Exercise During the Third Trimester

Exercise During the Third Trimester

Hi guys!

I’m half-way through the third trimester now which means we’ll be meeting our little guy soon!   Hopefully sooner than later but don’t we all wish for that.  I’ve mentioned before that The Love Nugget was two weeks late.   My doctor has already said they won’t let me go that long over due since there is now way we are off on our dates as far as being later.  However, my doctor took a leave of absence due to some family emergency so I meet with a new doc in a week.  At this point I’m fine with it since typically a midwife delivers anyway but part of me is a little annoyed because I really like my doctor.  He is the head of perinatology at the hospital and as I see other doctors I learn more about the route he took with me wasn’t what everyone else would have done. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Pregnancy Edition

Hey there!

Hope you all had a wonderful week!  Who’s ready to welcome the weekend!?!  I know I sure am 🙂  It’s been a very long week and I’m ready for a few days or fun!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared some fun Friday Favorites.  Since most of my internet time has been browsing the web for baby stuff, I figured I’d share a few baby/pregnancy favorites.

Favorite toddler outfit – I’m obsessed with the tribal prints that are big right now.  Can you blame me when they look this cute on little’s!!!!!

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How my Diet has Changed

Let me ask you a question.  Do you still eat the exact same foods you did when you were a kid?  In college?  Or even last year?  The answer is probably no right?  I mean, sure you may eat some of the same foods but I doubt you’re eating cocoa puffs, Mc Donalds Happy meals or frozen Lean Cuisines right?  Our diets were constantly changing as we grew and changed.  Even though we are now adults, we are still constantly evolving.  We might find a new food we like or dislike, a new fitness program we enjoy, or a new diet that works for us in that moment.

Which is 100% okay!

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Why I’m not Blogging about my Pregnancy Weight Gain

Why I’m not Blogging about my Pregnancy Weight Gain

Hi guys!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!  It’s been pretty rainy here all week which has kept us mostly indoors.  Some days I don’t mind it and just want to stay on the couch, curled up under a blanket all day.  Usually though I’m itching to get out of the house but with the stormy weather don’t want to attempt venturing out.  Luckily The Love Nugget is back in school this week so I’ve got the mornings to get things done around the house.  Then we try to stay busy in the afternoons by doing things like reading, painting, building legos, going to the library and taking walks with the dogs whenever there’s a break in the weather.

Speaking of walking… I don’t set many New Years goals or resolutions but that is one thing I’ve definitely jotted down that I’d like to work on doing more of.  Walking!    Usually I don’t enjoy it all that much but lately I’ve been craving a nice brisk walk even in the much cooler (often times wet) weather.

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What I’m doing to make this pregnancy work

What I’m doing to make this pregnancy work

In case you missed it, we’re pregnant!

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12 week ultrasound [Read more…]

Gingerbread Houses and Pregnancy Update #2

Gingerbread Houses and Pregnancy Update #2

Ooops!  THis post was supposed to be published a few days ago…  So if it seems a little off that’s why!  Pregnancy brain 😉

One week until Christmas!   I’m just about done shopping but now I need to figure out what we’re going to have for dinners, brunches, etc.  I think we’re hosting at least one dinner and one brunch so it’s time to get planning!  AND baking.  I usually love to bake at Christmas but haven’t been as into it this year.  I did make a batch of this Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge yesterday for an upcoming cookie exchange this week.

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Gift Guide for Pregnancy

Gift Guide for Pregnancy

Okay this one isn’t probably the most common gift guide but one that some people (guys in general) with pregnant women in their lives may find helpful.  Like mine 😉

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Big News….

Big News….

You may have noticed that for the past few months my daily posting has been dwindling, my exercise routine has changed or that I’ve been laying low.  There’s a good reason for that.  One that I’ve been dying to share with you all but wanted to wait until just the right time.  You’ve probably guessed it by now…

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We’re pregnant!  Baby number 2 is coming in June and we ALL couldn’t be more excited.  Of course I’ll be filling you in on all the details so stay tuned 🙂

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Fertility Update

Fertility Update

Many of you may be wondering what’s been going on with all our fertility stuff.  The last time I blogged about it I had shared that we were taking some time to just be us.  Mostly, to just be me.  To not be stressing about getting pregnant, or eating the right foods, taking the right supplements, etc.  Which we did.  I’ve had a few months of feeling more like myself than I’ve felt in a long time.

