Weight Loss: Ups + Downs

February 6, 2013

Let’s talk weight loss today. It’s probably not surprising that I’m trying to lose some Smile 

Thank you Charlottesville, Great Harvest, home brewed beer and my little bundle of joy.

All totally worth the pounds I put on in the past few years.

Give or take a few pounds, I maintained my weight loss really well for years. I no longer counted calories or weighed myself. I indulged in restaurants and at parties and kept things simple on weeknights. Intuitive eating was working well for me. And I stayed fairly active.

In 2010 I completed my dietetic internship. Working in a hospital meant that snacking was a minimum and eating times well defined by my lunch box. There was the being busy part, but also the setting meant extreme hand washing importance that made me think twice about nibbling on snacks at my desk or eating a granola bar while out on the floors. Since I didn’t have a scale, I’m not sure if I lost weight, but I do remember some of my pants being loose.

Right after completing my internship, we moved to Charlottesville. I felt great and was excited to explore our new city’s food scene. After all, it is one of the best in the world! Matt and I were working on the bakery by day and trying new restaurants by night. We went wine tasting, made new friends and really honed our beer drinking skills

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Oh yeah, and there was Top of the Hops and the Brew Ridge Beer Festival! Both really really fun days.

{Man, my breastfeeding self really wants to be able to wear this dress again someday!}

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Basically we lived it up!!! No regrets. I knew I was gaining some weight. I can’t say I did it on purpose, but I was aware of it and didn’t really care.

The amazing treats we sell at Great Harvest after the bakery opened added another layer of temptation, and I did the best I could with that. It took a few months for the newness to wear off and for me to admit that I didn’t really need the bites of Savannah Bars that were adding up.

When we decided in late 2011 to start trying for a baby, I decided to get as close to my old happy weight as possible. Not sure if you noticed or not, but I did lose a few pounds that fall, and when we went to Jamaica (at 4 weeks pregnant) I felt great about how I looked.

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Then there was sweet Mazen. I stayed as active as I could during pregnancy and gained 21 pounds according to my doctor’s office. Pregnancy weight gain is not only inevitable, it’s important. I felt I made the best of a “gain” situation.

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My true pre-pregnancy starting weight is a bit unknown. Since I didn’t own a scale, I don’t know what I weighed before I got pregnant, and my first weigh in was at my 8 week appointment. Looking at pictures, I couldn’t have gained more than a few pounds in that first month, but somehow it added up to more. {I know this is very confusing without using real numbers…}

Nevertheless, all of my doctor-recorded pregnancy pounds came off within the first week. But I knew there were more to go because most of my pants didn’t fit and I certainly didn’t feel back to my normal shape.

I gave my old digital scale to my mom a few years ago to replace hers from 1983. I didn’t know that she never stopped using her 1983 scale until she gave mine back to me recently. Hint hint perhaps!? I have been using it once a week or so since.

At 5 months postpartum I’ve lost 5 more pounds without too much effort on my part. I’m back in all of my jeans (except the smallest of the small ones), so I must be at or near my real starting weight. Around 4 months postpartum, breastfeeding started giving me that super burn because my appetite picked up and weight loss seemed to as well.

I’ve removed all the desserts and temptations (ahem Cville Cluster Granola…) from my house (except for dark chocolate) and have cut back on alcohol frequency. Those two changes alone have been enough to lose without worrying about portion size of meals or snacks. Even with the giant breakfasts I eat after a night of fasting while nursing, I’ve still slowly seen the pounds come off. I somewhat attribute that to much greener and leaner lunches and dinners. 

I am finding a snowball effect – the more I lose the more I am motivated to lose. I’m determined to get back to the weight I maintained for years. Not my lowest of 120 pounds – I don’t feel that is realistic for my body or my lifestyle anymore – but a few notches above that where I stayed from 2008-2010.

I have about 8 pounds to go!

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1 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I love this post. Your approach to food and weight loss is inspiring, and I hope to one day have your same intuitive eating skills! It can be a lot harder than it may seem to some people. You look totally beautiful- I’m sure the 8lbs will just eventually melt off :).

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2 Katie February 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for sharing your weight loss experiences with us! This post really intrigues me as I had to gain a little weight to get pregnant, now I’m gaining more, and I’m of course hoping to lose it after baby. I look forward to reading more of your weight loss posts! I think you do a great job with a healthy approach to weight loss, and I admire that so much. Keep it up!

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4 vidya February 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

It IS surprising for me to see that you want to lose weight!! You look incredibly slim and fit for being a new mom.

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5 Crystal V February 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I don’t comment a ton, but it’s great to see you talking about this. To be honest, I think you’ve been looking absolutely AMAZING in your pics lately. You look so happy to be where you are in life right now :)

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6 Lynn @ the actor's diet February 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Love your attitude about weight loss and gain especially thru pregnancy which can be so difficult for many woman.

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7 Lauren @ Berry Sweet Lauren February 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Great post! This is why I love your blog – you’re realistic with yourself and your body. It’s nice to see someone losing weight the right way, eating real food (obviously) and not getting wrapped up in all the numbers of counting calories and watching the scale. Keep up the great work, you’re almost there! :)

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8 Katie February 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

All your posts about weight loss, breastfeeding and Mazen are so incredibly helpful. I can’t thank you enough for all the honest posts! My little one will be here in March and I’m trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible!

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

This is such a great honest post. I also love how you are taking a really balanced approach to losing the weight. It’s better to cut out sweets and cut back on alcohol than go crazy at the gym or go on some juice fast. Again – great post :D

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10 Grace @ Grace Dishes February 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I love the way you are losing the weight at a steady pace. I see so much pressure these days on mom to bounce back immediately. Claire Danes? Heidi Klum?

I think you look great and are doing a fab job of having a healthy lifestyle!

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11 Maria February 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I know that you promised this kind of post, and I’m very enthusiastic that you’ve shared it. I’m also grateful that you can talk about weight loss and gain without the use of actual numbers. The number on your scale isn’t relevant to any of your blog readers, and I’m glad that you choose not to make a deal out of it. Thank you!

Also glad to know that my weight maintenance can be kept up by watching dessert and alcohol portions without sacrificing dinner sizes. Are you losing this weight without calorie counting at all?

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12 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

No counting, but I will if I need to down the road. I’d like to not though.

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13 Kate February 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I remember from your early days that you seemed to rely heavily on calorie counting. It would be really interesting to hear about how your philosophy and approach to weight-loss has changed over the years!

