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Stepping It Up in the Second Trimester

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yesterday I officially entered the second trimester. emoticon I'm already starting to feel better: my stomach is more stable and I'm a lot less tired. I think Tuesday was morning sickness's last great hurrah. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself, lol.

Tomorrow I have my 12 week sonogram (a week late) and DH and I have taken some baby belly pictures (I'm popping out to the point that I'm wearing almost exclusively maternity clothes). I'll try to get those posted sometime this week; some of you have been asking for them. emoticon

The second trimester is supposed to be pregnancy's sweet spot and I intend to take full advantage of it. I started this morning by modifying my SP nutrition goals to be in line with the guidelines for expectant mothers of multiples. The numbers are a little intimidating: from 1700-1900 calories to 2100-2400, 100-150% of RDA for calcium to 150-200%, plus more modest increases in iron, protein, and folate intake. Tracking is going to be key since the changes are pretty dramatic and the exact opposite of the direction I'm used to them moving. I'm not quite sure how to meet them, so tracking and adjusting as necessary is my tactic.

The next thing I need to step up is fitness. I did almost nothing in my first trimester; the combination of morning sickness, exhaustion, and foot surgery did me in. Last week one of my toes got infected so I still can't go all out, but I can at least pedal the stationary bike for half an hour. (Antibiotics have the situation under control.) My goal is to do that 3 times a week. That's not exactly where I was working at before pregnancy and surgery, but it's the best place from which to start building back without overdoing it, which I am famous for.

My other priority is physical preparations for the babies. I started working on baby registries and my mom has begun talking about shower planning. I've been knitting and sewing lackadaisically and it's time to turn up the focus and volume.

My hope is that this plan is as effective as it is simple. emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/24/2012 5:25PM

    Your plan is great, I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures too!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/17/2012 2:14PM

    Looking forward to the photo's. This is such an exciting time for you and yours. I'm happy you're allowing us a peak inside your baby world.

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KATHIERAE 7/17/2012 9:04AM

    Simple plans are always best!! Can't wait for pictures...

Oh, do enjoy this time. Life will never be quite like THIS again... emoticon

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MERRIKATE 7/16/2012 7:57PM

    Wonderful to be entering this zone of new energy and comfort, Jen -- and your plan makes excellent sense. Yup, we be awaitin' those pics with eagerness, to put it mildly!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/16/2012 4:13PM

    Great plan! Yes, I agree about the second trimester being the "sweet spot," so enjoy!!

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KITHKINCAID 7/16/2012 2:48PM

    Can't wait for those pics!

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Yesterday's Foot Surgery - The Least Eventful Part of My Day

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Surgery went well yesterday. DH and I got to the office half an hour early - we were worried about traffic and getting lost - and they worked us in soon after we arrived. Very, very nice. The doctor numbed up my toes a lot more than in previous procedures - three times more in the left foot and four times in the right, to be precise. (The right needed an extra shot because he did it second.)

The only thing that I didn't like was that my feet dangled off the end of the table, which felt weird and made me nervous. The doc charged my husband with distracting me, who decided to tell me to think of this as practice for labor. Yeah, that worked as well as you think it did. emoticon Just more proof that men think totally different from us...

As usual, the nurse came to the rescue. She is a mother of twins herself, but hers are 18 now and going off to college in the fall. So we had a great talk about twins while the doctor did his thing and my husband watched. The nurse bandaged my feet up in pink gauze (win!), gave me some Tylenol, and sent us on our way. The whole thing took less than an hour.

The worst part was getting home. Work is equidistant from the clinic and home - which means the doctor is over 40 miles away. Leaving there on a Friday at 2 p.m., it should have taken about an hour. But DC traffic being what it is - the worst in the country, as measured by the time wasted just sitting by the average commuter - it took us two hours. And DH's gas-thirsty Volvo had less than a quarter of a tank. DH rarely stresses out, but I thought he was going to lose it - he was truly afraid we were going to run out of gas. That's bad on an average day, but when it's 102 (107 with the heat index) and you're trying to get your pregnant wife home from double foot surgery, it's a disaster. I couldn't walk to the nearest gas station if I wanted to and the heat could damage or even kill the twins. So I played a game on my cell phone while he tried to exit. We wound up at a nice gas station with a Starbucks next door. Nice, clean bathroom, full tank of gas, and cold drinks all around. (I had a decaf skinny mocha frappuccino with soy - 130 calories and lots of calcium and protein. That was the best choice I was capable of under the circumstances, lol.) The truly ironic thing was that traffic eased up as soon as we got back on the highway and I didn't even finish my mocha before we got home.

