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Don’t Rush Me: 31 Weeks

“Don’t rush me” has been my catch phrase lately. It refers to how much slower I am say getting out of a car, and the fact that people seem to think I am further along than I am.

Some days I am feeling the pain and am ready for Baby L to make her little debut, most days though I feel like I need more time to prepare. I am still interviewing pediatricians; we JUST decided on the hospital, though I still need to register; and I really need to go see an allergist.

See I have this lovely reaction to shots, which I am pretty sure is anxiety induced. I tend to faint. It doesn’t happen with flu vaccines, but other shots that “alter” my body response tend to put me out. This has the potential to prevent me from getting an epidural, IF it isn’t just an anxiety response.

We also happen to be moving to our new home this month. There’s a lot going on and a lot to do. IMG_4669

Baby Size: At last weigh in she was 3lbs; and this week she “weighs about the size of a coconut.”

Total Weight Gain: 17.5 lbs

Miss Anything: Still want my everything bagel with lox…maybe some spicy tuna rolls too

Cravings: Cinnamon Buns sneaked up on me recently…I found some healthier outlets for that including a yummy oatmeal bake, but I think it was fortuitous that Oreo came out with their new Cinnamon Buns flavor (BEST MODERATION CRAVING SAVIOR)

Seriously, thank you Oreo for helping me moderate my pregnancy cravings
Seriously, thank you Oreo for helping me moderate my pregnancy cravings

Aversions: I am not loving chicken unless it is highly seasoned or in some sort of sauce. It’s just not appetizing otherwise.

Symptoms: The acid reflux comes and goes, I’ve taken to eating smaller meals a couple times a day and that has helped. My back and hips are killing me, especially after a long day sitting at my desk.

Exercise: I am still running — though its little 30 second sprints — I have figured out how to do modified burpees and most days I feel really good. I am still doing routines from 21 Day Fix and modifying when I need to.

I’ve started to think about body after baby and will share that separately. I’ve also started thinking about putting together my “Go Bag.” Any recommendations out there?

 

 

Workout Review: AcaciaTV

Since I have had a little more down time with the Holidays I called around to several yoga studios inquiring about a prenatal class. Shockingly NONE of the studio owners knew of a class in the area. Keith over at YogaFox explained the economics of it to me — you only have those specific yogis for a set amount of time so it is hard to have a standing class. Better off just modifying at your regular class. Fair enough.

Still, given my inability to back off…that idea makes me nervous. So I’ve been searching high and low for a prenatal yoga DVD, that really gives me the good stretch I’ve been looking for.

AcaciaTV has about 450 streaming workouts — two of which are prenatal yoga flows. It’s really easy to navigate via its drop down menus.

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You can also add different workouts to a fitness planner. I really love this function since I like planning my workouts for the week just like I do my menus. It keeps me accountable and I don’t have the excuse of not knowing what I am going to do that day.planner

I’ve already done Hilaria Baldwin’s DVD a few times, and it is good for a quick “trouble shooting” area. So I decided to try Desi Bartlett’s flow. It’s about 45 minutes though the screen says 58 minutes. The difference is that it also includes a sequence where she teaches you how to use a chair for support in some of the poses. I haven’t quite hit that point yet…sort of hope I don’t have to. That’s the idea behind continuing yoga right?
yoga home pageI really like this flow as a nice recovery day yoga flow. I felt relaxed and open after completing it. That’s really what I am looking for in a prenatal yoga flow something that relieves the tension in my shoulders and hips more than anything else.

Having access to this many workouts when it comes time for “body after baby” (I am already shuttering at the thought will certainly keep me motivated. They have workouts from 10 minutes to over an hour. I have a feeling that the 10 and 20 minute workouts are going to be my best friends in those first few weeks. A monthly subscription is $6.99, I haven’t sprung for a subscription yet, as there is a 10-day free trial and want to see how often I use workouts from here before I go all in. Bonus points that I can access it through Amazon Fire and Amazon Video app.

 

26 Week Pregnancy Update: We are picking up steam

It’s been a very quick moving six weeks since my last update. Two weeks ago we were at my doc for a check up and he said “things are going to start moving quickly now.” I don’t know if he was talking about Baby L (or the kumquat as my besties call her) gearing up to be a soccer star or the fact that you can outwardly tell that I am pregnant. Either way the man knows his stuff.

