19 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

Oh my goodness!  It’s difficult to believe that I’m almost to the halfway point in this pregnancy.  I’m going to mention it now, because my post next week will be a little late.  Jeff and I leave for our cruise this upcoming Sunday, and we won’t be home until the following weekend.  It’s exciting because I’ll turn exactly 20 weeks while down in the Caribbean!  Unfortunately I can’t celebrate with a drink.  Oh well.

Weekly Update:

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Tend to have a little bump at night, but it’s less noticeable in the mornings.

How far along: 19 weeks

Maternity Clothes:  I did end up buying some maternity clothes this week because I needed a pair of shorts for the cruise, and while I was at it I also purchased a couple of cute tops.  I’m becoming a little sad though that my regular jeans aren’t fitting me as well as they use to, but I know it’s all for a good cause.  They are just mostly getting tight in the thighs.  For some reason that’s where I seem to put on weight first.  I’m still in the stage of just looking larger, and haven’t really popped yet.  Maybe soon.

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Missing Anything:  I’m missing comfortably being able to fit into my clothes.  I usually end up trying on tons of different outfits before I go out, and am never fully happy with what I find.  I also miss my usually eating habits.  Those have definitely changed since becoming pregnant.  Oh yeah, I can’t forget being able to do crunches.  I definitely miss those and all my other hard core workouts.

Cravings:  I didn’t really have any strong cravings this week, although Jeff tends to laugh at me a lot.  Mostly because I’ll tell him that I’m so full one minute and don’t even want to think about food and then, no joke, a minute later I’ll literally say, ‘I’m hungry’, or, ‘you know what sounds good?’.

Movement:  I think I might have felt a little something the other day, while I was out running errands.  I didn’t have a chance for lunch and was planning to eat when I got home, but I think Griffin, (that’s what we are naming him) got mad, so he kicked me.  Apparently he wanted food.  I also think I felt him move some when I was relaxing in bed.

Exercise:  Sadly, I have to admit that this has not been my strongest week when it comes to exercise, and I hate being lazy. I’ve only made it to the gym, for my own workouts, a couple of times.  In addition to the gym, I did get in one short 3 mile run, and one long 10 mile run.  I ended up hurting my back some doing my long run though, so I’ve been trying to take it easy to allow recovery time before my 1/2 marathon this Sunday.  I’m happy to report that it’s already feeling better.  I think I just pulled a muscle.  I’ve also walked a little on my treadmill at an incline, but not nearly as much as I normally do.  Hopefully next week I will get back into it more, even though I’ll be on vacation.  Surprisingly I love working out on cruise ships.  One of my favorite things to do is get up super early, when the ship is empty, and run laps outside on the running deck.

Health/Feelings:  At my doctors appointment last Friday my OBGYN told me that everything looked good and that I was right on track with where I needed to be.  I have to be honest though and say I don’t like seeing the number on the scale go up, but I know it will be fun afterwards when I get to watch that number go back down.  It will also be fun because I love a good challenge and pushing myself to my limits.  I can’t wait until I can workout as intensely as I was before I got pregnant.

So my personal goal for next week, even though I’ll be on vacation, is to get in a decent workout every day.  What’s going to be your goal?  I truly believe that it’s important to set goals for yourself and do everything you can to reach those goals.  Helpful Tip: Sometimes writing down your goals, then crossing them off as you accomplish them, is a great form of motivation.

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Still no true bump in the mornings, just looking more full figured.

Best of luck to all of you, and even though I won’t see some of you at the gym next week, I will when I get back!

 

18 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

Big news this week!  It’s a………….

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Jeff and I are beyond excited to be welcoming our baby boy, Griffin Ozzy King, to the family this July!

As of today…….

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A tiny little bump looks like it may be beginning!

How far along: 18 weeks, 1 day

Maternity clothes:  I was still able to wear my regular size jeans to my doctors appointment today, but began to realize that I’m finally beginning to show a little bit more than I thought.  Due to this, I feel that today might just be the last day I try to wear them.  I’ve also been trying to prepare some clothes for the cruise that Jeff and I will be taking soon.  I think that this weekend I might just need to go out and buy a new pair of shorts and a few tops that are a tad longer.

Missing Anything:  I’m not really missing anything new, just the same things that I’ve been missing for the past few weeks.

Food Cravings:  I’ve really been craving fruit a lot this past week.  Especially watermelon and pineapple.  I can pretty much go through an entire pineapple or watermelon in one day, but I cut it up, separate it, and pace myself.  It’s just a good thing that my husband doesn’t eat f ruit.  More for me!

Movement:  Sadly, I still have not felt any true movement.  There have been a few times where I thought I might have felt something, but I have no way of really knowing.  Hopefully soon.

Highlight of the week:  the highlight of this week actually occurred today.  Jeff and I attended our anatomy scan and got to watch our little boy move around for about 35 minutes or so as the technician took all his measurements and looked over his entire body to make sure everything was functioning properly.  It was so cool being able to see clearly see his brain, spine, kidneys, toes, fingers, eyes, heart (all four chambers and beating away like crazy), etc.