I ensconced myself on the couch for the rest of the day and things went great until just before bed, when DH saw on the news that we were about to get hit by a huge storm. This area is notorious for losing power. See above about why that would be a very bad thing under the circumstances. DH being an eagle scout, he made a list of all the hotels between here and Annapolis, which is 30 miles away, out of the storm's way, and on a different power grid. He was fully prepared to pack our bag and drive even to Baltimore to find an air conditioned hotel room if that's what it took. Bless him! Lucky for us we kept power - unlike 500,000 other customers of the same power company and our neighbors just a few blocks away. Another storm is supposed to blow through tonight, but at least we know the drill and are prepared. I might pack a bag after dinner: I figure if we're totally ready to go, we won't need to. But if we're not, we will. Darn Murphy anyway.

I finally showered and changed the dressing on my toes late today. Everything looks good - and barely hurts. Tylenol turned out to be sufficient. emoticon So I'm thrilled with how everything worked out.

Have a safe weekend everyone!

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KITHKINCAID 7/5/2012 4:07PM

    Hurray! Good to know it all worked out. I just heard about the massive power outages yesterday. That's what I get for being out of the loop for my own vacation. Won't say it wasn't a nice break! Feel better soon!

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KATHIERAE 7/1/2012 8:05PM

    Oh hubby gets points for finding gas AND iced coffee!! emoticon Glad your tootsies are doing well and I pray the weather settles down so hubby can relax and you can continue to heal... emoticon

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MERRIKATE 7/1/2012 2:44PM

    The title I referred to was "Attitude is Everything" - thought it belonged right here, and actually it does. emoticon

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MERRIKATE 7/1/2012 2:43PM

    This account has made my weekend, which is saying a lot 'cause it's Canada Day with a holiday and all.

What a terrific tale you tell, JJ!! Wow, if ever a blog illustrated the title "Attitude is Everything" to perfection, THIS is the one -- what a day, what a woman, what a couple, what good humour and forebearance. (Gimme more of those, Universe, please. And toss in a latte like the one SHE had?)

Love it. And you.

Fab that the feet are now mending from much-needed repairs. You and the twins will enjoy being fleet of foot before long, eh.

hugs, and happy smiles -- with thanks for this uplifting slice of your life.


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LIVELAUFLUV 7/1/2012 8:39AM

    Glad to hear your surgery went well, and that you made it home safe and sound. Hope all is well with the weather in your area!

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SLIMSOLO10 7/1/2012 12:19AM

    So glad it all went well!!! I'm a nurse and that is the only think that has ever bothered me is when I watched them do surgery on my mom's toes! So your husband will be great in the labor room!! Glad you came out of the storm OK- my son was in Baltimore for 2 quarters interning and is glad to be in Seattle this summer since its been so hot!
Stay cool and safe and don't over do it on your feet, OK? emoticon

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Attitude is Everything

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My pregnancy symptoms had eased up a bit last week, to the point that I thought the worst was over. Well, the universe saw fit to tell me otherwise this week, lol. Acid stomach, fatigue, inability to concentrate are all back in force. Tuesday was the third worst day I've had and I almost went home sick. (I'm glad I stuck it out, though, because a coworker brought in frozen yogurt that made both my belly and my soul feel better and the social time let me fill up the day without having to take time off.) I haven't been getting quite enough sleep - I can "only" seem to find time for 8 hours a night and a 90 minute nap in the afternoon, so I'm getting really worn down. Today is a so-so day and it's going to be a rough weekend because I'm having ingrown toenails removed from both big toes tomorrow. This surgery will be harder than the others because the doctor is going to cut them down to the root so that I never have to have surgery again. And because I'm pregnant I can't have the good painkillers or any anti-inflammatories. DH said we're going to treat this weekend as a dry run for bedrest (we're planning for the worst but hoping for the best, and bedrest is a very real possibility). He's going to set me up in a nest on either the couch or the bed, whichever I prefer, and not let me get up unnecessarily. He's in charge of cooking and I am forbidden to worry about household chores. Single ladies: he does have a younger brother!

