100 lb. Club - I'm back after my pregnancy break :)

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 04:54 AM
It was a really difficult labor (three weeks of painful contractions and labor symptoms, slowly getting me to six cm, then just two hours to complete and baby born!) but I am happy to announce my son, Seth Josiah, was born 10/10/10 at 12:03 pm, weighing 8 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long. I was around 232 lbs when he was born, and am now at 215. My pre pregnancy weight was 210.8 by my scale and 215 by my doctor's scale, so I am taking that as a small net gain from the pregnancy I am ready to lose!

I took a bit of a hiatus from weight management in the two weeks after his birth, it has been a challenge, but I am ready to come back full steam and will begin with a confession: I had quite a candy holocaust tonight, unfortunately, but I figured I would. We didn't do Halloween, but rather Reformation Night at our church, which involved each family bringing candy as well as a potluck dish for a night of fun games and a great lesson of church history.

Since I was eating a lunch a lady prepared for my family (so I wouldn't have to worry about cooking as much, immediately following my son's birth) and the evening was potluck and candy, I didn't even bother logging. It's probably a good thing, it wasn't pretty. However there is no candy in my house except a few pieces for my girls that they won in the games tonight, and my last meal was given to us in the form of cash for a date night with my husband later this week, so there is nothing but my commitment (or possible lack thereof) stopping me from being perfectly on plan from here on out.

I need to get back on the saddle post-baby and have been halfheartedly trying, but it is hard when my husband and other families are making my meals and I am exhausted and ravenous from breastfeeding. Now things are settled, back to normal, and my appetite can be controlled without too much difficulty, so it is time to stop slacking and lose some serious weight!

I am so happy to be back, everyone, and am looking forward to losing 1.5-2 lbs per week and getting as low as I can here at the end of 2010, to ring in the new year primed and ready for Onederland! :hug:

ETA: here is an obligatory cute newborn picture. DS in about two weeks old and on my back, wrapped in a carry, for sleeping (well, he was sleeping, I was doing chores :)).


11-01-2010, 06:19 AM
I've never seen a back carrier like that! How adorable! And that's got to be better on your back than the front slings. Oh, he's precious!

So glad you're back! You did an amazing job watching your weight while you were pregnant.

I'm so happy for you!

11-01-2010, 09:36 AM
Awwwwww, he is so sweet! I am glad that he is healthy. You did excellent in the weight department. I am sure that you will get right back in the swing of things.

Welcome back!

11-01-2010, 09:36 AM
Awwww. Congratulations, and welcome back! He's adorable.

11-01-2010, 11:00 AM
Congrats!!! He is beautiful!!!

Oh and 10/10 is an awesome day.. it's my anniversary ;) I'm convinced it is a lucky number :)

katy trail
11-01-2010, 11:07 AM
awesome and adorable! i'm so impressed with your weight control during pregnancy! there's nothing stopping you now girl! what's your battle plan? i'm sure we can all help.

11-01-2010, 11:57 AM
What a sweet little angel! And you did great with your weight while pregnant!!!


11-01-2010, 12:03 PM
Congratulations on your new baby boy ! He is beautiful .

11-01-2010, 12:17 PM
He's adorable, and I LOVE the name (baby name nut over here). Makes me miss the so-tiny stage. My youngest is almost 1 *sigh*, it goes so fast. Welcome back and congratulations!

11-01-2010, 02:15 PM
He's gorgeous!! Congratulations! I so miss the squishy newborn phase...time goes so fast.

11-01-2010, 02:22 PM
Congratulations, he is very beautiful.

11-01-2010, 02:30 PM
Congratulations your son is so sweet! You did an amazing job of producing a healthy baby and not gaining much weight in the process! :bb: I wish you great success in your weight loss goals :cheer3:

11-01-2010, 02:33 PM
Congratulations! He is so sweet! You did amazing while pregnant, good for you!!

11-01-2010, 03:12 PM
awww CONGRATS!!!! he is so beautiful. I was wondering about you :)

You did great on not gaining much!!!!

