Preggo Leg Day

18 Jun

I have decided that with all the changes going on I need to make sure to prioritize “me time” too. So today, in between all my appointments I had to decide whether to clean the house or workout. I chose to workout. I still have time to do a quick clean up and then this weekend I can do my “real” cleaning but I’ve got to remember to keep time for myself too.

At one of those mentioned appointments, I got to hear baby’s heart beat today! Baby has a really strong heart beat and was moving around when they found it. It made it feel even more real to know baby is moving around in there. I’m even starting to feel a few flutters. Just another week or so and we get to find out the gender! Any guesses?

Here’s the modified leg workout I did:

3 sets:

  • 15 Squats
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

  • 12/leg lunges with torso rotation
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts

3 sets:

  • 15 Fire Hydrants
  • 12 Glute Kick-Backs

2 sets:

  • 12/leg split lunges
  • 15 sumo squats

Squats are definitely one of the best exercises I can think of for pregnancy, that and basic core exercises.

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Upper Body Pregnancy Workout

13 Jun

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit quiet…. There’s been a lot of adjusting going on. Obviously adjusting to being pregnant (now 18 weeks) but I’ve also started a new job with a longer commute and have learned I will be starting a Nurse Practitioner Program this September. Lots of exciting things but took a couple weeks to get used to the new routine!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know I’ve really been struggling with shortness of breath this pregnancy. After lots of testing and multiple follow ups they’ve ruled out the big scary things so I finally feel comfortable trying to add regular workouts back into my new routine. Up until now I’ve been staying active but not doing “real” workouts as often as I’d like.

I have been using “Fit & Sleek- Prenatal Physique” with Leah Sarago and that has definitely helped me stay active. I like that they break the workouts into 15 minute segments so I can really do whatever I feel up to that day. Obviously compared to training for the bikini competition though, it sometimes feels like 100 steps backwards. I’m trying to focus on just doing my best with where I’m at right now and making sure I’m taking care of the baby too.

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Today was a good day. Hubby and I went for a bike ride this morning which was a really nice way to at least get some low intensity cardio in. After finishing some things around the house and sneaking a nap in I did my strength training later in the day. Mainly focused on upper body, the workout looked like this:

Warm Up

3 sets:

  • 12 squats to bicep curls
  • 12 Tricep Dips

3 sets:

  • Straight Leg Deadlifts with Upright Rows
  • Tricep Skull Crushers (I used the BOSU to put myself on an incline so I wasn’t flat on my back)

2 sets:

  • Planks (30 sec on forearm, 30 sec with straight arms)
  • 12 Lateral Shoulder Raises
  • 10 Front Shoulder Raises

I finished with my physical therapy exercises I hadn’t incorporated and stretched out a bit. I didn’t realize how tight I’ve gotten with fewer workouts so I guess it’s time to start stretching more too.

17 weeks

A few days ago at 17.5 weeks

Working Out While Pregnant

12 May

To be honest, I am still adjusting to the effects being pregnant has on working out. And since my body will be constantly changing I suspect the adjusting will be a continual thing through this pregnancy. The biggest adjustment for me is having to slow down. Today I was winded after a set of twelve rows to tricep kickbacks. I had to take a nap after I mowed the yard (to be fair mowing in the middle of the afternoon heat probably wasn’t my best idea). I don’t like it but it is what it is. All of this is to say, make the adjustments you need to but just keep moving. Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your baby and yourself.

I plan to keep posting workouts and recipes as I have always done. I just ask that all of you non-preggo readers don’t judge ones that seem light or easy. I’ll admit there are days I have probably taken it easier than I need to and there have been more days than I’d like to admit that I’ve given in to some less than healthy cravings. But, I am doing the best I can to both stay in shape and take care of my baby. Honestly, I’m also probably being a little more cautious in some ways (and lenient in others) than needed since it’s my first pregnancy.

