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Why I haven’t been blogging for the past year

Yes, my blog has been inactive for the past year, and it has been somewhat intentional.

I got pregnant (unplanned) last November. It rocked my world, at the time it didn’t seem like a positive rocking. I was still in the process of losing the baby weight from baby #1, and I had everything worked out, I was going back to work the next April. I work in the fitness industry and to know that I wouldn’t be my slim self again really hurt my ego. Basically, this unplanned pregnancy took all my planning and threw it out the window.  It also challenged me in so many ways, ways I am so grateful for now, it taught me to be grateful, grateful for what you have in life: fertility, health. It also brought out good traits of my personality I didn’t know exist in me, strength I didn’t know that I had, will power that I didn’t know I could harness, etc etc. This is my post sharing with you all what my journey has been like.

(I should mention that this period of time also brought out really negative aspects of my personality that I had to deal with and really try to not let take over me. It was hard!)

When I got pregnant, I was on the Ketogenic diet, which was really hard, but it was producing the results I wanted. I was also starving all.the.freaking.time. it was so annoying, and it wasn’t a pregnancy thing because I was experiencing that before I got pregnant. I continued on the ketogenic diet for a few months until about January when I felt that it probably wasn’t so healthy for the baby, after which I felt lost nutrition wise. Because I hadn’t lost all the baby weight from baby#1 (I was about 20 pounds away) I knew that I could not gain much weight with this baby. That meant more exercise than the previous pregnancy and a very different diet. Then I found paleo, I had been reading up on paleo before I got pregnant, I had been exposed to it but I didn’t know if I wanted to completely eliminate grains. Well, it ended up fitting my cravings and hunger extremely well. Not only did my energy INCREASE more while pregnant, I was overall much more satisfied and my weight and my gain ended up totaling roughly 22-24 pounds by the time I gave birth.

39 weeks.

January rolled around, and our finances were so tight, we went through a 2 week period with little to no food, I was starving, and I understood how homeless people felt. I would look at people in restaurants and be envious that they had food, and that they had money to pay for food, I would go by the grocery store just drooling for anything in there to eat. It was bad, luckily enough it only lasted about 2 weeks and things got better. In that period of time I was praying that my baby was okay, and that I was strong enough to keep the baby healthy despite lack of food. In addition to going through a starvation period, we decided to make some drastic life changes. My husband was going to return to the US (where he’s from) to work and I would stay in Canada, work till I gave birth, and my son would stay with my parents(two hours away from me) as we couldn’t afford daycare. I would visit on the weekends.

We moved February 1st, in the winter, it was freezing and we were exhausted and I was still in my first trimester.  I moved into a shoebox apartment without a kitchen, just some small appliances to get me by. My husband left a week later.  I ended up working shortly after that because we needed the money (So instead of 12 months of mat leave, I only took 10).  Those first few months of being separated from my husband and my son were the hardest things I have ever experienced in my life. Needless to say, I hit rock bottom. I have never hit rock bottom before in my life. It could have been a mixture of pregnancy hormones and loneliness but I remember bawling my eyes out in my apartment wondering wtf was happening in my life and not knowing what was going to come of it. Finances were SOO tight, I counted every single penny (until it got phased out in Canada, lol), every dollar and pinched everywhere I could. It led me to start reading finance books and in the span of 8 months I have really smartened up my finances and have a plan to pay off all debt by the end of 2014 or soon after.

Things got somewhat better, I developed some new hobbies, and focused more on educating myself. It was the only thing I could do spending my lonely evenings by myself and the weekends I couldn’t make it to visit my son (as gas is pretty expensive.) I went to the library a lot, did a lot of reading, tried to prepare myself as much as possible for childbirth in a more educational way. Finally around end of June my nesting hit and I realized I would have a baby soon. In this time period I was working out 5 days a week, weight lifting 3 of those sessions and walking the other two. I continued my ab workouts until my 3rd trimester. My weights remained heavy right up until the end of my pregnancy. The last workout I had before I gave birth was a leg workout that involved squats and lunges. I monitored my intensity via my HR monitor.

I gave birth on August 19th to my son, it lasted 4 hours and baby came out on the 2nd push. Overall it was 50% less painful than my first baby. I couldn’t believe it, A week after I gave birth I moved from my shoebox apartment to my parents house. I was exhausted and in this time I was also trying to increase my milk supply by doing everything under the sun to increase it and also not be stressed out while having to move and not lift too heavy items.

