|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Aug 02 2012
Hi Carrie! I have been lifting again for a few months (and loving it!) and thought of you, since we were doing the NRoLFW around the same time. What plan are you doing? I'm more or less doing some stuff from the book - I am surprised at how much I like doing weights when I make myself get to the gym and lift.
Margo - good to see you here! What have you been up to?
|Weight Loss||3-Month Bikini Body Challenge!||Dec 26 2011
I would love to join too! I am 2 months postpartum with my second baby and have 3 more pounds to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight but 13 pounds to lose overall to get where I would like to be. I love the extra accountability with 2 weigh ins! I'm not really familiar with how the groups work, but I would love to be a part.
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Dec 19 2011
Hi all! Just wanted to stop in and ask again where everyone is. Carrie, I look forward to making the cookies... I ended up hosting a little party for the Junior class last night and made a bunch of different cookies for that but have not had a chance to try out your recipe yet. Soon!
How are everyone's Christmas plans and prep going?
Greta, where are you with the surgery decision? Have you tried to run at all? Are you hanging in there? I am so sorry to hear about your friend.
Carrie, good for you for not weighing and for getting some great clothes. I haven't been weighing as much, but am still trying to get back to a more normal range. I saw 130.6 today, so I am getting there. It's just slower than I would like. Also trying to figure out the whole running/injury thing. Not much luck with PT yet, but I have my annual physical tomorrow and will talk to my doctor then.
Rennai, how are you are how are things going? Are you enjoying being a mom?
Sarah, how are you doing and how is the blog going?
Oh, Greta, I did the whole basal temp thing with a diaphragm for birth control between kids and it worked fine. I actually really love the whole temperature thing because you really get to know how your body works.
Okay, I am off to take a nap because I am going on 6 hours of sleep right now and both boys just went down. I have still not figured out the whole baby sleep schedule and early exercise thing yet...
Come back, ladies!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Dec 05 2011
My only question, Carrie, is will you share this most amazing cookie recipe? I have yet to find a recipe I am sold on, so I am serious about the sharing if you are willing!
I did my first pool run today, which was interesting. I definitely felt like I was working even though my heart rate didn't get up super high. Kind of a weird feeling, but good overall.
I am down in weight and measurements from last week, even though I have been averaging 2000 calories a day and last night ate 3 slices of homeade pizza and a glass of wine (shhh!) for dinner. That's a diet I can live with! I am hoping that maybe by the new year all of my jeans will fit again. It would be nice to have more options.
I had PT today and will probably try running a little on Wednesday to see how it feels, thought after 8 months I am not really holding my breath. I really really look forward to the day I can run again though.
Rennai, where are you?!?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Dec 02 2011
So I thought I would check in here because I am breaking down and buying a nursing bra that was fitted and has to be altered and I have time to kill. $73? Happy birthday to me, I guess. I got the one that was 34DD. It was that or 34F. Rennai, I hope that you are having good luck in that department. Greta, I sort of hate you right now.
Sarah, I second everything that Carrie said. I will also add that any type of purging that you do, be it laxatives or vomiting, is simply messing with your fluid balance (and your electrolytes which is BAD) and that is what you will see reflected on the scale, not true weight loss. Also, your body begins to digest things like simple sugars when you put them in your mouth, so it's not like you aren't getting some of the calories. Sounds like it has been a downward slide for your with the restriction/exercising/low weight/and now purging. My advice would be to seek help now. Don't wait and don't let the problem get worse.
Where did everyone go? Rennai, I want to hear about things in baby land. How are you guys doing now that you are over a month in? We are hanging in there, but some days I just want to run away from it all. I feel like I have three guys needing me and asking me questions ALL THE TIME. I am hoping that I get the hang of it soon, because right now I just feel so up and down. I suppose in only 5 weeks I shouldn't have it all together, but I can't believe how hard it is to juggle stuff right now.
No luck with the physical therapy and running yet, which is really depressing.
I am still 6-7 pounds away from pre-preg weight. I would really really like to see just under 130 by December 31, but I don't know how that will happen. I feel like I don't have a good grasp of what I actually need to lose the weight. Hopefully I will be able to figure that out. Some days I feel ok about my body and other days I feel awful, but I suppose that's to be expected.
Working with my "trainer" has been fun. We are going to try pool running next week! Mostly we have been doing weights and an ab routine that she made up and I have been doing the normal bike or elliptical but with intervals on some days. It hasn't been wonderful, since I can't run and I'm bored with it all, but it's definitely kept me more engaged and I have even felt sore a few times!
