Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wintertime exercise can be tough

I worry about gaining weight. In fact, one of my biggest concerns before serving a mission was that I would come home chunky. Those of you who have known me for less than ten years may not know that I was a bit on the thicker side in high school, so these concerns are not unwarranted; when I don't exercise regularly, I gain weight.

Let me say at this point that I am okay with gaining weight during pregnancy. I know it needs to happen and it WILL happen, and that doesn't bother me. What bothers me is the possibility of gaining a lot more weight than I need to, and then having a hard time getting the weight off. And besides the weight, it's a really big pain to get in shape. If I don't go running for a few weeks, it's a lot harder to make it through my run the next time I go.

Please don't leave comments on this post telling me about all of the pounds that just melted off your body after you had your baby, because my body does not default to thin, it defaults to chunky. I have come to accept that, and so should you. I repeat: I was not a thin teenager (you know, the time in your life when you're supposed to be able to eat a trillion calories and not gain an ounce? Well, I was a good 20-25 pounds heavier than I am now) and I am only a thin adult through a lot of hard work.

I have been pretty good about exercising so far in my pregnancy. I usually go for a long run twice a week, and do some other form of exercise (elliptical, short run, Tae Bo) up to two days a week on top of that. I think it was a tender mercy that it didn't really snow until last week because I could continue my jogging without the concern of falling and splitting my head open since sidewalks are rarely cleared properly from December to May.

But I knew the snow would eventually come, and it finally did. I was talking to my BFF Sarah Salt Buffington about my snow-jogging concerns and she gave me a fabulous idea. Behold, the Kahtoola MICROspikes!

After researching various products, I decided that these babies were the ones for me. They were kind of pricey, but much less expensive (and more interesting) than a gym membership or a treadmill.

Here are some pictures after my first run with them. They are great for slick and icy spots; you can just run like you're on bare pavement. (Don't worry, mom; I put these on while sitting down and took them off before standing up on your kitchen floor! :)

I didn't need them for my whole run since I could run on the shoulder of the road sometimes and some sidewalks were actually cleared (shocker!), so I would just slip them off and carry them until I needed them again. They are very easy to put on and take off and they are pretty lightweight. I'm so glad that these exist! Now that I've got the proper gear, I just need to stay motivated and keep moving.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Blogging bonanza!

It's been a long time, but I've been busy! I have a few things to blog about that don't fit into one post, so today you get multiple posts. Read what you like and skip what you like. Thanks for visiting!

ITP?

I went to my first hematologist appointment yesterday and my platelets are normal. In the past five weeks they jumped from 84,000 to 280,000. He said that he has no idea why my platelets are low sometimes and normal other times. I'm confused.

A real job

It's official: I have finally signed on to be a full-time employee of Walmart.* I am quite pleased about being guaranteed the number of hours I want every pay period. I am also happy that I now have vacation time and personal leave time (i.e., maternity leave).

I am less excited that I now have to work every other Sunday. Since I got my license in June, I haven't had to work a single Sunday. Now that I'm one of two pharmacists at my location (and the other pharmacist is a bishop, so I don't think he would want to work every Sunday to give me a break), I have to do my part. I am also less excited about the fact that my store is in West Valley City. Yuck. I am not offended by West Valley, I am just offended by its distance from Spanish Fork--my commute time is about an hour each way. There are about seven Walmarts between my house and the location where I work. Oh well, it's just until something closer opens up. And I can look at it as a blessing because this store isn't too busy and I'm not sure a busy store with a high-stress situation is ideal for a pregnant girl.

Overall, I am happy about my decision. Yes, it's strange to think that I got a doctorate degree to work for Walmart, but they are definitely a stable company and I don't have to worry about losing my job. Also, this will guarantee a steady source of extra income until the baby comes so we can pay off my student loans and save up a bit. I really do have a lot to be grateful for.

*In case you're confused, I have been working for Walmart this whole time, but not as a full-time employee. I have been a part-time floater, which means I picked up whatever random shifts at whatever random stores they had for me.

Thanksgiving 2009

Every year Rob and I alternate which of our families we spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with. This year's rotation had us spending Thanksgiving with my parents, who are serving a mission in Omaha. We wanted to visit them some time while they are there, so we figured this would be a great chance! We also got Dustin and his fiancee, Heidi, (who my parents had not met in person) to come with us.
This picture is in my parents' apartment. I am just amazed that we got a picture with all four of us smiling simultaneously! Don't they look great with their missionary badges?

We arrived Tuesday night and spent Wednesday seeing historic sites in and around Omaha. It was great having tour guides who knew exactly where everything was and could give us tons of details about each place we visited. [Disclaimer: the details presented in this post are ridiculously brief. For further details, please contact Rob or Reb. :]

This was Hyde Park (now it's just the marker and a big field of private property). We discovered that my mom likes to take pictures without telling you she's taking them.

Next we went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the Kanesville tabernacle. After that we visited the Winter Quarters Trail Center. We watched a movie and had a nice tour from a sister missionary before we were set loose to dork around.

You better believe we were excited to try on the pioneer headgear!

There was a huge gingerbread house display in both the Kanesville Tabernacle and the Trail Center basement. My parents' masterpiece was one of many displayed. It was super fun! (You can tell by the look on my dad's face.)

It's like they knew we were coming or something--these cutouts are right up our alley!

Next we walked around the temple and cemetery (both across the street from the trail center). We went back on Friday and did initiatories--I was very happy to get inside since I had forgotten my recommend! They fixed that pretty quickly by calling my bishop and getting the go-ahead.

It was really great to see all the work my parents have done on the grounds at many of the sites, especially the cemetery where my dad has been doing a lot of work restoring the walkways and such.

Thanksgiving was really great. Rob and I started with our tradition of going for a jog, which always makes me feel better about eating so much. My parents invited the Elders from their ward to eat with us. For some reason, I didn't take a single picture that day, but the food was delicious and the company was great!

Rob and I continued another of our Thanksgiving traditions--Black Friday shopping! We carefully go through the ads on Thursday and decide which two or three stores we would most like to go to. It's just crazy and fun to go out. We don't even care if we get what we are shopping for; it's just entertaining to see so many people so passionate about getting good deals!

We got a few things we were quite pleased about, including the Willow Tree Creche for my nativity set (the last piece needed to complete my collection). I have never seen it on sale before, but we got it for 30% off! We also got a 1 TB external hard drive and some sweet deals on clothes. Good times!

We spent the rest of Friday site-seeing. This is a foot bridge that crosses the Missouri River between Nebraska and Iowa. It was really cool!

On Saturday afternoon we said goodbye and started the long drive home. It was a fun trip and I'm so glad we were able to be with my parents for Thanksgiving.