Exercise:  this week has been a great week!  I completed a long run of 8 miles, (plan to do 10 on Sunday) in addition to lots of other runs.  Total, I came close to completing 20 miles for the week.  I also continued to walk on the treadmill, at an incline, for about 60 minutes or more each day, and I even made it into the gym for my own hour long workouts.  My legs may have been a little sore this week, but it’s definitely the good kind of sore and the kind I missed.

What’s next:  This upcoming week is going to be a busy one.  I have to start packing for my 1/2 marathon weekend and for our week long cruise!  I also want to get in a little more training of my own, and have others to train as well.  I still have openings this week though, so if you’re interested in coming in to train, feel free to let me know.

Enjoy your week/weekend and make yourself proud!

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Not a true bump quite yet, unfortunately I’m just looking a little pudgier.

17 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

Well, it’s been another successful week, and I hope it has been for you too!

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How far along: 17 weeks, 1 day

Maternity clothes:  I just happened to be out shopping at target yesterday, (like I am most days) and decided to walk over and browse through the maternity section.  I really just wanted to see what types of things they had.  While I was browsing I saw a cute pair of jeans, and thought, I might as well just try them on to see what they look like.  Oh my gosh!  I instantly fell in love.  My regular jeans still fit, but these were just so much more comfortable and stretchy.  Needless to say, I bought them.  I will probably start wearing them too, bc I really don’t want to continue wearing my favorite jeans and risk ruining them.  I will wear them again in the early fall.

Missing Anything:  This week I realized I was missing a couple of things.  For one….I miss being comfortable when I sleep.  I’m at the point now where I know I shouldn’t sleep on my back, and I’ve always been a back sleeper.  It may take a little longer, but I do end up falling asleep laying on my side, however I usually wake up on my back and then I start my morning with a lower back pain.  It stinks.  In addition to this, I also miss getting a full nights sleep.  I typically wake up 2 or more times throughout the night and then it takes me about an hour to fall back to sleep.  Hopefully that won’t last.

Movement:  I’m still anxiously awaiting some type of movement.  If I’m lucky maybe I’ll start to feel something this week.  Knowing my luck, it won’t be for awhile yet.  I guess that’s ok, because the last thing I want is for the baby to kick me the whole time I’m running my half marathon in a few weeks.  Everything will happen in due time.

Looking forward to:  Jeff and I are really looking forward to finding out the gender of our mini me next week.  Everyone has been telling us their guesses, so we will see who’s correct.  I will be eccstatic either way!  I just want a healthy and happy baby.  We also booked our “baby moon” this week.  Ok, really just a vacation, but that’s what people call it when you’re expecting. My older sister works on the Disney Cruise Line (Magic) so she was able to get us onboard a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise.   Therefore, in about 2 weeks we’ll be packing up our bags and traveling to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Castaway Cay.  I can hardly wait!

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Exercise:  I’ve been continuing with my same workout routine.  I walk on my treadmill, run, lift weights, and also added in the leg challenge that I posted a few days ago.  In addition to this, I want to start going back to the gym more, for myself, and not just to train others.  My husband Jeff decided that he was going to get a membership there too and we will do early morning workouts together.  If you’re an early riser and want company when working out, we will be there typically around 5:30 a.m.

Health/feelings:  I can’t lie….I was a little disappointed in myself this week.  I gave into my cravings some days and ate a few things I know I shouldn’t have.  One day I had a few Oreos, another day I had some Girl Scout cookies, and another day I had some graham crackers.  Overall it wasn’t too bad, but I typically have stronger will power.  Apparently the baby likes cookies.  I guess that’s something else you can say I miss.  Eating healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I do and have been eating healthy; lots of lean protein, with fruits and veggies, but sometimes that just doesn’t feel like enough.  It’s gotten better though.  At least I’m not eating out anymore, 1st trimester was bad.  And I’m happy with my steady weight gain.  As of today I’ve still only gained between 7-9 lbs.  (it changes every time I weigh myself) and I’m almost to my halfway point.

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New Month, New You!

It always amazes me the transformation our bodies can go through in just a month.  I know you probably hear it all the time, but eating right, in combination with working out, definitely makes a huge difference.  Trust me when I say that I’ve seen it with my own eyes; not only in the people I train and work with, but also in myself.

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This is just to give you an idea of what a month transformation can look like (this was taken back at the end of May).  I was able to drop 10 pounds and a number of inches in the hips, thighs, and arms.

I’ve always been one to rise to a challenge and I know that right now I’m going to be gaining some weight and there’s nothing I can do about it (due to being pregnant). It’s a little disheartening, but I know that it’s all for a good cause and come July I will hopefully have one happy and healthy baby.  However, just because I’m going to be gaining some weight, I can still make sure that I’m working out and making smart decisions; especially when it comes to the food I put in my system.  This way I hopefully won’t gain too much and the weight that I do put on should be easier to lose.  Keeping all this in mind, I’m continuing to workout on a daily basis, doing my best to make healthy choices (stupid cravings), and even created a leg challenge for the month of February.  I’m not sure about all of you, but for me, the first place I always seem to pack on the pounds is in my hips, thighs, and butt.  Due to that, February’s challenge was designed to target those problem areas.  I hope that you’ll join in and complete the challenge with me!  For more motivation, please feel free to keep me posted on how you’re doing!

Complete this Workout Daily!

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