weight loss progress

Since deciding to return to my habit/diet of eating 5 small meals a day, I have noticed a difference over the past 2 weeks.

Two weekends ago (22nd & 23rd) I weighed myself on a scale at work the nurses use, so I trust it. I don’t trust my home one. Last time before that I had weighed 146. I now weigh 141 lbs.!!! According to my home scale I weigh 136, which isn’t true, I don’t think.

Since I weighed myself 2 weeks ago, I know I’ve lost even more since then because my pants are getting looser and my stomach is getting flatter. I just wish I could tighten it.

That’s where I’m going to start working now: tightening the skin by doing sit-ups, crunches, etc. At first when I did this, I had all of that extra weight that my body wasn’t used to supporting so my back would hurt along with other areas, like my knees.

I can’t wait to weigh myself at work this weekend!!

Another benefit of the 5 small meals a day is that my energy is maintained and I don’t feel so hungry when I get hungry. I don’t pig out when I sit down to eat. My stomach has definitely shrunk because I tried to eat more at work last weekend because it was a good dish and I couldn’t. I had to waste the food.

It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I was still eating for two after I had Aidan!!

Last night Mike told me he could see a difference in my face.

I’m so glad to be getting the old me back!!

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uh oh!!

As I was cutting up brownies I had just baked, Aidan made a funny grunt as he was bouncing in his chair. It was disgruntled sound, as if he was in distress or something. It was just different and I picked up on that.

I went into the living room to check on him – I don’t usually leave him alone in it too long – and discovered that he was leaning back unusually far and was about to flip backwards…crooked backwards. He had broken the clip part where the top and bottoms join together!!!

This was thick plastic. I was astonished!

Then I was saddened. This is the chair I always put him in now to feed him. 😦 I guess now it’s time to start using his high-chair again. He also bounces from it, to his roller chair, and to his rainforest bouncer. Now it’s out f the picture. That’s OK. It happens. At least we now have a rug in his room that he loves playing on.

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Can’t weight anymore.

I used to wrong form of the word on purpose because this entry is about weight.

I know that so many times before I have talked about my baby weight.

Well, I’m doing it again. If you are tired of hearing about it, click the back button on your browser. If you’d like to listen again and want to stay and support me, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’ve always had a nice flat stomach and decent figure. My weight was ideal for years. I’d like to keep it that way. There’s only one thing that’s a problem: my baby weight.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely am thankful for what I have because it gave me the most precious gift ever. If I had to keep the weight forever to have him, I would. But I don’t. 🙂

Over the past few months I’ve made small efforts to lose it. I lost a lot when I lost my appetite right after having him. That, and I was sleeping all of the time.

This time I’m commiting to making a concerted effort to getting my ass in shape and losing weight. I’m starting off with small goals. For now my goal is to lose 10 lbs. by my dad’s birthday, October 14th. That’s a little over a month.

Honestly, I think it will be easy because I consume too many calories for the amount of work I do at home. If I cut back on those a little, it will help greatly. Also, cutting way back on soda and replacing it with water will help immensely. Add all this with my exercise routine and I’ll be doing great.

My routine is quite simple. I just did it and can feel the burn in several areas.

I’m targeting my thighs (all around), my butt, my waist (abs), my back and my arms. Tightening my torso in all of these areas will help “lift” my waist…kind of like giving my stomach a facelift. That’s the area where I gained the most.

I went from a size 8 to a size 14 while I was pregnant. I’m now a size 11-12. Yeah, I haven’t lost many inches in that area, even though I’ve lost  24 lbs. Last night I was watching Dr. 90210 and a woman had a belly that looked just like mine. She called it a muffin top, bc it looked like the top of a muffin. Mine is not that bad, but yucky. The skin is just loose.

My stretch marks faded quite well, so hopefully I can tighten that area and look fabulous again!! If not, it will be OK.

The woman on the show wound up having about 5 lbs of skin removed in order to take care of hers. That’s not necessary…I’ll gladly exercise mine off.

