I want to wrap up this segment with a few thoughts as well as tips and resources for further support. I have a lot of things I’d like to share with you just bumping around my head, so check back tomorrow for some uplifting insights into weight loss and maintenance. For today, here’s Elise’s last post. If you’re part of the challenge, remember to update us AND email me a synopsis and pics(optional) of how your 12 weeks in order to be considered for the contest (check here for more details) by April 5.
Thanks to Elise for being willing to give us a glimpse into her life. I’m proud of her commitment to healthier living, she’s done a great job juggling it all!
by guestblogger Elise
This last week has been comparatively good. I’ve made dinner a couple of times (which for some reason is crazy hard when I’m pregnant–bless my husband’s patience), and I’ve (finally!) put The China Study on reserve at my local library. I’m looking forward to reading it and getting some scientific motivation to back up the plant-based lifestyle.
We are still a family very much in transition. I haven’t bought meat for cooking in several months, and our whole family is officially converted to rice milk, but I admit that I still crave and give into butter occasionally. Of all things. Although ideally I shouldn’t be eating butter at all, I have finally found earth balance here, and I have been using that.
My biggest struggle is still adding fresh veggies to my diet. I anticipate that will get easier as I ease into the second trimester of pregnancy and can start to think like a sane person again. I’m just getting to the point where I have a clean house again! I think more responsible, thoughtful eating will be the next step in my “recovery” from my first trimester!
I have some regrets about my eating choices over the past three months. I have been nowhere near perfect. But I do feel like Brad and I know where we want to be with our family, and that feels good. And I also have to allow that this is a major life change for us, and those things don’t happen quickly!
At the end of this challenge, I am happy to report that I am at 140 pounds. At 16 weeks pregnant, for me, that is pretty darn good. I also feel physically better than I have in my other two pregnancies. I haven’t thrown up due to pregnancy at all, and I haven’t yet experienced the severe heartburn that plagued me during my other two pregnancies. (I’ve still been slightly emotionally psychotic, but you can only blame food for so much! 🙂 )
I am sad to have this challenge end, but I sincerely hope that Janae will give us the chance to do updates as we attempt to advance our pursuit of a healthier plant based lifestyle!
I should also add that I have loved reading about your own attempts and successes. Please continue to share those. That sort of support is exactly what I (and I‘m sure many others) need to continue in our own healthy paths.