For the last few weeks, I have been struggling to make healthy food choices. Things in my personal life have been challenging and I have been turning toward food to comfort me. This week I decided that I want to get back on track and begin to make better food choices throughout the remainder of my pregnancy.
Even though this is something I decided, it is still hard to put it into action! Making healthy food choices is not easy, especially when you lack the motivation to do it.
Two days ago, I received the motivational kick in the pants that I needed. On Wednesday, May 23rd, I had my glucose test. The results came back showing that I did not pass. What!? How could I not pass? My score was supposed to be 130 or under and I was 133.
Initially, this news was very upsetting to me, because I wanted to pass my test and not have to worry about this anymore. However, if I had passed my test, I would have missed out on this opportunity to renew my motivation and determination to make healthy food choices throughout my pregnancy.
Thankfully, my doctor is not going to make me take the 3 hour glucose test! I just barely missed the mark and he does not think I have gestational diabetes. However, just to be sure I need to track my blood sugar levels three times over the next three weeks. In three weeks I will go back to see my doctor. At that time he will review the levels I've recorded and see where we should go from here.
I'm not going to wait three weeks to get this issue under control. I've been looking up "gestational diabetes" on What to Expect When You're Expecting and Baby Center. These websites have great articles that explained gestational diabetes to me and how I can prevent it. My plan is to just live like I do have gestational diabetes until I am told otherwise.
In order to prevent or control gestational diabetes, you need to watch what you eat and exercise. These are both things that I can do! I am going to do my best to avoid sweets as much as I can and focus on making healthier food choices. This isn't going to be easy, but I want to have a healthy baby!
A healthy lifestyle isn't just about the physical side of things. I've spent some time praying and asking God to forgive me for my emotional eating. I know that in order to make these healthy choices I need a strength that is far greater than my own. I am praying that God will give me His strength to do this for the next 14 weeks and beyond!
If you are struggling to find motivation I would just encourage to spend time with the Lord and talk to Him about your situation. It was my plan to pass my test, but God had other things in mind. I am so thankful that even though I failed, God is using this situation for good!!
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)