Almost Fabulous (and Fitbit’s AMAZING Customer Service)
It’s been a while. This week is the first week I’ve felt almost normal. Besides a growing belly and some 7 pm “morning” sickness, I could almost forget I’m pregnant.
So much to talk about. Body image while pregnant? Expectations of others? Dealing with unexpected life turns? Accepting cellulite? Growing older? Missing my kettlebells?
I think for today I’ll just stick with the easy subjects, like missing kettlebells, since my brain is just now coming out of survival mode.
So back to missing my kettlebells. When I first found out I was pregnant I
panicked decided I was going to have an amazing fit pregnancy and keep up my kettlesbells, yoga, and walking. I wasn’t planning anything hardcore, I was just planning to keep up a regular routine to maintain my fitness level.
I worked out for a few more weeks (thankfully I got my Oregon, the last of the 48 states, workout in). Then one day I found myself unsteady and leaning on the side of the RV while my head and stomach spun and retched. My days of safely swinging kettlebells came to a screeching halt. For the next 8 weeks, it was a good day if I managed to get out of bed for a few hours and even then I usually walked around feeling like I had just drank a bottle of bleach. I tried ginger, lemon, magnesium, deep breathing, praying, begging, sleep, more sleep, and finally resorted to Unisom. It’s considered safe during pregnancy but as someone who doesn’t like to even take Tylenol, it was a hard decision. But was the only thing that made me felt like I wasn’t dying. (I never throw up with morning sickness. Instead I just feel like I’m going to ALL. THE. TIME. My mouth waters, stomach retches, head spins, and I feel this pressure on my throat making it really hard to swallow.)
Now at 15 and half weeks, I’m feeling almost fabulous and I think it may be time to pull those kettlebells out again. I’m a little sad I won’t have the fit pregnancy I had hoped for. I know I’ve already lost a lot of strength but I’m ready to maintain what I have left and hopefully gain a little back.
I’m also ready to start walking regularly again. I’ve been walking irregularly for the past 3 or 4 weeks depending on the day. It felt good to be walking again until I lost my Fitbit Zip. I’ve used a number of devices but have never liked one as much as my Zip. I was getting ready to buy a new one but decided to email the company just to make sure I could synch a new Fitbit Zip to my old account (You can!) because I didn’t want to lose all my old data (I didn’t.). It turns our Fitbit has THE. MOST. AMAZING. CUSTOMER. SERVICE. EVER.
Let me say that again. Fitbit has the MOST AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER! I was a loyal customer before but I’m a die hard customer now.
Not only did they give me an long list of ways to help me find my Zip (which I did but still couldn’t find it), they offered to replace my old one. What?!?!?!? A quick Google searched showed that this is not an uncommon practice of Fitbit.
I’m so happy to be tracking my steps again (I’m not tracking calories.) and I’m feeling motivated to reach my goal of 3,000,000 steps. Although with about 8 weeks of very little walking, 3 weeks of being Fitbit Zip-less, and only two and half months left of the year, I’m not sure I’ll make it. I need an average of 12,000 a day to reach my goal which isn’t impossible but could be hard depending on our travel.
Speaking of travel.
We have also been back in our hometown after TWO YEARS of traveling! CRAZY!!! It gets even crazier because we have decided to stay on the road. Yep, I’m going to be a pregnant traveling nomad. We have some big decisions to make. For starters where to have the baby???? We may come back to California for the birth or head to Florida or we are even considering going to Indiana so I can be close to my sister. It’s a bit more complicated because my first child was a c-section and my second was a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). The hospital in my hometown has banned VBACS since my second child. My doctor who I have been seeing for the last 14 years said to give me a cesarean for this pregnancy would be “criminal” (his exact word) since my second birth was a successful VBAC. He wants me to be able to VBAC but his hands are tied due to the hospital ban. It doesn’t seem like doing something that women have been doing since the beginning of time should be so difficult but it is. No too mention the complications with insurance. My current insurance plan is no longer going to be available come January since it doesn’t meet the Affordable Care Act requirements. If we don’t go to the insurance exchange we will automatically be moved to a plan with a higher deductible and higher monthly premiums. It’s a bit of stressful time to be pregnant in that regard. On the good side my pregnancy will no longer be a preexisting condition. So there’s that. Anyway, there is A LOT more I could say (and will eventually say) about women’s birthing rights or our decision to keep traveling but for now I’m sticking with this simple update.
Well that’s my life in a nutshell. How about you? Anyone else love wearing a pedometer? Had a successful VBAC? Keeping up with your workouts? Is the Affordable Care Act affecting you in any way? (BTW I’m not necessarily “anti”…in fact I think we may be one of those instances where it is actually going to be helpful…I just don’t like this state of flux since that we need to make some major healthcare decisions over the next few months.)
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Journey with our family on the road at Newschool Nomads as we travel fulltime in RV through the United States.