Happy Friday! As local readers are aware, this week was pretty hot and a little muggy (you know, summer…). While my skin LOVES this weather, the rest of me (especially the super pregnant parts) are not digging it. The result- my workouts have gotten a bit sluggish. Plus I’m pretty heavy right now and even the “easy” workouts require some extra exertion on my part, so I think I’ve finally hit the point in late pregnancy where I’ll take what I can get!
Speaking of pregnancy, one of my favorite blogs to follow, Hungry Runner Girl, just made a pretty big announcement today! I love reading about running and seeing how other women adjust lifestyles to pregnancy and children, whether they are runners, weightlifters, or whatever, and this has been one of my favorite blogs to follow for almost 3 years now.
One of the things she talks about is getting sick early on. As I’ve mentioned before, morning sickness wasn’t a huge issue for me until a couple weeks ago. Now I have some food aversions, and they’re geared towards vegetables and fruit. All I have wanted to eat is bread/toast, cereal, cheese, chips…stuff that’s fairly bland and with so-so nutritional value. Last night I made a smoothie, which I’ve been too lazy to do, and I’m looking forward to having it later. All I used was: 1 banana, 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (we use Wyman’s, mainly because I used to work there), water, Vegan Vanilla Shakeology, and some milk.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s workouts. It may look like I did a lot of different things this week, but let me emphasize that these were all low impact and done at a modified rate (meaning snail’s pace):
Monday: 15 minutes cycling, Total Body Cardio, Shift Shop Teaser Workout, 20 minutes Walking, 30 minute elliptical.
Tuesday: 80 minutes of walking (split between morning, afternoon, and evening), Upper Fix, Iso Strength Chisel
Wednesday: Barre Legs, 35 minute elliptical, 20 minute walk
Thursday: Lower Fix, Hammer Buildup, 20 minute walk, Aqua Aerobics
Friday: Dirty30, half of Chisel Cardio, 35 minute elliptical
Taking it Easy
As mentioned before, all of my workouts this week were low impact (no burpees or tuck jumps for me, thanks). I’ve been loosely following the 21 Day Fix workouts, throwing in an occasional extra weight lifting session. Going out for a walk has become an almost daily routine because it’s been so nice and I love the fresh air, but this weekend I’m going to start wearing my maternity belt for extra back support. Last Saturday night I actually had to dig the heating pad out after a 3 mile walk! The good news is baby is still happy and kicking, so I don’t mind lugging her around for another month or so 🙂
I also found this prenatal Pilates workout on YouTube which I want to get better about making a routine since it’s so good for my back/hips. The difference between prenatal pilates and “regular” is that sometimes regular exercises want you to lie flat on your back or stomach, which isn’t good for women with a bump. The prenatal version avoids all of that.
Aqua aerobics is still going well and it feels amazing to step into the water after a hot day. The hardest part of class is getting my bathing suit on (yesterday was quite a pre-workout workout). Part of me thinks I should invest in a larger suit, but part of me is like “Eh, wait it out, it’s just another 6ish weeks,” and I might not even feel like getting in the pool in another couple weeks. These are my dilemmas 🙂
My routine has also adjusted a bit. Usually I’m a “get up and go” workout person- getting my workout in first thing was always a priority. After a rough patch with trying to do that and not be physically drained by the time I got to work (and then make it for the next 8 hours) was tough. This week I started letting myself sleep in an extra half hour and going to bed earlier (this means not getting in as much as I want to done with the blog and studying, unfortunately) so I’ll only do part of a workout in the morning and save the rest for after work. I’m also not as routine-driven as I used to be- I do a workout based on how I feel that day rather than following a schedule.
Taking it easy has never come naturally for me until now, and I’m going with it. My body knows what it needs right now and it’s mainly just sleep 🙂 We’ve chatted a bit about recognizing the signs your body needs something like a recovery day before, but depending on lifestyle changes, you may have to adjust for more than a day. In other words, work with what you’ve got! Doing something is still better than doing nothing at all 🙂
What are some ways you adjust your workouts?
Any good smoothie recommendations?
I still love using Beachbody On Demand to stream workouts from home, and it gives me more freedom to be whimsical about what workout I want to do each day! Right now it is $99 for the year, which is a little over $8/month- way cheaper than most gym memberships. You can also get a free trial if you want to test things out first!