3 more weeks - I am almost there. I am ready for this baby to be born. I miss my workouts - kickboxing, cycling, weights...I miss it all. Even walking! Some times when I sit for a while then I try to get up my legs just hurt. Everywhere. I have a hard time walking after that. Its been a long almost 36 weeks and I'm ready for the nausea to be over.
I'm still working on my Health Coach cert which I'm hoping to test for while on maternity leave. I am now on leave from my regular teaching class. It was getting too much with working full time and teaching and trying to make it to the doctor 2X a week.
For the last 8 years fitness has been a huge part of my life - first my own workouts and hiring a trainer a few times to work with me. Then running - I loved running for a long time. I was talking to my husband the other day about how much I enjoyed running 5Ks. I did run a 10K and that was good too. I miss those runs. I am ready to be able to workout again and I'm hoping to start running again - it will take a some to be able to get there again to where I enjoy running and I will look to run a few 5Ks. I am trying to stay positive while this baby takes over my body :)
I'm currently studying the ACE Health Coach materials to hopefully become certified. Currently I'm reading about different things people have tried to lose weight - pharmacological products, surgery, fasting, etc. I was shocked to find out that 45-65% of people who have had weight loss surgery of some sort (the material discusses 4 different surgeries) regain the weight after their 2nd year of having the surgery. It really proves the point that nothing can replace healthy eating and exercise to lose and MAINTAIN weight. We need to show clients that you don't need to starve yourself to lose weight (like with a 1200 calorie diet or less) or that excessive exercise is required. Moderate calore deficit is needed.
My sister had the lap band put in 2 years ago. She lost weight and looks great. I think its so drastic. I hope she is one that is able to keep the weight off several years later. Being in her mid 30's she has a long way to go.
I work full time for a large corporation. We have an internal wellness coach and a lot of initiatives to help individuals to become healthier. I've been feeling a bit out of sorts lately because of my lack of exercise. We just received pedometers in the mail to help push us to walk more (and earn an incentive for our HSA). I have been feeling like I need to walk more and its hard to walk outside here in Phoenix when its 110 degrees after dinner. So I'm going to use this to motivate me to add more walking in my everyday life - walk longer distances for bathroom breaks, take a 5 minute walking break here and there, park farther from the building, etc. I needed this to help me find a reason to walk more. Plus, it will be cooling off here soon so I'll be able to add more walking after dinner. Although I'm 6 months pregnant, I can still find ways to be active.
Well I found out maybe I don't listen as much as I should. Or maybe it was my first ob/gyn appointment after I found I am pregnant with my first child and was overwhelmed with all the info from my doctor. Or maybe it is selective hearing.
I have cut back drastically on my exercise routine per my doctor's instruction. I am considered high risk so no high intensity exercise for me. I've been walking and some weight lifting. I was doing walking lunges last night and felt this sharp pain run up my leg and it was also in my groin area. I stopped lunges immediately but did a couple of more upper body exercises before I gave up for the evening. I thought it was my sciatica. In the middle of the night last night I was woken up by sharp pain running up my leg and a pounding feeling in my calf. I still was thinking it was my sciatica, and it could be.
I tell a girlfriend what happened and she asked me why are you doing walking lunges? You aren't supposed to be doing that. I didn't remember my doctor telling me NOT to do them. I was confused so I started doing some research and sure enough, found a web site that said no walking lunges. What?
I come home from work and tell my husband the story and he said yes, your doctor told you the first visit not to do them - where was I? When I told him last night what had happened he didn't say anything about me doing walking lunges as he wasn't sure but when my friend confirmed today well...I was surprised. I didn't remember that at all.
I guess I need to pay more attention and do more research as to what is safe. Or maybe I should just walk and leave it at that.
19 weeks in. And I'm still exhausted. I have a hard time making it through the weekends without needing a nap. My doctor increased my thyroid medication dosage almost 3 weeks ago so I'm hoping it helps. My energy levels are all over the place. I am still teaching 2 circuit training classes a week and working full time. My workouts are now only happening the 2 days I teach since I'm already at a gym. I have been wanting to incorporate more yoga into my workouts - at least 2x a week. But the days I don't teach I run errands or only want to take a nap. And weekends...well I get one thing done and then I'm ready for a nap. I'm not sure how to counteract this exhaustion. I take my multis, drink lots of water and eat relatively healthy. Everyone says its normal, you are pregnant. But to be honest, I feel like my life is passing by because if I'm not sleeping, I'm wishing I was.
