Monday, February 28, 2011

My Girls

Yesterday the girls were FULL OF IT. I mean they went non-stop from the moment they woke up til the moment they passed out in the evening. It was exhausting! At one point I looked at Kyle and said, "Babe, they're crazy! How'd they get like this?" His response? "Jess, have you met us?" Touché, Ky, touché. They maybe crazy, but they are mine. And I love them, crazies and all! If nothing else, they are entertaining!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Its been over a year...

... It is time to get the weight off. 

Being that I had two babies one year apart, and since I was actually pregnant before Lucy, I can say that I was basically pregnant for two years straight. Let me break that down for you:
  • January 2008 - positive pregnancy test
  • February 2008 - Ultrasound confirms no heart beat - D&C shortly after
  • March 2008 - back on birth control, can try again in 3 months
  • April 2008 - Trip to Liverpool, 2 weeks after coming home positive pregnancy test. so much for waiting 3 months!
  • December 2008 - LUCY IS BORN!!!
  • January 2009 - back on birth control
  • March 2009 - get serious about losing weight
  • May 2009 - Back into my pre-pregnancy jeans! woohoo!! 4 days later, positive pregnancy test. oops!
  • January 2010 - PENNY LANE IS BORN!!
So there you have it. Save about 4ish months in there I was pregnant from January 2008 - January 2010. Oy. Because of this, I was gentle with myself about losing the baby weight. I mean my body had been through a lot. But last fall, I decided to get serious. But nothing happened. Literally. I had lost 8 lbs since Penny Lane was born in January. Thats 8 lbs in 10 months. She was 6.3 when she was born. You do the math on that. Boo. 

So I worked harder. Nothing. I went to a Doctor and explained my concerns; he told me to workout harder and eat less. Um, no duh. But that didn't work. ZERO change. At this point I began to get really frustrated and concerned. Something was wrong. So I found a new Doctor; one that actually listened to me and didn't blow me off as just being lazy. Hello, I have TWO kids TWO and under, I don't have time to be lazy.

New Doctor ran tons of tests. TONS and TONS. Obvious symptoms pointed to a thyroid issue, but all thyroid test can back normal. Back to square one. Doc sent me to a specialist, and Endocrinologist. She did a bunch of test and an ultrasound on my thyroid. Everything looked normal. We talked for a bit longer and suddenly she asked if she could do an ultrasound on my ovaries. Almost immediately after starting the u/s she said, "Oh, Jessica! There are just too many cysts on there to even count. You have PCOS. I will confirm with blood work, but I know that is what you have." Well, PCOS explained all of my symptoms, I mean Every. Single. One of them. The one I am focusing on right now is the weight.

(The following is how I understand PCOS, in a nutshell. I am not a Doctor, obvi.)

PCOS can make it nearly impossible for you to lose weight while your cyst sare active. This is because the cysts feed off of sugar and carbs, they make you crave sugar and carbs. The cysts, in a sense, trick your body in to think you are insulin resistant, like a diabetic. So, your body just holds on to all the sugars and carbs because it thinks it can't processes them correctly. Therefore you don't lose weight, no matter how hard you try. AND your cysts are more active the heavier you are, making it even HARDER to lose the weight. Its a vicious cycle.

I began to feel kind of desperate. I mean, I know I not fat really, but when I have stacks of jeans in my closet that I can't get into, it really started to get to me. Not going to lie, I wasn't in a great place. Then I remembered that my friend, Megan who also has PCOS, did the hCG diet after her son was born and had GREAT results from it. I did some research and talked to my Doctor about it. He agreed that it was a very good option for someone like me; healthy but in need of assistance to lose weight. He would like to see me close to my pre-pregnancy weight, that is a loss of 25-30 lbs. Wooph... That's a lot. But I went for it. I started the hCG diet one week ago. 

(This is how I understand the hCG diet as explained to me by my Doctor. I'm not an expert, obvi.)

