oh what an insane ride this is. right after i started working out, i got a wicked sinus infection and was out of commission for a good two weeks. i went home early from my husband’s birthday celebration, i sat at home and ate a sandwich on valentine’s day, and for my birthday…i gave away my tickets to FUN. and skipped out on girlfriends that had come from miles away and the fun hotel sleepover they had planned. it was quite the bummer. 2 rounds of antibiotics, an insane amount of garlic, a billion nasal sprays, and an environmentally crushing amount of puffs plus later…i’m back to normal! well, normal for me. which is nauseated at night and having the sinuses of someone with a light cold. but I WILL TAKE IT! lord.
i’ve been working hard to pay attention to my eating. i’m not one of those eat whatever because you’re pregnant kind of ladies. for example? we were grabbing some to go breakfast at a really fabulous brunch place and they had this cookie…man i wanted that cookie. but i didn’t get it! i went home and had an orange. AND my husband and i went to this place we love for a delayed valentine’s day lunch (someone gave us a giftcard!) and i really wanted the fries with my meal. but you know what i got? a salad. 2 points me. yes, i had dessert but we had planned for it :) i’ve also been craving chocolate lately so i had to find a healthier way of doing that so my current favorite treat is a milkshake made with hemp milk, frozen banana, ice, and a little unsweetened cocoa powder. depending on my calories and protein needs, sometimes i add a tbsp of almond butter. it’s pretty fantastic! and i don’t feel bad about it at all.
i’ve had to really pay attention to try to up my protein. apparently that’s super important in pregnancy so i’m trying to make sure there is a protein source at every meal/snack.
most days, i have trouble getting enough calories with the kind of food i eat. you’re supposed to have 300 calories per baby over what a normal amount of food for you is. so if not dieting, you eat 1800-2000 calories…i’m trying to get around 2500 calories a day. i’ve been tracking to make sure i’m getting enough and also not getting too much. my midwife says my weight is great and that i’m doing awesome. my babies are growing at a healthy rate and everything looks good, so i’m feeling good. they’re about 13 oz each now.
last week was my kick start to working out. i’m in that place of “now or never” so i’m on it. my amazing and generous friend dee is helping me. last week on tuesday, we went for a 20 minute walk, then did a light trx workout. wednesday i took my dog for a 20 minute walk. thursday i repeated the tuesday routine. my goal is 3x a week right now. so today dee was feeling under the weather so i didn’t go. i thought about not working out. i really did. i knew if i watched biggest loser, it would motivate me. so i put it on and did 3 sets of:
10-12 side lunges
upper body (two sets with weight balanced on one side to work core)
10-12 bicep curls with very light weights
10-12 overhead press with very light weights
10-12 tricep presses with very light weights
10-12 tricep kickbacks with light weights
10-12 standing fly
that’s it! nothing crazy but i’m proud of myself for putting in the effort!
today i’ve felt like i can’t eat enough food so i’m making sure i’m eating the right foods to manage.
according to the midwife, at 20 weeks and 1 day, i had gained about 26 lbs. i’m supposed to gain 1-2 a week from here on out! if i’m over that, i don’t know what else i can do. i’m doing all i can to take care of myself. but i’m not that worried about it because i know i’m doing a good job. and i’m trying. and paying attention.
it’s so weird to go from being a weight loss blog to talk about gaining weight but you know…two humans in your stomach will do that to you.