I have been a gym rat for years - started working out in my 20's at a local gym, mostly treadmill and light weights. Over the years I switched it up fnding my sould mate workout Turbo Kick. I have run many 5Ks, a 10K, completed and 1/2 marathon and this year I finished a Warrior Dash. I'm a 5-6 day a week workout kind of girl. Since I've been pregnant I'm lucky if I get in even 2 days a week. The nausea has been really bad some days, so much so that even walking makes me want to vomit. A few days ago there was a change, now instead of the nausea 24/7 it only seems to be really bad when I eat - so some meals can take me an hour to finish.
Now, I may get a 20 minute walk on the treadmill and 25 minute weight session 2X per week. If I'm lucky. How can this be?
I'm learning to relax and just deal with it. I know in the past I would be really upset if I had to miss a workout. It has been almost 20 years since I started working out regularly. And most recently I've been pushing my body through Turbo Kick, HIIT sessions, cycling, and pushing more weights than I ever have. Maybe its time to let my body rest. I mean, it is what is best for the baby considering I'm high risk. I know people who work out right up until they give birth. Will things change for me? I don't know - I'm almost 17 weeks along and still getting pretty bad nausea. I'm trying to enjoy my break from working out - getting the house in order for the little one, catching up on things I've been putting off since I work full time, teach classes a couple times a week and try to get in my on workouts. And even spending more time with my husband. It's been nice, actually.
But I do miss my Turbo Kick classes, and the ladies who attend with me. So I know once this baby is here I'll be anxious to get back into a regular routine again. Until then, I think I'll take a nap.
So its official, I am 11 weeks pregnant. I am also 40 years old. My doc wants me to continue to exercise but keep my heart rate from getting crazy high...like not over 140 bpms. Wow, really? I mean, in Turbo Kick my heart rate can easily get to 150 in the warm up. I sub both Turbo Kick and Cycling for 24 Hour Fitness, neither being low intensity classes. So I have asked for a leave of absence since I won't be able to sub those classes for a while. And Turbo Kick is my sole mate workout.
I have been dealing with nausea for about a month now - its bad all day long. My doc gave me a prescription antacid to take and that helps only sometimes. It's hard to even walk around the grocery store with my stomach going crazy, let alone to deliberatly try to work out. So I took about 4 weeks off from any working out. This week I had 2 workouts - both included walking on the treadmill and short weight lifting session. I find walking on the treadmill dreadful. I miss my HITT, Turbo Kick and cycling workouts. But I have to do what is best now for the little one growing inside me. I also think this will be a good time for me to become more familiar with yoga. Time to try something a little different.
It was a hot day here in Phoenix - and my wave was supposed to start at 10. We snuck in the 9:45 wave which was pretty easy as there weren't many lined up for that time. It seemed daunting at first - the obstacles we saw as we drove in made me nervous. The first mile running in the very hot Phoenix sun. We got the first obstacle and that went pretty easy. Second obstacle - yeah I was a bit too short for that one. Had to skip it....booo. Kept going. Overall I only skipped that one obstacle and got a lot of help from others along the way. But I did it - we did it! My group and I finished the obstacle course, covered in mud. It was very challenging for me as I'm not even 5 feet tall so I'm not sure I would sign up again. However, it is a great sense of accomplishment and felt amazing afterward!! Oh and the free beer afterward didn't hurt!
So, March is almost over...3 months of the year almost behind us. Looking back at your goals or resolutions for 2013, how are you doing? Be honest. Are you on track? Have you lost your way a bit? Take a detour? We are only 3 months in so there is plenty of time to make your goals/resolutions a reality for this year. Take a few minutes to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Put a plan together to help you get there. Find someone to hold you accountable. Did you create a goal that is just too big? Having a hard to completing it? Then redirect your attention to a more attainable goal. You were hoping to complete a marathon by now but you can barely run a mile? How about starting with a 5K? You wanted to go to the gym 5 days a week and stopped going a month ago? Start back with just 2 or 3 days a week. Don't lose sight of what you wanted to accomplish this year. There is still time to make a u-turn and moving in the right direction!!