Update on Fitness plan… 10 days in, 10 pounds lost!
(2 posts in the same day, thanks the baby sling I am trying to use more, now that Babygirl has a teensy bit of head control and less risk of suffocating in it. I can type with her in the sling, even as she is fussling away!)
I had to step on my scale four or five times to make sure I was reading it correctly. Ten days after realizing I had gained way too much weight in 2 pregnancies, bringing my once distance-runner-fit body to a BMI of 30 (Hello! Obesity!), I immediately started the South Beach Diet and a (gentle) exercise plan. I am also breastfeeding, and not really sleeping. This combo has seemingly resulted in an amazing amount of initial weight loss!
I have worried about dieting while breastfeeding. Even though the South Beach Diet is high on protein, and I have modified it to also include good fruits as well as veggies, and I am drinking tons of fluids, I worried that my milk supply would diminish or become undesirable (lactic acid can be unpalatable to babies).
But my milk supply seems to be unchanged, and Babygirl, while she is not a terrific sleeper, has not changed either.
I do wonder, though. She is 5 weeks old now, and should be starting to sleep a bit longer between feeds. Maybe my milk supply is not satisfying enough for her, and she would otherwise be sleeping longer?
So I have offered bottles of formula here and there. She sometimes takes an ounce or two, but more often than not, it ends up back on my shirt. (She rarely spits up breastmilk, and then no more than a trickle. Formula almost always ends up all over the place. )
Most of the time when I offer her a bottle, she suckles on it, but doesn’t take any formula. So, I suspect she’s getting enough breastmilk.
As far as exercise, this mild winter has allowed for some long walks, and a few solo ‘jogs’, with core strengthing fitness videos here and there. Nothing extravagant. I try to DO something, every day. Fatigued, or not.
Perhaps the combination of no-to-low carbs, plus a modicum of exercise, and breastfeeding has allowed this amount of weight loss. Whatever it is, it is very encouraging! My big belly is a bit flatter and my face is less puffy.
10 down, 30 to go!