The Weight Issue and Baby’s First Hike!

by Esther on Tue, Jul 6th, 2010

in Baby,Baby Gear,Challenges,Documentation,Month 2,Parenthood

So.  I want to lose 10 pounds of baby weight by the end of the summer.

I kept in pretty good shape through my pregnancy!  I did yoga very regularly and walked everywhere.  My eating habits are pretty darn good, too.   But, still, I gained 35 pounds.  2o of that came off right away, and then 5 more were sweat into the bed in the first week or two after his birth.  That was great!  I had never undergone such a physical change so quickly.  There were days when I looked into the mirror and said things like, “I can’t believe I EVER thought I needed to lose a single pound before pregnancy!”  After all those weeks of growing bigger and BIGGER, I felt so tiny in those first weeks after labor and delivery.

That said, my skinny feelings are over.  Like, really over.  Nothing fits.  I have a closet full of pretty dresses that won’t zip over my anything.  I have a shelf full of size 28 jeans that can barely fit around my ample thighs.  It’s not horrible.  It’s not earth-shattering.  It’s certainly not a deep and meaty thing to talk about… but it I do feel a little disheartened.

I am stoked to be a mom, but I want to be a hot mom!  I want to be a mom with something that resembles my old body.  I realize that I’ll have a little bit of extra that requires me to wear my Spanks a little more often, but I at least want my dresses to zip.

SO!  With all of this in mind, I have eaten my last almond croissant for a while and I am getting down to business with proper eating.  I’m sure that I’ll feel like eating the floor often enough, and I’m also sure that I’ll let myself eat the floor since I am breast-feeding a boy who is above the 95th percentile for size… but the floor had better be made of whole grains, veggies, and lean proteins.  No more fish and chips from Ivar’s, no more sneaking cookies, and no more rationalizing french toast for breakfast.

I am also glad to have the green light to work out to my heart’s content again.  Mind you, my heart’s content isn’t all that much… it’s usually just enough.

To help my workouts, I have made a promise to myself to be more outdoorsy. We live in the Pacific Northwest, and this is absolutely stunning country.  When I moved here, it was my intention to get more in touch with my love of nature.  I had lost touch with the land after all of those years living in New York City!  It can’t be helped!  So I figured I’d get back in touch with mother nature in the Olympics and the Cascades, no problem.  Yet, I’ve been here for two and a half years now and have only been on ONE single hike.  It’s just hard to get moving in the great outdoors when you’re a total downtown dweller with no car.

I vocalized all of this to a friend recently, and she let me know that she too needs to be more outdoorsy!  AND!  She actually has a car.

We made a date to head out to our first hike today with another girlfriend in tow!  It wasn’t a huge hike, but it was still a pretty impressive feat for our first time out.  We hiked the trail to Rattlesnake Ledge, which is 4 miles, roundtrip, and about a 1200 foot elevation gain.

Axelrod rode in his Ergo carrier, which is so perfect for longer walks.  He fared pretty well!  I had to stop in the middle of the climb to nurse him.  Once we got to the summit point, I changed him like a big brave hippie with all of these totally stunning views around us.  Then, he lay there on the rock with us, wide eyed.  He really loves being outside in the sunshine!  He gets so alert and I wonder just what he can see out there.  He always cries when I pick him up to move to our next destination.  I love that he can sit still and enjoy himself so much, and don’t take a moment of that peace for granted.

On the way down the mountain, he got a little difficult and I figured out how to nurse him in his Ergo while hiking down the mountain.  I felt very proud of myself, like the La Leche League should give me a special advanced nursing badge or something.  And now?  I guess I’m fully a PNW mom.

I did learn a few things for our next hike.  Like!?  Maybe I should have had pants and booties on the baby to keep his little legs and feet away from all of those mosquitos.  And maybe I should have brought a banana with me, because I sure wanted one.  Maybe I should have brought a little pad for him to lay on (though laying on the Ergo seemed to make him happy enough).  But we did a pretty good job, and boy am I ever tired tonight.

And, all that diet talk aside… and I totally ordered a beer when we went out for lunch after our hike.  Gosh, was it ever deeeelicious.

Burping on the trail

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 marissa Wed, Jul 7th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

it doesn’t sound like you need it, but weight watchers online helped me to lose 35 after-baby lbs. if you have trouble with your last 10, you should check it out. it’s not gimmicky, it’s basically just portion control made dummy-proof. :)

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2 Esther Sun, Jul 11th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I’m going to try to do this by just working out and trying to watch my intake. Probably, though, I’ll have to turn to counting eventually. I usually use an online calorie counter (like myfooddiary.com) or the Lose It iPhone app… but I’m hoping to just wing it since I’m breast feeding. We’ll see. Honestly I’ve never lost weight by just winging it before….

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3 Ashley Thu, Jul 8th, 2010 at 6:26 am

I just stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and I love it. My husband and I just started trying to “make a baby” and it’s hard to find good resources to help me know what it will be like being pregnant, having a baby, and then taking care of it…but your blog is awesome! I love how you’re just honest and say what’s really going on. Those pregnancy books are either make it dooms-day-like, or sugar coat it, not to mention they leave out all the important details…like what it’s like trying to lose the baby weight or the challenges of breastfeeding.

Your an awesome role-model and I appreciate your honesty! P.S. loved your birth story, we’re hoping for a hypno/home birth as well and it was great to hear how your’s went! Your little guy is adorable! Thanks again for all the info! ( :

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4 Esther Sun, Jul 11th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Thank you so much! Comments like this keep this blog going.

Good luck trying to conceive! Hopefully you’ll get a warm welcome to crazytown soon!

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