I’ve spent a lot of my free time yesterday and today on http://www.thebump.com. First of all, it’s an addictive website as is. But then I created my own little profile and user name, and I’ve been posting all over other people’s message boards, and even creating some of my own. I love it!
What’s great about the message boards, as compared to the blog, is that the feedback from others is #1) super fast, within minutes, and #2) usually from people you don’t know. It’s very cool to log on to my computer one hour after posting a message and having 5 people give me advice on something! Definitely worth the time. That said, I still love my blog! And I’m starting to expand my thoughts.
On thebump, I posted on the following message boards: “Trying to conceive”, “trouble trying to conceive”, “food allergies”, and “health and exercise”. Clearly you can see where my thoughts lie! The health and exercise group, in conjunction with the trouble trying group, has led me to a new thought at the forefront of my mind – I need to get healthy. Stat.
I am not saying I am heavily overweight, or anything like that. It’s a personal thing – so I’m not comparing myself with anyone. But I don’t fit in my clothes. Jeans aren’t comfortable anymore – only sweatpants are. I wear my jeans multiple times in a row to stretch them out (how’s that for honesty). If I wash and dry them, they shrink, until I stretch them out again. I’m eating sugar, carbs (mostly not gluten, but still), and most of all, my portions are massive. I go plate for plate with my husband – that should not be! So. I love to blog, I love to vent, I love to talk about my issues for all the world to see (which apparently is quite normal for those on thebump; I’ve never seen so many links to pregnancy blogs in one space!). I’ve decided that if I’m going to be serious about this weight loss (which, given what I weigh, what I used to weigh, and how much I need to weigh in order for my clothes to fit, I need to lose about 15 pounds.) Yes, I’m serious. No, I’m not crazy. But now that I’m announcing it to the world – I have to hold myself accountable! You’re all going to know if I’m not even trying, or have fallen off the wagon.
What’s my plan? I’m not going to do some crazy detox water and lemon diets or anything like that. I don’t like lemons, anyway. I’m going about it the healthy way. Here’s the way I figure it:
-I have a thyroid issue. The kind where, once you gain weight, it stays on you quite stubbornly. It’s a proven fact (in my own experience) that my TSH stays down and I feel my best when I weigh less, which is when my clothes fit. It can’t be anything but good to lose weight when you have Hashimoto’s.
-I have a fertility issue. I don’t know what it is yet – unexplained anovulatory cycles? PCOS? Thyroid-related infertility? But no matter what – I need to be healthy. IF I have PCOS..which I hope I don’t, it’s also a proven fact that weight gets stored more easily and kept there, because of insulin-resistance. It’s also a fact that those with Hashimoto’s are more likely to have PCOS than those who don’t – since they both have to do with insulin-resistance. Also, people with PCOS are likely to have Type 2 diabetes. Didn’t I mention I have a thing with sugar? I need to be healthy, so when my doctors look at all my blood tests and try to help me get pregnant, one reason they can’t give is that I’m not healthy enough.
So, it starts officially Monday (Mondays are the best days to start a life change, right?). With the occasional exception of a special treat for a special occasion, I will not be eating:
-Anything fried, dessert of any sort (which includes, but is not limited to: cupcakes, ice cream, candy, regular cake..frosting from the can, sprinkles by the spoonful, etc.), simple-sugar carbs (anything with white bread, white rice, etc.)
I can occasionally have: Starchy carbs (brown rice, potatoes), diet soda, whole grains (if I decide to bring back gluten).
I need to have, daily: Many servings of fruits and vegetables, protein with every meal, and healthy fats with every meal (nuts, avocado, almond butter, etc.) and low-fat dairy.
I have a little low-glycemic chart thing I printed from one of my thyroid books, and as you go through the day, you check off the servings of veggies, fruits, fiber, and water you take in, to make sure you’re getting enough.
Oh yeah, at least 64 ounces of water a day. At least.
Exercise – this will be the easy part. 5-6 times a week. 2x I will go to my new favorite gym class, Cardio Pump. Nothing says “Good Morning!” like doing jumping jacks and lifting weights to music at 5:30 in the morning. 3x a week I’ll run, plus some weight lifting. 1x a week I’ll attempt to
drown, I mean swim.
I’m telling you all this so you can hold me accountable. It’s okay to have a moment once in a while, especially an ice cream moment before the Creamery closes for winter. But I can’t be having these moments once a day, like I do now (I’ve had probably 20 pieces of Halloween candy in the last 2 days, no exaggeration..). These moments are allowed once a week, tops. So I need your help! I’ll be updating, good or bad, to keep myself on task. Remember the ultimate goal – be healthy and fit to be my best in order to get pregnant!
I’m also going to create a separate category on this blog for this part of my thoughts, so if you’re interested in just this topic, you don’t have to read everything else, or the other way around. Thank you for being my support system and reading my rants! 🙂
Monday morning is weigh-in #1. It’s time to change my life, for good, with a healthy lifestyle. I’m holding myself accountable!