Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Could running be evil?
So what all has my new crazy love of running gotten me you ask? Well in 8 short weeks I'm 16 lbs lighter, I am getting more exercise than I normally would in a year, I've spent a lot of money on running shoes, I feel amazing, I sleep better, I'm happier and my baby has stopped gaining weight. Yes you read that right. I am nursing a 4 1/2 month old, see photo to the right, and she has stopped gaining weight like she used to. At this age she should be gaining about a pound a month, but she has only gained 20g in the last 10 days. Yes less than 1 oz in 10 days. So after seeing my doctor today I've been told to scale back the weight loss for the next two weeks and up my fat intake, think 2% milk, olive oil, flax seed, etc... and see if that extra fat makes its way into my milk. If it doesn't I may have to start putting her on formula which isn't something I want to do. So now I have to face the fact that my love of running and healthy diet may be the reason my perfect baby isn't gaining the weight she should be, and honestly I feel so guilty it makes me sick!
My mother tells me she's healthy, fit and very alert, so she's fine, but I've seen her growth chart and when I started running and trying to drop the baby weight she stopped gaining weight, and that hurts. I wish I could take it back but I can't so now I have to work at eating more, when I'm used to eating less and hope that the extra food makes a difference. If not, she'll be 5 months at the next visit, I'll start her on iron enriched rice cereal and see how that works for her, and maybe some mushed food to help, but formula may be in her future and I don't want that. So now I'm sad today, and have to drop my pound loss goal for the month but I'll keep my 1860 minutes of activity goal and see what happens in two weeks.