#SweatPink Shoelace {Giveaway}

If I could choose one thing to do today it would be to go for the longest, hardest run that I could. My body is aching for a good long, challenge run. But at 37 weeks pregnant, it’s just not possible for me to do so – even though my mind is wanting to my body needs rest (at least that’s what my Dr. say’s). So a little prenatal yoga and little walks it is for me.

Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to join the Sweat Pink crew with Fit Approach as an Ambassador. Since becoming a sweat pink ambassador I moved into my third trimester of this pregnancy and have been limited to what workouts I can do ūüė¶

You know, for a girl who’s pretty active (running at lunch time to fit one in, working out at home while our toddler sleeps and finding any excuse to walk a little more), it’s been pretty hard limited my “fitness” recently. But I know I’ll get back into a routine once this baby arrives and I’m feeling good to do so.

In the mean time, I have two sweet pairs of Sweat Pink “Pink Laces”¬†to giveaway!!!

sweat pink ambassador

To win a pair of pink laces:

Leave a comment telling me how you get your “sweat pink” on AND why?

(Why are you active?)

I will pick two winners on Friday November 30th 2012 at noon (Atlantic Time Zone).

(Unless I am having our baby, then I will pick to random winners ASAP).

Open to those in Canada or US. Contest open for 1 week, winners chosen at random.

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Check out my Blog Roll for more Sweat Pink Ambassadors

AND

I have a few awesome Sweat Pink ladies guest posting this month and next. I’ll have one per week this month so be sure to check back and read their posts.

You can read the first two here:

Molly’s Motivation.

Are We There Yet? Running With Passengers

And check back for more Sweat Pink Ambassadors each week.

Cheers, Anna from Piper’s Run

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Pregnancy: 32 weeks

The weeks are flying by now! We’ve hit 32 weeks already! Here’s what’s been going on.

Weeks: 32

Age of Toddler: 28 months ( 2 years 4 months old)

Baby’s Movement: We have a boxer in there! Baby is getting so strong and still very active. We can now identify elbows. Pretty crazy stuff going on in there ūüôā

Baby items we bought: We have all of Lilly’s clothing, toys, bedding and cloth diapers still, so we’re pretty good here. But there are still a few things that we bought or had to get since it’s a winter baby.

  • Bought an awesome car seat cover for $8 at a second-hand shop
  • Bought a “sleeping bag” for the stroller for $4 at a Children’s sale (POMBA)
  • Bought random sleepers for the winter months as Lilly was born in June they are all short-sleeved

Belly Button: Flat!

Challenges:

  • Putting on my sexy compression stockings. It’s already hard to touch my feet but putting it on before I get out of bed is like a mini workout for me! ha!
  • Managing a full day of work, stuff at home (dinner, dishes, laundry etc) and finding time to be active.

Cravings:

  • Skim milk by the glass! (I never drink milk on its own, being lactose intolerant, milk hasn’t been a love of mine)
  • Apples (maybe because we just went apple picking)
  • Protein: skim milk, yogurt, chicken, salmon, cheese ….

Exercise:

  • Prenatal Yoga at home from You Tube
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Ball exercises

Gender: Unknown, it’s a surprise for us ūüôā

Maternity Clothing: Starting not to fit as well as before ūüė¶ But rediscovered my belly bands.

My Mood: No so emotional the last two weeks, pretty happy.

Preparation for baby #2:

  • Lilly – reading her lots of “BIG SISTER” books, talking to her about changes that will take place and what she can do to help us bathe the baby, put it to bed before she goes to sleep etc.
  • Baby’s Room: see still to do below
  • Ordered “Newborn” cloth diapers. I¬†bought 1 cause it was so darn cute and have ordered the rest. We tried to put Lilly in cloth diapers right away however she was so small 6 lbs 13 oz and dropped to 5lbs 11oz. She didn’t fit into our “one size fit’s all” diapers until she was two months. That was a lot of disposable diapers.

Sleep: Is pretty chopped up these days. I can manage about 3-4 hours in a row and then wake up to pee or have to roll over – which if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know how painful that is for me. I’m okay with not sleeping for long hours, I just don’t enjoy the pain that comes will rolling over to my other side.

Some nights I pass out between 6 – 7 pm – pure exhaustion.

