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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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Motivation in the country with no gym?

This is a problem I may be encountering in the future. I may be moving outside the city where the closest gym is about 30 km away and I will have no car and to bike that with a baby…might as well be the workout itself!

I was spending a lot of time thinking about whether I wanted to make this move or not. I grew up in a small town in the middle of no where, but it was still a town, so you could still walk to the grocery store and go to the gym when it was open (which was only certain very small alloted times during the day), and it was mostly convenient if you didn’t have a car. I had a bike so it wasn’t really a big deal. However, that’s much different than actually living far from… anything, the closest Superstore is where the closest gym is, and so are any other errand necessity places. How does this tie in with my motivation?

I’ve never had the motivation to work out at home, I hate working out at home, first off I usually can never get the motivation to do so, second of all there’s no iron around to inspire me to pick it up, no other people there to help you get into the zone.

I can’t run much because of my constant knee problems and also: I don’t have money to go see an osteopath to get the problem sorted out, what am I going to do in the winter time: snow, cardio? The place I’d be moving into doesn’t have high enough ceiling to skip and purchasing a spin bike for indoors…well space is limited and that’s a bit more than I’d want to spend though not totally out of the question. How do I keep myself motivated to workout 3-4x/week?

These are the ideas I have so far for motivating myself in terms of making my fitness goals realistic:

– Figure out to see an osteopath to get back into running, we will be living by the water and there won’t be as much pavement so I could always try, I’m sure I could find a neighbour who is into running and needs just as much motivation as I do. Either that or cycling, there’s lots of hills, cycling to and from peggys cove when the weather permits could always be a fun ride!

– Definitely buying a TRX, those things are amazing and they don’t require an insane amount of space. In terms of using it.. I’m definitely going to have to have inspiring images around me to make sure that I keep focused and set aside a time, perhaps with Paul so that we both can motivate each other.

– When I come into the city on the weekends, make sure I lift weights both days and then perhaps during the week I can make it in once to do that extra weight workout.

– Volunteering at the gym in the evenings( when the car would be available to me) to teach a class like spin or do a more weight lifting like class like bodypump (nearest gym is a goodlife) so that it helps me keep tabs on myself and forces me to maintain.

– Who knows, I could probably easily start up a bootcamp out that way, in a rather semi deserted area like that I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d be starving for motivation, so why not give others the opportunity to workout? I’d have to buy some extra insurance but that’s not a big deal.

Is anyone else in this same position? Any ideas, tips or comments you’d like to share? I’d like to hear what other people think. 🙂

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TRX baby!

Well I used the TRX today and I thought I would post about it because it is FREAKIN AMAZING!!

Alright! So who here has used one? (Doesn’t see any raised hands) This piece of equipment is my new favourite piece of equipment, oh don’t worry I love weights but this little yellow and black strap looking item works it like you’ve never experienced your muscles worked before! It’s basically like rings for gymnastics, but with some body part on the floor to stabilize, increase or decrease the difficulty of the exercise.

You can work any muscle group with the TRX, abs, chest, legs, biceps, triceps, lats, it’s awesome. Have I mentioned that yet? Okay more about why it’s awesome.

It can be used at home, you can buy the anchor for it to attach to your ceiling or your door.

It is excellent for beginners and also for elite athletes.

If you wanted to get more bang for your buck in terms of working as many muscles as you can at once, this is your guy! Because you are essentially “hanging” you have to use other muscles other than the primary users to stabilize your body, this is also a huge part for your core which means you get a better core work out!

You adjust how difficult the exercise is, the more standing you are (depending on the exercise) the easier it is, the more parallel to the floor you are, the more difficult an exercise becomes. However some things like squats aren’t very adjustable (I could be mistaken but this is my experience..). It is essential that you trust the TRX, if you have it set up properly you need to trust that you aren’t going to fall flat on your face on the floor (just make sure the exercise isn’t too difficult for you), work with gravity and you will defo be sore!

Here’s a neat article on the Globe and Mail on TRX

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the TRX website, you can buy instructional DVD’s, don’t use the TRX without first having an instructional DVD or an experienced person with you to show you how to use it. Proper setup is essential to safety. Use it at the gym first before using it at home. They run at $189.00 US, I am thinking of buying one for myself because heck! Take it to the playground on the weekend, *happy dance* ahhhh yeahh!!

I think I’m going to do more workouts with the TRX, I haven’t lifted weights in a while and I feel like this is a good gradual to getting back into the swing of things being preggo. It’s friendly and I don’t need a whole lot of space, just my corner near the pull up rack in the gym, with a swiss ball and as skipping rope. =D Happiness!


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