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Reigniting my Spark

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I read an ad for Nike that said, "Yesterday, you said tomorrow" and it reminded me of how, for the last few months of my pregnancy, I kept saying "I will go to the gym tomorrow" and how tomorrow never came. This morning I woke up, weighed myself (10 pounds down from last week's pregnancy weight) and set about resetting things on Sparkpeople. I'm now back in Stage 2, I've no "streaks" and I have a new set of caloric goals for the day. (1200-1550) I also have a new cardio plan that requires me to burn about a third of the calories that I'm used to, for now. My jogging stroller handles like a dream so, once I'm allowed to walk for more that 15-30 minutes at a time, I'll readjust.
This week's goals:
Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water. - The lactation consultant says this is a priority if I want to continue feeding Emily breast milk. I do. So I will drink.
Eat a MINIMUM of 5 fruits and/or vegetables.
Walk 15 -30 minutes on three different days.
Track religiously.

Today's results:
Water - I drank 9 glasses! emoticon
Fruit/Veggies - I had 5 servings. emoticon
Walk - not today
Track - done! Unfortunately, I ate a cookie at Timmy's that I thought I'd entered and it turns out the program glitched. At any rate, I had another snack thinking that I was way under and now I'm over. 178.

Tomorrow, I'll be more careful. I have really great motivation for being an example of health.
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    Okay-fellow mother/friend/runner stepping in here. I'm with BUSYMOM and Judi-cut yourself some slack. Your calorie range will NOT support a breastfeeding baby-trust me,I've been there and done that. Lots of water is very important(though too much can actually inhibit milk production) but eating MORE calories of good healthy food is super important. Concentrate on the basics: produce,lean protein and whole grains with some fats. Think about what kind of milk you want Roo to drink: skim(low fat/calorie diet for you) or full fat(more calories and some healthy fats for you)? She'll be alot happier with the latter and your body will thank you as well. Aim for 1800 at least.
    That said, you know yourself better than me but I learned thru the years of pregnancy/recovery that at least the first month after birth I eat more than I'd like to(in order to lose weight) in order to help fuel my body for healing and nursing.
    I LOVE the pic of your 3 angels. OMG! I am soooo happy for you and Paul!!! the boys must be overjoyed!
    3072 days ago
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    1200 calories for a breastfeeding mom? That doesn't sound right to me Penny, so please check that out with a nutritionist or your doctor. I know you do your homework, so you've likely got it under control!

    Great job getting some goals in place. I wish I had had a jogging stroller when my boys were babes. Sweet days - enjoy!
    3073 days ago
    Penny, if there's any time that you can cut yourself a little slack, it's during your pregnancy and right after you have a baby. I know you want to be a good role model and you know what? You are! You are still a hundred times ahead of where your were in that "before" picture you've got on your page -- you're a runner now, you want different things for yourself and your family, you've motivated hundred of others to be the best they can be. So take it easy right now and enjoy Roo because she'll only be a little newborn for so long. And when the time is right, you'll get back to that smokin' runners body. But for the moment, just be Mom to your boys and to your new baby girl. Hugs to you all.

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    3073 days ago
    Welcome Emily Roo! You are beautiful!
    3073 days ago
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    You are doing so awesome, Penny - and I'm so glad you are back at er! Beautiful pictures here and on FB, by the way.
    3073 days ago
    Woo Hoo Penny!
    3073 days ago
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    You are a true inspiration Penny!!! Now I have NO excuses! If you can do it, so can I! Great idea about resetting the stages....I hadn't thought about that! I am following your lead girlfriend!!
    3073 days ago
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