Fox and Broom

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stop

That is what I need to start saying to myself: “stop.” I have been crazy eating lately. I don’t even realize it until it is already too late. What the frak is going on??? I think it is stress eating, but it is still so unlike myself. I mean, I have eaten poorly in the past, but not like this where I don’t even know that I am doing it. I am going to need to start making a menu again. This is ridiculous. I need to run tomorrow/today… on Friday. I really need to get to sleep. G’night.

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Holy Stress Eating, Batman!

I don’t know when it started, but I need to stop it. Now. I have gained about 5 lbs since May. I think. I have been too afraid to weigh in. Yes, I have a lot going on in my life. This should not be an excuse to overindulge. I will have some free time tomorrow afternoon, so I will create a weekly menu. I really do very well with my eating habits if I have a list I can follow. It must be a neurotic thing.

We still have no answers on what is going on with my baby. He is improving, but is still about 4 months behind on his gross motor skills. And he seems to stay about 4 months behind. We are working to get the insurance to cover genetic testing, but they are really dragging their feet on this test. In the meantime, we have been having just about every other test possible done, with no clear answers. I really think the genetic testing will tell us something. At least let us know if Sammi will require specialized care and therapy for the rest of his life.

He had an MRI done last week. I hated that. I was there when they put him under so he would not move during the MRI. I wanted to be there when he woke up, but he was mostly awake when they brought him in to us. He still had his eyes closed, so at least we were the first people he saw. I had a hard time watching them put him to sleep.

The MRI results came back as “mostly normal.” Hehe. They found a small cyst near his pituitary gland. This appears to be a relatively common thing and I have been told by a few doctors that it is nothing to worry about now, but to keep an eye on Sammi. If he starts to get headaches, then we may need to take another look at that cyst.

I have had 3 moles taken off of my back and am now waiting for the lab results. Cuz I really need more medical crap going on.

There. That is my irritable catching-up blog.

Ready to start the burn.

The holidays were good, if with a sad undertone. See my previous blog, A Letter To My Grandma, for more details on that. Now that the madness is out-of-the-way, I am ready to start-up my exercise routine once more:

  • Sunday: cardio
  • Monday: C25K
  • Tues: yoga
  • Wed: cardio
  • Thursday: C25K
  • Friday: yoga
  • Saturday: C25K

I currently have a temporary gym membership and hope to use it to get a good foothold on my routine. My only concern is being able to get someone to watch Samedi while I exercise. He is still so little and I do not feel comfortable leaving him at the gym daycare. I am pretty sure I can get a grandparent to help me with that.

I also need to get a better control on my food intake. I have gotten ridiculous with eating. It is as if I don’t even realize that I am putting stuff into my mouth until after I eat it. I am going to start logging what I eat, but will not post it here as I think that is boring. I just hope to see what I can do to curb the crap going into my body.

Tomorrow I will begin (again) the Couch 2 5K program. My goal will be to blog about each time I run, so I will be getting something on here at least 3 times a week.

Wish me luck!

Counting down to the finish line.

Within the week I will need to change the name of my blog as I will no longer be a “Preggo Chick.” My doc decided that I am ready to deliver and even set up an induction date for Thursday, November 11. The baby is small, but not too small. According to the ultrasound I had today, the baby is approx 6lbs, 11oz. I was relieved that he/she is not 9 or more. I was a little worried that may be the case as that is usually what happens with gestational diabetes. However, I had to wonder about it since I have gained a total of 13 lbs myself (not counting the 4 lbs I lost in my 1st trimester). If you had read my blog before I found out I was pregnant, yes, I was overweight to begin with. I have tried to keep active and eat mostly healthy. The eating healthy went into overdrive after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I suppose I should admit that I “cheated” a few times. Eating fast food or a piece of candy here and there. It is amazing how it can really change your mindset over these things when it these things affect someone else’s health as well. I have come to realize that I did some of this in order to keep myself healthy, but mostly to keep my baby healthy. I know I would not have been so stringent for my own sake.

