Thursday, January 01, 2009

Gone, but hopefully not forgotten: Welcome 2009!

I've practically rolled off the face of the planet, but I'm back now. I figured that January 1st, 2009 was as good a time as any to start blogging again. I enjoy writing, and being here keeps me accountable to all of my goals.

So much has happened over the last few months, so I'm just gonna bullet-point 'em:

  • Started an insane new job that has me working about 60-70 hours a week;
  • Running around after my (now two-year old!) toddler in my spare time hasn't been easy on top of my job;
  • My uncle suddenly passed away from cancer in October. He was only diagnosed in late August. His 38 year-old daughter died from cancer only nine months before that. It left me reeling;
  • Switched my daughter to a new daycare a couple of months ago - the transition has been tough, but I love her new space;
  • And last but not least: I'm pregnant again. I'm about 7 months along now - it's flying by.
Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple of weeks ago. Basically, it's a "temporary" diabetes that can sometimes occur in women which impairs their ability to process insulin during pregnancy. The outcome could be serious unless I manage things properly. That means watching my diet super carefully, and exercising as much as possible. I haven't seen a specialist yet (office hours are all wonky over the holidays), but I hope that it's not severe.

I was pretty upset when I was first diagnosed. But now, I am almost smiling about it. There couldn't have been a better person to receive this news in some ways. I know exactly what I have to do to manage it, so I'm ready to kick some serious butt.

That, and it means that I get to start my weight management journey almost two months in advance of the baby's arrival! It's a head-start to where I want to go.

I've only gained about 15lbs so far in this pregnancy. I was probably up to 25 by this point last time around, so I'm doing well. I need to keep my gain under 20 in total.

I am *such* a fiend for lists, so it would be weird for me to not write out some of my goals for the coming year. Here goes:

  • Run a 5K in September;
  • Go back to work in January 2010 wearing the gorgeous suit that I found in my closet today, which is a size 14;
  • Enjoy my maternity leave this time around (by not taking on any work!), and spending lots of time with the baby;
  • Learning to drive again (loooong story, but I will chronicle my adventures);
  • Cook a new vegan dish / dessert at least once a month;
  • Read 3 new books;
  • Take care of myself. Plain and Simple.
I'm not committing to numbers on a scale - I just want desperately to be at peace with my body and health. It has been a long time since I felt great in my skin.

So, here's a wonky start to my journey of health - never thought I'd be looking to maintain weight and be on a diet while being 7-months pregnant. But what's that saying again? There's no time like the present.

2009 is going to be freakin' fabulous.


Christy said...

I agree! 2009 is goign to be fabulous! And I'm SO happy to have you blogging again!

I am loving your attitude about your weight management 2 months pre-baby arrival - what an amazing spin to put on it. I have high hopes that you will be managing your GD the same way that you have been managing everything else. Full on and to the best of your abilities. I think my favourite new year's resolution from you is to not take on any new work during yoru maternity leave!!

SEE you in February!

Jen said...

Welcome BACK!!! And Congratulations on the little brother or sister for your little one :-) It sounds like you're just sooooo busy, Sonya. I hope 2009 brings you some time to put your feet up and do some things specially for YOU. And selfishly, of course, I hope for more blogging. Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

Welcome Back! I have been checking!!!!! And COngrats on your pregnancy!