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Clean Bulking

20 Jul

I found out Friday I have not gained any weight over the past month and my total weight gain for the pregnancy is about half what it should be. Oops.

I’m sure there are people out there thinking that I shouldn’t be complaining or that they wish that was their problem. And I get that. But here’s the thing; not weighing enough can be as harmful in pregnancy as gaining too much weight– to be fair, mainly if it starts effecting baby’s growth. For now, they’re re-adjusting my work schedule so I can get on a regular sleep routine, giving me weight goals to meet and checking on baby’s growth in another week or so. My doctor never made me feel stressed or like I’m doing something wrong and really took a team approach for how to increase my weight without just adding junk into my diet.

So, how am I going to add on weight?

I’ve already switched to little/low impact cardio and am focusing on body resistance and light weight training… so that part’s different than when actually bulking.

I also had two wonderful cheat days this weekend for my birthday that included gluten free pasta, brownies, Mexican food, french toast, cookies and more cookies. Despite a decent hike Saturday and short workout yesterday, by the end of two days this is how I felt:

bulk_king While it was fun for a day to eat whatever I wanted and I think the normal sleep schedule will be the biggest help; I’m now on the hunt to add in healthy higher calorie snacks each day.

Here is my list so far:

(thanks to everyone who already added suggestions)

  • Cheese sticks
  • Almonds/nuts
  • Nut butter– peanut butter, almond butter
  • Greek Yogurt– no more non-fat
  • Adding in a protein shake
  • A little extra oil while cooking

And to be honest, I still have some cookies and brownies left over 😉 What are some clean snacks you could add to the list?

**For the record, baby is moving like crazy and I’m confident a normal sleep schedule and some extra protein shakes will fix the weight fairly quickly.

Weighing in on Planet Fitness

29 Apr

Planet Fitness is at it again… this week they asked a pregnant woman to either put on an over-sized shirt or leave due to her baby bump showing. The gym claims it is due to a no mid-drift policy that is up to manager’s discretion. See the story: ABCnews. I might be able to accept that it was a clear cut violation of the dress code because there was some of her baby bump showing (I think that’s ridiculous but I could accept it); however, she had worn the same tank top multiple times in the past.

Earlier this month a Muslim woman was asked to leave because of her head covering, New York News. And another woman states she was asked to leave because she was “too toned”. Planet Fitness states all of these women were in violation of their dress code.

The Planet Fitness mission statement claims they “are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and [they] mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built.” However from their commercials insulting body builders to their “Gymtimidation” commercial which both depict body builders and fit women as stupid and mindless, they are anything but accepting of everyone.

What baffles me is even with their “Lunk Alarm” and pizza days sabotaging their own members, they continue to grow at a rapid rate.


I didn’t know staying hydrated made people a “lunk”

What do you think? Have you worked out at a Planet Fitness or know someone who does? Do you support their decisions in these cases?