I was thinking about it and I ate waaaaay better when I was pregnant. Sure, there was a period where I would eat anything I could keep down (hello, morning sickness) and that resulted in Chef Boyardee every day for at least a month (haven't touched a can since), but once I got through the vomit stage, I was a champ. At one point, I was drinking Ensure every day (to put back on the weight I lost in the first trimester) and I was making healthy choices for most meals (not going to lie, I loved me some Popeye's). I made myself drink at least 64 oz of water every day and I always took my prenatal and calcium supplements. I didn't go on an all-out binge because I was really trying to make sure E would be healthy. If you saw me in my last trimester, you probably thought I was eating everything I could get my hands on, but I was really diligent about my eating habits. Even so, I gained between 45 and 50 pounds. The picture below was taken two days before I gave birth.
|Note that Baby E loved Justin Timberlake's Suit & Tie, Zucchini and of course, Popeye's.|
And to my credit, I ate pretty well up until a couple of months ago because E was nursing all the time. Now that he's weaning himself, I don't feel as obligated to eat as well (or maybe I've just hit a limit??). But now I think it's time to rally and get back to healthy eating. You can only eat junk for so long, right? I mean today we went out to lunch for someone's birthday and I filled my plate - at a buffet, no less - with tons of fried food (I love sweet and sour chicken). Sigh. It's going to be an uphill battle.
I also need to start jogging again. I tried the couch to 5k awhile back and quit because...I hate running. It was on a treadmill and I think I need to be outside. Also, I bought a jogging stroller at Target about a month ago because it was on clearance (how can you pass up a jogging stroller for $50?) and it's been sitting against the wall ever since (at least I put it together, right?). So now I really need to justify that purchase...Fortunately, a couple of the other moms are willing to go jog so I'm hoping we can keep each other motivated.
And once I get that going, I need to start lifting weights again. I didn't exercise while I was pregnant (a daily walk with Layla was about it) and I lost a lot of muscle mass. Holding E has helped my arms some, but I need to do more.
Just thinking about all of this makes me want to find a cookie.
Anyone else working on self-improvement? I find it to be a necessary evil.