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Maternity Update

31 Oct

Well, tomorrow I hit 38 weeks. Which basically means little man could come any time… or he could wait another 2-3 weeks. I’m not great at the waiting game but I am trying to cherish the time left as a young married couple- before we officially turn into a young family.

Last weekend hubby and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We had a great time but I have to admit the hike was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. It’s basically only thanks to the patience of my husband and some encouragement from others on the trail that we made it to the top. I do have to say though, we still beat the average time listed on the trail guide so… I consider it a win.

Top of Humpback Rocks

We also took the time to get maternity photos taken and I have to say I love the work by Living Radiant Photography! They’re based out of Baltimore and if you’re looking for a wedding or anniversary etc. photographer, you need to check them out. Here are just a couple that I love (I had such a hard time narrowing it down…)

laura luke quiet waters park maternity session living radiant photography color photos-60 laura luke quiet waters park maternity session living radiant photography color photos-82 laura luke quiet waters park maternity session living radiant photography color photos-101So all in all, the pregnancy is going well. From a fitness point of view, I’ve gained a total of 20 lbs and have continued with physical therapy (so core and glute strengthening) throughout the pregnancy. Due to palpitations and difficulty gaining weight though, my other workouts have been limited for some time now. I’m looking forward to getting back to it but I know it will be quite the process to regain my strength and stamina.

30 Minute Legs

31 Mar

I don’t know about you but this weather back and forth is taking a major toll on my allergies and sinuses! Sunday I was completely knocked on my butt. Thank goodness for other medical friends who come over and confirm you don’t have strep when you can’t swallow but don’t want to go to urgent care. (Times I love being a nurse… check). Because I wasn’t feeling so hot, Sunday and Monday turned into off days and I HATE taking two in a row. I can’t remember the last time I had to do that but, sometimes, you have to listen to your body.

Today I knew I had to get a solid workout in. There was a little confusion with my trainer this morning and we ended up moving that workout but I still took advantage of being at the gym early and got a great leg workout in before having to come home and meet the carpet cleaners. If you’re tight on time I almost always go to timed super sets.

Here it is:

3 sets:

  • 15 walking lunges /leg
  • 15 hamstring curls on balance ball
  • 12 goblet squats

3 sets:

  • 12 Leg press
  • 15 side shuffles/side (stay low!)
  • 12 Straight leg deadlift with upright row

That’s it. Don’t rest more than 45 sec- 1 min in between super sets and try not to rest between exercises. Took about 20-25 min and then later today a friend came over and we took the pups on a hike at one of the state parks around here. All in all, my legs are pretty tired 🙂

Maia getting used to her harness before the hike

Maia getting used to her harness before the hike… She is not amused.

Working on those legs!

Working on those legs and glutes!

Shameless

21 May

If you don’t like dogs, you might as well stop reading. This is a shameless plug for the rescue pups out there. It isn’t sponsored in any way, just something that pulls on my heart.

“I just want to drink wine, save animals and work out”

Since I hurt my back I hadn’t been able to walk both the dogs by myself– my weight limit had been 20 lbs… they’re over 200 together. But now I’m supposed to be pushing myself to make sure I’ll be good to go when I do get back to work. Which means… time to walk the pups! So me, myself, and I walked my greater than 200 lbs worth of dog on a hike. I’ll admit, I was nervous. One good pull and I’d be back to the start but, they were so good! If you knew Maia you’d be surprised by this too; I swear she only has one setting on a walk and it’s “go”. It reminded me that dogs are more intuitive than we give them credit for a lot of times. It’s easy to forget when they’re driving us crazy barking at the groundhogs or pulling on their leash but they try to take care of us. At the very least they get you up off the couch and take you on walks (or runs). I’m a firm believer that dogs are a staple in an active life 😉

Nicole photo 1

Nicole Litton Photography

dogs door Max walk

So here’s my request. If you can, get involved. Donate time, donate money, donate supplies. Volunteer, foster, or adopt. However you can, just get involved. “Our” rescue is East Coast Gentle Giants. Of course it would be great if you chose to help them but, really, any rescue needs support.

