Walking Along

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I took last week off from any working out. Between starting a new job and not having a week off in a few months, I figured it was about time. Today I only walked. My goal was too lift as well but it didn’t happen. My hubby walked with me outside for a little while. I was impressed with how long he lasted, since he doesn’t walk as long as me. Plus he has previously pulled his hamstring and was still in a little pain from that. However, we took all three dogs and they seemed to enjoy it. Each of them managed to behave themselves the whole time. It was impressive. I end up finishing my four miles inside on the treadmill. Honestly I wasn’t that bummed about it. It was interesting to do some of the walk outside and some inside. I was just happy to be walking with my hubby. 

Inspiration

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Today was one is those days that is really hard to wake up from. It was cloudy and rainy all day. However, I managed to still get my workout done. I’ll probably always put an easy lifting day on the last day of my workout for the week. Not easy on the sense that I don’t do enough, but that it just isn’t a long one. I ended up lifting while my mom ran. It definitely got me thinking about running again, but also just how strong she is. I mean my mom runs three plus miles roughly three days a week. She is a woman that I’ll always look up to, especially when it comes to watching her just keep running. On that note my dad is just as inspirational because he started running in the past few years. He always worked out but generally did the elliptical and not the treadmill. My mom might run because she enjoys it, but my dad tells me all the time he doesn’t. I think secretly he might a little (who knows). But about three times a week he gets on that treadmill and runs. Even though he may not enjoy it, it is nice to have another inspiration when it comes to running. My parents are amazing. 

Anyways my lifts today were for shoulders and abs. I didn’t do shoulders last week and I could tell. All week I’ve been able to increase weight or reps for my workouts but not today. While it’s not a huge deal, it is a good reminder that I should probably not skip them. I still think they are one of my weakest muscle groups so… My abs basically despised me today. Again, I only did abs once last week and generally I do them twice. I could tell. But I still think it’s important to try to work my abs being pregnant. Everything I’ve read says it’ll help in the long run. 

I’ve done this.

My walk managed to go well. Although my lower abdomen hurt going into it. Thankfully not while I was walking but in certain positions. I’m growing some more. It went by quicker then it normally does, which was nice. I’m not sure if it was the new show or what, but I’ll take it. Today was nice to have a decent walk after having some issues earlier. 

Growth Pain

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Today was bicep and back day. It was partly cloudy all day, so I was tired. I guess I should say more tired than normal. On the majority of my my lifts I managed to increase my reps. My last bicep lift I almost didn’t even get 10 reps done, since I increased my reps. My muscles had just about had it at that point and were feeling like jello. As for my back muscle lifts, I felt like they were really working my muscles today. The only down side is I have to limit my weight I can do. Basically I end up doing a bunch of reps for my back, which doesn’t feel the same as when you cab increase the weight. 

Today I walked inside for about two miles. I almost didn’t walk but I figured if I could at least get two in, while going slow things would be OK. Through out the day I felt some pain in my lower abdomen but it went away. One big downside to being pregnant is everything is stretching and growing, which is causing some pain. However, it’s nothing crazy. I’m a short person, so I’ve never really dealt with “growing pains.” I did walk outside around the land with all the puppies for awhile as well. It was nice to be outside, even if it was partly cloudy and windy. My walk went well, so I’m thinking I might just walk the 4 miles on three days and walk more easily the other days. I just generally feel like I need some sort of cardio to complete a workout. Probably because I’m a runner at heart. 

Hump Day or Bump Day? 

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I did not work out yesterday. I woke up with a crazy headache and other pregnancy symptoms I won’t mention (they are gross). Plus the weather was going through a crazy change, which caused some storms today. However, I did manage to finish my laundry and wash my brothers bedding. I’d say I was pretty nice sister, just saying. 