For comparisons sake…Here’s a picture from November 28th…and one from today..exactly a month apart.

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November 28th

 

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Baby girl has really picked up her movement, particularly when it is time for mommy to go to bed. I can usually quiet her down once I stop shifting and turning, but I am waking up most nights to either use the bathroom or turn over. I have found that sleeping on my sides for an extended length of time makes my glutes REALLY tight.  And that actually wakes me up more often than her movement does.

Baby Size: Length of a green onion…last weigh in for her approx. 1lb 5oz

Total weight gain: 15 lbs — slow and steady

Miss Anything: I can officially say that a giant bagel and lox will be the first thing I will eat after giving birth…at least today.

Cravings: fruit…lots and lots of fruit…can’t get enough, especially citrus. And blueberry muffins.

Aversions: I still don’t want any pork or salmon, which isn’t great on the brain power side…but I was able to eat a little fish this past weekend for the first time in months. So winning.

Symptoms: I am FINALLY off Diclegis. It took forever to completely ween myself off of it, and I consider myself lucky since my mom was sick with me and my sister the entire time. Of course, that has been replaced by some serious heartburn and acid reflux…awesome. I guess it doesn’t help that I want to eat all the citrus and tomatoes which can make that worse…but whatever.

Exercise: Still going well. I am still running and doing strength work. I try to walk at least 2 miles every day, expect for run days. I have upped my yoga practice to at least twice a week now to try to combat the tightness.IMG_4538

So a typical week looks something like:

Mon: run/strength

Tues: yoga/walk

Wed: pilates/walk

Thurs: bootcamp

Fri: yoga/walk

Sat: walk/strength

Sun: off

 

We’ve Reached the Halfway Point!

So I haven’t been really good about weekly bump updates. Truthfully, I’ve taken one bumpie (which is apparently what you call the picture of you and your bump), and that’s it. It is funny to think that we are at the halfway mark…I can’t promise that these will be regular but since we just found out the gender I thought it was worth an update.

We will be welcoming a sweet baby girl in April and couldn’t be more excited. It is so strange to switch from calling the baby “it” to “her” or “she.” It absolutely feels more real now that we know and can really start imagining what she is going to look like.

How far along: 20 weeks

Baby Size: Length of a banana!

Total weight gain: 10 lbs

Movement: It started with feeling a shifting from side to side. Most recently I started feeling little flicks, which is apparently the type of movement I am supposed to be feeling at this time.

Maternity Clothes: Just recently transitioned from my trusty hair tie trick to maternity clothing – so far I’ve got a pair leggings, a long skirt, and pants for work.

Sleep: I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night to try to get comfortable again; I am going back to sleep pretty easily and waking up refreshed though.

Miss Anything: Not really, though I haven’t been able to eat junk food so that is sort of disappointing

Cravings: Spinach…like creamed spinach and sag paneer; the little Laughing Cow triangles, and tangerines

Symptoms: Feeling so much better now that I am in the second trimester. I am still queasy, and taking Diclegis (hoping to wean myself off soon), and I still can’t eat junk food. My skin has good days and bad days. I have been getting headaches if I have a long day and didn’t eat enough protein, but for the most part I am ok.

Exercise: I am back to my usual workouts and trying to get in at least four days a week with a combination of swimming, treadmill hike/running, pilates, yoga and weight training. Now that it has cooled down a bit I am walking outside for at least 10 minutes daily to give myself a break.

Baby Goodies Acquired: Nothing yet.

Best Workout Attire for the Pregnant Bod

I’ve officially reached the point where I am getting self conscious about my gym attire. I didn’t really want to spend too much money on exercise gear while I was pregnant. I figured I could make most of my tops work for a pretty decent amount of time, and invest in 2-3 leggings. I am quickly realizing that I may have been wrong.

Leggings

I’ve got about three pairs of leggings that I am rotating right now. They happen to be the “go with the flow” crops from Lululemon. They currently come up over the bump, but are getting tighter. I have a few pairs of Nordstrom Zella leggings in a larger size, but am worried that the waist isn’t going to hit in the right spot. Recently, I’ve been contemplating getting a pair or two from Champions maternity line. 

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So far this hasn’t really been an issue. For the most part they are long enough and aren’t riding up. I haven transitioned to some of my more flowy tops so that I have more breathing room.

