Ok, so I fell off the wagon. Well, actually, I got distracted. Summer is our super hectic time at work. I work at a fast-growing community college. In addition to advising all prospective students, carrying fairly heavy advising caseloads of continuing students, and working all registrations, our office is in charge of organizing all of the orientations for new students--needless to say, it gets pretty wild. Not too long into the summer crazy fest, I started to feel funky. My immune system was operating at an all-time low and my energy levels plummeted. I would come home at the end of the night and crash.
Yep, you guessed it--PREGNANT!
So, I have grazed my way through my entire first trimester. I wallowed in greasy fried foods, swam through fatty melty pints of Haagen Dazs ice cream, and buried my crunching munching face in countless bags of chips of all varieties. Unlike some women whose bodies react to hormonal changes by tossing up everything that they try to eat, my body is uncannily adept at clinging to every calorie I consume. Don't get me wrong, I had brief periods of nausea, but I staunched those unpleasant twinges by shoveling more food down my eager gaping throat. Not only were my eating habits despicable, but my EXTREME exhaustion and the 90 to 100 degree weather meant that I didn't do any exercising either. Yup, I've packed on some pounds. Since baby is only weighing in at 1.5 ounces right now, I'm pretty sure that most of it isn't him/her.
So, I'm sparking for two. I owe some of my newly discovered motivation to my husband who has rediscovered Spark People and is tracking his own calories in earnest. But also, I'm haunted by a number of thoughts. One is that the larger an expectant mother is, the larger she can anticipate her baby to be upon arrival. Since I'm already cringing at the prospect of making it through my impending D-day (that's DELIVERY day in frightened mamma talk), I'm naturally interested in keeping little Baby Booty reasonably baby-sized. I'm also concerned about the quality of our lives when my little peanut makes his or her way into the world--I want to bounce back from my pregnancy with a graceful leap and a flourish, and I want to be an active mom who can inspire and raise an active healthy kid. I don't want my child to struggle with the weight problems that I've had throughout my life.
I'm in luck. Now that I've skidded into my second trimester, the energy is slowly coming back and the wild uncontrollable cravings are starting to subside. I've been out walking again (though not as quickly or frequently as before), and I'm doing a better job at tracking my calorie intake. I am disappointed that Spark People doesn't have a pregnancy option in their nutrition tracker calculations, but in consulting with my doctor, I think that I'm adding a reasonable number of calories to my daily totals to sustain baby while at the same time keeping the spread in check.
Parenthood... I know this is one wild roller-coaster of a ride, but I'm strapped in and there's no looking back!