This has been a hard topic for me to think about…much less write about. I have been trying to lose my baby weight for 9 months. But I’ve finally hit a milestone of 40 lbs!!!!!! So, I feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’m not so “ashamed” of my baby weight gain. I grew a baby for crying out loud, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of anyway.
Here’s a bit of my story: I gained 70 pounds (gasp!) with my pregnancy. I’m not sure why I gained so much. I wasn’t pigging out or eating everything in sight. I did have a crazy craving early on–Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich. That’s all I wanted to eat and everything else was making me gag, so I had Wendy’s Spicy Chicken for lunch every day for probably 2 weeks. Now, I can’t stand the thought of eating that! Ha! But I know that sandwich is not what made me gain 70 lbs!
At 12 weeks, I woke up early one morning with the most dreadful pain I have ever experienced. Yes, it was definitely worse than childbirth. Okay, yes, I had an epidural after 40 hours of non-stop back labor. But still, this pain was horrible. Prince Charming took me to the ER and they almost immediately gave me morphine. It helped a little, but I worried about my baby.
To make a very long story a little shorter, they found a 12 cm cyst (grapefruit size) on my left ovary. Hence the incredible pain. My ob-gyn mentioned surgery a couple times, which I did not want. And she told me to immediately stop working out. So, I went from working out 3x a week to nothing…and bedrest for 2 weeks. This sudden change in my activity level “did it” for my metabolism. (I changed doctors halfway through my pregnancy to an ob that I love and completely trust.)
After I saw a certain “number” on the scale at the doctor’s office, I started standing on the scale backwards because I didn’t want to see. I just couldn’t handle the HUGE numbers! It was awful! The dr. wasn’t concerned at all because my blood glucose was perfect. I’m so glad that I didn’t know what my weight was right before I delivered Ridley…until AFTER I lost some of it! Ha!
After I got the doctor’s clearance at my 6 week check up, I started working out at Curves 3+ times per week. I also occasionally do Tracy Anderson’s Post Pregnancy Workout DVD (kicks my rear and my abs!) and the Chicks N Chickens workout.
I love riding my bike (ahem, hubby…please air up my tires!) and pulling Ridley around in the bike trailer. This time of year is too gorgeous to stay inside!
I don’t have any good before and after “body shots”, but you can tell that I’ve lost weight in my face. My cheeks aren’t quite so chubby and I don’t have such “jowls” anymore!
At first I cut all snacks and just ate 3 meals a day. Now when I snack, I love to have fruit and cheese, veggies and hummus or yogurt. It has made a huge difference for me! I try to workout every day, but it seems like something always comes up, but I am working out at least 3 times per week (Curves or at home).
I love Yoplait yogurt! There are so many different, delicious flavors to choose from! I can easily satisfy a “sweet” craving with a Yoplait.
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