Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 2013 Stats & April Goals

Starting weight : 200.4 lb

Ending weight : 181.6 lb

Change : 18.8 lb lost (average 4.4lb lost per week)

This time last year : 158.2 lb

Well, there's nothing like having a baby to help drop the pounds fast.  But on the other side, you also have to gain weight, so it's not really a win.  I'm down over half of what I gained during pregnancy, so that's a good thing, but I still have another 13.6lbs to lose to get where I was when I got pregnant and more after that.  One step at a time though.

I certainly can't expect the weight to drop as drastically in April, especially since 10lbs were from delivery alone.  Hopefully settling into a routine will help and I'll be able to get back into the gym mid-month as well.  My initial goal was to be at pre-pregnancy weight by three months postpartum, which would mean an average of 6.8lbs for each of the next two months as my baby girl is already a month old.  That's quite a high number to reach in any month, even with eating well, exercising, and breastfeeding.  It would mean an average loss of 1.6lbs per week.  I won't set my goals so high that I can't achieve them and be disappointed, so for April I will try to lose a pound per week and if it's more, that's just icing on the cake.  That will at least get me back into the 170s and one step closer to getting back at my lowest.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weigh-in for 3/30/2013

Last weigh-in (3/16/2013) : 182.8 lb

This weigh-in (3/30/2013) : 181.6 lb

Change : 1.2 lb lost

Total loss postpartum : 18.8lb of 32.4lb gained 

It's been two weeks since my last official weigh-in because I was struggling to get any weight loss going.  We've had a visitor every weekend and that means we bring food into our house that's not normally here.  Even having my mom here, we've gotten snack foods and making things we normally wouldn't.  Today our very last visitors (that we know of) left and my mom was one of them (she was here for a full month).  That means we're back to normal (or at least our new version of normal with two kids) and food choices will be better all around.

It's been stressful as Izzie is a bit of a screamer and I have very little time to myself.  I've been stress eating a bit and making some bad choices.  Now that I don't have full time help anymore, I doubt I will have much time to overindulge as Izzie is very demanding and likes to be held most of the time.

I managed to buckle down in my tracking a bit the last few days before this weigh-in, so I was able to lose that little over a pound.  I was starting to get a bit frustrated with the weight not coming off as fast as after Brady, especially since I was breastfeeding more this time around.  I could eat badly after having Brady and still lose weight, so it didn't make any sense.  I guess because I gained 20lbs more during his pregnancy, the weight loss will be more proportionate to how much I gained this time.  I get cleared in 12 days to work out again and I will be so happy to get in the gym.  I've also not made it into a meeting room for a real weigh-in, but am going to start going weekly again this coming Saturday because it keeps me more honest.

The most frustrating thing is my clothes.  I moved from the large maternity pants into the mediums, so I decided I could look through my fat clothes bin to see if some things in there would fit, since I was in the low-180s and was wearing most of them at that weight.  I pulled out a pair of XL pj pants and almost cried when I couldn't get them on over my butt.  I decided at that moment I needed to take some measurements.  I am so bummed that my measurements are what they were at the same point postpartum with Brady (four weeks), and I was 13lbs less than I was then.  I can understand the waist measurement as I have been stretched out by a baby and that will take time to firm up again, but my hip measurements bummed me out big time.  I could tell when my weight got out of control in Europe that my pants got tight within a matter of a month.  You never put it on the same way you lose it, so I can only imagine the 20lbs from Europe settled all in my hips and thighs.  Such a shame, but I am determined to get back where I was before we left for Germany.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Weigh-in for 3/16/2013

Last weigh-in (3/8/2013) : 185.8 lb

This weigh-in (3/16/2013) : 182.8 lb

Change : 3 lb lost

Total loss postpartum : 17.6lb of 32.4lb gained 

This week was interesting for me.  I started out the week almost gaining or maintaining.  I decided to buckle down and start tracking and realized I wasn't eating enough!  I only half breastfed Brady and on the old points system, so I was eating similarly to then.  I am almost completely breastfeeding on the points plus system, so I need to eat 44 points plus per day!  At my lowest, I had a daily allowance of 26 per day, so I'm not even in the mindset to eat that much (especially with fruits and veggies being nothing).