Alright, down to the good stuff. Here’s my arm workout from today:

3 sets:

  • 15 push-ups (adapt by dropping to knees if needed)
  • 12 bent over rows to tricep kickbacks
  • 12/arm weighted cross punches (use light weights, control your movement)

3 sets:

  • 15 tricep dips
  • 12 chest presses on BOSU

3 sets:

  • 12 skull crushers
  • 30 sec. straight arm planks

As I’ve said multiple times now, every pregnancy is different. If your doctor has told you not to workout or has given you guidelines, follow them. If your doctor has cleared you to workout (like most of them will and should for healthy pregnancies) then I hope you keep reading and give some of the workouts a try!

And of course… a bump update.

10 weeks and 13 weeks

10 weeks on the left and 13 weeks on the right

Lastly, if you are expecting or know someone who is, don’t forget about the huge For Two Fitness Giveaway going on now and the 25% off discount with code FITANDBUSY!

For Two Fitness Giveaway is Up!

11 May

As I mentioned a couple days ago, For Two Fitness is doing a huge giveaway starting today! You can see my original post here or just scroll down for more details.

logoGrand Prize Giveaway items:

All you have to do is go to their blog and follow the directions on the entry form. So simple for so many huge prizes!

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Juicy Oven Turkey Burgers

10 May

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms to be out there! I also want to say “you are amazing” to anyone who has lost a child or who has been unable to have a child. You are all awesome.

Hubby was gone today so I was left to my own devices for dinner. I decided on turkey burgers but I don’t have the patience to use our charcoal grill and didn’t want to spend a ton of time on dinner when it’s just for me. So, I skipped the fresh chopped veggies I usually put in and used the broiler in the oven. In about 20-30 min. I had delicious, juicy turkey burgers.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.25 lbs lean ground turkey (get the 93%, not 99% if your diet allows)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 tbsp hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Optional toppings: Fresh onion, lettuce or spinach, cheese… any of your favorites!

  1. With clean hands, combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl
  2. Once turkey is well mixed, form 6 patties (about 3/4″ thick) and place on broiler tray (you could use a baking sheet with edges)
  3. Oven rack should be approx. 6″ from broiler
  4. With broiler on low, cook burgers approx. 8 min on each side
  5. Once burgers are golden brown and inside temp. has reached 165 degrees, remove from oven
  6. Place on lettuce wrap or bun and enjoy! **Gluten Free note: Pictured is Rudi’s GF Multigrain Bread, Udi’s makes GF buns but I find they’re usually too thick

Mother’s Day Giveaway

8 May

As you know, I got selected as a For Two Fitness ambassador.. Since I’m getting to the point that my clothes are just a bit tight for comfort, I LOVE having their tops and capris to hit the gym in. They are so comfortable and have awesome sayings. I get compliments every time I wear their tops. For Mother’s Day, this company is doing an amazing giveaway that starts on Monday! See the details from the company below…

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!giveawayAs soon as I get more information, I’ll pass it on to you!

Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili

2 May

Like most busy people, I love a good Crockpot meal.You can make a ton of food with the same amount of effort (or less) that it would take you to make a normal dinner.

Last night we celebrated hubby’s birthday a bit early and he wanted a simple dinner at home… which meant I had the time and excuse to try a new recipe 🙂 It was a rainy day yesterday so based off this Catz in the Kitchen recipe, I decided to try a slow cooker chicken chili. Per usual, I made some adjustments.

You’ll need:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless/boneless chicken breast
  • 1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (can sub water)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Optional toppings: Light Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Cilantro

  1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into approx. 1 inch squares
  2. Place 1 cup liquid at bottom of crockpot, layer in chicken and sweet potatoes
  3. Top with beans, tomatoes, garlic, and spices
  4. Cook on low for 2 hours, then add in fresh onions and pepper and cook on high for another 2 hours (you can just add it all in at the start and cook on low for 6 hours per original recipe)
  5. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred then add chicken back in and stir into other ingredients.
  6. Serve with favorite toppings and enjoy!

  

Lessons From First Trimester

29 Apr

I’ve got one more week in my first trimester and thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far. As I said in my last post, this is how MY body has been. Your pregnancy (or your friends’ or wife’s) will be different than my pregnancy. However, hopefully you can find something useful in this.

1. There will be days you physically can’t workout… and that is okay. This was hardest for me to accept, especially coming off training for the competition. At about week 6 I got hit with an awful sinus infection (okay, and initially I was too stubborn to go to the doctor) that just knocked me out. I was already tired and dizzy and that just made it one hundred times worse. This brings me to number 2.

