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INTRODUCING MY BABY GIRL...

Friday, March 21, 2014

CHARLOTTE RENEE



She's my little princess and I adore her even more than I anticipated. I honestly wish I had more time to spend holding her, but with five kids life is pretty crazy.

And so, I'm back to the weight-loss journey once again. Here are the details:

Start of preg: 300
End of preg: 345
Left hospital (3/2/14): 333
Today (3/21/14): 303.6

There was quite a bit of water weight that I lost when I came home from the hospital, but the fact that my baby is three weeks old today and I've only got 3 1/2 pounds to lose before I get to my start weight is pretty encouraging. After that I just need to keep on going. I had a C-section so I'm still under restriction from my doctor. I just bought a double stroller because, including my foster son, I have two babies in infant carriers right now. Life is crazy. But I needed some way to be able to exercise soon and, although we live in Wisconsin, I'm hoping that weather will be warm enough very soon for me to take the babies out the double stroller.

As for plan of attack for food, I just want to keep it simple. I know from past experience that low-carb, high-protein works best for me because of my health issues including hypoglycemia. I just keep thinking to myself, if I know the way to lose weight, why haven't I've been doing it? Obviously I can only speak for the last 10 months when I say that there was really nothing I could do about it. Before that I had all kinds of opportunities and I chose to either ignore my weight or give a halfhearted effort.

In the past I've always use the excuse of, "What happens if I get pregnant again?". I lost 45 pounds before I got pregnant with my son Carson and it was devastating to see it all pile back on after all my hard work. But, that is no longer anything I can use as a mental roadblock. Along with the C-section, my husband and I decided that I would get my tubes tied. Four biological children and one soon-to-be adopted child is enough for us right now. And if we change our mind down the road we can always go for adoption again.

So what's left? What other excuses can I used to not lose the weight? Obviously, busyness the main one. And with five children, that is the case. Especially having two babies only eight months apart. But what I do know is this. I need this for me. I need this for my husband. I need us to feel normal again. I've been living in this fat suit for too long. Way too long. It's too late for my older two, but I have three young children that can grow up not having a fat mama, if I choose to make that happen. And I want to. I want to do it for me and I want to do it for them.

So my focus is going to be mostly on food. I am going to use walking as my form of exercise for now. I plan to start out walking three times a week and hopefully turn that into five times a week. As summer comes around I hope that I will be able to find opportunities for swimming and biking as well. I'm also in a weight-loss competition with some ladies at church. The grand prize is a makeover worth $400 that was donated by a sister of one of the women in the challenge. I know I have to be careful because I'm nursing my daughter and fast weight loss is not more important than being able to feed her. But, I believe that I can still lose at a pace that will keep up with the rest of the women in the competition and maybe I could even win. It would be the first time ever that I won a weight-loss competition!

Alrighty... Shower and crying baby call my name. Like a super busy right now but I hope to be able to check in here once in a while and update progress and see how my spark friends are doing as well.

Here's the crew!

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  • _RAMONA
    THIS! This is the reason you are on this journey... your body has birthed these BEAUTIFUL babies and has had to nurture them and you for years now. Taking weight off won't come easily (no matter what all of those celebrity moms with cooks and trainers tell you), and you need to be generous with yourself.

    Your kids are SO adorable!

    Give yourself time. It will all come.


    2327 days ago
  • MOTHERBEAR4
    emoticon Don't lose the determination! Congrats on progress so far even if it was water weight.

    I found my determination 6 months ago. I had 4 kids and only 1 is still in school. So I applaud you for you focus of losing the weight and getting healthy while you still have young kids at home!

    Oh and she is very cute! Lovely family. Thanks for sharing
    2441 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/22/2014 9:13:52 AM
  • KALTSCHWAGER
    What a beauty, congratulations! Babies are awesome!

    I also had a C-section. It was my second, so the recovery was easier than the first. But, because of that, I wrongly thought I could do more. Don't over-do it!! Your body is still adjusting to not being pregnant AND trying to heal itself from a major surgery. Take your time and enjoy your babies--all of them! There is plenty of time to think about weight. It doesn't mean you have to be a couch potato. Just listen to your body and rest BEFORE your body tells you it's time.

    Just paying attention to your foods will do a lot AND give your body what it needs to feed that sweet baby!

    Congratulations, again! There is NOTHING like the joy a baby brings. Thank you for sharing!
    2441 days ago
  • SOUPY18
    What a beautiful family! Best wishes to all of you, and good luck in your journey back to your goal weight.
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    2442 days ago
  • PEZMOM1
    Beautiful children. emoticon
    2442 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful family! I wish you all the best.
    2442 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    She is adorable, precious, beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2442 days ago
  • KATHY-FREDERICK
    Congratulations! She's gorgeous!
    2442 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14466082
    You have your hands full but you can tell you're determined to slim down and get healthy. You have four beautiful children to do this for! You have a supportive husband and all the right tools. I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS! I find this motivating! I have a one year old and I too need to buckle down and get moving and mainly like you said focus on food! I tried Atkins Tuesday and OMG I felt miserable by that afternoon BUT I know low carbs will help me...I think I've never done that. Well sort of I think when I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes and I had to watch EVERYTHING I ate. So I will continue to focus on eating more protein, healthy carbs but low carbs and low sugar. WE CAN DO THIS! Lets go!!!!
    2442 days ago
  • NGCHILD
    Congrats and what a beautiful family you have! Great job on the weight loss. Keep up the good work and check back in when you can.

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    Nic
    2442 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13941825
    Great picture!
    2442 days ago
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