Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weekly Goals & Fitness Update

Ahh the weekly goals. These are getting more and more challenging to put into writing. I find what I can expect of my body in terms of fitness changes quickly week to week and sometimes even day to day.

The last few weeks, I've had to take two rest days each. I have been so tired. Like I'm growing a new person or something crazy like that. I'm having to make frequent adjustments as to what is a reasonable expectation for me to have of my body at this stage of my pregnancy. I feel pregnant in just about everything that I do.  I'm trying so hard not to waddle. #8weekstogogah

Anywho, I make adjustments based on how I'm feeling one day to the next. For example, a stair master routine that I did just last week, didn't feel as challenging this week, and next week could be a wild card and I can't move at the same intensity. My overall outlook is pretty simple, as long as I am moving, I am putting in effort. If I'm putting in effort, I'm giving myself an A.


I feel like my body is changing rapidly in this last stage as my baby puts on fat and prepares to join us for life on the outside. It's wild to watch him move and grove from the outside of my body. Alien tummy in full affect and I don't think I'll ever get used to it. I can tell he is starting to run out of room as he lets me know when he's uncomfortable. He's never cramped when I'm walking around or standing, only when I'm sitting. Bossy little thing. The third trimester came on fast and strong, but I still maintain that the first trimester is by far the hardest. I have my last ultra sound next week, and then I won't see him again until we meet face to face. Excited is an understatement :)

Weekly Goals:

Monday:
30 Minute Stair Master
Total Body Strength

Tuesday:
40 Minute Incline Walk
Core (Planks)
Glute Strength

Wednesday:
Circuit Training (1.2 Mile Incline walks)

Thursday:
30 Minute Stair Master
Total Body Strength

Friday:
45 Minute Incline Walk
Planks & Stretch

Saturday:
Rest

Sunday:
Light Circuit Work



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Baby Noel's Shower

Last Saturday, four of my very closest girlfriends hosted Baby Noel's Shower. Our baby's first party! Long time Elle Noel readers will recognize all of these faces.

Yes, there was a blue memo
It was such a special day and one I had been looking forward to for awhile now! It was really obvious there was a lot of thought and preparation that went into the party.  From the flowers, blue decor, blue lemonade, mimosas, the most incredible food, baby pictures of Nick and I scattered about, a framed sign in keepsake for us, baby Noel's ultra sound pictures, all of my pregnancy progress pics, popcorn goodie bags for guests, I was overwhelmed by how much thought the ladies put into all the little things. It was all very perfect for me. I really wanted a laid back shower where I could visit with some of our nearest and dearest about all things baby.


The girls didn't let me lift a figure in preparation and left me totally in the dark during the planning process. It was such a stress free enjoyable day for me and I am so thankful! 

Complete with awkward bump pic
Baby advice ranged from Howl like a crazy lady at the full Moon in March if you want your baby to come early, to diaper practicalities, and a wealth of product knowledge!

We had the most delicious cake I have ever tasted in my life- double chocolate chip filling. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. If you live in the Lafayette area, I highly recommend Ms Kathleen Short for all special occasions


Baby Noel is already beyond spoiled with all the cute things, and everything he needs to get started in life. We are so grateful to all of friends and family for all of their support in every way. The love we have received in preparation for this baby has been overwhelming and frequently moves me to tears. 


My Mom and I
At the end of the shower, Nick popped in to visit with everyone, clean house on the remaining food,  clean up from the party, and help me pack up all of little Noel's scoobies. Everyone is asking us about a name, and it's true, we still haven't committed to one. We've been informed you can't leave the hospital without a signed birth certificate though, so we do have a deadline!


The whole day was so special and I feel so grateful to everyone for all of their support during this special time in my life. I'm really enjoying my pregnancy and my body during this stage of life. 

As cheesy as it is to say, I feel really beautiful right now and I'm soaking up each and every moment of baby glow! Pregnancy has not been anything like I thought it would be and I mean that in all of the best ways. With about 8 weeks to go until this little boy makes me a Mom, I feel as prepared as humanly possible. Thank you everyone!



