Embracing the name ‘Mom’

As Mamavation Moms we might all hail from different areas of the country, but we all have one big thing in common, we are all Moms. Some parts of that job description require more or less from us, but we have all been through the fatigue of pregnancy and bleary-eyed nursing stages. I hope in the past 6 weeks you have enjoyed the ride along with us as we openly and honestly shared our frustration, our triumphs and motivation to not give up. Being a Mom is a tough job, but we can’t forget to pencil our own health into the job description.

I, Andrea, had my first ultrasound this past week. It might have been my 3rd, but I am always nervous about them. I am glad to say it was pretty short and uneventful.

Baby #3 - a Tae Bo Natural

My due date was pushed up another week or so and I am rather grateful. Baby #3 will be gracing our family around June 9th, 2013.  I did enjoy the little mini Tae Bo workout he/she showed off as the poor technician tried to get all the measurements. There were jabs, hooks and even this little kick. I thought it seemed very appropriate considering I have been using the modified Billy Blanks DVDs during most of this pregnancy.

As for me? Well, being told I am closer to 12 weeks, 4 days was a bright spot for me. It means this ugly morning sickness should pass soon and I might even get back a little energy. Yes, Santa… I have been good this year. Please throw a little extra energy into my stocking! As for food? Again, not the best. I just can’t get hungry and jump immediately to low-blood sugar shakes. I am still trying to carry a small bag of nuts around with me for a little boost. I am trying to make the best decisions I can, but can’t wait to really enjoy my food again.

As this campaign starts to wrap up, I still have a long journey to go… about 6 months left in this pregnancy, in fact. Of course my role of ‘Mom’ will go on long after even that. My journey breastfeeding, another toddler and then the daily balance of 3 kids will last for years. Do you see where this is going? Yes. I will constantly have to keep adjusting and preparing for the chaos parenthood throws at us. But, I will always proudly be a Mamavation Mom and I have the skills, ability and support here to handle whatever comes up.

As for my scale pic?

I was pretty excited to only see a .2 lb gain this week. The scale in the Dr.’s office, of course, is a little different but only showed a 1.1 lb gain from the 13th to the 29th. I was pretty happy with that. My Dr. was very impressed with my gradual/healthy progress.

Starting Weight: 208.6 lbs.
Difference from Last Week: +.2 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 9.6 lbs.
Percentage of Body Weight Lost to Date: 4.6% (I am counting lost, not added ;))

5.3 lbs gain in 12 weeks of pregnancy!

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Angela here. I’ve had a pretty good week, and I hope to have some great news for you on Monday night Mamavation TV. After Thanksgiving something just clicked in me and I knew I had to make a few more drastic changes to really see results. Portion control wasn’t working for me. I was always hungry, very hormonal, and lethargic too. So last week I went to the grocery store and I bought a bunch of ‘real’ food. Mostly meat and vegetables, actually. I made dinner every single night, (as well as breakfast and lunch too) even when I was having very specific restaurant cravings. I haven’t bothered controlling my portions, because my body does it for me. And I can happily say I feel more energetic and happy, which is a nice change for the better!

As for the scale, here’s last week’s results. (Find out my new total Monday night!)

Starting Weight: 212.4
Difference from Last Week: -.6
Total Weight Lost: 3.8
Percentage of Body Weight Lost to Date: 1.79%

Thank you to the sponsors for making this all possible! Big thank you to New BalanceBilly Blanks,  Omron Fitness and Inspired RD for support and equipment to help us achieve our fitness goals. Also a thank you to the whole Mamavation community and our fellow graduates.

andreakruse

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  1. Go ladies go! ;) You’re doing great. Glad the ultrasound went well, Andrea!

  2. Way to go girls. So happy for you Andrea and your journey to a healthy pregnancy!
    We do have to remember as moms that it is about balance and adapting to the changes. Congrats Angela on curbing the cravings and getting some of your focus back!

  3. Congrats to both of you for being such a mindful inspiration to moms who are prenatal and post-partum. I love that the two of you were paired together.

  4. Way to go! You are both doing an incredible job. :)

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