Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three Things Thursday: Giveaway winners and a big hug

Move that body: 20 minute upper body circuit with 10-pound weights

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no 27 no 13 no 17

The winners of the Old Navy Pants are: Holly @ Rust Belt Runner, Rebecca and Kim @ Girl Evolving. E-mail me mailing info to hlthystrides (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get those out to you. Thanks for entering!

Now onto business …

I have to thank you all so much for the kind words on yesterday’s post. I was a bit embarrassed to be reprimanded for gaining too much weight and even more so to admit it. The encouragement was unexpected and very welcome. And I loved all the comments that involved the words punching, bitch slapping and jerk. Made my day!

I’m feeling much better about the situation and think I’ve come up with a solution.

Step 1: Go to Target and buy a bikini and kiddie pool. After all, everyone loves to see a pregnant woman in a bikini.

Step 2: Stop at the grocery and pick up nuts, berries and vegetables. Those are healthy, right?

Step 3: Make Mark fill the pool while I put on the bikini, make a virgin mojito and prepare a plate of jerk doc-approved foods.

Step 4: Take the next seven weeks off work and do nothing but lie in the pool and watch the dog play in the yard thus satisfying my doctor’s suggestions that I eat healthy and not run. Heck, I won’t even have to move when the “time” comes.

So what do you think?

Yeah. I think I’ll pass on the not running part.

Here’s my real plan:

1. Take the doctor’s words for what they are: just words. Yes, I have gained the 30 pounds he wanted me to gain but is there really any harm in gaining 37? I’m active, I don’t have gestational diabetes and I have only had one Big Mac my whole pregnancy. The extra 7 pounds will come off – it’s just an extra month of work.

2. Acknowledge that the reason it upset me is partly because I knew I wasn’t eating my best. For me to eat well and stay eating well, tracking is critical. I will be mindful of what I put in my mouth and will write it down – if only to shove it in the doc’s face at my next appointment.

3. Eat bread. I don’t believe in eliminating entire food groups from my diet. However, I can make good choices and make sure the carbs are good and complex. Like me.


  1. Yay! Thanks!!

    I agree cutting certain foods is not a good idea. It could lead to paranoia and thinking certain foods are "bad." Really they are not "bad" they just need to be eaten in moderation.

    Good luck!

  2. I like both plans. :) And I'm totally with you - the extra 7lbs. is not that big of a deal in the scheme of things.

  3. So glad you are feeling better about your doctor's admonishment. I, unlike you, spent my first pregnancy cramming every unhealthy thing into my maw, justifying it all with, "I'm pregnant!" My doctor gave me SUCH a hard time, in a not so nice way, so much that I spent the 2 days prior to every appointment nearly starving myself because I was so stressed out to get on his stupid scale.

    Wow, that sounds ridiculous now. At the time though, I was clearly not sane enough to realize it.

    All this to say, you are a smart cookie who knows your body. You are healthy. I wish I were as wise as you are now when I was pregnant :)

  4. I like your suggestions. He is a jerk. Seriously, does he think that you aren't aware of how much work it is to lose weight? I know women who have gained 50+ and their doctors didn't say anything to them. You have to do what's best for you and your sanity. I think you've done a great job of keeping balance in your food choices and activities! I know I wouldn't be half as good as you!

  5. I have to laugh at the baby pool because I had the same thought for this weekend! You should totally go for it!

  6. i'm 37 weeks and have gained close to 50 pounds and my doctor hasn't said a word. he shouldn't have spoken to you like that - your body will gain what it needs to. i'm an incredibly healthy eater - the weight will go just as easily as it came.

  7. I like the take 7 weeks off and lie in the pool plan myself! Screw the doc - do your thing, girl!

  8. saw this - thought of you:

  9. I like the virgin-mojito pool idea :) You are right though, 7lbs isn't a big deal at all.