Wow, it’s been a month since I last posted. Things have been moving along somewhat in the pregnancy department. I’m over the nausea, well 90% of the time, I did actually have my 3rd spew of the pregnancy just 2 days ago, at 6am before I went for an hour’s walk with Nadia! Tiredness and insomnia still prevail. I’m so fortunate I work for myself – I often have 6 hours of work done by 8 or 9am! If I was an employee, I’d never be able to hold down a job. So, very thankful for that.
My tummy is getting rather largeish. Even though little bubba only weighs about 150g! I have my 18 week scan on Monday, though I am not really looking forward to it for the simple reason I have to drink 1 litre of water an hour before I go. There is no way I can hold on to that much water. I nearly pee’d my pants on my walk this morning, and I’d only had a coffee and a water, plus I’d already been before I left! I’m REALLY worried about it so I’m going to do a test tomorrow morning. I might have to cut down the time frame and cut down the volume of water. My bladder it seems can only hold about 1/2 cup before I feel like I am going to burst. That’s still the reason I wake at all hours of the morning. My stomach is like a big balloon.
So what else has been happening?
We bought a king size bed – gel top – no movement of other person detectable. We get it on Friday and I can’t wait. Next on the agenda is a tall boy and new bedside tables. And of course new quilt cover and sheets etc. Going the whole hog.
I am off to the Gold Coast on the 31st May for 7 days. We are having a lunch in Brisbane on Saturday 5th, and anyone is welcome. Email me if you would like to attend. I think we have about 10 going so far. I can’t wait to catch up with the girls.
I’m going to start pilates when I get back from the Goldy. I found a pregnancy pilates class, but first I have to get my ob’s ok so will wait til Thursday when I see him. This will be a first for me, never done it before.
I’ve started cleaning out cupboards and re-organizing my house. It feels good to throw stuff out!
I’m still eating like a horse at times especially after I do some exercise. My weight gain was bothering me a bit but I figure I need to allow for the fact I was dieting and training 2 x day prior to falling pregnant. So given that, I think all is ok. I’m still within the average weight gain, just, so that’s ok! I also figure that once I get back to my usual lower carb diet, my body will respond pretty quickly. I feel much better now I have found some decent clothes to wear that actually fit me. I spent nearly $500 on 3 items at David Jones (Metalicus, not maternity) but they are great and I will get heaps of wear out of them as they are stretchy. Found some good preggo workout wear at www.pregfit.com.au So I’m all set for a while. I’m into maternity jeans and actually love them, so comfy. Believe it or not my Lorna Jane XS pants still fit me but I’ll be moving up to an S when I go shopping on the Goldy.
I’ve been looking into child care options and we have an appointment on Friday with ABC Learning Centre, which is very handily, just down the road from us. Can’t hurt to be too organized in this regard I think!
As for Ideal Bodies Online, I have a few projects on the go. I’ve been searching around for corporate identity kit designers for our new project. While on this subject, we are looking for expressions of interest from mums who have their PT qualifications or who want to get them, who are interested in a unique new business opportunity. Email me if you would like some further (still sketchy) details.
Next, I’m busy researching and setting up an affiliate program for our instant programs which will be inproved, revamped and repriced at the same time. If anyone has a blog, or web site and would like to earn 50% commission on sales, please email me your expression of interest so I can get back to you when things have been finalized.
I had my friend Kerry stay with us a couple of weeks ago for the night, that was lovely to catch up with her (as well as Jodie and Logan) – Kerry has lost nearly 50kg in weight and she’s barely recognizable! She gave me a harmony ball to wear and I haven’t taken it off yet
I’ve started walking 3 x week in the early mornings (ie dark) with Nadia who has moved into Mildura and lives quite close now. We meet at my usual exercise spot, and do stairs, hills, and a bit of jogging and walking. I’m still able to do some of this but it’s starting to get a little uncomfortable.
I just came back from a massage – it hurt but was soooooooo good. How anyone can live without massages is beyond me. Already my lower back and hips are tight, well everything is really.
I am due for a belly shot tomorrow, 18 weeks. So perhaps I’ll do a short blog and post my (definite) belly pic.
If you missed our recent newsletter, here’s an article for those confused about low carb dieting:
Is a Low Carb Diet Sustainable? (by Sue Heintze)
With the low carb diets craze all the rage these days, one important question to ask is: “Is the low carb diet sustainable?” Can you lose weight and keep it off once you go off a low carb diet?
The quick answer to this question is no. However, don’t stop reading now. As with any successful diet out there, the idea is to turn the diet into a lifestyle of healthy eating. So, as with low calorie or low fat diets, in order to sustain the amazing weight loss achieved on a low carb diet, the dieter must turn the diet into a lifestyle once the excess weight is gone. So, the long answer is yes, a low carb diet is sustainable.
Let’s explore this thought further by examining what happens to the body on a low carb diet. When you stop ingesting carbs or significantly lower your carb intake, your body enters what is called ketosis. Ketosis is when your body is actually using fat for fuel instead of sugar. This state is the very reason why you have rapid weight loss on a very low carb diet.
The other benefit to a low carb diet is the fact that the body isn’t losing muscle providing you are getting enough protein and overall calories and you are lifting weights. Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle tone and therefore so is exercise, which is why a low carb diet is best for burning fat and keeping muscle, as well as for long term sustainability.
As with any diet, it’s very important to not deprive yourself of essential nutrients like calcium, fibre and protein. Calcium is pretty easy to get on a low carb diet through cheese, cottage cheese and canned sardines or salmon. Protein is also very easy to get from lean meats, eggs, cottage cheese and whey protein. Fibre is probably the most difficult nutrient to obtain from a low carb diet, but you can incorporate some carbs such as brown rice, oatmeal, berries and legumes.
Once the excess weight is off and you’re ready to begin increasing your carb intake, it’s important to do so slowly. The day you hit your goal weight, you don’t want to run out for a tub of ice cream. However, you can allow yourself some treats once in a while, but as with any diet, if you want to maintain your new weight, you must continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Have a great evening everyone.