So I plan to do my exercises every night that I’m home. And water will be added to my diet much more frequently than it is. I need to remember to take my Eddie Bauer bottle to work with me.

So…here we go. I’m going to take pictures on my journey.

Hands & Feet

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated. I’ve been super-busy with painting Aidan’s/the kids’ room. (It’s more Aidan’s than anyones since he lives here full-time).

I decided to do stripes on the lower half and yellow on the upper, and across the ceiling. It’s a very tedious task, painting nice, neat stripes. It took me all of last week to finish what you see in the pics. Today I painted the yellow. I’ll post pics at the end of my entry.

Other than this, Aidan has been growing up! He’s my little man! He wants to sit up all the time – with my help of course. He’s been eating more and more solid food. We have moved from bananas to applesauce. He loves both! And he’s so messy. I had to invest in a plastic bib and I now know what I can use the cheap burp cloths for!!!!

On Thursday he discovered his feet. When he sits up, he’ll grab one foot and wiggle it. Today while I was changing him, he grabbed it while laying down. Yay!! Next will be his sac. lol

He also has been trying his damnedest to roll over. He almost did on Friday when Mike came home, but then got excited to see his daddy and forgot about trying. He’s rolling from his back to his stomach. Most literature that I’ve read says that infants usually learn the opposite first.

I plan to do a photo shoot with him this week since he can now raise up on his elbows. Time for some new black and whites!!! I’m excited and busy!

So much to do: A woman’s work is never done. Right Jess?! 🙂

I try to stay off the computer as much as possible so that I’m more productive at home. I’ve done good so far! Now if I could just get down an exercise routine.

Obesity.

So this is one of my pet peeves: obesity, in general, but moreso in children. Thus, I will talk about the latter.

I watched a Maury show on this same issue where 3 different kids under the age of 4 were introduced. One little girl was 3 y/o and 120 lbs.!!!!! The other girl was 90 lbs. and the boy was 4 and 120lbs.!!!!

Forget trying to control any of them during a temper tantrum!

I have a huge amount of disdain for parents who allow their children to get grotesquely overweight. Fat. Or maybe they don’t allow them; they just turn the other cheek and put up with it. This is neglect people! Abuse as well. Knowing that obesity can cause severe growth dilemmas and lots of health issues and sitting back and allowing it is careless. It’s wreckless behavior for the children. They have to learn discipline and they aren’t going to be able to learn good eating habits on their own. They require help!

It’s like putting a teenager in a car and expecting them to be excellent drivers and to know how to maneuver tough situations. It’s not going to happen on it’s own.

I would love to have a few words with some of these parents: both the pompous ones and the ones who try to act like they did everything they could. Bullshit!

I’ll add more tomorrow. It’s late.

Sit!

🙂 We’ve been helping Aidan learn how to sit up and he’s doing quite well. He can sit alone for a few seconds, but he does lean forward just a smidge.

We’ve also been practicing pulling up with his arms as it’s supposed to help strengthen his back and arms.

Sometimes I feel like if he doesn’t accomplish something new everyday, that he’s not developing well. I know this isn’t feasible, nor is it expected. At all.

I’m always proud of him!

Body

My body is starting to really return to it’s pre-pregnancy state. Healing takes a lot longer than you think. Well, longer than I thought.

Last week I sat down on the ground outside and when I plopped down on the ground, I discovered that I’m still tender as it felt like I had just fell onto some monkey bars or something. I couldn’t move for a few minutes. I still need to be cautious about certain things like that, but I just don’t think about it because I feel ok otherwise.

My stomach is still flimsy and covered in stretch marks, but they are diminishing. I started using some cream for stretch marks and it’s really helping. And two weeks ago I started exercising, doing lots of crunches and sit-ups. The ones where you twist really do the trick. I’m starting to see the two lines on each side of my belly again. Yay for curvature!!

If I work for one more month I’ll bet there will be a dramatic improvement. The flimsy belly has really saddened me. I’ve always had a nice flat stomach. But I accepted that it was all for a wonderful cause and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

But I will tone it up now!