Monday, March 26, 2012

Weeks 21-25

These last few weeks have been wonderful and crazy LOL I see myself getting bigger each day and feeling strong kicks and punches from this growing baby boy in my belly. I was sitting on the couch last week, about an hour after my cardio workout, watching my baby kick the heck out of my belly! I couldn’t help but crack up as I saw my tummy move with each kick from my little guy. Moments like that have made the past few weeks wonderful even though life has been incredibly full.

With each day, there are new challenges and new joys! I have been stretched to the max at work and with personal responsibilities. I think I had this idea in my head that I had to get EVERYTHING done in this small window of time so I piled as much as possible into my calendar from now through the second half of May. I’m learning that was probably not the best idea but we live and learn, right? I know for the next pregnancy, I will space everything out a little bit more. I am very happy to say that I am still teaching my kickboxing classes, still lifting weights every morning, and still getting my cardio in through random aerobics classes, machines at the gym or using the great outdoors! I am learning that there is a very fine line between needing rest and just feeling tired in the moment. When I need rest, I will do a shorter lift or just walk on the tredmill for cardio instead of going to a kickboxing class. I will also be sure to get a few extra hours of sleep that night. When I am just feeling tired in the moment, a 20 minute power nap usually does the trick and I am energized again! Learning the difference between when I should push through the feeling of fatigue or when I should rest has been a process. I will be honest and say that I have not fully figured that out yet. There have definitely been a few days where I have done WAY too much and suffered because of it. One of the biggest challenges for me is learning to control my GO GO GO mentality and accept that it is ok to slow down when needed. Slowing down doesn’t have to be negative! When I do all I can do, even if it’s less than when I wasn’t pregnant, it’s ok…and slowly but surely I am believing that.

I am really happy to share that food has not been a huge challenge. I realized early on that I felt so much better when I would stick to clean foods. Feeling great is something that truly motivates me to eat well. When I eat right, I have great energy levels and because of that I can get through my workouts. When I am tired due to incorrect eating, I feel sluggish, bloated and struggle through my workouts. When that happens, I get a bit down on myself and I completely HATE that feeling. Knowing that clean eating keeps me feeling wonderful and far away from that feeling of being disappointed in my ability, makes it easier to make the right food choices. BUT, let’s be honest EVERYONE loves to have a little treat every so often and EVERYONE has a food weakness. With this pregnancy and in life, balance has helped me to be successful. My food plan is working! I choose to eat 5-6 small meals a day for 6 days. These meals are usually filled with protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Depending on the time of day, I will have more or less carbohydrates in my meals but I don’t cut them out. No dieting during pregnancy, just good food choices. One day out of the week, I will eat most of my meals like normal BUT I make sure to have a treat meat that day. I allow myself whatever I feel like for that meal whether it’s a burger and fries or a quesadilla or anything else! I do not stuff myself but I do enjoy the food and the company.

I’m hoping to post a few pictures soon! So stay tuned…

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