if only we all felt this way about cardio, hahaha! Chiso had WAY too much fun and was in his own little world on that thing. it’s all good cause i was actually able to focus get a fantastic, #staycaytion workout in while the other 2 bears (Sonny & Dego) snoozed, so win-win. about that workout, here it is, Preggos:
i did 12-15 reps for each exercise, 3 times through. my clients know i looooove me some circuit style training!
weighted plié squats (used: 50 lb kettle bell)
bicep curls w/ twist @ top
deadlifts (narrow & wide stance)
lunges with high row (ea. leg)
walking side squats
stationary lunges (hate these!!!! i did them cause i never do them #TheBurnIsReal but then i wonder why this baby is eating up what little booty i even had, lol)
narrow to wide jump squats (intense plyometric move; modify if needed)
Chiso has been playing Just Dance 2015, 2016, & 2017 all summer long and i am now a lover of Teacher by Nick Jonas (background music).
along with your pregnancy body, your mind must change and grow too. pre-pregnancy, we track changes weekly and applaud our progress toward a specific goal weight or body fat percentage. however, while preggo, even after the greatest of workouts, we check the mirror and are still going/growing in “reverse”! that can be difficult to watch and experience, especially the 1st go round. ultimately we are only pregnant for a split second… it’s only temporary. i have those, “omg. i will NE-VER get back to where i used to be.” moments and days…of course! but DO NOT believe those ran(dumb), hormonal, negative thoughts cause they just aren’t true. YOU are entirely up to change YOU– when the time is right. Lord willing you have plenty of time to get ‘in shape’ and even compete in shows etc., if that’s your thing. sure, i think about competing again all the time…the competitor friends on my timeline keep my desire alive and burning, daily. buuut, that’s just not where my focus is right now. if you don’t bring your mind along with you on this journey it will be a 10 month uphill battle. believe that, mamas. accept, honor, and be amazed by just what the heck your body is doing right now!!! ENJOY these moments and put your very best foot forward at being as healthy as you can for you and baby. dont shy away from taking pictures either like i did for my 1st pregnancy (in 2011, no IG yet anyway) but embrace this process wholeheartedly and trust that there is always something positive to be taken away from and learned from it. my fertility issues keep me focused and grounded; complaining and worrying about every little temporary, physical change is a waste of energy and time (and a slap in God’s face IMO.) crossing that finish line (no matter how you get there) to meet and hold a beautiful baby in your arms is worth every second of this temporary journey. just a needed reminder!
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1 cm dilated celebration pose!
my OB checked me at my most recent visit yesterday aaaaaand, well, i’ll take it.
one is better than zero, right? right! she then reminded me of some natural ways labor can be brought on, but my mom is not out for the Summer until this friday (she’s a teacher) so we will hold off on those for the moment. lol. we are in no rush anyway, seriously.
i have, however, finally start packing my hospital bag.
now that i have a bigger, better (cleaner) bag!
i found this J. J. Cole satchel bag in Babies R Us that caught my eye (and Chiso’s apparently) so i rolled with it. this is my running list so far:
and this is what i have going as of today:
in my bag:
slimming black nursing cami (Target, 22.99)
Odego’s going home fit and extra onesies
car seat + head support
diapers & wipes
and the infant car seat is by the door! currently researching double seated strollers… that would be smart.
i may have very well taken my last Wednesday night Turbo Kickboxing class before Odego gets here… we’ll see what happens!
Q: moms, what did you bring to the hospital that you should have left at home OR that you wish you would have brought with you?
there are a bazillion products i cannot wait to try next month. next month…NEXT MONTH is my show!!!! burnout is not even the word these days. i have been trying to run outside more for my cardio cause even the smell of walking into my gym sometimes makes me sick to my stomach, sad, and a tired, defeated feeling comes over my entire body. yes, all that happens at once! nothing a rest day can’t fix though…i’m definitely waving my white flag and in need of one. i am still learning to listen to my body and not overdo it. over time, i have learned to distinguish the ‘crap i don’t feel like going to the gym’ feeling vs the ‘i have absolutely no energy to lift a THING today’ feeling. there is a huge difference. when the only thing i can take away from my workout is the fact that i can say i went, that’s not good enough. i’m doing more harm than good by forcing my workout rather than just sitting down somewhere, resting, and hitting it hard the next day.i posted this earlier today on IG- another instagrammer mentioned how her abs stay flat even after a satisfying meal and i LOVE that and couldn’t agree more. it’s all from simply keeping your diet clean. before, i’d either be a bloated mess all over or mushy in my midsection from high sodium, sugar, and additives hiding in processed and restaurant foods. my tummy stays the same all day long- flat.
what’s happening this week? finding a SUIT and themewear, that’s what. i have been googling to the high heavens on what colors pop, what shade is best for my skin, etc., aaggggggghhhhhhh!!! my posing coach, Christine, simply said ‘go with your first instinct.’ simple as that. so, i will.
i visited a shop by referral from Christine, grabbed a handful of suits and tried them on. those things are pretty darn tiny. talk about ‘barely there’, my goodness! stepping outside my box, big time.
