Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I'm 17 weeks pregnant today!
I had my regular 16-week checkup with my midwife yesterday, and she is pleased with my 3-pound weight gain. That's TOTAL so far, and I've been freaking out a little because at my last visit she told me she wants to see 10 pounds by 20 weeks, and I continued to gain nothing despite not even thinking about calories for the first time since as long as I could remember. And I seriously don't know how I could possibly eat more!
It is a serious head trip after working so hard to lose so much weight to suddenly be upset when I DON'T see the scale tick up. But as long as she thinks I'm progressing well enough, I guess I just have to roll with it for now!
I am astounded that Baby G will be able to hear soon! Seriously, wonderfully crazy stuff this growing a person thing is. I'm eager for the first perceptible movements even though I know it can still be many weeks. Relying on infrequent ultrasounds to tell me is all is well is nerve-racking at best.
I let them bully me a bit into genetic screening for Down syndrome and such because of my "advanced age" of 37 (BAH), and I am happy to report the chances are next to none, according to the results. It wouldn't have changed nothing, of course, but it is comforting to know that is one additional challenge we won't have to face. Facing first-time parenthood at my ripe old age LOL is challenging enough!
I am scrambling to find ways to make room for Baby G in an already cramped two-bedroom apartment. Creative ways to "divide" a small office/library into part nursery would be greatly appreciated from anyone who'd done this before! Or perhaps some pointers about what gear we'll really need and what we won't? I've been thinking about going the mini crib route, and there's one that is collapsible, has locking wheels AND converts, evidently, into a playpen and changing table. Or do I not need those latter things? Because I also would like to go the longevity route and get a mini crib that later converts to a toddler bed.
I am still biking and have finally ordered maternity jeans and yoga pants, although I really didn't want to take on that expense. But I can't stand this belly band contraption much longer (so tired of readjusting everything!) and I think I got a moderately good deal -- $25-$30 bucks each, but at buy one get one half off. So around $90 after tax for four pairs of pants. MUCH more than I would ever spend on regular clothes, but what can I do? Especially since I am 5'2" and REALLY need petites, I didn't think I'd have tons of luck shopping used anyway.
In other news, we are headed to the Pittsburgh area this weekend for our friend's wedding, and I'm pretty excited because a) this friend more or less introduced my husband and me over 10 years ago, and we're sooo happy for him, and I haven't seen him in years, and b) we never EVER get to go anywhere! We'll have to leave Friday after my husband gets off work, and it's about an 8-hour drive (so at least 9-10 with all my expected potty breaks! LOL). The wedding reception is Saturday afternoon/evening and we'll have to leave sometime on Sunday, but I still plan to enjoy the trip as much as we can!
More later, Sparkies. Hope all is well with all of you!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Prego safe! Mixed greens, scallions, cucumbers and avocados, topped with broiled salmon and jasmine rice, garnished with toasted sesame seeds and crushed seaweed sheets, and dressed with gluten-free soy-ginger dressing. Served with edamame (not pictured). YUM!
Inspired by the brilliant gals at the blog A Beautiful Mess!
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Hello, Spark Friends!
I sure do miss all you guys. I've been just barely showing up around here for way too long.
Most recently, that is because life is just crazy-busy (as it is for us all), but also because I am trying to redefine my fitness and nutrition priorities in light of the fact that...
I AM 15 WEEKS PREGNANT!
I've spent so long trying to hide it while I waited out the requisite first trimester that it now feels pretty darn exciting to shout it from the Internet rooftop. So thanks for listening!
It's been a pretty intense couple of months. Without getting into too many specifics that I am not comfortable with airing so publicly, long story short is I spent most of my life absolutely convinced that I was never going to have children. So needless to say, this is all a pretty big head trip for me now, at 37 years old!
Similarly, I also swore I would never ever get married, but since I took that leap a year and a half ago with the bestest guy there is (who knew I'd find him?!), it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. So I am sure that Baby G will top even that!
I am a little disappointed that I had gained back nearly 15 pounds before I even got pregnant, but I am not obsessing over it. In fact, I AM obsessing over the fact that I'm starting to show but I have gained NO actual weight on the scale yet! How could I ever have guessed I would reach a point in my life where I am worried about NOT gaining weight?!
My midwife says it's fine so far. We'll see if I gain anything by my next appointment in almost two weeks and how she feels about it then. Problem is, I cannot possibly eat any more! I am not paying attention to calories at all, even though I know eventually I will have to again to prevent gaining TOO much weight.
And I'm still biking! Again, midwife says it's OK, since I've been doing it for years, as long as I can maintain my balance, etc. I am just slowing it down and being extra-extra mindful in traffic. I hope to make it through at least most of the fall and then reluctantly give it back up for the train. But we'll see what my body's plans are!
