Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The long and the short (and the fat) of it

I've struggled with my weight for my whole life. I will continue to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life. I'm 5' 8", and I'm a sturdy girl. In answer to Yaya's question about my weight, I would say that if I lost maybe 20 pounds, I'd consider myself to be "thin." (Even 10 pounds would make a nice big difference.)

On the scale, I'm only six pounds heavier than when I conceived D. However, I haven't worked out as much as I used to before D was born, so in spite of only a six pound difference, there's probably at least a 10 pound "shift." (You know, muscle and fat and all that stuff that sucks to talk about.)

A lot of people who are trying to conceive struggle with their weight. There are a variety of reasons for this. For many people, the fertility drugs they're taking can cause weight gain. Let's face it: any time you add hormones, you're messing with a delicate balance! For some, like me, it's the stress of the process and the feeling of "well, I'm not pregnant, so why the hell shouldn't I eat ice cream and drink margaritas?" that really makes me gain weight.

So as I told you all after my doctor's appointment, I'm on a mission to lose a few pounds. How many pounds has yet to be determined, but I'd really like to firm things up and lose between 8 and 10 pounds, as a rough goal.

I started my mission last Wednesday. I worked out several times over the course of the week, ate very well, and actually spent a majority of Sunday doing major yard work, which I'll count as at least three hardcore workout sessions in a row. (8am - 3:30 pm with very few breaks.)

This morning I weighed in 3 pounds lighter. I'm kind of bummed. I was hoping for more, but I have to remind myself that 1.) This is not the Biggest Loser, and I'm not going to lose 10 pounds in a week, and 2.) This is real weight loss, not the kind where you know you had a light dinner the night before so you step on the scale in the morning and you're suddenly two pounds down.

When trying to conceive, we always worry that there's something more we could be doing - some small difference in our routines that will be the "change that we need" to get the positive pee stick. In the end, for me it's going to have to be about doing the best I can, and then letting the big guy in the sky do the rest of the work.

I don't think there's any "magic number" when it comes to losing "enough" weight (apparently especially important for those with PCOS,) but I'm of the mindset that every little bit helps, so here I go into week 2...


Carolyne said...

3lbs is great for a week! I struggle to shift 1!
Sounds like you're really going for it "hammer and tongs" (to coin an English phrase) so well done!

I have been nagged by my GP endless times to shift some weight as it'll help conception but each time I hear those words I walk out of his office grumbling and then I'll see 2-3 new mothers who it must be said are larger than me and I'm a curvy girl, a US 14.
If they can have it all, why can't I eh?
Keep up the fab work xx

Stacie said...

Congrats on the 3 lbs. lost in one week. I think that is a healthy rate to lose weight.

I often use vigorous yard work as my 'get exercise' method.

Christa said...

Wow 3 lbs way to go. Crap...I'm stoked if I lose a pound! I'm right with you on the weight loss train...woot woot! I'll keep you updated on my progress. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

3 lb is very good for one week, I think. Good luck with your exercise program! If nothing else, it will make you feel healthier.