Yes at this point my husband is still away. We are finally all going to be together next week.

In the past months a lot has been going through my mind and the itch to blog again has arisen, I wanted to write this post and get it off my chest.

Basically, we are stronger human beings than we think we are. I know now, that I am strong, and that I can do what I need to do for my family in crazy circumstances should they arise. This has been the hardest thing I have done in my life, the past 8 months. I do not wish it on anyone, but man did it shape me. I am stronger, more educated (about myself and other things), more patient and realize that we, as humans have SO much to be grateful for. I have a new outlook on life, it could be worse. Everyone’s situation could be worse. It’s all a matter of perspective. I consider that to be the greatest gift (other than my baby) during this rough period.

I’ll be posting quite a bit more, in reference to things I have learned physically and fitness wise during my pregnancy that I hope will help all those who follow my blog for fitness/nutrition help! 🙂

I should also mention that towards the end of our separation we have received SO many blessings and signs pointing that this whole decision we made for our family has been worth it!

My son born August 19th.

My son born August 19th.

More to come in the next few weeks.

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Simmering thoughts on pregnancy

I think about being pregnant a lot, like, a lot. No, I’m not weird, okay maybe I am, but I feel like all the time that I am not pregnant, I have to use preparing myself for pregnancy. It might seem a bit strange as usually a person spends more time not being pregnant than being pregnant. I’ll explain my reasons for this.

When I was pregnant I was terrified of gaining too much weight, well those fears came true, I gained too much weight. When you have all these new hormones surfing through your body, your normal thought process, will power, brain, pretty much normal everything is out the window so I found for me, I couldn’t process my thoughts normally. Instead I just freaked out for the 1st trimester that I was gaining too much (over the recommended amount for 1st trimester weight). I had some people tell me “well, you want to enjoy your pregnancy don’t you? So don’t worry about cravings or about what you eat.” I wish I had not given into that mentality, I regret it to this day. I don’t, however, regret my pregnancy, or the whole experience.

I realized last night, while I was laying in bed that there is no right or wrong way with pregnancy when it comes to weight, cravings, etc etc. Every woman is different and really you should listen to your OWN advice, not someone elses.

I remember talking to a friend back home when I was pregnant, she (she’s much older, 60’s, early 70’s) asked me how I was dealing with my cravings, I told her I was trying to enjoy them but watching my weight and she said that when she was pregnant (which would have been in the 1960’s, 1970’s), her doctor was very strict with her, told her to watch her weight, be very careful about what she ate. So she said it wasn’t easy, it was hard work. Well I didn’t like the sound of that, who likes the sound of “hard work” especially when you’re already pregnant and “enjoying” (eating your cravings) your pregnancy.

For some women, they can eat whatever they want and they will only gain in their belly (which is just baby growing and not excess fat on the mother) and return back to their normal weight after giving birth. For some women, their whole world gets turned upside down and they gain too much weight to never (yet) return back to their normal body weight after birth.

For me, I gain weight everywhere and I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, I am ashamed of it, embarrassed because I am a personal trainer and I am supposed to be an example to those around me, yet I have proven that I am just human… BUT, this is why I spend so much time thinking about my next pregnancy. For me I see it as a battle and for some women it is, it’s a battle with your hormones (when it comes to food).

Every time I have a craving, I think of my pregnancy.

Every time I’m exhausted and I don’t feel like working out, I think of my pregnancy.

Every time I feel lethargic and I just want to sleep, I think of my pregnancy.

Every time I feel like slacking off in my workout, I think of my pregnancy.

Every time I am tempted to just “take it easy” and let go of my eating habits, I think of my pregnancy.

Mentally I am guarding myself against those emotional and hormones that will surge my body when I become pregnant.

Now, pregnancy is a WONDERFUL thing, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be all depressed about being pregnant here, but it’s not all butterflies and happiness as I thought it would be before I got pregnant. It’s difficult, and some women have vomiting the whole 9 months, it’s not to scare you. I am actually looking forward to the next time I get pregnant ( in due time of course)!

