Day One

We did it!!! We managed to get out of the door in time to work out.

We dropped the kids off, it was empty in the Child Care area.

We changed and jumped into the pool. We swam our prescribed 10 minutes of swimming. At which point we were paged to the child care area. Never good.

I got dressed because Eric had headed over immediately, but stopped to check in and see what was going on. When I got there it was only to find that MY FIVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WET HER PANTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLAYGROUND. Her response? “Why didn’t you bring me a change of clothes?”

We left the Y and have plans to return tomorrow to (hopefully) get a longer than 10 minute work-out. At least we finished the workout that we were supposed to do. We had both been hoping to get in a little more time, but we will probably tack in on to tomorrow’s workout which is our first bike ride.

And we’re off!!! (Note the weight loss…having the flu is good for at least one reason!)

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Diet, Health, and Pregnancy

Two days ago, my sister called me up to tell me that she is pregnant. Of course, I’m thrilled because Kelly and Jared are great parents, but I was a little sad because Kelly and I had been talking about being pregnant together for a pretty long time now. It hit me that I was no closer to getting pregnant that I was several months ago. Discouraging and disappointing. However, the good news was that my husband has agreed that we should have more children.

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. -Psalm 127: 3-5

So, the other day, I made an appointment with the public health doctor’s office to have my evil Mirena IUD removed. I have hated it from the day I got it, though I was persuaded that it was okay, that it was hormonal and therefore I wouldn’t be ovulating. After more research, I find that is absolutely not true and I have been desperate to remove it ever since, even venturing to see if my husband could do it (which he couldn’t). My appointment is scheduled for November 19, 2009 and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Because it is “public health” I had to accept a different form of birth control and I chose condoms, which we will likely never use.

Eric has already been suggesting dates to try to get pregnant at or around Christmas, and I whole-heartedly accept that idea…BUT, I am still overweight- obese even. I would love to have a natural childbirth and give birth at home. In order to do that, you need to have a healthy pregnancy. I am sure that I could have a healthy pregnancy, but I am at a significant risk for high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. In addition, heavy mothers tend to have heavy babies and those babies don’t always come out so well, which leads to an increase in the likelihood of a C-Section. Not at all natural.

I decided that it was HIGH TIME that I get my act in gear. When I thought of a healthy lifestyle, the first thing I thought of was Perfect Weight America. The book is fantastic and though it is really challenging, I would love to be healthy for my baby. So, my goal is to follow the plan for two months, which takes me all the way to the end of December. Perfect timing. I anticipate that I will lose weight during this process, however, that is not my main goal. My goal is to get healthy. That means that I want both my diet and my activity level to reflect a healthy lifestyle. If my weight hasn’t caught up in two months (which it likely won’t), then I will either keep on losing weight on the diet or I will get pregnant and continue with healthy lifestyle choices.

It may be simple, but it is definitely NOT easy. If you notice on the top, I added another category, called FISH, where I will post notes about my diet strategy, food choices, and progress reports. Expect to see plenty of information on the main page as well. For example:

Today was the first day of my diet and I chose to start with a 10 day cleanse. For more information about Perfect Weight America and the 10 Day Cleanse, see my FISH link on top.

My weight is 191 (YIKES!!!)

My planned meals were pineapple, apple, chicken soup, chicken soup, and finally a large vegetable salad with 1/2 an avocado and 2 tablespoons of dressing. Water consumption about 140 ounces (3/4 oz per pound of weight)

What I really ate was: small serving of pineapple (not enough), whole apple (I didn’t eat the seeds 🙂 ), small serving of chicken soup puree, and a large salad. I drank over 100 ounces of water.

I felt…like junk. My sister made coffee for breakfast (which is my standard breakfast fare) and my mom finished her day with cookies (of which the smell kept wafting up the stairs to torment me- she may have done it on purpose…I’ll never know. 🙂 ). Truly, I was hungry for much of the day, but I didn’t eat enough according to the plan and it was the first day, so it is to be expected. I was craving whatever was in front of me, but I didn’t splurge…except with the dressing on my salad. Tomorrow, fewer ingredients will go into my salad and I will try a new healthy dressing. I am excited about tomorrow.

