Thanksgiving Break

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Hey Yall,

Sure hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I managed to run at least twice last week, walk once, and lift once. I figured I wouldn’t get my lifts in and I was ok with that. The walk was a last minute thing that ended up being fun with my hubby, mom, and baby boy. We walked a little over 4 miles and really tested out the stroller. My mom and I ended up carrying the stroller over the gravel because my son didn’t appreciate it. He was trying to sleep and he needed it. The two days prior were exhausting with lots of socializing. He very rarely got to be on the ground to stretch out (the kid is in the 99th percentile for height). He needed his sleep. Don’t get me wrong he did great for being 2 months old and being passed around.

Today I got my run in and only my run. I ended up being pretty busy. I had to get all of our stuff picked up and in the laundry, since we are going on a mini vacation this weekend. Plus I had to take my little guy to the doctor for his 2 month check up. Shots were in the works for him sadly. Amazingly enough, I didn’t cry but I was pretty darn close. Once I got back I ate my lunch and then played with my baby boy. He ended up getting pretty fussy (very out of the ordinary for him), so I fixed him right up. Food is the way to anyone’s heart. Eventually the poor kid fell asleep. 

Then I got to get my run in. I moved on to the next week, even though I only did two runs last week. I could feel it this time for my run. My intervals were running two minutes and walking one. It was definitely noticeable that I didn’t run late last week. Hopefully on Wednesday it’ll be a little easier. But as soon as I was finished I had to shower,  so I could go meet the lady who is going to watch my baby boy. It ended up being quite the busy Monday. 

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Craziness

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Hey Yall,

I ran and lifted Monday. I just decided to sleep instead of blogging. Nothing against you guys but I prefer sleep. My run on Monday went well considering I still had 6 intervals. Only this time it was a minute and a half of running and two minutes of walking. Running at the 6mph speed is starting to feel a piece of cake. I’m still not going to increase speed until I get my endurance good and solid. It seems to be coming back rather quickly. My lifts were for my back muscles. Those are always fun to conquer.

He spit up on this within half an hour of me putting it on. 😂

I also managed to barely get my run in for today before leaving for Thanksgiving. It was a little chaotic but you know with having a 2 month old that seems to happen. My run felt super easy and I’m attempted to go up to week three. However, with Thanksgiving I’m worried it won’t work well. Plus then I know I can just have a fairly easy run knowing that I’ve stuffed myself. I thinking weights are not happening for the rest of the week. Between being out of state for most of this week and Thanksgiving in general, it isn’t looking good.

While it has already been a crazy week, at least I got my runs in. 

Three Days Down

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I’ve officially walked three days this week. I was going to go yesterday as well but my baby boy had other plans. Because I knew I only wanted to get in a minimum of three days, I didn’t really push getting a walk in yesterday. I feel like I was busy doing something but honestly I have no idea.

Today I did walk. I managed to get all 30 minutes plus the 5 minute cool down in and a shower before my son woke up. It was great. Since I didn’t have to hold him this time, I got to walk the whole thing at a 4mph pace. It was good to know I could actually go that pace and maintain it. Especially since next week I’m going to try getting back into running. When I first started running I used a couch to 5k program. It worked great and it is easy to tweak to fit my fitness level (right now is none). My goal is to start that next week and see how it goes.  The week after that I’m hoping to add in some weights and get going on that again. I’m trying to take it slow and ease my way back in. Hopefully  it is slow enough. 

Motivation in the Smallest Packages

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Hey hey,

Today I walked my thirty minutes again. Unfortunately I didn’t have my husband to watch him for me during it. So during the first 20 minutes of it he hung out in his rock and play watching me.

I managed to walk for those 20 minutes at the 4 mile per hour pace. It felt pretty good plus I had my little boy watching me, which gave me more motivation to keep going. He started getting fussy towards the end of my walk so I picked him up. I started walking with him, while holding him. However, I only walked at a 3.5 mile per hour pace. He got pretty heavy as a baby does. I think I’m going to see if I can find a baby carrier that’ll not get super gross when I walk inside with him. It would be way easier on my arms to not carry him. But hey I managed and it got him to pretty much fall asleep. It was great. When he was still in the womb, he would fall asleep each time I walked as well.

