I have been thinking about this blog for a while and was not really sure until now how to structure the content. Last time you heard from me it was probably about the #6packproject, and today I am going to let you in on our big secret – I’m pregnant. We are so thrilled about the coming addition to our family in March of next year!
Most of you are probably aware that I have a little guy who is 4 years old. I’m sure you’ve seen him in photos and on social media. There was a long period of time that we thought he was our miracle baby and that he would be our only child. He never asked for a sibling and our world was perfect as a family of 3, well 4 with #athenathebear. I was focused on building the biz at CB South Fitness, and getting in the best shape of my life. My diet was a complete 180-degree shift from the 36 years prior, and physically I’d never felt better.
Fast forward from July when I was in great shape, to right now…. the day after Thanksgiving, and 22 weeks into this pregnancy. I have included a couple photos below so that I can prove the difference. It’s a shock to even me.
As you might have guessed the #6packproject is on hold. What’s great about my efforts up until this summer is now I know the way that I am supposed to be eating, and training in the gym, to look and feel my best!
When my extended family saw me in Maine this past August they told me that I needed to gain weight. They thought I was too thin (“wait Gramp, can you please say that again?”). The thing was that I was eating quite a bit, but my body was responding to food totally different than it always used to. My diet (the 6 months leading up to our trip) completely changed how my body responded to food. Muscle replaced body fat and I wasn’t needing so much food to feel satisfied - it was awesome!
For now, I am eating what my body tells me it wants. A combination of carb, carbs, and did I mention carbs? I make myself eat the healthy stuff. I don’t crave healthy white meat at all, and my old weekly favorite of salmon, has been seriously neglected and in the freezer for the last 4 to 5 months. The one time I tried to eat salmon I couldn’t finish my filet. Even though I know you are not supposed to eat for two (in a literal sense) sometimes it feels like that’s exactly what’s happening. Now that I am back on the carb train, and eating way more carbohydrates than I care to admit, I am literally hungry all the time. I also think that it contributes to my low energy recently (although that’s definitely a combination of growing a human in my belly as well!).
I have confidence that after baby #2 arrives, that I can get back on track fairly quickly. Depending on breastfeeding, it may not be an immediate jump back into the low-carb diet, and my pre-pregnancy clothing, and that’s fine – I know that it will happen. :)
NEW WORKOUT PLAN
Par for the course I have had to drastically scale back in my workouts. Doctors’ orders are that I can go to the gym and strength train, but I need to limit myself to high reps and light weight – pretty much the opposite of what I was doing in my training before. I can see my body changing drastically each week. Not just in my growing belly, but the body fat I lost the first half of 2018 is back, and then some. Hello old friend (but NOT really!). I’m trying to keep weight gain to a minimum and so I work out almost every day to try and offset as much as I can.
I am still doing some interval training and running on the treadmill. The intervals are slower, and not quite as graceful, and I’ll run as long as the ‘babe’ and I are both feeling okay. This is a big deal compared to the state of my fitness 4 years ago when pregnant with our first – sadly, I didn’t exercise at all.
This may sound strange to some but I am really looking forward to spring / summer 2019 when I can get back to heavy lifting at the gym – and especially getting back on the half rack. I miss squats and Romanian deadlifts so much!! They make me feel powerful and strong – it’s the most amazing feeling! I’m definitely considering signing up for a half-marathon around that time to get myself in running shape again. I won’t dilly-dally around like last time. I haven’t run a half marathon in about 3 years, and have only done one since becoming a mom. Setting goals is a great thing in the fitness world and life in general - it helps me accomplish more than I would otherwise and pushes me to my limits. It’s a win - win for sure!
I’ll blog more as pregnancy life continues.