Sports Bra

This is where I am having the most difficulty. My boobs are enormous. I had a nice healthy size bust before I got pregnant, but honestly this new size is just too much. I don’t know how you ladies do it. I picked up one new sports bra from Anita based off friend’s recommendations, and have been wearing my old Nike sports bras. Which are getting tighter and I feel like I am squishing myself into them.

Don’t even get me started on my swim outfit. Which has become running shorts and a sports bra. I probably could swing my bikini bottoms, but I am just not that comfortable yet.

So question — what have you all done for maternity workout gear? Particularly the sports bra.

 

My Workouts Lately: The Pregnancy Version

It’s been a pretty long while since I posted — a combination of lots of major life milestones (my sister got married earlier this month so there was a bachelorette party and a bridal shower) and being swamped at work.

And truthfully, I just came out the other end of suffering morning sickness all day everyday, which really put a damper on my active lifestyle. My life pretty much revolved around eating every 2 hours so that I didn’t throw up, but of course being too exhausted in between that time to do anything because I wasn’t really eating that much food and of course the little human growing inside me taking all of my energy.

If I worked out once a week in the first trimester it was a huge accomplishment. Those workouts were a combination of the ones listed below.

Tracy Anderson: Pregnancy Project81RLwu2gFrL._SL1500_

I’ve never done a Tracy Anderson workout before, so didn’t really know what to expect. During the first trimester this was a nice way to get my heart rate up, and bring the nausea down. Tracy is a little spastic — meaning that you have to keep your own count because she sometimes loses count. When we are doing butt exercises I really do feel it. I use 5lb weights compared to her 2 or 3lb, but that’s just me.

Sarah Haley: Expecting More

Admittedly I haven’t done all the workouts in this series, but I have done the majority. They are pretty good workouts for someone who traditionally lifts and does cardio 5-7x a week. It is still a little bit slower than my traditional workouts so I find myself getting bored pretty quickly and easily. Not to mention Sarah’s “cute” instructions to “wave bye bye to baby” (when you are imagining a baby in a chair) makes me roll my eyes and I find myself glad that no one is around watching me do it.

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Fit-Mommy-To-Be: Hilaria Baldwin Prenatal Yoga 

Amazingly, there are no prenatal yoga classes in my area. This is apparently what happens when you live in the retirement capital of America. I have been doing Hilaria’s yoga routine at least once a week and its really helped keep my lower back pain and hip tightness at bay.

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I also continued on with Orange Theory once a week, and pilates at least once a week. Now that I am in my second trimester and have more energy I am adding back in some of my more traditional workouts — treadmill, swimming, burpees. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not “out of shape” just “in a different shape.”

August Goals

Believe it or not, I feel like I did a really good job on my July goals. I didn’t really eat any processed foods, and somehow didn’t find myself constantly reaching for a bag of gummies despite all that was going on with work, it might have something to do with the fact that when I got stressed I did yoga or abs for 10 minutes rather than give in to my sugar cravings.

1. Give in to sleep. I’ve always been a terrible sleeper. At three, I cried hysterically in my bed about  how I couldn’t go to sleep because I had to do my homework. I was also that child that could not take a nap…just couldn’t. Lately though, I have found myself craving sleep more. So I would like to go ahead and say in bed by 10:00pm most nights (probably excluding weekends).

2. Get back to meal prep. We haven’t been meal prepping like we used to…i.e., taking 2 hours on Sunday to do most of the cooking for the week. I think it is time we get back at it (though I feel like I am setting myself up for failure here, because I am literally traveling every weekend except one this month).

3. Swimming. I’d like to get back in the habit of swimming at least once a week. Also the July/August 2015 issue of SHAPE has this ridiculous 30 minute pool workout. It includes laps, burpees, wall kicks, push ups, and more. I haven’t figured out how its safe to do burpees on the pool deck without shoes…but I’ll let you know.

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not me…

How to Stay Fit While Traveling

As we know, I am a frequent business traveler. I have my yoga and cycle studio that’s around the corner, and I get a yoga mat delivered to my room. But what about when I am traveling for leisure?

We recently got back from a cruise, and despite being surrounded by water, found ways to keep fit. In addition to utilizing the ship’s gym every day we also picked excursions that were more on the active side than the leisure.

