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Ask Roni _v08s1 – Last 5 Pounds, CORE, Oils and Dieting While Pregnant

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Today I did a little mid week recording fest. Here’s the first session, I’ll be prepping and posting the other two through the end of the week. Oh and I totally didn’t edit out my little “alright” at the beginning, I had the “oh it’s to late now attitude!”

Topics in this video include…

  • The last 5 pounds
  • Have I tried CORE?
  • Why oil?
  • Advice for accountability during pregnancy



Podcast Version (Audio Only)
[podcast]http://ronisweigh.com/resources/podcasts/AskRoni_v08s1.mp3[/podcast]



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Discussion

There are 20 comments so far.

    madison

    September 3, 2008

    woohoo a videocast! gonna grab some popcorn and sit back and watch :D . just kidding about the popcorn but gonna enjoy the video now!

    Kate

    September 3, 2008

    I love, love, love Core; it’s the best. I was always hungry on Flex, but not on Core. :-)

    Leigh Anne

    September 3, 2008

    Hey Roni – several times over a couple of Q&As you have mentioned emailing and seeing how people are doing. I’m just wondering if anyone ever responds and lets you know their updates??

    Pubsgal

    September 3, 2008

    I would encourage the gal who asked about food planning during pregnancy to ask for a referral to a nutritionist once she becomes pregnant, especially if she’s having issues with blood glucose now. When I was pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I was referred to a diabetic educator RN and a nutritionist who provided a customized food plan based on how my blood glucose fluctuated through the day (California’s “Sweet Success” program, which, alas, didn’t work completely and I had to use insulin, but that’s another story.) During my second pregnancy, I pulled out my old food plan and followed it again…dropped some weight at the beginning, even though I was eating the proper amount for a pregnant person, but then gained a little later on. (Actually had a pregnancy diet from an endocrinologist at the end of my 2nd pregnancy which was even more restrictive…no fruit! :-P)

    If you can’t get the referral, get a pregnancy book with a good food plan (e.g., What to Expect book) and use it like you use your WW plan. As Roni said, just follow the good habits you’re developing with regard to choosing good quality healthy food and skip the junk food, especially refined sugar items! I also had success keeping a food log during pregnancy, to keep me on track.

    Shanna

    September 3, 2008

    I love it as always, … very insightful!
    My main question to you is.
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    What in the world is that picture/poster over your left shoulder? LOL its driving me nuts-o- trying to figure it out! ;)

    Shannan

    September 3, 2008

    I’ve been trying to figure out what the poster is, too, Shanna! Funny you should mention it. :)

    roni

    September 3, 2008

    Leigh Anne – Sometimes but more often then not they don’t. Some do comment as well.

    roni

    September 3, 2008

    Shanna – LMAO it’s a Rat Pack poster. Similar to this one…
    http://www.cinemaretro.com/uploads/oceansforeign.jpg
    Wait, that’s my left shoulder isn’t it? I’ve been thinking about changing it to a gift a friend just give me. Wait until next recording version, I think I’ll do that.

    patti

    September 3, 2008

    too funny Roni… i too have been watching your videos and wondering what was on the wall above your left shoulder.. love your new photo on the podcasts… very very cute indeed..

    Lynn C

    September 3, 2008

    Hey Roni,

    Just thought I’d toss my 2 cents in while I’m thinking about it…

    Oil! There are probably lots of good reasons to get your oils in, but here’s the best one. IF YOU DONT your hair will start thinning!!! Eeek. Both my husband and I are on Weight Watchers and we weren’t so good about getting our oils in from the get-go. On the Flex plan, I was grudging of those two points, I’d much rather have eaten them as actual FOOD. Suggestions: Mix a tsp in with oatmeal, or in one of the WW smoothies. I make those smoothies a lot. Milk, smoothie mix, fruit, and oil, it knocks out a bunch of the 8 HGs in a single meal and it’s quick. Chocolate smoothie mix and frozen raspberries is my favorite, followed by vanilla with blueberries.

    Core: I switched to core not very long into my Weight Watcher’s journey and it’s seriously kicked up my weight loss. On Flex I was always hungry, but I was afraid of my points, so I wouldn’t use them in the early part of the day, being scared of being hungry at night. So then, past 6pm and I suddenly have 12 points to use up and I was eating crap like 100 calorie packs. Core has really helped me balance out my day, and I feel comfortable with the whole idea of “If I’m hungry, I can eat.” I do miss a few things – fat free cheese is just The Nasty, but mostly I’ve found that I enjoy Core a lot more. And it’s taken my weekly weigh ins from .4 pounds as a regular loss to 1.8 pounds as my regular loss. It’s only September and I’ve lost 50 pounds this year, most of it while on the Core Plan. That being said, I think being on Flex helped me learn what a portion size WAS and helped me figure out where my comfort zone is.

    I’m going to continue this in another comment, because I’m feeling very wordy tonight and your questions this week touched a lot of chords for me.

    Lynn C

    September 3, 2008

    Eating well while pregnant… Now there’s a question I can get behind, and in a major way. When I got pregnant (after several years of trying, so I can relate to THAT, too) I weighed in at 227 pounds and had gestational diabetes.

