Debbi probably writes the happiest blog ever–I remember the first time I read one of her posts I immediately posted it on facebook because it literally just made me happy. I don’t even remember which post it was, but since then any time I want to smile, I head over to Debbi’s place. So I hope you enjoy her feature today & become her bloggy friend!
Hi everyone, I’m Debbi! I’m the weirdo behind This Lovely Life. I’m so excited to be here today because I think Kate is awesome!! Who wouldn’t want to be a featurette of hers?
Kate, has asked me to answer a few questions before I bestow some really awesome advice to you.
Let’s get started..
1. A little advice about blogging? The best advice I have and what I practice, is to blog for yourself. Write what entertains you. Don’t try to please others. People can tell if you aren’t being real. If I don’t want to read my posts 500 times than I’m not going to hit that publish button.
2. My favorite blog? Besides Mommy Monologues? Funky Mama Bird. I never miss a thing she writes! Beth is great. You should go visit her!
3. Ok, my favorite piece I’ve written? This is hard for me. Remember question #1? So, I asked my biggest fan, my Padre, for his opinion. He picked The tale of the 1500.00 baby food.
Now, on to that really awesome advice I mentioned above. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
How not to lose weight while breastfeeding.
Last week, I had lunch with a great friend who was up for a visit from San Deigo. We got to talking about pregnancy (like how enormous big my belly got), giving birth (2nd degree whaaaat?) and breastfeeding. She asked me, “Doesn’t breastfeeding help you lose weight?” “Yes, it does,” I said. “Except in my case.” Huh? But Debbi, you say. Why are you different than, every other reproductive female on the planet?
You see, I love chocolate. I love it’s sweet cocoa-y flavor. It’s smooth texture. It’s deliciousness that fills my tummy with happiness. But as soon as I got pregnant, I hated it. The beloved fudge my Aunt and Uncle make every Christmas tasted like metal and those luscious brownies my boss would bring into work tasted like cardboard. It was a very sad 37 1/2 weeks.
The second though, that I successfully pushed that 7 pound 7 ounce angel out, I loved it again. I craved it. Not just any chocolate though. I wanted eclairs and huge pieces of chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate frosting with chocolate shavings on top (no joke). And I wanted them bad. So for one whole month, every.single.night, my loving husband (who was he to argue?) would head to the store and pick up my delectable treat. And every night I would polish off every last crumb and lick the plate enjoy my little treat.
Then I would stand in front of the mirror and look at the semi-truck sized flat tire around my waistline. Wondering why my lactation consultant and every piece of breastfeeding material and bfing mama had lied. How mean of them to get my hopes up like that! Finally after a month, I stopped giving Safeway my husband’s paycheck indulging and finally noticed a little difference. Hey! I thought, breastfeeding does help you lose weight, as long as you stop eating like a pregnant holstein cow. Go figure!
Now, I wonder when I will come to the realization that if I want my love handles to go away, I actually have to do some exercise? Or are they lying about that too?
Thank you Debbi! And leave her some comment love!
Allyson & Jere says
Oh girl, you're preachin to the choir here. Well, I never got to really nurse, so I was screwed there for sure. But, really…we have to give up all the good stuff? Not fair.
Cute post, glad to share the "featurette" distinction with ya.
Ah yes. That was me and my breastfeeding induced addiction to Mint Slice biscuits. Whole packets would eat themselves!!
i didn't lose anything but my sanity when breastfeeding. Seems to always happen to me – that "opposite" thing 😛
know what I was turned off of during pregnancy? coffee. I mean, i know you're not supposed to drink much when prego anyway, but it's like my A#1 love and i couldn't even smell it w/out feeling like I was going to puke. Which was hard working downtown Boston where there's a Dunkin or Starbucks on like every corner.
I would have to agree about Funky Mama Bird…recently discovered her blog, she's always fun!
Great post..now I'm off to discover your blog, too!
PB&J sandwiches. At 3am. Nothing EVER tasted so.damn.good. 🙂
This is the best advice, and I couldn't agree more! #1 is the best. Glad I ran across your blog. Have a wonderful weekend! TGIF!!!
Shelby Bukhenik says
hahahaha I love that!
I love it! I guess that why I never lost the baby weight, too much chocolate!
Hello! I'm Kate. says
THANK YOU DEBBI! I loved this post!
You're welcome Kate! Thank you for having me!
LOL. I love chocolate too. After the initial weight loss when my daughter was born, I stayed at the same weight for a few months (10 pounds above my pre-preggo weight). I was just SO hungry from breastfeeding. I lost it eventually though. And I still eat chocolate almost daily, I just limit it to one or two squares 🙂
Mommy's Sippy Cup says
This is great!! What a true and wonderful post. I used to hate chocolate before the evil man (my husband) came along. Before him I could resist the temptation. Now, I will eat the entire bowl, bag, whatever you have!