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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.

Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique- Prenatal Workout with Complete Pregnancy Training Plan

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

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!

Hello World

26 Mar

Eek… has it really been over a month since I posted? I swear I’ve sat down at least 4-5 times to write updates and post pictures but time has gotten away from me! So, I apologize.

I have had a lot of changes lately. I’ve decided to make a career change. I love my job and my co-workers at the ER, however I have decided that I will love the pediatric ICU even more. I’ve always loved working with kids and with my back problems, I finally decided God was pushing me to make that change sooner rather than later. So, I’ll be taking April off to spend some time with friends and family and then I start my new job at the beginning of May.

I’ve also had a lot of travel and family time. We went back to Minnesota for my nephew’s baptism and a week later I went on my first cruise! It was really fun but not easy to eat healthy while on a cruise :-/ I made it through though and the next couple trips (one to South Carolina and one to Key West) should be a bit more manageable.

The pool area on the ship

The pool area on the ship

Aside from that, I’ve slowly learned to love cardio again (or at least not hate it) and I’ve been busting my tail at the gym. Today I wasn’t able to make it to the gym but got in a leg workout at home that I’ll post below. I was exhausted before I started but I still combined it with a 30 min Barre workout and felt so much better afterwards. It’s amazing how much better a workout can make you feel. I wanted to include some progress pictures and then I’ll post the workout at the end. Hope you’ve had a great last month and will continue to follow moving forward!

3 weeks ago

5.5 weeks ago on the left, 3 weeks ago on the right  

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5.5 weeks ago and 3 weeks ago

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

As for the leg workout today…

3 sets:

  • 20 squat to shoulder press with dumbbells
  • 12 lunges/leg
  • 30 shoulder circles forward
  • 30 shoulder circles backward

3 sets:

  • 20 BOSU bridges
  • 12 Deadlift to upright row
  • 45 sec wall sit

30 min barre leg and core workout

Back to Work

9 Jun

Well… good news! At the end of May I got cleared to go back to work, full duty. It was a bit of an adjustment to jump right back in and I’ve been trying to pick up at least one mini-shift each week on top of it to make up for some lost time and get a few extra hours before we leave for Italy later this summer.

Jumping right back in has also been a quick reminder that I’m not 100% yet so workouts have still been a little lighter than normal. I’m getting great use out of the home workout DVDs I bought for that very reason. I already told you what I thought about Pop Pilates so I thought I’d also include my mini-review of Yoga for Beginners by Bodywisdom.

What I like: you can make the workouts as long or as short as you want. They break it up into mini-routines so you can work out for 10 minutes or 60 minutes.

It’s also very easy for yoga beginners (yours truly) to follow. It moves at a pretty slow pace so I never felt lost.

The flip side: Because it moves slow I didn’t always feel like I was actually working.

Bottom line: I still have a couple of the routines to try but all in all it’s a great way to unwind and relax after a busy day or to use as an active rest day but it won’t be replacing a full workout. I do really like adding it in at the end of doing my PT (lots of core) exercises for a little extra boost.

Image**Throwback yoga photo, Judd Furlong Photography

Other than that, still struggling with getting into a solid meal prep routine so I’d say I wasn’t completely successful with that May goal but I have been doing at least SOMETHING 5 days a week and stretching more, so that’s a win.

Hey September…where’d you come from?

17 Sep

So, I don’t know where August went but it seems like I looked up and it was gone and I haven’t written anything in a month! We had some unexpected travel last month which threw off my sense of timing but things are starting to settle back in now 🙂

I’ve been at my new job just over a month now and so far really like it. It’s challenging but I’m always on the go and learning a lot so I think after a month that’s all I can ask for. As of last week I’m settling into my 3 days a week schedule (I don’t know how most of you work 5 days a week… I love my 13 hour shifts) and hopefully that means on days off like this I can get back to writing again.

Hubby was gone most of August which meant my exercise was mainly taking Maia on her walks. She’s gotten  a lot better about pulling and I like to think she’s fully “adopted us” by now. But, she’s still a big dog which means I try to take her on at least three 20 min walks a day… there’s my hour of workout time. The past week I have been able to do more at home workouts so between that and physical therapy twice a week I’ve hardly been sedentary, just haven’t had a lot of strength workouts to post :-/ I am going to start using my crockpot more again since I’m on the 12 hour shifts now so look for those recipes this fall!

Other than that, we’ve finally got a contract on a house so hopefully we’ll be moving out of the apartment and Maia will have a yard by the end of November! We’re just settling into the new pace of both of our new jobs and life together back in the states. How was August for you? Any big news for the fall?

ImageMy “lap dog” 😉