I will post pictures and measurements in the FISH section tomorrow.

A Wavy Standstill

So I have been noticing a trend in my weight loss. I will lose a couple of pounds, say like 4, and get really excited, but then a day or two later I have gained back 3 pounds. I stay at or about that weight for the next week or two (or three) and then suddenly, I’ve lost four pounds, bringing me one pound lower than before, only I’ll gain back an additional three right away. I guess in the end, I am still pursuing that downward movement, so it shouldn’t concern me too much, but it is really weird to watch my weight fluctuate.

However, I have a new low: 184…awesome!!! I am less than 20 pounds away from my temporary goal weight, however, I am really only 10 pounds away from my lowest weight since getting pregnant…actually, it’s less than that. The lowest I’ve ever been since getting pregnant is about 180. So, only a few more pounds to go and I will actually be lower than I’ve been in (almost) five years. Wow. That might just be the motivation I need to add some motion to my day.
I’ve been doing well with my water intake. I have a polycarbonate bottle that holds over 36 ounces of water and I fill it with a tray of ice cubes and then to the top with water or Crystal Light (thank goodness for the standard American diet or that would be a BIG no-no), repeat three times. Oh yeah, I have a wonderful curly straw to sip through. Fun.
As for the actual diet…eh, fair to middling. I’m starting to consider adding components of the Perfect Weight America diet plan, but I am not going to stress about it. In the end, I can do what I want when I am on my own. No sense rocking the boat when you’ve got waves enough.
The bottom line is: ugh, I need to exercise, double ugh.

A New Report

Along with many other changing conditions in my life right now, my weight is also changing! My sister’s wedding has come and gone and now I look to my other goal of getting into a safe range from which to get pregnant. I am becoming a big fan of this “standard American” diet because it’s easy, even though I know it’s not healthy. I don’t have to read much past the fancy labels claiming that it is “healthy” or “low-fat” or “high-fiber” and I don’t ever have to worry about the manufacturing process or the ingredient list. How pathetic! To know what’s right and not do it because it is different and difficult is wrong. However, with my current financial situation (that is, rely on my mother for 100% of the grocery bill) really does preclude me from adopting a different lifestyle.

Plus, it’s working…I am now at 188.5!!! It’s hard to believe because I really haven’t been diligent about my exercise routine. I have, however, cut out 99% of my fast food intake and I have severely limited the snacks (mostly because they are not in the house). Having my mother constantly around really is trying at best but I am learning to appreciate the accountability, but don’t tell her that… 🙂 I know that I would not have come this far without my mom’s help.
So my goal? I am still aiming at 165 to “remove the goalie” so to speak because I think that it is a pretty safe weight. I want to begin taking pre-natal vitamins because of that all-important folic acid. My vitamin really is a good one to take and I like it! Outside of that, I want to start feeling good again. Lately, I have been really low on energy and I think that it is a lack of water, so that is also a goal, I think that 84 ounces of water should be easy to consume and with practice, I’ll get there! We have been teaching the kids about nutrition and why they should eat their vegetables and proteins and so on, so that has been entertaining.
Yeah, all in all, I think we are doing well and though I am not losing weight fast enough to set any records, nor am I even losing at a “healthy” rate, I am satisfied when I see progress and lack only the motivation to kick it up a notch (or two).
So how are you doing???

Cheerful Outlook

I went ahead and changed the blog background from the “heart motif” into something a little springy. Along with this outlook is a new weigh-in result, 191.5, and I am desperate to get out of the 190’s…soon!!!

