, I do wish Levi would stretch out his nighttime wakings a bit.  Last night I saw numbers on the clock that started with 1, 2, 3 and 5.  And that was after I went to bed at 11pm.  I guess number one is I should go to bed earlier.  I’ll do that tonight.

Along the increase in exercising I’ve also been weighing myself daily again and for about a week now I’ve been writing down what I eat in an eating log.  The weight is a motivator, especially since it’s been going up recently (highest number was yesterday at 168.6 but then today it was back down to 167.2).  Why?  Is it the crap food I’ve been eating (hello sweet cookies!)?  Is it the increase in exercise?  The lack of good sleep?  A combination?  Whatever, I don’t like it so first up I’m going to watch a little better what I’m eating.  I’m not ready to count calories yet but that would be the next step if the eating log doesn’t sort me out a little bit.  A good thing about the eating log is it’s a shared google doc with a few friends.  Nothing like some good “public” shaming to help you watch what you eat!  Don’t want to admit to others what you’re eating?  Don’t eat it!  And it’s not like my friends are being critical of what I eat, even though there is a spot for them to write comments.  It’s more that I don’t want to embarrass myself (too badly) by having to write down really awful things.  It’s helping a little bit at least.  Like, I make sure I get some veggies everyday so I can at least write that down on the eating log even if it is next to “tortilla chips with salsa.”

Anyway, that’s where I’m at.  Going up in weight, increasing my exercise and writing down my food intake.  Hopefully those last two will combat that ugly first one.

Levi Axel

Radio silence there on this little ol’ blog.  That’s because I went and had a baby!  Levi Axel was born 4/28/10.  And already I’m critiquing my body and wondering what I weigh and being a bit obsessive.  Yes, I still look pregnant.  Of course I do.  I had a baby only 5 days ago!  I need to give myself a break.  At least for a little while. (I haven’t weighed myself either.  No need to start that crazy train yet.)

But there are things that I do need to do.  Like lay off the sweets.  Holy crap.  A whole bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s gone in three days?  A little excessive, no?

So, while I’m on limited activity restrictions, I’m going to focus first on nutrition.  Eat healthy meals.  Have healthy snacks.  Eat desserts or sweets but sparingly.  No counting calories.  No getting crazy obsessive, just try to make better choices.  I deserve it and so does Levi.

No Carbs for Me Please

Got a new diet. Got a new blood meter. Got some new instructions – 4 finger pokes a day – carb limits at each meal and snack – this ought to be fun.

Not.

I’m already tired of not being able to eat what I want when I want and I’m only 24 hours into this! However, while this is an annoyance, it’s also necessary. Healthy baby. Healthy Mom. Those are my only two goals for this pregnancy.

But…anybody have any protein snacks besides nuts they can share with me? I need some ideas!

Fail, Fail, Fail

Well, this is new. I have been formally diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I didn’t fail the 1 hour test with my first two pregnancies but this one had to be different I guess. I’ll go in tomorrow or Wednesday to meet with a nutritional counselor and find out what I have to do. For sure there will be a new diet to follow. And probably multiple finger pokes a day to check blood sugars. I’ll probably be told to exercise (at least walking). I’ve already got a coworker/friend offering to do laps in our large building during the day with me. I can do that at least until the sidewalks around my house aren’t covered with 4 feet of snow because, well, I don’t want to walk in the street.

After that though I’m not sure. Hopefully I don’t have to do insulin injections. And hopefully this is the only hiccup in my otherwise complication free pregnancy.

Anyone have any diet/exercise tips for this new gestationally diabetic person over here?

It’s About Time

I sort of fell off the cliff there, didn’t I? Yeah…

But now that I’m 30 weeks pregnant (today) and spring is around the corner (shut up, it is) I’m starting to think about my body post pregnancy and getting outside again to exercise. Post baby, I want to exercise and be healthy, have a positive body image while also not starving myself (I plan on breastfeeding and need to make sure I have adequate calories each day) or not beat myself up for “not doing enough.”

I’ve registered for the Minneapolis Duathlon as I told you last fall. Earlier this week I received my confirmation post card from them with my registration number: 1204. It’s official. I have my comeback race. Now I need to formulate a plan for what my goals will be when I reach that six week postpartum milestone. What will my calorie goals be? What will my exercise goals be? I plan on having no weight goals at all for the first six months. I’ll eat healthy, exercise and let my body figure the rest out.

Most of all, I want to maintain a healthy attitude.

Hungry

The past couple days I have been hungry. HUNGRY! Who knows why but it’s a deep in my stomach “I’m really hungry and not just bored, emotional, etc.” hunger. So, I’ve been indulging. Maybe a little too much – there was a going away party at work today and I did indulge in two small brownies plus some crackers and cheese. OK, and a few chips. Just a few though! And the past couple days I’ve brought extra food with me to work to eat throughout the day too. Yesterday it was an extra fruit cup (no corn syrup – real fruit juice! Yay!) and a granola bar on top of the string cheese, oatmeal, frozen lunch and yogurt that I usually eat. Sure, that only adds up to a couple hundred extra calories but it was just what my body needed. When I got home from work I wasn’t super starving. Sure, both nights I’ve been eating more than just dinner – having a couple small snacks at night too.

I wonder if it’s because of the increased workouts I’ve been doing lately. No, they haven’t been all that long or strenuous but it’s more than I’ve done lately. The couple weeks before the half marathon were rather light, exercise-wise and the couple weeks after were just as light. Then last Saturday there was the easy 3 mile run, Monday was a 35 minute spin and Tuesday was another 3 mile run. Yesterday I rested and tonight I’m going to spin again – as soon as I’m done here. See? Could that be it? More exercise = more hunger? Probably. I just need to keep this from getting out of control. No, Kristina – you do not need another cookie…

Tapering?

I’m supposed to be tapering now for the 1/2 marathon. I think my long run this weekend is supposed to be 8 or 9 miles. I think by tapering they mean run less, not don’t run at all. And yet? I haven’t run since Friday. That’s bad, right? I missed my long run on Sunday. Why? I’m going with sunburn. I burned my back on Saturday while staining the deck and I just couldn’t imagine putting a sports bra on and having that rub on my back while I was running. It still hurts a bit. Maybe I’m a wuss but I’m also pink.

Today I had planned to do 4-5 miles. Instead Kris found out he needed to get to work on time today to take some training. I couldn’t get home from work any earlier than normal so as soon as I was home, Kris left. And then I was left with the kids and couldn’t get out for a run. I guess the thunderstorm warnings and ominous clouds didn’t help a ton either. Excuses, excuses though. I think I’ll get up early tomorrow to get a run in and then do Thurs and Fri as well, take Saturday off and get a run in again on Sunday. I have to. Otherwise I’ll feel the self sabotage setting in for sure.

Speaking of self sabotage, I’m totally sabotaging my weight loss with poor nutrition choices again. Today included chips, two cookies and a can of pop. Suck! Now that I’ve written it down and put it out there though, I’ll do better tomorrow. I have to. I want to fit into that bridesmaid dress this Saturday.