Healthy Start

I could go back as far as high school to start this story, but I won’t. I’ll just go back to when I was pregnant with a tee-tiny bit of back story. Like a lot of women, I have always struggled with my weight. Looking back at high school pictures, I can see now that I was reasonably thin, but I did not believe that at the time. After high school, things just got worse, and although I’ve tried now and then to lose weight, I just seem to keep putting it on. I didn’t even lose a pound when I was training for the half marathon I did in New Orleans.

When I was pregnant, the nurses at my OB/GYN practice liked to remind me that I was overweight. As if I hadn’t noticed that I was shopping at the plus-size store. And as if I wasn’t already self-conscious enough with my belly growing and people asking if I was sure I didn’t have two babies in there. Thanks, gals, for the ego boost.

But I wasn’t allowed to try to lose weight at that point.

Then we lost our sweet Ella, and through the kindness and generosity of SO many people, we ate a LOT of not-the-healthiest food in a very short period of time, and I put on another 8 pounds in just 6 weeks, which put me at the most I had ever weighed in my life, including the time I spent pregnant. This was getting serious. I knew that I needed to do something, and I knew I needed help and accountability to do it.

Well toward the end of August, I noticed that a friend from college was going to be leading a health and fitness challenge group for beginners on Facebook. I didn’t really consider myself a true beginner, but I knew I was REALLY out of shape, so I figured I would fit in just fine. We’ve been at it for almost three weeks now, and not only do I fit in just fine, it is HARD.

The exercise is hard, the eating plan is hard, and all of the feelings associated with it are hard. There’s the determination to succeed, the fear of failing, the desire to eat things I shouldn’t eat, the guilt of eating things I shouldn’t have eaten, the thought that I should just give up, and then back around to the determination to succeed. I’ve just come to think about food and exercise in a certain way, and changing my thought patterns is really difficult. But it IS time for me to make these changes, so I’m going to do it.

On a purely mental/emotional level, I need to do this now:

  1. because I need to succeed at something after losing my baby.
  2. because I need to feel like I’m in control of my body after the complete traumatic helplessness of PPROM.
  3. because I need to treat my body well after being so angry at it.
  4. because I still feel so sad so often, but endorphins make you feel so great.
  5. because I need to be proud of myself for something.
  6. because I need to keep myself busy until we are ready/allowed to try to get pregnant again.

So off I go on a frightening, exciting journey. If you can relate to any of this (with or without the pregnancy stuff), you are cordially invited to join me. I hope you will, and if you want, you can tell me that you’re with me, and we’ll keep each other going.

Author: beth

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Start”

  1. Beth: I’ll stand with you as I’m doing the same thing right now. This year has been one that I’ve been thinking on how to rejuvenate my body — mentally, physically, & emotionally. After doing something to stimulate that mental portion (training & preparing to be a guardian ad litem), I was also motivated to put some action into doing better by my body.

    A month ago I joined Curves fitness. I work out 3 times weekly & meet each week with a fitness/nutrition coach. I’m keeping a food / exercise diary (myfitnesspal app is awesome) so that I can see the foods that work, keep track of my water intake, review my measurements as I progress, & working towards adding more steps to my daily life. Eric has been an amazing encourager & knowing that he, my family, & my friends are rooting for me (not on the basis of looking better but of working on my whole person) has been awesome. I had my monthly measurements done yesterday & it confirmed that one month into it I have lost 10 pounds & approximately 10 inches. I feel better & feel focused.

    So, I stand with you in solidarity & give you a virtual fistbump as you embark on this. Know that you aren’t alone & encouragement from those in the same trenches & those who have gone before in those trenches is very important. Godspeed on this new journey.

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