Still to do:

  1. Pack hospital Bag. ¬†Yes, I’ve already started this one – have a few random things in the bag. ¬†I packed Lilly’s a few hours before I went into labour (had a few signs it could happen soon) and wrote our birth over dinner that night.
  2. Write birth plan – review with our Doctor.
  3. Finish cleaning up the “baby’s room” – about 75% done. This was our spare room, so I’m looking for places to hide put stuff away.
  4. Purchase random items, cloth diapers (and prep them) and a few other things.
  5. Remember how to put baby’s seat in the car (do this early November – just in case).

Symptoms:

  • Exhaustion (went to bed many nights between 6pm and 7:30pm!)
  • Nausea is increasing again – that’s just not fair
  • Ligament pain is decreasing
  • Upper back pain is increasing out of nowhere!
  • Heartburn is increasing
  • My feet/legs are swelling if I am sitting or standing too much – now wearing fancy compression stockings! Pair that with my sexy maternity (lower) back brace and I’m one hot mama-t0-be ūüôā Don’t be jealous.

What I am worried about at this point:

  • Going into labour early (again). Lilly was born at 36 weeks, 2 days.
  • Working too long. With Lilly, I was put off work at 35 weeks (Friday) and went into labour Sunday night.
  • What to do with Lilly when I do go into labour/head to the hospital. Lilly’s birth was…umm…rather quick. Not really knowing I was in labour, my water broke at 10:30pm, we got to the hospital around 11pm and she was out at 2:22am (it was a natural birth).

Difference in Pregnancy:

Not sure if there is much of a difference at this point.

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If you missed it, my 30 week update.

Next update: 34 weeks – woah!

Pregnancy: Cutting back on exercise

Working out / being active is a big priority in my life, which didn’t change when I became pregnant with our second baby. However, over the course of this pregnancy my level of working out has changed quite drastically.

During my first trimester I was still running quite a bit, doing my good old favourite Jillian Michael’s DVD workouts and sleeping a lot. I managed to run two 5k races you can read about here and here. My body was exhausted from being pregnant and I would go to bed extremely early (5:30pm or 6:30pm).

During my second trimester, which also happened to be during the warm/humid summer months my workouts took a turn in a different direction. I could no longer run without pain afterwards, hydration was at the top of my list (ice-cold water, watermelon or oranges). It wasn’t until weeks 20-23 that I started to feel better = less nausea all day/night long.

  • I stopped running at 18 weeks – this was something that I struggled with a lot
  • I started to do a lot of walking in the evenings once it cooled down: 30 minute power walks
  • Fit Mom DVD once or twice a week
  • Random Prenatal Yoga here and there
  • Around 26 weeks, I had a conversation with a co-worker who told me that she didnt’ run during her pregnancys¬† (she’s a BIG runner) and somehow that made me feel okay with not running.

Since I’ve hit my third trimester my workouts have yet changed again.

  • I now sport a sexy maternity back brace – see here,
  • Have seen a Physiotherapist and have been given ball exercises to do. Plus she taped my belly before I had the brace – that was fun!
  • Exhaustion is setting in again, sleep is taking over¬†and it’s getting darker earlier so might night-time walks aren’t happening as much as I want them to.
  • Life has just been getting in the way – terrible, terrible excuse – no, it’s not an excuse because really we all do have time to be active…let’s be honest, I’ve chosen other things to do besides working out – and that’s okay (for now).

Last Sunday, I decided to hit the streets while Lilly took her afternoon nap and Sai was home. Off I went with my runners on, my sexy maternity back brace hidden under my one long sleeve shirt and biggest vest I could find (slightly too tight for my belly) and a mission to walk for 30 minutes. I took my normal route which could take anywhere from 29-32 minutes.

It wasn’t the best walk, however it was pretty nice outside. I tried my best not to “waddle” and to walk with good posture and a steady pace. One lady passed me with her stroller and said hello, how are you? Then she saw my belly once she was in front of me and seem shocked that I was pregnant. I either don’t look pregnant from behind¬†or she was shocked that I was out walking whils SO pregnant ūüôā

During the walk I thought a lot about exercising and why I make it a priority, especially during pregnancy. I also came to the conclusion that whatever exercise I can do at this point is great – just as long as I am doing something.

