Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Losing weight

I am kicking off a big diet regimen this week. When I got married, I was at my heaviest EVER. That's what three months of living in England and then returning to the States for the last 8 weeks before your wedding and having all the food you craved at your disposal will do to you! Oh, that and having no self control...pretty much EVER. So I gained about 30 pounds in those 8 weeks. The wedding happened, moved back to England two weeks later...and promptly lost those 30 pounds plus another 40ish. That put me at my lowest weight I can ever remember, and boy did I feel GOOD! Theeen...I started having health problems and I gained 20 pounds. Theeen....I got pregnant with Sara. I did so well -- when we moved back to the States at 32 weeks, I had only gained about 20 pounds.

Then. *dum de dum dum DUM....*

I got pre-eclampsia. Evil, evil disease. Between 35 weeks and the day I delievered (39 weeks 6 days) I gained TWENTY-NINE pounds. Oh my. The day I delivered I weighed about one pound less than I did at our wedding.

And I never lost it. At one point I had lost 20 pounds, but then I gained it all back. There were two failed pregnancies between Sara's birth (September 2007) and when I got pregnant with June Claire (October 2009), so by the time I got pregnant with JC, I was just four pounds down from my highest weight.

(Understand all that poundage lingo? I'm too scared to put my real weight numbers out there!)

I gained two pounds with June, and when I went for my two week appointment, I was 17 pounds down from my highest weight! I was so excited and decided to keep it up. I have slipped plenty of times in the two weeks since that appointment, so I'm not really expecting a loss tomorrow at my 4 week follow-up. But today I'm starting Weight Watchers (how awesome is it that they have a program for nursing mothers?!) and along with that, I'll be posting weekly about my progress, what meals are working for me, recipe ideas, etc. Honestly, it's going to be a lot of work since we're still at the RMH -- we're on our own for breakfast, lunch is sometimes provided and supper is almost always provided. What that means is I can't accurately count the points for those meals that are provided, but I will give it a shot, for sure!

And exercise -- luckily for me, we get free passes to the YMCA, so we'll be taking advantage of that. I went to get a jogging stroller yesterday, but BRU was out so I'm hoping they'll have that in on Wednesday. When I get the new jogger, we'll be running as a family each day. I can't wait -- I think I'll love that! There are several lakes here and sidewalks are EVERYWHERE...so exercising shouldn't be a problem.

Anyone ever done WW? Have any tips? Please share!


HappyascanB said...

I am super impressed! You have already shown amazing strength and faith since June's birth, and now you're adding a new challenge to the mix! I won't be far behind you, as I'm due June 26. I, too, am thankful for the WW plan for nursing mothers! I did WW once before. Tips: Drink your H2O! Seriously! It helps tremendously! And just be sure to keep track of EVERYTHING you put in your mouth. Also, a couple of little sayings I try to remember: "Nothing will ever taste as good as I'll feel thinner." And, you completely control everything you eat. There are so many things in your life right now that you have no control over; however, anything you eat or drink, you have complete control over. If you're a control freak like me, I loved that power!

Praying for you more than you know!

Lora said...

Sounds like you have a great plan in place! I started a workout program called "Insanity" about 3 weeks ago and I have never felt so physically fit in my whole life. I've always been on the thin side, but I've never been fit. It might be something you'd want to look in to as you get closer to your goal weight to really push you to that next level.

i had no idea WW had a program for nursing moms! how cool!

Lucille Roberts said...

Running 3-5 days a week will help you loose weight and keep the weight off. If your doing it as a family it should be a lot of fun to.

Paula Kathlyn said...

The awesome church I go to has free aerobics class and childcare twice a week and my friend who teaches the class also just started a weight loss program on Wednesday nights that have been very successful! Let me know if you want more details :) I think you would love it and the gals are awesome! We do stuff all the time together :)

Paula Kathlyn said...

P.S. How do you get free passes to the Y?