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B.R.B. (Baby Ready Body)



Farewell toast. I will miss you…

I have spent a lot of time staring at myself in the mirror, hating the way my softness folds over my waist band, hating the post-miscarriage deflated boobies, hating the way my rump sags. Even Mr. Husband has admitted I am gaining weight.

Last night I sucked it up and talked to my acupuncturist, K. I wore my gym shorts and showed her how tight they have become. First we discussed my diet. I have been eating well since the miscarriage – minimal sugars, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats, etc. I have been lifting weights three times a week, going to yoga once or twice a week and doing some form of cardio (walking or biking) every day. According to all of this, I should be losing weight. But I’m not. I actually gained another two pounds this week. Freaking alarming.

K suggested that some of the now 12 pounds is likely water weight from the crazy post-miscarriage hormones, the rest though, is definitely fat. Only fat wiggles and jiggles like that on a behind.

We started with a special treatment to help my metabolic system – i.e. lots of needles in the back and one in each love handle, which was embarrassing. Its one thing to pinch your own muffin, it is another to pay someone to pinch your muffin! After about 10 minutes those needles were removed and several hard and fast points were done in my feet to help with water retention. We finished with points in my ears to relax and ground me. It was a good treatment and I look forward to a repeat next week!

Then we got down to business about what I can do on my own. K instructed me to maintain my current exercise regime, and add an additional 30 minute walk in after dinner each night. Totally doable!

She also instructed me to cut way back on carbs and to avoid all added sugar including agave nectar. To help with the bloat she suggests reducing sodium and has ordered some herbs that target shedding water weight. These will arrive on Thursday and Mr. Husband can pick them up for me along with herbs for his lingering bike wreck injury (poor guy).

I am choosing to look at this as getting myself baby-ready, not as trying to shed pounds. I am taking the summer off from IVF/FET creating three glorious months to get myself into fighting shape for what will hopefully be a genetically normal pregnancy. I want to be strong, vibrant and full of energy. I want to rock my way through my next transfer, blaze through 9 months of pregnancy and then pop out a baby with minimal medical intervention and maximal awesomeness.

My fabulous health-nut cousin swears by green drinks, blending up anything and everything with leaves including weeds from her yard. I tried the green smoothie thing for a while, but honestly, it was really expensive and required trips to the grocery store every couple of days. I just don’t have time or money for that. Sunny at Cease and Decyst has written about her journey to better health and the Green Vibrance Drink from Hell she tortures herself with drinks. Curious, I did some research and think this is one green drink that I might be able to chug several times a day. It seriously can’t be any worse than chugging Milk of Magnesia, which tastes an awful lot like the way retirement homes smell. I ordered a family sized jug of this green drink powder and am committing to finishing it in a timely manner. These greens will not have died in vain, I promise.

It feels good to be taking charge of my health. I hope that by being in great shape come August/September I will be able so sail through the next transfer with less of the Cranky Infertile Crazies and more of the I’m a kick-ass, hardcore woman who won’t take shit from these PIO shots mentality I know I have.

How are all my fellow infertiles who are still in the trenches preparing themselves for their next round with ART? Any tips to help choke down green drinks? Any super awesome workout routines that you want to share?

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  1. June 19, 2012

    I am no longer in the trenches but am now watching everything I do so baby gets all his/her growth in and that mommy does not look like she lived off ice cream and pringles once he/she is born. I was also up a few pounds at this IVF (thank you 1 year of hormones) and am determined to include it in my baby weight and not gain more than recommended. I HIGHLY recommend the myfitnesspaldotcom website (and App if you have iphone!) which is super easy to use and lets you track your calorie intake and expenditure and tracks sugars, vitamins etc etc. You just put in your current height/weight and your goal and it tells you what your calorie intake should be to get there. If you have the iphone app you can even scan barcodes of foods!
    Other than that, I have found some fantastic workouts on pinterest – my new favorite is “tank top arms” but I have seen the “bikini buns” workouts out there too. Good luck!

    • June 19, 2012

      Hey thanks for the tips! I will check out this bikini buns workout… my buns need help!

  2. Mo #
    June 19, 2012

    No tips, all I can say is you are a stronger woman than I
    Love framing it as baby ready though. Totally stealing that

    • June 19, 2012

      🙂 You are just as strong! I have total confidence in you!

