Monday, February 17, 2014

Favorite Pregnancy Snacks

As a person who generally has a good grasp on her fitness and nutrition, I'll be the first to admit that pregnancy is rough when it comes to cravings. I can't tell you how many times I've had a good lunch planned out and then when it came time to eat, could not stomach the idea of eating what I had originally had in mind. No, my body craved something greasy and carb-loaded instead. While I have given into this craving a time or two, I really have been cognizant about keeping healthy snacks around at home as well as at work. The easier they are to grab and go, the better. Here are some of my favorite snack options for pregnancy {and beyond!}

Apple Slices & Cheese

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Almonds

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Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt & Fresh Berries

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Lowfat Cottage Cheese

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Wasa Crackers and Natural Peanut Butter

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Obviously, you can see my cravings err on the side of dairy and sweet things. So I try to at least have my sweets mostly come from fresh fruit. I know too much dairy is not good, but when you are pregnant, protein is necessary for a healthy fetus, so I don't mind indulging a little on that end for now.

What are your go-to healthy snacks?



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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Favorite Prenatal Workout DVDs

If you're a preggers without a gym membership and looking to find something good to do at home, here are my recommendations for prenatal workout DVDs:


1} Hilaria Baldwin's Fit Mommy-To-Be Prenatal Yoga DVD


I was given the opportunity as a Skinny Mom blogger to review this DVD series and it is a really great one. Feels so nice after a long day of sitting in a desk or chasing kids!


2} Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project


This set gives you nine DVDs - one for each month of gestation and each workout is about 45 minutes. Great for already fit mommies trying to stay in shape during pregnancy.


3} The Bar Method Pregnancy Workout DVD


I love taking barre classes and the moves are very easy to incorporate into pregnancy. I like that this barre DVD is already tailored to pregnancy. This is an ideal form of exercise for keeping trouble areas tone throughout pregnancy.




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Monday, January 6, 2014

Pregnancy Weekly Workout Plan

Happy Monday!

I am happy to report that I did as I said I would and I rejoined my gym on Saturday. In fact, quite possibly as you are reading this, I am at the gym doing Monday's workout listed below. I have to get out the door at 6:30am to get to the gym next to my work by 7:00am, so I am having to wake up an hour earlier now - at 5:30am - but I know it's well worth it.

I've gone ahead and made a template of my weekly workout plan for anyone that may be interested. I plan to stick to this for the rest of the pregnancy. As opposed to non-pregnant workouts, this workout routine is going to be generally the same week-to-week, since as a prego, I'm basically just working to maintain what I can, and not lose weight. Regardless, this is still a good workout plan to follow when not pregnant, the only thing I would suggest is changing it up every couple of weeks, either by incorporating new exercises or adding weight and reps.



It feels so good to be back in the gym...it really helps with the pregnancy fatigue and moodiness and I really hope it makes getting my pre-baby body back a lot easier and a lot quicker.

Happy Workout!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well hello there and happy new year!

Where the heck have I been with this blog? Sheesh! I must be honest, as gung-ho as I sounded about fitness in the beginning of this pregnancy, it still has managed to bite me in the ass. First of all, the holidays are hard enough to avoid weight gain without being pregnant and well, I fell a little off the fitness train between traveling and holiday get-togethers. I just have not been myself.

I even *gasp* quit my gym membership in November! I know...how the heck can I call myself a gym bunny now, right? Well, I quit for reasons other than not using the gym because I certainly was using it. I wanted to get out of my contract because I didn't like the terms and I had already met the contract date. I also started a new job and had found it hard to get to the gym due to pregnancy nausea...I figured I would just rejoin a gym after the baby came and workout at home in the meantime.

Well, that plan failed because I have been lacking motivation in the evenings. I get home around 6pm from work, have to make dinner, get the kids' bedtime routine done and then catch up on housework every evening...which, let's face it, it's tiring enough being pregnant...adding in a late night workout on top of all that just proved to daunting of a task most nights. I really need to get my workouts done first thing in the morning...before pregnancy tiredness kicks in. So what am I doing? Tomorrow I am rejoining the gym...at least I can take advantage of New Year's specials. I will start going before work again. I don't have nausea anymore, so I can manage to eek my way out of bed a tad earlier to get a good workout in.

I can't even look at that weight tracking chart I posted when I first found out I was pregnant because I am way off track! It's depressing. I'm not sure how it's even possible I've gained as much as I have, but there's no turning back now, I just have to roll with it and make good choices this last half of pregnancy. Here's me today at 21 weeks and 1 day:




Looking ripe as ever!

Oh, and if you don't follow along on Style Oyster {and you really should}, you missed my announcement that IT'S A GIRL!

I am so excited {and have a hunch this is the culprit for my extra weight gain - it's true what they say about boys vs. girls in the womb!}

But I can't stress myself out about the weight. I need to just do the best I can, let my body do what it needs to do and know that my fitness-motivated self will take care of the damage when it comes time. I'm already a step ahead as I've ordered Shaun T's Focus T25 program and plan on starting in June. I'm due in May, so I figure I will ease my way back into working out for a month or so and then get started with this intense HIIT workout. I will hit up Insanity after that. My husband is already doing it and I'm jealous I can't join in yet. I have been trying to do at least the warmups with him...but once it gets to all that jumping around, this prego has to bow out.

I do have a set of barre DVDs coming this week and plan to incorporate those into my routine a few times a week for the rest of this pregnancy.




