37 Weeks...Full Term!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This past weekend I officially reached 37 weeks...aka full term! Woo hoo!!!
My sister is out of town on a vacation (rude!)...so I had to take my own bump pictures today. Which is why they are a little more awkward than usual. Teresa is a iPhone photographer extraordinaire. I am not.
Food:
These past two weeks I've been hungrier than I think I ever had been in my life. It was crazy. The baby also grew a ton, so I'm thinking it had something to do with her having a growth spurt. I went to my appointment on Monday and in 2 weeks I put on 5 pounds! That's a lot compared to how I've been gaining weight so far during the pregnancy. You can see it in my belly. She's sticking out very far and she's really hard.
I haven't really been sticking to any sort of eating plan. I haven't been eating crap, by any means. I've been making nutritious decisions and eating good stuff. But I've been pretty lax with the wheat and bread products. Last night I made wheat pasta, with broccoli, lemon and spinach and feta chicken sausage. It was so good.
This week my appetite has gone back to normal. Hopefully that means this beast won't be getting too much bigger. The last thing I need is a 16 pound baby.
We've also been ordering food more than usual. Mostly because by the evening I get really exhausted and cooking is the furthest thing from my mind. I've been doing a lot of soup and salad combos.

Body/Mind:
Big. The baby dropped even lower the past few days and I can really feel it. She's very low in my pelvis and the discomfort can be intense at times. It puts a lot of pressure on my pelvis and on my blood vessels in my lower extremities, so I ache and hurt a lot. Especially at night. At times, depending on how I move, I'll get some sharp shooting pains. Overall, I try to keep moving a lot, to keep the blood circulating.
I'm not going to sugar coat it though...although I am well versed in "embracing the suck" during athletics...the last trimester of pregnancy is hard. And it sucks. The pain that radiates from my pelvis and crotch is so intense sometimes, that I want to chop my body in half just to get away from it. Other times it almost stuns me...and I have to stand there for a minute. I also haven't been able to get comfortable in any position in about a month.
As I said before, I'm also really tired again. I think that can be attributed to the heat and carrying all of this extra weight.
I've been getting contractions often. Not painful labor ones, but preparation contractions. And my body is doing a good job of making sure it's totally empty at all times. Every time I eat, I am in the bathroom within the hour.
Emotionally I'm back to normal for now. No nervous breakdowns or public meltdowns. I'm just feeling really excited about her arrival.

Training:
I'm still fortunate enough to be kicking butt in the gym 5 days a week. My workouts are centered around spin class, the elliptical, and strength training. I also walk the dogs 3 miles every day. I'm moving slow these days...but were walking. Harper is polite and she waits for me. Boston has tiny legs so were pretty much the same speed.
I miss running so desperately bad. At least once my body heals, it'll be the fall...which is my favorite time of year to run.

Pounds gained: 28 with 2.5 weeks to go...doesn't look like I'll be topping out at 27
Cravings: None...I think I'm past the cravings phase.
Aversions: None...I also think I'm past that phase.
Naps: I nap every day...sometimes twice.
Maternity Leave: Already started...in full effect.
Things Left To Do Before The Baby: There are a few cleaning projects that I want to do. I'm also going to make a ton of crock pot meals to freeze. Other than that...everything is put together, set up, and ready.
Thoughts on Labor: People keep asking me if I'm nervous, and then they proceed to tell me some horrific story about when they were in labor. Sorry folks, it's not going to work. I'm actually not the slightest bit nervous about labor. I'm interested to see what it feels like. Through training and racing I've learned that overcoming physical pain usually leads to some pretty amazing accomplishments...and it's always worth it.
I'm sick. I know. I just really intrigued by the whole experience.
Things That I'll Never Take For Granted Again: Easily getting up from a chair, and getting out of bed. I'm like Humpty Dumpty.

Happy Wednesday.

I Survived!!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've spent the past 2 weeks (since my last post) studying like a crazy person, for my NASM Personal Trainer Certification Exam.

The NASM program is no joke. It's very science based and there is a lot of information to learn and thoroughly understand before you can be successful in the test. It wasn't a program where you could just memorize the information. I've said this before, but there is a lot more than just loving to work out, that goes into becomming a personal trainer. There is a lot of knowledge behind it!

I'm proud to say that I passed the exam this morning!!!

I've been working very hard to prepare for this...I took a 9 week course, studied day in and day out the past few weeks, took practice tests, and had PJ quiz me nightly on the information. I feel like I really earned this! Tonight we celebrate!

You haven't really missed much in the past 2 weeks. All I've been doing is prepping for this test, so nothing big has happened. The baby is still comfortable taking up all of the room inside my abdomen. According to the scale, I'm she's packing on the pounds. I'd like to think she will make an early appearance...but I'm not getting my hopes up.