First Post Pregnancy Walk

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Today for the first time in forever, it seems, I got to walk. I mean like a set time on a treadmill that was dedicated towards walking. It was refreshing. Working out has always been my stress reliever and a that makes me feel good. Yes, I realize it’s the endorphins that get released, but it still always makes me happy. My walk was only 30 minutes at a 3.5 mile per hour pace. It isn’t crazy fast, but I didn’t want to push it. Plus since my doctor told me to ease back into, I figured I better listen. I think on Wednesday I’ll try to go slightly faster depending on how I’m feeling tomorrow. Even after my cool down (not that I felt like I got my heart rate up) was over, I felt like I could keep going for another 30 minutes. I’m sure if I did, I wouldn’t be able to walk tomorrow. It was great to get back to working out, even if it is not even close to where I was before getting pregnant.

Progressing 

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Today I worked out after work, which seems to be working well for me. My exercises today were for biceps and triceps. Those muscles have had a week off and I could tell. I didn’t really increase reps on any of the exercises, except a few. However, it was nice to really work those muscles after having the week off. Yesterday I didn’t work out, since we had to take my hubby’s car in to the shop. We had to drop it off by 7am. I also had a ten hour shift, so there was no way I was working out. This pregnant body would have none of that. 

Monday Blues

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Last week I was a slacker and slept more than I worked out. But hey you know what, sometimes sleep is way more important. I felt better and had more energy for work when I did that. Today I did manage to workout but it was after work. I might start doing that because I actually sleep through the night (except to go to the bathroom). Since I am pregnant, I really believe in getting as much sleep as possible. Anyways, I also was almost a slacker today as well. It was hard to wake up for work and when I got off work I really didn’t want to do anything. However, my dad asked if I was going to and so there I got my motivation back. It was leg day, which didn’t help with my motivation.  My lifts went well. While I didn’t increase anything, it still felt like I was working my muscles. I’m not sure I really will increase reps anymore but if it feels super easy I might. Once I started though, it felt nice to be back at. It also helps with calf cramps. I’ve noticed that when I consistently workout I have hardly any too no leg cramps at night. That really helps with the whole sleeping through the night. 

33 weeks along 👶🏻😳

All the Feels

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I’m not going to lie I purposely didn’t workout the past two days. I slept in and it was great. Honestly on Tuesday I didn’t really sleep in. I had a training for work that started earlier than my normal time. I’m really starting to feel that third trimester exhaustion. Even my once easy workouts are starting to become a challenge. I mean everything is growing, well kinda. Today I had a doctor’s appointment and was pretty certain when they weighed me I hadn’t gained anything from the last visit. Oh well. I definitely eat lots of food (at least I think it is). Plus we got the crib and dresser for our little guy over the weekend. It made me feel like I was just learning I was pregnant all over again. Seriously the best feeling ever. This weekend I have a baby shower that I’m crazy excited for, which has me feeling so ready to meet our little one. Anyways I’m on a pregnancy high for this little guy that I already love so much. 

As for my workout. Today was leg and ab day. My workout surprisingly went well. I could really feel me tiring out from it by the end. So I skipped my side planks. I figure I did normal planks and dumbbell side bends that was good enough. Also I try not to push it too much during this time. Today I also switched up my thigh adductor and abductor lifts. Instead of having them be with weights I did the body only versions. I feel like I’m not getting anywhere with them and they seem to cause issues at times. I’m hoping that by just doing the body weight ones it’ll still work my muscles, but not having any problems with it. I still managed to get all my steps in today, even without walking. I don’t think I’m going to worry as much about walking because my job keeps me pretty active. 

Third Times a Charm

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For the past few weeks by the time I get to my third workout I usually sleep instead. However, today I still got up and did it. Barely. When I finished I felt pretty accomplished and proud of myself. Today’s workout was chest and shoulders. I don’t know if I was really just feeling good, or my body at too tired to figure out what was going on but I increased my weight and reps for everything. I mainly increased my reps for chest exercises (can’t really increase weight right now). Seriously, I sat in shock for awhile because I couldn’t believe I was really increasing anything. My body is tired and I still managed to increase. It was great. I also got way over my steps in today thanks to my work expanding. While I’m glad to get more space there, I’m still a tired pregnant woman in her third trimester. 

Determination 

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I barely got up today in order to workout. However, I knew I’d never do it after work because I’d be to tired. So I managed to get up and lift. It was biceps and triceps day. I felt pretty accomplished because I increased my reps for my tricep exercises. All of them somehow. For my standing dumbbell tricep extensions I think I might be able to increase my weight the next time I do them. Plus for my dumbbell palms up lift I increased my weight today. So even though I didn’t want to get up, I still managed to increase reps and weight for different exercises.