Friday, March 14, 2014
Not a lot has been happening with me, health wise. I'm well into my 2nd trimester now, and have gotten a tiny bit of energy back, but I'm not feeling anywhere close to my normal energy level. I got a prenatal workout DVD. It has a cardio session and a yoga session on it. I tried the cardio session, and it was a great level of intensity for me. It was only a 20 minute workout, so it wasn't too long either. However, the day after I did that, I could barely move because I was so fatigued. I've decided to give up focusing on exercise until well after the baby is born. If I'm feeling sprightly, I'll go for it, but if not I won't worry about it. For now I'll focus on eating better. I don't get anywhere near enough fruits and veggies each day, so that's something I've been trying to improve on.
We found out several weeks ago that we're having a boy. After 3 girls, this will be something new and different. I just started feeling him kick this past week, and I this morning I could even feel it with my hand! I'm thankful to feel him move at all. I thought I had been, but couldn't tell if what I was feeling was food digesting or baby dancing around. I'm glad to know he's having fun in there :-) It makes me feel more connected to him when he reminds me of his presence.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
I've been feeling pretty good this week. My nausea seems to be subsiding. Some days I have more energy than others. I really can't complain about the nausea and fatigue. I really only had around 3-4 weeks of it. I think I'm starting to feel like regular me again. This morning I had enough energy to try a quick workout. I found one on Babyfit.com that uses a stability ball (I love my stability ball!), and was very excited. It was quite disappointing. It was only two exercises, and neither did anything that challenged me. So I popped in one of my cardio dance DVDs and did that as well. I feel better after that. It's good to work up a sweat after sitting around doing nothing for so long.
My middle daughter bought me a pedometer for Christmas, which is quite nice. Well, it will be after I figure out how to use it. I don't know what I'm doing, but somehow I keep resetting it. I only read through the instructions once, and I must have been tired at the time because I just wasn't getting it.
My tummy is starting to pop out now! At Christmas I could wear almost all of my clothes, but a week later I wore a pair of pants with a stretchy waistband, and they were uncomfortably tight. Granted, the elastic in this waistband is pretty firm- it doesn't have a lot of give to it. I loved this particular pair of pants because that waistband is a wide one, and it did a pretty good job of containing the remaining jiggly mass I had around my middle. Not anymore :-) Now I'm at the stage where my belly is poking out a little, displaying all the chubbiness I hadn't worked off yet that I used to be able to suck in and do a reasonable job of hiding. Now I just look fat. I want a shirt that says "baby" with an arrow pointing to my tummy, lol.
I'm kind of wondering if I might be having twins. I have been sooooo tired. I don't remember being this tired with my other babies. But, as my sweet husband reminds me, I'm 11 years older this time around. At one point I told him that I hoped it's twins because I can't imagine going through all of this again with a toddler. (We definitely want at least one more baby after this one, since our current youngest will be turning 18 when this one is 7. I would spoil the kid rotten for sure if he/she was my only one left for that long! Plus, I can't imagine him or her not having a sibling to hang out with. How lonely!) The other reason is that when I feel my tummy, it feels like my uterus is up a lot higher than it should be. Maybe it just feels that way because it's squishing other things out of place above it. At any rate, I'll be glad to go to the doctor and know for sure.
I'm really enjoying this pregnancy. I can't believe how blessed I am to be able to do this again.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Over the past several months my weight has pretty much stayed in the same range of 2-3 pounds. That range lowered by about 3 pounds in the past 6 months, so there really hasn't been any big change. Then a couple of weeks ago it started dropping significantly faster, which had me puzzled since I had all but quit exercising. I had been quite diligent about it before, but in the last month or so I stopped making time for it. I might work out once or twice a week, and that's it. And I wasn't being very careful about my nutrition either. It was more than a little confusing. I was happy about it, since it put me within a few pounds of my goal weight, but perplexed. I reached the conclusion that maybe what my body needs to lose weight is to be confused. Consistency makes it too easy for my body to be able to stay where it's at- it needs to be tricked into losing weight. Then yesterday I realized the real reason. I had been eating roughly the same amount of food, but now my body needs more. Why? Because... I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy! I've been wanting more children for years. We haven't been actively trying, but we certainly haven't been doing anything to avoid becoming pregnant. We've been leaving it 100% in God's hands. If we had more kids, I wanted it to be because God planned it, and in His time. Anyway, I told my husband yesterday morning, and we told the kids after dinner in the evening. (We have 3 kids already, 16, 13 and 10.) Their reactions were pretty funny. I printed out 3 pictures of a baby the same gestational age as mine (which at this point looks like some sort of weird amoeba, so I didn't think they would know what they were looking at), and passed them out to the kids, face down, telling them we were going to play a game. We dished up dessert, and I took two pieces. On the count of three, I had them turn over their picture and try to guess what it was. The older two knew right away- I was surprised! Then I said, "Hmmm, Mom has to eat two desserts. Who can figure out why?" My oldest kept shouting, "Are you kidding?! Is this a joke?" My youngest went a little crazy with excitement. I think my older two were a little unsure at first, but by the end of the evening they seemed sincerely happy about it. My oldest even hugged my abdomen good night, goofy kid ;-)
I'm looking forward to telling our families at Thanksgiving. I'm thinking of doing something along the lines of thanking God for all four of my children and seeing how long it takes to sink in.
