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The Importance of a Healthy, Active Lifestyle – Preggo or Not!

29 Dec

Gotta shed those excess pounds!

So I have to admit, I’ve never been a very healthy individual.  I eat to much of too many bad foods, drink too much soda, and hardly ever work out.  I guess I’m lucky that, over a two year period of living this way, I’ve only gained 40 pounds.  For some folks, two years in this lifestyle can cause much worse than that.  So I recently decided to change it up, try something different.  Funnily enough, this was caused by an overdose of The Biggest Loser!!  So I pulled out some old workout tapes, downloaded this amazing food and workout tracking app on my Android called Noom, and got started.  My workout tape library is not extensive- in fact, there are only three discs.  But that’s enough.  I have one that’s targeted at belly fat, one for legs, and a cardio dance DVD that I’m in love with that was created based on the Pussycat Dolls by their manager, Robin Antin.  If you don’t have any of these, don’t fret!!  Check out Amazon, where you can find great deals on used discs, or scope out the selection on Netflix’s streaming section- they have quite a variety, actually!!  Because over the past week, I’ve lost FIVE pounds.  FIVE!!  That means only 35 to go before I’m high school skinny again!

Now don’t get me wrong.  Being curvy is NOT something to be ashamed of.  No matter how skinny I get, I still have disproportionately larger thighs and a butt.  I love those curves.  What I don’t love, for you or I, is that unhealthiness that comes along with carrying around extra fat that we don’t need.  This is especially important for women who are planning to become pregnant.

If you’ve had baby on the mind lately (or even if it’s still a long ways in the future!), a healthy lifestyle is vital to eventually having a healthy baby!  Women who are overweight are at a higher risk for gestational diabetes, which is known to be associated with birth defects, and may not pass along enough nutrients to their babies in-utero.  So think about what you’re eating.  Resist temptation.  Order the chicken or fish, but get it grilled.  Have your veggies steamed.  Eat an apple with peanut butter instead of that bag of Cheetos.  I understand, it is SO HARD sometimes.  Trust me, I know.  So every once in a while, indulge a little.  Have some dark chocolate or that frozen cocktail.  But do so sparingly!  You’ll see and feel the difference sooner than you would believe.  Oh, and if you want to conceive in the next year, start taking a good pre-natal vitamin now!!  It’s important to already have the right nutrients at conception, and since you don’t know you’re pregnant until weeks later, it’s better to be safe and already be on the vitamins!

If you’re already pregnant and not leading a healthy lifestyle (aka fried chicken, pizza, and unlimited couch time), please go consult a doctor about how to reduce the risks for your baby.  It’s never good to try to lose weight during pregnancy, but your doc might have suggestions about how to make sure baby is getting the required nutrients and how to prevent gestational diabetes.  And please take a prenatal vitamins!!!  They’re soo good for that little bundle of joy you’re carrying.

Has anyone else been struggling with diet and exercise lately?  If so, what have you tried?  What’s working?  What isn’t?  Leave it in the comments!

 
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