All of these preparations are in relation to food by the way. All the other cravings during pregnancy and all the other little things that come with it are great! (Unless you have morning sickness? lol) I say this because food was my weakness during pregnancy, when I should have been fueling my baby with healthy, high energy, power food. I was eating mostly crap, thank goodness my son turned out okay though and is still as gorgeous as ever! =D

I am also not happy with my doctor, when I was over 40 lbs gained he didn’t say anything to me about my weight, I’m sure he was probably scared of what my reaction would be. I mean, you don’t want to make a pregnant woman mad, but I really wish he would have been more strict. I blame that to today’s society where a doctor won’t say anything to an overweight kid about his weight. Had this been 40 years ago, I’m sure the doctor would have said something. So instead, I have to keep myself liable.

Here is how I am planning on keeping track of my weight and eating for the next pregnancy:

1. Take pictures every week. Pictures help SOOO much when it comes to weight, see where you’re gaining (because that really helps tell you whether you’re gaining too much. I gained in my legs and arms and shoulders, places where I should not have been expanding)

2. Take measurements of areas that you shouldn’t be expanding: arms, shoulders, butt, legs. If you gain a bit not a big deal, but if you see like a 2-5 inch increase, that’s a warning sign!

3. Food log, – SOOOO IMPORTANT. This really helps you see the types of food that you eat, not so much how much you’re eating because eating a lot isn’t a big deal, as long as its good quality high nutrient dense food!

4. Get someone else to go grocery shopping. Seriously, I think this is key, it’s so easy when you’re pregnant to just get whatever you want or whatever you are craving, ah no. Not good.

5. Husband is on the same page and doesn’t get terrified of your emotional breakdowns because you can’t have what you’re craving. Kind of key…. just talk it over…

I might sound like I’m stupid anal about pregnancy, or maybe I should just “relax”. Sorry to people who think that way but like I said earlier, for some women, they have to work during their pregnancy, in the end it will make you happier and your family happier. I can’t tell you how many days I get depressed about my weight and how it affects my husband. My poor husband, he has to constantly encourage me and compliment me so I don’t get entirely suicidal (okay I’m not quite that bad).

Just trying to help all the other ladies out there who have struggled with gaining too much weight during pregnancy and want some help in monitoring it for the future babies! 🙂

Now I will go cuddle my son. (sigh) I love cuddles!

 

(Side note, here’s a neat article I found that is inspiring! http://www.fitnessatlantic.com/fit-pregnancy.htm)

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Life’s hard work and how to face it

When you become a parent, you realize how easy your life was before you had kids. Even in college life was easier (and I went through a hell program, literally), I could sleep in on the weekends, sure I had to study and maybe I had to work, but I could do things independently. (I’m not complaining here, I’m just stating some facts)
Now that I’m married and have a son, I think back to all the things I could have accomplished while single but never did because I didn’t think I could or because I didn’t have the time. How wrong was I! I thought eating healthier wasn’t possible because I was already eating healthy, I thought that I couldn’t lose more weight or get more toned, that I had just plateaued. Boy oh boy, have I surprised myself now! Now that Richard (my son) is born, I have more motivation, more determination and more desire to improve my life, to better myself. I eat cleaner than I thought was ever possible, I push through my workouts like I have never before and somehow I manage to have a hobby of organizing things even with a newborn around? Who thought this was possible?!! It’s amazing, really.

Not exactly what I wanted to say but now I will continue.

Through my facebook and other groups that I like, I see women (especially) who strive to make their bodies look a certain way, which is awesome and props from me! Yet at times I wonder how they can get to a certain age (30’s, 40’s) and not have the desire, or put their desire to have a family below their desire to achieve new things  in the way they look. I feel sorry for them, mainly because how your body looks doesn’t last. Sure you can look ripped at 70, but when you get to that age, is that what you will be grateful for? What have you left behind, do you have children or grandchildren you can enjoy your healthy age with?