So anyways, I had my last ultrasound today and an exam. Both revealed that baby is perfectly healthy and doing well. The doc decided, based on my gestational diabetes, the fact that I am on medication for it, I have been experiencing an increase in discharge (TMI I know), I am dilated at 2 1/2 cm, and an increase in Braxton Hicks that it would work in all of our favor to attempt to get this baby out into the world this week. He ruptured my membrane in an effort to get labor to start on its own. I have to say that since he did it, I have been getting more severe feeling contractions. In fact after this blog, I fully intend to sit in a bath for a little while. I have heard that a bath helps with the pain. I didn’t get to try that when I had my first child.

It’s the small things…

I found “no sugar added” ice cream. I am in heaven. It is sweetened with Splenda© and only has 17g carbs and 3g of sugar. It is seriously wonderful. Ice cream is my biggest weakness in regards to junk food. I can only have a 1/2 cup at a time (and I have limited that to once per day), but ohhhhhhhh. I will take it.

7 Weeks to Go

A month and a half left. Where did this pregnancy time go? My baby shower will be held in 3 weeks time. I still feel pretty unprepared. Then again, I don’t think that anyone ever really feels ready to welcome a new person into this life. If they say they are prepared, they are lying. Even with getting the baby stuff organized, there are so many other things that are impossible to organize: when the new baby wakes up and wants food, when the parents can sleep… Yeah. I am dreading the sleepless nights, but I know they will not be forever and I know that I can handle them. Maybe this is why people say the first kid is the hardest and the 2nd/3rd/4th/etc. are easier. The parent(s) now have an idea as to what to expect.

I think the hardest thing that I am having to deal with is the fact that I have so very very little in the way of baby gear. We’ve moved so much and had to get rid of so much. My son is 5 and we just had no reason or space to keep all of the baby stuff. My mom bought me a new crib. I haven’t been able to put it together, yet. I want to clear out the crib space, first. It is going to have to go in Sol’s room, for now. It will be nice when we can get our own house and each kid can have his/her own room. Sol is being a good sport about it, but I think that he has been acting out about the big change in his own way. He has been whiney and crying about small things. I am working with him on it. Having a new addition to the family is a huge change for the entire family.
I am purchasing what baby gear I can find at yard/garage sales, but I have also become very picky about certain items. Like strollers. I just KNOW what I want to get out of a stroller. I want a good reach with the handles. I want a cup holder. I want it to fold up nicely. I want it to be light and easy to handle. I haven’t found the stroller I want at a yard sale, yet, but I have purchased a Pak ‘n Play and a high chair. The high chair is actually an extra chair as a friend has given me her old one. I figured one of them could live at a grandparent’s house.

On the subject of blood:

I have had some strange bleeding issues lately.

I had some spotting, nothing serious. I did report it to my doctor and was told that if it started up again, I would need to come in. It didn’t. Phew.

The other issue happened yesterday. I was driving my son to meet with his aunt and uncle. It is about a 10 minute drive. Before I got out of our neighborhood, I felt something weird on my chest. I wiped at it with my hand and my hand came up seriously bloody. At first I thought it was a bloody nose, which is common in our area at this time of year. No… my nose was not bleeding. It was a little dot on my chin. This little dot (which I have not recollection of scratching) was gushing out a waterfall of blood. I bled the entire way to our destination. I soaked 2 tissues (the only 2 in my car) and 2 random papers I found in my car. I had blood all down my neck and chest and covering my hands. I looked like I was dressing early for Halloween or an accident victim. It freaked me out not only a little bit. I haven’t had any other issues like this. I have to prick my fingers a few times a day for glucose tests. They definitely do not gush like this. I will be seeing my doc this week and will be bringing this up to him.

Other than this, baby seems to be doing great.  Baby is moving constantly. I have been able, thus far, to control my blood sugar with diet. My dietician was very pleased with my progress. I was worried because I had lost 4 lbs, but was told this is normal in the beginning of a new diet plan. I have mostly cut out sugar and cut waaaaay down on carbs. I make sure not to have any fruit or fruit juice with breakfast. I eat a lot more protein-packed foods.

