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What Happens When a Weight Loss Blogger Gets Pregnant?

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Short answer… I don’t know. I’m going with the flow here people. :) I’m 10 weeks, in full blown morning sickness mode or should I say "evening sickness" and the only thing I’m finding comfort in is Haagen Dazs raspberry sorbet. Thankfully I found single servings at my local grocery and NO it’s not the full pint like I thought it was the first time I was pregnant. Surprising the small cup is the perfect amount.

And I think THAT is the number one thing that happens to a pregnant Weight Loss Blogger. They don’t, or at least I don’t, ignore a craving or a soothing bowl of sorbet to help settle an upset tummy. They indulge without guilt and know that it is single decision not the tipping point into an all out evening binge.

The second thing I think happens is a renewed sense of eating healthy, not necessarily light. I’m going to gain weight. It’s inevitable and NOT the end of the world. I need to focus on good food and eating to nourish my body and my baby. One may argue that this is what we need to focus on all the time, pregnant or not but we know thats not always the case.

The third is about exercise. As someone who started with a simple act of "staying active" and slowly transformed into a gym rat and marathon runner (oh yea… that’s me! I ran a freakin’ marathon!) I need to get back in touch with those staying active roots and rediscover fun ways to keep moving that may not necessarily be "working out" in a traditional sense. I already don’t have the stamina or desire to run and train the way I was. I’m going to do my best to keep moving but I’m not going to pressure myself to get faster, run longer, or lift more, which, honestly, is very motivating for me now that I am more of an athletic person but it’s just not possible while pregnant.

Yet again I’m going through a change. I think the biggest thing I have learned since starting this blog is that I, we, are all in a constant state change. It may not seem like it but from how I work out to what I eat, all of it, has shifted and morphed over the years. None of the changes happened overnight. It’s definitely a slow processes that occurs with the small decisions we make daily. The changes can be in any direction we choose (weight loss, weight gain, learning to run, losing an exercise habit) but it happens over time. Sometimes we notice it happening and other times we wake up one day wondering how we ended up "like this*"

*Note: "This" could be anything… Thinner, Fatter, a runner, a MOM, old, whatever!

I’ll tell you one thing. This weight loss blogger, pregnant or not, chooses to live consciously so I know what direction I’ll be headed in. :)

Speaking of, here’s my food journal today. Tomorrow morning I’m planning a short run but I think I’m going to skip the weight training I normally do. I’m still not 100% and I don’t want to push it. That, I guess you can say, is a conscious decision. ;)

Food Units
~*~*~ monday ~*~*~
strawberry papaya smoothie
Granola bar on the way to a meeting
bowl of my new veggie soup
i was serious when i said it (http://bit.ly/dttlhw) went to subway and got my fav veggie delight! :)
dinner was an apple chutney turkey burger with grilled summer squash, sweet potato fries and some baked beans.
some fresh cantaloupe with the family
my new favorite night time snack… raspberry sorbet :)
Total: N/A

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There are 25 comments so far.

    lunzy

    September 13, 2010

    quick note before I hit the hay….

    Something that totally jumped out at me was “weight loss blogger” I guess I don’t think of you as that, so it kind of caught me off guard. You are a healthy lifestyle blogger to me that got here by doing WW. You talk about eating healthy, not obsessing about losing weight, you focus on lifestyle changes and improving what you are doing, whatever that may be at the time.

    Okay, I need to crash. I just finished watching SuperSize Me, so I’m totally grossed out ;) Talk about a motivating someone to eat better! Nighty nite and enjoy your sorbet!

    Lisa

    September 13, 2010

    This post made me smile. I am so happy for you and I look forward to reading your journey. It’s inspiring! I’m 30, in love and hope to some day get married and have my own kids. I wonder (and worry) about those body changes. But you are right: weight gain WILL happen but it’s for a good reason!

    roni

    September 13, 2010

    GOOD point Lunzy! I do call myself a healthy living blogger but since my roots come from weight loss I think that’s why I associate with that title still but thanks for bringing that up.

    Josie- Skinny Way Of Life

    September 13, 2010

    It’s amazing how children can change your whole outlook, when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter My first thought was “Omg now i’m going to get fat again!” It wasn’t till my husband told me it wasn’t about me anymore that something in me snapped. I knew I was going to gain weight but I knew I had to do it in a healthy way, even though I was thin didn’t mean I was healthyby any means. My daughter changed my life. She made me realize there’s more to life than being thin.
    My last pregnancy was so enjoyable, I knew what my body needed and I didn’t stress if I was craving something “bad” because I live and eat so different now. I’m proud to say my son is 8 months old and the baby weight is gone, healthfully : )

    Chris Collins

    September 13, 2010

    Hello,

    I think I wrote this once before, I can’t remember. This months issue of Runner’s World mag is the “Pregnancy” issue. The world’s record-holder, and the top American marathoner are both pregnant (weirdly they are both due on the same day) The show them eating ice cream, and having evening sickness etc. Good luck.