I see women who are young, (20’s) that achieve these same body looks (ripped) yet what happens to them once they hit a bump in the road? Real life stresses, like relationships, marriage, pregnancy? How do you keep your healthy life on track with all of these? How do you balance finances, housing, food, loans, sickness and still keep your head up when all of these happen? I can definitely say that that ripped body isn’t going to be there throughout all of that and hopefully depression won’t ensue as a result.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if your goal is to “eat clean”(extreme dieting) and follow a regimented schedule for your ripped body 24/7 and that is your goal for the rest of your life, I hate to break it to you, but that is not living and not even possible (long term.) Having a healthy body is key, and essential to enjoying your life, but tipping the scale so far in the other direction isn’t good. I’ve seen “success” stories of mothers that have had 2 kids, gained lots of weight during pregnancy, lose the weight then go on to be do figure competitions and end up becoming a figure model. Sure, that’s fine, but is that realistic? I definitely would not want to have that lifestyle especially for my kids, I don’t want them growing up thinking that in order to have a healthy lifestyle you have to be ripped. Um, no. Sure is being toned a cherry on top? yeah! By all means, that’s my goal now but I realize that once I get pregnant again I won’t look like that, now I’m not saying one has to get fat when pregnant but keep the balance people! Just like pregnancy is not an excuse to go out and eat whatever the flip you want.

I think as mothers, we have it all. People think our lives have ended because we have chosen to give birth and procreate, but how wrong are they! Since I have become a mother I have learned that I have a will power which I never knew existed before. We have the ability to challenge ourselves in ways that other people do not, but we also have our own little cheerleaders: our children. We have the challenge to work around how many different schedules, to tackle sickness in the house and still keep everyone’s heads up. We have laundry to do, souls and personalities to build yet while at the same time taking care of ourselves, our health, the health of our family. We are a rock in which we must water, to grow and grow. The longer you are a mother, the more of a winner you are in my opinion. Our role in life is so unique and so amazing, to be able to inspire our children through our lifestyles, through our desire to be healthy, to be spiritual and to be good. Our children see this, and it is so important!

My message to all mums out there: Take care of yourself, because your kids will one day look back and say” How on earth did she do that?!And still take care of all of us?” You will be the champion and you will be grateful for it! We have the upper hand in my opinion, and how awesome is that!

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12 months is not a lot of time

Not many of you are aware of my “fitness” situation postpartum, so instead of seeing me as this overly anal pregnant nut who’s severely worried about her after baby fitness: there’s actually a reason I’m like that! Other than because I’m enthusiastic about  being fit.

It is mandatory for me to return to work in a year’s time (so next April) and in order for me to keep my job I have to maintain a fitness level. Now, the fitness level I have to maintain really isn’t that big of a deal, run 5.5 on the beep test, 9 pushups and a decent amount of situps, as well as a grip strength. It’s kind of a joke in our job how easy that is, yet it’s amazing how many women can’t do 9 consecutive pushups after a 5.5 minute run, not only that BUT to do that 12 months after having your core ripped out of you almost literally through giving birth.

So, 12 months really isn’t that much time!

It took me 4 months to be able to perform 2 perfect “military” style pushups, so 12 months is going to be a challenge to keep my standard up in terms of performing 9+. Hence the importance of start a training regime asap.

Within the year not only do I need to prepare for my fitness test once getting back to work, but I am also going to participate in a power lifting competition. I want to do something different, and I also want to become more familiar with the major essential exercises in the fitness industry, my coworker is going to guide me in this area and well, it’ll be fun! It will also help me re build my core strength as those functional lifts (dead lift, bench press, squat etc) require a decent amount of core strength!

Now some of you might think that with this mentality I have going on that I’m not even thinking about how awesome the time is going to be with my baby after he/she is born, quite the contrary! I am super excited for this new phase in my life, a little bit anxious but definitely excited. I am excited to meet this new person that God has graciously given my husband and I. I look forward to being able to work out with my child, something a lot of parents don’t realize that they can do. If you have time to go on facebook while you’re at home, you can workout while keeping a good eye on your children at home too.

I already have this idea of my husband doing pushups and the children (a few years down the road!) crawling on top of him for a fun ride while he’s performing his pushups, now THAT is awesome. Makes it more challenging for him and also more fun for the kids! There’s so many ways to incorporate your children into making it a game for them while you’re still getting a workout at the same time. Mind you this can only be done with limited equipment at home. For the serious weight lifters, well, mum and dad will have to do a split shift in order for that to happen!

My point is, it’s all where your priorities lie, if you’re not willing to spend less time on the computer then don’t complain about not being able to workout or lose your post baby fat after the baby is born. Make wise food choices, I’m sure I will be tired as hell after the baby is born, I’m not going to get a straight nights sleep, I’m going to be cranky, but exercise is a stress reliever, doesn’t matter how much or how long, or how intense(or low key) it is, just get’er done!

