When I wrote my first post I mentioned my weight and while writing it I was wondering why some women (read most women) never say how much they weigh. It is even considered rude to ask women how much they weigh. I don’t understand that, it’s just a number, what’s the big deal? Well, I think I understand now 🙁
I now weigh so much that I am embarrassed to say how much. I was hoping to not gain this much weight before birth, but I guess with all the sugar I am eating, it’s no wonder! Did I really think all the sugar wouldn’t manifest it self and just wouldn’t count in my case? Sadly the answer to that question is yes! I was kidding myself.
My company is called Get Real and it’s time I get real with myself. The first step is acknowledgement. You can’t change, what you don’t acknowledge! So let me admit that I eat too much and to make matters worse; too much of the wrong things.
Now, that’s done – what to do about it? Unfortunately it won’t magically change just by admitting it, but it is a very good first step!
Eating too much when one is this much pregnant actually feels really terrible. To start with, there isn’t much room in the stomach and if I overeat I can hardly breath because the stomach and baby is pressing against my lungs and the skin stretches so much it feels like the belly is about to explode. In addition, when I eat too much I am bothered by heartburn during the night. Very unpleasant! The hormone, relaxin, which helps you give birth, by allowing all ligaments and muscles to stretch, also relaxes the sphincter at the bottom of the oesophagus that normally helps to prevent reflux of acidic stomach content. So it makes sense that when I overeat, it is harder for my body to keep the food in the stomach and the result is a very uncomfortable heartburn.
One would think that the exploding belly and the heartburn would be motivation enough to not overeat, but anyone who has ever had problems with overeating can tell you that this is not the case, unfortunately.
What has worked for me in the past is to write everything down that I eat. This way I see it on paper and I feel accountable towards to paper, if that makes any sense? If I am considering eating that second pastry, I know that I will have to write it down and do I really want to do that? Do I really want to have it black on white that I ate two pastries in a row?
This mental process is quite healthy and will in most cases hinder you from eating too much or at least help you understand what you are eating too much of and when. I have therefore committed myself to fill out a food diary for the next week and it will hopefully help me be more in control of what I eat.
This method may not work for everyone, as we are all different. I strongly believe in bio-individuality; what works for one doesn’t have to work for someone else. The important thing is to find what works for YOU!
I really don’t want to pass the 100 kg on the scale before giving birth! I am only 5 kg away at the moment 🙁 There! I admitted how much I weigh and yes, I am embarrassed about it. But I don’t think anyone should be embarrassed about how they look or how much they weigh. This is why I am sharing it with you! Nobody should care how much you weigh. The important thing is if YOU care and YOU are embarrassed, then maybe it’s time for you to Get Real as well and do something about it!
What do you think? Can I avoid gaining another 5 kg in the next 5 weeks? What are some of your tricks?