When I had my first daughter, I lost weight much quicker than I'm losing now. I know this because I used Calorie Count and I've gone back to check (since it keeps that kind of crap for forever...so I can easily go back and see how much less I weighed in 2008 than I do now). Since Peanut Butter was born, I've been eating as much or more than when I was pregnant. So I've lost about 5 total pounds since the water weight went away after labor. That puts me at about 20 pounds more than I was before I got pregnant. TWENTY pounds.
So, starting this past Sunday, I began calculating my calories again on Calorie Count. It's not like this is the first time I've tried using this since it worked so well for me...back in 2008, of course...I actually lost 20 pounds then, keeping track of what I ate and exercising. I ate 500 less calories a day than I burned and lost that much weight in less than 4 months.
In just the 3 days since starting this, I've 'lost' 2 pounds. FYI, I know this doesn't mean I actually lost that much weight. It's water weight and it's probably about what I would be if I was eating a little less crap and a little more fruits and vegetables. I've decided only to weigh myself every other day, hoping this'll keep me from getting discouraged when the weight isn't changing. Weight isn't the only thing that matters, blah blah blah, but when you look in the mirror and see a size you've never been before, and most of your clothes don't fit, and the number on the scale calculates with your height to put you in the 'overweight' range, it's okay to want to worry and work on changing a self-destructive lifestyle. My baby deserves a cleaner supply of breastmilk and I deserve to care about how I look and feel about myself.
There is a bit of talk that losing too much weight, too fast while breastfeeding can result in toxins in the milk, but trust me, I'm not going to lose too much weight, too fast.
On a total side note, I freakin love my new bluetooth. Wore it running tonight with the dog, stayed put and didn't cut out at all...having something in just one ear gives me the chance to hear whatever I'm listening to (currently 'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn) and the traffic.