Right when we decided we were going to start trying, I decided to improve my overall nutrition and better watch what I intake. I’m already a pretty health person, getting at least 1-2 servings of fruits and/or veggies per day, and I stick to whole wheat bread/tortillas, and I balance my lean with my not-so-lean proteins. I also exercise on a daily basis, whether that be going on long bike rides with the Mister or walking my pups. (sidenote: I LOVE to hike! I wish I had more time to do some hiking and exploring of trails!) However, I knew I wanted to make a few extra changes for my future baby’s sake:
Less pop (I already only drink this occasionally on the weekends, but I still want to cut back)
Less caffeine (and gradually move to none)
More fruits and veggies
No processed or deli meats
Up my exercise until conception
After deciding to make these changes last Friday, here is how my weekend progressed:
Saturday: Breakfast–Coffee, whole wheat toast with PB
Bridal Shower–4 small glasses of sangria, 1 glass of water, a turkey and cheese sandwich, and a piece of blueberry/peach pie.
Visiting with the in-laws–1 Coca Cola
Sunday: Breakfast–Coffee, whole wheat toast with PB
Retirement Party–plate of strawberries (only half were covered with chocolate…), 2 Oreo Balls (yum!), 1/2 a plate of cheese, water
Graduation/Welcome Home Party–1 Slushie, 1 small glass of wine, plate of fruit, 3 dinner rolls (NOT whole wheat…)
Monday: Breakfast–Coffee, whole wheat toast with PB
Dinner with the in-laws–hot dog, baked beans, potato chips, strawberries, 1 Coca Cola, and water
So far, not so good! However, I have improved throughout this week. I’ve begun taking my prenatal vitamins, I’ve been drinking milk every day (and I’m not a fan of milk, so this is a big step for me!), I’ve had at least 2 servings of fruits and/or veggies every day, I’ve stuck with whole wheat items, I’ve cut back to 1 cup of coffee per day and I’ve only eaten deli meats once this week (but it was heated enough to kill any harmful effects!). I’ve also exercised every day despite the horrendous weather we’ve been getting in the Midwest this week. I can guarantee I won’t be this vigilant every week, especially when cravings kick in (I’m a sucker for chocolate cravings and I will not say, “No”), but at least I’m making a good effort, right??