I totally ditched resolutions this year. Being pregnant, I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to make huge strides this year like in the years past. I can’t really “work out harder” or “lose 60 pounds” (although, I would love to be one of those women who says that breast-feeding helped them lose all the baby weight, but if past experience has taught me anything it is likely not in the books). Instead of making a lengthy list of resolutions I decided that I would work on two different goals this year, and they both require only the first 3 months of the year. Who knows maybe I’ll get ambitious in April and make some more hard-core goals, but until then I’m focusing on what is in my control as of now.
1. Stay as close as possible to my current weight while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my first, my midwife (who I have changed since) told me that if I wanted to I could actually lose weight while I was pregnant and still have a healthy baby. When you are 250+ pounds you have all you need to keep that baby growing for 40 weeks. I gained 20 pounds with Hanna and I tipped the scales at 296 pounds. I was miserable.
Currently I weigh 271 pounds which is 19 pounds up from my lowest weight of 152 pounds. I must admit that I am pretty pleased with the fact that I have seemed to keep my weight in check even though I feel like my eating has been out of control at times. It was probably all of that walking I did in the first 4 months I was pregnant. And if I want to get technical (and lets face it, it will make me feel better) I didn’t get pregnant until after the fourth of July and I started my pregnancy at about 260 pounds so I could say I have only gained 11 pounds since I got pregnant (wow, I feel so much better now).
With the temperatures being in the negatives in the mornings and not getting above 25 degrees during the day, I consider it child abuse to take my child out in a stroller for 45 minutes everyday. That, and my entire street is covered in a sheet of ice that would have me practicing ice skating the second I stepped onto its glassy surface.
This takes me to the gym. Normally, (and by normally I mean when I lived 5 minutes away from my gym which had child care) I have no problem going to the gym. Last year at this time I was going with no problems 6 days a week and working out for an hour a day. Since moving, someone has been trying to test my gym going abilities by opening the gym at 8:00 (WTH?), and closing at 9:00. This wouldn’t be a problem if my husband wasn’t out the door at eight and since his job has no set hours (oh wait, 24/7, on call always) I never can plan the times that I can get there. This forces me to stand by the door in my gym clothes so I can pounce at the chance to get in a 30 minute walk or 40 minutes on the elliptical, if I have the energy still.
I’ll be honest and say the best way possible I can keep this goal is to completely cut out sugar and decrease my carb intake. Here is the carb count for a diabetic:
Breakfast: 30 grams
Lunch/Dinner: 45 grams
Snacks: 15 grams
For fibrous foods with over 3 grams of fiber you can subtract out the amount of fiber from the carbs. Example: An English Muffin that has 27 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber would count as a total of 21 grams of carbohydrates.
Even still, that is not a lot of options. Especially for someone who is trying to keep her meat and dairy intake on the low side.
Still this may sound like lot of complaining, but it could be the sugar detox talking and I’m sure by next week I will be okey dokey. To sum up:
Exercise even if it is a pain to find the time, and cut out all processed sugars. Totally doable.
2. Have a healthy labor and a healthy baby. I know I only have so much control over this, but mind over matter, right? With Hanna I ended up having to have a C-section, and this go around I am trying for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). This means that I cannot be induced and have to go into labor naturally. I will do what I need to do to get the baby out safely, and keep myself safe so we’ll see how this works out, it may be Caesarean city for this girl, but I gotta try!
Did you make resolutions? How are they coming along?