    The doctor told me that he didn’t want me to gain ANY weight during the pregnancy and limited me to an 1800 calorie day. I said to him “So, what you’re saying is you want me to lose 30 pounds in the next 8 months.” “Yeah, pretty much.”

    Well, I went a bit beyond that. I stuck to my diabetic diet strictly and injected myself with insulin twice a day (I won’t get into how uncomfortable giving yourself a shot in the stomach is when you can’t see past the baby bump!) and was pretty much scared to death the entire time I was pregnant. I was told I would have a monster sized child – most GD babies are at least 9 pounds! While I was pregnant, it was wonderful motivation to stick to an eating plan. I had to do this because it wasn’t just good for me, but it was for my baby, who I wanted so desperately. The whole time I was pregnant, I had two desserts. The Whole Time. (I might add my best friend was 2 months more pregnant than I was, and while it was nice to share the experience with someone, she was not restricted on what she ate, gained at least 50 pounds, and I wanted to stab her with an ice pick at times when she’d come over, eat two desserts and “poor poor you” in my direction a few times) Pregnancy can be fun and homicidal that way sometimes.

    Anyway, sticking to that diet, which included 2 meats, 2 dairy, 4 vegetables, 2 fruits, and 5 grain servings per day, I not only didn’t gain weight, but the day before I went into labor, weighed in at 214 pounds!

    The week after my daughter was born, I stepped on a scale and was 188. And, by the way, my daughter was mostly healthy (a little jaundiced, but that’s not abnormal) and a reasonable weight at 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

    I know everyone jumps up and down about pregnant women and their health and no no no dieting, but really, if you’ve already got the weight to lose and you’re taking a prenatal vitamin, there’s NOTHING wrong with losing a few pounds. And being pregnant is certainly not license to eat any bit of junk that you feel like. I mean, it’s not just your body that you’re abusing when you eat 2 back to back ice creams, it’s your child’s body as well. Their growing internal organs have to process everything you eat!

    Christy

    September 4, 2008

    I did core and was successful with a loss of like 15 pounds…but I found my alternative guilty pleasures while on core. You are allowed to eat avocados…so I did. I would have them with tomatoes, onions, or spend a point or two and eat part of one with a tortilla. I enjoyed core but then again I had to cook so much more than I do now. I gained back my 15 (and then some) pounds and ended up back on Flex. I think the points hold me a little more accountable. I have been on flex for a while this time and I am not seeing the losses I really want…so I am pondering Core again.

    Christy

    September 4, 2008

    I did core and was successful with a loss of like 15 pounds…but I found my alternative guilty pleasures while on core. You are allowed to eat avocados…so I did. I would have them with tomatoes, onions, or spend a point or two and eat part of one with a tortilla. I enjoyed core but then again I had to cook so much more than I do now. I gained back my 15 (and then some) pounds and ended up back on Flex. I think the points hold me a little more accountable. I have been on flex for a while this time and I am not seeing the losses I really want…so I am pondering Core again.

    Also I wanted to add that while I was on core and I would skip my oils I would find that my skin on my face always seemed drier. I actually had to start using a moisturizer to battle the dry skin. I am back on flex and I do not have the same problems.

    Michelly

    September 4, 2008

    Roni,

    I love your video posts, but this one especially since I am 9 weeks pregnant and trying to watch my weight gain during pregnancy. While I do no have the fertility or insulin problems Amy does, I am still 70 pounds overweight, even after loosing over 50 pounds pre-pregnancy with Weight Watchers. Since I’m still overweight, my doctor suggested I only gain 10 pounds throughout my pregnancy. When we discussed WW and pregnancy, he suggested following the maintenance part of the program, so I added 4 points to my daily allowance. I was tracking and doing really well until the morning sickness set in. Now I’m lucky I can keep anything down, so I’m not really tracking right now. (Do you have to count the points if you puke it up?) I still go to meetings and will continue to do so until they kick me out, so for now what they don’t know won’t hurt them. When the morning sickness subsides (please God!) and cravings set in, I will definitely start tracking again, since it will be hard not to overeat when I’m feeling better. This is my plan for now and hopefully it will work and it might work for others in a similar situation! Wish me luck!

    Maranda

    September 4, 2008

    I love your video post. Just wanted to let you know that I check for them everyday.

    Amy

    September 4, 2008

    Great post~

    Rebecca

    September 4, 2008

    Roni-
    Good post. I feel the same way about the “guidelines” also about the core foods. I don’t think I would have been successful with flex if I didn’t eat mostly core foods. Those are the foods that satisfy for low pts. I still count points. I think it was you that had a post once that called this way of eating “flore”.
    You are like my AA for maintenance. Thanks for all you do.
    Rebecca

    Kelly

    September 5, 2008

    So glad you answered the poster question; I was starting to obsess over it. LOL :o)

    figsandolives

    September 6, 2008

    roni.. thank you thank you thank you.. :)

    Laura Brandon

    September 30, 2008

    i’m so behind in watching these videos, but i wanted to mention the website www.babyfit.com

    Check out Laura Brandons last blog post..Floating Along