i am such a BOY with this kind of stuff. there is so much more to be done. hair, nails, waxing, tanning, etc,. this is a pretty darn expensive sport. and i didn’t even mention my training yet! (workouts, meal plan, and FOOD). i discussed with Christine the best portion of the show for me to enter seeing as how i have about 5 weeks left. she advised me to stick with Bikini. so, Figure will just have to wait as i don’t have enough time to put on THAT much muscle. so, if there’s a next time, i’m comin for ya, Figure!!!
so i have said already how excited i am to get back in my kitchen and make and EAT up some stuff. i see new products every day on instagram, blogs, and foodie mags, and i went online and finally ordered a few that sparked my interest and my taste buds! i was supposed to stop looking at these sites before my comp, i know. anyway, i’ll pass on bargain shopping for clothes, but not food! it really is cheaper to order some stuff online. and there are always coupon codes, free shipping, and other deals that help.
via IG (instagram), @powercakes gave out her coupon code for saving 5 dollars on your first www.IHERB.com purchase. SWEET DEAL! i just used mine AND got free shipping since my order was over 20 bucks. now, if September would just get here already i’ll be one happy fit foodie. look what i got:
soups, stir-frys, and spring rolls OH MY!! these are kelp noodles. i loooove thai crystal noodle soup and pretty much all type of soup. and noodles. i have so many ideas for these puppies. and hello, 12 calories per serving! I KNOW!! kelp noodles are raw, gluten-free, fat-free, rice-free, low in carbs & calories, full of minerals and ready to eat. have you tried them?
been hearing SO much about this stuff. what sold me? ‘tastes like cheese’. well we’ll just have to see then, won’t see. after reading reviews, customers raved how great this stuff is sprinkled on air popped popcorn, over soups and stews, and even encrusting proteins in it. i’ll see what i can do.
so splenda’s rep has gotten worse and worse over time. it’s been known to cause/increase the risk of cancer, weight gain, bloating- man too many negative things to name. just red flags everywhere. i actually swore off the stuff a few months ago (Sonny chunked it. all of it.), but i walked past the above pic in HEB and the mocha part sucked me right back in. however Sonny threw it right back out.
then i heard/read about Stevia.
zero cals, non bitter, all natural. i bought the granules from HEB before i discovered there was a liquid form! so, i ordered some.
no sugar alcohols, bitter after-taste, and calorie free. stay tuuuuuuuned.
3 more things- look, i had a lot to say today.
1.) when i visit food blogs, i look for specific things. fantastic, enticing pics draw me in first and foremost, but what i always end up looking for and totally appreciate is nutritional stats!! people can say they don’t count calories all day long…but come on..you have to have SOME kinda ball park figure to make sure you’re staying on track, clean diet or not. SO, one thing i plan to execute after this show is including the nutritional stats to my recipes. sure, there are a crapload of web apps these days that you can just type the ingredients into yourself, but i dont want you to have to work so hard when you come visit me!
2.) although i have no plans to ever fully commit to a 100% paleo, vegan, vegetarian, or even clean diet (only 85% and i meant that), i can’t get enough of their deserts! there are sooooo many ways you can ‘indulge’ and satisfy your sweet tooth without eating the full fat and calorie laden stuff. i am on a mission to create cleaner deserts as well as incorporate more natural, raw ingredients. working on cleaner pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, breads, and pudding recipes all day every day.
3.) i’d tell ya what i’m having for dinner but you already know. 🙄 just got through putting some of my meals together for tomorrow .
i’ll tell you anyway. marinated sirloin steak, french cut green beans, and brown rice. after i nuke one, i add low sodium worcestershire sauce or my mustard, and some fresh cilantro. yum!!
Chiso is keeping busy in the midst of all this madness.
happy friday in advance! nite.
my expectations for carb cycling are pretty darn high, and i was honestly expecting a huge change in my body, instantly. we always want things when we want them!! i really have noticed a few changes after almost two cycles, but i figure i’ll just wait until my next progress update (1 more week) to see the full effect it will have on my body. deal?
oh, and btw- thursday, my 1st high carb day, was pretty darn fab. i purposely took about 45 minutes per meal to eat. NICE AND SLOW. lol. i enjoyed my fruit, and i hit it hard in the gym that evening and worked on my shoulders and a little back.
but now it’s back to another fruit-less three days.
i came across an old Academy Sports and Outdoors ad i did about 3 years ago. yes, my expression looks as if someone just cut the cheese. i don’t know what the heck their selection process is with their pictures, but i was just grateful for the opportunity 😆 . anyway, i brought this up because those were my abs before giving birth.
and these are my abs now.
i admit, i thought my body would change for WORSE after giving birth… i didn’t think it would ever be the same again. women were designed and made for childbirth! treat your body right and it will show you just how AMAZING it can be. even after Chiso has plenty of siblings, i know that i can get right back to where i am with a little hard work and commitment and so can you.
getting there, week by week. did i mention i have 7 weeks left?!