Daily Wrap-Up: Wednesday July 18, 2012

In Daily Wrap-Up on July 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

Here’s how I think I did today on the traditional grading scale of A-F:

Sleep: A+: Tried to nap when baby was napping (unsuccessful but did lay down).  Going to bed early!

Water: A:  Drank at least 8 glasses.

Food: A+:  Did not eat compulsively and had great portion size control!

Exercise: B:   15 min stretch program on tv.  Walked dogs despite hurt foot.  Skipped situps and pushups.

Vitamins: A:  Took them

Journaling: F: Didn’t do this morning or evening.

Final Thought of the Day:  It’s been a great day and I am so thankful to be relieved of the obsession around dieting and food and my weight, today.  I did read an article in “Vogue” that was upsetting.  It was about how much what you ate while pregnant affects your child’s lifelong health.  There was a time during pregnancy that I felt so crappy that I only wanted white foods like white rice, white pasta, white cheese, etc.  I couldn’t stand salads, brown rice and veggies which had been my usual mainstays.  My NP said that this was because my body wanted foods that are easy to break down and white foods are usually easy to digest, especially if they are processed foods.  After reading that article in “Vogue” (which of course always fosters healthy self and body images for its’ female readers…), I went into a near panic.  Have I doomed my child to countless colds, to cancer and/or a life of obesity?  And then I realized, after a few deep breaths, that my daughter is incredibly healthy.  I can’t stop cancer but I can give her a chance to fight colds and obesity by showing her how to live a healthy, balanced, reasonable lifestyle.  That is why this journey to find a program that works for me is so important.  It is for me, but it is also because I don’t want her to have me modeling unhealthy behaviors.  I want to spare her the pain of being overweight, like I have been for the majority of my life.  I am going to try to look past the pages of “Vogue” for validation that I was a good mother when pregnant.  I know I was.  I took my vitamins, I rested, I stayed away from fumes, I sang to her, we read to her, I did everything the NP said to do, I stayed hydrated, I read books and attended numerous pregnancy and parenting classes, etc.  I think that part of being a parent is that nagging feeling that no matter how hard you try you aren’t quite a good enough parent.   You feel lacking, even when you are a wonderful parent because you are doing the very best you can and you are approaching parenthood with extreme love and with honesty.  I am so thankful that today I approached food sanely and healthily.  That is what I want to model for my daughter.  Every day of healthy living counts!

How did you do today with your healthy living?  I hope you are kind to yourself, no matter what.  Life is too precious to spend it living in regret and self-loathing.

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

  1. Don’t forget that most of the articles that you read in Vogue are written by EXTREMELY hungry and bitter people. Seems to me that those people who starve themselves while pregnant to foster a quick return to their former weight before pregnancy are probably causing more harm to their babies than somebody who gains some extra weight.

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