breastfeeding and weight loss

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.

Two Months: Growing So Fast!

 

Mr. Giggles is now 2 months old!

He’s gotten so big! In some ways he’s still teeny tiny but he’s starting to fill out a little bit and get a little baby chunk. He’s about 12 pounds now.

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He’s grown out of so many outfits! Most of his 3 month old onesies don’t fit. He’s now in the 3-6 month sized onesies. I think the biggest growth is length. I’m not sure how long he is right now but he’s too long for many of his outfits! And he grew out of his swaddle sack overnight (literally).

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Logan is more active and more awake these days. He recently discovered his hands and his new thing is shoving his fist into his mouth. It’s pretty cool to watch him discover things and I get to see the world through his eyes as he explores.

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He likes to talk and babble and coo. He also recently discovered his OTHER voice…the crying voice! Instead of those “I’m sort of unhappy but not really complaining about it yet” cries he’s had this whole time he’s now “I am MAD! Fix it mom!” Thankfully this doesn’t happen too often but if he’s in a particular mood and hungry or needs a diaper change and I’m taking a teeny bit too long he lets me know! The good thing is that he gets over it pretty quickly and gets back to his happy baby self!

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He’s trying to figure out how to roll. He’s rolled onto his side a few times in his crib when he’s playing but I don’t think it was on purpose and he hasn’t quite figured out what he’s doing. There’s a lot of flailing and kicking.

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He’s such a happy baby. He has days here and there where he is extra needy and just wants to be cuddled and held. I’m ok with that. I feel like these times will be short lived and soon he won’t want to be held and I’ll miss it.

It’s a clique to say “he’s growing so fast!” but he really is. Part of me is excited for the next thing he’s going to learn– sitting up, rolling, crawling, etc–and excited for that to happen. But part of me is already sad that he’s going to grow up and not be a teeny baby anymore! So for now I just marvel at the changes he makes almost every day and give him lots of hugs and kisses because at some point he won’t want hugs and kisses from his mama. 😉

How’s mom?

Last week I went back to the pool for the first time in 8 weeks! I was a little nervous about going swimming after such a long break but it was great. It didn’t feel like I had taken two months off and I was able to get right back into it. I swam a little over a mile in 45 minutes (which was about what I was doing when I was pregnant) without having to take a break. I could have gone longer but I stopped, not because I was tired, but because I was getting REALLY hungry!

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Also, it felt amazing to be able to relax in the hot tub and sauna again!  Boy oh boy was I starving after my swim, though.

Physically I’m doing pretty good 2 months postpartum. Still mildly sleep deprived but I don’t imagine that will improve any time soon. I go back to work soon and I’m slightly worried about how the sleep deprivation will effect that…but what am I going to do about that? I think this is going to be our norm for awhile.

Weight wise I’m the same. I gained 33 pounds pregnant and lost 18 that first week or so being home. Most of that was just giving birth but some of it was losing fluids I think. I haven’t lost any weight since then. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly disappointed that the weight isn’t “melting off” like so many people say it does when you’re breastfeeding. But I’ve also read that a lot of women don’t have that experience and their body holds onto the weight while they are breastfeeding and it isn’t until they start to wean that the weight loss happens.

Sure, I wish I was one of those lucky people that have the weight melt off. But, I’m ok with just maintaining where I am at right now. My priority is breastfeeding and making sure Logan gets enough. I don’t want to see my milk supply get effected and I am routinely pretty hungry as a result of breastfeeding so I eat. I’m counting my calories, staying within a reasonable number, and I’m back to working out on a regular basis (about 4 days a week) and I’m not willing to drop my calories to a restrictive number just to see if I can lose some weight. It’s been 2 months, I have plenty of time for that later.

Other than that, things are going really well. I feel good. We’ve got a decent routine going– which will change here soon when I go back to work. But things are good and I’m really happy. Logan brings so much joy into our lives. Sometimes we just look at each other and marvel at how lucky we are to have a sweet, happy, good-natured little cutie as our baby. I suppose this means he’ll be a hellion when he’s a teenager, huh?? 😉