breastfeeding

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.

What I’m Doing Lately

My workout schedule has been a little wonky this week! Last Saturday they were predicting a little bit of snow so I got to the gym early and thankfully got in my workout. I stopped at the grocery store for essentials (chips and beer and baby food) on the way home and it was a MADHOUSE. I’ve never been to the grocery store when it was that nuts. I got home just as the snow was starting to get heavy and spent the rest of the day playing with Logan, watching Netflix, Michael did some painting…it was good.

Sunday I got up to not much snow, the rain overnight had melted it, but instead everything was a sheet of ice! I tried to go to the pool but decided it was a bad idea and turned around and went home. Instead, I worked out on the bike trainer in the living room. I did 35 minutes and burned 290 calories.

The weather improved and melted off. Fast forward to Tuesday. They were predicting more snow. I got to the gym after work (a little later than I planned) and ran 2.15 miles on the treadmill, watching the freezing rain/hail start to fall. I decided to cut my workout short and head home early because I had my car and not the Subaru and my car is NOT snow/ice capable.

I was bummed my workout was cut short. I had planned on running 2.5 miles and then doing some weight machines, but it was a smart move to just go home.

Dinner:

Chicken thigh, sauteed kale with bacon, cottage cheese and a beer! Dinner was around 700 calories. It was snowing a little bit. Michael and I watched an episode of Narcos and it snowed probably about an inch or so. We went to bed, pretty sure we weren’t going to be going to work on Wednesday…

….and woke up Wednesday to this:

SNOW DAY!

Kind of hard to tell but we have a TON of broken tree limbs. We’re going to have a lot of damage to fix once this is gone.

I know people reading this in the midwest are laughing at us, but this is a lot of snow for Oregonians! (And all over Oregon, there’s tons of snow accumulation!)

At like 4am we woke up to a big crashing noise. Michael was up in the kitchen making a bottle for Logan and I thought he dropped something in the kitchen, it was that loud! But it turns out it was the above giant tree in our yard and the sound was huge branches cracking and breaking. Scary!

8 years ago when Michael and I were first dating, I got snowed in at his house. I went to his house for dinner one Friday night after swimming and woke up Saturday morning to several feet of snow and it kept snowing–and we ended up being snowed in together for about 5 days!!! It was a true test of our new relationship. LOL Obviously, we lived through it!

So Wednesday we woke up to about 6 inches of snow and it was still falling. I fixed myself breakfast:

Scrambled eggs topped with cheese and hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cream cheese and avocado. Hot coffee and EmergenC. Logan had his breakfast:

And once he went down for a nap I got in my home workout.

Snowed In Workout:

Warm-up

Inchworms – 8

Pushups – 10×2

Squats – 10×3

KB swings with 20lbs – 12×4

Mountainclimbers – 30×4

Side Lunges – 10×2 each

Toe touches with ball – 15×4

Glute bridges – 15×4

Knee Raises – 10×2

Overhead triceps – 10×3

Biceps curls – 10×3

Cobra stretches – 10×3

V-Ups – 15×4

Biceps curls with strap – 10×4

Stretches – yoga and PT stretches

Foam Roller

End Result: 311 calories burned! I’ll take it!

I did some stuff around the house and then had soup and crackers for lunch. Spent the rest of the day kind of tinkering around the house. I think we were all feeling a little stir-crazy! I made Michael sit down with me and watch some of Twin Peaks. Can you believe he’s never seen it?!

Dinner was steak, sauteed peppers and a glass of this lovely wine:

Thursday I got up and weighed myself…to discover I’ve lost 2 pounds! It was quite the surprise. I was noticing that certain clothes lately have felt a little loose, which is why I got on the scale. I’ve started the weaning process and that’s the only thing I can think that might have helped me lose some pounds because I’ve been doing all the same things I’ve been doing for months…

We had breakfast and then I took Bella for a walk in the snow!

It was sunny and cool but not too cold to trek through the snow. Bella was LOVING it! And so was I, honestly, after being trapped in the house for a few days.

The snow was so beautiful! I walked around the neighborhood with B. I stuck with the snow because it was easier to walk in than the frozen car tracks. It was quiet and relaxing.

I am happy with my calorie burn for a trek through the snowy neighborhood:

Thursday workout done! The rest of the day is going to include some soup, tea and maybe a nap!