Monday, December 19, 2011

An Early Christmas & Birthday Present

I mentioned in an earlier post that I got some Christmas and birthday money. I was really excited because this year, unlike other years, I had something I wanted to spend it on. I'll get to that in a moment. First, I want to tell you the funny story.

I saw a pin on Pinterest about crockpot recipes a few weeks ago. This pin advertised recipes that didn't use cans of this and that, but rather recipes using real food. Since I can't eat most cans of this and that because of gluten intollerance, I pinned and checked out the claims. I landed on the blog "Large Family Logistics." After looking at a few recipes, I started reading more articles on the blog and was intrigued by one in particular. It mentioned the T-Tapp workout and near the end it talked about Charlotte Siems. I had to check that out, too. (Isn't it awful that once you start clicking, you can continue clicking unendlessly.)

Charlotte Siems is a mom of 12 and she homeschools. She T-Tapped her way from a size 22 down to a size 6. Ok, this seemed unbelievable, but the more I read and watched (she's on Youtube, the more I became a believer that I have a chance at getting in shape.
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My T-Tapp Journey from Charlotte on Vimeo.

I mentioned recently that we are expecting again. I quickly checked to see if T-tapp was safe during pregnancy. My last few pregnancies were terrible for me physically. I had difficulty walking from about 14 weeks onward and couldn't walk without pain. I had terrible edema. My husband took a picture of my feet for a reminder of how I never want to look again. Anyway, to make a point, T-tapp is safe and healthy for pregnant women (they say you should contact your Dr. first). Women have started T-Tapp during pregnancy and lost inches and had much easier births and complications. T-Tapp must be a great thing, I thought.

Now, although I am not a size 22, I am a lot bigger than before I had children. I weighed 52kg when I said "I do". That is about 115 lbs. I presently weigh about 150 lbs. I haven't been happen about my size for a long time. I was down to 143 lbs before I miscarried and gained steadily since. I have heard stress can make you gain. I want to be fit and a bit skinnier wouldn't hurt. I am not dumb, I am pregnant, so I know that I will gain and get bigger. The last pregnancy I ended up at over 200lbs (I stopped weighing myself) and felt like a blimp. I am only 5'4" and that is unacceptable considering that I started at about 150 lbs.

I did start going to the gym for a while and loved it. I lost some pounds and inches, felt much fitter and was much healthier, but then we bought our house. We moved away from that gym, so I quit my membership. I started losing that toned shape, but wasn't motivated to do my Jillian Michaels workout. I hated it. I did it for a month once and never lost any weight. I was always sore and grumpy. So, I quit.

So now, shortly before the new year I am starting a new fitness regime. Anyone want to try it with me. You can try before you buy (like I did). I loved doing the hoe downs (once I got coordinated enough). You don't have to be coordinated, believe I am not. I just got confused a bit until I got the hang of it. The hoe downs are great for bringing down blood sugar levels. Typ II Diabetes runs in the family. Try them, they're fun.


So are you convinced? I am and that is why I bought the Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes book and I bought the Basic Workout Plus workout video. I started my bootcamp yesterday. After two days, I feel energized already. I sit and stand straighter, too.

I am hoping and praying that I continue to be pregnant and that if it is God's will, give birth to a beautiful baby after a healthy pregnancy. I just need to find a caregiver. My midwives are full and can't take me on as a client. So far, no other midwives have room for me. I don't even have a family doctor, let alone an OB-Gyn. I am still praying that one of the midwives I called will change her mind and take me on as a client. How can you have a hospital birth after a home-waterbirth? God knows, so I trust.

God Bless,

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