Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Losing the Baby Fat, and the Baby Fat, and the Baby Fat...

I've always struggled with my weight. Well, no, not when I was a baby, but for as long as I can remember.

I declared victory at my wedding when I got down to a reasonable 140 pounds.

In the first few months of my marriage while I was enjoying being married but also stressing over looking for a job, I gained 15 pounds. As I said, I've always struggled with my weight.

Then I got pregnant and I took the idea of "eating for two" to mean two adults rather than one adult and one cute ever-growing bean. Pregnancy #1 cost me 50 pounds. I managed to lose about half of it before pregnancy #2 but that one cost me about 35 pounds. I lost about 25 of that before pregnancy #3 which cost me about 25 pounds. I lost about 15 of that before pregnancy #4.

For those not doing the math, I tended to top out around the same cap every pregnancy, losing less each time but also gaining less. Fortunately, by pregnancy #4, I'd fairly well figured out the "eating for two" thing and gained only 20 or 25 pounds. (I always know about where I am by month 9, but usually by then I don't want to know too specifically. Month 9 is trying enough on its own.)

Of course I didn't even have get the medical clearance for dieting until after week 6 and before that it might have been disadvantageous to my milk supply anyway. After my 6 week post-partum check up, we had our trips to New York and then Disney World. I was not insane enough to begin a diet before traveling for three weeks. Then, of course, in June, we moved. I wasn't about to begin a diet when moving either. I knew I'd have enough to deal with.

I actually had managed to lose almost all my Teresa pregnancy weight by the end of May but the sheer stress and circumstances of the move added some of that back on.

However, by mid July I figured my footing was solid enough that the time had come to make a serious effort to get off my Teresa, Elizabeth, Felicity, and Cecilia baby weights and get down to a healthier weight.

The only diet plan I know of though that accommodates nursing mothers is Weight Watchers. So, on July 25, I began doing Weight Watchers. It has changed since the last time I did it so there has been a bit of a learning curve. So far so good though.

My goal is to lose 2 pounds per week. Of course the first week usually sees the most loss due to the sudden change but I am happy my first week netted a loss of 4.4 pounds. I'll be ecstatic though if I can just keep losing 2 pounds per week. Say a prayer for me...


  1. I started having weight issues in college due to a medication I was on. It only got really out of control after Will was born and I worked nights which meant I ate mostly crap (pardon the expression) and had almost zero time to exercise...I am hoping that once Shelby enters kindergarten (well the autism kindergarten class) in a few weeks, I will be able to carve out more time for a lot of things...including exercise. Saying prayers for you, I know how tough this is.

  2. Kristen, I hope everything gets off to a good start for you and thanks for the prayers!!!