Category: Health Journey

My Health Journey–Slightly Changed

July 1st, 2016, my life changed.  I found out that I am pregnant!  Yep, this 36 year old is going to have a baby! Therefore, my health journey has changed a bit.  I am putting Take Shape For Life on pause until I start feeling better.  My nausea is awful and food, other than buttered toast and chocolate milk, sounds gross.  TSFL has a great program that I may start up soon called the 3-3.  Where I eat 3 mini meals/snacks and 3 lean and green meals.  I believe this is for maintenance, but I could see me losing a little and it being really good for my body nutritionally.

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My Baby Journey

Many of you might know that when I had my second child, Paisley, 6 years ago I had a rough labor and delivery.  My uterus ruptured in 3 different places.  While getting stitched up, my doctor said I shouldn’t have any more babies, which was shocking and hard to hear.  Then at my 2 week check up, she said, well, wait 3 years for your body to heal and maybe one more.  So, three years later, my husband was unemployed for 1.5 years. I went back to teaching first grade for a year to buy him some time to find a good job.  Then he did, and that is what brought us to Texas.  After getting settled in Texas I was feeling pretty good with two children.  I often thought that two kids is so doable.  I started thinking about my career and was missing teaching.  I even started a small interior design business that still to this day I am thoroughly enjoying.  I started getting vain and “selfish” in a way, thinking (hoping) that my family was complete.  My husband on the other hand was (more) than ready to start trying again.  He got to the point where he was mad and angry with me and our relationship was really struggling.

After a lot of thought and prayer, I agreed to try again, totally trusting Heavenly Father.  I got my IUD out July 2014.  We have technically be trying for two years.  I never had a problem getting pregnant with my first two, so why now?  Like I said, I was very trusting of Heavenly Father.  Phillip, was not.  He thought that I wasn’t getting pregnant because I didn’t want to, and my body knows that.  Being in limbo for two years (which I understand in the world of fertility is not very long sadly), I needed to give it my all to get pregnant then if not, move on.  I was emotionally drained.

So we went on fertility.  We both agreed on 3 months then call it quits.  The first month was fine, but I never got a positive on my ovulation stick.  The second month my Clomid was doubled and I gave myself a shot to help me ovulate.  BINGO. It worked!  One month away from quitting and I get pregnant.  I truly believe that fertility is a personal decision.  But for us, a little science helped us, and I’m grateful for that.  I also think losing weight helped.  Now I am 11 weeks along.  I will deliver with a c-section on week 36 (February) as a safety precaution because the doctor does not want me to contract at all.  I am just fine with delivering a little early, so no complaining here.

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Now that I’m really pregnant, I look at this recent family picture and I know now that my family isn’t complete yet.  We are missing someone.  I’m so glad that I have the faith to know that I’m being cared for by a loving Heavenly Father.  I’m so excited to be on this path to having another child and adding to this family.  The girls are so happy and talk about “it” all the time.  My husband…excited is an understatement.  Let’s just say that he is happy and more helpful than ever.  There will be a 6.5 year gap between my youngest and the baby, so it will definitely be a change around here. Starting all over is a little frightening, but I’m trying to focus on all the positives.  I have already picked out my diaper bag for one.  Cute huh?

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My Health Journey- First Month Update

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Hey Peeps! I bet you are all waiting for an update on my health journey. I know I would be. So here it is. I started May 22 and four weeks into the program on June 17, I was down 14 lbs! It’s not easy, but it’s not hard either. It’s worth it!

Now, the program doesn’t like to focus on the scale but rather have me focus on non-scale victories, so here they are. First, my asthma is already better. I was taking a preventative puff from my inhaler every morning and then an additional puff from my rescue inhaler before I go to bed because the wheezing was keeping me from falling asleep. Now, I don’t do either of those anymore. I don’t need to. Second, let me share my absolute favorite part of eating healthier now, my “gut” feels so much better. I just feel better on the inside. I can tell my body is loving all this new and balanced nutrition. Third, I haven’t had a Coke in 30 days. I thought this would be the hardest part, but considering that I am supposed to drink 100oz of water a day, why would I waste that on Coke, or any diet soda for that matter. Now I crave and love water with a little lemon. And to think of all that sugar I was consuming, makes me sick. One day I will have my occasional Coke, but as a “treat”. I am no longer a Coke-aholic. Huge Victory.

Now, the struggles. I was told that I would have more energy, and I haven’t found that yet. But I am a very tired person, always have been, so hopefully that’ll come down the road. The one main difficult thing for me is my love and craving for Mexican food. I miss chips and salsa, flour tortillas, and cheesy enchiladas. I notice that I start to crave that when I’m stressed (or not getting along with Phillip, haha). Which makes me realize I eat my emotions. When I’m happy and want to celebrate, I used to do that with baking cookies or DQ Blizzards (which I’m craving as well), but that has got to change. Instead, I’m celebrating in other ways like getting a pedicure and actually saying “yes, I’ll have a fancy flower on my big toe.” I look forward to the day where I start to notice the weight loss in my clothes. I’m not there yet. I told you that I need to lose 60 pounds and now I have 46 to go. That smaller number feels better already. One day I was feeling very weak and vulnerable. I wanted Mexican food (I live in Texas people, the Mexican is amazballs here!), I didn’t want to blow all my hard work so I picked up the phone and called my coach. She responded so fast and said exactly what I needed to hear. She’s my true cheerleader.

After 3 weeks of doing the program, I started incorporating exercise. I walk 3-4 miles everyday with my dog Daisy, or I do a DVD (right now I love 21 day fix or beach body anything). Being strong is important to me, but I will never spend more than 60 minutes exercising. I don’t love it that much.

My goal was to lose 20 pounds by July 4. I probably won’t make that goal, but I’ll be pretty dang close and that I’m proud of. I’m so glad I have a husband and family that support me in all of this. What a journey this is. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass away.  

– Earl Nightingale