Come back ladies! How was Thanksgiving and how is Christmas prep going? How is exercise? Any 2012 fitness or weight loss goals?
Okay, off to pick up my expensive bra that hardly anyone will ever see...
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 23 2011
Happy Thanksgiving, almost! I will definitely post more later but it's so good to see people here again!
Happy birthday (tomorrow), Sarah!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 14 2011
Okay, it is a crazy day and I think I need to feed Jonathan again. I am leaving the boys with a friend to go and collect a friend and her 9 month old who are flying into Detroit from Southern California. It is in the 40's and rainy today. Poor them. Either this week will be lots of fun or I will be reminded why DH and I didn't try to get pregnant when Isaac was 9 months old... yikes.
Greta, I am so bummed that you had to be rescued from your run. I agree that you should pull back and spend it all on race day, but I honestly don't know what you should do until then. I know that pool running is supposed to be helpful but I have never tried it. Do you have anywhere you can do something like that or just cross training in general like biking or ellipitcal? I would definitely try to get the inflammation down with icing, some time off, and Ibprofen. I have never run into a really serious injury with a race to run so I don't really know. If you keep up the endurance and pull back on the running until the marathon you will probably have a better chance of finishing. I'm just so sorry that this is a problem for you, Greta. I feel like I am the wrong person to ask though... it's been so long since I've been able to run and I feel like I'll never be able to again.
I will try to make some music recommendations for running later. You might have to remind me. Can't believe you are weaning already! I am hoping Jonathan will be as enthused about nursing as Isaac was, the calorie burn really helps! Speaking of Jonathan, he is NOT enthused about the typing/nursing thing we have going on right now so I'd better get off.
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 11 2011
Greta, you get to run 20 miles and I am stuck typing on the computer with a baby on my boob. Some things in life just aren't fair! I hope that you have a fantastic 20 miler. Tell us all about it! Did you run with someone? Were all the miles in town? I forget, are you an ipod runner? If so, what songs do you use to get through your long runs? I have not done a 20 miler since March! Seriously, I hope that it's great and nothing hurts.
Went to the PT yesterday and she said that the tendon is rolled over my bone and she massaged the area, did ultrasound and ice treatment, and recommended I get a note from my doctor to come back in. Still no running, which sucks.
Met with my trainer today. The resistance training is pretty basic and she is trying to get me to stretch more and take a day off. I think I will try to take sundays off, or maybe just to a yoga DVD those days. I think what I really need to do is modify my diet. People have been bringing us meals through last night and there has been a lot of pasta, comfort food, desserts, and other high cal stuff that I have been eating too much of the past few days because of tiredness and frustration. I need to get back to fruits, veggies, and more protein and really count my calories. I hadn't weighed in a few days and I was relieved to see that I was only up a pound today. Relieved that it wasn't more but then disappointed because I need to go down, not up.
Glad to hear that you guys round up too when it comes to height!
Rennai, your measurements sound great. Are you fitting in enough clothes to keep you sane? 28 for your waist is wonderful! Mastitis is the worst, isn't it? I got it 4 months after Isaac was born and just when Swine Flu was going around so I freaked out because I'd never even heard of mastitis! I hope that you're feeling better. How is sleep going for you guys? Going off dairy sounds like it sucks but I hope it makes a difference for Aspen.
Carrie, good to see you here. I hope that you feel better!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 09 2011
Seriously, where is everyone!?! Hope you are all doing okay.
Greta, I think I feel a little bit of a time crunch with the whole weight loss thing. I know that you lost the weight and the scale just kept going down for months, but for me, I was down to pre-preg by 3 months, 7 pounds under by 4 months and then that was as good as it got (though I think the bingeing and training for events helped with that). I guess I am still afraid that 4 months is my optimal time and if I'm not back by then I will just never get there!
I am very excited though, that I discovered my bigger pants in a box! I thought I had them somewhere and am relieved that I didn't just save the 4 smallest pairs of pants I own! It's good to have options again.
I am off to the PT tomorrow to get started on the whole groin pain thing now that I'm not pregnant. I am hoping this will give me some direction for how to treat this.
Rennai, I hope that you are getting more sleep these days. The first week I felt like I could take on the world. Now I just feel like crap. I am so exhausted with not getting enough sleep.
I met with my trainer to get baseline stats on Monday and we get to meet up on Friday to start working out. I am still super excited about this! I was sad though, to only come to 5'5.5". For some reason that missing half inch is making me feel like I need to change my goal weight or something. I like being 5'6"! I think we are going to be focusing on strength, flexibility, and ways to work out that don't demand tons of time but still get results. I think doing this will help me while I can't run and the girl I'm working with is really sweet.