    Reinaldo

    September 14, 2010

    Funny, I had been thinking about this lately. “Is she going to put a lot of weight now?”. “Will she use the pregnant card to go wild with the food?”. “What, she still thinks she could run the December’s marathon? Is she nuts?”. “Oh, now she’s going to walk the half marathon? Is she nuts?”. “Will she get another tummy tuck afterwards?”. And the like.

    It’s weird. We had been following you for so long (3+ years here) that this sudden change of scenario is… different! May I give you a piece of advice???
    I work in a health care center. Recently, dietitians here started a new program, working with pregnant women. Basically, after evaluation they told them how much HEALTHY weight they will gain every month during their pregnancy . Like “for a woman your height, and in your third month, you should weight X pounds”. This program started because a lot of women went obese during the pregnancy, so dietitians felt like they needed to took one step forward and say “Hey, I know you’re pregnant, but we still need to keep some discipline here”.

    So that’s my advice. Consult a dietitian. Give yourself a slack in the first trimester, but after that, you know, lets keep some healthy discipline as well.

    You know, some movies are so greatly done, so touching and moving… that they really don’t need a sequel, if you catch my drift :) *air hug*

    Inga

    September 14, 2010

    Oh congratulations!
    Dunthor

    Tammy

    September 14, 2010

    Roni, I love, love, love your blog posts. We are TOTALLY in different places in our lives, you and I. But, as Lunzy mentioned, I have always thought of your blog as a healthy lifestyle as well. So, here you are, 30ish, with a young family and here I am 50ish, on my way to becoming an empty nester. On the surface, I can find way more differences in our lives than similarities. But, the underlying similarities is what keeps me a faithful subscriber. Loving who we are and living a healthy lifestyle! (And, truth be told, many more similarities that I find as I read day to day, but, are not coming to me this morning. LOL) In today’s blog you said you “choose to live consciously.” I love that! Because, yes indeed, we are constantly changing and learning to reinvent ourselves. No matter our age or stage of life! I am looking forward to following along with your newest adventure and witnessing the resulting reinvention. Thank you again, for sharing YOU with us!

    moonduster (Becky)

    September 14, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I lost a lot of weight when I was pregnant last time, but I was seriously overweight at the start of my pregnancy and I would never recommend it for someone of a normal weight. If I were ever to get pregnant again, I would realize that, being at a healthy weight now means I would have to gain weight. Every time I’ve had a baby, within three weeks of the baby’s birth, I lose about 19 to 20 pounds, so staying in that range would be my goal. HOWEVER, I already have seven kids and pregnancy is not something I plan on ever doing again. (Hubby made sure of it! LOL!)

    Natalia

    September 14, 2010

    Hey Roni,
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!! That is so exciting. The thing I remember most about my first trimester…hunger and sleepy! I was sooo tired! Once I made it past that I would walk a couple laps on my lunch break!

    Listen to your body and do what you/your baby needs you to do! :)

    Natalia :)

    Ami

    September 14, 2010

    Everyone has forgotten to mention so far…

    Pregnant women are beautiful!

    I loved how I looked when I was pregnant! And having been there 3 times and watched so many friends have babies, I feel confident in saying that pregnancy itself in no way makes you gain weight in the long run.

    I have a chip on my shoulder about this because lots of older women told me when I was growing up that pregnancy made them fat. Not true. How you deal with pregnancy and the huge life adjustment of having children may cause you to form habits that make you gain weight. But somehow our bodies, if we cooperate by not overeating too much, seem to go back to an equilibrium fairly quickly.

    I was a baggy size 16 the first time I got pregnant, and finally seeing that my stomach sticking out was beautiful was such a wonderful time for me! There it is – right there – loving your body where you’re at, as Roni says. I think that “loving my body” and my little boy’s inspiration (and nursing!) got me down to 30 pounds less than when I got pregnant by his first birthday.

    roni

    September 14, 2010

    Ami – THAT is exactly what happened to me and my first. Being pregnant changed the way I saw my body FOREVER! It’s what gave me the kick in the pants to overcome the body image and diet yo-you cycle of hell.

    Helen

    September 14, 2010

    I think of you as a maintenance blogger rather than a weight loss blogger. What I find interesting is that it looks like preganancy is going to push you in the direction of mindful and/or intuitive eating since you really shouldn’t “count” anything. I know you’re going to rock it, just like you do with everything else!

    Robyn

    September 14, 2010

    Roni,
    I have been following your blog for sometime now and I want to first say congratulations!

    I am 18 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I am used to going 100% or nothing. Moderation has always been hard for me. What this pregnancy has taught me is that I just love to move. The first 10 weeks of my pregnancy all I did was walk outside or on the treadmill. This was a long road for us and I was nervous. After speaking to my doctor in detail he assured me I could continue doing what my body was used to. Now I don’t go 100% and there are days I skip but the best thing I learned about myself is that I LOVE to exercise. It could be for an hour or 20 mins. It has nothing to do with weight loss -I just love the healthy feeling of moving and sweating–although a little less sweat these days. I think my baby likes it too.

