Skipping ahead

Why is it so hard for me to blog?  Maybe because I feel as though I don’t have anything of importance to say or that this blog is more like a diary and not really going in any sort of direction.  I really wanted to focus on me as a runner and how I fit in healthy eating and running to stay skinny while working full time and having a family.  I feel like my focus has completely gotten away from me because I’m pregnant and could barely walk a mile for quite a few weeks let alone actually run.  So here we are at 19 weeks and some change.  I’m starting to get to that point in pregnancy where I just feel chubby.  I don’t feel cute, I am squeezing myself into my pants, and I am having a tough time with exercise.  I’m trying very very hard to do something everyday.  I was very good over the Thanksgiving break.  Luckily my in-laws have a treadmill so I was able to run the whole time we were in Kansas City.  It felt great to be able to run about 4-5 miles each day.  When I don’t have complete control over what I’m going to eat that day (eh-hem vacation and holidays) I do like to be fairly active.  I was so grateful that I actually got to be active and eat pretty well over the holidays (although I rarely go overboard anyways).  I didn’t get to exercise on Sunday and actually welcomed the break.  Monday I was back out running and was able to get in a good 4 mile run and a 2 mile walk that day.  Yesterday I just wasn’t feeling it at all.  Thank goodness I’m able to eat healthy foods again because on the days I just can’t bare to workout I at least can eat salads.  I met my husband for lunch yesterday at a salad place downtown.  This place serves my kind of salad!  I got what I always do-salad with tons of veggies and tofu and then of course was starving by about 2:45pm.  I grabbed from several handfuls of dry cereal and then proceeded to get horrid heartburn which sort of ruined my dinner for a while.  For dinner I made quinoa and roasted vegetables-beets, brussles sprouts, sweet potato, red onion and cauliflower.  yum yum yum.  I wish it would have been a bit wetter but today I ate it with hummus and that was a winning combo.  I was able to get in a 4 mile walk with the pup last night so that also helped make me feel a little bit better about the exercise thing.  Today I’m sitting here blogging rather than going for a run.  I ate my lunch at 10:45am today so I’m patiently sitting here waiting for digestion to be complete.  My original thought was to run to the gym, get a good weights workout in, and run back.  But now I’m thinking maybe all running today-maybe 5 miles.  We’ll see.  I want to do something though.  I’m forcing myself today.  Tomorrow the snow is supposed to come in so I can do a gym workout tomorrow but while the weather is in the 60s and the roads are clear I might as well get my run on.

I wish I had a picture this week.  I look extremely chubby.  I’ll share one of last week where I look like a complete cow:

Thanks for capturing this one husband!  I think I may need to let up on the water drinking as clearly it’s making me extra bloated.  Here is another photo where I’m in the background.  I felt better about myself after seeing this one:

This was our Thanksgiving table set and ready to roll.  I do like the profile shot of me walking there.  Few.  I thought I had gained about 70lbs over night with that first photo.  Anyways, I’ll ask my husband to take a 19 week shot for the next post.  I like to pretend like there has been progress.  I do feel like I’m getting bigger in the tummy region.  Right now the baby is a 6 inch sub!  Since I’ve been eating a lot of subway sandwiches lately, I know exactly what that looks like.  I’m feeling little tiny kicks now which just make my heart melt every time I feel them.  I love having the reminder that baby is alive in there.  Because I have a tendency to worry, I don’t like that long stretches of not feeling anything.  Some days I feel like baby will never stop!  Others, like yesterday, I was questions if he/she was still in there.

Another revelation we’ve had.  My husband is positive the baby is a girl.  I was thinking it was a girl up until a few days ago.  Now I know it’s a boy.  We are having our 20 week ultrasound next Friday so if we really wanted to, we could find out.  We have agreed not to find out but I will be studying those parts like no one’s business I assure you.  I know what I’m looking for and I know what I’m going to see.  You are going down husband.  Luckily this is a fun game.  We have a bet going right now which is our little secret.

(Chad made this!  As you can tell, we both have written on it with our perspective gender chalk colors.)

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