The hCG diet is a hormone diet that should be regulated and monitored by a physician. It is very affective if done correctly, losing 1-2 lbs a day. It can be done in 23 or 40 day cycles. I am doing the 40 day cycle. This is basically how it works: hCG is the hormone produced when you are pregnant. It cause your body to release fat to feed the growing baby, in the form of calories. Well when you are not pregnant and the body is introduced to the hCG hormone it still does the same thing; it releases the fat stores but instead of feeding a baby, it feeds YOU. So you are getting calories off the fat store that are already built up in your body.

On the hCG diet you have to follow a very strict diet plan. While on the hCG drops, you can only consume 500 calories per day for 38 days (remember you are getting additional calories from your own fat stores.) The first two days of the diet are binge days. The calories have to come from a list of approved foods. You can't have any oils or sugars and VERY little carbs. To get ready for this diet I felt like I was studying for a test! It was so much information! But I got it down, for the most part (I've been calling my Doctor's nurse and my personal nurse, Megan, with tons of questions. Sorry Meg!) After the 40 days on the diet, you have a 3 week maintenance period. During this time you stop the drops and start a 1200 - 1500 calorie diet. These calories need to come from smart healthy foods. No sugars and only smart carbs. They 3 week period is essential in keeping the weight off.  Having PCOS means a lifestyle of smart food choices and healthy exercise. This is just a jump start to help me get to where I need to be! 

I am on day seven of the hCG diet! Wanna know how I'm doing so far? Well, I'm gonna tell ya! (Sorry, but I'm not going to put my starting weight out there for everyone to see, but I will tell you how much I've lost!)

hCG Diet - Week One
Total weight lost : -7.1 lbs
Total inches lost: - 6 in
Bust : .5 in
Waist : 1 in
Belly : 2.5 inches
Hips : 1 in
Inner thigh : .75 in
Bicep : .25 in
I am super happy! I'm not in my jeans, yet. But I will be! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tangled up in your love...

Its no secret how much I adore my chicklets. They truly are the best things ever. We love doing things together, you know the three (or four when Kyle is home from work) of us, but some times a little one-on-one time is nice too! Yesterday, I took Lucy to have a little girls date. We went to lunch and then to an afternoon viewing of Tangled! I wanted to take her before it left the theaters. This was her FIRST trip to the movies and I have to say, she did really well for a HIGH spirited two year old :) Luce and I left little Penny Lane with nanny and headed to good ol' Mickey D's for a chicken nugget Happy Meal and fries. Pretty sure that Lucy's favorite part was the Barbie fairy toy that came with it!

Next we were off to the theater where Lucy scored a kids tray consisting of popcorn, m&ms and a sprite! She thought this was the greatest thing ever. Srsly. Made her little day :) I tried to plan it so we missed the previews, and we got there right when the movie began. She was mesmerized! We had to take two short breaks to refocus, but both times she said, "Mommy, lets go back to the chairs!" We made it all the way to the very end and Lucy was ready to go saying, "Mommy lets go home now." Kid knew what she was taking about because she was asleep in my arms before we even got to the car. Girls dates are exhausting!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Just wanted to say...

(photo © sophia litchfield)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

(almost) Wordless SNOWednesday, again...

This was last week...

Notice the snow is up passed his knees...

AND this is what we woke up to this morning...

I feel like I'm stuck in Groundhog's Day...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Diamond Doll Loves YOU!

Really quick, if you didn't already know, I have a little design studio HERE. You should check it out!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Its starting to set in...

...Cabin Fever.

Well, not really cabin fever; we aren't like clawing the walls to get out of the house. I mean we still have 10+ inches of snow that has yet to melt and its flipping cold outside and its not like I can go anywhere anyway, Ky has my car because his is still buried. We have accepted out fate. So, its not really cabin fever, more like we are just looking reeeeeally rough around these parts. Case and point: Lucy has not taken off her princess dress in, I don't know, maybe 4 days. Yah, she sleeps in it. She try to convince me to let her take a bath in it and I almost let her... That thing is getting GROSS.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Whiteout Twenty-Eleven

We are in the midst of The Great Snowpocalypse.

14 inches.

Good thing I bought the essentials: diapers, beer, cookie dough & brownie mix.

Otherwise, someone might die :)

Stay warm, cool cats.