Friday, July 10, 2015

6 months postpartum

And I am oh so close to having lost 60 lbs in this weight loss goal! Well, technically I've gained and lost 28 pregnancy pounds but that's a technicality :-)

I finally got myself under 200 lbs as well!! When I saw that 1 in front of the number I was elated. I cried. 

Finally. I never want to see that 2 again. Nope, nope, nope. 

I'm holding steady right now at 195-197 most days. It does feel as though my body has reset itself after being pregnant and that also feels amazing. 

Right now I really have to watch myself with sweets. I have been overly indulgent with cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc. And they've been delicious. But alas, they need to be cut. After tomorrow's charity bake sale that is ;-) 

I also need to make sure to get some more longer walks in. I was doing fabulous with that in the month of June but so far in July I haven't. I do wear a pedometer most days and I aim for the recommended 10,000 steps. It's funny that it seems like we walk way more than we actually do. 

Well, the baby is napping and I have some chores to get done but I will leave you with a few pictures to document on here. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Runs??

I think that today I might sign up for an inaugural run down in Chicago called the Country Sole 10m/4m/1m race. It's June 20th so we will most likely be down there anyway for Father's Day and it's a nice little run along the lakeshore with a country music concert after the race. I'm not super thrilled with the headliner (KB from Sugarland) but it's a new race and it sounds like fun. Plus it is seemingly the only freaking race that is working with my schedule so far this year. Everything else is on weekends that we either already have plans or they are on a weekend before or after already being down in Chicago. Back to back weekend travel is hard to do with just us - now add in the baby and it is *really* tough. Technically this run falls into this same category of B2B due to my SIL's baby shower the weekend prior but since Father's Day is important to be with our dads for us, we can make this exception. I'm sure I will be cursing all the travel when it's actually happening though. 

Other than that, I haven't gone to the gym still. I was able to take the jogger out for two nice walks with baby Bunny. We had a week where it was in the 60s and beautiful. Of course today we woke up with a couple inches of snow on the ground...Gah! Darn you Wisconsin springs! ;)

I'm holding steady at my 50 lbs lost and I don't think I will honestly see much of a change for a while. I noticed that if I don't eat an insane amount of calories my milk supply decreases greatly. I guess it's true about breastfeeding and weight loss, lol. Hey - I will take it!

Now I need to go do some research and find more fun runs to sign up for. I need the motivation!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why Hello!

Hello dear long lost blog. I bet you thought I forgot all about you, what with this whole "having a baby" situation, huh?

Well I didnt. Far from it. I just haven't really had much time to do any actual working out. 

Baby bunny is doing well. She's actually helping me to lose weight in a few ways. For one, breastfeeding burns calories which is awesome. I mean, you need to get some sort of reward for the nastiness of being covered in milk every day. And the other reason bunny is helping me in the weight loss dept is that she has silent reflux. And a pretty nasty case of it. To help eliminate as much of it as we can (and with the help of Zantac for her) I have to modify my diet. And it suuuuuucks! Like shoot me now, what the ever loving hell am I supposed to eat, shoot me now. No spicy foods, no garlic, no onions, no dairy. Guys, I'm a Mexican living in Wisconsin. What in the hell does that leave me to eat??? I also cut out fast foods bc they cause gas in my own body so I'm sure it doesn't help her. K and I gave it up for Lent too. 

So that leaves me with my big update of the day:

I am officially 50 lbs down now! Technically I am down 50.2+28 from pregnancy. 

That feels freaking amazing to type. I am also so damn close to seeing a 1 in front of my weight. 3.8 messily pounds stand in my way. I can do this. I am hungry for that accomplishment. It needs to happen. 

So...I'm back. I'm trying to get into the swing of things but rest assure I will be getting back in the saddle again. Hope you are all doing well!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Want to know one really awesome thing about losing weight before you get pregnant? More specifically, before you become 8-9 months pregnant during the cold weather season in WI? You don't have to go out and buy an expensive maternity coat!

That was my little win this weekend. I knew that my winter coat from last year (ok, actually that is technically this year) had gotten big on me at the end of the season but I broke it out of the closet to wash it in preparation for our first arctic weather plunge this week and it still fit. Score! I don't have a whole heck of a lot of extra belly room in it right now but I do believe it will make it until my due date next month and then I will be in smooth sailing territory after I give birth. 

So far I have only put on 23 lbs. It fluctuates between 20-23. My goal was 20-25 so...I may stay there or might go a little over. Either way, I'm happy with that. 

I am getting the running urge. I am starting to plan out what races I will want to run in for 2015. I highly doubt I will be ready for the Shamrock Shuffle again this year. I need to get a 5k under my belt before I go jumping back into an 8k. I'm sure my lung capacity sucks at the moment. I know I won't be able to do the Disneyland Half in August...because they moved it to Labor Day for 2015! I'm so pissed. I have a close friend getting married that day so we can't miss the wedding. Bummer. I was looking forward to a Cali vacation plus the race. 

Other than that, I have had a wonderful pregnancy so far. I'm 33 weeks now and will miss having bunny in my belly. I feel so fortunate to be here. Pregnancy is the best thing I've ever done :) 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pregnancy Glow

Hi! I'm 19.5 weeks along today. *Almost* halfway done. Crazy!

