Fooooood, glorious food

I gained 6 pounds!!  Wahoo!!  According to all the baby books, which I should have just stopped reading months ago, I should have gained about half of my total expected weight gain by now.  I was so sick for so long that it threw me off, even though the baby is perfectly healthy.  And it sounds like gloating to say I worked hard for those six pounds because in March it is going to look like someone hooked me to an air compressor and hit  “inflate,” but I did work hard.  

Not too hard, however.  My starting weight was 190, and since I’m technically overweight for my height I am only allowed 20-25 pounds of gain by the doctor.  I lost weight steadily for three months and gained a bit back by being able to eat normal food again, so I hovered at 189 for about two months.  Now I’m coasting at 195 and about to hit the “one pound per week” time.  So what does my normal diet look like?
Breakfast, 7am: Special K Red Berry, fortified with actual real fruit when we have it in the house.  Preferably blueberries, because they are a Super Food, but with Hawaiian prices it might be cheaper to buy gold or saffron to eat.  Side of orange or cranberry juice, prenatal vitamin and Omega-3 fatty acid supplement.
Second Breakfast (snack), 10am: cut-up fruits or vegetables, or a cheese stick, or a handful of low-sodium Wheat Thins.
Lunch 12:30/1:00: low-sodium high-protein high-fiber soup like Healthy Choice or Progresso Light, or a frozen dinner from the diet food section with a high protein/veggie serving.  I like Safeway’s Eating Right series.
Afternoon tea (snack), 3:00: same as Second Breakfast.
Dinner: Pasta, meat of some kind, side salad of fresh spinach and tomatoes
Elevensies (evening snack): small bowl of ice cream, popcorn, brownie
Daily drinks: unlimited caffeine-free tea, juice, water
Am I that virtuous every day?  No.  Do I substitute a happy, healthy lunch with a McDonald’s Value Meal now and then?  Oh hell yes, maybe once a week.  Do I eat more brownies than veggies some days?  Of course.  During the first trimester I decided I wasn’t going to stress about diet and if I had a specific food craving that didn’t make me want to throw up, I was going to eat that and a second helping, damn the calorie content, which is how I ended up eating so many racks of ribs.  It’s worked out remarkably well so far–25 weeks and no stretch marks (yet) or popped belly button (yet).  These things are in my future, as surely as God makes milkshakes, but I’ve avoided a lot of them thus far.
One area where I have not been good at all is daily exercise.  The last month has been constant torrential downpours, which ruined our walking routine.  I can feel the effects in my lower back and in my leg joints.  Basic yoga has helped a lot with my lower back pain and the stiffness but I know I’m going to be one hurting unit come April if I don’t whip myself into some kind of shape.  With all the rain it’s hard to find motivation to keep my muscles toned.    
So, that’s it from here.  And it’s time for my morning snack.
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