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Body After Baby

So I read a lot of these “body after baby” posts.  And it seems like for the most part, people seem to have lost all the baby weight by like two weeks.  Or four months.  So here I am, nine months plus a few days post-partum.  Alexander has been out probably a month longer than he was in at this point.  (He was three weeks early, my math doesn’t suck that bad.)  If you see me, you might think that I am back to my pre-baby size.  But that’s a lie.  I mean, that I’m that size, not that you’d think that.  I’m about 10 lbs away from it.  I have some clothes that fit, some that are too big (yay) and some that are still too small.

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I probably shouldn’t use a picture of myself in a horizontal stripes to illustrate my lack of weight loss.  But I will say, this shirt and these jeans are from the pre-baby days.

I gained roughly 30 lbs while I was pregnant.  Since Alexander was such a tiny thing, I think most of that was probably due to a newfound rediscovery of Wendy’s Frosties.  (Side note:  my sister has never had a Frostie.  What?)  In the past nine months, here’s what I’ve done to try to lose the baby weight:

• weight watchers

• t-25 (with shakeology)

I guess that’s it.  My list seemed longer in my head.  Weight Watchers has worked for me in the past, but for whatever reason, and the reason is probably me, it didn’t this time, so I quit and started using My Fitness Pal.  Sporadically.  My friend Heather had great results with T-25.  So great that I was like, “Sure, I’ll buy a $120 workout DVD set.”  Here’s the problem with me and workout videos.  If I’m doing a workout other than running, I’m really bad at pushing myself.  I’ll follow the modified moves or just take random rest breaks.  I don’t push myself.

I actually think I lost a few pounds from the Shakeology though.  If you don’t know, Shakeology is this ridiculously expensive, but not as expensive when you buy it with the DVDs, protein powder-esque meal replacement.  Jason and I both loved it.  I would make a smoothie in the morning that consisted of 1 scoop chocolate shakeology, half a banana, 1 cup of almond milk and ice.  And while I don’t think it kept me any more full than my typical egg sandwich breakfast, for some reason, I didn’t snack as much during the day when I had a shake for breakfast.  But the Shakeology is long gone and we’ve been trying to justify buying more, but it’s hard to justify when daycare costs almost as much as a second mortgage.

Really, I think the best workout for me is and has always been running.  I’d say I’ve been running maybe once or twice a week.  I can go down my list of excuses to why:

•  A tree fell on our workout room.  It didn’t fall on the treadmill, but the damn room is still not fixed (yes, six weeks later) so I’m not going to run on a treadmill in a room where the wall is caving in.

• I don’t like my running stroller.  I hate to say this because someone gave it to me, but I don’t think she reads this anyway.  It has a fixed front wheel and it’s really hard to steer because of that.  Are the BOBs like that?

• Even if I did like my running stroller, I can’t run in the morning with Alexander during the week.  Since Jason works overnights, my morning routine is VERY dependent on Alexander being asleep.  If he wakes up early, I can’t get ready.  So if I were to take him out for a run, he’d be awake when we got back and that wouldn’t work.  Unless I wanted to go to work all smelly.

So maybe when the room is fixed, I’ll get back into it.  And maybe I’ll finally lose the final 10 lbs.

Alexander: 9 Months

So, like breastfeeding, making my own baby food and not eating half a bag of chocolate chips for dinner, these monthly baby updates were something that I thought I’d do.  I think the last one I did was at four months, maybe three.

So, my baby is 9 months old.  Actually, he’s 9 months and a few days, but I’m behind because a gross sickness has taken over our household and hit me the hardest.  Or I’m just the biggest wuss.

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He wasn’t 9 months old in those pictures, but a professional took them, so I thought I’d throw them in there.  Anyway, he’s still a really little guy.  I think he’s 15 and a half pounds, if we’re lucky.  Which puts him in the 1st percentile for weight.  The pediatrician says he’s following his curve though, so I guess it’s okay.  He’s slightly, very slightly, higher in percentile for height and head size.

As far as food, Alexander has five bottles of formula (5-6 oz each) and three meals of solids (2-4 oz each) a day.  Remember when I was going to do baby-led weaning?  That didn’t happen.  And then I was going to give purees but make them all?

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I mean, they’re easy.  And organic.  And on sale at Target yesterday.  He really seems to like pretty much everything except carrots and chicken.  His favorites are sweet potatoes, pumpkin and squash.  Oh and Greek yogurt.  I buy full-fat Greek (which is sort of hard to find, but TJ’s has it) and mix a little fruit puree in there.

He’s scooting all over the place.  I wouldn’t exactly call it crawling because he keeps his tummy on the ground, but the boy can get around.

He has two teeth.  And never lets me see them.  Brushing is going to be fun.  Though given his love of a spoon, maybe he’ll be okay with it.  I probably need to get on that.

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My blogging skills have seriously gotten rusty.  I could have summed this up in two sentences:  Alexander is 9 months old and he eats purees.  He kind of crawls and has two teeth.  And now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to my chocolate chips.  Because I need to eat them so I won’t have them in the house anymore.  You know how it is.

No Blogging Motivation

You’ve probably only really noticed this if you’re related to me because those are probably the only people who even read this anymore, but I’m having some trouble finding the time to blog lately.  Actually, I take that back.  It’s not so much a time issue as a motivation one.  Or more so, I just don’t have anything to write about.  I mean, sure I can write about Alexander, but this blog was always primarily focused on running and healthy food and while those things are still important to me, they aren’t the focus of my life anymore.

I’ve thought about quitting the blog.  Or just letting it fade into oblivion, but I don’t really feel ready to do that.  Sometimes I do want to write or share pictures.  It’s not about gaining readers anymore, or checking my Google Analytics stats or how many comments I get.  It used to be.  I used to care about that stuff.

And here’s a picture that has nothing to do with anything, except it’s cute.

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