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Tortilla Chips, Rain, and Pregnancy Tests

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It's amazing how a little stick with two bright pink lines can change everything, isn't it? It's especially life changing when you think you have life all figured out, have this grand plan in place with all these wonderful fitness goals and WHAM!! Two pink lines.

Yep, that happened. About two weeks ago. I have been a little silent on the blog, because I am still processing and absorbing this newest development in life. As you can probably see in the "About Me" section on my Sparkpage, I have four beautiful children. Our youngest, will be 5 in July and going to Kindergarten. We were looking forward to this new found freedom with much anticipation. Going back to pregnancy, childbirth, diapers, feedings and sleepless nights was definitely NOT on my agenda.

But, life doesn't always follow an agenda, does it? Sometimes, the greatest "upsets" in life bring about the most beautiful changes and discoveries.

I was watching it rain earlier today. The sky was a dark grey and the rain drizzled just outside my window. Now, I know a lot of people don't like dreary weather, but I love the rain! For something that can look so depressing, it brings about such brilliant life. The trees, grass and bushes were bursting with gorgeous bright green color. And it reminded me to be open to change and that change can be a very good thing.

So, there's going to be a lot of that change in my life. Because of my "advanced maternal age" (charming, isn't it?) and my history of miscarriages, the doctor has strongly advised me to stop teaching all high impact aerobics classes. No regular Zumba, no Aqua Zumba and no running. At first I freaked out. I am a high impact aerobics instructor!! This is my identity now. But, once I allowed the freak out to happen, a peace settled over me. There is a wonderful world of fitness out there. There are so many things for me to choose from. Even simply slowing down, taking a walk and enjoying the scenery and fresh air will have amazing benefits. Maybe I'll take up swimming. And what a surprise it will be to the body! My muscles are used to running and Zumba dance moves, but not to swimming. Now, other muscles will be challenged...maybe ones I didn't realize that were under utilized. Maybe I'll find something new that I will fall in love with like I have with Zumba and running. The possibilities are endless!

This is not an ending. Like the little life growing inside of me, this is a new beginning. I will accept all of this with an open heart, an open mind and open arms.

Ah....and the Tortilla Chips. I totally binged on them tonight. Yep, bad, bad me. And, if you've ever checked out the nutritional information on the back of those bags, there are so little tortilla chips for so many calories (even when buying the nice multigrain ones)!

So, a lot of you asked what worked for me in the past and I'll tell you. A) Logging all foods eaten here on Sparkpeople and B) Staying accountable to the Sparkpeople community.

No more binging on tortilla chips for me! Y'all have to hold me accountable so that I can get through this pregnancy in a strong and healthy way. And I will hold you accountable, too.

So, put that chip down right now!! Let's do this together (pregnancy totally optional). emoticon
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    Wow- congratulations, Shellie! Life is so full of little surprises, right?
    As far as the slowing down goes, I found that I really enjoyed some of the prenatal yoga videos that my co-worker lent me from about 6 months on when everything became a little limited.
    The 2 vertical lines are so funny--had the same thing with my son and didn't trust it, so I had to go out and buy some fancy digital thing that would spell it out for me!
    1710 days ago
    We plan......God laughs. So He is chuckling. My son had an "unexpected" child that is going on two. She is such a joy and blessing to everyone. sounds like you are adapting to your changes. Enjoy the gentler times, because you will be running ragged with a new toddler. emoticon
    1710 days ago
    I'm pretty sure the entry that won a popular blog post award had no pee on it whatsoever. emoticon
    1710 days ago
    I had a friend in college who found out he would have a little brother come his sophomore Christmas at home!
    1712 days ago
    a man pees on a piece of paper calls attention to it (in art gallory) and its indescent. A woman pees on a paper and a plastic stick and blogs about it and gets a popular blog post award! I really don't mind, I just want people (especially my students) to use theirs (minds....that is!) LOL Have a great ....18 years!
    1712 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is wonderful news!

    1714 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon emoticon on the new baby, I'm excited for you and your family... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1715 days ago
    What a blessing! Congrats! I know at first it was not what you planned but it could have been worse, I know people that had an ooops baby when the youngest was 12. Now that was an adjustment, but they found that they had more time to spend for that child and they were more stable in their marriage. There are good things about a new baby no matter at what stage of life you are in. I'm praying that your baby is completely healthy and a delight for you and your family! Your baby will definitely benefit from you being so healthy! Looks like it is time to put that Zumba Gold training to use. I haven't started with mine yet, but so many that I know that teach it really love their classes. Maybe you can start an Aqua Gold? I know that you can't legally call it that but you could have an Aqua class for people wanting a low impact class.

    And yes, I will take the challenge, I will put that chip down! The chocolate chips too!

    Best Wishes!
    1718 days ago
  • CECE0330
    CONGRATS!!! I've had a couple scares, and have tried to imagine myself starting all over again at MY *advanced age* (grr.. Apparently no one told them "40 is the new 30." emoticon )

    Take it easy, stay in that peaceful place, and yeah, Zumba and running will be there in another 10 months. (I don't suppose the doc would OK Gold?)
    1719 days ago
    Congratulations to you!!!

    I had my first child at 23, and then my last two after I was at the "Advanced Maternal Age" point. I can't stand that term either. AMA Moms band together! emoticon
    1719 days ago
  • MTP717
    Congratulations on your new baby. What a great attitude and a great reminder. May you have a healthy, full term pregnancy.
    1719 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Congratulations on the New Baby. Great Attitude You have with everything. We will be here for You. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Fabulous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1719 days ago
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    1719 days ago
    What a great way to look at things! And congratulations on the new baby! I did jazzercise throughout my second pregnancy, and I was 245 pounds when I got pg, and was 38 years old. Dr. said I just had to make sure I didn't overheat my body. No history of miscarriages though, so you probably have more risk than I did. Best of Luck to you and keep posting! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1719 days ago
    Congrats! Yes, life is full of surprises.
    1719 days ago
    Congratulations! emoticon
    1719 days ago
  • REN3741
    Congratulations. You can do it. You have your fellow sparkers here to support you. emoticon
    1720 days ago
    That's great I am really happy for you! I am an all in control and planner person, but like you said, things happen and then we change. I to like rain, but not tornado's And that's what we get a lot when the big storms and rains come. But I do like the way you said it and it sounded just right and as for who your are? Well Zumba and every thing will still be there after your new one gets here emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1720 days ago
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