July 1, 2013


This has been a pretty good week. I'm trying to find my groove with everything, and things seemed to come together pretty well the past few days.

I still haven't been cleared to run yet - no fault of my own, I'm sure I've healed fine, but my midwife didn't have an open appointment until July, so my postpartum checkup is a few weeks overdue. I loved working with her, but the clinic where I saw her was endlessly frustrating like this. In the meantime, I am still trying to be active - Noah and I go for a walk almost every day, even if it's just a few laps around the block. I also reconnected the Wii Fit and have done that a few times.

In the meantime, I'm being diligent with calorie counting. I have been tracking on MyFitnessPal, aiming for 1650 calories a day. That gives me a few extra to play with since I'm breastfeeding and I know I would be unbearable at anything too much lower. Most days I finish with under 50 calories remaining, which is good - I feel satisfied, not starving or overly full at any point. A couple of days I've gone over, but nothing fatal - the other night, for example, I had a couple of snacks when Noah was up all night. Seriously, maybe an hour of sleep total, and it was 10 minutes here and there. The rest of the time, he was crying. A few people said it may be early teething or a growth spurt, but I'm more inclined to think the massive pile of broccoli I ate with dinner had something to do with it. Good for Mama, but not so great for Nono just yet. I'll have to experiment with eating a smaller amount and see if he's still affected by it. That night he nursed every 90 minutes to 2 hours, instead of his almost-clockwork-since-Day-1 routine of nursing around midnight, then 4 a.m., then 7 a.m. Paired with my lack of sleep, it made the scale jump up a bit, but it fell right back down the next day.

I'm getting better at dealing with seeing gains on the scale, especially in situations like this. I knew I had a rough night, and I didn't let it defeat me and snowball into something worse. That's an NSV, for sure. Another: after the Blackhawks victory parade this week, we went out to lunch with Matt's dad. Seeing that there were no even moderately healthy options, I just sipped at water and had my Lean Cuisine when I got home. I wasn't starving, so I was perfectly fine with waiting a bit and then eating something more in line with my goals.

I lost a few pounds this week, and am almost in a new "decade" of weight. Again, I don't have any specific deadlines for my goals, but I realized the other day that Matt's dad is getting remarried in two months. I'd love to be able to reclaim 100 pounds lost by then. As of this morning, this means I have 8 weeks to lose 16 pounds. That's entirely do-able.

Matt has been doing amazingly well with his weight loss, too. He had lost about 95 pounds before his paternity leave started; with all the visitors and the traveling, he put on about 20 pounds. He's down almost 10 so far! He runs a few times a week, and sometimes he will even do Wii Fit! Yesterday we went to the zoo together. It's still way too soon for Noah to comprehend the zoo, but it was nice to get some fresh air and a little light exercise. Plus, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free, which fits perfectly into our budget these days.

Speaking of which, I have a huge job interview tomorrow. Phone, not Skype, so I'm slightly less nervous, but still, it's got my stomach in a knot. I've been pretty quiet about it because I'm so anxious. I really want this job, though. I miss teaching so much, and the school is in a seemingly nice place - raising Noah there, at least for a few years, would be really nice. A much better life than I can offer him here, anyway. If it works out and I am offered the position, we will have to move pretty quickly - not quite the three days I had to leave for California, but still, with a baby and three people's belongings to move, it's going to be a much bigger challenge than last time. If I don't get an offer, I'm going to be upset, for sure, and I am trying to get a collection of ideas together of things to do instead of eating my feelings. I still have a few other active applications, but as the days go by, the move would become tougher and tougher, more and more last minute.

I miss Google Reader already. I switched to Feedly since it seemed like everyone else did and they were having a good experience, but so far, I like it considerably less. I'm sure it will grow on me, though - I didn't like Reader at first either.

How was your weekend? What are your goals for this week?


Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

I'll say some prayers that you get the job sooner than later! And if you ever need someone to talk you through anything, I'm around!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck on the job interview! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Unknown said...

Fingers crossed for your phone interview - good luck!

Alizey said...

It sounds like you are back on track! I love the positive attitude and the realistic expectations. As far as the job, the right one will work out for you. You have great work experience and a good head on your shoulders. Everything that is meant to happen will.

Taryn said...

Good luck on your job interview Mary. You are such an amazing human being and you are doing fantastically through this transitional period. I'm currently trying to get back on track as I am having my birth control removed on the 8th and will be trying to conceive. And it would be nice to be at a more healthy weight

timothy said...

sendin positive energy for prosperity your way! and glad you're staying focused but not driving yourself crazy over the diet/running.as for the 18 pounds I think you can definitely do it!

AlisonMK said...

Good luck with the job interview! I've never had a phone or Skype interview but I can only imagine that they're just as nerve-wracking as regular interviews - maybe even more so because you can't exactly smile your way out of a tough question. I'll bet Noah's hunger/fussiness was a combination of a growth spurt AND broccoli overload. At least broccoli is healthy - it's not like you drank too much beer or ate too much chocolate! And sipping on water after the Blackhawks rally is DEFINITELY a non-scale victory - at my house it's been non-stop party mode for the last few weeks - my husband is a rabid Hawks fan and I've just been along for the ride ... ;)

Amy said...

One step at a time! I think as long as we commit to a healthy lifestyle we're on the right path!!

I have been using Bloglovin' and I personally love it!

Katie said...

Fingers crossed for you and your interview.

I hear a lot of people like Bloglovin'. I just individually bookmarked all of my blogs into a folder on my toobar and open them one at a time - so many people had made it so that you had to go to their pages to read the full post that it was getting annoying at times anyway.

I've gone from size 24 to size 16 or 18 and only lost about 10 pounds, so I have no idea what is going on - prior to that I lost about 30 pounds and didn't lose any inches at all, so maybe it just took a REALLY long time to catch up.

I love Noah's nickname. That is so cute.