So there you have it, my dearest Spark Friends. I do intend to keep in better contact as life allows. Surely SOME of you will want updates!
Friday, October 04, 2013
Or it could be me, of course. But it's only my second day with it, and I'm super frustrated!
Yesterday it seemed to be doing a few weird things, but since it was the first day and I was just setting it up and such, I decided to mostly ignore the feedback until today. It's not going well so far. So many people report loving these -- it has to at least in part be something I am doing/not doing/not understanding then, right? Any feedback from experienced users would be greatly appreciated, as I'm almost ready to pack it back up and return it already!
It told me I was restless quite often during my 6.5 hours of sleep last night (I know, I know), but not awake -- even though I remember waking up and speaking to my husband at some point -- leading it to report that my sleep was 97% efficient. Great! Except, as usual, I felt like I'd been run down by a train when I tried to wake up this morning. Hmmmm.
Now, it could be that you need to be up and moving -- like, walking to the bathroom? -- for it to detect that you're "awake," which I guess could just be a "limitation" of the current state of the technology (which otherwise seems crazy-advanced to me!), but that's not going to be terribly valuable for me. If I didn't want the sleep-tracking function, I could just buy an HRM or something.
Yesterday during the day I had set my main goal as steps counted, since I knew I was going to walk about 2 miles on my lunch break and I wanted to test out the feedback. But I changed it back to calories burned before I biked home for the same reason. I was pretty pleased when I got my "goal met" four flashing lights with about 2 miles still to go, until much later when I got a push notification (after 11 p.m.!) that I had almost made it to my goal -- just 2.000-some steps to go. Argh. So wrong goal AND obnoxiously late. I should have been in bed already. Maybe it will know when I am and not send them? I am not hopeful.
It finally seems to be remembering my main goal (about which you get the flashy-light feedback) but I also have tried to change the numeric part of my goals (number of steps, calories burned, etc.) numerous times, but it keeps reverting back to all the default settings. I don't see any "save" button...am I missing something?
I just don't believe it so far! On the first day, by the time I got to work (before I had fully set it up yet), it told me I had logged a few hundred steps, even though I had walked only out to my bike and from my bike into my work building. It also told me I logged only 3.1 miles in distance, which is accurate only if it applies to STEPS ONLY. That's fine if that's what it does...but as I am primarily a cyclist, this also is not really useful to me.
It also says I burned a total of 2,052 calories yesterday. I average 175 per ride (5 miles! seems so unfair, doesn't it? LOL), and I rode to and from. Plus I walked about a mile or so one way on lunch (FitBit says 64 calories there and 60 back -- and at least that seems reasonable, since on the way back I slowed just a bit by my groceries). So that's 470 calories burned. Can I really be burning nearly 1600 calories just from walking no more than 30 feet to the bathroom at work multiple times a day and pacing my kitchen while making dinner?
Today the flashy lights said (and are still saying) I met my calories-burned goal before I even made it to work (same routine - modest movement getting ready for work and 175-calorie bike ride). My dashboard says I've burned 900-some calories so far -- but the goal setting has reverted back to the factory-set 2,184! 900 is NOT greater than 2,000...this much I remember from grade-school math. Argh again.
And if those things were true, wouldn't I be melting away when I am compliant with my 1400 calorie intake per day? Evidently not, because then there are food goals: If I tell it I want to lose 1 pound per week for a total of 13 pounds by January, it says I can only eat 770 calories.
And even though I have not logged any food yet with the FitBit, it says I have 0 of those 770 calories remaining. It does say something about updating over time as you log, but what - why? It's math.
And what the heck are "active minutes"? It says that yesterday I had 58 total, which doesn't seem right: 25 minutes biking, minus maybe up to 10 for traffic lights -- I doubt it's that many, but let's estimate 15 anyway. So 15 x 2 (bike to work, bike home), plus 15 minutes each way on my lunchtime walk = 60.
So far today: 2. MINUTES. Remember I biked 25 minutes in to work?
I wish I could upload screen shots from my phone to make this easier to describe, but I never ever have time for anything at home anymore, and it's not possible at work.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
NOT "diet"-friendly, but my hubby made it for me! First time we've had gumbo since I stopped eating gluten, so ... 2-3 years?!
His go-to recipe (which he only ever uses as mere guides) used to be Emeril Lagasse's, and when I looked up a GF recipe I discovered both his daughters are gluten-free (one has celiac disease) and they wrote a GF cookbook, containing, of course -- gumbo!
Ours has all the fat (I found my stomach almost entirely souring at first at the idea!) but we used chicken andouille from Trader Joe's, plus shrimp and a nice piece of halibut. And we used the ONE bell pepper we got from our very-late-planted plant this year!
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