I’d forgotten…

7 Mar

I’d forgotten how much I liked hiking. Arizona was amazing, the first day we hiked Camelback Mountain and after that we spent the next two days doing light workouts at the resort, laying by a pool, and taking advantage of the spa. It was pretty much the perfect vacation.

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Part way up the hike

Back home now; I worked the past two days and trying to get the house back in order today so it’ll just be a short workout at home unfortunately.

I also gave up Facebook for Lent so I’d appreciate it if you’d share this post on your walls since I can’t 😉 On the plus side, no Facebook will give me more time to write here and be more productive with other things too (I hope…). Do you give things up or change anything for Lent? Or any healthy goals you made to start out March?

Girls Trip!

1 Mar

I was home from OK just long enough to work, run my weekly errands, and get a couple workouts in. Now I’m heading to Arizona for a girls’ weekend with my best friend from high school. 4 days of hiking, spas, and pool time sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

I realized I hadn’t posted since I left for OK though so wanted to share my leg workout from yesterday…

3 sets:

  • 10 TRX lunges/leg
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts
  • 12 Squats (squat rack, heavy weight)

3 sets:

  • 12 step-ups/leg (I did a pyramid with these, increasing this difficulty each set)
  • 12 sumo squats

2 sets:

  • BOSU squats
  • 45 sec weighted wall sit

Snow Day

21 Jan
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Yesterday

Maryland is weird. Yesterday we went on a great hike with the pups and some friends and today hubby is home on a snow day since we’re expecting up to six inches…

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Today

Since we were expecting the snow we went to the gym earlier today and got a short chest and tricep workout in.

Warm-up:

  • 30 sec plank
  • 30 sec walking plank
  • 50 Modified Push-ups (or to failure)

Workout:

  • Row to tricep kick-back (1×20, 2×12)

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bench press
  • 20 tricep dips

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX push-ups
  • 15 weighted v-ups

1 set:

  • 20 TRX rows
  • 30 sec plank
  • 30 sec side plank/side

It was pretty short but we did finish errands and make it home for lunch before the snow really picked up 🙂 I’m thinking with the snow, some Turkey Chili will be just perfect– I use Jamie Eason’s recipe.

Great News!

5 Oct

As most of you know, I’ve been rehabbing an ankle injury for over a year now.  Basically for a year I haven’t been able to run or kick-box or any of my other “non gym” workouts and even my gym workouts had been limited. But last night at my re-eval my physical therapist FINALLY moved me down to once a week PT and said I can slowly start adding in old activities to see how the ankle tolerates them including adding in running instead of just jogging on the treadmill.  It’s still going to be a slow process because I can only add in 1/week and I have to keep doing my therapy exercises at home but, she thinks it’s just going to take time for the muscles to readjust to holding the ankle in the proper alignment and the discomfort and pain will continue to gradually go away.

On the down side I still have to go twice a week because they have to work on my core stabilization from an old back injury but, at least that one doesn’t come with limitations and will hopefully provide some relief from a chronic issue. In honor of my progress hubby and I are going to try to find somewhere nearby to go hiking this weekend! Something we haven’t been able to do since our honeymoon (and even then I had to take a tram thing back down the mountain  :-/)

Image I was on night shift the past two weeks so slept in today to catch up on sleep and switch back over to days and then took miss Maia on her walk, I’ve been adding in short spurts of running with her so that was a great way sneak in some cardio and wake up. Today I have my physical therapy exercises, so a mini leg workout, and then a short abs workout.

2 sets of:

  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min side planks (30 sec/side)
  • 20 crunches

3 sets of:

  • 20 Russian Twists/side with medicine ball (you can do this without the ball if you’re at home)
  • 20 reverse crunches
  • 20 toe touches