So what does this have to do with attitude? I'm not letting any of this get me down. I take it moment by moment and do the best I can. Sometimes that means I'm running at full capacity, other times that means spending the afternoon looking at lolcats and waiting for 3 p.m. so I can go home. The way I look at it, the discomfort is inevitable. But the way I manage it and deal with it are completely up to me. I've gotten over my resistance to taking pills or using medication, at least the ones that I'm currently allowed to take, and am taking as sunny an outlook as I'm capable of at any given moment. I'm also treating myself as I can: this afternoon I have a prenatal massage after work and tomorrow I'm getting a fabulous Good Dog sundae at a local lunch spot before surgery. (Fudge brownie, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and hot fudge - split with DH to minimize the quantity.) I figure that self-pity and wallowing in my misery will only make me feel worse, not better. And why inflict that on myself?

My plan seems to be working based on the fact that I make it through the day without meltdowns or undue difficulties - and the kudos I'm receiving from those around me. About every other day DH tells me how beautifully I'm handling this as he tucks me into bed. Today alone two coworkers told me that they're impressed by my attitude. The woman told me that listening to what's going on with me makes her fear pregnancy and I told her not to because it's so worth it - and the cool factor of seeing the beans in sonograms and ultrasounds and the cool factor of the expanding belly far outweigh the discomfort. I'm not sure I convinced her, but I did get a gratifying look - "I'm not sure if you're crazy, but I admire you." emoticon The guy I talked to is a retired Master Sergeant in the Army. He told me that he wishes his soldiers had always had an attitude as good as mine - I complain a lot less with a lot more real problems. High praise indeed!

Plus I'm at the tail end of the first trimester, and the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter every day. I'm looking forward to being able to eat normally and have my old energy level - and brain power! - back. In the meantime, I'm counting on my positive attitude, Tylenol, and Zantac to get me through the days. emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/28/2012 5:40PM

    Jen, you have such a great attitude, you really do. I'm praying for a quick recovery from surgery and God bless your hubby! I'm glad you are being well taken care of, and I agree w/ the Sgt., more people should have this positive outlook!! You are doing yourself, and those babies a real favor, they feel everything you do, so being as stress free as possible is such a gift you are giving them.

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SLIMSOLO10 6/28/2012 5:03PM

    Hope your surgery goes very well and kudos on your great attitude. That and the the Lord will carry you through this the best possible way! I'm just so excited for you! emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 6/28/2012 4:04PM

    Haha - 2 bundles of joy certainly come with their fair share of "joy" don't they. Sorry about your feet - that really bites the big one. But you'll be back on those toes in no time!

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ELLYFINT 6/28/2012 1:47PM

    Jen!!! I've been away for another while ---- and so just read your post: CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES on your pregnancy :) Yayyy for the happy times ahead :) :) :)

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DIXIED88 6/28/2012 1:35PM

    LOL, we are all crazy, but it is worth it! I admire you too. I can't imagine having foot surgery in the 1st tri. But it's smart to get it done now before you have two little ones and foot issues!

You are completely AWESOME! And your Hubby is pretty awesome too. Take care and stay positive. emoticon

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MONTREAL12 6/28/2012 12:23PM

  Good luck with your surgery and must say that I love your attitude! emoticon

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Reconciling Myself to Pregnancy's Changes

Friday, June 08, 2012

Pregnancy is hard. Those of you who have been here know this truth firsthand, the rest of you probably secondhand from friends and loved ones. But I need to process a little bit, so I'm blogging - pretty standard operating procedure for me. :)

Pregnancy is hard for everyone. The hormones and their effects - fatigue, forgetfulness, nausea, sensitive stomach, etc - are no joke. Your sense of "normal" simply no longer exists and this is the hardest part for me. I spent over two years learning about and implementing fitness and nutrition changes and now some of that stuff is impossible and others aren't good ideas. For example, getting 5 servings of freggies a day is really tough when the slightest hint of acid makes my stomach ache and gives me dry heaves. This makes me particularly sad because my beloved strawberries are in season and will be gone by the time I can eat them again. I had to cut back my workouts because of my plantar fasciitis and now that I'm healing up I can't increase the intensity because I'm pregnant. I plan to address the workout issue with my doctor on Monday; he might have some good ideas. But honestly, most days I am so sick and tired that I can't cook dinner let alone work out.

