Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Heart of the Heartland
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I had just started my new 'fitness regimine' in Janurary, and it was going great until I was about 4 weeks, and then it was like I hit a wall. I had been doing 35mn of cardio on the bike or the Elliptical and then 45mn of strength training on the weight machines. Now, doing anything feels impossible! I struggle through 20 mn of cardio because I'm overheated, tired, breasts are tender, and the smell of sweating bodies is a huge "Morning" sickness trigger for me. Then, when I try to do strength training I feel like the weight machines are mocking me... I can't seem to move those weights the way I did before I was pregnant, no matter what I do.
Add to that the fact that my midwife is concerned with blood flow to the baby and doesn't want my heart rate above about 150. And excersising at 150 feels like about a brisk walk -- I just don't feel like I'm getting anything out of it! I feel just like you, Jeanette; I'm used to pushing myself.
I'm trying to figure out other, potentially more pregnancy-friendly options. I know that at some point it would be wise to switch over to swimming, but my stroke is laughable so I need to hook up with a lesson or two. Otherwise, I'm thinking of getting a couple of DVD's of prenatal yoga and pilates to try at home, to avoid the smells for a while, but I've never done videos before and I guess they feel kind of like a cop out.
Nutrition-wise, I've completely given up. I am eating what stays down, usually jello, toast, plain rice and beans and juice mixed with a lot of water. I don't think there's any way I'm getting the RDA of calories, so tracking them would just give me another excuse for hormonally-induced crying jags. But I'd totally like to take up fitday again when I'm in the psycho-hungry stage, since I'm trying to keep the weight gain 'reasonable'.
Spending all of my money and time on this wild, wild life.