  3. June 19, 2012

    Uugh I totally feel your pain! Although I’m no where near as optimistic as you are in terms of committing to a new lifestyle I know that one day I will. The stuff is all so hard that sometimes I feel as though eating my favorite thing is all the solace I can find. Good for you and good luck!! Have you ever tried a ‘spin class’….I used to love them and they are so good for burning calories!! Enjoy your green drink…you are braver than I!! 🙂

    • June 19, 2012

      I ❤ spin class! I am waiting till fall semester to start back so my favorite spin teacher returns…

  4. Deborah #
    June 19, 2012

    I know that people swear by that green drink. I have a vitamix and make spinach or kale and pineapple and other mixes for breakfast. Workout wise I love Tom Holland’s fit in 90 days. It is similar to P90X, but much more doable and between 30-60 minute workouts that have gotten me in great shape and I feel more energy. It comes with an eating plan too. It definitely makes me more motivated to take charge of my health.
    Good for you for taking charge!

  5. June 19, 2012

    Wonderful, Belle. And thanks for that graphic. I’m going to take it and use it as my desktop picture. Puts carbs in perspective for me. 😉 And getting your body baby-ready will be the best motivator. It was for me. 🙂 I love your perspective on life and know good things are coming your way! Congrats to you and your Hubby on his new job!!!!! What a relief and a HUGE stress gone. Even though it’s temp, I know bigger and better things are coming for you. Especially your take-home miracle. xoxo(Sorry, I have some catching up to do on everyone’s blogs and thought I’d mash two into one here!)

  6. veetamia #
    June 19, 2012

    Great to hear your enthusiasm!!! 🙂 I am currently reading the Making Babies [3 mo] Program and liking the suggestions shared there. For me positive attitude, exercise (though definitely not doing as much as you! where are you getting your energy from? ;)), and lots of laughing have been good for me this days.

  7. June 19, 2012

    You’ve mentioned it twice and I have to chime in. What the hell is up with the post-miscarriage flabby boobies? I was udderly disappointed in what happened to my boobies after only nine weeks of pregnancy. It isn’t as if I breastfed for three years. But, deflated they are. Sigh.

  8. June 19, 2012

    ::Raises hand:: I’m about a month in the Baby Body Ready plan!
    We’re on a break waiting for new insurance to kick in. That was the kick in the ass I needed to start paying attention to my sad, failing, infertile body!
    No advice on the green drinks, but I’ve been loving MyFitnessPal too! Seeing the calories add up through the day guilts me into working out. I’ve been rotating through a ton of workout DVD’s (not a go-to-the-gym fan) and it’s helped me immensely, although I’m sad to say my already small boobies are shrinking even more. Much luck to you!

  9. June 19, 2012

    All I do is Wii Fit and yoga videos. I’m an exercise loner. Definitely no walking in this humidity since the asthma kicked in!

  10. June 19, 2012

    I love that you’re getting your body baby-ready. I so need to do that, too, but I’m feeling a definite lack of motivation. I don’t necessarily need to lose weight, just get my ass off the couch, but it’s so hard! And now you’ve got me thinking maybe I should try acupuncture, too. You’re off to a really good start already!

  11. June 20, 2012

    Hi Belle,

    I too am attmepting to shift the added kilos after my IVF treatment. I tells ya…. these hormones are no good for the summer body! Have a good laugh at my two latest blogs and my very slow progress!

    I can’t say I have tried the green drink, but I am doing low carb, low fat dieting – though as per my blog – with limited results.

    Maybe I should give the green drink a go.

    Good luck with your newest adventure! 🙂 xox

  12. June 20, 2012

    So it seems this is a topic going round now. I do my work-outs but no weight loss has happened, more like adding on! So it must be the foods and I have to start watching that. The hardest thing is to change diet. I love the green drinks though, usually have spinach leaves or kale as base adding other fruit and/or berries + water. Really tasty.

  13. June 20, 2012

    I LOVE the positive attitude! Especially how you are going to rock the transfer, pregnancy and pop out awesomeness! You go girl!

  14. jak #
    June 20, 2012

    pilates and running and low carbs!! my cycle was canceled but the weight i gained from it did not cancel with it. i’ve lost about 3-5 lbs already and its only been about 3 weeks since it got canceled.

    diet – yes, i agree. low carbs. people eat way too many carbs. everytime you want a piece of bread, go eat half an avocado instead:) yum, yum, yum… and replace beer with red wine.

    a baby with maximum awesomeness, love it! you deserve it!!

  15. June 20, 2012

    I was doing great. I was down to my wedding weight and then gained 6lbs over the last 2 months of follistim cycles. Now that I am on a break I am trying my hardest to lose it again before I start the next cycle. Hopefully I can and maybe a little more. I try to go to the gym 5 days a week and I do an hour of cardio plus strength training. Keep up the good work. You are pushing me to keep it up.

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