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14 Emily February 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Seriously, this is JUST the motivating post I needed to read right now. I’m 7 months post partum… Just coming off a day and a half of straight conferences and alot of my coworkers headed out to lunch, while I decided to eat my turkey sandwich and pepper slices. I felt slightly annoyed that I didn’t go, but now I’m happy I decided to stick with it and not go out for a greasy cheeseburger (even though it sounds amazing!). Also, you look great!

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15 Matt February 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Man look how tiny that little guy is!

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16 vidya February 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

LOL!! Amazing isn’t it?? Just wait for another year and he’ll be almost upto your shoulders :-) That’s the reason why taking lots of photos with the lil one for the very first few months is all the more important…they grow in the blink of an eye!!

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17 Lauryn February 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

You look great Kath but I totally identify with wanting to get to your happy weight! I have lost 30 lbs so far and fit back into my wedding dress!! you can totally do this-you have the tools and the know how and drive, cant wait to see you succeed!

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18 Alan February 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Interesting post. The New York Times and NPR have had series recently talking about weight loss, and my feeling is that some weight loss is not so hard, but after a while, your body adjusts and maintaining same diet and exercise routine has little to no effect. Essentially, the body has memory and wants to go back to baseline so to speak. That has been my experience (with a scale). I lost 25 lbs in 6 mos–only tried to do 10-15 but it kept coming off. Now, I have gained 15 or so back (4 years later) and can’t lose a pound to save my life. I eat well, exercise, don’t snack, etc. I even gave up beer.

Hopeless. Good luck in your efforts, but it may be hard because of the metabolism thing…

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19 Clare @ Fitting It All In February 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I love that you can talk about weight loss in a realistic, healthy manner. Too many bloggers get attacked when they say they want to lose weight – good for you for being honest and open about it! good luck!

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20 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews February 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Great post! I can’t believe that you looked so slim right after giving birth…every woman’s dream!

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21 eliza February 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I really enjoyed this post- I feel like you are really listening to what your readers said on your survey. It brings back the old Kath.. I really mean that in a nice way!! I enjoyed your new posts just as much but this is a nice change. Have a good day :)

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22 Sari February 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I’d love to hear more! It would also be great to hear tips for those of us struggling with a lot more weight to lose than you. I recently had my third child and gained a lot more weight than you did. She’s two months old now and I still have 35 lbs to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.

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23 Natalie @ will jog for food February 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

That’s a great way to think! I’m 31 weeks along and have gained 21 lbs. But my weight before I got pregnant was more than I am comfortable with. I hope to lose the baby weight +10 lbs this year, but baby will definitely be the number one priority :)

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24 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Interesting journey! You never looked overweight to me (not that I know anything as a reader), but I’m always impressed by how veggie focused your meals are. I’d definitely gain weight with those delicious bakery treats! I stay on track by weighing once a month or so.

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25 MelanieF February 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Great post Kath! I lost 25 pounds in the past year on Weight Watchers. I quit Weight Watchers in December and I have gained 3 pounds back. But I can’t seem to be losing any weight on my own so I might just go back to counting points. It’s not my favorite thing to do but it keeps me accountable.

I really do love your approach to weight loss and good luck on losing the last 8 pounds!

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26 deva by definition February 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

This is a great post! Thank you so much for sharing – I am hoping to have my own little one next year and was curious how others have handled post-pregnancy weight loss, so it’s nice to read posts like this one!

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27 Brie February 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

As a fellow 5’2 girl – and just out of interest – are you trying for the 130 mark? I think I’m aiming for a bit less since I seem to carry my weight all around the middle and therefore look heavier at anything above 130, but I’d say for you that that would work well, since your weight seems very evenly distributed :)

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28 Ali February 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Interesting post! I went back to my pre-baby weight (160 lbs, and I gained about 30 lbs) within 6 weeks of my son’s birth, but can’t lose a pound after that! I wonder what will happen once we stop breastfeeding? I’ve heard your weight can go either way!

I’m still confused about what weight you’re aiming for, it would make a lot more sense with numbers, lol!

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29 Karen February 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

You look awesome in general, but even more awesome for just having a babe 4 months ago. When I stopped breastfeeding my 2nd at 9 months, I felt more focused on me and the weight started FLYING off. I was down 25 pounds in 4-5 months after that, and I was only 130 to start. So, I think your attitude is great, and you know what’s best for you and the baby and remember it will come off eventually. :)

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30 Lisa February 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

it’s such a transition to go from eating as a pregnant woman – breastfeeding woman.

Wait too you stop nursing altogether. I just stopped nursing my 18 month old Jan 1st 2013. It’s so hard to re teach your body you need zero extra calories!

Ah motherhood!

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31 Melissa Keough February 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

You look great! What I always try to tell myself is that the pounds don’t matter. If I feel healthy and great then that’s good enough for me. Indulge in beer and wine and tasty treats every so often. Plus, our hubbies will love us whether we’re 10 pounds under or 10 pounds over, etc. It’s funny tho, because I actually started fretting a bit about my weight when I stopped breastfeeding my daughter at a year and a half…that’s when I noticed the pounds starting to creep back on, aaak!

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32 Tracy February 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Very admirable, Kath, as always. I love your “be patient” approach, which we rarely see in this “hurry up” society.

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33 Diane February 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I worked hard to lose weight after both my kids – eating healthy and exercising – but always held on to about 3-5 lbs while nursing. If I would watch my calories to closely my supply would drop. After stopping nursing both times, those 5 lbs fell off pretty easily. So don’t beat yourself up too much over the last few lbs would nursing. You look wonderful!!

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34 May February 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I was going to say this. I held on to about 5 pounds until I was done breastfeeding and then I lost weight a little too easily. You look great and so happy!

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35 Clare February 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Exactly. I think your metabolism and revved-up appetite will always work against you (with regards to weight loss) while nursing. MIght be best to wait until you’re done and your appetite returns to normal (it does…eventually :) ).

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36 Crissy February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I had the same experience! I gained 45 lbs while pregnant, lost most of it but about 10 until I stopped nursing, then it fell off. I really had to watch my calories, and made sure I snacked and drank a ton of water or else my supply was kaput.

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37 Kelly L. February 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

YES!!! I’ve been waiting for you to post something on this. As a mother of two year old with another one due it 3 months I appreciate it when women are open and honest about weight gain and loss. I don’t understand why people have such an issue with saying “I want to lose the baby weight (or regular weight”. SOmetimes people have a weight they are happy at and want to get back there. Other times they will never be happy no matter how low and that is a whole different issue. Keep these type of posts up!!