Greta, is this your peak week or do you have one more to go? I can't believe that you are so close to your marathon!
Sarah, how are things going? How is your business and how has not calorie counting been going?
Carrie, are you surviving?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 06 2011
Greta, I am so glad that you are still on for your marathon!
Rennai, I was going to ask if you were still having groin pain. Maybe mine will go away in time? I'm just concerned that it's still there because I want to run so bad. I have been back to biking or doing the elliptical for about an hour since day 3 and that all feels good. I have also done the shred dvd a few times and do abwork (planks, reverse crunches, etc.) As of today I am 8 pounds over pre-preg weight and 15 from goal. But I remember just how long the last few pounds stayed on last time around!
Sounds like you, Greta, and I are pretty lucky when it comes to stomachs after having babies. I feel like I could wear a two piece bathing suit, if I had to, I think the weight is mostly in my butt, hips, and thighs. Maybe breastfeeding will work on that - Jonathan eats a lot!
I start meeting with my "trainer" for the personal fitness class tomorrow morning and I'm really excited about it! I will let you know how it goes.
I have to say, we are 2 weeks into all of this and I am hitting a point where I am just exhausted all the time. Isaac is acting out more and I feel like such a crappy mom and then DH worked 45 plus hours this past week and is constantly needing to process/run things by me. I feel like all three of my guys are constantly needy and draining right now which just kind of sucks, especially on little sleep. I'm staying home from church today and am hoping for a nap, or a cleaner house (DH's allergies are acting up again) or both. This two kid deal on daylight savings weekend is really crazy!
Hi, Sarah, Danni, Carrie, and all the newbies! How are you guys doing?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 02 2011
Danni, Jonathan was born while I was in the birthing pool so Clint got to catch him. He cried when he was born and thought that the home birth experience was fantastic. He told me later that he would have totally lost it if we had been alone. It's incredible how powerful an experience birth is.
Jonathan is passed out in my lap right now. All he has done today is sleep and then wake up to eat and then sleep again! Babies are great!
I tried running 2 miles today, 9 days postpartum< and the groin pain is still there. Other than that I felt great - much easier than when I ran 4 miles 11 days after having Isaac. I think the fact that I only tore slightly in one place helped with that. Now that I know it hasn't gone away I'm at a loss as to what I should do. Where do you start with a sports injury when you have crappy insurance that doesn't cover much? I'm glad I can do the elliptical and bike but I had so hoped that I could catch the tail end of fall running while the leaves are still beautiful. Guess I'll have to make that and baby announcements my next big project.
How are the rest of you doing? Danni, good for you with continuing to work out. I think the diet changes are hard to make and stick to as well. I keep telling myself I need to look more into clean eating and work on the foods we buy and eat but it just hasn't happened yet.
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Nov 01 2011
Rennai, I am not superwoman, but I have done the newborn thing once, so I have some sense of what I'm doing, and the second time around it's the toddler that's really messing with me. But it definitely takes some getting used to, with short blocks of time to work with and all. Plus visitors will definitely hamper your productivity. Sounds like you didn't have to be induced after all, is that right? But I am SO sorry you had back labor. My sister had that and it sounded awful.
Speaking of family being around, I will totally say that having my dad here (he left last night) was fantastic, even with him showing up unannounced. Today is the first day with him gone and I miss him already.
Greta, how on earth did you manage to eat when you had a newborn and a toddler? I feel like, between the two of them this could be the best diet ever or a horrible setup for afternoon bingeing because it's so hard to find the time to feed myself. Good thing my love for peanut butter has come back!
I second Rennai on the calorie thing. What calculator are you using for basic calorie burn, Rennai? I feel like everything I see is all over the map, some high estimates and some really low. Right now I am just aiming for 2000 to give myself a baseline. I would love to see weekly progress but am bracing myself for the plateau that happened last time around.
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 31 2011
Hi ladies! Where did you all go? Only two of us had babies, so you all have no excuse! Except for Carrie, who is still probably working crazy hours.
I still can't wait to hear how things went with Rennai, I am loving the pictures on FB! It's hard for me to believe that it has been just a week since Jonathan entered our lives. He is such a wonderful baby (and Greta, you are right, so much easier than the first time and the toddler is WAY harder!). Isaac seems huge now that we have a little one around again. There is lots of supervised loving at our house now, because Isaac goes from holding to poking eyes in about 2 seconds.
