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I stopped counting my calories when Logan was born. I had other priorities at the time and honestly I just needed a break. Plus, my schedule was all over the place. I wasn’t really eating meals, or preparing food for myself. I just ate whatever people put in front of me, gratefully! It was a nice break mentally. I focused on eating enough food to not feel starving all the time (which was hard–I think Logan would go through growth spurts because I’d have days where I just could not eat enough food to feel satisfied!).

But a little over three weeks later and it was time to get back into a routine. After the fog of the early days cleared and Michael went back to work, I was starting to feel more myself again and I could also see myself getting into some bad habits. I needed structure again. As much as I could get, anyways.

So I started counting my calories again. In some ways it was kind of a bummer to be back to doing it after a nice little break; but overall it was also comforting and familiar to be sort of “back to normal.”

I also talked to my midwife about doing some light exercise again. I didn’t really want to wait until my 6 week postpartum appointment because honestly at 3 weeks I was feeling a lot better. She said no swimming yet (which I kind of guessed) but said I could do some light, easy exercise like the elliptical, walking, and yoga. She said if I started having postpartum symptoms come back then I needed to take a break or back off. Fair enough! I was going to listen to my body and see how I felt.

I need to get rid of some of the bad habits I let slide back into my life. Drinking diet soda is one of them. I did really well and pretty much gave it up for my entire pregnancy. It wasn’t like I drank a ton before I got pregnant but I was starting to get into the bad habit of having one every day. And honestly diet soda doesn’t make me feel great and makes me crave sweets. I started drinking it again recently and found that I was back to drinking it every day, craving soda and also eating more junk food as a result. No more! Back to sparkling water.

Also, when I was pregnant I craved orange juice like mad. Like had I not reigned it in and controlled myself I could have drank an entire gallon in two days. Now? That craving for orange juice has diminished so I’ve stopped buying it. While I enjoyed drinking it, I don’t need the calories.

I’m trying to make better choices with my food, especially my snacks. Some days it’s hard, especially if Logan is fussy and I can’t put him down to fix something. I need quick and easy food that can be eaten one-handed. I’m trying to get back to focusing on fruit and protein for snacks instead of convenient stuff like protein bars and granola bars.

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I do pretty well with breakfast. Most days Michael helps out and makes me breakfast before he leaves for work. Days he can’t I have oatmeal or I try and make my own eggs. Some days when Logan is super fussy it’s plain Greek Yogurt with fruit gulped down!

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I intend on blogging my weight loss efforts in the future, but right now losing weight isn’t really on my mind. I have days where I feel really good about my body–even though I am 20 pounds over what I was a year ago–and then there are days where I just don’t feel like myself. I miss being active. I’m kind of going stir crazy in the house and would like to get off the couch. Some days it just isn’t happening (like the other day when Logan decided he was not going to nap at all and was fussy and cranky and nothing would soothe him but me cuddling him on the couch).

This won’t become a “mommy blog” per se, but this blog has always kind of been more about just my life and balancing fitness and eating healthy with indulging and living life like a normal person. My intent going forward is to blog about that–balancing life with a newborn, trying to find time to work out and to lose the baby weight– but that isn’t my priority right now. The first step for now is getting back to being accountable (counting my calories) and getting off the couch and back in the gym (when I can).

So I’m counting calories — CHECK!

Now the fitness part!

After the doctor gave me the green light to give it a try, I decided to go to the gym and try out the elliptical. I have to admit, it was kind of hard! After nearly a month off, I definitely felt out of shape. I was winded walking up the stairs (much like I was when I was pregnant), I was slow and had to keep the resistance down but I was able to do it and that felt great!!

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None of my clothes fit really well right now (I think I need to buy some new workout clothes–especially a new sports bra), but I got out there and did about 2.8 miles on the elliptical, around 35 minutes total and then called it good. I was starting to get tired and I suddenly felt REALLY HUNGRY. Like starving. So I headed home and called my first time back a success! (And then took a nap!)

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The next day was really gorgeous out! We planned on going for an urban “hike” in a park but shit went sideways and we never got to do that. 🙁 Everything kind of went wrong (including our garage door breaking) so instead I took Logan for a long walk around the neighborhood. It was something!

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We ended up walking a little bit further than planned but it felt nice to move and be outside in the sunshine and warm weather. Plus, our neighborhood is really hilly so that burned some calories.

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Since our family hike was kind of a bust, we decided to go to a nearby park for a picnic lunch to try and salvage the day. Michael got us a sandwich from Subway and then we took a little walk around the park. It sort of made up for the catastrophes of the morning!

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Sunday Michael went for a run while I fed the baby and then pumped and then I got to go to the gym for a quickie elliptical workout. It was MUCH easier this time around. I don’t know if I got my stamina back already or if having a decent night of sleep did the trick but it was a good workout.

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After that my cousin and a friend came over to make us brunch! It was so sweet of them! They brought all the ingredients and made us chilaquiles, which I’d never heard of before but might be my new favorite breakfast. It was absolutely delicious!

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And of course, mimosas. 😀 I’m not sure how many calories was in brunch, probably a lot, but it was worth it and I enjoyed every bite and it satisfied my insane hunger that I’ve been having lately.

