A Little Less Of Me

My quest to become thinner and healthier

Exercise!! 24 October 2012

Filed under: Feel the Burn,Musings — lennonzgal @ 12:55

Yesterday, I was able to get out on a really nice walk – probably something like 2.25 miles. Not overly impressive, no, but this was the first time post-section that I was able to get that far without needing a rest and an Advil.

I was doubly excited to learn that my FiveFingers fit once again. My feet (hell, my whole body) had swollen so badly during pregnancy that it has taken this long for it to un-swell. It was so nice to get them back on my feet!

I didn’t do the walk alone yet; Lennon kindly accompanied me in her Baby Bjorn, which gave me a little extra challenge. I didn’t take the Garmin with me, so I don’t know how far exactly I went, nor do I know how fast I was walking, but I do know that I did nearly every side of every sidewalk in my neighborhood, and I know that that’s roughly 2.25 miles. Not bad.

To top it off, Will and Liam got home earlier than expected, so he and I went on a bike ride after dinner. Definitely not challenging at all, but it was movement, and even better – it got Liam out for some exercise too!

I’m not expecting to get out there every day; Will needs to get his exercise in too. I do think I can manage an every other day sort of routine though, so that’s what I think I’ll aim for.


Trying to Get Back Into It 22 October 2012

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 12:20

I’ve honestly spent the last couple weeks almost re-training myself to eat well. I had my 6 week post-part visit where the doctor gave me permission to run again as long as I easer self back into it – she wants a couple weeks of walking before I kick into any sort of training, and I’m okay with that, because I remember how that first run felt after having Liam, and I wasn’t cut open for his delivery.

So, I’ve signed up for the DailyBurn Tracker, I’ve started to try to work out when I can run (ahem, walk) between feedings, and I’ve started to try to make healthier meal decisions.

I’m honestly quite nervous about the whole thing. I didn’t start dieting with Liam til he was 9 months old. My milk was well established at that point, and we had a well-defined feeding schedule. Lennon is only two months old; her schedule will still change quite a bit, and she’s still changing my supply every few weeks. Exercise and diet can really mess with that if I’m not careful.

I’ve made sure to set up the tracker so that those crucial extra 500 calories are included in my plan, because I’ve got to try this. I am so bothered by this flappy post-section belly, and I’m starting to notice weight-related problems like backaches. I want to take it off as soon as possible.

The challenge will be making sure I still have what Lennon needs – I would never put my own weight loss above breastfeeding her. I plan to nurse her for a year, like I did for Liam, and I’m not letting my own vanity compromise her health. It’s one thing to bit be able to nurse; I know a lot of women who just couldn’t for one reason or another, but each one was truly disappointed by the fact that their child was on formula. It’s another thing entirely to not nurse due to vanity or laziness.

So, all of my preparations lead me to today. I picked Lennon’s two-month birthday to get started and here we are. I’m a bit nervous to have to be in this spot again, but it needs to be done, and I think I’m ready for it.


Changing Tides … And Diets. 3 October 2012

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 11:23

The first thing I’m really trying to focus on is just refocusing my idea of eating. When I got pregnant this time around, I really stopped paying attention to all of that. I’m sure that part of it was knowing that this would be my last pregnancy – the last time anyone would actually ask ms to gain weight. But more than that are all I’d the enablers on the world; those people ego are well-meaning when they say, “But you’re pregnant. You can have a piece of pie.” Under no circumstance should you think that I’m blaming anyone but myself; I was practically praying for someone to give me the pregnant excuse to have that bagel/donut/milkshake/second helping. In any case, it would have been fine every once in a while, but it was practically daily. And I could have chosen when to take advantage of it and when to say no, but I never said no.

Fast forward to today, and I’m god-knows-how-much heavier, and I’m having trouble reminding myself that there’s no need for dessert every night, and that I don’t need that second helping of lasagna. Breastfeeding means that I actually need to eat an additional 500.calories per day, but I need to make them count. Those calories are being used to make milk for my daughter; a king-size snickers bar is not what the doctor meant.

So, I’m relearning. I’m poking around for that oatmeal recipe that I used to love. I’m cracking open cookbooks for new recipes that encourage healthy eating. I’m trying to look at the plate that I serve to my son (which us always healthier than what I serve myself), and I’m mirroring it on my plate.

It’s going to take me a bit to overhaul the “eat whatever I want” mentality, but I’m getting there meal by meal.


The Kiddie Conspiracy 29 September 2012

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 08:19

There are a lot of things that women conveniently omit when describing pregnancy and early parenthood. Sometimes i think it’s a bit of “if I have to suffer, so do you,” and other times I believe that those thing need to be omitted so that people don’t miss out on one of theist awesome experiences that life can offer. In reality, it’s probably a combination of both.

