Thursday, August 2, 2012

TT: The Pregnancy Card

Workout: none + 30 min walk

I have a confession, I partly blame the Olympics for my lack of energy this morning, no this entire week - I've been staying up way past my bedtime. It also didn't help that we went out on a week night to visit with some friends who were in town. Good times last night, no so much this morning!

Olympic side-note 1: I've been a little disappointed in online coverage - it's so hard to find out what's going on but the best site I've found so far is: USA at the Olympics 2012. Thanks wiki!

Olympic side-note 2: pregnancy hormones + olympic moments = teary combination. Those MOM commercials get me every time!

Speaking of being pregnant, I've recently been thinking about the "Pregnancy Card." I won't lie, I've pulled it out a couple of times; it's gotten me my pick of different restaurants and first dibs on goodies at work. It's also given me a pass to be a little lax about nutrition and to snack on-demand. And bloggies, I've also pulled it to explain my lack of posting.

That's right folks, yes - the first trimester was grueling and all I wanted to do was sleep, eat and avoid food that made me want to gag. Not blogging was understandable. Now that I have more energy, that card has to be stashed away.

I'm trying to have a fit pregnancy, but if I had to grade myself (which I'm making myself) I'd have to give myself a C. I hate C's. To me, the C indicates my lack of effort and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Here's a glimpse into some of my thoughts:
  • Meal plans? What are those? What - I have to plan them? We can't just live on mac-n-cheese even if it is organic?
  • Blogging? What do I blog about now that I'm not trying to loose weight?
  • You mean, now that my back is feeling way better I can actually do more than yoga/weights/walking breaks?
After some horrendous food choices yesterday, I "made the effort" to pack a prep-at-work lunch of a cheese+avocado sandwichthin with grapes. Then I had a craving for some chips and some of that Honest Tea that I've been loving recently. But that would add a whopping 300 calories of junk to my day. I almost pulled out that Pregnancy card, but I'm happy to say I stopped myself and opted to get a salad instead, go me!

I failed to pack the avocado, but a cheese+roasted red bell pepper sandwichthin was a good sub. I was so full, I didn't even finish the salad so I have some for tomorrow. #doublescore

It's really all about choices. I need to understand that back pain/pregnancy has shifted some of my fitness and nutrition goals, but it doesn't mean that it's obliterated them. To raise my average, here are some of my goals:
  • blog, blog, blog - I need the accountability
  • add a workout page
  • try new workouts (just bought a zumba groupon)
  • make time to do some prepwork or give eMeals a shot? I heard of them today, have you? Side note: they stole my idea! Not really, I had thought about adding a weekly post of meal plans and grocery lists and have even setup 4 of them - but there's just not enough hours in the day. I may try them for a week and see how it goes.
  • eat cleaner, less sugar, less eating out
  • keep that pregnancy card stashed away

Any tips for challenging yourself when all you want to do is cruise in the nutrition/fitness field? Ever have an idea that went on to make someone a millionaire?

ADios :)