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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Week 30: Hanging Up the Run Kicks + 35 Minute Incline Walk

Well ya'll, it finally happened. I had to call time on pregnant running. I feel incredibly fortunate that I was able to run right up until week 30. I had hoped to be able to continue to run circuits through to the end, but my sciatic nerve pain started raring up. I've been having issues with my sciatic nerve for about a year now, I tweaked it doing dead-lifts last winter, that were honestly just to heavy for me at the time, aka form suffered. From time to time it would flare up and get agitated but nothing to the point of unmanageable. I was fairly certain pregnancy would agitate it at some point, and alas, it has.

My last pregnant run, I was feeling good, really good. I ran a 5k on the treadmill, wiped the sweat off my face, and felt a-maz-ing. When I got off the treadmill and started to walk, however I could tell something wasn't right. By the time I got home, I couldn't even walk from the car to the door. Special thanks to Nick for literally carrying me through this one. Every time I put any weight on my left leg, I felt a searing pain from my back down through my heel. No bueno doesn't even begin to cover it. Nick got me inside and onto the couch What did you do to yourself?! I waited until he walked away, and then thoroughly embarrassed,  I crawled on all fours through my house to my bathroom. Thankfully, I was able to keep off of my feet the remainder of the evening, and I was able to walk it out the next day. However, the incident left me terrified to run again. If you've ever had sciatic nerve pain, you know it ain't no joke.

It's really challenging for me not to run however, I'm focusing on the things I can do. I can do the stair master, I can do the elliptical, and I can incline walk like a complete boss. Here's a 35 minute routine I did this week



Everyday I find my work outs get more and more challenging. I find I tire more quickly and with less effort. My body is noticeably softer. Staying motivated has been a real challenge and some days it takes all of my willpower to get in a work out. That said, I know that staying active will benefit me in the long run. The finish line is in sight. Just keep swimming.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Week in Review + Weekly Goals = Where did last week go?

Tuesday morning?! A whole week has zoomed right on by since I last checked in on my blog. Whoopsies. Last week was a bit of a doozie. Crazy busy and crazy exhausted- an awesome combo- yes? 

Last week was pretty rough. The iron supplement I'm having to take is causing other issues and my general lack of iron combined with being 30+ weeks pregnant is making me tired. I've had to hang up my running shoes- yap. It happened. More on that later- aka tomorrow.  BUT overall, I must say, I do feel pretty fabulous.


We are making major progress in the nursery! I'm so looking forward to sharing the finished product.  Here's a little sneak peak because I am just itching to share some progress.



 My goal is to have everything completed by March 1st, should he decide to come early, I'll be prepared. I'm really seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at this point.  We are going to have a baby. Our baby. It's really so crazy to think about. It's the kind of anticipation I've felt before any big life change or accomplishment. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it, slightly apprehensive, and sometimes overwhelmed by the enormity of what's coming. Ya know, the feeling you get when something really great is about to happen to you.

I feel my body changing more quickly now. I've had a few people who don't know me personally ask me when I'm due, with each passing day, I look more and more pregnant. Sometimes my appetite feels straight up out of control. This kid is not playing. I've done so well thus far, and I'm trying to make good choices for both me and my baby. I'm trying to snack on yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. Sometimes my sweet tooth does get the best of me. Dang sugar has been so addictive! I'm still getting in all of my work outs though, so I won't beat myself up about the sweets. Plenty of time to stress about that later :)

1-24-16 30 Weeks

Weekly Goals:

Monday:
35 Minute Incline Walk
Strength

Tuesday:
Circuit Training/ Lower Body Strength

Wednesday:
30 Minutes Stair Master
Strength

Thursday:
30 Minutes Elliptical
Strength

Friday:
Incline Walk
Strength

Saturday:
Circuit Training/ Lower Body Strength

Sunday:
Rest

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