A little back story/info: I was about 15-20 pounds overweight when I got pregnant with Tanner (a lot of that is boob weight, though-ha!). I gained 60ish pounds with Tanner's pregnancy, and was only able to lose 40 postpartum. I breastfed, dieted, and exercised and I could not get past that plateau. I could binge on food during the Holidays, and I wouldn't gain weight either. It was incredibly annoying.
I got pregnant with Wesley at that same weight. I only gained 20 pounds with that pregnancy and lost it all immediately 2 months postpartum. I was right back at that number that I was stuck at for 2 years.
When Wesley was 2 weeks old he started showing signs of colic (something I don't wish on anyone). Around a month old I started giving him probiotic drops. That seemed to help for the most part. But it didn't get rid of the colic completely.
Around 4 months old I cut out dairy because of Wesley's colic symptoms mixed with his green, mucousy, blood tinged poop. 3 weeks later I noticed a big difference in the colic, and his poop. (He is still a very temperamental baby and has his angry moments, but his overall mood is better)
I noticed a difference in Wesley, and in myself as well! I never realized how much dairy I ate until I couldn't have it anymore. Not just milk, cheese, chocolate. But whey and casein, too. It was very hard at first, but after being dairy free for 4 months it's become normal.
I also have lost weight! I think I lost a couple pounds PAST my plateau mark from just cutting dairy! I started couch to 5k in July and I've lost even more weight. 18 pounds. It's still so shocking. I was stuck for so long. My first goal was to get back to the weight I was when I got pregnant with Tanner. I have 5 pounds to go. And then my next goal will be to lose 15 more pounds. I will reevaluate then, whether or not to lose 5 more.
I've always wanted to be a runner. So many people talk about how they love to run, how it's a stress reliever, and so on. Every time I tried to start running I hated it. Absolutely loathed it. I couldn't understand why anyone wanted to do that for fun. But back in July I just had this feeling. A feeling like I might actually be able to complete couch to 5k.
I finished the first week and felt great. Finished the second week, and still felt great. Each week that passed, I was feeling awesome and proud of myself for sticking with it. I was so excited (and nervous) to run my first stretch of 2 miles. I had only done that 2 times in my life (once in high school and once in college). I did it. Over and over! And I've run 3 miles straight! My last run was a spur of the moment thing with Nick and the boys in the stroller, and I HAD FUN! What has happened? I don't know but I love it!
I'm in my 4th month of running, It's not really something new anymore. It's habit now. And I'm so happy!