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38 Susan E February 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Of course I am no example of being at the “correct weight” as I am overweight but did you ever consider that maybe the weight is still there so that you have the right nutrients for your baby for breast feeding? Also as I’m sure you know that after you have a baby with hormones and body structure changes you will never be the same shape (mostly internally) because the bones down there shift and your hips change and all that anatomy stuff. You eat healthy and wonderful and wholesome and I know that since you are in that business of calories, food, weight and exercise that it’s more of an OCD thing about the numbers. :-) I hope I didn’t sound like I was being mean but just sharing with the info I have after having two children myself but never did the amazing work with my health like you did. I am proud of you. You are of course what you are and how you feel and not necessarily what the number on the scale says. I know you know that too. ;-)

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39 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I’m sure it’s there for the breastfeeding… That’s why I’m in no rush to change my diet : )

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40 Stephanie February 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Okay, seeing this comment I’m a little bit confused. I thought you did change your diet by removing desserts and consuming less alcohol? Did I misunderstand what you meant in your post?

Anyway, it’s great that you are at a place of realizing what weight is working for you and having healthy goals toward which you can strive!

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41 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

OK technically I changed my diet by cutting back on sweets + alcohol, but what I mean here is I’m not cutting calories from my meals/snacks/portions sizes to preserve milk supply and things.

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42 Stephanie February 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks for the reply! I get your point now.

Is your husband also trying to lose weight? In my household, it’s my husband trying to lose weight but I’m not. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty being able to eat what I want while he has to be a lot more careful. We also have three children who have differing needs (one is an athlete, one is underweight, one is a pre-teen girl). I would love to see a post that addresses and gives concrete ideas for how couples/families can support a member who is trying to lose weight without being too restrictive while still supporting the nutritional needs for the other members.

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43 Ray February 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hey Susan e thanks for this comment. I had my baby on Monday and I will keep these points in mind – about the body storing a little extra for breastfeeding and about the way a woman’s body shape changes forever from pregnancy. Right now my weight is the least of my worries but I know at some point it will be more important to me.

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44 Kelley February 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Great post! It took me 9 days to lose my baby weight… so now I’m working on that post-wedding weight I gained before I got pregnant! That’s not easy. But yea, three cheers for Breast Feeding! I was able to eat whatever I wanted for 8 months, but now that I’m done BF, I’m noticing that those extra calories aren’t doing me any favors anymore. Back to reality!

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45 Eating 4 Balance February 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I’m glad that you have started back up some of your weight loss posts again. I feel like I missed out on some of your wisdom because I didn’t start reading until two years ago :) Congratulations on the awesome weight loss so far. You are truly an amazing example of how weight loss can be done without too much restriction. Great post!

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46 Shaina February 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I really appreciate this post! Its so important to have a healthy relationship with one’s weight, especially as a woman in the blogging world, where its out for all to see. I can’t help but think this is how more dialogues should go regarding weightloss, indulgence, celebration, and a holistic lifestyle approach. I think you set a great example of how to enjoy food and libations but also reel it in without being obsessed with a number.

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47 Maura K February 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thanks for sharing Kath! By the way, your little one is just precious. He’s so expressive! The faces he makes are just pricesless :)

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48 Maura K February 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Whoops! *priceless

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49 colleen February 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I am looking to lose weight and love reading your posts but I did get this one at all. You are already super skinny. Maybe I am just weird but this post just didn’t seem to have any substance was it supposed to be helpful to others trying to lose weight or was it just an update post? I admire your ability to stay so small while having a baby, I just wish I could get to that point I will just have to keep trying.

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50 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I swear I say the same on every one of your posts. I always say “This is such a great post!”. I really mean it though. I find myself nodding my head in agreement with so much of the things you have to say. I think what a lot of people do not understand when trying to lose baby weight is that it takes time. Like a lot of time. Not all of us are like Jennifer Lopez that can pop out a baby and instantly lose the weight. It took 9 months to put it on and it may take 9 months (or longer like me) to get it off.

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51 Rachel February 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I LOVE this post – so honest and inspiring. Also, I like the changes you’ve made to your blog content-wise, I will continue to be a faithful reader!

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52 Liz February 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Best and most honest post you’ve put up in a long time. .More! More! I’d really love to see something about adding more vegetables to meals. Especially frozen ones as that seems to be what works best for us.

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53 Karen February 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I admire this keeping-it-real post for all sorts of reasons, but especially b/c it reflects such a healthy attitude toward weight loss – reasonable goals, lack of fixation on idealistic numbers, etc. Kath – You really do a beautiful job of role modeling a healthy mindset for those wishing to lose a few Lbs.

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54 Allison February 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

You are 5’2″, correct?

I appreciate you incredibly healthy approach toward food. Even though I am a healthy weight, I hate weighing myself, because I just react so badly to an unexpected number. I also continue to wish I was at a lower, perhaps unhealthy weight.

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55 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Yes

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56 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for posting this. So many women think they need to lose the baby weight asap (that’s what happens with all the celebrities so why not regular people? haha). In reality, every woman’s body is different. Some lose it fast. Others take longer. Glad you are taking the sensible route – eliminate the extras and move more. Great job!

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57 Sarah February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I have to say, I’m a little sad to have read this post. One of the things I’ve always liked about KERF was that it WASN’T focused on weight loss – just everyday habits and behaviors that keep you healthy, but still loving life. I’m not saying that it’s “wrong” to want to lose a few pounds, especially when you don’t feel as good as you once did. I guess I just thought you had found the magic key and didn’t need to worry about losing weight – you were just eating healthfully and intuitively and it worked for you. Maybe I’m just having a hard time getting used to the new KERF that posts about topics rather than just day-to-day life – thus, a whole topic about weight loss when before it would have just been worked into the daily posts.

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58 Christine February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

You look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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59 Lisa February 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Kath, please also keep in mind that it usually takes about a year to lose postpartum weight (even when it’s not that much and even when you eat really healthfully).

Just my own experience, but with all 4 of my children I have held onto about 8 lbs until my babe’s first birthday then it falls off. ;) It’s odd how that happens. I guess our bodies are smarter than us sometimes! Must be there for a reason!

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60 cyndy February 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm

just makes sense that what takes 9 months to put on might take 9 months to remove…

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61 val February 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

“Not my lowest of 120 pounds – I don’t feel that is realistic for my body or my lifestyle anymore.” I feel you on this. I think I’m probably about 8-10lbs away from my lowest, but I can’t maintain that without counting calories/giving up a lot of stuff… OR without increasing my already daily workouts. All of which I’m not willing to do right now.

