So! The real reason I've been so MIA lately is because I'm pregnant!
I've been sicker than a dog so far with nausea 24/7. No joke. I kinda feel like I'm dying haha. I'm sure (well hoping!) that this awful phase will pass soon because I don't know how much longer I can do this.
I know, I'm kind of a baby about it! When I went to the doctor on my first appointment, I did get a prescription that I think has been helping a little.... but maybe it's all in my head?
Heat and driving make my sickness 100x worse so I've been trying to avoid those if I can.
My eating has been iffy because of some major food aversions so its been a ton of saltines, pretzels, toast and ginger ale. I told myself before I ever got pregnant that I would work my hardest to stay healthy BUT when you can't keep much down and everything (seriously everything) makes me want to gag, you just do what you can. Meat literally makes me want to die still so there hasn't been much protein going on.
I've already gained about 15 pounds since I found out I was pregnant.... which is discouraging. I know that some women gain weight quicker but I want to try my hardest to gain weight slowly (its better for the baby and for mom). I don't want to deal with gestational diabetes or any other crazy things if I can help it. I'll gain as much weight as I need to to keep baby healthy but that also means not gaining too much, too fast!
The first trimester I gained a lot of fluids (I think) because all of my clothes still fit normal. Between weeks 12-16 I gained 4 lbs which is on schedule (1 lb per week is not too bad).
Also, my feet already look swollen and gross! Ugh, not a fan.
As far as workouts go, I'll be doing a DVD by DVD review so you can get a good idea about what might work best for you (if you happen to be pregnant). I've loved Tracy's Pregnancy Project (obvs) but also found that I really like Ballet Beautiful/Ballet Baby. I haven't only doing prenatal workouts, but I have modified them just a bit. I have also tried a couple of circuits from Kayla Itsines or the BBG program... I've figured out that these are way too intense because I puke right after. I'm the freak who doesn't know how to tone down workouts haha. If I'm not dying its not a workout, right?
I'm really excited to be able to blog about my journey! This is my first pregnancy, so I'm sure it will be a huge learning experience but we are so excited with what is in store for the future! I can honestly say that I haven't loved being pregnant so far. I've had a crappy attitude and have been feeling crappy sooooo I can't wait to not be pregnant anymore haha. I'm going to be as real as I can on the blog- who likes fake people anyways? You're going to see my weight and struggles on here, so be ready!
In case you are wondering, we will be having the baby in Denmark (yikes! I'm nervous to be so far from home) so if you have any tips on international baby birthing, send it my way!
Hiiiiiiya! So I promise... this week you'll know why I've been so MIA here on the blog and on Instagram.... its a good excuse I promise! So stay tuned for that goodness.
ALSO- the winner of the giveaway from this past weekend is @jordanisobel. Congrats girl! Please DM me your address so I can mail you your gift card :)
SOOOOO. Now onto the real content here haha. I promise to have some new and exciting/motivating things soon but for now you just a super awesome Biggest Loser-style cool down :) Following a workout, you should ALWAYS bring your heart rate down to normal. Always always always. It helps prevent *venous blood pooling and can help avoid injuries post-workout.
*Venous blood pooling: I am referring to what happens in your lower extremities following exercise- your heart is furiously pumping blood to your muscles to help support the exercise... so when you stop suddenly without a cool down, the muscles aren't contracting as they need to in order to pump the blood back up to the heart. You want/need to have your leg muscles help get that blood back up to your heart because this will help bring your heart rate back down to normal slow and steady. It is tough on your heart to suddenly change from a super high pressure to a low pressure.
The best thing to do following your workout is to walk it off or take it to a lower intensity (whether that be dancing, biking, or whatever you are doing). This helps gradually get your body back to normal. This usually takes me about 10 minutes to get all the way back down to my resting heart rate. Follow that steady decline with these stretches to prevent injury and increase your flexibility!
1. Calf Stretch
Stand facing the wall with one leg lunged out behind you. Place your hands on the way and push towards the wall while working to keep your lunged back heel on the floor. You'll feel the stretch in the back leg.
2. Hamstring Stretch
I snagged this warm up from the Look Better Naked book (found HERE) and I am OBSESSED. I really love this book! Great advice and this is a great little warm up to get your heart rate up and ready for your workout.
1. Deep Pivoting Squat
2. Walking Leg Cradle
3. Walking Heel to Butt
4. Lateral Jump
5. Walking Inverted Hamstring
6. Wide Out
This picture was kinda awkward to take haha.
7. Forward and Back Single Leg Hops
8. Lunge Walk with Rotation
9. Single Leg Lateral Hop
10. Lateral Push Up Shuffle
I'll usually end my warm up with some jump ropes or a light jog just to get my heart rate up to a consistent pace.
Let me know what you guys think about this warm up and any great workouts/exercises that you love to do in your warm ups!
Again, so sorry that posting has been so inconsistent, life can be crazy!!
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.