back injury

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.

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Busy weekend! Friday I went back to work. Then Saturday I went to the gym and ran 1.75 miles on the treadmill. It was 100+ degrees in Portland this weekend (TOO HOT) so it was nice to be in a cool gym.

Getting back into running is going slowly. Some days I feel great when I run, some days it feels like my body is just not ready yet. This particular run felt great and I amped it up a bit. Instead of jogging/running for 90 seconds, then walking for a 60 seconds, rinse repeat…I was running for three minute intervals and walking for one minute. It felt great and I was happy that I was able to go that long after such a long break.

Then I did about 15 minutes on the stairmaster and finished up with some weight lifting.

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It was a good workout. The bad news is that sometime in the last 5 days I did something to screw up my back. I’m not sure what it is but Saturday it felt really, really aggravated. I don’t know if I strained it picking up the baby so many times, or if doing the ab machines at the gym did it, or if it’s a flare up of my bulging disc issue I had last March…but it sucks. UGH! Really poor timing for a back injury. 🙁

Anyways, Saturday afternoon we drove out to Hillsboro (about an hour drive from our house) to go to a birthday party. It was a friend’s daughter’s FIRST birthday! So cute and so much fun. Logan got all dressed up for it:

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He was a real party animal! He slept in a little baby rocker swing thing the whole time. 😉

Sunday a friend stopped by for breakfast and to meet Logan. It was nice to spend some time catching up and the little guy put on quite the show for her–all smiles and giggles!

Then I went swimming, crossing my fingers it felt good on my back. And in a way it did feel good, but as soon as I was done swimming and out of the pool it was NOT good. Hot tub felt nice, steam room and sauna felt great. The nap I took that afternoon felt great…but still, back was cranky.

Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner. It was another 100+ degree day in Portland and they do not have AC in their house so we thought it would be nice to have them over for some relief. It had also been a little while since we saw them so it was good to catch up and be social after two months of sleep-deprived anti-social behavior. 😉

Logan was absolutely fascinated and riveted by the 8 year old and 3 year old boys!

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Since it was so hot I drank lighter beers and ciders:

Dinner was grilled up flanked steak, salad and corn. Ice cream for dessert.

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Logan did great and took a little nap while we ate, which was nice.

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And he slept from 10pm to nearly 6am!!! I think the trick is being social and putting him to bed late. Whatever the cause was, it was a nice treat since Monday was my first day working from home. Getting some extra (and real) sleep was nice. 🙂