I did so good when I was pregnant with my 2yo. I only gained 20 lbs (mostly in the last month) and ate healthy. But she was born 6lbs (at 42 weeks!) and I worried that it was my fault because I didn't eat enough.
So when I was pregnant with my 3.5 month old, I wasn't so mindful of what I ate. My band was pretty much empty both pregnancies. I gave into cravings, ate more than I should have etc. I gained about 45 lbs.
I'm back in the gym, ready to get the weight off. I'm going for a fill on 8/1 but I'm still pretty much empty right now. I'm eating healthy meals and good portion sizes but I have two habits that I am struggling REALLY hard with.
Soda and sweets!!!
I'm a stay at home mom of a 2yo, the baby and homeschooling my 8yo. Sweets are my comfort food. When I'm stressed (which is pretty often - I mean hello, I have a toddler lol), I crave sweets to make me feel better. And because I'm nursing, I don't want to eat things with artificial sweeteners... plus I'm just not a fan of really processed foods that have a lot of ingredients I can't pronounce.
The soda isn't as big of a problem because once I get my fill I won't be able to drink it anymore (and yes, I can drink soda freely with no problems - my band has less than 3cc right now, I could probably eat a horse - and I don't recommend people try drinking soda, it's evil and once you let yourself have one you'll want more and more!).
How can I kick the sweets habit?? I've told myself at least three times, "Okay, on suchinsuch day I'm going to stop eating junk food except for once on Saturday," but it lasts for maybe two or three days and I am so irritable and *****y that I go buy something. Like today, the kids wanted something sweet (I rarely bring sweets into the house) and I let them get a big cupcake to share. Well, I had some too. One of those with the big mountain of icing on top. And what did I wa**** down with? A 20 oz. Coke. Because if I'm going to have a cupcake, I may as well have soda too, right? (sarcasm)
I started going to the gym on 6/20 and haven't lost a single pound because I can't stop eating junk. I mean, we have healthy home cooked dinners almost every night and I usually have a SmartOnes for lunch and cold cereal for breakfast (I realize my diet could use some work but calories in vs. calories out is my problem and the excess is in sweets). I have never had such a hard time kicking ANY habit before. I mean, I quit SMOKING before getting banded and it was easier than this!
It doesn't help that I'm super hungry because I'm breastfeeding. My boy eats like a little piggy (he's 95th percentile in weight and length!).
It was so much easier when I worked because I wasn't nearly as stressed and I was always involved in weight loss challenges with coworkers where whoever won got $$.