Anyway, I don't think I'll be seeing that goal weight for quite some time, but I'm ecstatic.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Last month at my daughter's dance recital, one of the tap classes performed a dance in which they used hula hoops. Not just plain old hula hoops- this was hooping in the dark with black lights, so their hula hoops, tights, face paint, accessories, etc. glowed. It was pretty cool, and all I could think was how to turn this into a fun class at our homeschool co-op. That would be one fun fitness class!
The only problem is that I don't know how to hula hoop. I don't think I ever have, even as a kid. I remembered seeing hooping workout dvd's in the past, so I got onto Netflix and got the first Hoopnotica dvd sent to my house. From that dvd and from what I've read online, I learned that an adult can't pick up a child's hula hoop and expect to be able to keep it going. They aren't large enough or heavy enough. But since that was all I had, and I wasn't about to drop $20 (or more) on an adult hoop just to try it out, I decided to give it a whirl and see what happened. They were right. I could get it around 4-6 times before it would fall, every time. The size wasn't that much of a problem. An adult hoop is supposed to reach somewhere between your naval and your ribcage. The one I have reaches about to the top of my hip. A little small, but not too bad. The problem was more the fact that it was too light. I decided to add some rice to it and seal it back up with my wonderful hubby's help. It worked like a charm! I was able to spin it somewhere in the teens the next day. I took a few days off to heal from the bruising (apparently this happens to every beginner, no matter what size or weight your hoop is), and the next time I tried I was spinning it in the 20s and 30s before it fell. Yesterday I got up into the 60s if I remember correctly, and today's highest number was 151! I'm eager to get better at it and learn some of the tricks they teach on the Hoopnotica dvd. After I master hooping around my waist, I should learn how to walk or turn in a circle while hooping. Then is on to hip hooping, and learning how to pass it from my waist to my hips and back. I think I might need to get a real adult hoop for these things. The smaller, heavier one takes more oomph and has to be spun faster to keep it going, and I don't know that I'll be able to do those tricks with the amount of speed and power that I have to use for it. Happily, I found a website that shows you how to make your own custom hoop for a fraction of the cost of the store bought ones. So I think I'll be good to go! I'm all about fitness on the cheap. Actually, I'm all about living on the cheap in general.
I'm finding that I really enjoy any exercise that feels like playing. I love anything that has dancing, and I can pretend I'm a little girl onstage again. I dream of taking dance classes again someday when my kids are grown and we have a little more financial wiggle room. I had a lot of fun with the bootcamp that used the stability ball (I think it might have been the Spring into Shape Bootcamp). And now I'm really digging the hula hoop. It's amazing how quickly the time flies by when I'm trying time and time again to beat my own record for that morning. It's too much fun to feel like work!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I finished the New You Bootcamp here on SP this week, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to this program ever since I found that stability ball at the thrift store in the midst of my previous workout plan. It was challenging, but also fun to try new exercises. And hey, I got to play with a ball like a little kid every morning :-) My favorite was playing "catch" while lying on my back with my legs perpendicular to the floor. I had to squeeze the ball with my legs, then release it into my hands, and then toss it back up and catch and squeeze with my legs again. It was entertaining. And I have to smugly say that not once did I fall off that ball as I had anticipated.
I took measurements for the first time ever at the beginning of the bootcamp. If I measured correctly (and that's a big if), I lost 1" off my waist, and 1/2 inch off my upper arm. My other measurements stayed the same. My weight went up slightly (1.2 lbs). Overall, I'm satisfied. I wish I could get a handle on my eating habits, but since I haven't had enough motivation for that, I'm just happy I'm not gaining more.
I'm not sure what program to try next. I didn't realize I was done with the New You Bootcamp this week- time flies! I might try another bootcamp I had found here on SP. I might just try making extra time to run around the yard playing tag or jumping rope with my 9 year old each day. I'll have to think about it. I'm thinking about buying a Hoopnotica DVD. It looks like it could be fun. Has anyone tried these?
In other news, I realized after the fact that my 2 year Sparkiversary was on Wednesday. While I'm not where I wanted to be with my weight by now, I'm still pretty happy with myself. I'm definitely far more active than I used to be. I'm very thankful for all the tools offered here to be able to learn about and live a healthy lifestyle.
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