Today I did work out. In the morning it started raining for a little bit but eventually cleared up. I lifted in the morning before lunch. After I was crazy hungry but still waited a little bit too eat because it was way too early to eat lunch. My exercises worked my chest ans tricep muscles. I feel like I’m gaining some strength still, even though I have a weight limit. My reps keep increasing each week for the majority of my lifts. While I can’t measure my progress by weight increase, I can measure it by rep increase and how my muscles look. I’m feeling pretty good considering I’m nearing the third trimester and always tired. 

You can see my little bit of muscle. You can really see my belly.😂

My walk today wasn’t that great. The under side of my belly was not feeling great, and my hips are super achy today. While the pain wasn’t awful, it was enough to have me take a few breaks. I’m sure my belly and hip pain is because everything is stretching, thanks to my little one.  It wasn’t a great walk and it made me think about slowing down my walks. Honestly I’m probably just going to wait to slow down my walks for a little bit because tomorrow’s walk could be completely different. It all just depends on how I’m feeling. I’m determined to keep going my 4 miles in an hour for as long as possible. But time will tell how long that really will be. At least I finished it and still managed to walk 4 miles. 

Hot Nonsense

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Today I walked inside for very good reason. It is hot today. When the weather is above 90 degrees and humid, I don’t spend much time outside. Plus in the morning when it was cooler I had to go finish up some things for my new job. Anyways I still had a good walk inside. I’m thinking as I get closer to my third trimester that I might need to slow down my speed. I have some time to talk to my doctor and think about it but I might just slow down and still go 4 miles. We shall see as I still have a little time. 

I almost didn’t lift today. Everything for everyone in the home seemed to have got pushed back later. I try to always stay out of the way for my parents. However, my dad got finished and asked if I was going to use it. I figured I better get to it. Today was legs and abs. As I was doing squats I think at some point I got in a slightly wrong position because I could feel it in my knee. But on my second set I didn’t feel it and made sure I was in the correct position. I mean sometimes you just don’t realize you’ve twisted even just slightly for the position, but I got it before it became an issue. My abs I always feel for since I’m workng them out and I’m growing a baby boy. But oh well, I need some strength in them for when he comes. They say exercising reduces your chances of a c-section. Might as well do what I can. 

Summer Weather

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Yesterday I did workout and walk. However, I went to a wedding and didn’t get back until a little after midnight. I believe in sleep over writing a blog. But I did manage to walk my 4 miles inside. I didn’t want to deal with a time of leaving to go outside and getting the dogs ready and then coming back. Yesterday’s lifting was for biceps and back. It was a good workout and walk yesterday. Plus it was a cute wedding. 

Today I didn’t necessarily straight up workout but I helped my dad outside. While I didn’t do any crazy labor, since I’m pregnant, it was still nice to be outside. My brother and him planted a willow tree. Basically we just worked on a bunch of things outside that needed done. I mean the weather was gorgeous today. It would’ve been crazy to not be outside. 

Naps are Life

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Today was super nice outside. I spent some of my morning with the pups before coming in to read. Naturally I became hungry and usually watch 2 shows while eating. After I had gone back to my room and ended up taking a 2 hour long nap. While that wasn’t originally planned, I clearly needed it. I mean generally my naps are an hour max. Today was not the case, but hey I felt better and quit yawning so much after.  My walk today was short, which was probably good because my hubby went with me. He ended up throwing up this morning before work, so he stayed home. By the time I took a walk (after my nap) he said he was feeling better. I mean why not get him to go with me then we can take all the dogs. Plus my vehicle was in the shop, so I had to walk the gravel. It was short but still really nice, especially since my hubby got to come. 

My workout today I almost skipped. However, I figured after that long nap I better get something in. Today was chest and triceps. Even though I went in feeling sluggish, I came out with energy. On top of that I increased my reps on several exercises. Part of me is wishing I didn’t have a lifting limit, but the other part of me understands that being pregnant I need one. I’m thinking it’s also going to help me to not over push myself. It went well overall, even though in the beginning it was a struggle. I also realized I forgot to stretch yesterday, which stunk. I’ve been pretty good about remembering every time I’m done but apparently yesterday I was ready to be done. I can always feel it the next day if I don’t stretch. 

