So today I open my email and find yet another article from my 1 of many pregnancy related emails I get daily....
Today's had to do with "8 Ways to Stay Motivated" ...alright I'm thinking...this is right up my alley! I am starting to lose steam and I feel like the baby is never going to come out. I think she likes it wayyyy too much inside my ever growing belly and maybe mommy should start making things a bit uncomfortable in there for her. YEAH RIGHT...AS IF I CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN...
Anyways, here is an excerpt from the article.....
8 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated
Ways to Rediscover Your Drive for Health
Pregnancy is an intimidating thing. Yet, our friends, our family, sometimes people on the streets tell us that everything will be fine and that pregnancy will be a great experience. Here's a few reasons why they are right, and why you should keep working towards having a healthy baby, even when you are tired of adding up vitamins, tired of trying to exercise, and tired of following everything the doctor suggests.
Here are 10 of our ‘hidden' motivating reasons to stay healthy during your pregnancy. Use one or all of them to keep the fire burning inside you.
Ok stop right there.....I gave up exercising when my bladder felt like it was falling out of me while trying to speed walk....I gave up the vitamins...well b/c I kept forgetting to take them....and as for following doctors instructions....what were those? I mean we are pregnant not medically challenged.
on to article...
How did it feel after that first walk around the block? Or when you first went to the doctor and heard the words "healthy baby?" The more and more you accomplish toward pregnancy health, the more you'll believe in yourself and your abilities as a mother.
My accomplishments today..."making the many trips up and down the stairs while doing laundry and picking up kids rooms"
2. Make the week easier
Ever felt like a week was taking forever? Like it feels like Friday, but it's only Tuesday? Your feet are swollen, everything is aching, and you just want to shout "Will this ever end?". Concentrate on smaller chunks of time instead of the all-too-intimidating 40 weeks. Think of little steps that you can take to get your baby the stuff it needs. The week will not only go faster but be more enjoyable.
As for the concentrating on smaller chunks of time...all one can think about this late in the game is HOW MUCH LONGER...............
3. Gives you purpose
Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here is your biggest reason, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that's going to jump start your day, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. Keep caught up on your doctor's appointments. When you're motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.
My motivation for getting out of bed is going to the bathroom every 2 hours in the middle of the night so I can go back to sleep.
4. For your kids
And your grandkids. And their kids, too. The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be, and the better able you'll be to watch your kids grow and spoil your grandchildren. The fun doesn't end once you've given birth. You'll need even more energy for the years to come, so why not start the momentum of being concerned for your health now?
I'm eating my yogurt...drinking my organic milk....having my fruit....and last time I checked chocolate was considered one of the food groups...so score one for being healthy...
5. The 'wow' effect
Picture this: Walking into a store, running into a friend, their eyes light up. "Wow, you look great!" If you are working hard during your pregnancy to stay healthy, it will show. The healthier you are, the more confident you'll become. That pregnancy glow will be obvious. You're going to be a great mom, and everybody knows it. Watch the "Wows" add up.
What they are really thinking, "wow I can't believe she is still pregnant...it seems like she's been pregnant forever...and danggggggggg her belly is getting huge. Better her than me."
6. Energy boost
Pregnant or not, exercising gives you energy. At first, this might seem a little counterintuitive, but it's true! Even just a 30-minute walk will rev up the body. So, the more you exercise, the more energy you'll have to do everyday tasks that you might otherwise have flopped out on. Exercise is good for your baby too!
I look ridiculous walking in a waddle...holding my belly w/one hand and the other placed on the small of my back hoping it doesn't give out....but thanks for telling me something I didn't already know
7. Keep gaining experience
The more you do, the more you learn. You'll discover what pregnancy tactics work best for you and which ones don't. What worked for your sister or your best friend might not work for you. But you'll figure it out and become an expert for your own baby. So keep on trying even if the "magic cure" for heartburn doesn't quite do the trick for you. You'll figure out your own mystical solutions.
I already know the cure for heartburn...IT'S CALLED BIRTH
8. Rewards will feel like rewards
What's your favorite food? Cookies, ice cream, a big double cheeseburger? For most of us, it's the food that no one should eat on a regular basis. But every once and a while, when that craving hits, that food will just taste great. And when you are treating yourself, enjoy it! You can worry about the folate and calcium later.
What is the definition of every once in a while? No one should stand between a pregnant woman and her cravings!
Well after reading this article I was motivated to get up from the computer...take a potty break and reach for the chocolate bar that was calling my name!
Today I will work on exercising more by rewarding myself with a Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich while having the 'wow effect' of .....Gosh I am special and deserve this moment! Doesn't everyone benefit from a happy mommy???!!!