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Good-bye Maternity Clothes and Hello Bod Pod?

Levi is four weeks old today.  And yesterday I started packing up all the maternity clothes.  I had boxes lined up on the bed and I began sorting between all my borrowed clothes (thank you Pam, Amanda, Laura and Carrie!).  There’s still a few items in the laundry so I can call myself officially “free” of maternity clothes yet.  And I’m not really back into my regular clothes yet either.  I have a couple items I can wear but most of it is still too tight.  Starting Friday though (the next couple days have plans) I’m going to start walking.  I’m feeling perfectly normal physically so I don’t think some light impact walking is a big no-no.  I’ll lay off the running and biking until I get the doctor OK.

Bod Pod.  Ever heard of it?  There’s one at Kris’s college and they’re open to measuring the general public with the device.  What is it?  “It’s a high-tech apparatus that provides fast, safe and accurate measurements of body composition, detailing fat and lean body mass.  It provides useful information for measuring the effectiveness of exercise and nutrition, fine-tuning top athletic performance, and tracking the progress of obesity and disease.”  I’m going to contact them to see if I can get measured.  Maybe it will tell me what my ideal body weight is so I have a true goal weight to strive for.

Fat Pants

I wore my fat pants out in public today.  Did you hear that??  Less than three weeks after having a baby I wore non-maternity jeans out in public.  Uh, go me!  OK, I had to do the hair binder trick on the button so I didn’t have a muffin top but I’m still calling this a win.  My body is shrinking back down nicely.  I’m very pleased.

My weight this morning was 165.6.  Also a nice thing to see my weight creep down.

Last night Kris told me he wants to work out five days a week while I’m on leave.  Okey-dokey.  I told him I need to start working out again too (I have that duathlon in August I need to start preparing for) but that I shouldn’t for another couple weeks yet.  I should really wait until I get the all-clear from my midwife at my six week check up but most likely I’ll wait another week or two and then start slowly.  A short jog or a quick bike ride and work my way up again.  It’s going to be really hard to find (make) time for exercise when I go back to work.  I’m already thinking about strategy and schedules.  When I decide what that looks like, I’ll share it with you guys and ask for some feedback.

My back to work date?  July 21st – the day after my wedding anniversary!

Starting Weight

I’ve weighed myself a few times in the last week.  I wanted to see where I was.  And right now, as of this morning, I’m at 166.4.  That’s just about where my starting weight was last year when I started losing weight.  I’m pretty much going to have to start back at square one to get back down to the mid 140′s.  Ugh.  But, some of that is still pregnancy weight.  I’m only two weeks out from having a baby and my stomach still has some deflating to do.  And my breasts are obviously a bit bigger/heavier with the addition of milk.  So, it’s not like I’m actually back at the starting line.  I should lose a few pounds yet just in post-pregnancy shrinking.  No freaking out over here.  I’m actually pretty proud of my body.  Other than a pouchy tummy, I think I look pretty good.

And I tried on my former “fat pants,” a pair of size 14 Gap jeans. I had to retire these last summer because they got just too big to wear.  But I kept them in my closet anyway.  Anyway, I can get them on and buttoned with relative ease.  Go me!  Unfortunately, there is too much muffin top to wear them in public.  It’s still maternity pants for that.  But in a week or so I should be able to wear regular pants again.  Yay!

And I’m starting to feel better “down there” as well.  Standing for too long still leads to achiness but that’s getting better too.  In a week or so I should be able to start taking some walks around the neighborhood.  Hopefully the weather will be back up to the 60′s again by then so I can bring the baby with me on those walks.  It’s so cold and rainy out this week!

Anyway, everything is going well over here.  I’m feeling good.  The baby is doing well.  We’re finding our new normal.

Levi Axel

Radio silence there on this little ol’ blog.  That’s because I went and had a baby!  Levi Axel was born 4/28/10.  And already I’m critiquing my body and wondering what I weigh and being a bit obsessive.  Yes, I still look pregnant.  Of course I do.  I had a baby only 5 days ago!  I need to give myself a break.  At least for a little while. (I haven’t weighed myself either.  No need to start that crazy train yet.)

But there are things that I do need to do.  Like lay off the sweets.  Holy crap.  A whole bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s gone in three days?  A little excessive, no?

So, while I’m on limited activity restrictions, I’m going to focus first on nutrition.  Eat healthy meals.  Have healthy snacks.  Eat desserts or sweets but sparingly.  No counting calories.  No getting crazy obsessive, just try to make better choices.  I deserve it and so does Levi.

So Did I?