Check out this site for a few ideas for working out with your children at their different ages:

Workout ideas for working out with your children

 

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37 weeks

*hangs head in shame* I’ve been neglecting my blog, I am sorry to all those who were previously enjoying reading my posts!! I’ve had a few people lately mention my blog so I figured since I am now off work, I would start up posting since I have more time… well, until the baby is born at least and then we will see how often I can update!

I am currently 37 weeks along in my pregnancy and I am ashamed to say that I have gained more weight (wayyy moooore) than I am “supposed” to or would have liked to. When looking back I was doing good in the 2nd trimester for weight, and then towards the end (so around Christmas) my energy took a HUGE dip, and well because it was Christmas, I definitely gained quite a bit, which at the time I didn’t really think about. I mean, I wasn’t weighing myself at home because that’s terrifying and I honestly didn’t want to get stuck on a number (I’ve had issues with that in the past). And now I am dealing with the consequences.

I have a ton of stretch marks, which I think have been more numerous due to my extra weight gain (but hey, some women just get a ton anyways, we are the chosen ones?), and my legs are SOO huge it’s unreal, I don’t even like touching my knees because I feel the fat around them. Paul says I’m too negative and I shouldn’t be thinking about that. I mean, my blood pressure has stayed normal: 110/60, and I haven’t developed gestational diabetes or anything like that. I have had zero complications during this pregnancy, no major side effects like puking or anything, so what do I have to complain about? Baby is perfectly healthy so really I guess I’m just being selfish. *slap’s wrist*

On another note, post baby training is looming ahead of me (in a good way!) When the doctor weighed me last week I almost had a meltdown and changed the way I was eating, I became much more strict with myself (no, I’m not starving my baby), and started to think a bit more (even though I’ve already thought about my training after baby very thoroughly!) about how and what I am going to be able to do and how soon after etc. etc.

I can’t really predict when I’m going to be able to start training, I’d like to be able to start a week after, it really depends on whether I have a natural vaginal delivery or a c-section, if baby is all healthy and I do have a natural delivery then I plan on starting roughly a week after. I know, I know, the medical profession says you can’t or should not exercise after giving birth for 4-6 weeks after the baby is born, but um…. walking? Pelvic floor exercises? Very light light weights, I mean, the baby weighs a good amount of pounds, how about some endurance reps with light weight? Coming from a somewhat trained body, and just in this last trimester not being able to lift weights has been KILLING MEEEE!!!!!!

So, needless to say, at this point, I want the baby out of me so I can go for a jog, right now I would  jog, except I’m pretty sure my hips would seize up and then my pelvis wouldn’t be as open to deliver the baby, so that would be a stupid decision. However, that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it about 3 times a day. I’m the type of person who gets VERY claustrophobic when I get overweight, I have been really good up until this point of not really worrying about it, but now I’m cracking that whip on myself, once this baby is here, every time I look in that mirror, I’m gonna tackle my ass like there’s no tomorrow, Deadlifts, lunges and squats and I are gonna be SO tight you won’t hear me talk about anything else!

This my friends, is my weapon of choice after the baby is born. I haven’t gotten it yet due to tight finances, but trust me, in the next few weeks I’m sure I’ll have a picture of it up on my blog about how excited I am that I have it!!

I have chosen the TRX because I know for the first 4-6 weeks post postpartum I will not want to leave my baby’s side, which means working out at home to amuse my baby. Not only that but I am gonna attack my core like no tomorrow because that is the most abused part of my body going through pregnancy. In addition to that, I have had previous back issues and I do not want to let them get a hold of me or get worse as a result of pregnancy. The TRX is perfect for the core, it utilizes it in Every.Single.Exercise. Shazamm!!!! It’s gonna be hard at the beginning, and I know I am going to compare my lack of strength to the strength I had pre pregnancy, but thank goodness for MUSCLE MEMORY!! Whew. Just typing all of this up is making me ridiculously excited.

I am going to be working on my resume this week because also after 6 weeks post postpartum I am volunteering at the closest Goodlife to teach spin classes (1x/week) cause I want to keep myself liable and um, I need more experience teaching spin, I love spin to death, it’s really a shame, I get way too excited teaching the classes, already I’m putting music together thinking it would be great for x y z  exercise on the bike. WHEEE!! So hopefully they won’t say no to a volunteer crazy enthused postpartum spin instructor mummy?!