The last three days I've been tracking and that's when I lost the three pounds for this week.  I started 15lbs less than where I was with Brady, so I'm already at the same weight I was when he was four months old.  I still have 28lbs to get to goal and 33lbs to get to where I was, but it's a good head start.  I have three months from when Izzie was born to get back to goal or I have to pay at weight watchers, but planning on getting back in the gym as soon as I'm cleared by the doctor (at 6 weeks postpartum).  Hoping the pounds (and inches) will really start to fall off then.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Back from Hiatus

Well, it's been a long time since I've written a post here.  Almost exactly nine months to be exact.  The reason it's been so long is that I found out about a week after we returned from Germany that we were expecting our second child.  I was a little bummed that I was starting out that pregnancy a whole five pounds heavier than where I had started with Brady.  I was determined not to gain as much as I had with him (52lbs) so that it didn't take as long to take it back off (16 months).

I was 168lbs when I started the pregnancy and my goal was to try and stay under 200lbs, but at the very least gain no more than the upper range of the recommended weight gain, which is 35lbs (which would put me at 203lbs).  I lost my appetite during the first trimester (no nausea or morning sickness), so the weight gain was easy to control at that point.  This is how it broke down by trimester and I'll show the comparison with Brady :

1st trimester    : gained 3.5lbs (Brady was 3.2lb gain)
2nd trimester   : gained 11.75lbs (Brady was 25.2lb gain)
3rd trimester    : gained 17.2lbs (Brady was 23.6lb gain)

Totals :  Brady 52lbs gained
               Izzie B 32.4lbs gained

If you couldn't guess, this time I had a little girl, named Izzie B (her nickname) on March 2.  I was fortunate that she came a week early as that meant I was pregnant for two full weeks less than I was with Brady who came a week late.  In addition to gaining almost exactly 20lbs less than with Brady, my belly was significantly smaller.  She was born only about a half pound less than Brady, weighing in at 7lbs 14oz at birth.  She will be exactly one week old tomorrow.

With Brady, I was down 30lbs in the first three months after he was born, so I am really hoping for similar results.  I am currently breastfeeding more than I was with him, so that means I'm burning more calories.  Although I gained 20lbs less, I ended at 15lbs less than my end weight with Brady due to the 5lb starting difference.  So, I have less to lose to get to pre-pregnancy weight, but I have to lose an additional 20lbs to get where I was before Europe (148.2lbs).  So in a way, it evens out to the same.

I want to set a few goals for myself right out of the gate to get my mind in a weight loss place again.  Since I expect to lost 30lbs by 3 months (June 2), I want to be at Brady's pre-pregnancy weight of 163lbs (35lbs down) by our beach vacation on July 20 (4.5 months).  I have a ticker at the top of the page to show my progress and I have it currently set to be at pre-pregnancy weight by the beach, but will adjust when (not if, but when) I get below pre-pregnancy weight before then.

My big goal (and I am hesitant to set it because if you set a goal that isn't attainable and you don't reach it, you get discouraged) is to be back at my lowest by this Christmas, which will be almost 10 months postpartum.  That would mean 52lbs in 10 months instead of 16 months last time.  I would have to average about 5lbs per month.

With all that said, it's been six days since Izzie B was born and I've weighed myself twice since then.  At three days postpartum I was at 188.2lbs (down 12.2lbs) and today at six days postpartum, I was at 185.8lbs (down 14.6lbs).  It will of course slow down as the initial weight loss is the baby and other items that come out at delivery.  I'm excited to get back into things and feel the rush of weight loss again!