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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Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekend ReCap + Weekly Goals

Top of the Monday morning to you!! I had an incredibly restful weekend and am so ready to take on this week! I literally spent the entire day Saturday binge watching Showtime's Shameless. It was much needed chill time for this lady right here. Last week wiped me out!


Thanks Magen for the recommendation. This show literally sucked me into the deep dark hole that is the great TV binge. If it wasn't completely unhealthy to remain shut in a dark room watching TV, I would have accomplished nothing else all weekend long.

Sunday, I got out for a little while to hit up the gym, run some errands, and attend one of my closest friend's baby shower! Totally in control of my life. It certainly feels like I am surrounded by pregnant women these days, we are traveling in packs. Anywho, Claire and I met 9 ish years ago, holy smokes that's a lot of time, when we were working at the same tanning salon in college, and have remained friends ever since. It's totally coincidental that we are both expecting our first baby 3 weeks apart, both of us having boys. Couldn't have planned it better if we'd tried! 


She looks positively radiant! It was such a lovely shower and so fun to see so many ladies I hadn't seen in a long time. A treasure trove of baby knowledge this event was. I feel overwhelmed with so many baby products and what is or is not a necessity. I am an only child, and truth be told, I haven't spent any significant time around an infant, hence, some of my questions have questions, I've been really fortunate to have others to lean on for guidance. At the shower, we were asked to give Mom advice and that's when it hit me just how out of my element I will be with this precious new baby. My advice for Claire was, "When in doubt, call me and we'll cry it out" Which I do feel like is solid advice. We'll both be up a lot at 3am. I've always learned best when thrown in the pool and forced to swim. Ready or not!

In other news, I find myself feeling less "fluffy" post holidays with my nutrition back in balance and less chocolate with a side of potatoes. This development has been a huge relief to me. Honestly, I feared I was going to feel busted from Christmas on out to delivery, but I'm feeling like myself again. Myself with a basket ball attached to my front.


Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my reflection and it startles me. Like whoa there's a pregnant lady looking back at me. As much as I felt time crawled in the beginning, I feel like time is almost flying now. Suddenly April 1st doesn't seem too far away....


Weekly Gym Goals

Monday:
30 Minutes Stair Master
Strength

Tuesday:
40 Minutes Elliptical
Strength

Wednesday:
Total Body Circuit

Thursday:
30 Minutes Stair Master
Strength

Friday:
Treadmill Incline Walk/ Run
Strength

Saturday:
Total Body Circuit

Sunday:
Rest

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Friday, January 15, 2016

TGIF - There's No Place Like Home

TIGF!!! This week was a doozie for me, super busy start to finish. I got back home Thursday evening from my last business trip before my chicklet arrives this Spring. I left town early Tuesday morning, which means I planned this blog week out ahead of time. Toot toot beep beep! 

Pregnant traveling was logistically pretty challenging. It's not as simple for me as it once was to balance heavy bags and hustle through the air port. I try to condense all of my clothing and toiletry items into a carry on so I roll from place to place easily and maximize my work time. I try not to check  a bag in general (unless it's vacay), it seems things are easily misplaced these days. I don't carry a purse, so I put all of my "purse" essential items in my computer bag. My growing belly has made things awkward for me. Trying to balance my computer bag across my front (hint: the belly is hard so the bag bounces back), pulling my rolling suit case behind me, making my way down an airplane isle, while simultaneously trying not to be that asshole who hits everyone already sitting in an isle seat with their carry-on, was EXTRA challenging. Stowing a suit case in an over head compartment, balancing a heavy lap top bag, on a packed airplane, let's just say I am quite happy to grounded. 

It's all fun and selfies until those feet start to swell.

29 Weeks
This was probably the hardest travel trip I have ever experienced, and traveling is usually something I enjoy doing. I LOVE to travel. I love going new places and meeting new people. Ordinarily, I enjoy a layover or a small delay. Sitting down and ordering a crisp salad with a glass of vino, knocking out a little work, and visiting with other travelers, it all just seems quite glamorous! Well, I am definitely feeling like a pregnant lady. Flying did not feel glamorous. Give me some cold water, trail mix, a chair, and like five minutes to prop up my swelling feet. Peace and blessings!



All that said, the stars aligned, and on the last leg of my trip home, I was bumped up to first class!! Oh all my gees I was so excited! This has literally never happened to me in my life. I had to text Nick, "check out all this leg room that I have!"

#firstclasslyfe
Health & fitness wise, this week feels like a complete wash. I missed work outs on Tuesday & Wednesday, though MFP calculated I walked over 2.5 miles each day. I did wake up and put in a work out Thursday morning before work. I was feeling like a giant slug so I had to do something. I tried to make healthy choices while traveling and on Wednesday and Thursday, I did well. 

Total honesty, Tuesday got the best of me. We were delayed three hours from the start. scarfed down lunch during a five minute layover in the airport, I had a fruit and yogurt parfait, arrived at out destination and got straight to work. Finally made time for dinner around 7:00pm, and I found myself at Sonic ordering a chili cheese coney with a side of mozzarella sticks. I regret nothing. 

Any who, since I didn't post a plan on Monday- here's how this week is going down:

Monday: 
30 minutes Stair Master
Strength

Tuesday:
Travel & Sonic
Gummy bears for dessert

Wednesday:
Lots of walking, and no dessert

Thursday:
35 Minutes Elliptical
Strength

Friday:
30 Minutes Stair Master
Strength

Saturday:
Incline Walk/ Run
Strength

Sunday:
30 Minutes Stair Master
Strength

I am so happy to be home. Nick has never looked so handsome and my puppies have never cuddled so hard. That there Dorothy was onto something!

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