It’s not comfortable for me to walk 30 minutes anymore. So, I cut back on my time and take a different route.

It’s not enjoyable to come home aching in pain. So, I slow down my pace and be happy with what I can accomplish.

Running is no where in sight, however it’s one of the things I look forward to doing when my body is ready post baby.

I’ll walk when I can.

I’ll swim when I get the opportunity.

I’ll stretch, do yoga occasionally and¬†attempt my¬†Fit Mom Dvd when I can.

(Yes, I’ll blog about it too)

And, I’ll chase our little 2-year-old around apple orchards, up/down our stairs and explore the outdoors with her during the remainder of my pregnancy.

But, one thing I will not do is give up working out during this pregnancy.

Benefits of being active during pregnancy: AND WHY I AM ACTIVE DURING PREGNANCY:

  • Gives you more energy
  • Helps prepare you for birth
  • Reduces pregnancy discomfort
  • Fend off pregnancy blues
  • Help you sleep better
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves your self-image
  • Helps your body get back faster postnatal

Source: BabyCentre Canada

Fitness Pregnancy Resources I Use – check them out here.

Did you have to cut back your workouts/runs/exercise when pregnant or injured etc ?

How did you adapt?

Why do you / don’t you exercise during pregnancy?

Workouts for Sept 9th – 15th & another Smoothie

After a busy week and little sleep early on in the week I managed to do some activity.¬† I posted my workout goals for the week here. Let’s see how I did:

27 Weeks Pregnant:

Sunday – Fit MOM DVD and 10 minutes Prenatal Yoga.

Monday – Rest day. Went to be at 8pm (very little sleep the night before)

Tuesday – 30 minute walk at night

Wednesday – Rest Day

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Physio¬†appointment for ligament pain I am having (again) during pregnancy¬†– learned¬†new ball¬†exercises to do. Repeated again at home 10 –¬† 15 minutes.

Saturday – 30 minute walk mid morning and ball exercises 10 – 15 minutes

All taped up!

¬†(I’m sure this is going to hurt when I take it off….but it’s a fun colour at least)

Ball Exercises (recommended by Physiotherapist)

  • Abdominal bracing
  • Anterior/posterior tilt
  • Circles
  • Knee Lift
  • Knee lift with arms overhead
  • Knee lift with alternate arm touch
  • Truck rotation with arms straight

Smoothie:

Ingredients:

~Mango

~1/2 Banana

~Strawberries

~Blueberries

~Raspberries

~Coconut Yogurt

~A little water

~Optional: protein powder, chia seeds other fruit, juice.

Did you work out this week?

What did you do?

Prenatal Yoga 10 Minutes

I love prenatal yoga – it’s the only time I’ve been successful at practicing yoga for some reason.

When I was pregnant with Lilly, I started a class at 14 weeks pregnant and took my last class at 36 weeks (then went into labour the next night).

This time around there were no summer classes being offered, so I wait. A class is starting next Wednesday and I am really looking forward to it. In the mean time, I’ve been trying this¬†oneout: 10 Minute Prenatal Yoga from Fit Sugar:

Namaste.

Smoothie and Workouts for Sept 2 – Sept 9th

I set my goals last Sunday after have a great week working out…we’ll….let’s say “being active” at 25/26 weeks pregnant. And I failed pretty darn good at them this week!

That’s life. I’ll get to my workouts in a minute.

I’ve been making a lot of smoothies this summer, much to Lilly’s delight. She loves them too. Recently, I got tired of making them individually and decided to “package” them and freeze them to take out when I want one.

Yummy Smoothie:

What I did:

  • Cut all the fruit I wanted in the smoothie
  • Put a little bit of all the fruit in a zip lock bag – had 3 smoothies ready¬†to go!
  • Made 1 smoothie to drink right away
  • Froze the rest in the freezer
  • Take out 1 bag when I want a smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Orange (I used a grapefruit as I didn’t have any oranges and didn’t love it until I made it again with an orange)
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut Yogurt
  • Other: You can add a protein powder, chia seeds, other tropical fruit.

Last week’s workouts: September 2nd – September 9th: You can read last week’s goals here.