Spring is also upon arrival, which is giving me CRAZY excitement to workout, my husband is also crazy excited because he hates working out at a gym (how weird is that? I LOVE gyms!) so he’s excited to workout with me at home, he’s excited to learn from me, so that’s great! He will also keep me liable because he’s gonna want to learn and get rid of his pregnancy flab (I call it that because he’s gained a bit of weight while I’ve been pregnant too! LOL, stupid cravings).

I mean, even if it does rain half the spring time, I’m loading up on those rain covers for strollers cause I have a rain suit, and yeah, the baby is coming with me outside in the rain, for a walk or a jog.

Regarding nutrition, I had forgotten I had mentioned nutrition above and that I had recently changed the way I was eating. Well, I’ve cut out peanut butter (which I was not eating a whole lot of before but probably more than i should), switched to almond butter, or I’m going to make my own chia butter soon. I’ve also cut out butter (was having that kind of regularly on bread and such). Cut out baking fun gluten free goods: chocolate banana chunk muffins with peanut butter icing?!! Who does that!?! Me… d’oh, amongst other things like carrot cake, gluten free biscuits, chocolate cake, blah blah. Things I shouldn’t be eating, well no more am I making them. I’m glad I had the experience so now when company does come over I know I can make them, but yeah, not helpful to my waistline pregnant or not pregnant.

I’ve incorporated a spinach smoothie into my regular daily intake of vegetables, it’s so easy and so flipping yummy I don’t know why I didn’t take it earlier. I’ve also been eating a salad as one of my main meals, with some protein and fibre (flax, or brown rice or quinoa), makes me feel psychologically better about myself. In my other main meals I’ve downsized my portion of starchy carbs I’ve been eating to roughly 1/4 cup and the rest is vegetables and protein.

For snacks I’ve been having a fibre (buckwheat bread or gluten free cereal) mixed with a protein (goat yogurt or tofu mousse) and some fruit. I’ve also been limiting the amount of fruit I’m eating, just because fruit has a higher glycemic index and right now I’m trying to regulate my blood sugar as much as possible. I am thinking of possibly getting some protein this week so I can incorporate those into my yogurts and mousse because right now… I’m STILL not getting enough protein (crazy) as my baby is getting to the final stages of entrance into the world. And also because eating so many times through the day is really really hard and I’m running out of ideas so I want items that hold me a bit better. I’m used to eating roughly 5-6 times, but lately it’s been 7-8-9 and looking at my food journal kills me to see that I’ve been eating so much!

Oh, yeah, food journal, EXCELLENT way of keeping track of your eating, it’s helped me huge to see how many vegetables I’ve been having and how many servings of what I call “sugar” so I don’t eat to much of that awful addicting stuff, and also my starchy carbs. It also helps me see how much water I have taken in, whether i need to take in more, etc.

I’ve been writing this post for over an hour, I think I will stop. I mean I can’t share all the goodness all at once?!!  Tomorrow I will talk more about… my periodized plan for postpartum training!!

Have a good day everyone while I go outside and try to walk for a decent amount of time: aka waddle around till my hips and bladder can no longer handle it.

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Long overdue with a lot of new info

I apologize to all my readers for the lack of absence in the past two months, there really is no good reason as to why I haven’t been updating. A lot has changed in the past 2 months  that’s all I can say.

In the past 2 months I’ve:

– Progressed in my pregnancy, obviously!

– Haven transitioned from weight training to less weight training and more swimming/core work.

– Started up a knitting business to produce a little extra money on the side

 – Moved to a new home

– Now in my 3rd trimester which means back to being tired all the time!

Luckily enough for me, I can’t complain about my pregnancy, I’ve gained a little too much weight, but right now I really don’t care as I’ve done my best, it’s my first pregnancy and those are usually the hardest. Everything is new to me, nutrition wise especially, now that I’ve hit the 3rd trimester I’ve really started upping my game on nutrition, just eating cleaner in order to prepare for after the baby is born: weight loss, and to be more mentally clear and hopefully less tired.

Okay, okay, real reason, is that at work, I can’t add pictures to my blog, it’s really sad, and really bothers me. Stupid old internet explorer, so in order to get pictures I have to save as a draft and edit and post it at home, which is fine, except my laptop hates me and quit working on me, so using my husbands desktop is less convenient.. by far.

