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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.

Eating For Two

I used to give examples of daily food diaries but for the most part I stopped doing that because  1) my food didn’t change a whole lot day to day and  2) I wasn’t trying to lose weight, just maintain. Then I started doing some posts with daily food diaries when I was trying to lose some weight (remember the Slow Carb diet that basically did nothing for me?).

I figured I’d do a post as an example of what my food looks like now that I’m “eating for two” (not really eating for two).

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As I am getting towards the end of the 2nd trimester I’ve been following doctor’s orders and eating 300 more calories a day than I was in the 1st trimester so that means my base is around 1900 calories a day. This was kind of a big change from the low calorie range I was striving for before getting pregnant around 1300-1400 a day as a base because I was trying to lose 10 pounds.

So here is what I ate in a day:

Breakfast

This one doesn’t change much and hasn’t changed since getting pregnant except for one thing — I added orange juice because for whatever reason I crave it!

eggs

2 fried eggs with hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cinnamon and sugar (or stevia) on top, glass of orange juice and when I get to work I have 1 cup of coffee with creamer in it. I also had a small glass of Trader Joe’s Kefir.

kefir

Calories: 505

 

Snack

Right now I’m eating my favorite seasonal fruit! Satsuma oranges!

snack

Calories: Around 50

Lunch

Tomato and penne soup with a small green salad with raw peppers and Trader Joe’s Vinaigrette dressing. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda cheese. And 2 pieces of chocolate. 🙂

lunch

Calories: Around 460

Snack

Plain Greek yogurt with some Craisins. Ever since switching to Costco’s plain Greek Yogurt years ago, I cannot eat “regular” yogurt at all OR flavored Greek Yogurt. Sometimes I splurge and get the Chobani Flipz but that is more like having dessert than yogurt. Flavored Greek yogurts are sooo sweet to me now. I just can’t do it.

It was a slow transition going from the sugary ones to plain. When I first started eating the Costco plain Greek yogurt I put honey or agave in it or ate it with some trail mix or granola mixed in. Now I can eat it without anything in it but I usually want a little something. I like using fresh berries in the summer or dried cranberries in the winter. It gives it just a hint of sweet and a bit of tartness that I like.

yogurt

Calories: Around 160

Dinner

For dinner I made this recipe:  Easy Teriyaki Chicken & Brown Rice. The recipe was decent and had a nice teriyaki flavor but it wasn’t glazed like I would have liked it.

I had some leftover rice I wanted to use and I read through the comments on the recipe to see what people thought of the recipe. There were some good recommendations and variations. I didn’t have broccoli so I used frozen peas and it was just fine. Any veggies would do. One reviewer recommended adding water chestnuts and that was good, too. I used leftover forbidden rice instead of the brown rice and I had some cottage cheese on the side. EmergenC to dink.

dinner1

Calories: Around 530

Dessert

Hot cocoa with whipped cream and 3 squares of chocolate. I ate dessert while we were watching Fargo (if you aren’t watching that show, you’re missing out!) and kind of forgot about my cocoa after drinking 3/4 of it. I dumped the rest out when I remembered and it was cold!

dessert

Calories: 225

Total Calories for the day: 1930

Gym

When I work out I eat back some of the calories I burned. I’m not necessarily trying to create a deficit like I did before when I was trying to lose weight. Instead I just listen to my body and if I’m still hungry, I eat a little bit more.

Today at the gym I did the elliptical. I had planned on doing something else but had twisted my ankle early in the morning and wanted to take it easy.

I’ve rolled my ankle/sprained/strained it so many times in my life I consider myself an expert at it, sadly. But I honestly haven’t twisted it in years–like 5? I guess this is proof that my ligaments are loosening and I need to be more careful how I step. I don’t think my ankle is bad but I still didn’t want to push it, so the elliptical was all I did (and it was fine).

gym1

Tomorrow I will do weights.

Calories Burned: 340

gym2

So as you can see, my day doesn’t look a whole lot different from how it was before getting pregnant. I am eating a little bit more but it’s not crazy. I have days where I am FAMISHED. Then I have days where I don’t have much of an appetite. It’s odd and it really changes day to day. But overall this is what a typical day lately looks like!

How much did your eating habits change when you were pregnant?