Back to Business

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So I was a slight slacker the past few days and didn’t really workout. I still walked around the land with the dogs but nothing crazy. Part of it was I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday with a specialist for my anemia. On Tuesday I had another doctor appointment with my normal OBGYN. Honestly, Tuesday wouldn’t have been that bad but they canceled my ultrasound and didn’t bother to tell me. I get that since I had one the day before I didn’t need it but when they called to remind me they said I still had an ultrasound. Oh well, it was great fun sitting there for an hour before getting in. After that I had to go get my brothers dog, who decided it would be great to go visit the town nearby. 

Today rained like crazy. I mean I was walking and then I stopped in the middle to use the restroom, and it had gotten significantly darker outside. My walk went well considering I was a slacker,  and didn’t do anything the past few days that was truly working out. Surprisingly enough my shins didn’t hurt near like they have been in the past. I know my last walk outside with my mutts they had pretty much quit hurting when I walked seriously. 

My workout today was legs and abs. Honestly, leg day makes me feel strong anymore. It’s the one muscle group I can go over 40 pounds on. The only lifts I can’t do that is my dumbbell squats and dumbbell calf raises. Thankfully it works out well since my legs have always been stronger than my upper body. My abs weren’t as appreciative of the workout. Especially for the planks, which I never go past 30 seconds on. I figure I better not push it too much while being pregnant. To me 30 seconds works perfectly since my stomach is only going to get larger. Today’s workout went great. 

Determination

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Today was absolutely gorgeous outside. I spent the morning registering my vehicle back to my home state, which is mainly because my tags were expiring. But now I’m good for another year. I also walked outside again. In the morning I was having some pregnancy symptoms, which included a headache. I almost decided to just walk inside because I just wasn’t feeling it. However, I decided it would be good for my dogs to go on another walk and for me to get outside. I didn’t watch to see how fast I was going but just decided to really enjoy the walk. Somehow I still managed to go an 18 minute mile pace, even though I wasn’t trying. I also almost decided to quit my walk early but then thought better of it. I figured I was already almost too the half way point of a 4 mile walk so I might as well keep going. So that’s exactly what I did, even though I’m not sure my dogs really wanted me to. It wasn’t that bad because a breeze was actually going through the trail today. I did manage to almost trip a few bikers because they refused to tell me when they passed me. They weren’t just casual bikers either. I mean they were out training for a race. It’s really not hard to get my attention, since I never have my music that loud. But it was still a good walk. 

My lifting was easy today. It was easy by the fact it was just shoulders and abs, so I didn’t have a long workout. My muscles still were feeling it from the lifts but it was nice that it was short. By the time I went to lift weights I had done my errands, cleaned my bathroom, and finished my walk. I was feeling like I had no energy, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to workout tomorrow. So I pushed through and went ahead and lifted. Once I got started I felt a little bit better. But by the end of the day I was ready to do nothing and just relax and take a nap. Overall my lifting went well and I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow. 

You can see some muscle in my bicep 😊💪

Windy Nonsense 

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Today I walked outside because the weather looked gorgeous, and it felt gorgeous. However, when I first went outside at my parents house or felt cold because of the wind. So I grabbed a jacket and took it with me. But when I got to the trail all the trees blocked the wind, so I quickly got rid of that. I ended up going 4.15 miles and enjoyed every moment. For one thing I needed a change in my walk environment. My goal was to only stay around the 3.5 mph or roughly 17 minute mile. I wasn’t trying to go super fast, so I could enjoy it and not kill myself. 

My lifting went well. I increased my reps on my lat pull down and started feeling it. Today was biceps and back. I also felt pretty good because my curls weren’t as challenging. They were still challenging enough that I’m not increasing weight, but I didn’t feel like my arm would fall off at the end. It was a good workout since I increased reps and my arms are getting stronger. My chest felt sore today, so that was nice way to start off my morning. It was all good though because then I felt the little one moving around.