We all remember this post right?? Well, let me say, I have come a LONG way since April 27th (the day the post was written)!
April 27th I was 16 weeks pregnant, hardly showing and struggling with my weight gain... Today, I am 22.5 weeks pregnant (almost to 6 months) and I am embracing my new body more everyday! I am actually showing now, which makes me feel better!
I had my 21 week appt with my Dr last Tuesday, and he informed me I have gained 25 lbs so far! I almost fainted!! At my 16 week appt I had only gained 15 lbs! So you mean to tell me I gained 10 lbs in 5 weeks... HOLY bleep bleep!! And you all know me and you know I was a wreck, but I started thinking (more logically I suppose). I lost 26 lbs before I got pregnant right? YES! So it could always be worse. I could have started from my weight before I lost and I would really be in trouble!! My Dr wants to keep me below 40 lbs gained! I am not sure if that will happen. I am thinking I will probably hit more like 45, but I am ok with that. NOW! I wasn't before. If you had asked me 2 months ago, I would have said, "30 at the MOST!" But seeing as how I am already at 25 gained... well that's not really an option! :)
I know how I got it off the first time and I can do it again once my sweet girl arrives! It takes discipline but it works :)
I'm not gonna lie, working out has been tough because I have always done it to LOSE WEIGHT and now I am doing it for the healthy of my baby and myself! It's been quite an adjustment not pushing myself to exhaustion! But I think I have almost mastered it!
So what am I doing, how many days and for how long?
I am doing 45 -60 minutes of cardio at least 4 days a week! Now, have I done this every week of my pregnancy? NO! Some days I just didn't feel like doing anything so I listened to my body and I didn't! Some days I had to force myself to go and just do 30 minutes of cardio. But typically I am getting in 45-60 minutes of pretty intense cardio! On Wednesday's I am doing a one hour Body Pump class. I have been doing this for years so my Dr said it was ok. I just lowered the amount of weight I am using!
My plan was to keep running because I really started enjoying it and it was actually fun and I LIKE it (crazy right?)! But around week 16 or so, my bladder couldn't take it :) I would start running, get to around half a mile and think I was about to bust, so I would run to the bathroom only to sit down and have minimal tinkle (TMI, I know)! So I started running small distances with walking in between. Better, but not great on the bladder. And my right leg started getting numb, I didn't want to take any chances of falling, so I stopped running and am back to walking, elliptical and this new machine called the Arc Trainer. It's awesome. You step on two platforms and basically swing your legs back and forth. Kind of like your are skiing! It burns more calories than the elliptical... and it's tough but not too tough for me right now, so I am loving it! I try to switch these up because I get bored these days. So I usually walk 15-20 minutes, elliptical for 15-20 minutes and then get on the arc trainer for 15-20 minutes.
So why the 25 lb weight gain so far?
Well... it was really tough for me to transition into eating regularly when I found out I was pregnant. I went from dieting really strict to needing more calories for baby and didn't need to short step myself. I was only eating around 100-1200 calories a day when I was dieting. I knew I needed to step it up to around 2,000 for baby and me! Well, then came the pounds! It was hard for me. We started eating out again on the weekends. We had cut that out when I was on my strict diet! That my friends is where most of this weight (I feel like) has come from! I know people are bound to gain weight when they get pregnant, I mean hello, duh! I get that, but I attribute at least 10 of these lbs. And that makes me sad!
I hear other people that are around my size say they only gained 25 their entire pregnancy! I don't get discouraged because I wasn't sick ONE SINGLE TIME! Never had morning sickness, never had any kind of sickness! So I have been gaining from the get go :) No loss here!
So I wrote all this to say that I have continued working out for several reasons:
- Health of my daughter
- Health of myself
- Keep my body and heart in good condition
- Because I have heard delivery is easy if you workout
- I want to snap back into my HARD workout routine after QUICKLY
I know some people in my life had concerns about me continuing to run, workout, etc. But so far I have to say, it has to have been a benefit. I can't complain about one single thing with this pregnancy. Other than being tired, it's been PERFECT. I have had no complications and I am so thankful that this pregnancy has been so great! And this greatness is all thanks to God! He receives all the glory! Without Him, none of this would be possible. I have learned to lean on Him more and more when I worry about anything and I am so thankful for that.