    Keep moving.
    Robyn

    Karen

    September 14, 2010

    Maybe it’s time to start yet another blog! The pregnancy blog.

    roni

    September 14, 2010

    Oh Lord! No….. I can’t handle another! lol

    Jen (Mama Rocks)

    September 14, 2010

    Love this post!

    I got pregnant with #3 after losing 80 lbs. I, too, had become a marathoner, runner, bootcamper and was very anxious about what pregnancy would mean. I continued the hard core stuff (bootcamp, running) until 8 weeks (HA!). I just couldn’t do it. I changed it up and went to step classes and walked long distances. I maintained that until the day before I delivered. And now I’m back to where I was- though it happened slower and differently. But that’s okay.

    You’ve come so far. You’ve truly learned a new way of life and that’s no small feet. It’ll will change and morph as it needs. You’re still you. And you’ll find a way.

    Jennifer

    September 14, 2010

    Hey Roni,
    Congrats on the pregnancy and I love your blog. I’m also pregnant, and one of the things I have recently learned is that you shouldn’t eat Papaya when pregnant.

    I’m not one to avoid all the things “they” say, but there is a chemical in unripe papaya that can cause miscarriage. I think its mainly in the seeds, but also in the fruit as well and since its hard to tell if its fully ripe they say to avoid it.

    I hate being told things like ‘avoid deli meat’ or ‘soft cheeses’ since listeria is very rare and soft cheese in the US has been pasturized. But I’d never heard about the papaya and thought I’d pass it along.

    Hang in there with the morning sickness! I’ve developed a love for Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet. I want to buy stock in the company its so tasty! Congrats again and a happy, healthy 30 uncomplecated weeks to you!

    Elaine Huckabay

    September 14, 2010

    Roni, I said this on the last pregnancy-related post, and I will say it again: KEEP UP THE MESSAGE!! American culture needs more strong, healthy women that have healthy pregnancies and worry more about the baby than five pounds of fat on the thighs.

    :)

    roni

    September 14, 2010

    Jennifer – Holy SMOKES! I never heard of such a thing!! I will ask my doc and here I thought I was being good and getting in some fruit!

    Sherry

    September 14, 2010

    Roni, several years ago I joined WW and lost 45 pounds. I reached Lifetime and stayed under goal for 4 years. I got pregnant with twins and worried about my ability/discipline to lose the weight after pregnancy. Like you, I just tried to listen to my body and ate when I needed to, but focused on healthy foods and tried to stay away from empty, wasted calories. I knew I would gain weight, but I trusted that I had the tools and habits to lose it after the babies were born. I told myself it would take 9 months to gain the weight, I will give myself 9 months to lose it. I was amazed at how quickly the weight came off (breastfeeding twins and exercise helped a ton!). I am also a runner and had to give up running early in my pregnancy. It just wasn’t comfortable for me and I was more concerned with maintaining my pregnancy for as long as possible. A tip of the hat to all women who can run throughout pregnancy….they are beyond super-human! Do what’s comfortable, eat what your body craves and enjoy every moment. There is plenty of time for dieting and running after. Best wishes…in a couple more weeks, once the sickness and anxiety goes away, you will feel like a completely different person!

    Charles

    September 14, 2010

    I cringe whenever I see pregnant celebrities who still look super thin because they are trying to look the same. Definitely not healthy for the baby!

    Tiffany

    September 15, 2010

    Goodness. I feel your pain. My son is 12 months old and I’m still going through the anti-pregnancy stage where even just looking at a pregnant woman makes me want to cry and run for my life. Morning sickness is the WORST thing ever. I do not envy you, but I hope you start feeling better! Congratulations by the way!

    suzanne

    September 15, 2010

    hi roni,
    i got pregnant just after a 20-lb weight loss with weight watchers. i LOVE what you say about life being constant change. my losing weight after 5 years wondering if i ever could, followed by being pregnant and needing to find a new pair of pants and comfortable sleeping position every few weeks, made me embrace the rhythm of life’s changes and roll with them rather than fight them in a way i never had before. it has been really freeing. i wish you all the best as your body changes and this baby grows! very excited for you and thank you for sharing on your blog.
    suzanne

    Tathiana

    September 15, 2010

    It’s funny, I was just thinking about this! I read your blog every day and it seems that you never completely stops working out, cooking, eating well, *even* when you are pregnant, and then I think, “how does she do it!?” I’m 8 weeks pregnant with my first and I feel so tired and sick almost all the time … I just don’t feel like cooking or doing anything “active” sometimes. Or even eating healthy for that matter. And I was doing so well in terms of eating + moving my body. I guess things get a little better after the first trimester, so I’m counting down the days to be able to feel energized again!
    You rock!
    :)
    – Tathiana