It's funny... I'm still nowhere near the weight gain I hit with my other two kids, I'm still 50ish pounds away from my highest weight ever and yet I'm getting more and more uncomfortable.
Part of this discomfort is just an overall icky feeling from not getting to work out my body how I used to, and how I love to. I can tell I lost some of my toning I had developed, which kind of bums me out, but I have every intention of being there again as soon as I'm able.
When people ask how I'm feeling and such I've noticed my answers are becoming more and more repetitive, something like this "I feel.... pregnant... pretty uncomfortable." "I'm ready to feel like myself again..." and so on.
While my responses are exactly how I feel here and now... when I reflect on my other pregnancies, and even obesity, I still am no where near that uncomfortable, they're not that closely comparable.
Yes, I'm short of breath.
Yes, I've had some back aches.
Yes, my feet have been sore from time to time.
Yes, some days all I wanted to do was lay around and sleep(and yes, I've come as close I can with a 4 year old)
Yes, I can be become exhausted easily.
Yes, it's hard to tie my shoes, put on nail polish, bend over, sit on the floor, etc...
But here's the difference when compared to previous pregnancies and being obese:
I'm not as lazy as I was, actually this is the most active I've ever been while being pregnant, possibly even more than my first two pregnancies COMBINED... yes, it was that bad, and yes, I'm doing that much better.
My weight gain isn't out of control
Though those things I listed above are things that are making me uncomfortable, I still DEAL with them, instead of letting them win.
My whole relationship with food is different... I've been eating way different this time around, not only has it helped my weight gain, but it makes me FEEL better physically. Have you ever noticed how crappy you feel after eating a greasy meal over and over... throw in a salad and you're like "WHOA! I'm gonna skip my nap and get something done!" (okay some of you maybe haven't felt THAT way, but you get the idea right?)
I know that no matter how tired I am, or how uncomfortable I feel, a lot of the time, the answer is to get up and move... not continue to sit around. It truly is amazing the things you can learn and improve once you get "in tune" with your body.
So yes... I'm ready to have this baby because I know when I do, a lot of the things that make me uncomfortable, will go away or at least be worlds better after delivery. What a relief knowing you did something right, and that a lot of the weight will come off just after you have your kid.
This is why I didn't go on a crash diet... this is why I didn't do some crazy pill... THIS is why I made a LIFESTYLE change. Because no matter what comes my way... in this case... an unplanned pregnancy... I can survive. I can continue.
Anything you're doing to lose weight (mostly referring to diet and pills) that isn't something you can(or should) do for the rest of your life... isn't going to work. It's not going to help you in the long run, so just throw that away and eat less, eat better, and get active!
My mission from now (34 weeks pregnant) until delivery is this:
I may be uncomfortable... but I'm not who I was, I'm not as uncomfortable as I was, and getting back to where I want to be isn't going to be anything like when I FIRST started to change my life.
So it's time for me to focus on those positives, big round belly and all! No more looking at what I can't do, I'm going to enjoy the fact that I can still do SO many things that I would never even try in the past!
Get out of your uncomfortable "comfort zone"!! Start rocking it out! We all started somewhere... don't wait for another 5+ pound gain to get going... start NOW!
(34 weeks. This picture is a huge deal for me. I do NOT show my stomach because of all the stretch marks from the past, but thankfully I have ZERO new ones, and none of my old ones are purple again. This is way out of my comfort zone, which was all the more reason I made myself take it.)
Rock it out peeps!