Friday, July 31, 2015

Body Talk: It's Not About the Dieting

At least, for me it's not.
Remember, every body is different! What works for me might not be what your body needs :)

I gained 55 pounds during my pregnancy. And, contrary to what some people told me, the weight did not "melt right off" just because I was exclusively breastfeeding. Less than half of it fell away naturally, and since then I've only been able to shave off a couple pounds more.

It has bothered me so much. I wanted to do something about it.

But I just didn't. Want. To. Diet.

I didn't want to deal with that. I have never dieted, and I never want to.

AND I'm awful about exercising when I'm not in a group setting (I miss my dance classes!) so that doesn't help the whole weight-loss thing.

As I mentioned in my last post, I finally decided to do a sugar detox right after the 4th of July. I was tired of being at a standstill with my weight loss, I wanted to feel more motivated to exercise, and I did not want to crave sugar constantly anymore.

A detox is a nice middle ground, right? I figured... it's not a full-blown diet! I can do that!

For those of you who are interested in the details of the detox (though that's not the main purpose of this post), it was 1 week long, and here's what I was allowed to eat:
  • veggies (non-starchy only)
  • fruits
  • nuts
  • eggs
  • chicken, fish, grass-fed meat

I stuck to it pretty religiously, other than adding in one serving of peanut butter per day starting on day 4 and one serving of Greek yogurt starting on day 5. And munching some gluten products on the last day.

The results were good...

I lost nearly 1/4th of my remaining pregnancy weight!

I felt a significant decrease in my desire for sugar!

Since I coupled the detox with more exercise (thank you, zumba at the rec center!) I also felt more fit!

AND... I succeeded in buttoning up my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans!!!!!!!

THAT was SUCH a great feeling.

It turns out that I'm not carrying as much weight in my hips/thighs as I thought.

It's aaaaaall in my upper body, as you can see despite the flowy-ish shirt I'm wearing.

I have a lot of back and tummy flab.

A lot.

And a detox alone can't fix that...

However, once the detox was over I started slipping back into my old eating habits.... and I discovered that my body started feeling worse.

Surprise, surprise. I know. (Yes, that was dripping in sarcasm.)

The thing is, I have never paid much attention to the relationship between my body and food until I did this detox. I never had to worry about it before! I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted without gaining a single pound! But clearly, that's not the case now. The detox helped me see how good my body can feel if I eat right, and it was quite the wake-up call.

I'm not good at listening to my body.

And I've discovered...

For me, it's not about dieting or detoxes.

It's about only eating when I'm hungry, not just because I'm bored or stressed.

It's about trusting that my body knows what I need to feel the healthiest.

It's about getting my body moving in a way that's fun.

It's about being active with the purpose of feeling great, not with the purpose of losing weight.

It's about eating an apple when my body is telling me it wants one instead of choosing the ginger snap cookies from Trader Joe's just because they taste good. (Curse you, Trader Joe's! Maybe it's a good thing we don't have one in Provo...)

It's about my new belief that if I eat the good, healthy things that my body tells me to eat (not worrying too much about quantity and calories) and stay active, the pounds will slowly disappear before I even realize what's happening.

^^^Pre-pregnancy pants, baby!!!

I think we make this whole "post-partum body" thing too stressful sometimes.

Why can't we just focus on helping our body feel good?

Feeling healthy and energized is more important than our dress size. I think that if I shift my focus towards doing my part to make my body feel awesome, the weight-loss that I desire will be a happy side-effect.

My new goal is to have fun while I'm being active, and to not feel bad about eating donuts or drinking the occasional soda as long as I'm listening to my body (because it does feel gross after I eat sugary things! I've just never noticed! HOW IS IT THAT I NEVER NOTICED?!?!?!)

On another note... getting a rec center pass was the best decision ever! I can't exercise by myself. I try, but I just can't keep it going. Attending classes at the rec center is ah-maze-ing and keeps me motivated.

Also, can I just say that... my baby girl is so cuuuuute! No, I'm not biased! I'm not! Just look at those ultra-blue eyes, those chubby thighs, those little toes... I just want to eat her up. SO. CUTE.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life Lately

The first picture is one of the only ones I took on the 4th of July.
Happy baby watching the parade.
The second picture is me in a face mask that a sweet gal at church brought back from Japan for me. It may look funny, but it was refreshing!

Other things lately:

I just got done with a week-long sugar detox.
(More on that in my next post)
We just bought plane tickets to San Fran so I can join Doug at the end of his next business trip
(First time on a plane with a baby... any advice??? Help!!!)
I've found a new love for spinach (thanks, detox)
Nicole started clapping
I'm still geeking out about the recent thunderstorms we had
And... Nicole tried lemon for the first time.
For my readers who either aren't on facebook, didn't see the post, or aren't friends with me on there... here's the video I took a little over a week ago of her introduction to lemon. We were making lemonade and decided it was an opportune moment to give her a little taste. The poor baby didn't know what hit her.
Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nicole // 7 Months

Nicole has become such a happy little flirt, I'm not even joking. These days (as long as she isn't hungry or tired) you can catch her giggling at people over my shoulder at church, "talking" loudly to random strangers we pass on the sidewalk, and smiling at every single person who happens to make eye contact with her in the grocery store. She'll let almost anyone hold her, and complete strangers can make her belly-laugh.

What a social butterfly.

And this smile is exactly the type of cheesy smile she gives people.

Squinted eyes, wrinkled nose, and all. While banging her hands around and bouncing wildly.

Tell me honestly... could you resist interacting with a stranger's baby if she gave you a smile like this when you walked by? I doubt it. Some strangers come up to us to comment on her chubbiness and happy nature, while I can see others point at her to their friends or smile at her as they pass by.

Chunky. Irresistible. Still rockin' the gummy, tooth-less smile.

We do think she's in the middle of teething, though. She's been extremely drooly for a while now and you can see the tooth nubs just under the gums. They haven't broken through, but they're so close! Hopefully any day now so they stop bothering her.

Nicole is a pro "sitter" now, and she's trying SO hard to crawl but can't quite figure it out, although she can turn herself to face a new direction while on her tummy. If she really wants something, she'll roll around until she can reach it. OR she'll sit and reach as far as she can. OR she'll lie on her tummy and stick one leg up in the air in her desperate attempts to reach her desired item. It's very funny to watch.

Here are some other little tidbits from this little ball of personality:

She has a loud voice.

Her favorite "word" is yeeeeaaaaah!

She cocks her head to the side and it KILLS me. So cute.

She still loves to snuggle up against me, especially when she just woke up.

So bouncy! She's so very, very bouncy!

The toes finally found their way to her mouth this month.

She is o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with strawberries. If I start feeding her a strawberry, she will get mad at me if I don't feed it to her fast enough. I've learned to just give it to her piece-by-piece because if I let her gum on a whole strawberry (I hold it up to her mouth while she gnaws) she has a complete meltdown when I take it away from her. Strawberries turn her into a crazy woman.

Her favorite way to play peek-a-boo is by putting a blanket on her face so she can pull it off.

She's ticklish on her tummy, around the neck, and especially under the arms.

Cartoons don't hold her attention, but she could veg on my lap and watch home reno shows all day. Do I have a future house flipper on my hands? Interior designer? Maybe?

She still has super expressive eyebrows. She'll never be able to hide her emotions. Ever.

She sticks her tongue out a lot more now.

When daddy walks through the door in the evening, she gets so excited and smiles from ear-to-ear! She loves being held by her daddy.

We've been blessed with such a happy little girl. I'm so glad that I get to be the one who sees her learn and grow every day.

Happy 7 months, little Chunker! We love every roll on your chubby little body!