Diet – Low Carb / Low sugar

Almost everyone has heard of the Keto diet – and how fast you can lose weight on it. And there are many misconceptions about how “healthy” or “not healthy” it is. I have tried Keto and I did lose weight but I had a very hard time finding foods I could eat since I do not eat certain meats, and I dislike certain foods. So I am modifying this diet a little to fit my life style. I can’t exactly call it “keto” since I am not following all of the rules, but I am going low carb and low sugar, since that actually helped me reduce the pain in my back, and the symptoms I have with the cysts on my spine.

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I gained a lot of weight with this last pregnancy – for some reason, even though I ate healthy I gained about 40 -50 lbs. So I need to lose that weight before I attempt to get pregnant again. I was hoping to lose that weight in the last year – but while breast feeding, I could not lose ANY WEIGHT. So here I am again – no longer breast feeding, and I am going to finally try again. I am setting up some work out sessions with my friend at our work (we get free gym access at the local hospital we both work for).

I used to go to a mommy and me work out class but the cost was too much per month and they didn’t go at the pace I needed to go at with my hurt spine. I need to just go to the gym and work out at my own pace. My husband does not understand that with my cysts on my spine, I get numbness and pain down my spine, and numbness in my toes. So I modify a lot of things I do, such as how I sit, or stand.

So here I am a mother of two – trying to find time again to be more healthy. I cut my heals in half because I know I over eat – as many Americans do. I am buying healthier foods again -less pastas, less rice, and more boiled eggs, salads, avocados, etc. I have not started weighing myself yet – I actually found that while dieting I weighed myself TOO much – and became obsessed. I am going to try to do this only 2x a month. My goal is not to get into ketosis – but to cut the amount of carbs I eat. Since I often make pasta as a go to meal. Eating pasta and bread all the time – will make most people fat.

I think many people fail to realize that not all diets work for everyone. We all have different body types. I know women who lost all of their pregnancy weight (30 lbs or less) with in a month of giving birth – doing NOTHING. While I couldn’t lost 5 lbs, while dieting and working out together! It is frustrating – and I have to admit I fell into that horrible trend of comparing myself to other people, which only sets you up to fail.

I don’t like to have mommy friends often – at least not in real life – because people try to give me advice on how they do things. But for me – I can’t go jogging with my baby. I have bad knees. My baby was also born premature and in the winter time – so when she was born, going out to work out was terrible. She got RSV from someone eventually even when we didn’t go out. And she was almost hospitalized. For those of you who do not know what RSV is here is a description:

Below is a photo of my 1 month old and I last year – when she had RSV and I had RSV. You can tell by her face how sick she got. It was scary because she was born premature – and was in the NICU for a few weeks, and then with in a month of being home she got sick. We think it was from her father’s work – someone went in sick all week and got everyone else sick. My husband came home not feeling well and we all got it. RSV is very contagious.

Lily and I (with RSV) – We went to the dr every day to check her oxygen levels and clear her nose

So that’s what I am doing – are you doing any diet? Which one did you choose? Why did you choose it? How much weight are you planning to lose? I will post some before and after photos eventually. I am still very embarrassed about how much weight I gained from the pregnancy and the back issue.

On a side note – my cysts only showed up after I had an epidural. I found out I might have had these before the epidural and during the epidural they might have punctured one…because I was in a lot of pain when they administered it and afterwards I had a Cerebral Spinal Fluid leak for over a month. I had dizzy spells – and I felt horrible for a few months. I have had two epidurals (I have two kids) and this is the first time this has happened. But for my next child I will likely not have an epidural due to my cysts.


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