Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Motivation comes in all forms. For me, it takes the shape of a shoe ...

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I'm tired of all this baby weight. One of the lovely side effects of developing preeclampsia, you know, besides delivering a baby 11 weeks prematurely, is sudden weight gain. I thought that by nursing Beatrice Kate, most of the weight would fall right off. Every other mother on the planet seems to boast about how fabulous nursing is for post-baby weight loss. Like so many other things, I am the only exception to the rule. Nursing just makes me that much more hungry and seems to keep weight on. It also doesn't help that we're quarantined this winter, making us unable to attend baby-and-mommy workout classes right now.

Of course, the benefits of breastfeeding for Beatrice Kate far outweigh any whining and complaining that it may cause for me. I firmly believe that breastmilk contributed to a large portion of Beatrice Kate's health and success in the NICU. It helped her fight off infection, protected her intestines from developing NEC and some day, I hope it will show an increase in IQ! So we're sticking with it until she decides to wean herself.

But really, enough is enough for me. I'm sick of being overweight and ready to really, honestly make a change for the better. Casey and I have already started taking steps towards improvement with our diet. We've been on and off the F-Factor Diet for sometime now; but really rededicated ourselves to it's complete lifestyle change at the start of 2011. Over the past week, we've nearly gotten off all the weight we put on gorging ourselves over the holidays. We're on track for success!

So, in addition to the motivation of being able to fit into my "pre-maternity clothes" that have been stashed away in my attic since I found out I was pregnant, I decided to give myself a little extra motivation. This motivation is taking the shape of shoes. This shouldn't be a surprise to those who really know me. I LOVE SHOES. When I was a member of the working class, I loved to find new, interesting and ridiculous high heels- even for my labcoat wearing days. I'm sure I have at least 20 pairs of heels.

This time my energy is focused on one brand- Toms. If you're unfamiliar with this brand of shoes, here's what you need to know: 1) They're super neat. 2) They're made of canvas, sequins and other fun things 3) For every pair of shoes purchased, the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need.

See, it's not entirely selfish motivation. I'm doing good somewhere else in the world by shedding pounds and buying a pair of corduroy shoes.

The challenge though is that I am a self-admitted sweet-aholic. I cannot stop myself around cakes, cookies, candies, anything sweet. If given the choice between wooden teeth and no sweet, I would choose to go George Washington just to be able to eat candy. It's that bad. I'm the cookie equivalant to a crack addict. I don't just stop with one- I'll eat an entire package.

And it's not just me. Casey is the same way (although, he can just think about losing weight and he's back on track). So, we've stopped buying unhealthy things (even if I have a coupon and they're on sale). I don't even bring it into the house anymore.

So, over the next few weeks and months, I'm asking you to help keep me honest. I'll blog occasionally about our struggles and success with our weight. My goal is to lose about 10-15 pounds by Easter. We're planning a trip to visit my aunt in DC sometime in the spring, maybe around May, and I hope to be able to wear my new shoes for touring then!

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