Our Journey

2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"

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Weight Loss Update

I’ve now been doing Weight Watchers for just over 6 months. How naive I was to think that I’d be able to shed 50 lbs in 4 months! I’m not sure where I ever got that notion; perhaps because the last time I attempted to lose any amount of weight was in 1999 and a decade ago the endeavor was A LOT easier.

I am down 28 total pounds from the start of this journey. I’ve also shed 17.5 inches from my body. I have more energy, I no longer need an afternoon nap, I am sleeping better, my skin, hair and nails have improved (not that there were issues prior, but there is a noticeable difference), I’m down two clothing sizes and 1/2 a shoe size, and I generally just feel better (less moody, less short tempered, more aggreeable, more even-keeled). And, I feel like the changes I’ve implemented are things I can stick with life long. It feels much more like a life style than a diet. It has changed the things I cook and the way I cook yet we still eat well. I do not feel deprived. I feel like I am in control of what I eat and I can choose something with empty calories or choose something more nutritious.

I have 30ish more pounds to lose and I gather it will take another 6 months or so (it seems that my average weekly weight loss has stepped up a notch recently probably owing to a more efficient metabolism so maybe it will come off more quickly. But even at a pound a week, that’s 30 weeks which is more than 6 months). I am consistently working out 5 times/wk and I hope to be a much improved version of myself by my 45th birthday in May.

Weight Watchers unveiled a new plan a week ago, PointsPlus, which is healthier version of the old plan. I liken it to South Beach meets the Gylcemic Index. The new plan has jump-started my motivation and I’ve converted relatively easily because I embrace change in general and these changes make sense. I do have to be careful when eating out (or in any uncontrolled setting) as old habits die hard and the truth of the matter is that I like to eat. But I find that I rarely reach for food for comfort or when I am stressed or upset which is a huge win for me.

I probably eat 50% less a day than I did 6 months ago. I kicked the Diet Coke habit well over 6 months ago and have stuck with it. I eat far more fruits/vegetables and lean protein and have converted almost everything to whole grain (breads, pastas, etc). We’ve almost abandoned eating red meat (we will be having tri-tip for dinner tonight which will be the first red meat we’ve had in 3+ months).

My husband, who has been very supportive (and allows me to attend work-out classes whenever I need to without ever giving me a hard time for being gone so much) said the sweetest thing to me the other day. We were getting ready to go out and he looked at me and said, “Honey, are you skinnier now than when we got married?” to which I said, “Yes, by 5 pounds.” He said, “You really look it”. I love him.

4 comments to Weight Loss Update

  • Man, I am just catching up on everything, huh? How I missed this post I don’t know.

    CONGRATULATIONS! Honestly, even if you’re not there yet with the weight loss? For me, it was the lifestyle change that I was most happy about – something that was sustainable, long term, you know? It means that you won’t yo-yo any more, because you’ve set up your life to continue the habits you’ve made. Awesome, awesome job.

    :)

  • Tireegal

    That is so great! Keep up the great work!

  • Sue

    He’s right, you look fantastic V. I envy your motivation for the changes you’ve made! Although I know I can make changes, I am not very motivated these days, and after a long Diet Coke hiatus, I am back on my one a day habit. Ugh.

  • Your husband sounds like a doll. And you sound like someone who’s on a life-changing roll. And inspiring as hell!

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