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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Postpartum Weightloss: 10 days postpartum

Who-hoo!  Down to 166 lbs from 182 lbs!  I still haven't done anything special or specific to weightloss yet. Physically I'm still just hanging out with my toddler and newborn (and it's getting easier to hang out with her as my muscles gain back their strength). I'm eating food from the food service but have dealt with 2 bouts of gastroparesis. So I've gone about 4 days without eating. 

Don't get the wrong idea. I'm not not eating to lose weight - I love food too much. Gastroparesis is a condition I've had since college where my stomach spontaneously stops digesting food, leading to increasingly awful stomach pains that eventually lead to vomiting. It happens randomly for me. I'm not sure exactly what sets it off because if I did know I'd stop that behavior.  It can be set off by bad posture while eating, tight clothing like bra bands, stress, eating too fast, not chewing enough, being too hungry...the list goes on and on. When I do have to deal with my non working stomach I usually don't eat anything the day after to "reset" my stomach. Filling it up too soon can just lead to more gut clenching pain for me. 

Anyways, this wasn't supposed to be a post on gastroparesis but I just don't want anyone to think I'd do something as extreme as going on a starvation diet. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Postpartum Weightloss: Immediately After Giving Birth

On the day I gave birth to Gummybear I was weighed at 182 lbs. Of course, this is with clothes and shoes, so I'm going to say I was really 181 lbs. Its been a few days since Gummybear blessed us with her birth and filled our house with newborn baby scents (and it is so intoxicating!) and I'm down 7 lbs. I'm not doing any exercises. Truthfully, my back and groin muscles still hurt from pregnancy so I'm pretty limited in my movements. It doesn't help when my toddler wants to be picked up but I can't resist her when she actually says "bao bao". 

All of my physical activities center around coordinating time between my toddler and newborn, as well as my parents who are visiting for a few days. It isn't easy chasing after a toddler when you're pregnant and it is not easy doing it when your body still aches. 

I suspect I haven't dropped the weight faster because my breasts are engorged right now because I've made the decision not to breastfeed Gummybear. More on that later. Don't judge me. Maybe once my breasts go back to normal I'll drop another couple of pounds. I'll take it even if the weightloss is not from an area I want, "Ahem, back fat, thighs, gut, upper arms."

Abdominal workouts are a no-no for me right now.  My abs separated during pregnancy and my doctor said not to do anything for 6-8 weeks. 

So the key to postpartum weightloss is to be confident in your body (you housed and birthed a tiny human being for 40 weeks!) and to take it a day at a time (because each day is different with kids, you can have good days and you can have bad days).