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Pregnancy Thus Far And A Week In Workouts

This pregnancy has been an up and down of emotions. At times I feel blessed that we made it through such a tumultuous time and have been able to carry this baby thus far and then other times I’m an emotional wreck, feeling guilty about any negative feelings I have towards the pregnancy and how it has impacted my body. I try to allow myself all feelings, but the guilt creeps in at times. I’ve found there are a few things that can help me get through it and I thought I’d share them on the blog so other people who may be experiencing pregnancy after loss (or just similar guilty feelings) can find solace in knowing A. They’re not alone and B. There are things that help.

1. Gratitude. One of the strategies I have utilized to keep a peaceful frame of mind is gratitude. I’m grateful for a. being able to have this baby b. the love and support I have in my partner c. that I live in an amazing city with so many amazing opportunities for myself and my family d. that I have a home e. that I have friends and family that I love f. that I have health care (fucking Trump) g. that I love my job. And honestly the list goes on and on. When I’m feeling down I start running through the list of things I’m grateful for and it really does help.

2. Healthy eating. I feel that throughout this pregnancy I have been able to eat a healthy balance of 80/20. I can’t imagine never indulging in those things that your pregnant body desires (in my case Cadbury egg, popsicles/slushies, doughnuts <–okay this one might not be pregnancy hehehe), but I’m extremely head strong about maintaining a balance with healthy foods. Here are some of my faves so far:

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Avocado toast, banana almond butter toast.

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Sauteed spinach.

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Savory eggy oats.

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Smoothie bowl.

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Whole foods salad.

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Bagel with cottage cheese cucumbers and tomato.

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Brown rice with Kale and egg.

3. Hydration. I’ve also been sure to drink 80-100oz of water a day. This has kept a lot of the negative symptoms at bay and I’m so happy about that.

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4. Finding inspiration. I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers in general during the last 4 years that it was intuition to start finding those who had given birth. I love reading the Hungry Runner Girl, Peanut Butter Fingers, and The Fitnessista. On Instagram I recently found Hayley Bolton’s account and she is so REAL and inspiring. I also follow Knocked Up Fitness on IG (I have her DVDs too), which lead me to really watch out for Diastasis Recti and see a personal trainer when I felt it had happened to me (Thanks Erica!). Lastly, I follow Natalie Jill Fit on Facebook (I’m rarely on facebook now but she has great videos). These women do not sugar coat things, they are women that have worked hard after pregnancy/delivery (with things not always going smoothly) and it is truly inspiring.

5. Hiring a doula. The doula has already been such a great support. I had some pretty intense sciatic nerve pain and she had some great suggestions for how to sleep at night that would help and it completely has! She also gave me an acupressure point for anxiety/sleep, and has shown me some dance moves to help alleviate that ‘full’ feeling that happens near the end of the day.

6. Working out. Ever since my first pregnancy I found that the times I felt the best were when I was working out. But this has rung true even more so during this pregnancy. At the beginning of the pregnancy the nurses/doctors at the high risk clinic advised me to keep my workouts easy (which was a real bummer), but as soon as I hit 12 weeks and went to a regular OB I was cleared to do my normal thing. I’m so proud of myself that I’ve gotten in 5-6 workouts a week and I don’t feel like I’ll be stopping any time soon. My workouts have consisted of: Body pump, Spin, Mixxed Fit dance, Kettle bells, walks, and hikes.  It’s crazy how I can be sitting on the couch and think ‘my hips hurt and maybe I shouldn’t go workout,’ but once I’m at the gym doing it my hips feel much better.

I spoke with my doctor again yesterday and she was very happy that I’m able to engage in this level of activity, she wants me to keep going for as long as I can. A lot of things change during pregnancy and if this can be something that stays consistent and can help me recover afterwards then this is something that definitely makes me happy when I’m feeling down on myself.

I wanted to share what week 32/33 in workouts looks like for pregnant Nicole:

1. Thursday, April 27th was a 45 minute spin class. Forgot my watch, so you get a picture of the bike instead.

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2. Friday April 28th was an hour and a half walk with Dave (prepping for Bloomsday), we got a little bit of jogging in there.