Along with some other news, I have ordered the bridesmaid dress in a size 16 and it fits!!! Though it doesn’t fit well, I know that every pound I lose will only make the dress look better. I really do need to lose weight along my thighs and my preggo-belly flab but the most important is my bust. I will probably be wearing some form of “support” for the other two, but the bust is hard to conceal and since I fill out the bust portion of the dress, it looks slightly different. Oh well…I will keep trying to lose the weight and I get what I get. I still have about 6 weeks left to lose weight; that should be about 12 pounds which would put me right at 180 or so…a good start!
My goal is ultimately to get down to a healthy weight so that I can get pregnant, and I plan on halting all forms of (hormonal) birth control around mid-July, which would allow for another 10-12 pound loss and puts me in a much healthier category for pregnancy. I would hope to wait a month or two before getting pregnant, which allows for even MORE weight loss and there you have it! The other thing that this waiting period does is allow my husband and I to figure out the finances and work out some of the lingering issues.
All in all, when I am thinking clearly, I have a positive outlook for this year, despite the myriad challenges we face, and I would love to glorify God in my life regardless of my circumstances.

199.5!

I haven’t exactly been pursuing weight loss as much as I could. Moving has invaded my life and I feel like we are all in a tunnel with no light at the end. However, I have steadily been losing weight during this process. All I have been doing is eating slightly less than before (less snacks!) and we have been doing physical work like moving boxes, stripping paint, and scrubbing this FILTHY house. Just in general, I have to walk up and down the stairs which is something I’ve never had to do before, so this is an improvement.

As you can probably tell by my title, I finally got down to 199.5 which is so significant because I have not weighed this little in a very long time! I really want to step up the weight loss efforts and really consider what is going into my mouth. I think the key is to enjoying your food. This way, when I am feeling tempted by something to eat that I don’t really like but would normally snack on, I can just say no because there are things I’d rather eat. For example, my mom made some cookies for the kids the other day. She sampled a cookie and said that they were not very good, so I didn’t even bother trying one. I would much rather find a cookie that I really like and eat that one. The key is to not actively pursuing a replacement…I am sure that is all muddled, but the idea of turning down snacks and desserts (particularly for me) when they don’t look or taste completely appealing. This has cut down on some of the snacking I would have done just because they were present.
So, I have about 40 pounds to lose by May 30th, which is probably too much, but I want to keep going until that wedding date. I don’t know what weight I need to be to fit into the dress, but I would guess around 175 would cut it, so the least amount I need to lose is around another 15 pounds, which is still a 30 pound weight loss. It just doesn’t feel like I’ve lost any weight…know what I mean?

That’s gotta help!

I had a tooth removed today.

The process was less unpleasant than I expected and though I was completely against the gauze being in my mouth, the actual procedure was okay. Now, however, not so much. It’s not the pain though, because I have very little of that. There is swelling (and oozing…gross!) but that is just plain uncomfortable. What is really difficult right now is EATING. 

Of course that’s a dieter’s dream!!! I anticipate sticking to a relatively liquid diet for the next few days and have purchased a few cans of SlimFast to help get nutrients. Otherwise it’s going to be soups, yogurt and crackers. I am actually looking forward to this. I made some good chicken broth the other day and it’s sitting in my fridge just waiting to be used. I will add some chicken and veggies to it and call it lunch (probably dinner too)!!!
I am really interested in my thought process right now. A week ago, I was stubbornly refusing any and all “diet” food because I didn’t believe in the low-fat diet craze. Well, I still don’t feel like eating “franken-food” is healthy for long-term eating…I don’t plan on eating it long-term! My goal right now is to find ways to cut out the junk from some of my regular meals. I am contemplating BocaBurgers as an easy to prepare lunch for myself and am intrigued with their Chik’n Patties, though they are actually more calories than the burgers. These are things that I would NOT be purchasing before, but now, I find myself willing to try them. The other thing I am considering (and searching out recipes for) is a grilled vegetable spaghetti sauce. I have heard good things about this type of recipe and think I’m almost ready to try it! Pair that with a large salad and a small serving of pasta and I’ve converted a “not-so-good” meal into a keeper!
The bottom line is that I can feel the change- I want to change right now. Still having to figure out what to do with working out, but just changing my food habits is a good start.
Weight’s been jumping around on me; yesterday I was up to 211 and today I’m down to 209. I like weighing in daily, but I guess I don’t take it too seriously. It’s the feeling that counts…its just the numbers that can be measured.