Well hello! Here we are at the start of another week and I am feeling energized to make it a great one!
Having my family here last week was completely awesome and I loved every minute of it, but I ate a lot of sugary stuff and junk food that I wouldn’t normally eat. Partly, yes, due to pregnancy food issues, but partly due to my choosing them. Even though cookies sound good, if I’m really wanting something sweet some grapes or a banana or other fruit will normally satisfy my sweet tooth. Now that I’m officially out of the first trimester (whoohoo!!) I’m excited to refocus this week on eating healthy and exercising.
My energy levels are still not back to normal, but I’m not feeling nauseous very much anymore and I know which foods make me feel that way and avoid them. (I’m looking at you chicken breast.)
I’ve also started tracking my calories again on MyFitnessPal to make sure I am getting enough calories and of the other nutrients that I need. After one day it is clear, that I need to cut back on sugar (#theworst) and eat more in general (especially nutritious foods), and eat more protein in particular. Most protein sources don’t sound good to me at all, so I picked up some protein bars and nuts at the grocery today hoping to up the things I do like.
I’m not going to write out a meal plan since I often will change my mind from day to day with what sounds good, but there is a high chance of these foods working into the mix:
Pizza (with store bought crusts—you can only do so much right?)
Sloppy Joes (ground beef is one protein I actually enjoy)
Tomato soup (and grilled cheese for Nate—stupid lactose)
It’s pretty simple, but I think it’ll work.
As far as exercising this week I am planning to get in 4 workouts. I have been walking some, but really nothing substantial for awhile, I just haven’t had the energy for it. And when I say I haven’t had energy I mean I have worked out and literally felt wiped the rest of the day. So I’m going slow here folks.
Tuesday: Strength training (Before I was pregnant I was strength training 3 times a week with 10-20 pound weights; I’ve decided that I won’t pick up anything over 10 pounds and I may in fact focus completely on bodyweight exercises. I like to push myself in this area, but now is not the time.)
Friday: Strength training
Sunday: Rest or leisurely walk
I’m also excited because this afternoon I have my first Centering Pregnancy appointment/class! At my hospital they offer a group class with a midwife where every month there is a different topic like child/infant CPR, basic baby care, breastfeeding, parenting issues and more. You get to learn with women who are due approximately the same time as you and it includes your regular monthly checkup. It seems like a really neat concept and I hope I really like it. (If I don’t it’s simple to switch back to regular single appointments.)
So that’s what I have planned this week and it feels good to get back in the swing of things!
Any recommendations for some good (preferable whole food, non-meat) protein sources?
Do you track your calories or nutrition? Why or why not? And if so, how?