When some of us go to the gym everyday we are called obsessed, and it’s usually by people that have never worked out, or very seldom do. I was recently interviewed about when I was pregnant (which was in 2003) and asked if I cut or tracked calories during my pregnancy? My answer was no. I never tracked calories, but I did track fat grams which is something I have always done. I received so many phone calls, text messages and emails over this story, some very nice & supportive and some calling me selfish, obsessed with working out etc.
I am going to clear up a few things the story did not include, and answer some of your questions.
- I was 34 years old, weighing 116 lbs. I’m 5’3″. I have always been a very active, fit person for years BEFORE my pregnancy. I didn’t run out and join a gym the moment I found out I was pregnant. I worked out 6 days a week, and my diet was of a high-protein, low carb combination. I was never a big junk food person.
- I didn’t change my workout during my pregnancy, except for eliminating ab crunches. I added a night time walk after dinner.
- I ate every three hours during my pregnancy which helped me so much to combat nausea & fatigue. I didn’t starve myself or deprive myself of anything that I normally ate except (raw) sushi. I never cut calories or tracked them, and I couldn’t possibly track all the calories since I was eating every three hours up until the time I went to bed.
- I wasn’t anxious about being pregnant or worried at any time for the health of my baby because of my eating habits or working out nor was my doctor concerned.
- I had a perfect pregnancy! I felt so fantastic, never complained once to my doctor for any reason. Labor for me was no worse than a tough workout in the gym, in fact as soon as it was over I didn’t feel or look like I just had a baby. I gained a total of 20 lbs during the pregnancy.
- I felt great! I went back to work at my store a week later, I returned to the gym two weeks later with a low impact, (arms only) workout.
My beautiful baby was born a healthy 5 lbs, 7 oz.
Pregnancy for me was one of then best times in my life, as a matter of fact I never felt better. I am a huge advocate for eating healthy and exercising throughout pregnancy. Working out has always been a priority to me, it’s way of life and it’s a big part of mine. Feeling good mentally and physically while your pregnant is a wonderful thing and makes the whole experience so much better. Some may call that obsessed? I call it dedication.