[quote="Rence, post:14, topic:195126"]
This is not a good idea....research shows that women who are underweight having problems when trying to have a baby. You should be within your weight parameters, not below or above. And actually some studies recommend about 5lbs ABOVE. I can dig some up if you're interested. Please don't worry about gaining too much weight while your pregnant. If you follow guidelines you should be fine. "Eating for two" is not a literal guideline, you're not going to literally eat for two. You're just eating while keeping in mind that your choices affect your baby is all.
Well, my ideal weight is not at the bottom of the "normal" phase. I'd actually have to lose 15-20 pounds more than the 10 under I want to be to be "underweight." The idea for this is I want to maintain that weight for however long until we start to want to conceive, at which point I will start eating folate-rich and good fat rich foods. I actually want to gain that 10 pounds back eating really really bulky healthy foods to lay really good groundwork for a healthy pregnancy.
Also, please don't take offense, but are you aware that you must increase your folate intake well before you conceive? Dieters often miss a lot of folate, and that can be very very bad. it is so very important that I just wanted to say it even though you'll probably be mad for insulting you.
That's not insulting, its good to know!! :)
And another thing, at the risk of having you pound me, while I know you're not a goat or a cow :o , they also do much better when they're within their weight parameters. Being underweight or undernourished can give goats singles, when if they're more nutritionally healthy, they're more likely to have twins or triplets (again, not that you're a goat...just saying...even the animalees have to be heathy before they conceive). Cows also have trouble conceiving outside their parameters. :blush:
REALLY not going to get mad at you here. Promise!! I actually want to be at my ideal weight when I conceive. I want to be a little under up until the time when we start trying to conceive. The main reason for the 10 pounds is I want to feel mentally like gaining the weight won't kill me, and I know about 10 pounds under ideal is where I personally feel comfortable. However, if my doctor gets mad at me for it, I will certainly not go that low. But seriously, the 10 pounds under ideal weight is still 10 pounds up from being underweight. I actually know my ideal weight for my build and height is 145-155 pounds. I want to shoot for between 135-140 because that is where I feel comfortable and I can gain weight when trying to conceive without worrying about it too much and risk flaring up my fear of food. I'm terrified I'm going to get pregnant, see myself getting bigger, and get my fear of food back. It's scary enough when I am responsible for my own health.
Have you considered getting an evaluation by a dietician or exercise consultant?
I have thought about it. It's hard because it seems like everyone is trying to sell something. This has led to a lot of bad advice. I am currently looking into a nutritionist that my health insurance will cover. It's not going well, but if all else fails I'll just mae sure to stick to the general principles of high fiber, low fat.
It sounds like you're way distracted and have some performance anxiety (maybe you're anxious about others watching you workout?). Is there something wrong with working out at home? There are a lot of really good home exercise programs. I can't do my favorites anymore because I broke my leg years ago, and my ankle is fused now, so it's hard for me to find a program to adapt to my current limitations. But if you have no limitatations, I'd be happy to recommend some really good programs for you...? I really wish I could do them again :(
I am terrified of having people watch me work out. I feel like everyone is always watching me all the time and judging me when I am at the gym. I try to pump the music and close my eyes, but if I close my eyes I get dizzy. THankfully, the cardio equipment at this new gym has TVs on them that I can watch. Those help.
I would love to do a class, but my gym charges for them and I can't really afford to go to a different gym.
As for at home workouts, I have already found that unless I actually go to a gym to workout, I just won't do it. I'll workout for 5 minutes at home, get distracted by the mounds of housework and end up doing that instead.
I just need to learn to cope with the other women around me. It's really hard. The gym I am at now is a phenomenal gym. I have never worked out at a better facility. It's just filled with skinny, in shape, beauty queens. I never have got a better workout, but I've also never fel so judged. It's weird.
I am really sorry to hear about your ankle, by the way. That sounds horribly painful. :(