Today I had my 16 week (I’m actually 17 weeks) doctor’s appointment. Part of every appointment is weighing in, which I think is a sensitive subject for a lot of women.
In 17 weeks, I have gained 8-9lbs which I didn’t think was terrible. I brought it up to my doctor because it’s something I wanted to be conscious of. I don’t want to gain a lot of weight during this pregnancy and having had previous weight problems, I feel even more pressure to not gain too much. Not only for me, but because I don’t want to have a difficult time later in pregnancy and I certainly don’t want to hurt our baby boy. My doctor hit me with the fact that she normally doesn’t like to see her patients gain more than 5lbs before 20 weeks, she said because at the end of the second and into the third trimester, women tend to gain more.
I am very aware of what is healthy and what is not–I have a strong background in weight loss and my degree is in public health for goodness sakes! My doctor told me to eat my veggies etc etc which annoyed me a little because I know this, duh. However unfortunately, I haven’t been wanting to touch a vegetable with a 10-foot pole since becoming pregnant. One of my proud moments this week was the fact that I have eaten three salads by CHOICE. Before I got pregnant I was a vegetable eating machine. After talking with my doctor today I have to put on my big girl panties and eat some freaking vegetables.
I left my doctors office feeling super defeated. I vented to my SILs and a close friend. Wah wah wah. I felt like a failure because I have gained too much according to my doctor. A TOTAL FAILURE. I should have done better, I shouldn’t have given into pizza, I shouldn’t eat so much fruit. Despite staying within my daily calorie intake I need to make a change for me and for this baby.
My husband was in the appointment with me and is taking it upon himself to keep me accountable.
Like the person I am, I have made a list of goals and a meal plan to follow that will be on my refrigerator until at least December. I am posting it here so I can be accountable to the general public if that even means anything.
My goals include–
-eat 4-6 small meals per day
-limit to 2-3 fruit servings per day
-eat at least 3 different vegetables per day
-allow myself one cheat/meal out per week
Example Meal Plan–
Breakfast– one piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter or almond butter and one serving of fruit
Morning snack– sliced cucumbers, peppers, baby carrots, or a salad
Lunch– protein plus fruit, or large serving of veggies (roasted, steamed, etc)
Afternoon snack– more sliced veggies, steamed veggies, air popped popcorn or fruit
Dinner– protein serving and lots of veggies
Obviously this isn’t a diet because I am not counting calories but rather just eating clean, which I need to do a better job at.
Some positives that I CAN be happy about–
My soda intake is now little to zero. I have fallen in love with sparkling water like La Croix or just club soda with fruit in it. I can’t handle the artificial sweet taste of soda and I know sparkling water is a much healthier alternative to soda.
I am still exercising 3-4 days per week by doing strength training and LOTS of walking. I’m thankful I’m not totally sucking in the exercise department.
I know pregnancy will have its ups and downs, especially with the ups and downs of my hormones.
I am thankful that tomorrow is a new day and I’m looking forward to having my vegetable intake out of control awesome.