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Reality Check

10 Jul

Well, I’ve made it over halfway! I’ll be 22 weeks this weekend and am still doing my best to stay active and healthy throughout the pregnancy. I’ll admit sometimes my workouts are hit and miss. Days like yesterday, by the time I was done cleaning the house my back hurt so badly there was no way I was going to be able to workout. So I made a healthy dinner, stretched out and called it a day. Everyone has different goals for their pregnancy, just like everyone has different goals for their fitness. Right now my goal is all about balance. I admit, I’m not eating 100% clean or hitting 100% of my workouts but if there is a fitness silver lining, it’s that I’m learning to listen to my body.

On an exciting note…we are super excited to say that we are expecting a baby boy! Baby Vincent is still on track to make his appearance mid-November.

I know, most of you can’t relate to the pregnancy specific posts so I thought I’d highlight my top 3 lessons I’m learning during this pregnancy that translate into everyday fitness…

1. Listen to your body, sometimes rest is the best thing you can do to reach your goals. Just be careful not to use it as an excuse.

2. Stop competing with other people’s pictures. Being motivated by other people is one thing, but when you start getting down on yourself because you aren’t where they are, it’s counter-productive. I’ve been having a very hard time with this one. If you Google “Fit Pregnancy”, you find tons of pictures of mamas-to-be who still look toned and have amazing muscle mass. It’s hard for me to remember that 9 out of 10 times those women make a living out of staying in shape. Just keep perspective while looking a “Fitspiration” photos.

3. Decide what your goals are and what you’re willing to do to accomplish them. I could still look like one of those photos but it isn’t worth it to me or safe for the baby. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up with rotating 12 hour shifts (night shift is kicking my butt), keeping the house clean, and trying to see family and friends… I’m not willing to make the sacrifices I’d need to at this point. So my goals are to maintain a balance and stay generally fit while pregnant. I still get in 3-4  workouts each week, they just aren’t as intense.

I’m not saying that once baby comes my goals won’t change again, I still very much want to compete in the future. It’s just not where I am right now. What about you? How are your fitness goals coming?

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Countdown to Summer

2 May

Why hello May, where did you come from? I don’t know where April went but all of a sudden it’s May, which means it’s almost summer! It’s going to be a big summer for us- aside from work, general summer busyness and both our birthdays- we will be going to Italy! I am super excited. I have to admit though, since not being at work because of my back, it’s weird to be thinking about a vacation so soon.

Speaking of my back, I go to my spine doctor Monday so I’m really hoping for some good news. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. In the spirit of optimism I took some progress pictures today hoping that I’ll be able to get back into the gym soon. My legs and back/obliques are where I think I’ve lost the most. Thanks to PT exercises I’ve been able to keep my core strength up but I think it’s also time to tighten up my diet a bit.

ImageImageImageAnd that leads me to May goals…

1. Do at least a 30 min workout 5 days a week (even if it’s PT exercises and flexibility)

2. Get back to baking protein bars and meal prep

What are your May goals? Any big changes you’re trying to make?

August, I’ve been waiting for you!

3 Aug

It’s August! Which means my personal deadline to start getting serious and back into everything again has come, and I’m really excited about looking at it as a fresh start for my new goals. Here are the goals:

1. Workouts at least 4 times a week
2. Less wine, more water
3. As always, eat cleaner

Good news to start out the month? I went to follow up with my ankle doctor and he was pleased that I’m making progress so he prescribed another 2 months of physical therapy and says he doesn’t see any reason why I shouldn’t fully recover. Sounds like my surgery 6 years ago did the job a little too well and now I have scar tissue built up. When I re-sprained it about a year ago there wasn’t the “normal” give it should have had and now that scar tissue is causing my problems. I am really excited that we might finally have this figured out and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I continue the forward movement 🙂

Finally for the new month… I don’t know why but I had been itching to change things up (because we don’t have enough changes in our life right now??) and for a couple weeks, maybe longer, I’d mentioned wondering what I would look like with darker hair.  I guess I just wanted something fun. The results are in:

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Workout and Such

21 Jun

I finally have time to post a workout! I had to get up early for physical therapy, which ended up taking a really long time, and then got a workout in so I can write while I ice my ankle 🙂

I realized that in Japan I was def. adding strength but wasn’t really seeing any more definition or weight loss or… physical gains I guess. I keep meaning to take pictures and restart the progress pictures/updates but, keep forgetting… I will try to do that soon. So, I’ve made the decision to get back to more circuit styles and timed workouts. The next month is going to be a lot more traveling and starting a new job so it’s going to be about being effective with the time I have.

On that note… today was a 45 min timed workout focusing on the upper body. It was a little all over the place until I set into a routine but here’s a rough idea:

  • 3 min warm-up
  • 1 min rows
  • 2 min bicep curls
  • 1 min mountain climbers (I did these slowly instead of jumping from foot to foot)
  • 2 min balance drills
  • 30 sec squats
  • 2 min skull crushers
  • 2 min upright row
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min burpees (I modified these a bit for my foot, jumped back but then stepped one foot in at a time)
  • 30 sec rest
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 2 min punches with weights

Then I did this circuit 3 times:

  • 1 min Reverse Flyes
  • 1 min Rows
  • 1 min Skull Crushers
  • 1 min plank with rotation

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**thanks Mike from MidAtlantic for the (still) amazing photo!