I will be relieved when the gestational diabetes is gone. This will also make me work harder to be in better shape. I have no desire to regain diabetes at a later date. I have mentioned before that I will be restarting the C25K program in Feb. I have already mapped out a weekly routine with some form of exercise everyday. For now, I am walking. I am starting to have problems walking too much, so the walking is just for a few blocks. More than that gives me a very uncomfortable stitch in my side.

Bleh. Bleh I say!

So, I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Not sure what that means entirely at this moment, as I will be talking with my doctor next week and a dietician the week after that. In the meantime, I have been given a blood tester and am keeping track of my food intake. I am hoping that I will be able to skip medication by eating well. I am already starting to hate my blood tester.

So far, my blood has not been too high. I am also starting to learn to listen to myself a little better when I need a little pick me up snack. The hard part is that people seem to constantly throw junk food at pregnant women: “you MUST be craving this, right?” or “just have a little, it can’t hurt anything.”

No, I do not need to be craving that. Yes, it can hurt. Mostly what I crave when pregnant is beef. I know this, because I do not eat a lot of beef when I am not pregnant, and now I always want it. Ice cream is something I do not crave, but always want. I love ice cream. I haven’t had ice cream in weeks. I will be eating it when it is safe for me to do so again. Hopefully I can control myself with that same ice cream as I hope to do a better job of losing the baby weight this time around.

As my blood tests have shown me, in the day that I have done them, a little bad thing can do harm. I tried very hard to portion out my dinner so that I could enjoy a little desert. I haven’t had desert in over a week, when I found out I may be either borderline or over the border for gestational diabetes. I tested 2 hours after eating and my blood sugar was still high. Not high enough to be concerned, but it still concerned me. I have learned my lesson.

It is sometimes funny how we learn about things. I knew practically nothing about diabetes, now I am trying to live with it, even if only for a few more months. I very much hope that I will not come down with diabetes later in life. It is a pain in the ass (and finger). I will definitely be doing my best to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan as soon as the bump is born. Well, as soon as I can start to exercise. I have already committed myself to restarting the C25K program by February. I figure that will give me the cold months of December and January to recover from labor. I will also probably start doing small things in those months such as yoga and some cardio that will help me to prep for jogging.

A New Runner, A New Beginning.

K. So I have started to run. Well, jog would be the more appropriate term. I’ve started a running program call Couch 2 5K. The title caught my attention. I think I needed something to catch my attention.

I have NEVER been a runner. I was always last in my class when we had to run a mile. I loooooathed it. My brother was the runner. I was just his weird older sister. Not that I was terribly out of shape. Just out of high school, I was able to keep up with an average man in pull-ups and push-ups. Just before my son was born, I was able to haul 50 lbs of meat with ease. I am built like an Amazon, only I still have both of my breasts.

After my son was born, I seemed to forget how to eat properly and was not getting the exercise I should have. It sometimes seems as if I have lost my willpower regarding food. I’ve always had a weakness for some things: ice cream, snickers. Only now I can’t seem to control ANY cravings. If I want food, I just go and get it without any thought at all.

So.

I needed a change.

I am now on the Couch 2 5K program and listing all of my foods in the Loseit.com food calorie counter. I like this counter as it also calculates exercise into your calorie intake.

You may be asking, “why are you bothering to write all this down?”

Because I am currently 30 lbs overweight and am wearing a couple dress sizes larger than I would like.  I don’t like the pictures I see of myself recently. I’m not saying that I want to be disgustingly thin. I do want to be healthy and I want to have the energy to keep up with my kid. If I write down my progress for the world to see, maybe I will be sure to keep it up.

This is very unladylike (though I have rarely been accused of acting like a lady), but here are my stats at this moment:

167 lbs.
Size 14 – 16 (depending on clothing style)
C25K workout = approx. 1 1/2 miles

My intention with this blog is not to bore any potential readers with stats, so I will post them only occasionally. I just wanted to get a log of where I am RIGHT now.

Before

This picture is me now. If I stick with this program and run a 5K, I will post another pic of me in that same dress (if it will fit ok).

Let it begin.

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