Monday, July 26, 2010

Week 1 Update

So, here I am, faithfully posting my weekly weight loss update. I'm only down about 1/2 a pound, but I think there is bloating to blame for that. I wasn't perfect in my eating this week, but I'm doing better, little by little. I've starting tracking my eating on livestrong.com and it helps to have to write everything down. I worked out 3 times last week, and am off to a good start this week with 25 minutes of cardio and an ab video. I officially started doing to couch to 5k program this morning to train for the Wasatch Woman 5k in October. I ran it last year and loved the energy of all of those women running together, so I'm determined to do it again, and do it better! We bought me an early birthday present of a treadmill a couple days ago, so now I can really get training! So far Ryan is winning the weight loss challenge, but only by a little bit, I'm gonna overtake him this week!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Accountability

So, its no secret that losing baby weight is hard, for most of us anyway. And this time has definitely been a struggle for me. I was counting on nursing to help me, but nada, I've been stuck since Kate was about 3 weeks old. Then I was counting on not nursing to help, although I'm still in the weaning process, so far I've GAINED about 4 pounds. So yeah, time for me to work at it. So, in order to feel like I'm accountable to someone, I plan on posing weekly updates on how my weight loss and exercise are going. Cheer me on people, will power is NOT my middle name, so I'm gonna need some help. Know that I plan on being sensible and allowing myself to cheat occasionally so as not to lose my mind! Ryan and I are planning to put some sort of wager on our weight loss goals so we can use our natural competitiveness to help us along too. So, here is to week 1, day 1! So far so good, got in about 20 minutes of elliptical and a few weights, and haven't eaten anything too glutinous yet. :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Bottle Battle

Feeding Kate has always been an interesting thing. From the beginning she was a great nurser, lots better than my other kids ever were. I prayed and prayed while I was pregnant that I would be able to nurse her, and I was thrilled that I could. But, she was a terrible sleeper, and partly because she was horribly gassy. The doctor suggested that I go off dairy for a while to see if that helped, and it did, almost immediately, but I felt tortured. I had no idea how much dairy I used to eat on a daily basis! Seriously, I could not figure out what to eat! Also, from the time Kate was a week or two old we had given her a bottle every day or so because I can't handle the pressure of a baby that doesn't take a bottle, and she did great...until we got lazy and weren't giving her bottles regularly, then she decided she would not take one, no way, no how! So, a small fortune and lots of time later we found a bottle she would take, but only if we gave it to her really often. So I started pumping every chance I got to keep up with her, and tried a few formulas. We thought soy would work being that she doesn't like dairy, but she threw it up, and threw it up...so we moved on to the lactose free formula and that seemed to do the trick (and cost a fortune). By this point I was wondering if it was all worth it. Pumping is hard when you have three kids and you still have to feed the baby, so time consuming. I agonized and fretted about what to do, go back to nursing exclusively and deal with a baby that won't take a bottle, or give up nursing and let her have the bottle. I really struggled. I changed my mind daily, if not hourly. Kate is most likely our last baby and I just didn't want to give up on nursing when this is the first time I've really been able to enjoy it, but it seemed I couldn't have it both ways. I finally decided I would pump as much as I could and bottle feed during the day, supplementing as needed, and breastfeed at night as long as my supply would hold out, since I obviously wouldn't be pumping every 3 hours. I finally decided a couple days ago that I just needed to make a clean break and switch to complete bottle feeding. But, of course, the first day I made that decision I was an emotional wreck. I was teary all day. I nursed her that night to go to bed and was heart broken and questioned my decision all over again. But, after another day of agonizing I've decided I really just need to wean or I will torture myself with this decision for months and end up making myself miserable. So, I'm slowly weaning so she'll still get some breast milk for a while, and I still plan to nurse her at night if I have anything for her for a few more days, but I've had to just bite the bullet. I, of course, keep asking myself if I'm doing it for selfish reasons, this has truly been hard on me. My other kids were exclusively bottle fed by six weeks, so you'd think I could handle this decision. She actually seems to be thriving on formula, she's really chunked up the past couple of weeks and is happy and sleeping a little better, so I need to just take a deep breath and know that this is the right thing to do. Why are decisions so hard! I just want to do what's best for her and for me...

Anyway, decision made. I'm dealing. And I'm looking forward to a boat of alfredo sauce and a gallon of ice cream. Thank you very much.

Just pictures

Just some cute pictures I had to share! I must say, I have some cute kids! Some days I just have to remind myself that every other minute or so...








Larson Cup 2010!

So, as I've mentioned in the past, every year my mom's side of the family does a triathlon. It has come to be one of my favorite things. I look forward to it every year. Its a super fun and healthy tradition! This year we created our own triathlon instead of paying to participate in a different one. I designed the tshirts and I did a relay with Ryan and my brother-in-law Alan, I just wasn't ready to try the whole thing just yet this close to my c-section, but next year, watch out! I was proud of myself though, after very little practice I was still able to complete the 500 meter swim in just under 10 minutes. Its not lightning speed, but I was sure I would be at least 12 minutes this year, so I was extremely happy with my time. I don't have any pictures from my portion, cause I was a litte busy in the pool, and you don't want to see this post pregnancy body in a swimsuit, trust me, but enjoy some pictures of the other competitors!

http://picasaweb.google.com/diaowe/LarsonCup2010

Carnival!











Riverton city has a carnival ever year around the 4th of July holiday. This is the second year in a row we have gone, and I love it! I get all nostaligic when I go to things like that because I used to go to a lot of fairs and stuff like that with my dad when I was growing up. Ryan isn't a huge fan of these kind of events, but he's a good sport and goes with me! This year my brother Dion and his family met us there for some of the fun.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Eat, eat, eat!


Kate had he first taste of solid food! She actually seems to like it quite a bit. I didn't think she'd go for it, being the picky child that she is, but so far, so good. She also rolled over for the first time a couple weeks ago, its that time for big changes!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July! (Okay, make that happy 3rd of July)






Red, White and Blue eyes!


From our adorable family!

Friday, July 2, 2010

R.I.P.


We'll miss you Bubbles...