I am still trying to adjust to my new postpartum body. Posted stats and starting picture in my journal, but the short of it is that I ended up gaining 26 pounds and am now 10 pounds from pre-preg weight and starting at 137. Not bad, but none of my clothes fit either, which is annoying. I actually wore a maternity top and pants to church yesterday because it was too hard to find something else.
I went back to the gym last Thursday and have been feeling good. No running because my groin still hurts. I am not sure if I should wait a while or go and get it checked out now. I mean, I had a baby head pressing down there for at least 8 weeks... maybe it just takes some time?
I am super excited because I volunteered to be part of a fitness training class at the university. Basically the students need to meet with a volunteer at least twice a week for an hour at a time and design a workout based on the "client's" goals. The teacher is going to match me up with one of the cross country girls in his class and I can't wait to see what it will be like. I think my short term goal is to hopefully be back down to pre-preg weight (which was the high end of my 5 pound range) but January 1. Numerically that seems doable, but I guess I will have to see what my body decides to do.
Greta, how is running? What are the marathon plans? Danni, how are you doing? Carrie? Sarah, how are things going with you and how is not counting? Rennai, come back and talk about postpartum life with me!
Hi, to all of the new people here. The baby on my lap is starting to wake up now so I need to get off!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 24 2011
Can't wait to hear about what went on with Rennai! Just wanted to update you all and let you know that I went into labor last night, on my official due date, and that Jonathan was born this morning at 10:54 am. It was everything I hoped for in a home birth and he is a healthy little guy (22 in., 7 lbs. 7 oz.) Hope you're all doing well!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 22 2011
Just wanted to check in and let you all know that I'm still pregnant. As if there was any doubt! I am 40 weeks tomorrow and having such a hard time getting through the days... never have I wanted to feel a painful contraction more! At my appointment with the midwife on Thursday she just said to carry on... everything looked good. I had her measure me and measured 35.5 weeks, so I guess I really do just carry babies like this. I have a feeling things are going to get harder as I hit my due date - hopefully people won't make too many inane comments.
Rennai, how was this week's appointment? Are you inducing? Can you buy a little more time if you want? How are you feeling in general?
It actually has not been too bad having my dad here... he helped us put plastic over the windows in our house for the winter and Isaac is loving having someone else to run around with. I think he is headed to the UP for a few days tomorrow, so hopefully that will work with baby's timing as well.
I am super excited about something I found out yesterday. There is a class at the university next store about fitness training and the students, for 6-8 weeks, have to meet with a "client" volunteer for at least 2 hours per week to help train them or do whatever to meet their personal fitness goals. The guy who teaches the class saw us at breakfast yesterday and said that I can be one of the volunteers and that he will set me up with one of the cross country girls in his class as my trainer. Score! I am excited that doing this will help me post-baby and will take away any difficulty I might have exercising after having two kids and with the winter setting in. That was probably my most exciting moment yesterday.
Good to see other people here. Hopefully there will be two babies soon!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 20 2011
Okay, so 30 minutes after I posted last time I get a call from my dad telling me he's already in our town. I feel so upset and completely disregarded and when he said he'd just "wait for me to have the baby" I just wanted to lose it. But then, I don't want to burn any bridges because maybe that will give me some breaks with Isaac and I won't feel guilty because he'll be with Grandpa. I don't know. Normally I like company, but when I am waiting on the baby I want everyone to leave me alone and not put pressure on me!
What would you guys do?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 20 2011
Rennai, that's so funny! I totally get that, even though (of course) I am now using my accurate due date and am not quite there yet. I feel so done though. I feel like I am not the greatest mom right now because being with a toddler and the source of entertainment and such feels like way too much work. I know one woman whose first baby was 2 weeks early and the next was over 2 weeks late! Can you imagine? I hope that you won't have to be induced... I know that when I was over last time I started thinking about what I would do. I mean, technically you can refuse and they have to provide someone to treat you, but obviously it will depend on how the baby is doing. I have one friend who was induced and still did a natural birth - I think she was doing hypnobirthing. She went the full 2 weeks late and then had to have pitocin. I thought she was a rock star for holding out because I know that the contractions can be really intense. Hopefully it won't come to that and Aspen will decide to make her debut. In the meantime I am totally your FB stalker every time I get online these days!
I am with Greta and staying off the scale for the rest of the pregnancy, I think. I mean, I'm exercising and mostly eating ok. What more can I do? And Greta, I think I am in the same boat with you and Rennai, at least right now in terms of wanting to be thin. Maybe it's just the end of pregnancy and feeling so big and tired and fat. I don't like how nothing fits right at the end of pregnancy. I still have clothes that are comfy and loose, but they make me look gross and then it feels like everything else is just a little too small.