I also really liked this post, hope there will be more like it.

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62 Sarah C February 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I definitely let myself gain too much with pregnancy #2 (60 lbs–yikes!). Baby just hit 4 months so I’m hoping that breastfeeding helps lose these extra 35lbs I’ve been hanging on to…

BTW I think you’ve been looking very slim lately, good luck in losing the last few pounds!

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63 Sara @ fitcupcaker February 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This is an awesome post…you only gained 21 pounds, that is amazing!! I know some people that have gained an unhealthy 60 because they think they can eat every cupcake/dessert in sight, just because they are pregnant and “they will worry about it later” type of mentality. So good for you! I think working at a bakery with the looks of the bread you eat would be so tempting! And go breastfeeding!

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64 E February 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I gained 70 lbs with each of my kids, but it wasn’t because I ate every cupcake / dessert in sight. I was thin before each pregnancy, and I gained what my body needed. I also lost the weight each time. Please don’t generalize–every woman gains weight during pregnancy in a manner relative to her individual body needs.

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65 Tammy February 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

Well said E! I gained 54 pounds with my last pregnancy…and have lost most of it already and my baby is 4 months old-

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66 danielle February 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

While I definitely get the point that a lot of women use pregnancy as a license to eat whatever–I think this is a totally unfair over broad judgment. I gained 40lbs with my last kiddo and it was all off within a month. I also worked out 6 days a week the entire time and was a nutcase about what went into my mouth. Be careful when judging pregnant women–karma has a nasty way of biting you in the ass :)

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67 Danielle February 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I don’t think she was generalizing at all. She didn’t say that everyone woman who gains 60lbs did so in an unhealthy way b/c she ate desserts. She just said “some people” will gain unnecessary weight b/c of an unhealthy diet. I.E. some A are B, not but all B are C.

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68 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I remember your Jamaica pics extremely well and then remember after the fact when you announced you were pregnant in them..I remember thinking, WOW!

Thanks for sharing your experiences so honestly and openly Kath about this!

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69 Sam February 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Another great post. I really like the new format. Thank you.

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70 Laura February 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

This was a great post! I really appreciate your transparency!

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71 Rachel February 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I’m about your height and started my pregnancy at about 134 and a size 6–feeling great from months of steady workouts and healthy eating. The first two weeks I gained 5 pounds! I was never sick so I never lost my appetite! Now I’m a few weeks away from delivery and I’m sitting at 174. From my first doctor’s appointment I’ve gained 35 pounds total, but honestly it doesn’t seem that bad to me. I haven’t gone overboard with unhealthy eating but I haven’t restricted myself either. My goal is to be back at 134 by the end of my 12-week maternity leave, but I don’t know how realistic that is. I think if I can be back at 134ish and into my favorite pre-pregnancy jeans by the beginning of July, I’ll be pretty happy! Good luck in your quest to lose that last 8!

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72 Kate February 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

There’s a saying – Nine months on, nine months off! It worries me to see women so worried about achieving a number on the scale or a pants size so soon after delivery. It’s true what others have said above as well: even if you reach number on the scale, those pre-pregnancy pants may never fit the same way again due to how our bodies change. Take care of your body and feed it wisely, it will bounce back in due course!

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73 Cathy February 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Kath, you may weigh more because of muscle! But then you know that, huh? You look GREAT!!
Loving the new blog.

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74 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I love your honesty and outlook on the weight gain and where you are about losing it. For me, it’s really about how I FEEL (in my pants, etc) versus the number on the scale, but from time to time I do like to know that number just to have another way to check-in with myself.

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75 Sam February 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Kath, I was just looking back at some of your old travel posts. It seems like you have been able to travel all over! If you could take a trip any where, where would you go? Or go back too? :-)

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76 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I’m dying to go to a Caribbean island for a vacation. One of the fancier ones (with the super expensive flights). Not sure when/if we’ll ever get there, but we had such a magical time in Jamaica. Also, we’d love to go to Europe but never made it there pre-baby and are not sure when that trip will ever happen either.

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77 sarah February 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I have been struggling with loosing the last 5 lbs for years. Nothing seems to give. I love this post, keep the weight loss tips coming!!

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78 ktr February 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I wouldn’t worry too much about your prepregnancy jeans not fitting the same. I’ve lost my pregnancy weight gain plus 5-10lbs and I’m just now feeling like my jeans fit like they used to. Your body changes after you have a baby. My waist to hip ratio has increased by several inches. I’m not usually a fan of scales – rarely step on one – but this is one instance where I think it can be more accurate.

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79 Carrie February 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Great post! I actually gained a few pounds these last few weeks trying to catch up to a growth spurt of my five month old. I guess I was just so hungry all of the time that I went overboard??? Anyway, I was five pounds from my goal but I’m now more like eight as you are. I think I’ve been less conscious of the water intake and so I’m feeling hungrier. Going to try and be mindful of that and not getting overly hungry. Any good snacks you can recommend or that late afternoon time? If you we’re counting calories, do you 2000 is about right? I’m 5’3″ 125 and still exclusively breast feeding.

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80 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I do think 2,000 is about right, although exercise could drastically alter that number. I’m trying to eat fruit in the afternoon – apple, orange, banana – plus something protein/fat like almonds/spoonful nut butter/yogurt/milk.

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81 Kristin K February 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

You should be very proud for only gaining 21 pounds! That’s impressive! My first pregnancy I gained around 35 even though I wasn’t eating “bad” food all the time…it’s just how it happened. This time around (I’m at 22 weeks pregnant with my 2nd) I started out 10 pounds lighter and actually lost weight at the beginning just from being so busy with my daughter. I’m now just starting to gain weight and feel good about being able to eat healthy during pregnancy – It’s sad how some people assume pregnancy is just a free for all. You will eventually lose the rest, especially after breastfeeding ends. I held on to around 5-8 pounds until I stopped and then last year suddenly lost 10 pounds easily. Weird how our bodies work! :)

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82 Amy February 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

if you are at a healthy weight pre-pregnancy (BMI<25) then you are actually supposed to gain at LEAST 25-35lbs to adequately nourish your baby- these are American Dietetic Association guidelines based on scientific research. The female body is designed to protect itself, so if you are at any sort of deficit, the mother's body takes the nutrients it needs and the fetus pays the price- which is why it's good to aim for 30-35lb gain. Just wanted to correct the misconception that "gaining less is always better!"- naturally, you shouldn't go overboard with weight gain either.