I'll do a weekly check in tomorrow, to run you through all of the fun pregnancy things around here. As far as training goes...I'm still kicking ass and taking names 5 days a week right now.

Harper is still eating goose poop. Boston is still humping everything in sight. Until I jump back into regular posting tomorrow....here are a few pictures from the past week...

This is how she sleeps. How ridiculous is this!
 
Boston thinks it's very ridiculous. And is not amused.
 
My shirt working super overtime. Guess how successful we were at getting Harper on one of the slides.
 
Our most recent ultrasound...you can see her little face!
 
If I were rich I would buy this salad from Panera, every single day.

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!!

 

We Are Here...35 Weeks

Friday, August 16, 2013
35 Weeks, 5 Days
Mind and Body:

This week the crazy has decided to take a break. I was a wreck the past two weeks. It was awful! Thankfully, my emotions have evened out a lot. I'm feeling almost totally normal.

With my mental well being back to normal, it was a lot easier for me to focus on normal human activities. That was until a different pregnancy dragon reared its head. I thought I was nesting the past few weeks with getting the baby's room ready and washing all of her clothes.

That. Was. Nothing.

I started furiously nesting this week. My 8pm bed times turned into me staying awake with no problem until 1 or 2 am, every night, cleaning, organizing, throwing things out, and re-cleaning...every room in the house. Nothing stood a chance. I even threw out our plants because they were in my way. Then I would wake up at 5am and start all over again. I also completely redecorated the living room, painted, talked PJ into remodeling part of the kitchen, and got a new refrigerator.

The baby has dropped, which is exciting. She dropped last weekend, and I had an appointment with my midwife on Monday, where she confirmed it. We also had our last ultrasound, where we got to see her little face. Currently she is measuring in at 5.5 pounds.

Now that she has dropped I've been experiencing a great deal of discomfort and pressure in my pelvis, lower back and tail bone. Sometimes I feel like she's going to fall out my butt. And my stomach is soooo hard in the lower part, where she settled into.

Food:

Food is good and I want to eat it. I don't really have any exciting news in way of food. I plowed through a ton of cereal this past week. Then by Wednesday I was no longer in the mood for cereal. Besides that, I don't really have any cravings.

I am planning a Crock Pot Frenzy with a friend of mine in 2 weeks. Were going to make a bunch of Crock Pot meals to freeze, for later use. I've done this once before and it was very convenient! I'm thinking with a new baby it's probably the most ingenious idea in the world.

Oh wait! Here we go...on Monday I ate this:
Aside from the Froyo assault, I've still been eating a lot of chicken and avocados with lemon, and spinach salads.
Training:
After the baby dropped I ended up having to break up my spin days. Instead of doing 2 days in a row, I put a day in between them, to give my pelvis a break. So rather than Saturday and Sunday spin, I go Sunday and Tuesday.
Everything else is still the same. A significant amount of upper and lower body resistance training, elliptical training, spinning, and 3 - 4 miles of walking with the dogs per day. I'm still on 5 days of working out per week...not including the walking. That's daily.
Pounds Gained: 23 so far. I'm hoping to end right around 25 or 26.
Cravings: None really...aside from the random Froyo on Monday.
Aversions: None.
Prepping the Dogs: A friend actually told me to try this because it worked for her. I've been walking around carrying the iPad playing the sound of a baby crying or just sitting the iPad down somewhere, with the baby crying sound. Then I praise the dogs for being good puppies, and give them a treat...so they associate the baby with good things and don't want to eat her. At first the dogs looked confused. But, they seem to be getting better with the sounds.
Both dogs love kids...but haven't spent much time around babies.
Symptoms: Since she dropped, there is the pelvis stuff I talked about. But also, I've been experiencing cramping in my abdomen. Period like cramps. They come and go. Nothing too painful...just a uncomfortable. Also, my bowels have loosened up a lot since she dropped.
Weird Compliments: One of the kids I work with told me my butt looked big. At first I thought "oh man...that's not good". But then I found out that in the teenager world, that is a good thing. So I thanked her for the compliment.
Then I immediately got nervous about Aria and her teenage years.
Books I'm Reading: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Happy Friday Everyone!

We Are Here...34 Weeks

Friday, August 9, 2013

Warning: This post is not as jolly as usual. The last two weeks have been tough. Week 33 and 34 brought on a whole new round of crazy. I'm standing at the door of 35 weeks though (tomorrow) and I'm hoping some of this weird stuff will even out.

34 Weeks 5 Days

Body and Mind:

Everything is puffy. Stay Puft Marshmallow puffy. I've been so thirsty lately, that I'm drinking an increased amount of water...and my body is holding on to every last bit of it.

