Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Snarky Sign in My Body's Office

I'm sure you've seen those slightly snarky and oh-so-true signs in many offices.

They read like this:

  • Fast
  • Good
  • Cheap
Pick two.
Well, if my body had an office, its sign would read like this:

  • Run 7-12 miles per week.
  • Make enough milk to breastfeed.
  • Lose weight.
Pick two.

Right now I'm going with the first two.

With all of this running, I've expected this baby weight to just fall off. No such luck. I'm still holding steady at 160, about 20 pounds above my pre-baby weight. When I've both run and cut calories in an effort to lose weight, my milk supply has diminished and made breastfeeding difficult. And Peanut's too little to be dieting.


I'm not complaining, really, because Hello, Heather! Your body can run 7-12 miles per week! You're successfully breastfeeding your fifth gorgeous child! Nothing to complain about there.

Mostly, I'm just finding it interesting. I've always had difficulty losing weight while breastfeeding, at least for the first year when my babies get most of their nourishment from me. This isn't new. But, the running is new and I thought it might make a difference. Nope.

And can I just say that the running is rocking? 4.31 miles today in 55 minutes.

I just love endorphins.


Emnacnud said...

that is nice to hear, i have the same problem, I was sure I would see some change, but no. no weight off, but I ran 1/2 marathon and still am breastfeeding so yeah pick 2.

Emily said...

YOU are rocking the running! Way to go, girl!

sara said...

I have never had problems losing weight before. It came off pretty consistently even though it was slow. I didn't mind as long as I still felt strong. I don't feel strong. I am tired and sore and I can't run or fit into my clothes. I am not losing weight - in fact I have gained since having this baby. I weigh 20lbs more than I did the day I gave birth to my first kid. I am sad.

Gina said...

I am impressed! No wonder you glow like you do!

Kara said...

I have often said I'm really good at maintaining a weight, but have no idea how to loose weight. Wouldn't be a problem except for pregnancy weight gain. The kids are worth it though. I am way impressed with your running!

Jeff and Jessie said...

I am proud of all that running-and jealous too!
It is good you keep things in perspective-sometimes we think our bodies should weigh a certain number, but if you are doing all you can, it will stay where it wants to. and where is healthy for you.

Ben and Teri said...

You are so amazing! You are a total inspiration to me to do better in all areas of my life.