Yesterday Darren posted a little video. It's a good video so check it out if you haven't already. The video is full of little bits of general advice and one of those things said take time to fit back into those jeans. That's what I am trying to do. Darren and I have always said we don't want to be fat parents. I have always had a battle with my weight. In fact, my highest adult weight ever matched the weight I got up to during my pregnancy. Yep, my highest weight was exactly 35 pounds higher than my pre-pregnancy weight. I weighed that much early on in our relationship. We got together in June of 2002. I had been on Weight Watchers at the time and was down about 20 pounds when we met. Early on in the relationship we ate out a lot and I quit eating right and exercising and all that weight came back. I went back on Weight Watchers in April of 2003 and lost 35 pounds. I have been off and on WW ever since then and have managed to stay within a certain weight range. My lowest weight was about 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight, and my highest weight was about 10 pounds more than that.
Anyway, throughout my pregnancy I was concerned about what would happen afterward with my weight. With my history it could have been bad. There are too many examples out there of women who have their babies and never lose what they gained or even gain more weight afterward. I don't want to be one of those women, but its hard to diet and exercise with all the other changes in my life. I lost a bunch of weight really quickly after the birth, about 15 pounds. Then we went on a week long vacation. I don't diet on vacation. Luckily I came back at the same weight I left, 15 pounds down, 20 to go. Over the next few days I lost a couple more pounds since I was back home and not eating as much. 18 pounds down, 17 to go. Last Friday night we went out to eat with our friends Eric and Angela. I ate too much, but it was good. :-) After dinner Darren and I stopped by Yogurt Story and I ate more. I always have room for ice cream! The next morning I was up 2 pounds. Not good. Darren left to go back to NY that morning and I decided I really need to get back on the diet bandwagon. It's much easier when not breastfeeding. I guess there is a benefit to being unable to do that.
With all my Weight Watchers history I contemplated joining again, but I didn't want to pay the monthly fee. I figured there must be an Ipad application that's similar to their online tools (which is what I always used). I ended up finding a 99 cent application that isn't quite Weight Watchers, but it is a really good application and tracks everything I used to on WW. I also started exercising again that day. My doctor cleared me for walking and that's it. She doesn't want me doing any ab exercises yet because of the c-section. I'm fine with that. I hadn't been doing anything for a while and my treadmill is collecting dust. I have been walking for 30 minutes on the treadmill every day. It's been difficult trying to predict when I will get a good 45 minutes of straight sleep out of Natali to be able to actually start the exercise, but I have managed pretty well so far. It will be much easier when Darren is home. Walking will be fine for this month and once I'm cleared for other things I will go back to doing Tae Bo like I used to. I really enjoy Tae Bo and its a great workout. I should also get an ab video to do as well. It seems that all the weight I gained during the pregnancy ended up on my stomach and it will take a lot of work to get that back to the way it was. Luckily my stomach flab is much easier to hide than extra weight in other places. :-)
I am now on day 4 of my diet and I have lost an additional 3 pounds. Only 14 left! Of course, I don't expect that quick weight loss to last past this week, but its a good motivator to keep going. I'm hoping to lose another 9 pounds by the time work starts again. That is a very attainable goal.
In other news, my little baby has started to grow some really sharp little claws. I got out the baby nail clipper that came in my baby first aid kit, but I couldn't get her nails clipped. Partly I am just very nervous about missing and hurting her somehow and partly she just wouldn't undo her tight little fist so I could get a nail to clip. Any suggestions on how I might do this?