Thinking Out Loud #1: “Body Image”

So this morning I’ve been reading a few blogs and saw this whole “thinking out loud business.”

I had no idea about this linkup! Well, came at a good time because I just have things I just want to say. So here is my first “thinking out loud” post and thank you to Amanda for hosting this link-up!Now, some may not understand the context of this post and there are those who are going to completely get it. For those who have been with me for a while, you know that in September 2009, I completed my 100lb weight loss goal that started the year before in the summer. I went from 250lbs to about 154lbs.

I still kept working out and became a “cardio bunny” because I still felt “fat.” I got down to 143lbs, then to almost 135 doing a lot of HIIT, cardio and light weights. When I got that low, I was very lethargic and went to my doctor.He told me that I probably wasn’t eating enough, but I knew I was; I was eating 1,600-1800 calories per day. I had a full-time secretary desk job and worked out 4-5 times a week. In 2011, I decided to gain back some weight and get back to 148-154lbs.

With the bodybuilding I was doing (more like a cross with powerlifting), I got up to 158lbs by May 2014 and was happy there. Between the surgery in July that caused me to gain 10lbs, finally losing it in October and then conceiving in November, my body has not been my own.

{May 2014}

My weight has fluctuated since July from 158 to 168 to 161 to now 164lbs. I know that during the first trimester, 2-5lbs is ideal to gain and then a total of 25-35lbs. I won’t lie, sometimes when I wake up, I feel fat between bloating and growing baby. I try to think positive and remember that my body is doing something wonderful – growing my pumpkin <3

{January 2015} 164lbs

Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. I’ve been trying to find things that help and here are just a few, if you are dealing with body dismorphia, pregnancy weight gain or even just trying to lose weight;

  • Weigh yourself once a week: There are days I feel slim and days I feel huge. Usually on the slim days I’m heavy and huge days I’m light. I weight myself once a week either Monday or Sunday when I had good time to sleep and it’s after teaching 3-4 spin classes. Tuesday/Wednesday is like my “cheat” or vegg day, so I don’t weigh myself then.
  • Wear flattering clothing: This may seem like a no brainer but trust me it helps! It makes a difference when I weight a flattering shirt and I feel “bloated” versus wearing something uncomfy - it makes me even more self conscious. 
  • Limit sodium intake: Sodium = bloating! I’ve been eating more sodium then normal due to my cravings. I know for me 1800mg MAX is good for me, but lately it’s been over 2,500mg and the daily recommended is under 2,300. Drink lots of water if you are taking in a lot of sodium!
  • Don’t do things that make you feel self conscious: Now for example for me if I look at the mirror when I feel bloated, I feel self conscious.  Just don’t do it to yourself! You know you’re bloated, it’s a natural part of the process. Even if your not pregnant, it happens depending on what you ate the night before and if you drank enough water. Be easy on yourself.
  • Remember “Life is a Journey, NOT a Destination:” Just because you aren’t at your goals, doesn’t mean you won’t get there. Whether it’s to loss weight, gain muscle or maintain, it WILL happen. Fitness is my passion and part of my career and I know I will get back into it.I just have to think positive and remember come September, I can get back on track with my personal goals. For now, I have two to worry about; myself and the growing pumpkin. The need me to stay healthy and no overexert – and that’s what I must keep reminding myself. <3

Question: Did you ever go through body dismorphia or know someone who did? What helps you when you are feeling down about your body or not feeling “oh so positive?”

WIAW #120: More Cravings: BabyG Week 12!

The fiancé and I were snowed in on Tuesday.Perspective? That little table goes up to my thighs. We pretty much vegg’d, watching some moives and enjoyed time together. Even the bunny got to vegg.I also bring to you week 12 update of Baby Gendron, with lots of delicious eats! Right now, I am officially 13 weeks! Last week of the first trimester and soon into the second. 

Weight Gain: So far I am still on track with the first trimester. Since I started at a healthy weight, 25-35lbs is recommended. The doctors don’t consider muscle mass, bone density and the fact that I have metal in my leg. I know I am healthy and going to ignore the fact that the height to weight ratio says “I’m overweight.”I decided to change my OB, to someone who actually is going to listen to me instead of just say “nope, chart says your fat.” I am more comfy with males and I was happy to know they have males OB’s there. Can’t wait til February 18th!

