In twelve weeks time I will be rounding out my 37th week of pregnancy. Or I may be nursing a little boy. Who knows. I put on a lot of weight during my first pregnancy. That's probably the understatement of the century.
I don't want to do that again. I want to try and stay at least a little bit in shape, this time I want to happily pose for snap shots with baby, I want to have the energy to feed my toddler something that doesn't come out of a box, I want to be able to put my undies without help up until at least two weeks before the baby in born. All of these things are really difficult when you're dragging 20kg of lard aroung with you.
Because you can't lose weight when you’re pregnant my plan was just to try not put on too much. Now everyone is different… but when it comes to my pregnant body, one tiny treat seems to morph into a huge ham hock, right on my thigh. You can image what Christmas has done to my ass. (You may not want to though.) So I came to the conclusion that the plan wasn't working and I needed to pull out the big guns.
Luckily I have been given the chance to do the Michelle Bridges Twelve Week Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Body Transformation. And Michelle Bridges has really big guns. It is basically the same as the Twelve Week Challenge that everyone has been raving about, but with extra callories (win) and specific exercised for breeders. Now here I am, almost finished my first week and ready to share my thoughts.
- Fitness tests, measurements and the least fantastic photo shoot I have ever done.
- Clearing my cupboards of all sugary cereals, pre made snacks, processed foods and white breads - This was easy for me as most of those things don't live in my house.
- Setting specific goals and deciding how I was going to achieve them- This was also easy. Apart from the undies thing, I want to be able to carry Scout up the front stairs of our place with a bounce in my step. It sounds simple and a bit lame but it is something I can test every day and If I can get to 37 weeks pregnant and still do that it will be a huge achievement.
- Lastly I had to schedule exercise - Michelle Bridges says that being busy is not an excuse, sighting that John Howard made time to exercise every day and asking if I'm more busy than a Prime Minister? I retorted (in my mind, I wasn't actually hanging with Michelle) that John Howard doesn't have a toddler who refuses to sit in a pram and a hubby who is out of the house from birds fart to bedtime. He doesn't work from home when his kid is asleep and he also lives in an area which is a tad safer to be pounding the streets at night in. How the bloody hell am I supposed to exercise? Finally I realised the answer is just 'figure it out'. Do not accept defeat. So I got some exercise dvds, vowed to spend fifteen minutes a day walking up and down the front stairs of our block while Scout plays on the balcony and tried to will up the strength to force Scout into the pram, as she does her best incredible hulk impersonation, at least once a week.
*I have given up trying to get her out of the way when I'm taking pictures for the blog, chubby hands really just make them all the sweeter. It also proves that the biscuts are actually tasty.
As far as the food goes, it's pretty good. All my shopping lists are ready for me, all the recipes are there and the meal plan is varied enough to keep it interesting. There have also been two days when the lunch is last night's leftovers which makes it nice and simple. Pac Man is also doing the eating plan with me (the shopping list and recipes feed two) and neither of us are hungry but I am craving sugar and he is craving salt. The thing that I'm enjoying is just having no guesswork; I know exactly what I’m supposed to be eating. I have broken the rules a few times, nibbling some cheese off Scout’s high chair, eating the free biscuit that comes with my coffee but that’s all good as I actually realise that these things are treats rather than just absent mindedly eating them. There are also some really great recipies like the Anzac Biscuits pictured above.
*I was not paid to do this post but I have been invited to do the program free of charge. All opinions are my own.
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