Monday, March 25, 2013
OK Sparkpeople - I'm back!
Life has completely changed since my last update. COMPLETELY. I am now a mother to a sweet, happy, funny, and adorable baby boy. I am still working so to say that life is busy would be a ridiculous understatement. Here is a quick rundown of my life recently:
*Baby was born in late October! I'd gained about 35 pounds, I think. I wasn't stressing about the weight.
*The birth was a great experience, no trauma, so I was up and walking that day and started walking up and down the street at 3 days postpartum. I desperately wanted to move again!
*I lost all the baby weight in about 2 weeks without trying. (Don't hate me!) I give credit to nursing. I think it really helped take the pounds off, and it required me to eat good food and stay hydrated.
*I started working out a bit in November and December and ran two 5K's on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. They were my worst times ever, but I was just in it to have fun!
*Since then, I haven't worked out until this weekend. I go for walks with the baby, but he won't tolerate more than 15-20 minutes, and I can't really go fast. It's something, but it's not quite what I want.
*In the past two months, I've put on a few more pounds and even though my pre-pregnancy clothes fit, they don't fit WELL. I need to do some work.
With all this in mind, here are some goals for the near future.
1) Work out twice a week. Walks with the baby don't count - real workouts. Right now what sounds good is zumba, treadmill if it's cold, or walking/jogging outside if the weather is nice and the sun is up.
2) Stop. Eating. Junk. The pounds just melting off at the beginning really spoiled me, and I've given in to my sweet tooth. I need to work on removing the junky food and incorporating more fruits and veggies.
These things are pretty basic, of course, but that's where I need to start. This weekend I worked out twice which was a really great feeling. I think that most weeks I can find time on the weekend to workout once, and find one evening during the week to go to the gym after Baby goes to bed.
My longer term goal is to get back into running full time and do two Half Marathons at the end of the year. I am so looking forward to accomplishing that goal!!!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Hi friends. I just wanted to take some time to update on how I'm feeling lately with this pregnancy thing.
Of course the strongest feeling I have is the feeling of being blessed. I am so thankful for this new life, and I just want to say that any complaints I may have take a backseat the positive feelings I have for this baby :)
Now, on to the rough stuff! Ha!
Changing my mindset about workouts is proving to be a giant challenge for me. Exercising on a regular basis (and with great exertion) is truly my lifestyle now. Five years ago I could not have said that, but thanks to SparkPeople, my love of running and yoga, and my desire to stay fit, I LOVE being active. That said, I have had to adjust some of my expectations now that I'm solely responsible for the health and safety of this little one. Saturday was an extreme example - I went to White Rock Lake in the morning to do a 5 Mile Race with the Dallas Running Club. I woke up and felt really off, but I got dressed and asked my husband for some encouragement to get out the door. I made it to the race site. I got my bib and tshirt, said hi to a few friends, had my bathroom break, and walked to the starting area. All of a sudden the off feelings I'd had all day got worse. I felt lightheaded, my heart was racing (125 while mostly standing still), my muscles felt weak, and I knew there was no way I'd make it more than 15 minutes in this race. Here's where the mindset change has to happen. In the past, I'd call it a mental block and PUSH THROUGH. These days I can't do that. I can't risk actually passing out, or getting stuck 30 minutes from my car with no strength. So I did something I've never done - I watched everyone else go past the starting line and I walked back to my car. Despite the fact that I knew I was doing the right thing in that moment, I felt so defeated. This just isn't something I'm used to, and it's hard to adjust.
The good news is that for every bad day I have like Saturday, I have many more good days. I take advantage of almost every good day and go for a walk or go to the gym. Today I got 2 new prenatal DVDs so I can do some prenatal yoga, and this summer I plan to spend some afternoons at the gym doing some gentle swimming.
I know this mental adjustment will continue until the end of this pregnancy, and then I'll have to adjust in new ways after I am a Mom (Oh my, that's scary to type!) I'm just happy that I've wholeheartedly adopted an active lifestyle over the past few years - this will always keep me going forward!
Monday, April 02, 2012
How's that for an attention-grabbing headline? ;) I promise this will live up to the hype!
I'm pregnant! And so excited about it!
I found out in early February, and I'm due in mid-October. Overall, I can't complain too much about pregnancy symptoms. I've felt a bit of nausea, a TON of fatigue, and a loss of appetite, but no vomiting so none of that other stuff seems bad! I am close to being done with my first trimester, and the bad symptoms are beginning to fade. I'm hoping to feel normal soon (everyone promises me the 2nd trimester is better, so they better not be lying!!)
I feel like what I'm about to write is full of excuses, but it's all the truth about how I felt. I haven't run much in about 6 weeks. I've hardly walked for exercise. I have had SUCH a hard time just staying awake in the evenings, and exercise seemed out of the question. (I'd come home around 3, go to sleep or an hour or two, then go to bed around 7:30 for the night. This is fatigue like I've never known, even when I was untreated hypothyroid a while ago). On top of the fatigue, I just had a general yucky nauseous feeling 24/7, and it's really hard to get up off the couch and jog around when I feel like that :( However, as I mentioned earlier, all my symptoms are starting to fade so I'm starting to try again. I am going for evening walks, even if it's just for 10 minutes. Today I'm going to try a mix of walking and jogging. I know that I won't be able to make much progress in running as the pregnancy moves further along, but if I can train myself to run 2 or 3 miles again, I think I'll be very proud of myself.
Finally, a plea - if we're facebook friends, please don't say anything over there until I announce it later in the week. There are still a few more people I need to tell in person before I spill the beans to the whole wide world! :)
Monday, December 26, 2011
Wow, I haven't posted in five months. I had something come up in September that seriously messed up my mindset with fitness, nutrition, etc. I don't want to go into it much, but it made it hard to log into sparkpeople and be honest with my blogging and nutrition tracking. That threw me off, and I just stopped logging in.
The bad news is that I felt cut off from this awesome community, and I MISSED IT! I seriously missed you guys. The good news? I mostly stuck with things. I had to take a few weeks off from my running program, but I did get back into it and followed through.
I ran a half marathon in November and another one in December. I SMASHED my previous times of 3 hours and finished these in around 2:25.
In October I made a big change to my diet and completely changed up my breakfast routine. I now have a gigantic smoothie every morning for breakfast. I think I'll write another blog about this sometime. I am all about convenience, and I've made a system for myself that helps me stick with this healthy routine. Another blog, another day.
As we close up this year, I am re-dedicating myself to SparkPeople. I am hoping that 2012 will be an exciting year with many big developments, but only time will tell. :)
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