I weighed 159lbs before pregnancy, where I want to be (maybe 154ish lbs). My “healthy range” is 135-145lbs. I looked like death when I was that weight, was sick all the time and was not healthy at all. I know my body better then anyone, so I will keep listening.Workouts: Still a fitness instructor… still teaching 3-4 spin classes now and the Stretch/Abs and Tabata class. My PERSONAL workouts are now 1-2 times a week, one being a yoga class, which I missed last week. Boo :(

Symptoms: Getting better!

  • Migraines: Thank goodness they are disappearing, although I may have a small one every 1-2 days. I am still taking either Excedrin tension headache or fioricet if they are really bad.
  • Exhaustion: Same, I haven’t been AS exhausted as the first 10 weeks. My naps are now 2-3 times a week instead of every day.
  • Nausea: Pretty much has gone away but still here and there at night.
  • Others: Mild cramping and SUPER sore breasts, not to mention an increase in cup size (C->D)!

Food Aversions: Alittle different this week; still coffee for most part, green veggies, dark chocolate, protein powder and now yogurt most days.

Food Cravings: Bagels and burger cravings have gone away but, this WIAW is brought to you by my MORE cravings;

  • M&Ms & other candies!
  • Donuts (Glazed Cake)
  • Ice cream <3
  • Cookies
  • Pizza
  • String Cheese
  • White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Diet Soda (Coke Zero)
  • AND more pizza…

Maternity Clothes: Just the two maternity shirts, a few one size up workout tops and one cup up bras. Haven’t bought anything yet, but I want to get some dresses soon.

Stretch Marks: None, just my daily cocoa butter slathering.

Sleep: Since I have been napping longer in the day, my sleep is not too great at night, I’ve been waking up super groggy. Hopefully I can fix that this week.

Gender: Don’t know yet :)

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing besides the tiger gear from almost a couple of weeks ago!

Looking Forward To: Getting bigger, finding out the sex in March and my last solo birthday before motherhood! It’s sounds odd but it’s kinda cool. 2016, I’ll have my new family to share my birthday with. <3

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW! Hope y’all enjoyed my delicious sweets and eats!Don’t forget, for all things pregnancy related; click here! :)

Question: Were you snowed in today? Are you going to be snowed in for Wednesday? I am!

MIMM #12: What I’m Loving!

Today has been quite the Sunday;

…from a miscommunication at work to me locking myself out. I had to drive 30 minutes to get my key from the fiancé.

Luckily, there is a supermarket next to his work, which was one of my errands besides laundry and cleaning. It’s suppose to snow like crazy tomorrow. We already got a small taste on Saturday.

You bet the supermarkets were crowded! I am a glazed cake donut with sprinkles while I waited on line. It was marvelous! Here’s what it “kind of looked like.”Speaking of healthier eating, I’ve been loving the Special K original cereal. Since it lacks fiber, mixing in chia seeds is absolutely delicious and gives the cereal a nutrition boost!Also, since there are days I don’t feel good and Patrick isn’t here during the day, I’ve been relying on some quick meals like this Annie’s Homegrown microwaveable mac and cheese. It’s my favorite; not really a fan of “yellow cheddar.”My mom also got me there cute owl earrings. They are just too adorable, thanks mom!Since I will be home a little more often (and plus this snow storm), I picked up a book at Barnes and Nobles. I am a fan of mystery books with pets. I’ll let you know how it is. It seems similar to the “How to Wash a Cat” series, which I loved.And how could I forget that time I made some marvelous chocolate chip cookies and then made “mini” mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches for Patrick? Delicious!As always, thanks Katie for hosting MIMM! For those in the “storm” area, please be safe tomorrow! Stay indoors and cuddle with a book if you can :)Question: What are your favorite types of books or your favorite author?!

Food Alergies & Skin Testing

Remember my first food allergy test back in 2011?Since May/June of last year, my stomach wasn’t feeling right anymore. My “ehem” bowel movements were still okay but my stomach was always puffy and in some pain.

I had been bodybuilding since November 2013; eating a lot of chicken, green beans, broccoli, Greek yogurt, almonds, eggwhites, almond butter and so forth. I then stopped bodybuilding due to a back injury and switched to spin, but was still eating the same things.