I'm up 10lbs and feel great. I had to break down and buy some more maternity clothes. It's funny how much more comfortable they are. Ladies, don't keep squeezing into those tight pants. Buy the dresses, and mat jeans, and skirts. Trust me. 

My MIL and her co-worker keep thinking I've lost weight through this pregnancy. We laugh because it's so not true. It will especially not be true after this weekend because we are going to hit up the Wisconsin State Fair for the first time ever. A few years ago we saw a special on the Travel Channel and I've been dreaming of gorging on fair foods ever since. And naturally since this could very well be my only time going while pregnant, I'm going to indulge. Monday it will be back to gorging on the healthier foods that are a staple in my diet now, lol. I am a fruit monster lately. Bananas, apples, grapes, pluots, clementines, pineapples, melons, etc. Yum!

Other than that, I have been slacking on the regular walks. I did get out with a neighbor for a nice hour long walk this week so that was nice. I seem to do most of my walking in long spurts rather than little bits over multiple days. I think this will be my goal to work on the next few weeks. It's a great anxiety reliever and that is my only downside to pregnancy. 

Here is a bump pic from this last Wednesday. I've been told that I am glowing. I asked if that meant I was sweaty ;) But I think there is something to it. I have honestly never felt happier in my life. I love being pregnant. Absolutely love. I love my bunny bump!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Being pregnant after weight loss

You know, I've really been kicking myself for not blogging over here since getting pregnant. It just kind of dawned on me that there are other people who could be on their own quest to get pregnant or who are pregnant and also be on a weight loss (ok, hiatus for some of us) too. I'm far from the only one who is overweight and pregnant.

My main goal this pregnancy is to not balloon up or allow myself to gain back everything I lost. Sure, if I had been 130 lbs to begin with, gaining 40 would be no big deal. Except that was far from the case. I was 214 on the dot when I began our IVF cycle. I was really good with the bloat and the 4 lbs that I did gain from the cycle were minimal in my eyes. As of today, I'm 17 wks, 3 days pregnant and I am at 223.4, so just a hare under 10 lbs gained. At almost half way through this pregnancy, I'm happy with that. Especially since there have been complete and utter train wreck weeks. 

With it being summer, I do my best to never turn on the oven. That tends to limit some of the things I like to cook. At least K is the grill master and he grills some amazing dinners for us. I'm making a personal goal to try to get more veggies into my diet right away. I've been awesome with fruit but veggies have been sorely lacking. The bunny (baby) needs some carrots dangit! ;-)

You know what other goal I made? One that I'm not even sure I'll ever be able to test, lol. For my next pregnancy - and take this with a grain of salt as it took us 6.5 years to get here so who knows if we will have a second - I want to be thin enough to wear normal, cute maternity clothing. There is a huge gap in maternity fashion. I've been lucky to have a few pieces given to me by a friend, including an Old Navy dress I'm wearing today and to also be able to use some of my "fat kid" clothing still. Because of the 40 lb loss, I had a ton of room in many pants and tops. That's a huge bonus. 

So basically, here's my promise - I will try to keep blogging over here and not just on my every day blog. And as soon as I'm cleared after bunny's birth, I will be back on the train again.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Silence Explained


No I haven't forgotten about this blog. Nor have I gone on a binge fest and gained back weight.

One of those is sort of true though. 

The Shamrock Shuffle was two days into stims (drugs) for the IVF cycle that my husband and I were undergoing. After that, no exercise was allowed by my RE (reproductive endocrinologist) through the remainder of the cycle. 

On 4/8 we had our embryo retrieval and then we transferred two perfect blasts on 4/13. 7 days later I got a BFP and it was confirmed with beta #1 two days after that! It had been six and a half years of battling infertility and was/is such a crazy reality right now. 

I'm currently 11 weeks pregnant with one little baby - or "the bunny" as we refer to it. I am Team Green and will not find out the sex unless we have to for some reason. My due date is December 29th. 

My workouts are restricted right now. I'm not allowed to do anything too strenuous and my heart rate should stay at or below 140bpm. I wasn't allowed to swim until the first u/s either. Basically the only thing I have been doing is going for 30 minute walks in the evening...when I haven't fallen asleep at 7:30 that is...

IVFs tend to make you gain some bloat and/or pounds and I'm happy to say that even with the massive amounts of bloating I had from the 21 retrieved embryos, to date I'm only up 4.5 lbs from the beginning of the cycle. I'm not trying to limit my foods and I haven't been tracking on MFP at all. :( It was weird figuring out how many calories I should be at to maintain. That was nearly double what I was doing for my weight loss! I have felt like some days I've completely gorged but then when I add it up, I'm totally fine. My personal goal is to not gain more than 20 lbs. My doctor has not given me a talk about weight gain - mostly because he knows how much I worked at the loss. He has let me know that he will bring me in earlier for the dreaded glucose test because women with PCOS w/IR have a hard time processing insulin as it is so they are more inclined to develop gestational diabetes. Personally I'm almost banking on it for myself. I've indulged in cupcakes but I'm trying to do my best with the sugars. 

So...that is my update! I'm obviously not going to be doing the Disney Half in 2015 but I'm very happy to have this "excuse" to skip it. I've already told K that I'm going to run the 2016 Half. Once this baby is born the weight loss game is back on (obviously after I'm cleared to work out again) and I'm positive that I will continue to have success.