2. Listen to your body, within reason. I don’t mean take a nap instead of going to the gym every day (if you’re like me, it was tempting). I do mean when you feel like you are going to pass out from doing cardio, stop. I had to basically stop doing cardio for most of my first trimester and am really just now trying again. I have to do way lower intensity than I was before and again, that’s okay. Just don’t completely stop. Find a workout you can tolerate– mine has been Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown

3. When they say feed the nausea, they mean it. You can ask hubby. I have to eat every 2 hours. I will be dizzy and sick by two and a half if I let it get that far. Now, I don’t mean full meals every two hours. For me a big breakfast is key… And then a morning snack, lunch, a couple afternoon snacks, and dinner, plus sometimes a bed time snack. Just keep in mind the extra 300-500 calories you need doesn’t really kick in until around week 11. Spread your calories throughout the day and focus on making sure it’s a balanced diet (babies NEED fats and carbs!). For me, carbs have been my friend to control the nausea– this was also VERY hard to accept coming off the competition training.

4. It’s okay to ask for help. If you’re as lucky as I am your significant other is more than willing to help… they just might not think you need it. You don’t really look different, if it’s your first pregnancy you probably aren’t even showing in the first trimester, and they can’t possibly understand how exhausting doing nothing can be while growing a small human. I still have to remind myself to just explain what I need help with and tell hubby how I’m feeling at any given minute.

5. This is the most important. LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR. I can give you my advice and my experiences but I am not an OB/GYN or Nurse Midwife and I have no clue what is going on with your pregnancy. Your doctor’s office is your best resource, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Did you have any tips or tricks you lived by in your first trimester?

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10 week baby “bump”

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For Two Fitness

27 Apr

I want to start out this and future pregnancy posts by reminding people that every pregnancy is different. You might be able to do more than I have, or you might have to do less. Your body was different than mine before pregnancy, so there’s no reason to think they’d be the same during pregnancy. And always listen to your body and follow your doctor’s directions!

That said, I’ve been basically cleared to workout as tolerated. I will have to back off on the amount of weight used and I have been having a really hard time with cardio (though hoping that gets better as I move into my second trimester). Today I hit biceps and back and was able to do a light 30 minutes on the treadmill so it was a good day!

On top of a good workout, I got to wear my awesome new For Two Fitness tank. One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was apply to be an ambassador for this brand. I am pumped to say that I got selected!

TRX rows in the new tank

TRX rows in the Training For Two tank

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Why am I already obsessed with this brand? More than anything I love that I can wear it now (when I’m barely showing but my clothes are getting tight) AND when I’m really showing a few months from now. The fabric they use is so stretchy that it looks cute throughout your pregnancy.

I also love their designs. These days at the gym I still get frustrated learning my new limits and I look more like I put on a couple pounds than like I’m pregnant. This top makes me feel better at the gym since it’s a reminder of why I’m hitting walls and it lets other people know I’m not just getting a little softer 😉 I got multiple compliments on the top today too!

And of course, it’s super comfortable! The fabric is so soft, I can’t wait to order a couple more designs and try out their capris.

If you’re interested in trying it or ordering a gift for someone, use my discount code! Just type FITANDBUSY at checkout for 25% off!

Final Competition Update

26 Apr

For those who have been following my progress, you’ve probably realized that I did not compete yesterday. But, I didn’t just give up! A few weeks ago hubby and I got some very exciting news… we are expecting our first baby! Little one will be joining the world in mid-November.

Glibert Run 1 Starbucks 4While I haven’t been posting much, I have been keeping a list of things I want to write about and I am very excited to share my experience with trying to have a healthy and fit pregnancy! My biggest tip from first trimester… there will be days you literally can’t workout, and that’s okay. I felt so guilty when I first had to miss a couple workouts but missing a few to take care of myself (and the baby) means I can stay as healthy as possible. Plus it made the workouts I have been able to do that much more rewarding.

For those mainly interested in the competition posts, no worries, I fully intend to compete in the future once little one is safely into the world 🙂