So, did I start walking every day like I said I was going to? Well, not every day. I did on Thursday although it was short. I didn’t on Friday because it was raining off and on all day. And this weekend I didn’t take walks either. Boo! I’ll try and do better. It’s supposed to be nicer out later this week so I’ll probably want to spend some time outside then. Today it’s overcast and chilly and we’re dog sitting and I don’t really feel like going for a walk with a dog that doesn’t walk very nicely (constantly pulling) nor do I want to put him in his kennel. So, later this week. Back to walking.

Exercise?

I’ve decided April is my month. My month to start exercising again. I know that I won’t get my six week postpartum clearance until late May or June. But I also wouldn’t mind helping to get labor started in April with a walk or ten. I’m not due until April 27th and if my past two pregnancies are any indication I’ll be induced on or shortly after my due date.

My exercise won’t be strenuous. Hell, I’m so tired and sore by the end of the day that any exercise at all will be amazing. But it’s getting nice out and by April 1st I’ll be 36.5 weeks so going into labor wouldn’t be so bad! The kids would love it if every evening when I got home from work I asked if they wanted to go outside and go for a walk. So, low impact exercise like walking is where you’ll find me in April.

+1 Pound

I did manage to gain 1 pound at my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. That was one pound since my appointment two weeks before that where I was down one pound from my appointment two weeks before that. Essentially I’ve maintained my weight from four weeks ago. Sigh.

My doctor was unconcerned though. She said it would be fine if I didn’t gain another pound from here until the baby is born. But I can’t lose any weight either. I’ve gained roughly 26 pounds now which is within the recommended weight gain range (25-35) for a full term pregnancy.

So that is my goal – don’t lose any weight. I will continue to eat my normal diet, add in some extra calories where I can, and I should be able to maintain my weight or maybe add a couple pounds here in the last 6 weeks or so until my due date.

Not Right Now

It’s definitely spring here in Minnesota. Oh sure, we could get another blast of winter in the form of sleet or freezing rain or even a snow shower or two but with highs in the 50′s this week, it’s definitely spring. There’s a bit of snow still left in our yard but those are only where the huge piles of snow had been before this last warm spell. And as we drive here and there you can’t help but notice all the people out enjoying the warmth. Runners, walkers, bicyclists are everywhere! I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of them. But on the other hand? Not really.

It’s not that I don’t want to be out there running with them. It’s that this eight months pregnant body of mine is just not up to the task. Every night my back aches. I get winded just walking up the stairs at home (might have to do with the baby constantly pressing on my lungs!). I’m in that uncomfortable stage of pregnancy. Exercise at this point sounds like torture. Of course so does sitting for too long and I can’t seem to get comfortable at night so I end up tossing and turning. This silly baby in my does not like the mattress impeding his space so he punches and kicks it all night long as I lay on this side or that one.

I’m just tired. And I’m hoping that when I get my body back, oh say in June, that I’ll be excited about getting out there and joining the runners on the sidewalks.

Fracking Media!

Anyone else notice how celebrities tend to lose all their baby weight in just a few months time? Heidi Klum had a baby last August and by December she was back to her supermodel frame again. (And I think she looks healthy, not stick thin like some others. *cough* Gisele *cough*) I usually give them a pass because it’s part of their job to look good and I’m sure they feel enormous pressure to get back there. And they have the money to spend on trainers and nutritionists that a lot of “regular folk” don’t.

Kourtney Kardashian had a baby recently and she was put on a magazine cover just a couple weeks afterwards looking really good! I didn’t think much of it until I saw the original picture side by side with the altered, cover picture here at Bounce Back. Now that is just plain ridiculous and insulting! First of all Kourtney was not model thin to begin with. She had great womanly curves that she was proud of. That we should all be proud of. And for the magazine to chop all those off, to even photoshop the baby himself(!) is just wrong, so very, very wrong. I’m glad I don’t buy any of those magazines. At least I’m not helping their bottom line.

If you want to see true pictures of mothers: while pregnant, after the birth, after living, then go visit Shape of a Mother and skip all those gossip rags. Maybe if more people did we could embrace what our bodies really look like, stretch marks, and all. It is my goal after the birth of my baby to lose my baby weight in a healthy way and in a reasonable timeframe, to reach my goal weight of 145 (or less), to stay healthy through healthy diet and exercise and to enjoy my life with my husband and children. I will wear a bikini even though my stomach is covered in stretch marks and I will not feel ashamed. This is my body. It has done amazing things and I am proud of it.

No Carbs for Me Please

Got a new diet. Got a new blood meter. Got some new instructions – 4 finger pokes a day – carb limits at each meal and snack – this ought to be fun.

Not.

I’m already tired of not being able to eat what I want when I want and I’m only 24 hours into this! However, while this is an annoyance, it’s also necessary. Healthy baby. Healthy Mom. Those are my only two goals for this pregnancy.

But…anybody have any protein snacks besides nuts they can share with me? I need some ideas!