Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are planning on TTC in a few months (yay!) but in the mean time I am trying to lose weight and get healthier. I had a preconception check-up and she said my weight is “okay” but since I am at a genetically high risk for T2 diabetes (and for gestational diabetes) I could stand to lose some weight before we conceive.
So anyway, the point of this thread: who else is trying to get healthier and/or lose weight? I’d love some extra motivation and support from people in the same boat, and I bet you could, too!
What changes have you made (diet or exercise) that are working really well for you? What’s your fitness goal? Why is it so hard to lose weight but so easy to put it on?!
Post # 3
I lost a lot of weight before getting pregnant, and I can tell you, it has definitely helped. I am so much healthier than before. I feel good and knowing that my baby have a better chance at being healthy is great to know
Losing weight is really hard! I totally agree with you on that. But if you can keep yourself motivated it will be awesome and totally worth it.
Since you are genetically at high risk for diabetes, you probably want to go with a low carb/high protein type of eating plan. If you can tolerate Whey Protein, that is a really good food to have for breakfast (with milk). It keeps you feeling full can gives you a lot of protein. Also look into b12 vitamins as they help keep your energy and metabolism up! If you’ve gotten a blood test recently, also see how your iron and vitamin D are. It is surprising how much having the right amount of nutrients can really boost your fitness results. Another option is to ask your doctor about biotin (it’s over the counter) which helps your body process proteins and fats.
I found that if I did “fun” exercises I was a lot more likely to stick with it. Think about things you like… maybe swimming, biking, walking the dog, geocaching.. whatever it is and go for it. I like to find an interesting tv show and do a stationary bike or gazelle while watching it. I pretend that if I stop working out the tv will turn off (lol). I also do a “double time” during the commercials.
Best of luck and I hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 4
@Schatzie821: thanks! I had my iron, blood sugar, and thyroid checked and all came back normal. That was a big relief! My midwife put me on a diabetic diet, and I am using an iphone app to keep track of what I’m eating, how much, and when.
The hardest thing is days like today when I am working at the school until 8pm and all there is to eat is pizza, burritos, cookies… I only had half a burrito, a salad, and 1.5 cookies (my students decorated them for me… I couldn’t say no!) and I still feel crappy.
Post # 5
I am trying to lose some weight before our wedding and TTC. I’m trying to just eat less (I think my idea of portions is really skewed) and think before I eat something. Like, do I really want it that badly? I’m going to try to start swimming again, I really enjoyed it when I did it before.
Post # 6
I’m also am trying to get a baby ready body for when we start trying this winter. I’ve just recently started weight watchers online which has helped me lose 4 lbs in the last 3 weeks yay! Before I started WW i had lost on my own 10 lbs since my wedding, but wanted some extra help cause I’d hit a big plateau. Never thought I’d try something like it but seems to be helping so far.
Besides that I’ve incorporated way more walking into my daily routine and will be adding pilates onto that list soon too. Small changes have helped also like parking farther away from stores, taking the stairs rather than elevator, going to a park or beach for date night rather than catching a movie. It sounds silly but I even try to use the bathroom on the opposite floor of the room I am in so I have to use the stairs even more haha. Every little bit helps though!