In San Juan we went on a 12-mile bike ride around the city. We went up a few hills, saw some of the local areas that we otherwise wouldn’t have, and highlights of the city. Our guide told us great local-folklore and made it so that we really could indulge in some of that tasty food I had heard about.Cruise 038 Cruise 041 Cruise 036

In St. Maarten we went snorkeling by the famous beach where the airplanes land right over your head. We got to experience one of the “must do” activities while also getting to swim around and explore the crystal blue waters.101_0210 101_0212 Cruise 063

In St. Kitts we had planned to go hiking up a volcano, but after reading reviews, opted for zip lining instead. It was such a cool experience. While more on the easier side we did still use some of our upper body strength. Cruise 069 Cruise 066

I like to find these kinds of funtivities on our vacations because I just feel like we get to experience more than if we were just shopping. Cruise 101

 

Workout Review: Chaise Fitness

I am apparently very into the whole hybrid class thing right now, and Chaise Fitness absolutely falls into that category. When you first hear you are working with a “chair” images of a sexy little strip tease may come to mind. At least it did for a colleague of mine…but the word chair is used very liberally here. IMG_4197

I took the Reinvention class, as this is their signature class and I wanted to start with the basics. I arrived 15 minutes before class, as instructed to get a tutorial in the chair. Cat (the instructor) showed me some basic moves and introduced me to the bungees and how not to fall off. The chair is more like a padded stool, with a bar that you push down on and you adjust the resistance to make it harder. Then you have these bungees that are suspended from the ceiling. They are there both to work your arms and hold you up. IMG_4198

Here’s something else I learned while being there early….people LOVE Cat. She had recently gotten engaged and her regulars were just so excited for her and brought her gifts. It was a really sweet thing to see.

Anyway, the class itself is a combination of pilates, barre, a little ballet and aerobics.

Cat had us performing pumping moves with our arms in the bungees, core work while balancing on the chair and leg work balancing on the chair while utilizing a small ball.  We did some tricep dips off the side of the chair as well as boat poses and C curves while sitting on the chair.

One of the moves that I felt a little uncomfortable in was a signature chair move included lying on one side on the chair with legs straight and one arm resting on the bar while the top arm remained in the bungee and extended straight.  We then pushed down on the bar lowering it towards the ground and back up again.  This created tension in our arms and core and although we were lying on the chair, we still needed to maintain our balance.IMG_4195

Pikes were also pretty tough, in the fact that you really have to engage your core the ENTIRE time so that you don’t hit the ground at all. We stand on the bar with our hands on the chair, using our abs we allowed the bar to lift off the ground and pushed it back down again in small pulsing movements that worked our abs and legs.  A variation of this move included standing with one foot on the chair, knee bent and pushing the bar down with only one leg.  IMG_4194

They have several other classes, including a Cardio Chair, which was going on when I first got there. And truthfully it terrified me. I’m absolutely going to try it though.

A Trip to the Caribbean Without the Travel

At least once a month, Josh and I go to the Caribbean….sort of. We have a favorite restaurant that can essentially transport you to the Caribbean the second you step in — Bamboo Fire Cafe. It’s owned by a husband and wife team, and family supports them.

The moment we walked into the restaurant for the first time, I wanted to be a regular. There was such a welcoming feeling, and luckily the food is legitimately top notch. We’ve had nearly everything on the menu at this point, and taken as many people as we possibly can to eat here.

Everything has such wonderful flavor, and the value is unbelievable. With every meal, you get meatballs, a salad of mango, cucumber, tomatoes, and when you order a main entree you get rice and sweet plantains. IMG_4101 IMG_4102 IMG_4099 IMG_4098

We typically start with these amazing chickpeas. They are sauteed and have flavor that you can’t really describe…but I think there is cumin, pepper, salt & pepper. IMG_4097

I’ve had the oxtail before, which just falls off the bone. They always ask us if we want it spicy “American-style” or “truly spicy.” I’ve had it truly spicy before, and it is honestly mouth on fire.

The last time we were there, I had the seabass in a banana leaf. It was so flaky and just cooked perfectly. IMG_4100

I hesitate to tell more people about this place, because I don’t like not having our table…but if you are ever in Delray Beach on from Wednesday through Saturday…I will consider taking you there.