Lessons Learned

Friday, September 19, 2008

Each week brings new challenges and new learning experiences for me. Here's a summary:
* The choice to exercise is a daily fight I must win. I have to exercise when I'm not that tired. It's possible to rest and exercise for at least 40 minutes 5 or 6 days of the week. I can't stop exercising now. I've worked too hard to get to this shape and I need it continue to feel ALIVE.
* H2O is my frirend. All 32 ounces of it. This morning my husband asked me what kind of juices I liked and I had to think hard. Anything manufactured doesn't do me any good. OJ is too acid. Everything else has too much sugar and too little pulp. I got sick of caffeeine free teas last week so water is still my best beverage.
* There's nothing wrong with naps. I was an anti-naps person before getting pregnant and now I found out that I need them. Some days I can do without naps but yesterday I needed one to keep me going.
* The kitchen must be stoked. This was a strategy I learned last year and it works wonders for me while pregnant. How do you expect to succeed in your healthy eating habits if there's nothing healthy to eat in the kitchen? I might have to make multiple trips to get produce, but I must have fresh fruit, soy milk and whole wheat grains at all times. I must eat as soon as I get up. That's funny cause I used to be able to go on for 2 hours with nothing on my stomach.
* Talk it out. It feels like I'm the only pregnant woman in the world but I'm not. It's alright to seek support from others. Most women around me have been through my experience. They are awesome reminders that the challenging first trimester shall pass. My attitude has been very good and I want to keep sowing these seeds. My husband has been a great support. He has a great sense of humor so I find that laughing has helped me a lot during this first stage.
We have our first ultrasound today. I don't really know what to expect but I think it will be a great experience. Have an awesome weekend. My plans? Rest, clean, the usual :) Oh, my nails need to get done as well.