Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yay New Shoes!

On my outlet shopping trip this past weekend, I bought a pair of shoes, running shoes. Not exactly the most exciting outlet purchase ever, but I really needed a new pair of running shoes.

Don't they look fancy, like I actually work out? Please ignore my dorky socks and blinding white legs.

These shoes may not be the coolest thing ever but they represent my re-commitment to being healthy. Not that I'm going to actually run in them, I'm pregnant, give me a break. But I am going to walk at least three times a week and try to increase the length of my walk each time. Right now I can handle a 20 minute walk with no problems, I'd like to work up to 45 minutes.

Back in April I started Weight Watchers. I loved it! It changed my life. Not only did it work, from April to October I lost about 25 pounds. But I felt so much better, physically and emotionally. It totally changed how I look at food and how I put together a meal. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped Weight Watchers. I was lucky to not have horrible morning sickness during my first trimester but I was pretty queasy. This led me to just eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted because that was what made me feel better. I couldn't stomach eating anything I had prepared, so I basically did not cook for three months.

Once I entered my second trimester, I started to feel a lot better and was able to be more careful about what I eat. I'm on speaking terms with fruits and vegetables again. I am definitely not dieting, but I am more aware of what I eat. Of course I have my bad days here and there; but overall my eating has improved a lot. I am aware that I'm supposed to be gaining weight during pregnancy, but still don't see the need for my thighs and ass to expand with my stomach.

While I'm feeling better about my eating, the exercise piece has been missing. Before I found out I was pregnant, I worked out about three times a week. Mostly the elliptical machine and kick-boxing classes with an occasional spin thrown in. It feels weird to not work out. During my first trimester I was just too damn tired to do anything. Now, I'm finally getting back into the exercise habit with walking and it feels so good! Even if I can't walk very far or very fast, it makes a huge difference just to get moving.

Back in July, I wrote that my goal was to weigh my high school weight on my 30th birthday. Well that birthday is in a couple of weeks, so that goal is obviously out the window. I think my new goal will be to walk for 45 minutes without feeling like I'm going to pass out. I'll have to push back the high school weight goal to my 31st birthday.

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