Monday, February 25, 2013
What an insane winter.
In January, my grandma became very ill and I helped take care of her at home until she passed... I'm so grateful for hospice. I'm so grateful that her suffering was minimal. She and I were great friends; I miss her terribly... and I know she wanted nothing more than to meet her new grandbaby.
Last week, we had 17 inches of snow dumped on us in less than 2 days.. Thanks Q!
Apparently, there have only been 4 times in 90 years that we have had this much snow this fast in western Kansas. And now we're getting even more! Don't get me wrong... western Kansas is well known for crazy, crazy weather; but I'm so, so ready for spring! I'm so ready to get outside!
This past Friday, we had the 20 week ultrasound: IT'S A BOY!!! Talk about a shock! My hubby was absolutely convinced it was a girl...I had no instinct, but hoped for a girl... but he is ALL BOY, no mistaking it! Everything looked really good; looks very healthy. So far, my weight gain is at 4lbs; which is great! I'm just really excited to get out more, get walking more, go garage sale-ing, and get things cleaned out and ready for baby!
In March, we're making our yearly trek back to Ohio to see my in-laws. It's a 1000 mile drive one way; I'm not looking forward to that part at all.
I hope everyone is surviving the winter... it's always harder to stay active and on track when it's cold, snowy, and deary. Here's too a great spring and summer!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Christmas was definitely an exciting time... We told both of our families about our pregnancy (this was their big Christmas gift) and everyone was certainly surprised, but exceedingly excited!!! I think it is the best gift I could ever give.
We did have a bit of a scare with some bleeding a few days before Christmas, but everything is perfect - ultrasound should a feisty, healthy baby with a heart rate of 170 and I haven't had any further issues.
I will be 13 weeks along tomorrow and am finally getting a reprieve from the extreme nausea.
At this point, my current weight is 302. My lowest weight in 2012 was achieved in mid-October, the same week we conceived: 301 lbs.
My goals for the new year, obviously, focus on having a healthy pregnancy and working on postpartum health.
I am not actively restricting my intake and find that (except for the holiday meals) I am able to intuitive/naturally eat around 1800-2000 calories/day, which I am comfortable with. I also hope with the decrease in nausea I can get my protein intake back up to 25% of my calories and get my carbs back down to 45% of my calories.
I intend to get back to the gym on a daily basis as well - the past 3 weeks have been hit and miss with getting used to the routine of my new job. I have decreased the intensity of my workouts, but my heart rate shows a great aerobic workout. I hope to maintain 1000+ minutes of cardio/month for as far into this pregnancy as possible. I will do some lighter strength training with exercise balls and body weight exercises.
Other Goals: I feel that if I am on track with my nutrition and exercise goals, then I am largely unconcerned with whatever weight gain I have or don't have. However, I will continue to track my blood pressure regularly just to ensure that I don't have any further issues come up (I have been off blood pressure meds since August). I am also going to continue to actively participate on Spark People - this has been integral to my success to this point, and would be silly of me to think that Spark People can't help me reach my pregnancy goals, too.
Hear's to the New Year!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Well, my Spark Friends, I haven't been on much in the last 2 weeks because of training with my new job and still working/transitioning out of my old job... I get out of training at 5p and come home and work from home till 10p and hope to get a good night's sleep.
Fortunately, I am in the home stretch - I only have one more day (Saturday) to help with training my replacement, then I can focus on my new job and try to get back to normal.
BUT, normal won't really be the normal that I have been living since the beginning of the year.
I was going to wait till Christmas to share, but it's just too exciting...
A few weeks ago, me and my hubby found out that we are GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am about 10 weeks along and due in mid-July; and this is our first.
I have been trying to keep up with exercise and healthy eating - but working 2 jobs and being overall fatigued and kept me out of the gym for a few days last week; and the NAUSEA has been so overwhelming, I'll just eat whatever sounds least offensive to get through the day. The nausea seems to be fading a bit, which should make it easier to eat more healthfully and in a normal range.
I have decided to do my best to maintain my current exercise level for as long as possible (250 minutes/week) and have modified my intensity a bit so that my heart rate isn't too high. I have also settled on 1700-1800 calories as a good place to be to keep me healthy through the next 7 months.
It was an unexpected surprise, and it is great to know that I have done enough for my body to be healthy enough to actually function the way that it is intended...
Anywhoo, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas/Happy Whatever Holiday You Celebrate!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Well, for as conflicted and difficult as making the decision was... I did indeed submit my letter of resignation to my boss (the president/COO) at 6pm yesterday.
After the last 4 years of my life, I firmly believe that there is a divine plan that we just sometimes have to take a leap of faith.
Everything in the last 6 months has been leading up to this - shoot, I even switched over to my husband's health insurance in October (not active until January)... had I not done so, health insurance would have been issue with switching employers.
I had a rough night last night - just didn't sleep well, with my mind trying to come to terms with my actions. I needed alot of moral support, and I am grateful to my friends and family for helping me cope with this.
Today, I am already beginning to feel some of the weight lift off me... I hope that through the end of the year, I will be able to use this as a motivating force... to build up some momentum and get to the end of the year with a 60lb loss. I really believe that shedding some of the stress with make a world of difference in my results and my ability/desire to stay on track.
I also bought VIP tickets to Country Stampede in Manhattan Kansas for next year. I've gone twice in the past, and have been at an undesirable weight each time. This event is in June, so I have time to get more weight off and continue to build up my endurance to be out in the heat!
I hope these changes will me to refresh, and re-motivate with EVERYTHING. I need to, and I'm looking forward to making it happen!
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