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This is the 4th episode of my weight loss journey which I update monthly. Click below to review the story so far!
The goal of this chain post is to track my weight loss but maintain breastfeeding for my newborn son Ky for over 12 months.
Why all the effort?
Well to be honest – it’s because I want to be in a bikini by late-June 2018 for our overseas trip to Thailand!
By this time my newborn son will be almost 5 months old.
So my goal is to get from my starting weight (94.9 kgs post baby) to my pre-baby weight (75 kgs) and ultimately to my super duper goal of 69 kgs by June 21 2018!! 🙂
Top 3 Talking Points
- Ky is getting a bit irritable at night
- I’m running low on breastmilk
- Not losing as much weight per week as I would like
1. Ky is getting a bit irritable at night
Kyneton is now 3 months old and he was doing very well. Averaging 6-8 hours at night and feeding almost every 2-4 hours during the day.
Suddenly in the last 2 weeks I have had a couple of nights where he slept for 4 hours then would wake and cry to feed every 2 hours. This happened probably twice at home and a couple of nights when I stayed at my parents place during the week.
I’m not sure what changed as my diet, exercise and breastfeeding volume has been pretty good and consistent. My only idea is that he’s getting more hungry and pretty sensitive to noisy siblings 🙂
So I will be thinking about starting to puree some solids soon – broccoli, sweet potato and other goodies! I hope that helps to settle him. Wish me luck 😉
2. I’m running low on Breastmilk
As I flagged in my last post (3rd edition) I have started intermittent fasting (IF) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
My food intake has been consistent meaning I still eat 3 x meals in an 8 hour window: 8am-4pm then I fast for 16 hours.
I eat breakfast at 8am, have a heavier lunch at 12pm then a lighter dinner at 3/4pm.
I also have some great healthy snacks and smoothies during my 8 hour window with plenty of water.
I’m not sure if it’s Kyneton hunger that’s demanding more milk from me or if he’s ‘ready’ for solids but our Maternity Nurse suggested that newborns are ready for solids between 4-6 months.
So I’m going to be monitoring these next 4 weeks very closely and I’ve decided to stick to my health plan, eat well, practice IF and HIIT twice a day.
The only change is that I will double my breastfeeding ‘power smoothie’ intake. One at breakfast and another at the end of my 8-hour window.
I’ll let you know of my results next month.
Ky will be 4 months old and might be ‘ready’ for solids but I need to do more research on that!
3. Not losing as much weigh per week as I would like
In my first episode I put it out into the universe that I want to lose 1.2 kgs per week so I can achieve my goal of 69 kgs by June 21 2018.
At the time of writing I should be 79.1 kgs if I continued to lose weight at that targeted rate.
I’m currently 81.5 kgs.
Don’t get me wrong I’m really happy with that effort and how I’m looking and feeling but I’m not losing quite enough.
I notice that despite all my effort I’m losing about 3 kgs per month or 750g per week.
So if I continue at that rate I’ll be my pre-baby weight of 75 kgs by the time I get to Thailand. Not a bad prize for second place 🙂
My husband Leki also promised to buy me an outfit for Ky’s Christening coming up in May if I reached my target of 79 kgs. That was another incentive to push for my goals.
Hopefully I can get a consolation prize off him LOL
So the game plan right now is to work on my mindset and general well being.
Sometimes when things don’t go your way you can start to beat yourself up and blame other people because it’s just not working.
My main goal over the next period of time is to be consistent.
No one wants this more then me.
No one is responsible for the results except me.
Only I can decide how I react to good and bad news and how I can move forward despite being disappointed.
Again, I would like to reaffirm my primary goal which is Kyneton continuing to feed happily and sleep well at night.
By the look of how he’s putting on weight and filling up I’m VERY happy with my results!
More to share next month as we’re getting closer and closer to Thailand 🙂