Time has, yet again, flown by! My little buddy is 9 months old and I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! He is approaching 25 pounds, wearing 12-18 month clothes, and just started crawling!
We also have some very exciting “non-baby” news too…my husband just got a new job and we will be moving to a town about an hour outside of Chicago!
So with all the craziness that comes with a cross-country move, I have decided that this will be my final postpartum update. It has been a fun ride and I’m really pleased with the changes that this commitment has brought…I am not where I wanted to be some areas but well beyond my goals in others!
I am currently at about the same place as I was during the last update but that is actually an improvement!
About 2 months ago I began getting suspicious that I was losing my milk supply so I searched the internet over for food suggestions that could possibly help and added every single one into my diet. I also increased my portions a bit because I wanted to make sure that if I did lose my supply it wouldn’t be because I was too focused on weight loss.
After a couple discouraging visits to the scale, I put it away so that I could focus on producing food for my baby. Unfortunately, I still noticed the same symptoms that made me concerned in the first place and about a month ago I took Daniel in for a weight check and he was indeed losing. So we immediately switched to formula and he has gained several pounds since then.
At this point I brought the scale back out and found out that I had gained back 8 pounds! 🙁 But after trying to adjust my portion sizes for one (after being pregnant or nursing for almost 3 years) I have gotten back to the weight I was before.
I haven’t moved much since then and, although it is frustrating, I know why I am having trouble and am giving grace for this temporary learning time…I’ll tell you about it in the next section.
Even through the nursing episode I have never stopped eating healthy and sticking mostly to the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
But I have been learning a lot about healthy eating and gut healing (as I mentioned in this previous post). There are MANY cooking and food prep skills that I am striving to learn that will be better for my family’s gut and easier on their digestion. I have mentioned this before but I am actually taking a course from Traditional Cooking School right now that is helping me to understand the gut and how to prepare food for it.
The first skill that we conquered was bone broth (I will discuss more in a future post) and now I am focusing on mastering sourdough baking. I have a fairly mature starter that I started from scratch and have successfully made tortillas, English muffins, muffins, cookies, cakes, pancakes, crackers, and brownies; and all of these with natural ingredients (including sweeteners)!
Although all of these wonderful sourdough products are very healthy for my family, having too much isn’t very beneficial for weight loss But this is another reason I am stopping this commitment for a bit: I believe mastering these skills for the benefit of my family’s future and health is worth focusing on right now.
Once I have a truly successful loaf of sourdough bread, I will back off on it a bit, focus on the next skill in Traditional Cooking School, and hopefully the weight loss will pick back up.
In addition to the Trim Healthy Mama Workins DVDs that I mentioned last time, I have started doing arm strengthening workouts (on YouTube) twice a week. The Workins DVDs are absolutely wonderful but they do seem to focus more on the lower body since that is the area that grows and delivers babies and then has to recover before doing it again.
I felt like I was in pretty good shape before these workouts but I have truly noticed a difference in my ability to do certain tasks, my energy level throughout the day, and the way my clothes fit me (even if the scale isn’t moving)!
Overall, I still have some weight to lose and lots to learn about my family’s health but I’m excited about where I am and VERY excited about where we are headed!
Thank you so much for supporting me in this journey!