For instance, you’ll hear things like, “oh sure – you’ll have plenty of time to do that when you’re home with the baby!” Like blogging. What they fail to mention is that your “plenty of time” comes around 3am when you’re feeding the little cherub and plotting a million ways to injure the currently-sleeping father. So it’s less a lie and more an omission of the truth. Thankfully, I knew what I was getting into with Lennon, and I nurse her with smartphone in hand. I apologize now for all of the misspellings – one can only accomplish so much one-handed.

Even more important though is the fact that no one mentions exactly how long it takes for your body to snap back after a birth. I wasn’t out of maternity wear until Liam was 3 months old. Evidently, we are not part rubber band. With Lennon, I’m a month in and I’m getting impatient. All of my maternity clothes from this round are summer clothes, and I don’t want to buy maternity jeans for the winter. Instead, I hit the shops for some leggings. I’m hoping that i might get into leggings earlier than normal pants due to their stretchyness. There’s something to be said about the feeling you get that first day you’re out of maternity and back into normal clothes – despite lack of sleep, being covered in spit-up, and the nursing bra you’re wearing, those normal clothes make you feel human again.

I realize I’m only a month out this time, but I’m itching to feel decent about what I see in the mirror again. I don’t even mean due to weight loss, I just mean feeling good about the clothes I selected. Feeling good in your own skin is step one to getting healthy again. I just know that if I can feel confident in the mirror. I’ll be confident at the table, and I’ll make better decisions. I know I can do this, I just have to do it one step at a time.


Been A While, Hasn’t It? 27 September 2012

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 11:45

Don’t adjust your RSS feed, I promise it’s not broken. After nearly a year of absence, I’m back! And the reason I disappeared? I had a baby! Our little girl joined us in August of this year – now she’s nearly a month old and I’ve got a LOT of baby weight to shed. During my pregnancy, I surpassed the 250-pound mark, which scared the hell out of me. Thankfully, it was in the last week or so, so I didn’t sail past it. At my 1-week post-partum visit, I was back under, but only just. Unfortunately, this one was a c-section, so running wont be back for a bit still. I’ve been walking when I can fit it in, but having a four year old males that a little harder than you’d expect – when sister sleeps, brother wants to play, not take a walk.

We are all working hard to get used to all of the changes in our lives, though, and sure we’ll all hit a groove soon enough. In the meantime, my brother is getting married in two weeks, and my dress is being altered as we speak. I’ve been ordered not to lose weight to make sure it fits, so I’m trying to just maintain status quo til then. I plan to spend the next couple weeks trying to put together meal plans (and actually stick to them), and just generally try to figure out what I need to do to get back under 200 and then under 175. Baby steps, right?



11/23 Workout: C25K W6R2 24 November 2011

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 00:29

This one did not go as well as I would have hoped.  In fact, I may repeat it.  Its not for lack of trying; its because I was running on a treadmill.  It was so cold and it was pouring last night, so I postponed the run until I could get to the fitness center in our hotel tonight (we’re staying overnight to see the parade in the morning, then it’ll be back home for Thanksgiving).  As they usually are, the fitness center was rather warm, and there was basically no air circulation.  So, the run sort of slogged.  I ended up with maybe a 13:00/mile average with the walks included, so still not awful.  I think though that I’d like to attempt the run again on Friday in hopes of doing better outside where its cooler and there’s a breeze, or at least some way of getting the sweat to wick off of me.

All of that said, it  was still a decent workout, and it still burned a few pie calories, so there we go.  Pass the pumpkin, please … and Happy Thanksgiving!!


11/20 Workout: C25K W6R1 22 November 2011

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 11:38

This one was decent, but not my best run, and I totally blame it on myself.  For starters, I’m pretty sure that I drank zero glasses of water on Saturday.  Zero.  I was out and running around, and I had one bottle of my VitaminWater Zero, and I think I grabbed a can of diet soda at some point in the afternoon from a random machine, but no water.  None.  So, yeah … I was sluggish on Sunday.  Add to that the fact that I was too lazy to check the temperature before I headed out, and ended up wearing long pants and long sleeves on a nice, warm day, and you’ll see why I didn’t do my best.

It still wasn’t terrible though – I managed an average of maybe an 11:00 mile running, which is still within my under-12 goal.  I just don’t want that number to continue creeping upward.  I do plan on running either tonight or tomorrow night, based on whichever ends up being more feasible, and I’m hoping that that run can sort of improve upon Sunday, helping me get back toward my goal of getting faster.

We’ll be headed to Philly for the parade on Thanksgiving – staying at the Westin on 17th on Wednesday night.  My hope is that they have a treadmill that I can use that evening, and possibly the next morning too, since Thursday officially begins National Gluttony Month, but more on that a little later!