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Losing the Baby Weight

Some people are lucky and lose the weight they gained during pregnancy with ease, others really have to work at it, and some just don’t even care if it is there or not. At the beginning of my pregnancy with Andrew I kept telling myself that I wouldn’t care if I was a bit heavier. I was so lazy at the time I couldn’t imagine myself ever working out or dieting again. (Maybe that is because I was sleeping most of the first trimester.) When it came to the end of my pregnancy I had gained a total of 65 pounds. Needless to say, I wanted that weight gone.

I know that 65 pounds gained during a pregnancy isn’t “within normal range,” but my doctors never said I was gaining too much. Beyond that, even when I tried to eat healthy, I gained more than most women do during each week. I eventually just started eating what I wanted instead of stressing myself about what the scale said. I figured if it didn’t worry the doctors then it shouldn’t worry me. I know that part of that weight gain was from all the fluids. My fluid level was very close to being too much. Within a few days of Andrew being born I had lost 20 pounds.

I felt great losing so much so quickly, but I couldn’t seem to lose anymore after that. Because I never breastfed Andrew, I wasn’t able to lose anymore easily. I was soon facing the choice of either work out and diet, or buy a whole new wardrobe. Being the cheap person that I am, I went for the diet option.

I started counting carbs, and closely monitored what I ate. I lost another 15 pounds. Then I started to lose my drive for dieting and stayed at the same weight for a few months. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I decided to continue losing more. This time I cut out sodas, eat smaller portions, and force myself to eat fresh vegetables. ┬áSo far I am down another 5 pounds. That puts my total weight loss since Andrew was born at 40 pounds! I’m very happy happy with how far I’ve come, and now I have my sights set on getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. If I keep at it, I may be able to lose a little more than that.

Whether you have gained a lot or a little weight during your pregnancy, there is a good chance you will want to lose it just like I do. I’m no personal trainer or dietitian, but let me give you a few words of advice. Only lose the weight if you want to do it, this shouldn’t be something that you do to please other people. Be healthy about it. While losing a lot of weight very quickly seems appealing, the best way to do it is slowly because you are more likely to keep it off and you won’t be endangering your health. Finally don’t get discouraged. There will be times where you feel like you can’t lose anymore weight, or possibly even gain a few pounds, but just remember if you stay focused on your goal then one way or another it will happen!

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My Issue With Vegetables

When you become a parent you start to realize certain behaviors you have that may need to change. Some people stop cursing, some work on their patience, and some become the most compassionate person they can for the sake of their baby. I’ve had to change a few things about myself, but the one I seem to be struggling with the most should actually be the simplest. I can’t eat my vegetables.

Yes, you read that correctly. I am a full grown woman who can’t handle eating vegetables. I don’t like them for various reasons. Some of them are too slimy and smell terrible, like boiled cabbage. Others have an odd texture, like Lima beans. Then there are the ones that taste so terrible to me I feel like I’m choking, that would be broccoli. There is no vegetable that I love, only some I can tolerate. I can handle peas and green beans only if they are French cut. I will eat a salad as long as it is more dressing than actual salad.

Sound pathetic? I think so. My cabinets aren’t even stocked with more than five cans of vegetables, and I haven’t had to but more of them in about a month. They just never get eaten. Side dishes for dinners are usually corn, rice, or potatoes, but almost never anything green. I would normally eat peas or green beans as a side, but those are the two vegetables that my husband hates. What are the odds?

Right now not eating vegetables isn’t too big of a deal because Andrew is still only on formula. Soon he will be on baby cereal and baby food, but after that I’m in trouble. If I don’t eat my greens, then why would he? I have been trying to get myself to eat more vegetables, but I just lack the drive. I know skipping the greens does not make for a healthy and balanced diet, but I would rather eat what tastes good than worry about whether it’s healthy or not.

Once Andrew gets bigger and starts eating real food, I’m going to want him to eat plenty of vegetables. I can’t be hypocritical and make him eat them, but not eat them myself. Then what if he hates the taste of them just like I do? I am going to have to fake enjoying vegetables in a desperate attempt to get him to eat his. I have already done a few trial runs, and I have found that I cannot fake a smile while eating something that I can’t stand the taste or texture of. With luck my acting will improve by then, but I don’t have high hopes for that one. Maybe I can slowly build up my tolerance for vegetables, or maybe I just need to destroy my taste buds somehow.

When the time comes I am sure I will be able to think of something, but for now I am going to take advantage of the fact that I don’t have to eat vegetables. Why can’t it be socially acceptable to have dinner with a side of chocolate?

What is something your struggling to change now that you are a parent? Did you even have to change anything? What are some ways you are helping yourself to change? Post below in the comments!