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83 Tiffany February 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Not necessarily, sometimes TOO much weight gain can lead to gestational diabetes and other complications. From my understanding, they tell obese people to gain a max of 20 lbs because that’s a number they think is good for the fetus. The numbers they tell non obese people of up to 40 lbs weight gain I think means you CAN gain that much weight because you’re thinner to begin with so you can have a little more wiggle room and statistically speaking not br at a high risk for gestational diabetes- however, It doesn’t necessarily mean its good to gain all the weight you CAN gain of 40 lbs.
Lol I have a test coming up on endocrine and reproductive system so I may be wrong but this is my understanding of what I learned in class. But of course my words may be wrong I’m only a student after all!

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84 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves February 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

You look amazing! dont even need to lose those extra 8!

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85 Anne February 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

The numbers aren’t important but I am still confused — you said you had 8 lbs to go, but also that you lost all of your 21 lb pregnancy weight gain right away. So are you basically saying you were up 10-15 over your “ideal” weight when you got pregnant and now want to lose that? I don’t mean be picky, but I’m 8 weeks pregnant and looking ahead to the whole process. Maybe I read something incorrectly? Thanks!

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86 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Yes, you got it. I had gained some after moving to Cville and would now like to lose whatever crept on

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87 Allie February 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

But recently, you said you were two pounds under your pre-preggo weight. How do you know if you never knew your starting weight? Not trying to be a pain, just don’t understand why you would say you knew your weight if you didn’t.

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88 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Pre-preggo = doctors office numbers

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89 Kate February 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I wonder if you’ve considered that maybe your Body Pump routine might have added a few pounds as well…in a good way! Looking back through your blog, you were very slender in your wedding photos, but not very muscular. In your Jamaica babymoon pictures, you have a nice athletic/muscular build – and you looked great! Maybe some of those added pounds on the scale were due to more muscle mass, which might actually serve you well in terms of bone health and general fitness down the road.

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90 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise February 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

It’s these kinds of posts that make me love your blog so much. Thanks for sharing the real, sometimes not-so-fun parts of life because I find those posts to be the most relatable. Good luck on your healthy journey!

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91 mary February 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I really liked this post! congratulations on your weight loss! I would like to lose some weight too. How were you able to give up the sweets? Did you cut it out all at once or did you gradually cut the sweets out? Can you share some tips that worked for you regarding this, since this is also something I struggle with?

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92 KathEats February 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I just don’t buy them and reduced whatever I had in my house (basically things in the freezer). If you don’t buy them, you can’t eat them!

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93 Anne @ eatcleaneatreal.com February 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I think you have always looked awesome! Keep up the good work…I love seeing your reasonable approach to trying to lose in a healthy way.

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94 Tanya @ Vegan Faith February 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I am excited for this post and hopefully more. I am also in that post-pregnancy, new body place and while I am nearing my pre-pregnancy weight (whatever that is since I also do not own a scale) I am excited to be healthy and active again, and I’m hoping my post-pregnancy body will bring me to a new happy weight. I would say I’m about 8 pounds from that realistically as well. We can take this journey together. I love your approach of moderation without terrible restriction. I find that while breastfeeding it is the only way to do it!

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95 Sarah February 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Good for you… you’ve got a very healthy attitude to all of this.

For what it’s worth, I noticed a big difference between how I felt 1 month post partum and 4 months post partum, but I was not really quite back to my pre-baby size at that point. Something happened between then and 8-9 months, though – a combination of getting back into my normal exercise routine (moreso than in the early months when I did a lot of walking but no trips to the gym for more intense cardio) and nursing a baby with ever-increasing milk needs, and by the time she was 8-9 months old I felt like I had gotten back to a very comfortable weight and liked how my clothes fit. So, keep doing what you’re doing – it sounds like you’re very much on the right track.

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96 Springie February 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thank you so much for this post!! While I enjoy reading about your family, I’m not a mom or married (I’m a wonderful Auntie though!) and I really connected with this post. I’ve lost 10lbs since Oct by cutting processed foods, eating real food and eating more veggies/salad/nut/seeds and less meat. I’d like to lose more (15-20lbs) and I’m on track to do so, and its encouraging to hear your current challenge.

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97 Brianna(thecatcallstheshots) February 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience with intuitive eating. I think calorie counting can be a double-edged sword. For example, if I’m eating too much in general and I start counting calories, I can reel it in a little and adjust my portions. On the other hand, if I’m counting calories and know I have some left in my day, I might eat something just because I can and not because I’m actually hungry. Right now I’m counting but hopefully I’ll be able to be more intuitive in the future. It’s inspiring to know that it’s worked for you!

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98 Lorin February 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I really appreciate this post. It’s perfect timing for me as inspiration. I just studied abroad in the Fall in Italy for 4 months. The damage wasn’t the worst ever thanks to a lot of walking and only the occasional big meal. However, I haven’t worked out consistently since summer. They didn’t have gyms in Italy and I didn’t want to run because of my knee. However, now I am back in my college town, and even though I am about 2 months out of Italy I still haven’t been consistent in working out. I’ve used excuses for midterms ect.but I’ve exercised in the past; it’s more about being out of the habit. I’m actually going tomorrow morning before class. I am excited to get back into exercise as it makes me feel good the whole day and when I need to study I won’t feel guilty about sitting around all day. Just need to cut down sweets a bit. Can’t wait!:)

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99 Sma033 February 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for almost 6ish or 7 years & this was probably my favorite post yet! Thank you for sharing!

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100 Julie February 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Great post! Very realistic and healthy approach.

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101 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate February 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I love your approach to this subject, and the calm and laid back way you are successfully getting to where you feel comfortable. You look amazing at every stage you described in this post, though!

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102 Angelica February 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I’m 18 MONTHS PP and still 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight. Somewhere around 3 months, I just stopped losing weight. I even ran a half-marathon at 5 months PP, but I’m stuck. I’m still breastfeeding, so I’m hoping the weight comes off when we’re done…whenever that happens. Anyway, you look great!

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103 Amelia February 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I have always admired your outlook on living healthy and weight. You were one of the first people that inspired me to live a more healthy life! All the way back to the first blog posts. :)

I can completely relate to eating habits while in a DI. I just don’t understand the other RDs, nurses, etc that feel comfortable flipping through a patient chart (which, who knows where it has been) while munching on trail mix or chips. gross! But I am a germaphobe.

I can’t wait to hear you report back by the summer.

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104 Carol Hanshew February 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Great post!!! Thanks for sharing!

