Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weekly Weigh In - 6 Weeks

So I guess this week would be week seven if I kept going from where I left off. But I lost track. And things have changed anyway, so I'm going with pregnancy weeks now. :)

I have not lost any more weight. Or gained either. Which is great!! But also a little bit of a bummer. I mean, I know it's healthy, but it's frustrating to unexpectedly not be able to lose weight anymore. But oh well. I just have to remind myself that I can use the next several months to ingrain healthy habits into my brain so that once this baby is here it is super easy to drop all these extra pounds!!

It's sad to say, but at my heaviest weight I was considered obese. Yuck!! I hate thinking about that. However, now, I'm just overweight. Which stinks, but whatever. It's better than obese. Anyway, for overweight women, healthy weight gain throughout pregnancy would fall between 15 and 25 pounds. So that's what I'm aiming for. I'm going to try to gain as little as possible, as far as I feel okay, the baby is healthy, and my midwife is happy with my progress. I don't know what exact number that will be, but I'm just planning to play it by ear. For now, the goal is to not gain any weight during the first trimester. And less than a pound a week after that. Again, so long as it's healthy.

I'm learning to listen to my body better. I start to feel weak and get light headed if I haven't gotten enough. And I have to be better about not letting myself get to that point. It's funny because I'll eat what I think is plenty and then my body will let me know otherwise. It's sort of a strange feeling, not having control anymore.

I'm eating basically the same as before. Although I eat a little more. I get queasy and weak if I go too long without eating so I've added an additional healthy snack to my day. And I usually have a little extra for breakfast. Like an extra piece of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter or a larger smoothie or extra piece of fruit. I'm usually super hungry first thing in the morning. But I'm trying to make sure every additional calorie is a healthy additional calorie.

And as far as working out goes, I've had to stop Bootcamp. I'm looking forward to getting back to it once I get the okay from the midwives after baby comes. But in the mean time I ordered Lindsay's pregnancy dvds (found here) and they came last weekend. I'm starting the first trimester workout today. Can't wait!! And on top of that I'll do cardio 5-6 days a week. An hour on days I don't do the video, and about 30 minutes when I do.

But like I said before, I'm learning to listen to my body. Like last Saturday I was feeling EXHAUSTED and didn't want to workout. I thought it was just psychological and pushed myself to workout anyway. You know, some days you just feel lazy, but once you make yourself DO IT you feel great!! It did feel good, but I was wiped out the rest of the day. I realized that my body was telling me it needed a break and that I should have listened. So yesterday I took the day off. Much needed!! And today I feel better. Much better. (Aside from wanting to curl back up in bed because the kids woke up a few times last night so I didn't get a great night's sleep). :(

I realized over the weekend how much of a learning process living healthy is for me. I don't think it'll ever be easy. I think it will always take effort for me. I'm sure it will get easier as I go, but it will always be work. Which is good. Work is something I have never been great at and I'm learning to be better. But one day I'll have reached my goal and will get to keep on learning while enjoying the results of all of this work. :)

And there is a lot of fun that comes along with it! Like cooking! I've never loved to cook. When Jason and I were first married, I didn't have a lot of recipes, so we ate the same things every week. That was boring to me. And all of the recipes I had included sour cream, cheese, cream of mushroom or chicken soup, etc. Fatty, creamy, yummy, but disgusting. And I hate doing dishes. So cooking was not so much fun. Now I'm finding all kinds of simple, yummy, quick, healthy and delicious recipes online! I love trying new things! It makes the cooking fun for me. I enjoy it! And because we try a new recipe or two each week it keeps things interesting. We repeat the things we really like or things we haven't had in a long time and we never get bored. Yes, it takes planning and preparation, but I rarely find myself wondering what's for dinner at 5 and stressing to figure out what to make. And there are usually leftovers, so I can take a night or two off and just have that. PLUS, it makes the occasional take out night even more fun, since it's a rare treat instead of the normal once or twice a week.

Anyway, I'm rambling on and on about stuff that I'm sure no one else really cares too much about. So instead I'll bore you for a minute with some complaints!! :)

MY BOOBS ARE KILLING ME!! Seriously, I don't remember them hurting this much the first two pregnancies! A good supportive sports bra helps, but I can't figure out how to wear it with the g's. Over? Under? It just doesn't work. Ugh.

