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.