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With my little workout buddy pre-workout.  It felt great to be back at it!  [Read more…]

How I Stepped off the Scale and Learned to Respect my Body

How I Stepped off the Scale and Learned to Respect my Body

Since I can remember I’ve had this obsession with the scale.  Obviously a lot of it stems from years of yoyo dieting, eating disorders and body issues.  However, even as I got over those things I still struggled with not stepping on the scale every single day.  It’s silly really that we put so much emphasis on a number.  I mean, what does that number really tell us?  Our health?  Our power to love?  Our self worth?  NO!!!!!  It tells us how much our bones, fat, muscle and organs weigh.  Something that is going to be ever changing as we age and grow.  Even when we are adults and we think we are done growing our body is still changing.  So of course we shouldn’t expect to see the same number we saw when we were in high school or even when we were in our twenties.  Our bodies mature and change and with that we should accept that number to change as well.

Now I’m not saying we should sit back and watch it steep to some obscene number as we gain weight unhealthfully.  I’m saying that we shouldn’t have the expectation of it remaining the same as years go by and our bodies change.

It took me many years to realize this.  Honestly it wasn’t until this past year where I spent so much time struggling with the weight gained for fertility, that I learned to respect my body a little more.  Part of that respect came from stepping off the scale.  Like I said, for years I was waking up daily, emptying my body of liquids with a trip to the bathroom, then stripping down and stepping on the scale.  Every morning.  Then I would let that number judge of how my day would go.  If that number was up I made sure I hit the gym hard and cut back on calories.  If that number was low I might have an active recovery day or an actual rest day.  Maybe allow myself to splurge a little more than I would if it was up.  Ridiculous right?  The crazy thing is, I know that millions of other women do the same thing.  I know this because they’ve told me.  I’ve had so many conversations with friends, or just women in general where we’ve joked about how we allow that number to control our lives.

“Want another glass of wine?”  “Oh no thank you I was up a few pounds today.”

“Let’s go get a frozen yogurt.”  “I can’t I gained a few pounds over the weekend.”

You’ve probably heard it and maybe even said it at one point or another.  But why?  Why do we let that number run our lives?  Don’t we matter so much more than a  silly number?

YES!  AND at 34 I’m finally realizing this.  For the past several months I’ve found myself waking in the mornings and bypassing the scale.  Then going about my day without thinking about it or the number I would have seen at all.  You know what?  It’s been quite freeing really.  I find that I’m no longer stressing about what that number will be tomorrow throughout the day.  No longer worrying how what I put in my mouth will affect it or if I’m spending enough time at the gym.

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The biggest thing I’ve noticed is a new respect for my body.  Before when I was stepping on the scale daily, I would shame my body if that number was much higher than it was before.  I would feel mad, depressed, and frustrated with the way I looked.  Now, as I’ve stepped away from the scale, I no longer notice those feelings.  Even when I put on a pair of jeans that no longer fits, or go shopping and notice I’m no longer the size I once was.  I respect that my body isn’t what it was when I was in my twenties, let alone a few years ago.  I’ve come to respect that muscle weighs more than fat and while I might have weighed less in the past, I have more muscle now that contributes to that number being higher.   Even though I’ve always known this, for years I didn’t embrace it.

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It’s sad really.  The amount of time I spent stressing over being a certain weight or looking a certain way.  What’s really important is being truly healthy.  At this time in my life, truly healthy means carrying more body fat so I can hopefully one day soon carry a healthy baby.  It’s taken me a few years to honor my body for all it’s doing for me and I can honestly say that stepping away from the scale has helped me to do that.  To treasure this amazing thing that I have rather than worry about a silly number.

So I challenge you ladies (and gentlemen) to step away from the scale!  To learn to love your body for all it’s done for you and will do for you in the future.  To embrace your curves and respect your muscles.  To nourish your body with good healthy food and an active lifestyle not just to lose weight but because you love your body and you want it to be healthy. Who knows, maybe you’ll find with your newfound love for your body that you lose those last 10 pounds or gain the muscle you’ve been wanting to.  You’ll never know if you don’t try it 🙂

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