We can survive without a few pictures for a while though right?

I was training pretty heavy with weights there for a bit, most of my whole 2nd trimester, it felt great, I felt strong for where I was at, and then all of a sudden right before Christmas I got really tired (mostly due to all the work I was putting into my knitting business) and then afterwards I didn’t really recover, at that point I was about 26-27 weeks and then the tiredness really started kicking in. Currently if I swim for 20 mins in the day, I’m pretty much useless for the rest of the day, it’s hard to work around, if anything I try and walk around a bit during the day or do a lot of cleaning and organizing at home so I’m not a total vegetable, however, it’s definitely difficult!

In addition to being tired, I’ve had insane hip pain, I now feel for seniors who struggle with hip pain everyday in their older age, however mine is due to the pregnancy, which hopefully will go away afterwards. My SI joints are just messed up, in addition to my glutes being too tight, my hips are trying to expand and my glutes are not letting them. I’ve been getting a lot of siatica, so most of the time I’m limping around.

On a completely different note, my knitting business has taken start, my husband encouraged me to do this and I pretty much laughed at him, until the idea simmered in my head, we really needed the extra money and I thought there was no harm in trying really. Since then I’ve established a shop on Etsy which is by far, one of the hardest things to work on. Having an online business is ridiculously hard! I’ve had to learn so many new things, put my trust in God and just let Him take over. If you’re interested check it out: www.etsy.com/shop/BulcherM

I might post about it here and then, but for the most part I’ll keep you up to date on my pregnancy and healthy lifestyle choices and whereabouts.

I am going on maternity leave in a couple months and my equipment goal before I go on it is

– TRX

– Foam roller.

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Hip problems? What?! How! Why?

This was me… 2 months ago,

actually, that was me yesterday, the day before, and the day before that…. this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever had hip problems, or hip pain or experienced any type of serious hindering discomfort in my hips. It started about 2 months ago, I had no idea why, I figured it was related to the pregnancy, and it would come and go… I went to the chiropractor after the first really bothersome pain and it was like magic, he adjusted my hips and I felt soooo much better. Like getting grease on a really really stiff hinge.

The pain however, came back, and then went, and then came back again. At the time I was front squatting once a week and also doing single leg deadlifts once a week… I saw the chiropractor again because the pain came back and he poked around my glutes a bit and did some release in them before he adjusted me, let’s just say his thumb in my lower back hurt like HELL.

Anyways, I went to see my brother last night at his office (he’s a naturopath), I’ve been bugging him about giving me acupuncture just cause… I like acupuncture, sometimes I like it for no reason. Besides the point, I told him I was having some stiffness and pain in my hips so he pokes around my lower back a bit and says I’m wicked tight in my glutes and that’s why I was having so much hip pain. DING!!

I’m such a moron, I never put two and two together. My brother then asked me what I had been working on in my training lately, I said I was doing TRX assisted pistol squats and also single leg deadlifts per week.

Brother: “Miriam, are you stretching your glutes?”

Me:  “Um, well I foam roll once a week on my glutes”

Brother: ” Do you stretch outside of foam rolling?”

Me: *awaiting the doomed answer from my brother* “No……”

Brother: “You’re causing your own problems, stretch out your butt and your hip pain will go away dude”

*Bang head against wall* How could I be such an idiot and NOT see that connection between working my ass too much and my hip pain? In addition to the new relaxin hormone surging through opening my hips up. D’oh. Anyways, before this hip pain I was patting myself on the back that if anything, I’d have a nice bum when the baby is born because I’m working my butt so much, well…. I’ve had to tone down my training on my arse a bit… or a lot. Today I foam rolled my butt three times because my hips were giving me so much pain, by the end of the second time I could actually walk without a limp. The foam roller makes me want to cry, I can’t even imagine how much pain a glute massage would give me. Gah, if I had money I would take the responsibility and actually get one. (Runs away in my head from massage therapist)

So, after I smacked myself in the face for a bit, I got down to stretching and foam rolling quite frequently, in fact it’s being regular in doing so that is going to be challenging, and my goal this week is to stretch once a day after some cardio and foam roll. Thank goodness for foam rollers! I need to get me one of those for my house….

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