body aches

Accountability Buddy

Guess what? I’m done nursing!

In December I talked to the lactation consultant about the issues I was having with breastfeeding–Logan didn’t seem interested anymore, he was easily distracted and would squirm and fidget and only nurse for a few minutes. As a result my supply was tanking. I did a last-ditch effort with some Mother’s Milk Tea and lactation cookies and didn’t see much of a difference. The consultant said it sounded like Logan was losing interest and if we wanted to wean soon, it was ok.

My goal was to breastfeed for 9 months. We ended up making it 10.5 months and I was ready to be done. While I loved breastfeeding and I knew I’d miss that part of it, I hated pumping at work, I hated being tied to the pump and a schedule and…all of the other stuff. The weaning process was actually pretty easy and I did it in such a slow way it was never that uncomfortable. I was so glad to be done pumping, too!!

So now that we’re done breastfeeding that means I have my body back! And I can start focusing on losing the baby weight!

Even though I’ve been counting my calories and exercising consistently for the last 11 months, I wasn’t really losing weight. I was talking to my friend Debby recently and she suggested that we become accountability buddies to try and lose weight together. We both wanted to lose 20 pounds. I agreed to give it a shot!

Debby does Weight Watchers and has been successful in the past. WW never really appealed to me because I’m a calorie counter and trying to re-learn something and figure out a point system didn’t appeal to me. Plus, I never felt like I needed the accountability and support with Weight Watchers meetings. I still don’t feel like I need the support, but I kind of feel like I need the motivation. I’m hoping buddying up with Debby will give me a little boost to get started.

We made a Google spreadsheet to share our weigh-ins, exercise, calories (or points) and Debby added water. (I need to figure out how to track my water because I don’t really drink it out of things that have measurements.)

Week One

We picked 2/13 as our start date. We both weighed in and logged it on the shared Google Drive Spreadsheet we created. I had recently lost almost 3 pounds (no idea how) but was bummed to see it back on the scale the morning of my official weigh-in. Oh well. I put it in the spreadsheet.

For the last 10 months or so I’ve been logging my calories in MyFitnessPal per usual and I was doing around 1700 calories as a base. If I worked out, I ate a little bit more. I did not factor in the extra calories I burned breastfeeding because I didn’t want to get comfortable having TONS of extra calories!!

So for Day One I reduced my calorie base to 1600 instead of 1700.

Day Exercise Calories for the Day
1 Rest Day 1685
2 Bike trainer, 238 calories burned 1407
3 Strength training at home, 390 calories burned 1732
4 Rest Day 1744
5 Run at lunch, 2.75 miles, burned 363 calories  1730
6 Swim, 300 calories burned 1650
7 Sick Sick

It was kind of fun seeing what my friend was doing. We gave each other encouragement, leaving comments in the spreadsheet kind of like Easter Eggs. 🙂 It wasn’t empty “good job” comments but nice encouraging words.

I was feeling REALLY awesome about running during my lunch break again! I think I can make that happen once a week, which will free up my evening to be with the family, instead of rushing to the gym. I felt very accomplished after running during lunch. It had been so long.

I was doing really well for almost 2 weeks and then….

Screeching halt on my momentum. I got sick. It happened right around my cousin’s wedding (TERRIBLE TIMING!) and so I took a few days off from working out (I still counted my calories) and the day I got back to it working out? I pulled a muscle in my back.

Like really, Universe?!

The story doesn’t stop there. THEN the next day (after a few visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist) I got sick again. This time? Strep throat. You have GOT to be kidding me. I spent three days in a fevered haze in so much pain, unable to swallow even water. It was truly awful. Thankfully the penicillin kicked in almost right away and I started to get better.

But damn, that was a bad week. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, but still managed to stay in my calorie range (under 1700 calories a day) despite being sick and not being able to (or wanting to) work out. The only upside to being sick was the lack of appetite. For three days my diet consisted of soup, mini bagels with cream cheese and ice cream. That was it.

By Monday, I was on the mend with both my illness and back. I’d say I was at 75%. So I decided to hit the elliptical during my lunch break at work. I did about 30 minutes on the elliptical, which made me happy, and I hoped that I was getting better on all counts.

I hope to see some progress soon. I may need to reduce my calories a little more than the 1600 but I will see how it goes! I hope to do another post with progress soon.

Meeting Santa

This weekend we got to meet Santa!

About a month ago I saw an event on Facebook for the local 7 Dees Nursery Reindeer Magic event. It sounded like fun–meet Santa, get pictures and see baby reindeer. Then I saw something even better: $5 fast pass tickets. I immediately bought that and it was totally the best $5 I ever spent! 😀

Thankfully it wasn’t raining, since the event was outside. Logan took a 2.5 hour nap Saturday morning and woke up in good spirits so we went to the event after that. The place was packed and the lines were REALLY long. Seriously, so glad I bought the fast pass.

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We checked in with our pass and waited about 5 minutes to get a photo with Santa.

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. It seems normal for people to have the screaming, crying baby with Santa photo so I was kind of expecting to get that. At the same time, Logan doesn’t seemed too freaked out by strangers yet. We lucked out and instead of crying baby photo, we got unimpressed baby photo:

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It was a really fun event. They had face painting for the kids. You could buy hot cocoa and mini donuts, too. We tried to do that but the line was too long so we skipped it.

Apparently there was also a blanket and jacket drive. I wish I’d known about that before hand because I would have brought a bunch. Next year I will be prepared.

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There was also a really long line to get photos with the baby reindeer. I did not buy a pass for that. Maybe next year when Logan is older we’ll do that too. Santa seemed like enough for an 8 month old. 😉

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They were doing little train rides for the kids:

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We walked around for a bit and ran into a friend with her baby. It was good to see her. Then we left. It was a good time and I’m glad we went and got photos. 🙂

When we were walking back to the car I saw this plant:

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Does anyone know what it is? It was so cool looking and a gorgeous color. I’m really curious!

The rest of the weekend was uneventful. Other than meeting Santa, I didn’t leave the house much. I’ve had bronchitis for a few weeks now and Friday I left work a little early to get a chest x-ray to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia. It wasn’t, which is the good news. The bad news is that there’s really nothing I can do for it. 🙁 So I spent the weekend trying to rest. I hope this improves soon.