I'm also extremely tired, yet I can't get into a deep sleep at night because I have to use the bathroom so often, and because I'm waking up every few hours for no good reason at all. I'd give anything for one of those really hard, I don't know where I am, sort of sleeps.

As you can see, the baby is putting on some weight in there. My belly is now very hard, because she is growing, growing, growing, and running out of room. It's also pretty uncomfortable, and normal activities, such as putting on pants, are both hilarious and challenging. The pressure upwards into my rib cage and organs hurts sometimes.

My crotch hurts. Well, it's more the pelvic, pubic and hip bones. I've read that this is because of the added weight of the baby this time of the pregnancy, and because she is starting to move down further. It hurts. The bones feel sensitive to the touch.

My emotions are out of control. Normally I'm a very even tempered, logical person. I rarely get angry or upset, and when I do, I spend a lot of time processing before I accept the feeling/emotion. I'm also very happy...all the time. It actually freaks people out.

Well these hormones have taken over my body. I've been having a really hard time keeping my shit under control. I don't feel like myself and I'm doing/feeling the opposite of everything I usually do/feel. It has been a roller coaster.

All of these things mean one thing...were getting closer! I've packed the hospital bags, and her room is almost ready. Nesting is in full swing. Were doing a few projects in the house and getting rid of a lot of crap. Not to mention I'm in a cleaning frenzy!

 

Food:

I've been doing a pretty good job at sticking to primal/paleo about 80% of the time. Just the past few days cereal has made a come back. I don't know what it is about it, sometimes I just really want some cereal. My go to is Life. Guilty pleasure.

Monday PJ and I had a cheat meal of buffalo chicken pizza. It tasted amazing. We made a bet on who's body would get angry first...since we don't usually eat that stuff. I won! Within less than 30 minutes I was full on stomach ache and parked in the bathroom. My body wanted to get rid of that pizza as quickly as possible. It did taste so good though. Totally worth it.

I haven't had any really weird pregnant lady food combinations lately. I'm just very hungry...but that's nothing new. I've been eating a lot of chicken and whole avocados. It's my go to snack. And smoothies. I have taken a break from my overload of sweet potatoes.

 

Training:

Even though I haven't been feeling top notch lately, I'm still working out 5 days a week. I feel very fortunate because I actually feel my best when I'm working out. Getting my heart and my body moving really does wonders for me.

Last weeks workouts:

Sunday: 1 hour spinning, 4 miles walking with dogs

Monday: 45 minutes elliptical, resistance training (upper and lower), 3 miles walking with dogs

Tuesday: Off from gym, 3 miles walking with dogs

Wednesday: 45 minutes elliptical, resistance training (upper and lower), 4 miles walking with dogs

Thursday: 40 minutes elliptical, 3 miles walking with dogs

Friday: Off from gym, 3 miles walking with dogs

Saturday: 1 hour spinning, resistance training (upper and lower), 3 miles walking with dogs

In these last 5 weeks I'm hoping to keep it up! The baby seems to love it, and let's be real here...she's calling the shots. I'm very thankful that she's so into being active already. I don't know how I would be a functional member of society if I had to stop working out.

I'm really excited to get back into training for some races. I've already started shopping a few for early 2014.

 

Pounds Gained: 21

Cravings: Cereal, Chicken and Avocado, Almond Milk

Aversions: Nothing

Braxton Hicks: They started! I've had a few now, randomly. My uterus is practicing and getting ready for the big show.

Work: A few weeks ago I cut my hours down a lot, and next week is actually my last week before maternity leave. I'm excited to take some time to get everything ready for the baby. I'm also looking forward to taking a little bit of time to myself before she comes. I've never just had time off from everything. It's going to be glorious.

Am I Ready?: YES! I'm ready for labor, I'm ready for delivery, and I'm ready to have this baby girl!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

 

My New Friend

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Two blog posts in three days...holy cow. Now that things are winding down over here, I'm trying to make a point to post more often.

I've had a few people ask about my newly formed relationship with the elliptical trainer. I've mentioned a few times that the elliptical and I have never been friends. As an athlete who get's her jollies from nearly killing myself during workouts, the elliptical and I have never had much in common. I always thought of it as a cop out. Which isn't really fair...because I never gave it a chance.
Now, the machine who's direction I sent many eye rolls in the past, is now my BFF.

When I reached somewhere about 28 weeks pregnant, my body started telling me new things. My runs were getting less frequent, because I was starting to have more "bad days". By "bad days" I mean days that just didn't feel right, when I got out there. By 30 weeks, I was doing the majority of my cardio on the elliptical. I was still running a few times a week, but the majority was the elliptical. By 33 weeks I had made the decision to work the elliptical in place of my planned runs.