Randomly, I just wasn’t feeling up to eating almond butter anymore and I tried some peanut butter, which I hadn’t eaten in years. Even though “I knew” I was allergic, I still had a small spoonful.

I didn’t experience any symptoms and it got me wondering if my intolerance/ allergies had changed. I gave in and had some wheat and I even tried some organic/ non-GMO popcorn. To my surprised, nothing. But yet my stomach was still bothering me.Then I had the surgery in late July and opted to just wait a few months since I knew my hormones were going to be off. Once my insurance was all settled, I made the appointment to see the allergist. Instead of a blood test, I had a skin prick test.

The doctor told me that this was the most reliable and instantaneous of all the food allergy tests. Here is a snipit from Food Allergy.org:

…To diagnose a food allergy, your allergist may use a skin prick test (SPT) to measure the presence of IgE antibodies for the suspect food. SPTs are inexpensive, produce immediate results, and can be performed in the doctor’s office.

During this test, the allergist places a drop of solution containing the food allergen on your forearm or back. (When testing fruits or vegetables, fresh food may be used instead of a solution.) Using a small plastic probe or needle, the doctor gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution to enter just below the surface. The SPT is generally not painful and there is no bleeding. The scratching on the surface of the skin feels similar to a fingernail scratch.

Depending on your case history, you may be tested for one food or several. Results usually appear within 30 minutes. Positive results are indicated by a wheal – a raised white bump surrounded by a small circle of itchy red skin. In general, a large wheal is more likely to indicate a true food allergy, but size is not always an accurate predictor. If no wheal appears, it is unlikely that you are allergic to the test food.

After the test was completed, I ended up finding out I was allergic to all fish, which I knew, including haddock, cod, salmon, shrimp, etc. I was also allergic to chicken, almonds, green beans and green peas, which when I think about it makes sense. During my strick bodybuilding days, that literally was all I was eating.

The doctor did say that the foods combined could make the symptoms worse. To my surprise, peanut, wheat, sesame seeds, lactose, walnuts and corn did NOT appear. Now the doctor did mention that sometimes it just depends on your body. Some people can eat cooked apples but not raw.

Listen to your body!

It’s been a few days and I did cut out the chicken and noticed immediate relief. I haven’t touched the greens and almonds in a while, so I wouldn’t know with that. I do know that too much dairy makes me bloated and raw leafy greens just don’t sit well.

I think once my normal “eating” comes back and perhaps even after pregnancy, I’ll be able to test better. Right now, I’m always some kind of bloated – I’m pregnant! So that is where I am at now; taking it day by day and really listening to my body. That’s all I can do right?Question: To those with food allergies or know someone; “Have you ever noticed any symptoms coming back?” Did you ever grow out of a food allergy or even have one come back?”

MIMM #11: #HePutaRingOnIt

Another Monday calls for another Marvelous in My Monday post.And let me tell you this one is going to be extra marvelous. You may or may not guess what it is from the title of this post, but in case you can’t figured it out…

Patrick and I are engaged! Yes “he liked it and he put a ring on it” ;)

Last Wednesday, he texted me at work and said what do you want for diner? Be ready by 7:00pm because we are going out. I was craving pasta and opted for Olive Garden.I had me some chicken and gnocchi soup the start, of course.And then their lasagna primavera with grilled chicken and parmesan sauce.We then went back home and he did his sweet proposal there. At first I was upset because I thought it was going to happen at the restaurant, but I think he was teasing me letting the anticipation build.

If anyone knows me, you’ll know I don’t like diamonds. I like pearls, which is one of my birth stones. This white gold ring has a peach Hawaiian pearl with two lilies on the side. It’s perfect <3

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My mom also came to visit this weekend and we did a little mini “celebrating” at my favorite place; Uno’s.

Still got the same thing and it’s the only way I’ll eat spinach; Mediterranean flatbread minus olives and feta.And she even bought me a baby outfit complete with a stuffy! So cute :)All in all it was a great week last week! Today is my mom’s last day here so we are going to just chill and shop around.

If you missed Baby Gendron’s week 11 update, check it out here. Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM!