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105 Laura February 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I love this, especially the honesty. I often wonder how you can seem to eat whatever you want with no weight gain. And, truthfully, you look great in all your pictures. Except for the pregnancy I wouldn’t have known you gained weight. But I like that you really enjoyed every moment of your new home town, and that you’re also now able to pull back without numbers necessarily. I have a hard time with numbers/weight/body image. I am more and more intuitive as time goes on, but I can always get more in tune. I love seeing someone else live life to the fullest and also have ups and downs and be really healthy and emotionally connected.

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106 Erin February 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

My babe is 13 months now and she’s nursing twice a day. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I lost 12 lbs in the months before getting pregnant) in August but didn’t realize the impact my cycle starting up again and weaning a voracious eater would have – yep, I’m back up 6 lbs. keep up the good work but watch out in a few months (I was oblivious). You’re very brave to share this publicly.

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107 Cindy Love Childers February 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Love Love Love these types of posts. I am a 3 months postpartum breastfeeding Mama. I know we all lose weight differently based on so may factors: # of pregnancies, age, whether you breastfeed or not, diet, etc etc and these are exactly the kind of posts that spur me on to hang in there….the weight will eventually fall off! I hope :) I love that you are next going to talk about the specifics of diet and breastfeeding. These are right on the money for so many of us that love you and love your posts about healthy eating and post baby weight loss. Keep ‘em coming!!!

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108 Lindsay February 7, 2013 at 12:34 am

I am struggling right now with post-pregnancy weightloss. I maintained a weightloss of 50lbs for 6 years and then right before I got pregnant I put on about 10 lbs due to diet, exercise and taking care of a husband with a head injury and then during my pregnancy I put on another 28lbs. I honestly haven’t really lost any of the pregnancy weight and it’s a huge struggle. I have been working to make changes but with a low milk supply it makes it really challenging because I can’t cut back the calories. My other (excuse) reason has been the crazy past 2 months of moving which haven’t been great with workouts and diets. This past week my husband and I have been doing a cleanse to help kick our dessert addiction and get back to our normal healthy diet and lifestyle. I am back running, very slow and not very far but I’m out there and it feels good. I have to say I envy the women who lose all the baby weight super fast but I know everyone is different and it takes time.

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109 tiffany @dynamics of happy February 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

in med school we are just now learning about reproductive and endocrine system. they say that the thinner you are to start with, the more weight you can gain- up to 40 lbs. for a really obese person, they recommend just within 20 lbs of weight gain – a number that they think is mostly just from baby and not too much lbs packed on mom- so you did a great job on not gaining much at all!!!!

they say that breast feeding burns about 500calories per day i think??? dont quote me on that…so there’s your extra calorie burning exercise!

so great work on all of this!! i hope you’re not too hard on yoruself about this!

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110 Sarah February 7, 2013 at 6:35 am

Such a positive attitude to have… I think everyone should think and eat like you!

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111 kristen @ verbs and vignettes February 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

great post. i know you don’t like to get into specifics, because there are always critics, or someone that would turn it around and hate whatever you’re saying works for you.

i always appreciate others’ perspectives, though! :) i hope someday i can be such a mindful eater, but i’ve never been intuitive enough to just stop when i should. i’ve gone back to the my fitness pal app this week for counting calories… so far, at least i’ve kept up journaling everything!

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112 Lisa @bitesforbabies February 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

What an inspiring post! Don’t be hard on yourself…it does take time! The most important thing is that you are healthy ;-)

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113 Fran@BCDC February 7, 2013 at 8:11 am

One of the things I’ve learned as a Weight Watchers member for 26 years and a Lifetime member and former leader, you need to find what works for you within the bounds of your life. Sounds like you’re doing a good job, Kath. Keep it up!

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114 Liz @ iheartvegetables February 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

I really appreciate you posting this, Kath! It’s inspiring to hear what’s working (or not working) for you, and how you’re handling everything. You look amazing!

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115 Erin February 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

I have never commented before, just wanted you to know that I am loving your new blog format! I enjoyed this post particularly, but I think your new format is even better than the “here is what I ate every day” format because I enjoy more details about your daily life.

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116 Laura in Pittsburgh February 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

I love this post Kath! Keep them coming! I’ve also cut back on my alcohol and dessert calories to try and lose the few pounds I’ve gained since I’ve been injured and not exercising. It’s working so far.

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117 ARPL February 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

Great post. We’re the same height and build – and my baby is just a month behind you, so I relate to practically everything you say. Sometimes it is tough to choose a workout over a nap during the day, especially after a series of tough nites. But it is always worth it afterwards. My child must think I’m a weirdo for jumping around to Jillian Michaels in the basement.

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118 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

You go girl! Muscle might be the weight gain, but even then, healthy eating is fab!

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119 Victoria February 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

Kath,

Such an honest, awesome post! You have such a balanced approach to weight loss and this is the type of motivation we all need! Just a question, my friend said that she had a hard time taking weight off while breastfeeding and once she stopped, the pounds came off much faster. Do you think this is a metabolic change or just the result of Mom’s eating less because they no longer have to keep calories up for milk supply!

Thanks! :-))

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120 KathEats February 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

I think it’s probably a little of both, but more likely a metabolic change from the hormones. I’ve heard some moms say that they kept eating breastfeeding levels and actually gained when they weaned. My guess is those were the ones who weren’t hanging onto an extra 5.

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121 Allyson February 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

Wow, 21 pounds doesn’t seem like much for pregnancy, but I know that’s within the recommended range to gain. Do you mind saying how tall you are? I’m just curious for comparison. I’m hoping to stay under 30 for my pregnancy… my poor mom gained like 70 when she was pregnant with me, and it was miserable for her! It sounds like you have a good, healthy plan in place to lose those last few pounds. You look great and are an inspiration for us future mommas out there!:)

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122 KathEats February 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

5’2″

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123 Katie February 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks for the inspiration! I’m about 8.5 months post partum, and still have about 5 lbs to lose. I’m at the same weight I was pre pregnancy, but my stomach flab is overflowing! My jeans fit but sometimes they’re uncomfortably tight, which is frustrating. It’s either lose 5 lbs or buy a new wardrobe! I breastfed for 5 months, and GAINED weight – I used the breastfeeding calorie “burn” as an excuse to bake a batch of cookies every night and eat half the batch! Combined with my anxiety over getting used to having a newborn, the pounds were starting to pack on. Eating was my stress relief!