And then there's my...expansion. I've put on 2-3 pounds, which is about where I should be now or maybe just a bit more. (Again, I'll talk to the doc on Monday.) But based on how much bigger I've gotten and the fact that I'm growing a womb, I don't think it's that much. Yes, I've gone up a pants size (thank goodness I saved all my old clothes!) but my big problem is my boobs. Plainly I'm a busty lady but right now they're RIDICULOUS - I feel like they precede me into a room by a good 10 seconds, lol. I have to sleep in a bra for my own comfort. And I got professionally fitted because I just couldn't cope with them anymore, rofl. They're also heavier - I think at least half of the weight I've gained has gone straight to my boobs. The rest is in the womb that has just barely started to pouch out a bit. But it seems like my body has gotten bigger than the amount of weight I've gained would require. Just another funny thing pregnancy does to you. :)

My point here is that this is a lot of change to take in all at once and adjust to - especially because I'm generally not feeling great. Now, I shouldn't really complain because I am having an easier time of it than a lot of women. My morning sickness is just enough to reassure me that this is a normal, healthy pregnancy and my wonderful husband picks up the slack around the house and lets me rest as much as I need to. And I'm truly grateful for both of these things. That said, some days it's hard to get it through my admittedly thick skull that it's okay to only work out once or twice a week and if my nutrition is far from perfect. And after working so hard to shrink it's sometimes hard to remember that I NEED to expand and gain weight now. The key thing is to take good care of myself and thusly the baby. Overdoing it - which takes a heck of a lot less these days than ever before - punishes me the next day with horrible acid stomach and two days of fatigue. The more sleep I get and the blander my food the better I feel. These are very, very strong inducements to skip workouts, sleep a lot, and eat whatever the heck seems like it'll go down and stay down. Chocolate milk first thing in the morning? Soda crackers at 2 a.m.? Yes, please!

And, although it's taken some mental wrangling, I'm okay with it. My first obligation right now is to my belly - both my literal stomach and the bean that utterly relies on me. Life should get easier in another six weeks and I can start getting back to pre-pregnancy normal, doctor's advice permitting. In the meantime, I'm learning important lessons in flexibility and taking it one moment at a time. Stress isn't good for me or baby and I truly believe I'm doing the right thing by letting myself off the hook and doing whatever feels best at a given moment. Besides, that's usually all I have the energy for, lol.

As you all know, I'm a worrier and a planner. That has gone into suspension for now. So very many things can go wrong with pregnancy that I'm choosing not to think about any of them - because the other alternative, given my analytical and semi-paranoid nature, is to think about all of them and launch into a panic. That doesn't do anybody any good. So I've decided that everything will be fine and I'm behaving accordingly. I have learned a lot about pregnancy and fetal development and make my decisions based on that. For example, most books advise you to avoid hot tubs and baths at all costs. The fact is that you shouldn't get your body temperature above 102 degrees. Given that we keep our hot tub at 100 degrees and I can't stand being in it for longer than 15 minutes, I'm not worried about an occasional dip.

My current mottoes are:

"Just use common sense and don't pickle your baby." - my OB (seriously!)

"Everything is 'risky' right now. But I figure that the most dangerous thing I can do is drive to work on the Beltway every day. So I'm just not that worried about it." - me to the receptionist at my massage therapy clinic upon being told that getting a massage in the first trimester is "risky." (Standard massage by a certified prenatal masseuse is about as statistically likely to cause a miscarriage as, say, crossing the street and only slightly more likely than getting hit by lightning.)

"Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end." - a new British film out whose name escapes me right now

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KATHIERAE 6/12/2012 12:04PM

    Add my vote to the others. You ARE doing it right. You should keep doing what you think/feel is right. And when you start feeling babies (!!) move--all that morning sickness and uncomfortableness WILL be worth it! I so don't miss the ill feelings but I totally miss feeling babies moving inside me. Such a blessing to be part of the miracle of creation.

And now because I seem to be into advice giving... walking is considered exercise. You don't have to go "all out" but when you feel up to it, walking can be the best thing for you to relieve stress AND for "cardio".

Congratulations, again and again!! emoticon

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MERRIKATE 6/10/2012 10:32PM

    SO, Missus!

You been waiting a li'l bit to announce the joyous news here and to explore the not-so-joyous adjustment time with your usual candour!?

Awesome, all of it except the acid, fatigue and iron boobs -- yup, the first trimester or thereabouts is less than lovely for some of us. As Pickie98 says, soda crackers may be your close companion till the acid lets you be.