Have a great week everyone <3

Baby G: Week 11 <3

Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s very rare for me to post on a Saturday. Usually it’s either Friday or Sunday. Either way, it’s just because I have a super special MIMM for y’all on Monday. Stay tuned. 

Today I bring to you week 11 update for Baby Gendron. This two Tuesday I will officially be 12 weeks! Pretty soon, we will be out of the first trimester and into the second. Time is flying fast, so let’s get to the update shall we?

{11Weeks 1Day}

Weight Gain: So far I am right on track with the first trimester; gained two pounds! Since I started at a healthy weight, 2-5lbs is recommended for me.

Workouts: Still a fitness instructor and teaching 3-4 spin classes now and the Stretch/Abs and Tabata class Morning sickness kicks in right when My PERSONAL workouts are now 1-2 times a week, one being a yoga class.

Symptoms: Getting better!

  • Migraines: Thank goodness they are disappearing, although I may have a small one every 1-2 days. I think it was due to my eye sight. I’ve been wearing my new new glasses and one day just out of comfort I put my old ones. I noticed they were better. That was one of the questions they asked at the OB has my vision changed, but I said no not thinking too much of it.
  • Exhaustion: I haven’t been AS exhausted as the first 10 weeks. My naps are now 2-3 times a week instead of every day.
  • Nausea: Pretty much has gone away but still here and there at night.
  • Others: Mild cramping and sore breasts, not to mention an increase in cup size (C->D)!

Food Aversions: Still coffee, peanut butter, nuts, chicken, green veggies, dark chocolate, protein powder and now eggs :(

Food Cravings: I’ve been craving things I haven’t eating in years!

  • BAGELS (w/ “real” butter) or any bread!
  • Burgers
  • M&Ms (pretzel or crispy – they are back!)
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Canoli’s
  • Donuts (Glazed Cake)
  • Diet Soda (Pepsi Max or Coke Zero)

Maternity Clothes: I haven’t bought any maternity clothes, but I have been wearing the new “one size larger” clothes. Lie, today I just bought a maternity sweater since all my smalls/mediums are pretty tight and super uncomfy now.

Stretch Marks: None, just my daily cocoa butter slathering.

Sleep: Sleep isn’t too bad, except for when I have to wake up at 4:00am. Thank GOD those are done!

Gender: Don’t know yet :)

Baby Items Purchased: This cute tiger body suit from Target. I just couldn’t resist ;)

Looking Forward To: Getting a bigger bump and see my baby grow. I have a prenatal appointment this Friday coming up. Can’t wait <3

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget, for all things pregnancy related; click here! :)

WIAW #119: Cravings!

Good morning y’all!

11 Weeks {1/13}

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

This one is going to be a fun one because it’s all about cravings. Last week it was all about bagels, butter and eggs. This past week it’s all about donuts, french toast and canoli’s.It’s funny how I went from cravings a ton of salty things, to back to my sweet tooth. Though, unfortunately, they are NOT Nutritiously Sweet ;).

Any who, let’s get going with this food show, shall we?

I must say, at least I managed to get some nutritious breakfast to kick start my day, like this “muffin tops” (with protein powder added). I’ve been craving bananas in the morning too for some reason. They bother my stomach, so it’s not a food I want to have too often, especially with bloating.I’ve been trying to get better about protein, more fruit and veggies. I tried out this Jamba Juice smoothie mix and it wasn’t too bad. I mixed it with almond milk instead of apple juice as recommended and added a little protein powder. Protein powder is still making me nauseaus, so I’d nix protein next time I make this.I also tried out the new Luna bar in chocolate cupcake. Now let me tell you the top layer tasted like legit chocolate frosting, but the bottom layer was just like your regular Luna bar. It was pretty good overall, but I think I’ll stick to their protein line.Speaking of chocolate, check out this holy canoli! It was half chocolate dipped with chocolate sprinkles and half plain with almonds. Probably one of the best canoli’s I’ve had, and I had a couple this week. Shhh ;)And lastly, what day isn’t complete with a nice big, fat, grilled hot dog loaded with ketchup? When you put it that way, doesn’t really sound appetizing. But trust me it was the BOMB!And craving diet soda too. I haven’t drank soda since like 2007. I guess that’s what pregnancy does to you, makes you crave things you never ate, haven’t eating in a long time or would never eat! As always, thanks Jenn for hosting!