But anyway, that's my update for now. I plan on posting a detailed list of fitness resolutions for the new year next week. Do you have any fitness resolutions?



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Updates on Fitness, Pregnancy & Life

I realize I haven't been over here since I announced my pregnancy pretty much. Going scarce was certainly never my intention with this blog and I plan to pick the pace back up again. If you follow me here, I hope you also follow over at Style Oyster, my lifestyle blog...I've been posting regularly over there as usual, so you can catch up on the goings-on, etc. there.

I'm 12 weeks pregnant tomorrow - so the hiatus may make sense knowing that bit of information. I'm now coming out of the first trimester and starting to feel a bit more like myself (plus a protruding belly) again.

It's definitely hard to write about fitness when you're pregnant. First of all, I can't be all prenatal fitness on here because I'm almost 99.9% sure that not all of my readers are pregnant. I don't want to bore them with info they don't necessarily need right now. Second, even though I've been going to the gym regularly still, I just haven't been feeling motivated and inspired with fitness. I feel I'm more just trying to maintain some fitness and avoiding gaining too much pregnancy weight as opposed to really hitting it hard, or trying new things. And third, as far as diet is concerned...as healthy as I'm trying to be...the first trimester always has me craving carbs to stave off morning sickness and it's a hard battle to win. Between that and my sweet cravings, I have no chance of being 100% health-minded this entire pregnancy.

All of that being said, I'm certainly not throwing in the towel. I make berry protein shakes in the AM, I get my ass to the gym in the mornings before work (which is more than I can say for a lot of pregnant women, or a lot of humans, for that matter), I pack healthy snacks for work and when I have the energy to make a nice family dinner, it's always a healthy meal.

Here is a picture I took of myself yesterday:




For the rest of this pregnancy, my goal is to keep up the gym regimen and watch my eating a little better than the first trimester had me doing. I think now that the nausea is fading out, I won't feel the urgency to just eat "something, ANYTHING" to keep from throwing up or passing out. {Gotta love this stuff, right?}

Being due in May, I know I likely won't be rocking a bikini this coming summer...I found this e-card to be quite appropriate for me:




Haha, there's always the following summer, right? At least I should be ready to kick it into high gear when 5K/10K/Marathon season kicks up a notch in the fall. I definitely plan on getting that half marathon under my belt next year...



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Project: Fit Pregnancy

I am DETERMINED to have an ultra-fit pregnancy this time around...not to say that I went completely overboard with the other two...I gained 30 lbs with Tanner, and 45 lbs with Breckin {but ended at the same exact weight at the end of each pregnancy - do the math}. However, I recall letting myself have a lot of things "just because I was pregnant"...things that weren't beneficial to baby...just beneficial to my sweet tooth, such as slurpees {hey, the summers are HOT here!}, Skittles, ice cream, etc...you know...just extra empty calories.

But, let's get real y'all. I'm 30. This is my 3rd pregnancy. I may not bounce back as easily. In fact, I remember struggling a bit more after the 2nd than with the 1st. I made it, but I struggled. I don't want to struggle to lose unnecessary weight that could be avoided in the first place.

Here is a pregnancy weight tracker chart for week by week based on my starting weight:


Of course, I would love to stay in the minimum range...but the average range would be OK too. I'm 5 weeks along today and as of this morning on our new digital scale, I weigh 145.6, which puts me right on track.

I'm being careful this time to plan my meals so I don't just grab something like fast food in a pregnancy craving/starving frenzy. I'm eating a lot of protein-rich foods, leafy greens, veggies and fruit. Of course getting my calcium through things like skim milk, Greek yogurt and string cheese. And downing the water like crazy...I am trying to get way more than the recommended 8 glasses...more like 12-16! So far, it's helped me stave off cravings...though I know I'm only 5 weeks. 

And lastly, I'm exercising every day. I still hit the gym after I drop the boys off at school and that is the plan for the entire pregnancy. I hope I can maintain doing a lot of what I already do, with just a few minor modifications. Currently, I do 30-40 minutes of cardio, usually on the elliptical since it's easier on the joints, and then I do weight training. I also mix in barre classes a few times a week. Starting next week, I'll be walking the Cooper River Bridge twice a week while my son has his baseball practice nearby. Exercise promotes easier labor and delivery and of course a faster bounce-back postpartum.

I'm not in maternity clothes yet, but I'm waiting for it. Everyone says they show way faster with each pregnancy...I remember showing by like 11 weeks with Breckin! Crazy! I feel my pants get a little tighter in the waist, especially near the end of the day, so I know it's coming. I think maxi skirts and leggings are going to be my best friends. Thank God for fall and winter style!



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Monday, September 9, 2013

Some News...

I apologize for my absence this last couple of weeks. I've still been a loyal "gym bunny" and all...but the blogging has gotten away from me - at least over here. My husband and I actually found out some big news last week:


So yeah...eventually my workouts will have to change...but I do wholeheartedly plan on working out this entire pregnancy - God willing that nothing happens to keep me from it. So far, I've been keeping good with my goal to workout every morning after dropping the kids off to school; before I head to work. 

This next nine months, I plan to post here about fit pregnancy along with regular fitness stuff, so any of you gals that are preggers may benefit from reading!

Anyway, that's all I've got for right now...hope you will follow along with me on this fit pregnancy journey.


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