That serene attitude will work wonders for every atom of every member of your growing family, too: beautiful stuff. Hugs to you, and the softest, deepest serene-most 'vibes' imaginable.

If you've hinted when you are 'due', I missed it.

KEEP us posted, if y'can at all?

Thanks, Love!


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LOTUSFLOWER 6/9/2012 2:04AM

    Jenn, how in the heck did I miss the good news?? I knew you were trying but didn't know you guys were expecting! Congrats!!! And so many changes with being pregnant, that acid one, ouch, I remember that all too well. I think you are doing fabulous and my only advice is try not to worry too much. With my first daughter I did that and tried to plan everything (including her birth story before the fact lol) and it doesn't go according to plan, I think the very definition of a baby is to not follow plans, so just enjoy this time and have fun. You will miss it once you're not pregnant anymore, strange as it sounds. Feel free to bounce any thoughts, concerns, etc. off of me! Congrats again, how exciting!

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KITHKINCAID 6/8/2012 4:56PM

    My cousin had an enviable pregnancy with her first baby. She didn't read a single book. Went to the doctor when she should, but took everything with a grain of salt. And just decided to eat what felt/tasted good and do activities as she was able/felt like it. Her baby was perfect, her labour relaxed and everything was great because she remained so "unaffected" by everything. Women have been doing this since the beginning of time. Trust that evolution will guide the way and that your INSTINCTS are correct. Because in this case, they have to be.

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I think writing out your thoughts is a fantastic way to process everything that is going on. Hope the nausea goes away soon!

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DIXIED88 6/8/2012 3:47PM

    Awwww! I know this sounds silly but I loved all this blog. I AM sorry you don't feel great and are exhausted. But I have these warm and fuzzy memories of napping after work and waking up with my hands cupping my barley there baby bump. The crazy changes in your body make me think of the miracle that you have growing inside you. It's really insane that we as women can make such a perfect little person without giving it any thought.

I loved being pregnant (as you can probably guess!). It's the only time that my son was completely mine. I didn't have to share him. I mean my husband was there and involved of course, but only I knew when he moved or hiccuped. I felt a connection with him that I can't even describe before I ever saw his face. I created this wonderful little guy that makes me so happy everyday inside of ME! It's my proudest moment.

Anyway enough about me, enjoy this time. Take time to rest when you need to, eat what you crave (in reasonable amounts), and let all the other stuff roll off your back. You're going to be such a great Mommy!! emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/8/2012 2:20PM

    Relax, enjoy soda crackers and the whole process. This time in your life i s only for you.. hubby can share, but you will understand later..

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Plantar Fascitis, Family Weddings, and Other Challenges

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The past two-plus weeks have been really bad on the wellness front. They've dealt me more challenges than usual, and I haven't met them very well. Every day I try to do better than yesterday and I succeed more often than not but it's from such a low base that I know all I'm doing is inflicting less damage, not even damage control.

Let's start with the physical one: plantar fascitis. My left foot has been hurting for a while. And, like a typical stubborn Kraut, I didn't get it looked at right away. About three weeks ago a coworker noticed that I was limping while we walked to the cafeteria and gave me her podiatrist uncle's phone number. So I called him and went in. He chided me for waiting so long to see him because I was making the problem a lot worse; walking had become difficult and running impossible. Yeah, you think I would have learned better by now, but you'd be wrong. :) Anyway, he diagnosed the problem as plantar fascitis. Basically, the ligament that works in tandem with the Achilles tendon is inflamed.

The doctor gave me a pretty comprehensive treatment plan: I have to wear a wrap for a month, orthotic inserts in my shoes pretty much forever, stretch 3-4 times a day, and roll a can around on the floor as physical therapy. He also told me to take it easy in my workouts and gradually build back up to running. He forbade me from wearing flip-flops and any sandal I can't put my inserts into and suggested that high heels would ease the pain. My case isn't particularly bad but it could quickly become so if I don't do as I'm told. I am admittedly a bad patient - I'm stubborn and don't like to listen - but I'm working hard to comply this time. I've been good about wrapping my ankle and wearing my inserts; I even invested in new low-heeled shoes that work better with them (my beloved ballet flats just weren't tall enough to accommodate the inserts). The one place I overdid it was trimming back my workouts: I completely cut them out for two weeks. emoticon Talk about a counterproductive strategy! Yesterday I finally got back on the stationary bike and did very well with it. My new gym shoes - Asics gel evolution 6 - should make the elliptical doable again. And I'd like to start walking outside again. My goal is to do 3 gentle cardio workouts a week. I'll work ST back in after a week or two - they actually mess with my feet as badly as cardio does.

