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Well, Ellington, our newborn daughter is now 4 days old!! She’s doing so amazingly well and Cindy is doing great too. I thought it might be more difficult to stick to the diet program around the birth, but it wasn’t bad at all. We stocked up on fruits and veggies and more salad items. That way after Cindy had Ellington on Saturday, I’ve had plenty of things to snack on and fix for meals ever since. Even with people bringing meals over for Cindy, I’ve got the salads to stick with to keep me satisfied.
So I weighed in this week and I’m at 198 pounds! I lost 2 more pounds to get below 200 pounds for the first time in years. That puts me at a total weight loss of 27 pounds so far. Even better than that, I’ve lost 5% body fat during this time too. You’ve heard the statistic that every pound of fat requires and additional mile of blood vessels? The extra fat puts a huge strain on your circulatory system, but also effects your hormone levels dramatically as well. Fat is an estrogen dominant tissue. The more fat you have, the more estrogen you release….men or women either way. So if you’re a woman and you’re estrogen dominant, you will build up more fat tissue to store the estrogen. But the negative cycle is that the fat releases MORE estrogen so you just keep building up more and more and more of the hormone in your system. Same goes for guys but usually in reverse. Guys usually gain weight and put on fat and that creates an estrogen problem instead of an estrogen dominance issue creating a fat issue. That’s one other reason why I’m enjoying working out so much. When you have more fat tissue we said a minute ago that your estrogen levels are a lot higher. You need testosterone in order to get better results working out and to have the drive and motivation to continue with it. The more estrogen in your system (either from hormone imbalance or from stress or from being overweight) the less testosterone so working out is a total drag mentally. Not to mention it hurts because you’re overweight, and it’s really really hard because you can’t breath as good or move like you should at all. I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve started running 2-3 days a week. Nothing major, just 1.5-2 miles each time, but for me that’s a huge amount. I never enjoyed running at all until now. Now that I’ve lost this weight and been doing some circuit training, the running is totally fun and enjoyable!
My family (mom, dad and grandma) have been in town for a couple days helping us out with Harper and Ellie as we transition into our new role as parents of 2. They’ve been shocked at how much less I eat at each meal than I used to. I’ve probably heard 10 times, “That’s all you’re going to eat?” or “You’re already full?” LOL. But it is so true that your body really realizes better when it is full eating “real” food than when you’re eating processed foods. I eat one good helping of salad with a side of lentils or whatever cooked (today it was a few brussel sprouts) and I’m good to go. Eating raw fruits and vegetables really helps to balance your blood sugar and utilizes your neurotransmitters (signals) in your digestive tract to appropriately tell your body when enough is enough. Cooked, dead food, or processed foods don’t allow your body to realize when you’ve had enough food and you’ll consistently eat too much, leading to weight gain.
Alrighty, I’ve got to get back to my kids PLURAL!! Ha ha!! So much fun. Love you guys and will post a “What am I going to do now?” blog in a few days. So stay tuned!
So I told you how shocked I was that she made it past our due date at all with how much activity she was having all the time. I had jokingly said right after we found out we were pregnant months ago and knew when our official guess date was that it would be awesome to have a baby on your birthday. Well, my birthday is December 25th. Cindy laughed it off and said something about if we held true to what happened with Harper we would be right on it (we went 4 days over with Harper).
So Friday (December 24th) comes around and still no real activity (I was waking up every morning actually disappointed to have gotten a full nights sleep!). So since she was feeling so good we went and ran errands and went to the grocery store with Christy Martin (dear friend and assistant midwife at Ellington’s birth). While we were at the store Cindy had to stop in the isle a couple times because of more intense contractions so I knew in my heart something was up. She didn’t say anything about it though so we got more stuff done and the house and then put Harper down for bed. We’ve been staying up later recently so we were both up working on different things that night when one of Cindy’s other good friends came over to get a suitcase for her daughter she had bought and had dropped off at our house. She stayed and talked for a few minutes and then headed home.
After the morning and day that we’ve had there are really only 2 things to say: “God, you are sooo faithful!!” and “WOW!!”. I don’t even know where to begin with this experience so I guess the best thing to do is start with our last birth.
Our birth with Harper was long and tough. Cindy labored with him for a total of 18 hours and 3 of those were pushing. We learned so much through his birth though. God showed us that the ONLY thing we had to lean on was Him and His strength. We were pretty over-confident going into the birth really. Working with so many pregnant moms all day every day and with Cindy being a midwife, we really acted like we had this thing licked…boy were we wrong! But I’ll never forget when, at 17 hours of labor, Cindy stood straight up in the birthing tub we had erected in our sun room at our house and out loud said, “Lord, I’m done fighting you on this. I give up control of this situation….I just want to have a baby.” And then BAM! From that point on, she was a different woman in that tub and roughly an hour later we had Harper.
We’re getting so much closer to Christmas, but that means we’re also getting closer to New Year’s, which is a common time of the year when people make some sore of resolution which usually has to do with their health or weight. These Food Rules are going to come in handy when you’re trying to navigate the world of food on your search for a smaller waistline or a lower blood pressure. Let’s keep going!
Rule #8: Avoid food products that make health claims.
Normally, the only foods that are going to have health claims are produce by larger companies who have the money to obtain FDA clearance. These foods are products of food science experiments and are highly processed. You don’t see broccoli or carrots or apples boasting their health claims from the fresh produce section of the supermarket! Many times the claims made by these companies are based on bad science or semantics in their processing. So beware!