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3. Saturday, April 29th was suppose to be a Body Pump class, but I got such little sleep Friday night that I decided to sleep past my 7am alarm and do a 45 minute workout from Erica Ziel’s Prenatal Sculpt DVD. I love these things, they are a really great work out!

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4. Sunday April 30th (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME) was a sweaty spin class.

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5. Monday, May 1st was a rest day. I took the boys out for walks, but kept it really minimal because my body definitely needed a break.

6. Tuesday, May 2nd was another great spin session.

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7. Wednesday, May 3rd was time for some weight lifting at Body Pump.

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My goal has been to get 3-4 days of cardio a week and 2 days of weight training, and so far so good. I’m taking advantage of this time when my body feels good and I feel like I can get out the door and do it. If there comes a time when my body says no, then I will listen, but thankfully it continues to love these workouts.

So now you’ve heard what’s been getting me through the ups and downs of pregnancy, hope it’s helpful to anyone having similar feelings.

Be well!

Camping workout

I was reading an article in Shape magazine on staying toned on the road, it seemed like something that I could easily do while camping so Tara and I tried it out.  We really enjoyed the workout and so I thought I’d share it with you.

The first portion of the workout is referred to as the ‘chair routine,’ so you need a bench or chair of some sort.  They recommend jogging in place or jump rope for a minute between exercises to increase the intensity.

1.) Side-Lunge Pulse: 

Side lunge pulse

2.) Push-Up Hydrant

Push-up hydrant

3.) T-Stand Drive

T-Stand Drive

4.) Dip and Crunch

Dip and Crunch5.) Wall-Sit Shift

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6.) Single-Arm Push-Up

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7.) Split Squat

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8.) Plank Push

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1. Side-Lunge Pulse: Stand with inside of left foot extended out on the bench and right foot on the floor beside it.  Be sure to bend your right leg.  Clasp hands in front of your chest and push your hips back.  First rise up trying to get your leg to hip height, pulse up and down twice, and return to starting position. Do 15 reps then switch.

2.) Push-Up Hydrant: In the plank position with hands shoulder width apart raise your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your elbows straight back (ignore my form in the picture) as you bring your right knee towards your right elbow.  Push back up to the starting position.  Do 10 reps and then switch sides.

3.) T-Stand Drive: Bending over the bench place your right hand on the bench and extend your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your left elbow and hold your left hand in front of your shoulder.  Rise up and lift your right knee to hip height in front of you while rotating your torso right, bring your palms to meet each other in front of your chest.  Return to starting position.  Complete 15 reps; then switch sides.

4.) Dip and Crunch: Place hands on bench (hip distance apart) fingers facing forward, with butt just in front of your hands (but not touching the bench).  Begin with toes pointed up and bend elbows as you lower your butt toward the ground.  Straighten your arms as you lift up and bring your right knee toward you.  Lower down to the starting position; repeat.  Complete 20 reps alternating legs each time.

5.) Wall-Sit Shift: To get into the starting position begin by standing agains a tree, wall or in our case a truck.  Lower your body down into a seated position (knees bent at a 90 degree angle).  Be sure to have both extended above your head.  Kick out with your right leg (do not come out of the seated position) and lower your left arm.  Do 12 reps, then switch sides.

6.) Single-Arm Push-Up: Stand about a foot away from the wall, car, or tree.  Lean forward and place your right hand on the wall (heels slightly lifted).  Bend right elbow, lowering yourself toward the tree.  Push back to starting position.  Complete 12 reps then switch sides.

7.) Split Squat: To obtain the starting position stand with your back to the tree and take a big step forward with your left foot.  Push bottom of right foot into the tree and bend elbows (left arm forward, right arm back).  Bend left knee while switching arm positions, return to starting position and repeat.  Do 15 reps; switch sides, then repeat.

8.) Plank Push: In the plank position extend your left arm at about shoulder height in front of you and press hand against the cooler.  Hold for 20 seconds (or longer, we held it for 60) then switch sides to complete set.

It was such a fun workout to adapt to the great outdoors.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Thanks

 

Coming up…I’m excited to share with you a French onion soup recipe that I made!

I’m off to my friend’s wedding (can you believe she’s getting married almost exactly 1 month before me!?) in Orcas Island for the weekend,  I’m sure I’ll have some great stories and pictures to share when I get back. have a great weekend everyone!

Be well!

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