DH comes from a giant Catholic family and somebody is always celebrating some major life milestone. April was wedding month: we had one in South Carolina and another in Baltimore on back-to-back weekends. For me at least, that was a recipe for bad eating and skipped workouts. I tried to make sane choices and did pretty well but not nearly good enough considering that I'm not working out. I know that I've gained weight because of the way my pants fit but haven't yet been brave enough to step on the scale.

Easter, DH's birthday, and TOM all took a toll this month, too. My wonderful SIL very sweetly made us Easter baskets. Yikes, chocolate overload! And the guest bags at the weddings weren't exactly healthy, either. I could barely impose order on my eating habits during TOM this month. As if the hormones weren't enough, there's the deep disappointment of having failed to get pregnant. DH and I are trying to conceive and although it's only been two months, I'm disappointed each time my period starts. And somehow feel inadequate as a woman. Yes, I know this is irrational and a gross overstatement of reality, but there it is.

This weekend is also going to be very busy and the following we'll be in Wisconsin for my and my dad's birthdays. If previous history is any guide, I won't do a great job of eating well while I'm home; there are just too many tempting treats and family pressure to eat them. I think all I can do until we're home for a while is to focus on eating enough whole grains, freggies, and dairy, try to indulge in moderation, and get in those aforementioned 3 gentle cardio workouts. I think a more ambitious plan is doomed to failure. Sigh. But sometimes all you can do is damage control, and that's where I am right now.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/28/2012 7:55PM

    Remember to always take care of you and ALWAYS be kind to yourself too.

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INFINITEJESS84 4/27/2012 9:38AM

    Hang in there! Life is always going to get in the way of taking good care of ourselves. I think the most important thing is that you dealt with a setback responsibly and got back on track. Maybe you can remember these last few weeks in the future when something comes up. Then, you can remind yourself to see a doctor more quickly because you don't have time to waste! You've got things to DO, grrrrrrl!

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XFITSTRONG 4/25/2012 4:28PM

    Did the podiatrist suggest cortizone shots at all? I battled it PF for 10+ yrs before finally getting a referral to a podiatrist. I got a shot in the foot.... twice.... and I have been pain free for 2 and a half yrs now.

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MERRIKATE 4/25/2012 3:12PM

    LOVE this blog. Giant hugs to you, JJ-love!

With all this info is set down to be shared in candour and confidence, it sounds as if you can release its attendant negative feelings and relax a bit more into THIS moment, here where your damage control is fab and your self-acceptance is becoming more loving.

Everything IS okay, really okay -- as are you. Events unfold in accord with the universe's innate wisdom; they always do. Seems you're called to ease up a leetle bit, refocus, and rediscover the simple joys before and within you here and now. So perhaps you can puff those raggedy feelings afloat & away with a friendly flick of your fingers, maybe try some meditative breathing, and 'hand it all over' to your higher power as often as needful.

On the great foundation of your good work thus far for a healthier body, any challenge is FAR easier to cope with -- in its way, even the plantar fasciitis is on your side. An unwanted shift of routine seems to be a big help in the pregnancy quest for many of us, for some reason.

Today, right now, everything is tickin' along fine. As another wonderful stubborn "Kraut," the remarkable Hildegard Von Bingen said about 800 years ago, "Love abounds in all things, excels from the depths to beyond the stars, is lovingly disposed to all things." Then along came Dame Julian of Norwich a few centuries later with, "All will be well, all will be well, all manner of things will be well."
An immense chorus of wise and caring women through the ages is humming faith and encouragement to cradle you, Girl! If there's anxiety in your heart, replace it with loving welcome of what is to come to you, as you 'relax' in the embrace of Life ...
(Having waxed all soulful here, I realize I'm talking to myself just as much as to you, dear JenJess, excepting the baby-quest!! Thanks for this chance to re-focus in trust! )

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TRAVELGRRL 4/25/2012 1:46PM

    I've had plantar fasciitis and it's a BEAR. Take all the advice given! Be sure to stretch in the morning before getting out of bed. It took 7 months for mine to completely heal.

Try not to get too stressed out about trying to get pregnant -- that can be counterproductive!

Good luck with all your challenges!

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