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124 Verenique B February 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

thx for sharing! its encouraging to hear from someone who seems to love the body they have and are not stressing majorly about apperance! but still enjoying food in the process! you are an encourgament to me!
thx!
V

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125 Olivia February 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

I realize weight is a touchy subject for many people, but when you put yourself out there like this -especially in a “weight loss” post- you owe it to your readers to be completely honest about all the numbers. Why keep your goal weight “undisclosed?” It’s confusing for people and can also be misleading for many women who look to you for this type of advice.

Also, I’m not expert in postpartum anything, but I’m fairly certain (common sense and based on a few google searches just now) that trying to lose weight while breast feeding is just not good for you or the baby. Unless you’re extremely overweight or obese (which, you are neither), you need to let your body settle slowly. You’ve already lost the pregnancy weight and are below your pre-pregnancy weight (or whatever you’re trying to say) and look perfectly healthy. In my opinion, your primary concern should be whether Mazen is getting all he needs – not whether you weigh 126lbs.

It’s one thing to cut back on booze and treats, and like you said you were easily able to lose a few pounds that way. I’m glad you’re happier now without the few extra pounds. But really on the last 8 pounds? Let your body fall naturally. You just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. It hasn’t even been 6 months. Love yourself.

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126 KathEats February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

A few responses:

I left out the numbers because they don’t really apply to anyone but me.

Maternal fat stores exist to supplement energy for the baby – thus, a gradual weight loss is intended….given you’re eating at least 1800 calories of healthy food too.

My primary concern is always whether Mazen is getting all his needs. And as evidenced by his 80th percentile weight gain, he’s doing great.

I am letting my body settle slowly! And fall naturally. This post is about just that – not a diet plan or cutting back drastically just to reach a number.

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127 J February 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

In regard to posting the numbers, I honestly think she’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. Say Kath posts that she weighs 135 right now and wants to lose 8 pounds, somebody is going to feel all hurt because “I weigh 150 right now…are you saying I’m fat?”

I lost a lot of weight in the first few weeks after pregnancy (my BP also became a problem and I was retaining water like a crazy person, so much of it was from that.) But then I had a hard time losing at all while BFing. I also had low supply. Mazen does seem to be gaining weight just fine and unless/until that changes, I don’t see any reason why she can’t try and lose some weight.

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128 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body February 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Do you have children Olivia? I honestly would be surprised if you did because you will find that no mother takes kindly to someone implying that they’re child isn’t already their primary concern. Motherhood comes with a great deal of mommy-guilt. You feel guilty for things that you shouldn’t even feel guilty about because as a mother your only concern is for your child. I always like to believe that in general people aren’t rude on purpose but I found your comment to be very insensitive. If this comment were left on my blog the response wouldn’t have been as mild as Kath’s was… she’s obviously a classier broad than I am.

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129 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

Great post Kath! Congratulations on the weight you’ve lost. I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself! My husband has lost 20lbs in the past 7 months and he admits to it being quite encouraging to keep things moving in that direction. He knows that the nutrition aspect is the most important part to help with having the energy to move. I know you will get to where you want to be.

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130 anne February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

Great post on healthy balanced weight loss. Keep up the good work!

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131 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body February 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

I have a habit of looking like Jabba the Hut after pregnancy… you look so much better than I did post baby. I love reading your blog because you show how to live a healthy balanced life.

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132 Kavi February 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I know what you mean about the snowball effect, and how good results make you want to keep at it! I’ve found that eating REAL, unprocessed foods is a great way to lose weight without having to count calories – ideas reinforced by reading your blog!

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133 aebell February 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I discovered your blog last year b/c I was pregnant at the same time as you (a little behind). My pregnancy ended up not being viable, but I stuck with your blogs anyway; it’s been interesting to follow your journey through pregnancy, new motherhood, and now getting your body back to your ‘happy place’. I’ve had a rough year – not only did we lose our pregnancy (our 5th miscarriage), I also lost my beloved father, and my husband lost two close uncles. With all of that and stress at work, I did a fair amount of “eating my feelings”.

What I especially appreciated about this post is your candour – that transitions in your life had led you to gain a few pound (prior to pregnancy), and now after a healthy pregnancy, you’re working your way back to where you want to be. As your food pictures/posts over the past several months have indicated, you’re able to strike a good balance between eating healthfully and having occasional treats.

In the last few months, my husband and I have both started to pay more attention to our food intake and exercise. Now I’m back pregnant again (early) and hoping that this one sticks. But perhaps because of your blog I’m more inspired than ever to try to keep my weight gain at a healthy level throughout the pregnancy (fingers crossed) and after.

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134 KathEats February 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of your losses. Good luck to you.

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135 Jodie February 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Hi Aebell,
Sorry to hear of your losses.
I also lost my baby last year, I had a still birth at 21 weeks which was extremely traumatising. I loved following KERF blog before and during my pregnancy as it made me so excited as what was to come. As my baby was IVF, I was told to not to over do it so i changed my bootcamp style classes to a lot of walking. My weight was the best it could of been before getting pregnant and watched what I ate, but naturally I still put on the baby weight. I think that through the trauma of everything I have struggled to lose the weight that I had put on, it is so hard to lose it under the stress of loss.

Anyway, I am so happy for you that you are pregnant again, I do know the feeling of losing a baby. Hopefully we will be pregnant again soon too :-)

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136 KathEats February 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Jodie I’m sorry for your loss as well. You ladies are strong.

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137 Jodie February 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thks Kath, we have to stay strong for the future and not give up on our dream of a family :-)

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138 aebell February 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Kath and Jodie, thanks very much for your kind words. As I noted, Kath, my own losses didn’t take away from my appreciation of your journey and experience. Mazen is such a cutie and I’m sure he brings you and Matt so much joy (even with the lack of sleep).

And Jodie, I’m so sorry for your loss – having never made it that far in a pregnancy, I can’t possibly contemplate what it must have been like to experience the stillbirth of your baby. It must have been devastating. I know what you mean about it being difficult to lose weight when you’re processing the loss – especially since the weight gain was because of the baby. My heart goes out to you.

I have a friend right now who is pregnant via IVF, but she is on bed rest because she started having contractions at 22 weeks. I think she’s at 25 weeks so far and holding. Fingers crossed for her too!

Hubby and I are trying to remain cautiously optimistic – if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Am trying to eat as healthfully as possible to give our little sesame seed the best chance possible. Of course, with our history it’s hard not to be anxious – I’m continually worrying about whether or not my symptoms seem to be diminishing or increasing. We have our first OB appointment next week, which will be near the end of our 7th week. I’ve discovered Zumba and swimming recently and am enjoying both and think they also help regulate my mood and anxiety levels.

Best wishes to both of you.

