I never gained the "Freshman Fifteen"...but I definitely gained the "Newlywed Twenty" during our first year of marriage. My wonderful doctor chalked it up to being happy and comfortable--which I totally was. But I did recognize that my pants were getting tighter and I was needing a size bigger when I shopped. Then the RE had me totally change my diet and start doing 200 crunches a day and 60 minutes of cardio. I admit that I don't get quite the full hour of cardio in, but something sure is working...because I once again fit into my pre-wedding pants.
Aside from the annual exam with the OBGYN last week, I have only gotten on a scale once since making these healthy adjustments (it was after the third loss, and I needed something to make me feel a bit better). I'm not doing all of this to lose weight--I'm doing it all so that I can maintain a pregnancy. I want to get pregnant and gain all the baby weight, so I don't need to be constantly checking the scale right now. But hey--if I am losing weight and getting thinner, that's just an added bonus for now. Besides, my husband has noticed a difference and he's impressed.
I went shopping with my mom today and fit into pants two sizes smaller than what's currently hanging in my closet. I didn't buy them because I didn't quite "love" them--I admit they were still a bit tight--but at least they zipped up! That was enough for me. Now...if only I could get pregnant and stay pregnant and be this excited about gaining weight. Oh, how I long to see the day when I can't zip up my pants.
Today's blessing was finishing putting out the huge pile of rocks that we started about a month ago. They had been there for two years (remember, they technically belonged to our neighbor, but were on our property). My parents helped (or, I should say, my dad helped and my mom claimed to be "supervising"). But it really looks good, and it's a huge blessing to feel a sense of accomplishment.