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Back from hiatus - Pregnancy, School, & Nutrition catchup

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I missed checking in & chatting with everyone here the past couple months! I've been still struggling with exhaustion & some family issues, & now I'm taking a couple more classes at the local state university. Yay!

So the pregnancy is going very well. I'm about 18 wks (almost 19), & my ultrasound is scheduled for just a few weeks from now. We'll hopefully find out then if we're having a boy or girl. I'm very excited! (As is my mother who keeps calling me to ask if I know yet, even though I promised her I'd call her first & then told her the u/s date. SMH.) I have HORRIBLE round ligament pain, but sadly that is normal for me. I had the same with T-bug. Not much helps it, either, so I just usually suffer through. I did a lot of walking for my first day of classes yesterday (about 3+ miles), & the pain was almost unbearable last night. Oy! Baby is growing well, though, despite the fact that I've only gained 2 lbs in the last 2 mos. And that very small gain was not b/c I was exercising or watching my nutrition! Now that I'm getting back into all of that again, I'm hoping I'll start to see a loss while baby bean continues to grow.

Yesterday I was looking at pictures with T-bug, & I was seeing myself from back in March of this year. It was horrifying. I still can't believe that's me. So I'm going to print out one of the pictures & post it on my fridge, so I'll be reminded of what I'm fighting against every time I go to fix a meal or grab a snack. It's amazing how I'm able to block the realities of my body from my mind when I'm not staring at a picture of my obese self. Wow.

In the last couple months, even though I haven't been tracking nutrition or exercising, I have still been making conscious efforts to be more healthy. The main thing I've been doing is continuing to buy & prepare natural, organic, whole foods instead of regular food full of GMOs & pesticides & lacking all of its natural nutrients. I am really starting to think that is why I haven't been gaining weight the past few months. I have discovered so many advantages to going organic, & one is that I am more quickly satisfied with less food. This also translates into a smaller bi-weekly grocery bill, which I did not expect. I really thought shopping at a specialty food store would result in a higher food bill, but I've discovered it's exactly the opposite. In the past 3 months or so that I've been buying organic food, I have saved no less than $500 on our total grocery bill. Whereas before on payday, I'd head to Wal-mart & buy all generic brands & spend b/t $250-300 every 2 wks, now I go to Trader Joe's & have yet to spend more than $230 for a 2 wk period (& most times I spend less). So if you're considering going the natural, organic, whole foods route, but you're nervous about the impact on your budget, take heart! You may very well find yourself eating & paying less like I did!

I guess I'll wrap this up for now. I'm sorry I've been gone for so long & not here to offer encouragement & support. Not to mention that I've just missed all of YOUR support. So I'm back, & I'll be tracking daily again while trying to lose a little more weight before the baby arrives in January. After s/he's born, I'll start my heavy duty training for Tough Mudder. And the less I weigh by then, the better, of course. I'd love to lose 20#s before the new baby arrives! We shall see.

Thanks for reading, & hugs all around! It's good to be back!
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MARVEEME 8/24/2011 11:22PM

    Welcome back, and sometimes you need to take time to progress, and it appears your progress break has been most progressive toward your goal of being a healthier version of yourself.

WOO HOO! SPARK ON!
Blessings!

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JENN03275 8/24/2011 9:30PM

    Welcome back!

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SIORANTH 8/24/2011 5:53PM

    Welcome back!

We made the switch to organic produce a while back (we shop at Whole Foods), and we noticed our grocery bill actually went down as well even though we seem to have more food in the house and are 'shopping specialty.' Not to mention that the produce at Whole Foods is a heck of a lot fresher and lasts longer than the junk we were getting the grocery store. We were throwing a lot of produce away from Safeway because it just wasn't lasting, despite all the junk they spray on that stuff. I'd like to hit some local farmer's markets or get involved in a co-op one of these days since I don't have the time to run my own garden.

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JENS_DOIN_IT 8/24/2011 4:48PM

    Good to hear from you girlee! I've been thinking about you!!!

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JUSTME29 8/24/2011 4:24PM

    I've been thinking of you. I'm glad to see you back.

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