Sunday September 2nd

  • Walked around the Zoo with Lilly for 1 hour
  • 30 minute walk at night¬†

Monday September 3rd

  • Went to bed at 8pm – so tired

Tuesday September 4th

  • Went to bed at 8pm – tired again – no workout ūüė¶

Wednesday Sept 5th

  • No workout – was on the road all day and on my own with Lilly for 3 days (while working)

Thursday Sept 6th

  • Walked for 30 minutes at night

Friday Sept 7th

  • Decided not to work out but watch TV and read baby books with hubby

Saturday Sept 8th

  • Spend the day running … okay walking around doing errands (very successful day when you don’t have a toddler around)
  • Walked for 30 minutes at night – amazing temperature to be outside walking

Sunday September 9th (during Lilly’s nap)

  • Fit MOM DVD 25 minutes roughly
  • 10 minutes Prenatal Yoga via Fit Sugar

Goals for this week:

Monday: Fit Mom DVD or rest

Tuesday: Walk

Wednesday: was planning on going to Prenatal Yoga Class but it’s cancelled this week ūüė¶¬† I will rest as I have 4 meetings at work on Wednesday – yikes!

Thursday: Walk

Friday – rest

Saturday – unknown at this point, something with the family and maybe a walk.

Sunday – walk or Fit Mom DVD

Let’s see how well I make out this week!

What workouts did you do this week?

Do you plan your workouts?

What’s your favourite smoothie?

Upcoming posts:

Motivation Monday (getting close to wrapping this up)

What I Ate Wednesday (haven’t done in a while)

Second Hand Shopping (for those who know me, I suck at it)

Back to Yoga

Early January I made a list of 12 things to do in 2012 that you can find here!

I’ve been plugging away at the list and accomplishing some of these goals. One is getting back into Yoga.

I wanted to work out tonight but my muscles are a little sore from my “Ripped in 30” workout from last night, which I am quite enjoying. So I thought I would give Yoga a try …. seeing that it’s on my list.

About 10 years ago I took a yoga class with two friends – it was terrible. All we did was laugh the whole time. Fun for us but not cool for the others; good thing it was at a Recreation Centre and not a yoga studio or we probably would have been kicked out.

When I got pregnant with Lilly I wanted to remain active but had to give up playing soccer. You can’t really play with a big belly hanging out of your jersey…can ya ? I got pregnant in the fall, stopped playing soccer but ran occasionally and walked our dog every day. When the snow fell I started cross-country skiing as that was a relatively easy activity for me to do – you still couldn’t tell I was pregnant at that point. I actually volunteered that winter to help coach the Para Nordic (sit skiing) at our local hill. Lots of fun but I ended up not being able to keep up with them – they were fast. And these were kids, not adults.

At 14 weeks, I started prenatal yoga! And I fell in love! I left the yoga studio feeling wonderful, I had lots of energy….I was SOLD! I continued attending the prenatal yoga class and made a few friends along the way. I went to my last class on June 12th 2010, I was exactly 36 weeks that day. During the last few months of my pregnancy I had some problems with my sciatic nerve. During my last yoga class my instructor and I talked about how much pain I was in and that it was probable a good thing it was my last class. [Side note – I had just been put off work the day before – June 11th 2010].

The next evening my water broke at home at 10:30 pm and off to the hospital we went. Contractions started in the car and things progressed rather quickly. Lilly was born at 2:22am June 14th (4 weeks early). I guess I know why my back was REALLY bothering me the day before at yoga.

After Lilly was born I attended 1-2 mom and baby yoga classes. I wanted to keep it up but I just couldn’t. Since then, I haven’t done any yoga. So tonight, instead of doing an intense workout, I did Tony Horton’s Yoga Flex – 10 minutes.

It was okay. Well it was good. I am feeling a little less sore but it just wasn’t long enough. I think next time I will pair this with¬†“Ripped in 30” or “30 day Shred”. I feel like this would be a good dvd to do in the morning before Lilly wakes up – or with her.

Oh, and Lilly know’s how to do a downward dog – or Down Dog as we call it. If we ask her to do a “Down Dog” this is what she does. BUT, yes there is a BUT – she wants me to do it with her ūüôā

Can someone please recommend a good Yoga DVD for me ?

AND can you recommend a Yoga DVD I can do with Lilly?