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I was inspired the other day when my hubby came home with a printed out sheet detailing his latest workout and diet plan. Don’t get me wrong…we’re not fad dieters or impulsive, sporadic exercisers. Well, there was that three-month stint with P90X, but overall we try to live a healthy lifestyle and not follow the fads too much. We buy local, mostly organic food at our local farmer’s market and Whole Foods, we try to cook mostly at home (as much as we loooove to go out…and do!) and we (depending on what part of the year you catch us in) typically work out between three and six days a week. Three is on the low side, and hubby never really hits that mark. I do though.

Last week I had my first real, “I’m pregnant and exhausted week.” I guess that would make this week my second. 😉 I found myself so tired that I was skipping my workouts. So when hubby came home with that new workout plan I felt reinspired. I pulled out my iPhone and created a list of my own. Here’s my plan, which I’ve been following since last Thursday:

  • Saturday – 20 minutes of cardio and arms
  • Sunday – 20 minutes of cardio and arms
  • Monday – Prenatal yoga DVD
  • Tuesday – 20 minutes of cardio and arms
  • Wednesday – Prenatal yoga DVD
  • Thursday – 20 minutes of cardio and arms
  • Friday – Rest

Now I’m sure I won’t follow this six-day a week plan every week, but I figure the closer I get to six days a week the better, and hopefully I’ll stay close to that number. I’ve already found myself having more energy since adding my workout back into my schedule (even though I’m still very tired every day — I was fighting off sleep an hour ago…at 7:30!)

For cardio I am doing either 20 minutes on the elliptical or on the treadmill, and I’ve noticed so far that these activities have been harder for me than it was before. My heart must be pumping more than normal. I don’t like running anyway, so I’m doing a nice steady pace — what amounts to just under 2 miles on the elliptical or about a mile walking at varying slopes on the treadmill. I am concentrating on keeping my breath even and squeezing those buns!

Also, I know it may look like I’m working my arms a lot, but I’m really just doing the equivalent of curls, tricep extensions/dips/etc., and shoulder exercises to the length of one song on my iPod Shuffle…however long that song may be. I figure if my arms start to feel tired working multiple days in a row, I’ll switch it up and do another type of muscle-building exercise one day. The reason I am focused (for now) on my arms is because I’m self conscious of them and would like to avoid them growing larger as my belly does! 🙂

As far as my yoga DVD goes, I just took the plastic wrap off the Element: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga DVD I picked up…erhmmm…a couple months ago before even conceiving. I really enjoyed the video. The prenatal sequence was only 30 minutes long, which I like because I have a hard time staying focused for a longer workout. The video was a combination of relaxing and strengthening. No — it’s not anywhere near the most intense yoga video I’ve done, but it feels just right, and I could still feel it working my muscles and stretching me. I also enjoyed the relaxing backdrop in the video and the meditative moments spent with one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly, connecting with baby.

So that’s my plan. I  feel good about getting my sleepy self off the couch again and getting into a workout groove similar to the one I was in before I became pregnant. What is your prenatal workout plan?

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I need a hobby, an outlet for my increased excitement and anticipation. Something other than baby making. Or thinking about baby making.

And I do love a good hobby. For a year I took belly dancing classes and really dug it, so much that I ended up with a bag full of coin sashes, ballet flats, knee pads (so I could do this dance — but that’s not me in the video, it’s just the choreography I did — pretty awesome, huh?), crop tops, and even a sword. I became a little disenchanted with it, but who knows? I may go back someday.

Well maybe a craft, then. Before hubby and I were married, the first Christmas/holiday season we were together his family decided to do a crafty gift exchange. I had to make something for his mom. No pressure on the new girlfriend, right? I tried to make this. I wish I had a picture of what it really looks like. Because it did not look like that. My shadow box involved permanent marker. Oops. Sweet lady still put it on her bedroom wall.

Perhaps a crafty class is in order, but one other thing I am thinking about exploring more fully is yoga. Hubby and I have been doing workout-type yoga DVDs for a while now, but I like the spiritual aspect of yoga too and would like to explore a real yoga practice rather than just a workout DVD like this one, which is one of the ones we do at home. We never did end up going to that ashram I mentioned a week or so ago. I can’t remember why anymore. Slept in, who knows? But yesterday we did go to a class at another studio and I really enjoyed it.

There’s something about having an instructor guide me through the bodily and mental process behind yoga that really helps me. When the instructor yesterday told me to focus on the four points of my foot rooting into the Earth, I really felt them, could just sense my foot and leg anchoring solidly into the ground. When I think about hugging my muscles tighter around the bones I can almost feel that as well. Yoga makes me feel more aware, more alive. It makes me feel really strong too. I can’t believe I ever thought yoga only involved stretching. It’s a really good workout — for the body and spirit.

Maybe this will be my new jam.

Now as far as this weekend is concerned, here’s a picture from our wedding day that demonstrates one of the hobbies we’ll be taking part in over the next couple days. Oops, there I go thinking about baby making again. 😉

Smooches

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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After finally getting my period yesterday after a seemingly endless 41 days after going off birth control, I’m feeling optimistic and ready to start the baby making in a week or two!

Here are some things I’m celebrating with:

Celebration

  1. My newfound love, Prosecco. Hey, I might as well enjoy it while I can, right? I had a glass yesterday when hubby and I went out here for pizza, and I’m sitting at my laptop right now with a glass from a bottle we picked up at Publix…okay, I want to say we picked it up today, but it was really after dinner last night.
  2. This amazingly beautiful and whimsical nursery mobile. I have had my eye on this puppy from seller PinkPerch on Etsy (one of my favorite websites) for quite a while now, and I have a feeling one day it’s going to be a focal point in our future baby’s nursery. Just pulling it up online makes my heart dance a little jig.
  3. This awesome birdseed baby duck set. I am waiting on these to arrive in the mail sometime during the next week or so after buying them on Etsy from seller 2birdsinlove. Along with cute, personalized tags and tucked nicely into a tiny bags, they will serve as the favors for one of my best friend’s baby shower I am helping to host in a couple weeks. We’ve known each other since we were 12 and she’s about to have her first child, a little boy.
  4. Ahhh, yoga. Lately hubby and I have starting dipping our toes into the water of yoga. We’ve been trying a couple DVDs, and this week we will celebrate life by going to our first ashram in Atlanta…or okay, well…first ashram ever.
  5. Putting our condo up for sale. Last night, giddy and bouncing up and down around our little twelfth floor two bedroom (about getting my period, of course), I happily joined hubby in cleaning out our catch-all room of a second bedroom so we can begin showing our house for sale; last week I made a flyer for our unit. We’d really like to be living in a single family, preferably with four but definitely with three bedrooms, before having a baby. Hubby wants a music room for his guitar playing and I want a library/craft room/writing room.
  6. Roasted brussels sprouts. We celebrated with those tonight…tossing them, some cauliflower, and some sliced roasted red pepper sausage in olive oil, black pepper, and sea salt. It took about thirty minutes (stirring several times) at 400 degrees and was delicious, especially with a bit of hot sauce dashed on top. We’ve roasted brussels sprouts for a while, but one of my favorite reads, Wit & Whistle, recently reminded me to put it back in the (now celebratory) rotation.

I’m happy this week! What things, activities, or food do you revel in when you feel like celebrating?

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