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Wednesday Weigh In: Another Wash

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I got this maintenance thing down PAT! Now I just need to step it up a notch. I’m stuck in night time snack mode (she says as she munches here popcorn.) I could easily cut out 200-500 calories a day be just skipping that snack.

Honestly, I’m just not making weight loss a priority right now. With the half around the corner (I got a morning run in today. yay!!) a 1st grader, and a 6 month old to take care off, I’m not concerned with the scale. I’m just not.

MAN it sounds weird to say that. I can’t remember a time I WASN’T preoccupied with my weight.

In a weird way, I’m confident that I will lose the last few pounds when I do make it a priority. Which I will when the half is behind me and I wean Little Bean.

My goal was to nurse him for 6 months and (if you can believe it) he turns 6 months next week!! I’m not in any rush to stop breastfeeding, but it would be nice to have my body back 100%. I remember feeling this way with Little Guy too. There’s comes a point when I’m just finished.

He’s doing great with the solids (have you seen our adventures? click here to see him in action) and I have some frozen breast milk. Right now he’s nursing 3-4 times a day and sometimes once at night. Over the next few weeks I’ll be increasing his solid meals and nursing only on demand. I’ll let him set the pace.

Sorry, didn’t mean to make this a post on parenting but like I said, this is my priority at the moment as it should be. :)



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    Bridget

    September 7, 2011

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t menstruate when I’m nursing (sorry of that’s TMI), and as a result, my menopausal-ish body doesn’t lose weight like my normal body does. I was told at one point somewhere down the line that it takes the body a few periods to regain the hormonal balance that it lost while being pregnant and nursing, I disregarded this idea as soon as I heard it. But during the 13 months I nursed my son, the scale barely budged. A few months later, I felt like myself again. I had forgotten what it was like to have my body do what I wanted it to. I didn’t know how abnormal I had felt until I felt normal again. And the weight poured off of me. My body didn’t fight the loss. It didn’t store fat to make milk. It didn’t leach nutrients for my milk. It was mine all mine. It was great. And then I got pregnant again. Sigh. This time around, my daughter’s 8 months old, and the scale and I are on good terms. Not great terms, but good terms. But boy, am I going to kick it’s butt when girly is weaned!!! lol
    Congratulations on your priorities.The weight will come off when it’s meant to. In the meantime, enjoy your kids. Enjoy your life. You are eating well and exercising. Your body will respond.
    Cheers! – Bridget

    Melanie

    September 7, 2011

    Hello! Really like your blog and have been getting all sorts of tips from you and motivation! I have a nearly 3 year old and an 8 month old and I totally get where you are coming from. There are times when I am sitting nursing thinking how much I love it and other times when I crave my freedom back haha. Aftet several bad bites I swore I was going to wean, wean, wean but then somehow it never happened. Now I am using this time before he is weaned to really plan out how I will lose these last pounds that need intense workouts and strict diet that I just can’t do while I am a nursing mother. Anyway just to let you know you are no alone. Also, Roni’s Weigh is one of the sites I peruse on my iphone while nursing. Yay technology!!
    Keep up the good work!! :)

    Reinaldo

    September 8, 2011

    Just follow your instinct! You know how to do this. Heck, this is the second time you do it! I have no doubt you’ll be… well, the exactly position you’re now, but with your body back. Your body might had change, but your mindset and your focus and everything you had learn are exactly the same.
    You still ate cookies at maintenance, remember? Just go with the flow, take care of your 3 kids (yeah, he counts as one LOL) and you’ll be back at maintenance weight before you know it.

    Karen@WaistingTime

    September 8, 2011

    I think you priorities and attitude are great:)

    Jacqui

    September 8, 2011

    I think you are doing a great job of maintaining! What might seem like just a “meh” number to you now, when you compare it to when you started this blog, your body is completely different ~ strong and healthy.

    Other than our age, I feel like we have a lot in common (I’m 44). My son will be 2 in November (I also have three teenage daughters… oops!) and I nursed him for 13 months. My life was such a blur when I had my girls (3 girls in 4 years) that I don’t remember much about my weight, I was always pregnant or postpartum anyway, but after I had my son I wished that all of the “nursing just melted away the pounds” stories to be true. But they weren’t for me!!! I am currently at 190 lbs., exactly what I was when he was born. I also have in common with you the fact that I had a tummy tuck four years before I had him. I so wish I had seen your blog back then, because I had no idea what to expect, but it really didn’t make much of a difference.

    Anyway, I’m struggling now because of hormones of a different kind, I think those that come with age (perimenopause possibly?) and also with stress from working full time with four children and a husband (cortisol?)……. I wish I could say that I have succeeded as you have, but so far I haven’t. I keep hoping that one day I’ll get a handle on it all. :)

    Janice - Fitness Cheerleader

    September 8, 2011

    @roninoone Hugs! I know EXACTLY how you feel! I have a 6 yr old (grade 1) a 4 yr old (starting JK) and a 10 month old. I’m still nursing the baby *almost* exclusively (she only eats 1 meal well no matter how hard I try). Despite this my uber efficient body decided it was time for my cycle to return at 7 mos… The weight really did magically drop afterwards! I ran a half at 6 mos PP and will be doing another in 5 weeks. Hang in there mama – you are doing a FABULOUS job! Your body, and baby will do exactly what’s best :)

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    September 10, 2011

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    But it beats a workout in the sweaty summer sun. And I can always turn the volume down.

    I’ve never tried this one though. Good luck powering through it! Keep us updated.

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