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March Progress Report

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March was a month of big changes for me. The two most important were going off birth control and entering maintenance mode, both in an effort to get pregnant. I generally stuck to my nutrition framework and fitness plan, so I didn't expect to see as many changes as I did. Specifically, I:

emoticon All but cut out alcohol. I will still have an occasional drink - I'm not pregnant yet, after all, and even then most docs say the occasional drink is okay - and had more than one on St. Patrick's Day. But hey, I'm married to an Irish-American and we hosted a St. Patrick's Day bash, so a bit of indulgence was called for. :)

emoticon I dramatically cut back on my caffeine, from 3 cups a day to 2/3 in the morning and 16 ounces of green tea at lunch. The hilarious thing is that I did this faster than I intended to, without even knowing it: DH fills the coffeemaker with beans and he doubled the decaf beans without telling me. And I didn't even notice! I married a good one.

emoticon I started drinking homemade smoothies every afternoon. I need the extra calories to maintain my weight and the extra nutrition to prep for baby. The smoothies fit the bill perfectly. I modified Coach Nicole's chocolate-covered smoothie recipe from the Spark cookbook - I hated the taste of banana in my smoothie, so I substituted low-fat cherry yogurt and they are out of this world. I have a smoothie as soon as I get home from work, and they refresh me, give me more energy for the afternoon and evening, and help me make better choices at dinner because I'm not starving when we sit down to eat. Major win!

emoticon Once again I was forcibly reminded of how important my workouts are to my mental health. Twice I went several days without working out and I definitely felt the difference in my anxiety and stress levels. I could physically feel my stress dissolving and anxiety receding about six minutes into my cardio workouts. Remembering this will be important in general, but particularly when I eventually do get pregnant: the fatigue may cause me to want to skip, but I really shouldn't because I NEED my workouts. Please remind me of this when the time comes!

emoticon Possible TMI warning: my PMS was vastly easier this month. To the point that DH and I thought I might be pregnant because it was so different from usual. That proved not to be the case, but it's all good; it was too much to expect to get pregnant during my first cycle off birth control. And it gives me a little foretaste of the emotional rollercoaster ride we'll be on for the foreseeable future. But I will definitely take the easier PMS!

emoticon My energy levels have been through the roof and I've just generally been feeling great.

emoticon I've been holding even in my happy range, 171-173.

emoticon I planted the garden with very easy-to-care for plants: onions, lettuce, arugula, and spinach. The berries are doing well and the flowers are blooming. We'll have fresh salad until late May or so, and then we'll plant other low-maintenace vegetables. The garden plan this year is for ultra low maintenance because I do not want to be out in the DC heat while heavily pregnant. (Call it thinking ahead or wishful thinking; I'm fine with either. :))

Overall March was a great month. In April I'm substituting two of my prescription medications to ones that are safe for pregnancy and I'm not entirely sure how that will go but there's only one way to find out. Otherwise I plan to just stay on my current trajectory because it's working!
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MERRIKATE 4/6/2012 5:33PM

    Hiya, Kiddo!! Congrats on your exciting plan to become parents!

May your careful JenJess-esque (go on, say that fast ten times!) prep pay off soon ... patience, trust and faith help a lot if the universe keeps you waiting a wee while.
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Thank you for this point in today's blog: "Once again I was forcibly reminded of how important my workouts are to my mental health. Twice I went several days without working out and I definitely felt the difference in my anxiety and stress levels. I could physically feel my stress dissolving and anxiety receding about six minutes into my cardio workouts." This is the TRUTH I need to hear to remind me as I push against my winter habits in an effort to reactivate m'self! I so love that immediate lift, and it has worked in the past to get me started without even fretting about doing my full routine. The latter soon happens 'naturally', as a fluent result of that blessed endorphin-lift!

Thinking of you and your wondrous new venture toward family life with parenthood!!


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DANCEMANIAC 3/30/2012 6:47AM

    Great plans and I am so glad is working out for you. I wish you the best!!! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/29/2012 2:21PM

    Great plan, and yes, you did marry a good one! I'm really excited for you!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/29/2012 2:11PM

    This is ALL Great news!! What a wonderful month you had and I love that you are thinking ahead for the wee one.

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KITHKINCAID 3/29/2012 1:49PM

    Sounds like plan Jen! I hope everything works out for you guys. Thinking baby thoughts :)

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