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We sat outside on the deck in the glorious sunny, warm weather and enjoyed the light breeze while we ate brunch. It was kind of the perfect day. After they left Michael and I took Logan and Bella for a 1.55 mile walk in the sunshine. Then I was pretty much pooped for the rest of the day!

This coming week I plan I going to yoga again (looking forward to that!), another gym session and if weather permits, a few walks with the dog and baby!

 

Drink This and Try Not To Puke

I’ve been dreading this since getting pregnant and finally had to do it. The gestational diabetes test. Yuck. This has been on the back of my mind even before getting pregnant. I wanted to lose those 10 pounds I gained, thinking it might help my odds against getting GD when I did finally get pregnant. It was definitely a concern because of my history. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to lose that 10 pounds first, so it kind of made me worried.

My doctor said to take it between weeks 24 and 28. I had the option to take the 1 hour test (non-fasting) or the 2 hour fasting test. At first the 1 hour test sounded like the better option but she kind of talked me out of it and said if I failed that one I’d immediately have to take the 3 hour test.

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I didn’t want to take any more time off work because as it is my sick time has been sucked up with OB appointments and most recently, multiple dental appointments. Saturday I set my alarm, skipped breakfast and then went to the doctor to take the test.

I was glad I asked her what to expect at my last appointment because she said I wasn’t allowed to leave. I had stupidly hoped I could go, start the testing, then run errands or something waiting out the time. Nope, they want you to stay at the doctor the entire time. I packed my Kindle with a bunch of books, my phone charger and took my phone to watch Netflix while I waited. I recently started watching “Madame Secretary” and it’s REALLY good! It’s funny and smart and I love the casting. I’m about half way through the first season.

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I got there early and despite having to fast, being hungry and not getting to have my coffee, it wasn’t as bad as I had been anticipating. I did my initial blood draw (later results showed the first fasting blood draw was 84, which was a good number). Then they had me drink the drink. The lady said that it can sometimes make people feel sick and she said if I threw up, I’d have to come back another day to take the test again. UGH! PRESSURE!

She suggested I don’t chug it but that I had to drink the whole thing within 5 minutes. I sat there and took big gulps. It was nasty. It tasted like super duper sweet flat Mountain Dew. I finished the drink, felt nauseated and gross, and then sat in the lobby for an hour watching Netflix while I waited for the next blood draw.

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I had the next blood draw and then I had another hour to wait for the last one. As I was leaving the lab I ran into a friend who was there to get some lab work done, too! So after she was done she hung out with me for the last hour, which was really nice. We chatted and that helped pass the time. I wasn’t feeling quite as nauseous as I had been during the first hour and then it was time for my last draw.

It was nearly noon by this time. I’d missed breakfast so I stopped at Subway and got Michael and I a sandwich for lunch. I wasn’t feeling great and it took a few hours after eating to finally feel better.

I made the mistake of looking up how many calories was in that glucose drink. 300!!! NOT COOL. 300 wasted calories for something that was gross, made me feel sick and didn’t satisfy my hunger. Major fail. I want a refund on those calories.

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After lunch I went to the gym. The only upside? The gym wasn’t crowded by the time I got there! I wasn’t feeling my best and so I totally phoned-in my workout, but I did something so that’s good. I warmed up and then did the weight machines and finished up with 2 miles on the elliptical. My ankle is much better than it was last week but I’m still taking it easy (no jumping jacks, nothing too aggravating for my ankle, taking it easy on the cardio machines, etc.).

I did realize at the gym this weekend that I can no longer do planks (even side planks) and push-ups are soon to be a no-go, too. It’s become too difficult and with the planks I was feeling strained. So I think it’s time to quit those.

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Test Results

From The Mayo Clinic: Gestational diabetes: If you’re being tested for gestational diabetes, your doctor will consider the results of each blood glucose test. At Mayo Clinic, if your blood glucose level is higher than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) after the one-hour test, your doctor will recommend the three-hour test. If your blood glucose level is higher than 190 mg/dL (10.6 mmol/L) after the one-hour test, you’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

For the three-hour test:

A normal fasting blood glucose level is lower than 95 mg/dL (5.3 mmol/L).

One hour after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L).

Two hours after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 155 mg/dL (8.6 mmol/L).

Three hours after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L).

I got my results that evening. The numbers LOOKED okay but I wasn’t positive and wanted to hear from my doctor for sure.

Pre-drink:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose Fasting, for Prenatal 75g/2hr GTT 84 mg/dL <=91 mg/dL

After 1 hour:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose 1 hr, for Prenatal 75g/2hr GTT 106 mg/dL <=179 mg/dL

After 2 hours:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose 120 Min CHR 75 mg/dL <=152 mg/dL

My doctor confirmed that I passed the test! WOOHOO!! Such a big relief. I really felt so much better about it. I know, I know, I worried about it for nothing. But it was a legitimate concern for me because of previously being pre-diabetic, so it was a giant weight off my shoulders. The blood tests also came back to say I am still anemic, despite adding an iron supplement to my vitamins over a month ago. So we’ll see what happens with that.