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Arm Day

23 Jul

I got put on call at work today, which means I can get some things done around the house but have to be ready to get out the door within about 10 minutes if I get called to get to work on time. To make sure I didn’t irritate my back I stuck with an upper body workout for this morning and, if I’m lucky, I’ll take the dogs out for a walk once it cools down.

This workout will definitely get you a burn whether or not your pregnant- just make sure you’re lifting heavy enough. If you do need some modifications (either as a mom to be or a beginner), you can do most of this sitting if you need to or, of course, go down on your weights and increase your rest times.

Side note, since being pregnant I make sure to do at least 1 or 2 sets of 20 squats in my warm ups (squats and kegels ladies… for real) and I end my workout stretching out my hip flexors and doing at least 1 physical therapy exercise to loosen my back.

The workout

3 sets:

  • 12 Straight leg Deadlift to upright row
  • 12 Bicep curl
  • 12 Monkey Rows (**with any type of row, keep your shoulders down and back and do not lift too high. Going too high is not better and puts you at very high risk for injury. If you aren’t familiar with rows or are unable to keep good form, sub in any other shoulder exercise. Tons of options can be found at Bodybuilding.com)

3 sets:

  • 20 Lateral to front raise
  • 15 triceps dips on BOSU

2 sets:

  • 12 Hammer curls
  • 12 Push ups

3 sets:

  • 12 overhead tricep extensions
23.5 weeks post workout

23.5 weeks post workout

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.

Total Body Workout

13 Jul

The past week or two my back has been really bothering me… probably in part because I haven’t been able to get into physical therapy and obviously in part to the growing belly. Due to that, some days my workouts have just been all my physical therapy exercises and some trigger point work. Today though I incorporated my PT exercises into a total body workout. My modification for this workout was just doing lighter weights and longer rests so, pregnant or not, this should give you a challenge!

3 sets:

  • 15 squats to cross punch
  • 15 lateral shoulder raise
  • 15 front raise
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

2 sets of 12 lunges with bicep curl/leg (so you’re doing 24 curls)

2 sets of 12 straight leg deadlift with upright row

1 set of 20, various PT glute exercises

IMG_0141Also, I tried the White Chocolate Raspberry Quest bar for the first time today. It’s so good! Most the flavors have been way too dense for me since being pregnant but this one was really tasty and didn’t make me feel nauseous so I may have finally found a Quest bar to rotate in with my other preggo snacks. Do you have any favorite high protein snacks for on the go?

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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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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

Encouragement

13 Feb

Yesterday I wasn’t able to get to the gym in the morning so had to go last night. I really prefer getting there in the morning but at least this way I wasn’t as worried about time constraints. I got in a great back and biceps workout plus my cardio. When I was on the treadmill I was next to a girl who was KILLING IT. She was totally in the zone and doing her thing and, heck, she was motivating me! I saw her later and told her she was doing great; this girl’s whole face lit up. I think I’m going to make it a goal to compliment/encourage someone every time I’m at the gym. There’s so much negativity and competition in the world, the gym should be at least one place we all encourage each other.

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Here’s the bicep and back workout… the hamstring curls are part of my physical therapy so you could always add in different exercises. I’ve been timing my rests and definitely getting through workouts quicker. Plus, I feel like I get a much better workout!

3 min. rotating planks (30 sec center, 30 sec each side)

3 sets:

  • 20, 12, 8 Bicep Curls
  • 12 Lat Pull Downs

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX rows
  • Physical therapy back exercise

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bicep curls
  • 12 Cable Rows

3 sets:

  • 12 Reverse Fly

20 Balance ball hamstring curls

20 Crunches

1 min plank

As for my competition update, I’ve had a few hiccups with the diet but all in all I’m doing well. I do mean hiccups! I haven’t had any cheat meals but sometimes I have to settle for a protein shake or bar and get off on my timing etc. during the day. I’m getting better though and I’m confident moving into this week that I’ll be even more consistent.