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139 Katherine February 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I have always been a healthy eater, but struggled to lose weight. In the last few months, I have had a lot of success by making veggies and fruit “free food” (eating as much as I want), really watching sauces (butter, mayo, terikyaki, dressings all add up!), eating eggs and meat, and watching cheese intake. I also find that eating some carbs (I love wheat and I am not afraid of them) actually makes me feel balanced and not deprived. So I am eating everything, just a little less. Just some thoughts for you because I know you are already SO healthy and it can be hard to see that there are some changes you can make and that can be frustrating.

Also, I drink much less (wine) and more water!

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140 Erica February 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

This post may have changed my entire life! I am in recovery from Anorexia, and I am almost fully-recovered. Your approach is incredibly inspiring, VERY balanced, and well-though-through. I can’t express how much your words have helped me. Thank you Kath. Truly appreciated.

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141 Meg February 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I’m struck while reading the comments here by how personal and visceral women’s responses to weight loss can be. It bothers me to see people implying that, by expressing your desire to lose weight, you’re somehow not focusing on Mazen. I applaud you for sharing your personal experiences, and appreciated this post as I’m also navigating a new body… Pregnancy and breast feeding sure have a drastic effect on the body!

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142 Kris February 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Interesting. I think it’s important to remember in weight loss that your body’s set point/happy weight may change with pregnancy, and definitely with age. I’m sure you’ll have a healthy body and healthy mindset wherever you end up.

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143 KJ February 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Thank you for this post. It is great to see that you can address such an emotionally charged topic with grace and honesty. I appreciate reading about your eats without any “black stretchy pants” commentary. I imagine this is partially due to your background as an RD, which may give you a more objective view of the foods that you eat.

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144 Kelsey February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

Kath, thanks for the post. I’m exclusively nursing my baby girl that is just 15 days younger than Maze! I’m wondering how you are making it through the night without eating. Are you eating a good night snack? I’ve tried everything, but still find myself waking up feeling famished an after our 2 am feeding and always find myself looking for some sort of protein source in the fridge. I don’t want this to become a habit, so I’m anxious to see what you are doing!

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145 KathEats February 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

I think I must just be getting all my calories during the daytime. Try having bigger meals and see if your night hunger subsides?

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146 Amy Q February 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

How tall are you, Kath? I must say, from looking at so many of your food posts, I do find myself emulating your healthy meal make up……sadly, it doesn’t work quite the same at age 42~ damn metabolism! UGH! Anyway, I’m probably 8 pounds over where I need to be as well and very active, so I don’t beat myself up too much about. But why did someone bring in the M&M’s to our office during a snowstorm?????? Headed out for a lunch break now with my xc skis to the local golf course :)

I appreciate the weight loss posts. Thanks.

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147 KathEats February 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

5’2″

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148 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Love your honesty throughout this entire post. It takes a lot to post this information and I admire you for it. You look incredible and will reach your goal soon enough! Keep it up Kath! :)

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149 Christine February 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

Thanks so much for this balanced, realistic look at weight loss. I have learned (and am still learning!) how to be an intuitive eater, and from what you’ve shared, it seems like you are still very much eating intuitively. This is so encouraging – to know that weight loss is possible while listening to your body and not drastically cutting out foods. Also, as a someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I want to say how much I appreciate that you did not share numbers. They can be very triggering, and are based on so many factors unique to each person that they are often not helpful.

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150 Liz February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thank you for this honest post. Having a body changes the composition of your body forever! I like that your approach is reasonable and not jumping into some fad diet. I needed to read this. Thanks!

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151 Liz February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

*having a BABY…lol…

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152 Frances February 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I love this post! You look so great, Kath-I can’t tell that you need to lose even an ounce.

Question: so, at 4 months of breastfeeding you started feeling like your body was losing more weight and burning calories more quickly? Please explain “super burn.”

I ask because I feel like my body is holding on to every ounce; we’re almost 3 months into exclusive breastfeeding and I’ve heard other mom friends say that their weight loss picked up around 4 months. Interesting! I have around 15 (ehh, 17) baby lbs to lose and am anxious to start seeing some faster results. Right now, it’s usually only a lb. a week if I’m lucky! I’d love to hear more about this 4 month turning point.

:)

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153 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

Based on appetite! Just felt hungrier and things… Like I was burning more

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154 Sally Mae February 12, 2013 at 8:14 am

Ladies, just wait until your baby is 8-9 months. Your weight will be gone if you eat healthy and are active. It is so hard to lose those few extra pounds in the winter time and right now you are your babies sole source of food which means you need way more food and water yourself. Once it gets nice and sunny you’ll be out for more walks, hopefully sleeping more, and your extra weight will melt away!

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155 loren March 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

My wife is on the Slow-Carb Diet by Tim Ferriss and loves it. Basically, you eat low-carb (avoid bread, sugar, starches, fruit), then eat whatever you want for one day a week (usually Saturday). It’s effective, sustainable, and it’s not far different from eating real, traditional food that people have been eating for thousands of years! She eats mostly raw and cooked veggies, eggs, fish, lentils, meat and a few nuts. And don’t forget the healthy fats like butter/ghee, coconut oil, animal fat and uncooked olive oil!

People on high-fat diets lose more weight than people on low-fat diets. And people with higher cholesterol live longer.

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156 Kim March 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

This came at the right time for me. Thank you for sharing! My weight lose journey has been over a year now but the past couple months have been difficult for personal reasons and maintaining a healthy lifestyle both with eating healthy and working out has been the biggest challenge. The past year I’ve built the habit of working out consistently which I’m really proud of. I rarely missed a body pump work out on sat. morning which is one of my biggest motivations to keep going. It made me feel so strong but now after missing 1.5 months of working out I was scared I wouldn’t be able to go back. I could tell I didn’t feel great and my clothes were getting a little tighter but I went back for the first time last week. It was hard but I’m on my way to get back on track. I’ve learned that there are ups and downs and it’s normal but you just have to make the choice to keep going.

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157 Sarah March 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

You are doing great! I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight 9 months after my daughter was born but not the same body composition. But when I stopped breastfeeding after a year my appetite didn’t immediately adjust and I gained–so be careful when you get there!! I dropped it but it took some strength training to get everything back where it belonged. :-)

Good luck with your journey!

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158 Jonathon May 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I know what you mean about the snow ball effect! I wanted to lose some weight from the beginning of this year so I started running. It started off with just a couple of very small runs a couple of times a week but now I am running 4-5 times a week and am totally addicted! I reckon the hardest part is getting started – it becomes a lot easier after that.

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