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Monday, August 10, 2020

Good news, I'm holding steady at 240. I'm still up more than I wanted to be at this point (or ever again?) but I didn't gain any weight last week which is awesome. Pregnancy is tough. I have aches and pains and cravings like crazy. I'm 17 weeks now, almost half way there! Hoping time goes even more quickly when I start back to work soon.

I really have to kick it up a notch now so I can get a handle on this before it gets out of hand. I had made my goal not to exceed 245. So I only have 5 pounds to play with before I mess up. Now that's saying pending the health of the baby and things, obviously if my doctor tells me I need to gain more I will. But so far in conversations with her, she says that with overweight patients sometimes you don't have to gain a pound. As long as you are eating the correct nutrients, the baby will pull what it needs and you have a lot already stored if you are overweight prior to pregnancy.

So my plan is, go specific at least for a few of the meals. I do better when I have a pattern to follow.

Breakfast: Oatmeal or Cheerios, cup of milk, water, prenatal vitamin
Lunch: wheat thins and cottage cheese, granola bar, fruit or dried fruit
Snack: Protein shake
Dinner: Lean meat or beans/eggs, veggie, small handful of starch (sweet potato, whole grain rice, potato, etc) and maybe a small portion of whatever else (do not exceed 800 calories on dinner!)
Snack 2: cup of milk, cheerios or oatmeal (whatever wasn't eaten that morning)

6000 steps at least
80 ounces of water. this needs to be better!! do better!!

I think this is a great plan. The only thing I will sub is that if I have a lunch planned to eat out or someone has cooked, I will revert to the lunch plan for dinner so it balances. I can do this. I do not want to completely have to start over on my weight loss journey when my pregnancy ends. I can control this now and not have to go back to square one. Square one sucked. I feel like where I am is a great compromise. With the plan above, I really feel like I have a good mix of food that I can get the nutrients I need to feed baby, and I can start back on my journey at a good weight.

My last pregnancy was so bad, I'm truly scared I'm headed in that direction if I don't get it together. I gained over 60 pounds, and thinking back that didn't even seem hard. I just ate whatever I wanted when I wanted. This time I'm doing a little bit better, but I have been slipping back into old habits like drinking pop and eating at night that aren't going to get me anywhere fast.

I feel like I have a good plan. Just need to stick to it. Progress not perfection is still the goal. I'm still so proud I have not completely fallen into my old habits again. But I can move forward from here, no need to stay still or regress.
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