I had two big, beautiful boys for my friends a little over four weeks ago. They are happy and healthy and thriving with their daddies. One weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and the other 6 pounds 11 ounces! I gained 18 bazillion pounds in order to provide them with the best possible start in life. My biggest pregnancy struggle was letting myself gain weight and trying not to feel awful about it.
Now I know for some women, the baby weight just “falls right off” after giving birth. I am not one of those women. Extra weight sticks to me like…well, a bunch of fat. I was going to come up with a humorous metaphor but my brain is coated with an extra layer of fat and I can’t think of anything.
I’m exhausted! I’m still huge! And I can’t do anything about it yet! I can’t exercise yet because of c-section surgery, and I’m not supposed to try to lose weight yet per my doctor. However, I feel like crap and really want to start low carbing again to try to feel better. If my doctor gives me the go-ahead, I’m going to start July 15, six weeks post-twins.
I’ll weigh in that morning and start on a two-week Induction phase. For those of you uninitiated into the Atkins world, Induction is a severe limiting of carbs to jump-start weight loss. I love it. It’s such a huge motivator and confidence booster to lose a few pounds right away. Also, for me, it’s a chance to acclimate my taste buds to not expect sugar. By the end of the two weeks, carb cravings are generally nonexistent for me.
So Monday, July 15, is my start date. Who’s with me? I’ll post my new weight loss chart that day. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any questions about Induction or carrying healthy, happy twins for friends…I’m pretty good at both!
Yesterday was 20 weeks pregnant with the twins. That’s more than halfway, since they won’t let me go more than 38 weeks. Last week the dads came for an ultrasound, and we found out that both babies are boys! The dads are pretty excited, though I also think the reality of having two babies at once is setting in for them.
I look as if I’m 7 months pregnant, maybe more. I actually have gained EXACTLY enough weight for the twins. It’s a lot, but I’m shocked I haven’t gained more. I am still focusing on eating mostly healthy, organic, grassfed, real food. In fact, I bought two tiny grassfed sirloin steaks for myself to cook in the next day or two. Does anyone have any cooking ideas? I’ve never made sirloin before. I’ll probably just salt, oil, and sear it, then top with a bit of pepper and butter at the end.
Well, folks…as a few of you know, I’m 13 weeks pregnant with twins. Don’t worry, they’re not mine! I’m having them for good friends of mine, and they’re genetically unrelated to me. Now that we got that out of the way, second major reveal: I’m eating carbs!
Unlike my first pregnancy, this one has left me feeling generally unwell and unable to eat much. Unfortunately, with twins, I am supposed to be eating 3500 calories per day. Yes, you read that right. Even using butter, full-fat meats and dairy, that’s impossible for me without adding in some carbs. I’ve even had to resort to Saltines when I couldn’t stomach anything else. The horror!
I’m still attempting to eat organic when I can, low carb when I can, but my first priority has to be for the twins’ health. If that means I have to suck down the Frankendrink Ensure with High Protein to get enough calories, so be it. I’m hoping once I feel a little better I’ll be able to stomach healthier foods. Even my awesome low carb shake turns my stomach right now! Boo!
If anyone out there has been in a similar situation, I’d love to hear from you.
PS–I thought about posting my weigh-in but I would probably cry. I actually haven’t gained much yet, but even as someone overweight to begin with, I’m supposed to gain 31-40 pounds for the twins. Whoa.
A few years ago, I purchased some dry measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons from Oxo. They are plastic and nothing sticks to them. My only issue is the measurements rubbed off of my most-used cups and spoons, so I have to guess which one is which!
I finally got so annoyed with my daily guessing game that I emailed Oxo customer service to complain about it. I didn’t expect much more than an apology. Instead, they’re sending me free replacement sets of cups and spoons! It turns out I’m not the only person who had this problem, as they redesigned the cups and spoons to eliminate the issue. How cool is Oxo?
Thanks again, Oxo. I’m looking forward to trying out my new measuring cups and spoons! I think these (below) are the new cups I’m getting.
Well, I have good news, bad news, and worse news. The good news is I lost 2.6 pounds over the past week! Woohoo! The bad news is I’ve had stomach issues for months, and this past week and a half have been only able to eat once or twice a day. The worst news is that I have to eat the gluten equivalent of one to four slices of bread daily until at least Monday to get tested for celiac disease. Pausing Atkins now.
Some people on the all-knowing interwebs have suggested I go gluten-, lactose-, and fructose(!)-free and see what happens to determine whether or not I have problems with those things. That’s all well and good, except I don’t have the patience or willpower to so drastically change my diet without solid evidence.
Low carbing may be drastic to some, but in the past it’s helped me to feel great–I had more energy, no weird blood sugar crashing, and sustained weight loss. This time around, I started off really sick and I’m getting sicker. I don’t think it’s due to low carbing, as I’ve started eating bread and pizza this week for the celiac test and feel much worse. But I’m willing to consider anything, any type of diet, if I have medical proof of what’s wrong with me.
So it should be interesting! I have a feeling I’ll end up having to go everything-free AND get my stupid gallbladder removed (that’s a short but extraordinarily painful story for another day), but I’m a bit of a pessimist. On the brighter side, I think I’m going to cook a gluten-, lactose-, and fructose-full Easter dinner for my family, so they’ll be excited!