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2-Month Update

Today, we had Baby W’s 2-month check-up — yes, it’s been 9-weeks since he came into the world! He is in great health, and has grown a little more than 2 inches and weighs a whopping 14 pounds! He is smiling, laughing, cooing, and has great neck strength. He really is growing up so fast… He also had to have his first round of immunizations, which includes 4 shots and an oral rotovirus vaccine. The shots weren’t a lot of fun — he was screaming a lot — but I think they are important, so I think it’s totally worth it. He’s also been a bit cranky since we got home, but we are doing lots of cuddling and feeding, which seems to be helping.

I feel like I am adjusting to being a mom, and am loving it! Lewis is beginning to settle into a routine — not really a schedule — but I typically have a general idea of what to expect throughout the day, which is great. He is going a little bit longer between feedings, so I’m getting a touch more sleep — still not enough, but that’s motherhood. LOL… Little man doesn’t love napping during the day, but I always make sure he gets his sleep — it’s so important for his growth and brain development. He also still likes to sleep on me or hubby, which means nap time isn’t very productive unless we are walking (see below for more). At night, Baby W is going about 3 hours between feedings and is sleeping in his co-sleeper without a hitch, so that’s good!

I am also beginning to have a little “me” time. I re-joined the gym and had my first real workout last night — yay! I have also been walking 4-5 miles 5 times a week for the last 6 weeks or so. I put little man in his front carrier, and we either go for a walk outside, or we jump on the treadmill (I am actually blogging while walking with him on the treadmill right now). Walking like this has two great side effects — one is I burn calories and am getting back into shape, and two, it puts Baby W to sleep almost instantly! Talk about a great way to get in shape :). I am happy to report that I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight (still don’t have the same body, but I’m getting there), and have 10 pounds to go to hit my pre-IVF weight. From there, I may try to lose an additional 5-8 pounds to get back to my wedding weight — we’ll see how I feel once I hit my pre-IVF weight. Losing weight hasn’t been super easy — it has come off, but with a lot of work and very healthy eating. Breastfeeding has definitely helped drop the pounds, but I need to work on toning now so I can get back into my clothes.

Finally, I go back to work next week — yikes! There have been a lot of changes, and I am little stressed about going back. On the bright side, I work from home, and we hired a great nanny to help with little man during the day. She is a great fit for our family, and I am sure Baby W will really like her. It will definitely be an adjustment to go back, but it’s important to me to work since I really enjoy what I do.

I promise to post some amazingly cute pictures soon 🙂

Best wishes to all!

Day 23 — Productive!

Today’s intention is to visualize myself pregnant with a healthy baby.

Today, I feel productive! I was super busy from the moment I woke up yesterday to the time I fell asleep. I cleaned the entire house, did 4 loads of laundry, ran to the grocery stores (1 is never enough), and got a great workout in. I also ate very healthy and feel great. I weighed myself this morning, and my weight looks great — thanks Perfect 10 Diet. I am on track to hit my target weight before we start IVF — go me! I added some grains back into my diet, but have continued to avoid refined sugar, caffeine, and, for the most part, gluten. I also have to schedule an appointment with my accupuncturist this week so we can get my body ready for IVF. I also want to discuss the protocol with her leading up to the retrieval and after the transfer. A lot of research supports accupuncture and shows that it helps increase IVF success rates. It also helps with stress, which is important during all of this.

Tonight, hubby and I have to go through all the documents and consent forms in preparation for our IVF consult next week. There are so many things to think about before we start the cycle, and the consent forms force you to have those conversations — conversations that I wouldn’t even know to have unless the forms were included in the pre-cycle packet. Fun, fun!

I am grateful for my health; great doctors; IVF; my loving hubby; my wonderful family and friends; Spring weather; and, my puggle, Kahli.

I love and accept myself!

Day 17 — Impatient

Today’s intention is to be open to constructive criticism.

Today, I am feeling impatient! I just want my period to come so we can get everything started already. As anyone who knows me would tell you, I am a planner. I love details especially when organizing events. It makes me happy to make things perfect :). For our wedding, I planned every little thing from the music to the gift bags we gave to our guests as well as having itineraries for every member of our wedding party. I wasn’t a bridezilla, but I like having structure and I enjoy planning for big events.

IVF doesn’t exactly work that way. I feel like there is a lot of hurrying up to wait and waiting to hurry up. My period has never been regular — thanks PCOS — so I can’t exactly pinpoint when our next cycle will begin because I have to wait for my period to start. I know it’s coming, but it could be here tonight or the end of the week. While waiting, there isn’t much to do except read, read, and read more articles about IVF, but since every cycle is unique to the woman, I don’t really know the details, and won’t until I meet with the doctor. It’s quite annoying to have no control over any of it. Our first real IVF meeting won’t happen until I get my period, and then I will be able to make a more clear plan and feel more in control over this process.

The other hard part in all of this is the not knowing what to expect. My hubby and I are always busy –we go to a lot of charity events, out with friends, to alumni events, and play summer sports. Since I don’t know exactly when this cycle will begin, what the protocol will be, and/or if I’ll be pregnant in May/June, I am putting a hold on lots of stuff. Today, I bowed out of dragonboat racing in June and July — an event I have enjoyed participating in for the last 3 years — I won’t feel comfortable participating if I am pregnant or in the middle of a cycle. I also declined a fun mudrun at the end of the month and may have to miss a trip to Pittsburgh for Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, the goal of having a healthy baby makes all of these decisions easy, but I always feel a little sad having to miss out because of my fertility.

At this point, I must focus on what I can control (and not on what I have given up) — my diet and fitness! I am following the Perfect 10 diet again and love it! It’s nice to eat real food and feel great. I just know that it is helping me to balance my hormones. I have cut out gluten (not too hard since I really never added it back to my diet) and will of course remove alcohol and caffeine — again not too hard since I rarely consume either. I am also back in the gym 5-6 times per week with walks 2-3 nights per week as well as fertility yoga every day. I will cut back on the cardio once we start the cycle so it doesn’t stress my reproductive organs and will just focus on walking and yoga for stress relief. All of this activity helps me to feel like I am doing something in my pursuit of having a baby. It’s easy to feel somewhat helpless through all of this, so I do my best to make positive choices that will positively impact our chances to have a healthy baby 🙂

I am grateful for my health; great friends; a loving hubby; an amazing family — parents, brothers, and sisters; love, laughter, and happiness!

I love and accept myself!

 

Day 7 – Tired

Today’s intention is to find the silver lining. Yesterday was crazy, and today is already looking a bit hectic, but my goal is to find the happy and focus on it.

Today I am tired. Yesterday was crazy — I worked for more than 16 hours and didn’t get home until around 10pm. I have a lot to do before we leave for vacation for work and plenty to do to get ready for the trip, but I have to remember to stop and smell the roses. Being tired is one of the most annoying feelings to me — I like having a ton of energy and being able to run around to get everything done. This week, it’s not even that I don’t have the energy, I just don’t have the time. I have to make time for important things like getting plenty of sleep and making it to the gym, so I feel strong. On the bright side, travelling and The Perfect 10 Diet go well together. Due to work, I ate out at every meal yesterday, and it was easy to make choices that fit into the healthy plan. YAY!

I am grateful for a comfy bed and cuddly hubby; vacation!; my health; the sunshine; and, a wonderful life 🙂

 I love and accept myself!

Day 5 – Joy

Today’s intention is to enjoy some family time!

Today I feel joy! We enjoyed a great weekend with amazing friends, which reminds me just how fortunate I am. I may have some struggles staying pregnant, but I am blessed with a wonderful set of friends, family, and loved ones. I also feel joy because I feel great! I have been focusing on my diet and fitness since my last miscarriage and it’s really paying off! I started a new eating philosophy called The Perfect 10 Diet — the goal is to balance one’s hormones, which leads to a healthier body and weight loss. You basically swap out all processed crap and sugar and focus on eating organic, real foods including real fats. I have done this for a week, and the results have been fantastic — I feel great = more energy, glowing skin, better sleep, etc and I have lost 5 pounds! YES! This doesn’t just mean weight loss to me — it means that my hormones are finally coming back into equilibrium and I am well on my way to a wonderful IVF cycle in April. Go Team! Even more importantly, I don’t feel deprived — this is definitely not a diet. I am eating real foods and real fats, which means no crazy hunger pains and no crazy food cravings.

I am grateful for my health; wonderful friends, family, and loved ones; my hubby!; vacation on Thursday; and, our upcoming IVF cycle!

I love and accept myself!

Learning and Learning…

It’s been a quiet weekend! Jud and I are both sick with a terrible cough and sinus infection — ugh! We had a lot planned, but pretty much slept all weekend. Hopefully all the rest and medicine will help me get through tomorrow. I have to head into the city for work, which is always tough on my body. I rarely get sick, but this illness knocked me on my butt — I am sure the stress of last week’s miscarriage and D&C weakened my body just enough to allow all the germs in :-(. Yuck!

On the bright side, all the down time has allowed me an opportunity to learn even more about preparing my body for IVF. I’ve been reading about what to expect — lots of needles, doctor’s appointments, and sore ovaries! I am fortunate that I work from home most days , but my job can be very demanding and stressful, so I am looking for ways to de-stress my life by adding yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation into my daily routine as well as getting back to my normal cardio workout regimen. I am also meeting with my acupuncturist this week to begin treatments to nourish my body! I love acupuncture — it has helped me so much over the last few months! I have noticed a big difference in my energy level as well as how I sleep. Beyond that, my allergies have completely gone away and my stomach issues are also pretty much gone! I also think it’s helped me in my fertility journey, and will be a big part of me getting and staying pregnant with IVF.

I have also taken some time to learn more about supplements and vitamins — what should I add to my current vitamin and mineral selection? It’s so exciting to read the recent research. It gives me a lot of hope that there are changes I can make to increase my fertility. The most exciting research that I came across is the use of Melatonin with IVF cycles. Melatonin is an herbal supplement that helps people sleep, but is also has been shown to do remarkable things to help a woman’s fertility. It has a remarkable power to protect the eggs from harmful chemicals, which means better and more eggs during an IVF cycle! Woman who take 3mg of melatonin each night produced more eggs during their cycle and had a much higher pregnancy success rate (compared to what they had during their first cycle)! Even if a woman isn’t doing IVF, melatonin helps — especially women with PCOS — to produce higher quality eggs, which means a lower rate of miscarriage. Here is one of the studies about using Melatonin (http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_70654.asp) — so exciting!

I am also back on Weight Watchers. I am by no means fat or obese, but there is a lot of research showing that woman who have PCOS benefit from having a lower BMI – closer to 20 or so. I am currently around 24, so could stand to lose a few pounds. My goal is to lose between 8-10% of of my body weight, which should be relatively easy over the next 4-6 weeks. Yay for positive changes :-). It’s so nice to have some control in all of this — it honestly makes me feel better to know there are things that I can do to help my chances!! Time to keep learning 😉

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