Currently my dad is stressing me out. He has been on an extended road trip and the plan was that he would be in South Dakota with family and then I would call him after the baby came and he'd come for a week. I just got a message from him saying that he's really close to where we live. Him showing up before the baby was NOT in the plans and it is seriously making me mad and like asking him WTF he's doing. I don't want any family around before the baby. I mean, my mom, if she were alive, but definitely not my dad. I am annoyed enough that I'm still pregnant and I sure don't want him or any other immediate family checking in every day wondering why I haven't had the baby at whatever point. Ugh. I don't want to turn down help but man does that have me stressed!
Okay, that's all from pregnancy land today. I have my 40 week appt tonight and then more waiting. Did I mention I hate waiting?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 18 2011
Rennai, I'm so sorry that your mom had to go home. That is so disappointing! I am sort of glad to hear that you have been having the same groin pain... I would really like to think that I will be able to run again after the birth. I feel like the end of pregnancy is just taking forever! The due date I have mostly been going with is based on my LMP which gives me the 19th. But if I calculate using my ovulation date, which is more accurate, I get the 23rd. Until now I just couldn't bear to have the timeline pushed back, but now I think I am starting to accept it. Maybe? Except I am so tired of being pregnant!
No signs of impending labor yet, except extreme grumpiness and the groin pain and absolute inability to deal with a toddler. I know it's irrational, but I totally feel like I will never have this baby no matter what I do. That he will decide to just never come out.
The last few days have been pretty bad body image-wise as well. I have gained more weight than when I was pregnant with Isaac, even with spending more time exercising and keeping a deficit. I didn't weigh myself for 5 days and went from being 23 pounds up to consistently staying at 25-26 pounds. Hate it and can't seem to get rid of it. It didn't help that when I was at the church today a lady mentioned that she loved to see Isaac running around with me "waddling after him". WTF? I am fairly sure that I still don't look pregnant from behind and am even more sure I don't waddle. DH confirmed that, but I cried anyway.
No one should get pregnant. It's no fun. And I know that Greta will back me up on that, right, Greta?
So that's it on the still pregnant front. How are the rest of you normal sized people doing?
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 16 2011
Aw. I'm so glad to see people here again! I've been in and out, but then I would see no one was here and leave again.
Greta, how are you feeling? Has your leg and foot been better this week? How has running felt? I hear you with staying off of the scale. I didn't weigh myself for 5 days and now my weight is up way higher than I want it so I'm back to every day weighing and trying to eat well. I am so tired of being in the 150's! I hope that you are feeling better and that things are a go for the marathon.
Carrie, glad you are taking it easy and listening to your body. You have so much kid contact right now and a busier schedule so it seems like it would be really hard to avoid getting sick. Are you feeling any better with your schedule and with "me" time? That's so cool that you can visit Rennai after the baby makes her appearance!
Rennai, are you 40 weeks today or was it yesterday? I'm so sorry that your mom didn't get to be around for the birth. I think I would definitely go the route you are going though, since inducing before it's really necessary can definitely lead to that not fun medical cascade of interventions ending in a C-section. Plus I've heard that pitocin is AWFUL. How are you feeling (aside from done?). Sounds like you've done a lot of walking. Has that helped with the swelling that you were experiencing? Does the doctor have any predictions?
I'm a week out from my "real" due date and ready to be done. I looked over my charts from the last pregnancy and realized that my due date should technically have been on August 8, which is when I went into labor. So maybe next weekend I will have a baby on or around my real due date? I am trying to not be sick of my very pregnant body and trying to pack this week full of fun things and projects that need to get done. It's just so weird to think that labor will just... start and then I have to figure out when Isaac needs to go somewhere and when to call the midwife and how to inflate the birthing pool and how to have a baby (again).
Still getting in lots of cross training and, having finished the amazing container of pumpkin spice cream cheese (tasted like pumpkin cheese cake and I ate half of it in one day!) I am really making a concerted effort to eat better. Not that it made a difference over the one day I've done it so far, but maybe it will over the course of the week. At this point I am starting to feel anxious about whether I will be able to really run soon and if most of the weight will come off fairly quickly. Trying not to worry too much, but it's hard.
Hopefully the babies will come soon!
|Weight Loss||130/120 Club?||Oct 10 2011
Okay, Rennai... you need to stop in here more often. Every time I check here and you haven't posted I wonder if you are in labor and check FB!