(Closed) Pre-conception appt, maternal obesity, and back away from the fench fries :-)

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just wanted to say that I love LoseIt!  When I make progress losing weight, it’s with that or something similar (although I do love to be able to scan my food – soooo much easier to enter).  Also, I would put in what I planned to eat before a meal, to see what the counts were and then adjust if I varied.  It kept the unpleasant (OMG, I ate that many calories for lunch?!) moments to a minimum.

Good luck!  I’m in a similar spot, but complicating health and family issues mean TTC is off the table for a while.  Just keep up those baby steps and those lbs will be gone before you know it. πŸ™‚

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@H2MrsDj: Hi there, just wanted to wish you luck! I think its amazing that you are going to do this to TTC. What fantastic motivation! I have a BMI of 23 and am trying to eat more healthy as we are TTC. One idea I found very useful was to download meal plans for the 1st trimester so basically I am eating everything that I should be when (and if I were pregnant). I know that with morning sickness it probably wont be possible but these meal plans are really helping me stick to healthy things πŸ™‚ 

Good Luck!  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can do this!  Congrats on TTC!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Good luck!  I highly recommend aiming for 5-7 veggies a day.  This makes meal planning a lot easier, introduces whole foods (not processed) and helps fill you up.  There are probably a lot of veggies you can eat plain or raw–if you have a farmer’s market try buying there as they taste so much better.  That also gives you a good goal that is simpler to meet for those days that you just can’t swing eating on plan.

If you eat a lot of processed food it can take your taste buds some time to adjust.  

If you have never cooked much, I really like the book Why French Women Don’t Get Fat for the simple reason that her recipes usually only have a few ingredients and are simple to make.  Check it out from the library. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Good luck to you!!! I’m also trying to loose weight for TTC. We started TTC last year in September, but I quickly realized my weight may be hindering us getting pregnant. Since April I have lost 33 lbs! So, it CAN be done! My gyn has never told me I needed to loose weight, but only told me it would be helpful in getting pregnant to loose 20% of my weight. My GP told me he wanted to see me down to at least 180, I’m 5’2. So yes, I will still be over weight, but he feels that’s a more realistic goal for me as I’ve NEVER been that small. Right now I’ve reached my “average” weight so I know it’s only going to get harder to loose now – But I know I need to start excersising more. So that should help. I have about 40 more lbs to go to hit that mark. Best wishes to you. Hope those lbs just melt off. : )

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Good luck, I am sure you will do great. Exercise and healthy eating is important for anyone of any size. and congratulations on the ttc.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I want to say congratulations on taking the steps to becoming a healthier you!  Your future babies will thank you πŸ™‚

I have been in your shoes and done it.  I lost 100 lbs and am now 7 months pregnant with my first baby.

Here is how I did it:

1. Eat more food (quality food) overall. Wich means, more often but in less amount each time.  I found that whenever I tried to diet/limit food intake it just wouldn’t work.  Keeping blood sugar and metabolism steady is the key.

2. Focus on (lean) proteins.  Chicken, turkey, lunch meats, low fat cheeses, and Greek yogurt (non fat, plain) are great choices and you can make a lot of meals out of them.

3. When you get a sugar craving, have fruit instead.  Try to limit yourself to 3-4 fruit a day and choose lower glycemic fruits.

4. Exercise regularly, but do something fun.  If walking on a treadmill is boring to you, find something else.  Try biking, swimming, geocaching, or other creative ways to work out and feel good.

5. Limit pastas, breads, cereals, and other straight up starchy foods. Switch to green, yellow, and dark green vegetables. Try kale or something instead of pasta, it’s yummy.

6. Don’t stress out.  If you HAVE to have a piece of cake because you just can’t stop thinking about it, have a small piece.  Enjoy the food and move on.  Do not feel guilty about what you ate or stressed. Having a good positive emotional state will help you immensely in losing weight.

7. Cut out all soda and sugary juice drinks.  Water, powerade (light), etc are your new best friends.  Keeping super hydrated can help you lose weight almost immediately (you flush your water weight). Also limit alcohol to very littler or none.

8. Don’t just look at pounds.  Everyone loses weight differently.  Some people will lose pounds, but some will lose inches first.  I’d take measurements of my bicep, chest, shoulders, neck, quad, stomach(natural), hips, and anything else you want.  Remeasure every 2 to 4 weeks to see any changes.  Also take note of how your clothing fits.  Don’t stress about the scale, and try to weigh no more than twice a week (at the same time of day).

9. Have friends or your husband on board with you.  Do not have anyone be your “keeper” but ask them to make healthier choices with you or exercise with you.  Do not hang out with people who will say things like “you are eating that? isn’t that too fatty” or “can’t you just break your eating plan for this weekend?”  You want people who love you and who will be positive for you.  You can still go out to eat with them and have fun, just make good choices.

10. Reward yourself! Just make sure it’s not with food.  Set an attainable goal and when you reach it, do something nice for yourself.  Maybe it’s putting $10 a week towards a vacation fund.  Or maybe it’s getting that new purse you have wanted forever when you lose xx inches.  Or maybe it’s that you get to take a day off from household chores and just have you time.  Whatever it is, it’s really important to keep the goal setting going and the positive energy flowing.

Best of luck and if I can be of any help at all, please let me know!  I’ve got recipes, workout ideas, and lots of other fun stuff.  Always willing to help someone in need.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Good luck!  My suggestion – take your measurements!  Its so much more satisfying to see inches go down than watch the scale stay the same when you hit a weight plateau!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Thanks for the great information, and posting it for all of us. Perhaps you can start a support forum for other ladies in your position? Keep eachother mutually motivated for that little bundle? 

Good luck to you! Laughing

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

First of all, you can do it!!! Make changes that you like, so you can keep up with them.  What kind of fast food do you eat at work?  What is the easiest way to avoid doing that?

Think about all the food choices you make every day, and change each one that doesn’t help you be at a healthy weight.

 

What is your current exercise routine?

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oooh, and also eat slowly.  Like, wicked slowly.  Make that delicious food last longer, and give your stomach time to digest it.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Weve talked about TTC to my naturopath and ya loosing weight is one of the many ways I need to get helthy especially since we want a home birth. My weight is mostly due to food intollerance so Im back on my diet and the goal is 25 pounds by thanksgiving (october in Canada).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are losing weight (more for me!) to TTC in May.  I have lost 6.5 lbs in two weeks–my next weigh day is Monday–using the My Fitness Pal app.  We are much more motivated to lose now that we are thinking about a LO.  Welcome to the club!  πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

@Schatzie821:  This is such great advice! I lost 45 pounds last year, and ended up doing many of these things in order to keep the weight loss going. Sadly, I had some major life events over the Spring/Summer and re-gained about 10 pounds. As of 2 weeks ago (joining the BEEgest Loser challenge), I’ve re-lost 5 pounds. Yay!

A few additional suggestions: you don’t have to make all your changes at once. For example, I’m still drinking diet soda (1 can/day max) – the carbonation and flavor helps me feel satisfied with a smaller portion of food at lunchtime, so it’s a habit that I’m comfortable keeping a little longer to help my weight loss journey. I’m planning on giving it up eventually, but it’s not my top priority yet!

You might want to try the free website sparkpeople.com  – it’s fantastic!

Also, I totally second the idea of rewarding yourself. I buy myself something useful at ever 5-pound milestone – things like a new set of measuring cups, a cute cheap camera case, etc. Some of my rewards have been bigger – like a groupon for laser hair removal, or a new haircut/color!

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