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!