I think Wednesday's will just be my day to post about exercise and dieting and healthy living and all the rage. Because last time I dieted it helped A LOT to be able to post about my thoughts and my progress her eon my blog, so I am going to do it like that again.
Having a C-Section really threw a damper on all of my weight loss plans. Without one, I could have been doing mild exercise 2 days after birth- or whenever I felt good. Call it selfish, but one of the main reasons I didn't want a c-section was because I wouldn't be able to loose weight as fast.
Don't worry- I look on the upside. If I hadn't had a c-section the chances of my little man surviving would have been VERY slim. I am so grateful for how quickly, and how well and cleanly the doctors acted. I am healthy and healing very well, and Logan was past birth weight at a week so we are VERY grateful for the operation.
Originally, I wanted to start my diet this week- weighing in on Monday April 4th. That way I would have had a week to recover and such. And I was planning on starting out slow, but I was definitely planning on jumping right into an exercise routine- no matter how small it may have been. However, now I am not allowed to do anything for 6 weeks. I can walk, but no resistance training which, because of where we live, means I can't stroller walk because I would have to push the stroller up a HUGE hill to get home. Also, I can't lift over ten pounds. Definitely throws a wrench into my plans.
BUT- I decided- there is no reason, even if I can't start exercising now, that I can't slowly start working my way into a healthy routine this week. Plus, one of things I loved most about Weight Watchers was how gradually it worked weight loss into your daily life so you never really had a problem doing it- and it stuck with you afterwards.
So I have written myself up a schedule. I am not going to officially weigh in or join weight watchers again until my 6 weeks are over because I know weight loss will be sporadic until then. (Getting rid of extra blood, breast feeding, loosing water weight etc. I'm loosing a pound a day right now which I know won't last so I am waiting for my weight to become more steady.)
But I have written myself a little plan to gradually work down the calorie amounts I am eating every day until I reach the one suggested for my current weight/ height/ activity level/ and what I want to get down too. (We are going for 130! And again, I am not going to announce how much I really need to loose to get there until 6 weeks are up and I am at a pretty steady spot.) I have also included gradually working up my exercise level. I can't walk with a stroller but I can strap Logan onto me with a carrier and get outside- especially now that its getting sunny- it will be so good to clear up that last bit of his jaundice.
The doctors say I NEED to walk- especially for me when I have had problems with blood clots in the past- waling will help get my blood going and moving. But, I don't want to over do it. So this week, I am trying for a ten minute walk every day (or most days really- I'm not subjecting my healing self of my newborn to rain or anything), and I will eventually add on five minutes each week until I am walking a half hour every day right around 6 weeks.
So- this is me saying this is the unofficial start of my "diet" :) I'm shooting for around 1,500 calories a day right now- and I am shooting for a ten minute walk every day. And that is how I will slowly work myself back into the groove of getting my body back. By doing something- but not too much.