It was heartbreaking to make the decision to stop running. Mostly because my body still felt good while running. I could still handle it in my muscles, my legs and my back. I was slower, but when you're carrying 22 extra pounds all in one location, thats to be expected. The act of running still felt amazing. The problem I kept running into was that the pressure of the baby on my bladder during the jostling, started to make me pee myself.

At first it was just every few times, which I was okay with. I mean, come on. I've peed myself quite a few times the past few years. No not for fun...I'm talking about during races.
But then it became as frequent as every run. Each time I set out for a run, I'd come home with urine on me. Additionally, the intense pressure on my bladder that I was feeling up until the release, was not enjoyable.

After a lot of thought and heartbreak, I decided to change my routine.
I almost made it to the end. Almost.

Occasionally I will still throw in a short run...but I don't schedule them anymore. If I'm feeling squirrely, Harper and I will run for a quarter to a half mile, during our walks. Anything further and I find myself in the danger zone.

So here we are at 34 weeks and some change...and this runner has made a new friend.

Tips for Getting a Good Workout on the Elliptical

1. Music. When I run, I rarely listen to music. However, I've found that the elliptical is a little bit like the spin bike, in that music can totally make the workout. I create a playlist with fast beats to keep me pumping during the session.

So set up some good music and get moving!

2. Let your arms be free. It can be tempting to hold on to the elliptical rail, mostly because it makes it easier. By not holding on, you are actually creating a better workout for yourself. It takes core strength to stabilize yourself, and by not holding on, you work your core the entire duration of your workout.

Some ellipticals have the handles that you move back and forth, to facilitate an arm workout. These can be beneficial to hold on to, because they actually have you doing some work and they provide some resistance. The stationary handle/rail is the one that does nothing for you.

3. Resistance is key! Even if you have your incline set to 10, if your resistance is at 1, it's not going to do anything for you. Resistance should either vary, or be set at a number that challenges you.
This is why intervals are my favorite. For example, I'll have a tough 2 minutes of incline 10 with resistance 10, then a recovery period of 2 minutes with incline 4, and resistance 2...over and over and over.

4. Mix it up. Don't always do the same workout. Although I do have a love for intervals, I switch it up to keep my legs fresh. Doing the same workout every time, doesn't do you any good. Yes, it will get easier as time goes by...but the reason that's happening is because your body is getting used to the workout. It's called general adaptation syndrome.

Once your body is used to a workout, your muscles are no longer working as hard. They've figured it out. You have to keep them guessing and keep the workouts changing, to continuously challenge yourself. Check out the pre made workouts programmed on the elliptical. Those usually have a pretty good variety.

Additionally, don't limit yourself to the elliptical trainer. Spinning, walking, running, swimming are all good options for cardio.

5. Always enter your information at the start of your workout. This is so important. It helps realistically measure calories burned during a session.

Happy Training Everyone!


My Brain is Full and I Still Have Core Muscles!

Monday, August 5, 2013
I'm trying out a new blogging tool on my iPad...so please excuse any funky format issues in this post. I'm still learning my way around.

I'm alive! I didn't fall off the face of the earth!

Although, I do feel like my brain is going to explode because it is so full of information...and because I'm 34.5 weeks pregnant with a human that is sucking the life out of me.

I'm wrapping up my NASM Personal Training Course this week. I understand why NASM's program get's such good reviews...because it's a freaking storm of information. Having a passion for fitness isn't the only prerequisite to be a personal trainer. There is a lot of education required in order to be qualified to train people...and I'm up to my nose in it!

I've already learned an intense amount, and through preparing for this test, I'll continue to gain a ton more information. I'm definitely excited, but just for the record...this is a tough course!

Other than spending all of my free time studying...yea, that's all I've been doing.
I started a new strength routine today and it kicked my pregnant butt! My quads are tight tight tight! And my core muscles, which I thought the baby had destoryed about 16 weeks ago, are still present and are now beat to death. Granted, I'm sure they fatigue a lot faster than usual, these days. But I haven't had a sore core in so long...it actually feels good.

As far as cardio, I spent 45 minutes on my friend, the elliptical. I've been doing various interval workouts during my days on the elliptical. I feel like I get the best workout with intervals.

A great day of workouts overall. The only downside is my workouts tend to suck the last bit of life out of me these days. Now I'll spend the rest of the evening as a zombie, staggering around exhausted, muttering about muscles and nutrition.


Now that were all caught up...here are some pictures from the past week!


I walked into the living room and this was going on.



Harper hamming it up!


33 Weeks huge...I mean pregnant.


My favorite pregnancy perk...midday naps with puppies.


Turkey burger, home made salsa, on top of a portabella cap...with kale!


My latest craving...Pumpkin puree, Sunflower seed butter, Banana, Cashews!

Happy Monday Everyone!

 
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