11-01-2010, 03:43 PM
So so sweet.... Glad you posted and especially to see that picture. Wonderful way to do well with your weight.

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 05:21 PM
awesome and adorable! i'm so impressed with your weight control during pregnancy! there's nothing stopping you now girl! what's your battle plan? i'm sure we can all help.

Well, the same thing I did during pregnancy and before - I count my calories and log them in Loseit!, and track my weight on The Hacker's Diet online. Tracking these two variables let's me zero in on exactly how my body is responding, good or bad, to my food and activity.

I will be aiming for 1900-2100 calories a day, since I am breastfeeding, and I don't want to have to drop them too low once I stop. I don't really want to ever be below 1400-1600 calories a day, unless I weigh less than 130 or so, so I do not drop them particularly low while losing and accept slower losses for more food. Last go-around I was averaging about a pound or pound and a half per week, that was good for me. I want to jumpstart it right now, but if I can't lose more than that rate comfortably I am happy with the slower reduction.

11-01-2010, 05:22 PM
Welcome back and let me say OMG so friggin cute!!!

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 05:22 PM
Oh yeah, and cute newborns could explain why I have had three in three years! I can't resist babies and children, so now I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn to occupy my days and keep me sane (or make me crazy ;)).

11-01-2010, 05:23 PM
I am so glad to see this :) Congrats. I remember so long ago when you first mentioned pregnancy!! Time sure flies. Enjoy your beautiful babe :)

11-01-2010, 05:23 PM
Oh yeah, and cute newborns could explain why I have had three in three years! I can't resist babies and children, so now I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn to occupy my days and keep me sane (or make me crazy ;)).

3, 2, + newborn to keep you SANE???

Now that's the comments from someone who is anything but sane :dizzy:

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 05:34 PM
Sacha, that's probably a true statement :lol:

What's funnier is that DH and I were talking about when we wanted the next one, and it probably won't be more than a year or two out that we start trying again. Large families of closely spaced kids isn't for everyone, but I've really enjoyed it.

11-01-2010, 07:01 PM
OMG, he's beautiful!!

Welcome back and congratulations. :)

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 07:43 PM
Thanks ladies!

katy trail
11-01-2010, 07:47 PM
is there an exercise plan?

Arctic Mama
11-01-2010, 07:59 PM
Ha! Not with these stitches, there isn't! He's only three weeks old, and I'm struggling to make it through my normal care and chore routine with my kids, let alone exercise. For me (and I've been doing this pretty much nonstop for two years now) once I get a handle on my food the exercise comes, especially once my body is able to again. For now, I still have my daily exercise block scheduled in (I leave an hour a day to do an exercise video or ride. On my stationary bike while the kids nap) but so far I haven't had enough energy by that time in the day. As is, I did too much over the weekend in terms of standing/walking and it restarted heavy postpartum bleeding I'd been over for a week.

In the next few weeks it should resume, in which case I will do Leslie Sansone videos, the stationary bike, and NROLFW with modifications for my resistance bands. I don't really work out for weightloss, my goal is more strength and feeling good. So getting back to that isn't really crucial for my scale success, so much as my energy and strength. But I can't do that when standing and cooking for a half hour wipes me out and makes me pelvic floor ache to the point of needing oxycontin!

It'll all coalesce, but the exercise will take longer than the food after birth. It is a downside of having back to back babies, my days are filled with so much attending of them and busyness that it actually slows my recovery a bit, because I end up overworking myself just doing normal things instead of being able to rest and heal.

Oh well :)

11-03-2010, 12:45 AM
Congratulations! And, welcome back. :)

11-03-2010, 10:17 AM
Yeah I definitely wouldn't rush the exercise! I still have a hard time fitting exercise in, and I only have a 2 year old and a 9 month old! Although I find myself just doing more exercise anyways, running after them and taking them to the park and stuff. Anyhow sounds like you have a great plan, and you're really ahead of the game - it took me 6 months to get going after DD was born!