Thursday, April 8, 2010
How I lost (and found) 120 lbs!
With my first child being a c-section, I was in recovery mode, read barely surviving for 18 months. I didn't run much until then. Having two more, a hospital VBAC with Nathan, and a HBAC at home with Ethan, certainly helped with the recovery and ease of weight redistribution. I figure with each one I'll get better at this. I'm still learning, but here's what I've learned thus far. I've learned to....
1.be educated. Avoid c-sections if at all possible for natural childbirth. We highly recommend the Bradley method and the midwifery model of care. Natural childbirth is the healthiest option for the whole family and makes losing the weight in a healthy way possible.
3.be motivated. A key for me has been to keep moving. This great piece of advice came from my lovely step-mother, who is mom to four rowdy boys.
4.be patient. Not measuring self-worth by numbers is challenging. Sucess as a parent is obedience to Christ, not the numbers on a voodoo scale that has been jumped on by my small people far too many times for it to be truly accurate (at least that's what I say!).
5. be realistic about caloric needs. Read this one as I ate enough to feed a small third-world nation when Andrea was little! I have since learned the value of raw, whole foods. Also cutting sugar out completely has been paramont. Amazing how fast I lost weight this time with Ethan on healthly food. And I feel stronger and weigh less than when I first started this journey. For a cookbook and thorough resource, I recommend Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions.