Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Weightier Matters

I've had an annoying 20 lbs of extra weight on me since I had Sophia that will not go away. I figure it has to do with me being in my thirties when I had her and also how screwy my metabolism must be after throwing up my guts for almost 9 months. And then, if you include all three of my pregnancies, I have more than 40 extra pounds overstaying their welcome.

See, I've never been heavier than I am now...as a non pregnant person anyway. And when I say the weight won't go away, I really mean it's not just disappearing on its own volition because I certainly haven't been doing much to make it leave. I haven't seemed to care enough about the fact that I can't fit into the majority of my wardrobe or that I'm always a little surprised to pass by a mirror and see how I really look or that Chloe has told me numerous times that I'm "still fat." Obviously, being thin is not super important to me right now. Not enough to make the changes that are needed in my diet and activity level in order to actually see improvement.

But then Sophia and I started to have thrush issues when she was two months old. You know how it goes, baby gets thrush, mom gets thrush and it just keeps getting passed back and forth. I treated Sophia internally and myself externally at first but it still keeps coming back. Again and again and again. Finally, a week or so ago, I noticed the poor child had eczema starting to set up shop all over her arms and legs. My eczema has also come back with a vengeance, along with several yeast infections (sorry for the TMI there) and just plain not feeling good.

Since some things are more important than being skinny, I bit the bullet, and started back on the yeast control diet. It's something I've been on before and it really helps all of the above mentioned situations, but it's difficult. No sugar. No cheese. Obviously no yeast...which means no bread. No white flour. Basically, those are all the things I love and just about all I ever eat. No wonder I have been riddled with yeast this last few months! And poor Sophia....she has no choice but to eat what I eat and so she is full of the yeasty beasties, too.

So, a week ago yesterday, I started my diet. Every time I'm tempted I just have to think about how miserable Sophia must be and it gives me the impetus I need to stick with it. And guess what? I already feel better myself. I have only gotten angry at my kids/husband twice this whole week, and believe me, that is a HUGE improvement. One of those times was when I was upset because we couldn't find Bria when we went to check her out of school on Friday. She disappeared for a half hour and I was getting extremely nervous and anxious so I took it out on Joel. We won't discuss the other time.

Guess what else? In only one week I have already lost 8 pounds. It took my baby's comfort level to push me to make the changes necessary to lose weight. I'm not even really doing it to be thin at this point...but it's a happy little side effect.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. YOU
    are a rockstar.
    Keep it up batman.

  2. To me you are beautiful no matter what. Keep up the good work.

    Love you!


  3. Wow! Your post just amazed and inspired me! Great job on all counts!

  4. Wow! I've never heard of the no-yeast diet. My baby and I had a problem with thrush for a really long time too. It sucks! congrats on losing 8 lbs! Keep up the great work.

  5. Hey, Lara! I actually found your blog while doing a websearch for a weffriddles clue. Small world, eh? Ooh, and there's Annie, too!

    Your kids are beautiful. I hope I can catch up with all your entries because they're very entertaining.

    ps remember all that Ariadne stuff? I wish I had THAT on video!

  6. I also have about 20 post-baby pounds that I wish I could get off (having the third baby at almost 36 made it much harder than when I was much younger with my other two). I really need to work on shedding those pounds.
    You sound completely motivated and your attitude is inspiring me!! continued good luck on the weight loss!!

  7. Lara-I spoke with your mom on the phone today. I have been reading your blog. It is AMAZING! I would love to chat. Is your phone number on here anywhere. Mine is 858-587-3693. I couldn't help but laugh because I have a two month old, we both have yeast infections, and I still have 20 pounds that won't go anywhere:) emily osguthorpe moore