And the bloating and gas cramps! Ugh. Ugh, ugh, UGH!! I mean, not gas like passing gas all the time, but like pointless gas bubbles in my abdomen that just cause pain. And the bloating is just annoying. I'm not showing this early, of course, but my pants, which have just started to fit well again from the weight loss, fit snug on the days that I'm bloated. YUCK. Those are the days I wear my sweat pants and cry. And has anyone else had ligament pain this early in a pregnancy? I don't remember feeling those tugs and stretching until way later on. Should I be worried??

Oh, and have I mentioned how tired I am? All. The. Time. I get up at 5 most day, but I crash around 1 or 2. Which, thank heavens, is when Payson is at school (3 days a week) and Jack takes his nap. So I take a nap too. And then I'm still out by 8 or 9 at night. The most frustrating part about that is that that nap time is when I usually get things done! Like primary stuff, or cleaning the house, or whatever else. I have to take advantage of the nap, but I feel like I'm not getting anything done because of lost too many precious hours of my day! So if I have something I promised you I'd get to or if I'm supposed to call you back, please excuse me. I was probably sleeping instead of getting it done.

Although, I really shouldn't complain about those little things. So far, I've gotten nauseous on occasion and sick only a few times. (Knock on wood). I'm hoping it stays that way. And to be honest, I would gladly keep all these other darn symptoms if it meant keeping the morning sickness at bay. I'd take just about ANYTHING over being sick. I hate throwing up. Ew.

Anyway, enough of that. I'm off to throw on my sweats and brush my teeth and take the kiddos to playgroup. Maybe I'll curl up on the floor while the kids play instead of socializing with the other moms. (Can you believe I'm literally ready for a nap at nine in the morning?!)


Tiffany said...

good for you for learning to listen to your body. the body is an amazing thing... most of us just don't listen to anything it has to say! it WILL tell you if you are doing too much, not eating enough, etc. so keep learning to listen! that's was one of the keys to my weight loss. also, you'll love her dvd's. just enough to get your blood pumping and make you feel better, but not too much that you feel like you're dying. it's a great combination of toning and light cardio... you'll fine, the further you get in your trimester, the harder it is to do the workout. and in the beginning when you are sick, it was one of the ONLY things that helped me feel better, was to do her video. the yoga sections rock! let me know how it goes!

Denise said...

I wouldn't worry about the ligament pain. After you've had a couple of kids, everything changes. Heck, I still get ligament pain occasionally, and my youngest is five years old! It's just all stretched out and tired in there, ya know?

As for getting light-headed, hypoglycemia has been my first sign of pregnancy with most of my kids. Babies like to suck the glucose right out of you. The best way to avoid hitting that point is to make sure you're eating every few hours to keep your sugar levels even. It's not so much eating a lot, as it is eating often. And incorporating protein (like your toast with peanut butter).

Sounds to me like you have a reasonable, healthy plan in place for your pregnancy. Good job!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are listening to your body. I know it's hard sometimes, but that is the best way to know what you need or don't need.

And I TOTALLY understand wanting to nap at 9 AM.

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

awww, the wonderful joys of pregnancy!! You're doing awesome!

Abete and Tara Batini said...

The ligament pain is what I am experiencing the most right now. Mornings I am good but within a few hours of activity I am ready to crash....pain. I was thinking the other day I was having all sorts of energy and very happy with it. Now...10:00 I want to head back to bed. Four months to go!!! Oh wait then I will have a baby....still naps at 10:00. Love you!!!

r said...

You are so awesome! I've always used pregnancy as an excuse to stop exercising and eating reasonably :D Way to be!

And is it evil of me to be happy you wrote all of these complaints down? I don't feel the slightest urge to get baby #3 cooking anymore. Thanks for sharing, because seriously, looking at newborn baby pictures on FB was starting to get to me and I know I'm really not ready yet. O.o

Emily said...

so i still haven't told you congrats! the third was so hard for me. everything hurt more, got bigger sooner, and was ALWAYS tired. naps were a must not a luxury. it's a good thing you are excited about this surprise cause it makes getting through it so much better! good luck

James and Cassidee said...

I've been reading your blog because I found it through Hilary's. I am a year yonger then you but we went to school together. Anyways, you are a crack up and I enjoy your posts. Very inspirational and motivating! I hope you don't mind me adding you to my reading list.

-Cassidee Jensen Bird