I’m here to ‘fess up to you, my readers. My weight gain was nuts in October. I have my next checkup at the OB tomorrow, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I the scale shows an 8 pound gain from my last visit a mere FOUR WEEKS ago! I was relieved on Monday to see that I didn’t gain any weight this past week, but still, tomorrow could be an entirely different story. As of Monday, the scale said 188, which makes for a total weight gain of 18 pounds. I think I gained about 5 of those pounds in the span of 3 weeks, which is crazy. I have been extremely hungry a lot of the time, but I have used that as an excuse to fill up on empty calories like sweets and even Coke. I hardly ever had regular Coke when I was trying to lose weight, so I don’t know why all of a sudden I told myself it was okay to have them, but there was a stretch of about two weeks where I was craving (and drinking) them almost every day! (And before someone leaves me a comment about the caffeine being bad for me, one can of coke has about 30-something mg of caffeine, which is far below the 200-300 mg most practitioners believe is safe for pregnancy.) Last week I realized that I was going to head into dangerous waters if I didn’t stop myself, so I’m trying to regain control of my eating habits and focus more on living healthy so my baby has a healthy environment in which to grow and develop. I’m not going to get all crazy and try to lose weight or anything like that; I just need to stop being a mindless zombie when it comes to eating!
With that in mind, I decided to set some goals for November. I used to set goals every month, but I haven’t done that in a while, and I think the focus would really help me. Here are my goals for November:
1. Track my food every day and try to stay between 1800-2000 calories. Right now, the tracking is really important for me because I snack a lot, and if I am not aware of how much I am eating, I can easily go overboard.
2. No more Coke!
3. Exercise for a minimum of 120 minutes a week. I can split this up however I choose, and if I do more than that, great! I’ve done a fairly decent job of exercising at least 3 days a week most weeks, so I hope to continue that and maybe even exceed 120 minutes every week. I’ve already logged 80 minutes for this week, so I’m feeling good!
4. No eating after 8 p.m. There’s no need to eat after this time, since I go to bed between 9:30-10:30, and usually when I feel the urge to eat after 8, I want to eat junk, so I’m going to enforce this curfew, which has helped me before.
Hopefully these goals will allow me to be disciplined without being obsessive. I’ll report each week on how I did for the previous week.
Do you have any goals for this month?