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Exercisin’ with the bump on board

TGIF!  Usually my Fridays are either off completely or shorter, but today is going to be a full day.  Sigh.  That will make the weekend so much sweeter when it comes – wahoo!

Today’s topic is about exercise.  When I first started my blog, I thought I’d log my workouts like many other bloggers do, then I quickly realized that it just wasn’t me… One reason is that I felt a little intimidated by the rigor at which other bloggers work out and also the frequency.  While my workouts did include Bikram and Spinning, most of my workouts (more often than not) were a 40 min speed-walk on the treadmill at maybe a 1-3 deg incline a few days a week.   So I stopped writing those up.

Now that I’m preggers, I’m all about sharing Laughing out loud

But before I get into it, look what I got:


The above is the illusive package that my MIL sent me.  Why Zulily took so long, I have no clue, but it’s maternity work-out wear –> yahooo!!!

It’s obvious that weight gain is part of being pregnant.  Because I’m in the normal, or healthy, BMI range, it is suggested I gain 25-35 lbs overall.  As I near week 23, I should have gained about 12 – 15 lbs (+/-).  As you saw from yesterday’s post, I have gained about 10 lbs and I’m A-OK with that.  I know weight gain comes fast and furious at the end, so I’m not concerned that I won’t reach at least that 25 lb mark!

One thing that I’ve kept up with consistently is my workouts.  Since I dodged a major bullet with no morning sickness, I was able to continuously workout with no problems. 

But how I worked out definitely changed.

I had no idea that I would start to feel so tired / winded in the early weeks of my pregnancy.  And even now that I’m firmly in my second, I still get pooped at medium-intensity workouts.  Per my doctor’s advice I have discontinued Bikram (note, I did go 2 days after I found out, then stopped).  The main reason Bikram is not advised is because the intense heat loosens your muscles allowing for deeper stretching, but when you’re preggers, that stretching can be dangerous for your already loose ligaments.  So no more Bikram for me Smile with tongue out

I went to a few Spinning classes in my 1st Trimester, but have since scrapped my gym membership since I wasn’t using it all that much. 

Now what does a typical week of workouts look like for this preggers lady?

  • Sunday: 35 minutes elliptical (at 4 resistance);  15 minutes on treadmill with average speed of 3.8 mph and incline 0.5 degrees; side planks held for 30 seconds each; walk dog for 20 minutes
  •  Monday: Dog walk for 25 minutes; side planks for 30 seconds each and windmills
  • Tuesday: 25 minutes elliptical (at 4 resistance);  15 minutes on treadmill with average speed of 3.8 mph and incline 0.5 degrees; side planks held for 30 seconds each; walk dog for 20 minutes; 30-40 tricep dips, and 20-40 lunges
  • Wednesday: Dog walk for 25 minutes; side planks for 30 seconds each and windmills
  • Thursday: 10 minutes stationary bike, 10 minutes pre-cor, 30 minutes treadmill at speeds varying 3.5-4.0 mph and incline 0.0-5.0 deg; held for 30 seconds each; walk dog for 20 minutes
  • Friday: Dog walk for 25 minutes
  • Saturday: Weights! (routine varies) mixture of lunges, free weights (biceps, triceps, shoulders), leg-press, ab-machine; treadmill ll for 15 minutes or long dog walk

I have gone to one prenatal yoga class and enjoyed the calming zen aspect, but it wasn’t much of a workout so those may be saved for more near the end of my pregnancy.

Oh and the rule of keeping your heart rate (bpm) below 140 bpmis a bit outdated.  Now what doctors advise is to work out as intensely as you want where you can still hold a normal conversation.  And of course always listening to any aches / pains / dizziness, in which case stop!

So it’s not much, but it’s workin’ for me!

Aug 23 2011

(You can’t tell me I’m not keeping it real with that unflattering picture!!! Embarrassed smile)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta get through this work day so I can get baking for the Moms-to-be brunch I’m holding tomorrow ;)

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you consider walking your dog exercise?


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Preggers body over the weeks

I promise I won’t turn this into a baby blog, but since it’s all still so shiny and new for me, I want to share a little bit more.

A few people asked if I’m showing or gaining weight.  The answer is a little…to both. 

In the morning I wake up and my tummy is relatively flat, but by the end of the day I swear I swell up a few inches in circumferences and my pooch (aka belly bump) is more evident.  It’s all below the belly button at this point.  I should note that I am very short torso-ed, so it will be interesting to see where my weight gain will go – there ain’t much room!

As for weight gain, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a pretty wide range of weight that I can reside in.  I prefer to stay in between 114 – 118 lbs (again I’m 5’4.5”), but I’ve also been known to reside above 120 lbs after the holidays, one-too-many fat kid moments, etc.  That being said, I am now just a couple pounds above my preferred weight range. 

And admittedly, I’d say maybe 2 of the 4 lbs of weight I’ve gained is because I’ve been eating too much in the evenings.  I’ve been a bit of snack monster, what can I say?

I’m still working out ~4x’s per week, but noticeably only able to give about 90% my norm.  But it’s all good!

So here’s a handful of photos from week 1- week 14.  I didn’t do the side profile of the bump because, well there isn’t much to see, so perhaps you  can see,from a random assortment of my daily outfit photos, any differences Who me? (Click to enlarge)

(Cats outta the bag that I take pictures of my outfit daily ;)  I do this to keep track and know when I wore something last.  I didn’t take any of these photos with the intent of sharing them with anyone, but it’s close as I’ve got to “baby bump progress pics”)

Come on, tell me you take photos of your outfit every day?  Or at least sometimes!


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Push it, push it real good

A little Salt N Pepa to start your Wednesday ;)

Today’s topics is about “push presents.”  Have you heard of this?  If you’re a fan of the Bravo show Pregnant in Heels, then you’re probably in the know.  Oh and the show is hilarious and informative — check it out!

Wikipedia says the following about push presents:

A push present (also known as a “push gift” or “baby bauble”) is a present a new father gives a new mother when she gives birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has supposedly grown in the United States in recent years.

A 2007 survey of over 30,000 respondents by BabyCenter.com found that 38% of new mothers received a push present, and 55% of pregnant mothers wanted one, though fewer thought it was actually expected.

Inneresting, no?

Well let me tell you, some day when I give birth, I’m going to be in the category of wanting (but certainly not expecting a push present).  And I’ve already found what I want.

Hello lover

While in SF for our anniversary staycation, Zach and I stopped by my favorite jewelry store, Lang’s Antiques.  And what do you know, I found this vintage gem.

This graceful and flowing all round diamond band ring, circa 1930, winks and sparkles with just under a carat of bright white European-cut and single-cut diamonds. A distinctive dazzler.

It fits perfectly on my right hand forefinger or middle finger and I am seriously lusting over it.  And it would go well with my 1915’s engagement ring.  Sigh….

This looks just right on my finger, I swear ;)

The price tag, not so much.  Platinum vintage rings are not cheap, unfortunately.

Being that I cannot depend on a push present anytime soon, I’ve decided to set up a splurge account on top of my monthly budgeting.  So far, I’m nearly half-way there!

What do you think of push presents?

Do you like vintage jewelry?

What do you want to splurge on?


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