Maternity Activewear That Will Rock Your Socks!!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
There is something in the air today. I woke up super pumped to hop on the trainer! Then I got in a great strength session in my living room.

Warning for any men folk who might be reading…this post is more for the ladies.

A friend of mine recently found out she was pregnant and we were talking about workout clothes. The conversation reminded me how frustrating and disappointing it was to try to find good quality activewear during my pregnancy.

If there is anything I will actually spend money on, it's good quality workout gear. I'll skimp on regular clothes. I'll forego a haircut for 9 months. I'll eat leftovers for 5 days in a row to put off grocery shopping. But when it comes to training gear, I'll gladly spend some money.

However, when I started looking for maternity activewear, the choices were extremely limited.
I found plenty of way overpriced items that were poorly made of cheap material and labeled "maternity activewear".
It took a while to find good quality gear that you could actually wear to do some real work.

These are the staples (with links) that got me through a very active and sweaty 40 weeks!

Gapfit Racerback Tank $29.95



This tank is fantastic. It's a light, stretchy material that you can start wearing when your bump is small, and continue on through your entire pregnancy! I bought 4 and alternated them! (The Breathe Striped Racerback tank is the same)


Gapfit Racer!



Oiselle Roga Short $46.00



These aren't maternity shorts, but I wore them all the way until I delivered. I bought them at the beginning of my pregnancy, one size bigger than I normally wear, to allow for my hips to grow and my body to change shape. They fit nicely under my bump and because they did fit under my belly, I didn't have to worry about that uncomfortable itchy feeling you get from maternity pants that go up to your boobs.
They are lightweight and awesome quality.


Roga's doing work! (and Gapfit Racer)



Oiselle Winona Tank $48.00



Also not technically maternity. It is stretchy and long, so it fit over my bump really comfortably! It grew with me all the way up until about 32 weeks. The material is such great quality that although I wore it through my pregnancy, it returned to it's original shape and size, and I wear it now.


Winona Tank at 21 weeks paired with Rogas!



VS Knockout Sports Bra $49.50


I want to preface by saying, pre baby I had tiny boobs. Tiny, wonderful, great for running, boobs. I was the person with the minimal support sports bra, because those mosquito bites weren't going anywhere.

When I got pregnant, they got bigger. Then when I gave birth, they got scary. I never understood the value of a good sports bra until getting pregnant.

I tried about 6 different sports bras before finding this one. I promise you…PROMISE YOU…this is the best sports bra you can buy for your pregnant, postpartum and/or hard to tame girls.

(If any men are still reading for some reason, you may want to stop…I'm about to get weird.)

Ok ladies…this bra kept me comfortable and secure, even when my boobs were completely full of milk. Running, sprinting, jumping, spinning, everything! No movement, no discomfort! I 100% recommend this bra!

It does have a very soft underwire, and I know some say not to wear underwire when you're nursing. I am not a doctor and I'm not your doctor…so I can't give you specific advice.

What I can tell you is that I've worn this bra every day, sometimes for workouts that last hours... and I've never once seen a decrease in my supply after wearing. I did however, always make sure to change as soon as I got home. Just to be safe.
Moral of the story…this bra is fantastic!

Have a good Tuesday everyone! And happy training!


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Date Night and Almond Meal Crust Pizza

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Good evening! How was everyones weekend?

Before we get into that though, I'd like to start out by sharing that someone found my blog by searching "I eat cake every day at 37 weeks pregnant."

Um. That sounds like heaven!

This weekend was great.

Last night I went on a date with a very classy lumberjack.



We went to my favorite place in Milford. It's called Cafe Atlantique. It's a little bistro that serves delicious crepes, panini's, salads, biscotti's, any type of coffee/latte you can think of, and an awesome variety of wine and beer.

It was really nice to get out, eat good food, drink new wine and have good conversation with my bearded lover.


Today I made  this delicious treat…



Pizza with almond meal crust!

I used this recipe from Everyday Paleo, for the crust:

Almond Meal Pizza Crust

The toppings I used included:

Trader Joe's Pizza Sauce
Zucchini
Baked Chicken with Cajun Seasoning
Avocado
Chopped Spinach

Delicious!

I also got in a few awesome workouts this weekend. I've been spending most of my time on the bike trainer, running and strength training.
My speed starting to come back…and it feels awesome. I can't wait to fly!

I'm starting to shop races for the year. Any suggestions???


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2013 in Review

Thursday, January 2, 2014
I'm feeling good about 2014. Something tells me it's going to be a great year. I'm not sure why I feel that…but I do.

Maybe because my  husbands preoccupation of Candy Crush keeps him occupied while I shop online. Stupid Amazon Prime. Stay at home moms should not be allowed to sign up for that shit.

I hate having extra stuff around my house. But having pretty much anything my little black heart desires, at my fingertips, in 2 days for free…recipe for a whole lotta baby crap.

At least I'm not just buying stuff for myself.

I did buy some perfume. I felt like I deserved it. In my defense…I did get barfed on three times that day.

We have a snow storm headed this way…so my tall husband got off work early and came home to spend time with his girls. While he played airplane with Aria,  I hopped on the trainer for an hour. I followed it up with some core work. With the amount of snow coming, I'll probably be doing the same tomorrow.

Without further ado…here is 2013 in review….

January started with a pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant during the second week of January. Then at the end of the month PJ and I ran this 5k together in 15 degree weather. Aria's first race.



Then we got even more snow




In February Harper got lazy




In March best friends were born




In April I raced a duathlon with my sisters fiance. Aria's second race.





Then in May I raced another duathlon with my friend Kelsey!




And I banged out 6:50 miles! We placed third for the women!





In June we had our baby shower!




In July my very talented friend Brian over at Brian Sumner Photography took maternity pictures for me.





In July my Dad also got married!!!




And my sister and I continued to be very classy ladies.




In August I continued to get bigger




And even bigger!




Until I was about to pop!




Then in September I did!







 In October we went to the Pumpkin Patch





In November we headed home to Maryland for Thanksgiving






And these two started getting silly…





In December there was more of these BFFL's




And there was Aria's First Christmas





Bring it on 2014!



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Blast From the Past

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year everyone! I love New Years Day. I always feel like anything is possible. The potential for so much awesomeness lies ahead in the coming months.

I also do a lot of cleaning and organizing, which I love…because I'm crazy.

Our NYE was very low key. We spent the evening playing with Aria and the puppies. She was so close to rolling over, I was sure it was happening. She ended up getting so angry that she couldn't get all the way over, that her face turned bright red and she started screaming.

After putting her to bed, we broke out our wedding toasting glasses and indulged in a very delicious bottle of champagne. It made me realize I need more champagne in my life! I forgot how tasty it is!!!

In the spirit of the New Year, I've dug up New Years Eve pictures from the last 7 years.

2012 to 2013



2011 to 2012



2010 to 2011



2009 to 2010



2008 to 2009
This year I was on duty…which is why there isn't a picture. I was in the Coast Guard and stationed at Vessel Traffic Service New York.


2007 to 2008



2006 to 2007


It's so weird to look back through all of those pictures. The one right above (2006) was the first New Years that PJ and I were together. And I still have those socks! Hah!

Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us all!

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