Yup… That’s Me
Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss
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Books Read in 2011
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
What to Expect When You're Expecting
How to Raise Your Second Child First
Room by Emma Donaghue
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Well-Being by Tom Rath and Jim Harter
Beyond Discipline by Peter Lake
What to Expect The First Year by Heidi Murkoff
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
On the shelf:
Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
Trade-offs and Non-negotiables
Monday, I decided to join the Total Body Conditioning (TBC) class instead of doing a weight circuit. Even today, I am still REALLY sore! It was a great workout and may become part of my weekly routine. As the day progressed yesterday, and as I spent my day in an uncomfortable chair in a conference room for hours on end, I became progressively more stiff.
In that conference room, there were also Munchkins. I had 3 throughout the day and then insisted the box be placed at the other end of the table. This required a TRADE-OFF. I decided the chocolate coconut oat bar I had planned in my day will have to be reduced by half, so I could remain in my calorie budget (this will bring me to 1705–I’m not gonna spaz about 5 extra calories since I’ll have SEVEN servings of produce, healthy grains and lean protein today). I decided that if I was a slacker at the gym, the treat would be taken out altogether. We all know I won’t let THAT happen!
The gym is NON-NEGOTIABLE. It had to happen, especially since I’m working all weekend and won’t have time for the gym. I left work exactly on time and stretched at home for a bit before leaving for the gym. I made it through a full weight routine, mimicing some of the exercises we did at TBC, and 45 minutes of cardio (intervals on the elliptical. And, even though I’m still sore, I may actually substitute spin for kickboxing. You know… Just to kick it up a notch.
Being able to have a conversation about this–whether it’s an internal dialog or blog post–is my way of pulling what I learned in my counseling grad classes way back when and practicing a rudumentary form of behavioral-cognitive therapy. By no means am I using this to treat a significant psych issue that would warrant at least a consultation with a professional, nor should you.
I’m simply trying to be more intentional with my thoughts and actions to prevent what I call “The Big Maintenance of 2008 and 2009”, where I would allow myself little indulgences (skipping or going light at the gym, eating dessert or something that wouldn’t normally fit into a healthy, calorie-conscious diet) without thinking about it or considering the consequences.
For me, 2010 is the year of making informed decisions. And “trade-off” and “non-negotiable” are two words that I’m getting rather familiar with this time around.