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Monday, April 18, 2011

A new beginning

I created this blog about 1.5 weeks ago, intending on starting it when I got back from a 10-day vacation. It would be about how I was preparing myself for pregnancy if and when the time came, and how that fit into being a formerly overweight person. If you knew me from my old blog, Adios, Fat Pants, you know that the husband and I decided to start trying for a baby this year. I went off the pill in March after nearly 6 years on it, unsure of what would happen but generally feeling pretty good about things. I was even tentatively planning on training for a full marathon in September.
Well, it looks like that preparation is going to happen a lot sooner than I anticipated…
I had been off the pill about 4 weeks by the time we went on vacation. I took a pregnancy test the morning before we left, and it was negative. I figured as much, and planned on having a few drinks while vacationing. The whole week I felt like I was about to start my period, but it never came. I figured my body was still trying to work things out and didn’t think much of it. I was 99% sure I wasn’t pregnant, but towards the end of vacation, I started feeling really sad and anxious about life in general. Very moody and on our last night of the trip, mentioned to my husband that I was feeling really sad that my childhood was over. We’d visited my parents and spent about 4 days where I grew up, and it brought back a lot of memories of being younger. I felt like I was for some reason saying goodbye to being a kid. I was also a little down because I felt like my eating was a little out of control and was feeling fat (!), despite running a 9 mile run and two 3-mile runs, plus lots of walking while on vacation.
I was a week late, and figured I would take another pregnancy test when we got home from our trip. It was positive… VERY positive. Didn’t take long for that second line to show up!
I am pregnant! I still can’t believe it happened this quickly for us. I am in shock – it feels surreal, exciting, terrifying – like one big rollercoaster all at the same time!
So this blog will be about my pregnancy to start out – and how I am going to survive it as a former obese person. I have been reading a wonderful book called Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, which details the many, many benefits of regular exercise while pregnant.
Um, guess what? I also have not one, but TWO half marathons in May! I plan on running the first one – it is all downhill and I plan on taking it easy. The second will just depend on how I’m feeling. I’m not afraid to run or exercise. I have plenty of workout videos that I still plan on doing throughout – did you hear me, Jillian Michaels??
I will be carefully monitoring my calories – when I visited the doctor for a physical in March, we discussed me being at a higher risk for gestational diabetes given my family history and my own history of being obese. I will discuss more with my doctor at my first appointment next week, but I do have a general number in mind as far as what should be ideal. Not placing limits on myself of course, but I don’t want to gain 80 lbs and be back to where I started, either. I’m not sure anyone will really get this unless you’ve been significantly overweight.
On  that note, I celebrated my one year anniversary of maintaining my weight loss. Here it goes in the other direction for the next 9 months!
PS – if we are friends on Facebook, please don’t say anything just yet! We are waiting a bit to announce it to everyone. :)

9 comments:

LoriV. said...

I'm your first follower and commenter!! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Can't wait to follow along!

Waisting Time said...

I am so excited for you! Thanks for sharing your amazing news:)

safire said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beerab said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm so happy for you! I'm mentally jumping up and down for you yay!!!

Can't wait to read up on it all!

Laura705 said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy and happy anniversary for your one year of maintenance!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

OOOOMMMMMGGGG...I am soooo happy for you and Dave Anna! WOOOO HOOOO! Ok...mums the word of facebook..but I might have to send you a message in your inbox...lol

cassandra said...

yay! This is huge...and that was fast! I hope we can help you stay healthy and fit through this wonderful journey!

Sunnydaze said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'M SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

I can't wait to follow along and see how everything unfolds for you.

Happy weight Loss Goal Anniversary! :D

fancy nancy said...

Yay!!! AMAZING news!! I am so excited for you and excited to follow your journey and possibly join you....hint hint!!! Shhhh!

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