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January restart recap…. learning curve

I started back with my monthly WL goals in January trying to lose 10 lbs with restricted calorie food plan, tracking everything with MyFitnessPal. com ( http://myfitnesspal.com ) which went well, until baby M hit a major growth spurt and needed to feed ALL!THE!TIME! They call it cluster feeding. She was on the boob like every 20-30 minutes. I had quickly dropped 6lbs in the first 3 weeks, then whamo! My body turns into a human feeding machine. On day 2 I was about to go crazy and the only way I knew I could get her to give me a break was to distract her with a walk outside. Too tired to even wear her ( Google ” baby wearing” “woven baby wraps” “baby carriers”) I put her in the stroller and went around the block 4 times, making sure I hit the bumpiest spots until she fell asleep. *Note: baby m is usually very easy to get to sleep but this time she was extra fussy from all that growing. I felt crazy like after days without sleep and weak, shakey and very close to passing out. So I did what I had to do. I went out for a burger. I was gifted enough baby-nap-time to down the most delicious piece of meat I’ve had in months ( I’m pretty much a vegetarian now, but we’ll get into that in a few days) . I also had a Guinness milkshake …. desperate times people. It was weird and divine.

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After this … er…episode?? I learned a few things and realized my plan needs adjusting.

What I learned:
I learned that I can not approach weight loss like I did in the past with a strict schedule, strict reduced-calorie meal plan and a rigorous fitness routine. Neither my baby-lead schedule nor my body will allow it.

10lbs in one month, while breast feeding a growing infant is simply not realistic, nor healthy.
Sometimes you just need a big fat juicy burger.

New approach and new goals:

-1 lb per week or -5 per month ( instead of usual 10) this allows me a healthy 1600 calorie daily goal
– adjust daily goal as necessary depending on current conditions: more/less nursing, how much activity ( hiking etc) , did I get ANY sleep the night before. In other words, its just a baseline suggestion and it’s totally okay if I go over when necessary
– fit in fitness everyday and everywhere. I can hike with an 18lb baby so why do I take the elevator every time??? I dunno. “Get down and give me 20”, walk to the store instead of drive.

– keep the fridge stocked with luscious, vibrant, beautiful produce. (This is not an issue for me after 3 years of try hard vegetarianism)…then find time to make it into s#*! I can easily grab and eat for lunch, freeze for later,  or just grab and snack on RIGHT NOW !

I leave you with some pics of my weekend.

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Thetis lake - feb 2

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View from Dallas road parkway

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220lbs with 17.5lb pack (aka baby)


Ahem! Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?

Looks like its time to dust off the old blog. This is a fresh start, a chance to re-find my voice and refine my weight loss goals, as a 30 something very single new mom. Baby just turned 4months old and although I stayed healthy through the entire pregnancy, the new lifestyle of taking care of another human being is really really hard, and great and wonderful and an adventure, and really really really hard. The stress, the weird schedules, those moments while you’re breastfeeding and can’t reach your water or lunch, constantly carrying this little person and passing by a mirror to realize you haven’t brushed your hair in 4 days and there is spitup on your shirt. And you don’t even care.

This is my new life, my new goals and my new adventures in weightloss

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Hiking Mount Doug - Jan 27

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And to get this party started… drum roll please…

Starting weight 219