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Friday, August 26, 2011

Fitness & Pregnancy - Still Very possible!

Hi Everyone! TGIF! So it's official - I start school on Monday - i'm both excited and nervous because it's been like 6-7 years since i was in school (yes I went to nursing school for my LVN in 2003 literally right after high school). 


so anyway, i'm very much excited until my next prenatal appointment when my Doctor clears me to exercise! the reason why I was told i was not to exercise was because there is a high chance of miscarriage in the first trimester. the doctor said unless I had been doing my same exercise for 2 years then i needed to stop for now.


I had only been doing my exercise regimen for about a year with a few breaks here and there. I was really bummed because I did lose 21lbs and was still continuing to do so and building lean muscle (or what some people mistake for being "Toned"). I was really proud of my shoulders/arms - they were getting really lean.. lol and now with the first two months of pregnancy i'm SO bloated.. i've gained about 6 lbs (i think you're only supposed to gain like 4-5lbs the first trimester).. so right now i'm really just trying to maintain this weight and not gain anymore for the rest of my first trimester (only 3 more weeks) and so far i'm doing okay. 


I am not planning on losing weight at this time though as that is not good for the baby. the biggest misconception that a lot of people (myself included in previous pregnancies) is that when you are pregnant you must eat for two. but that is only a myth! you really only need to increase your caloric intake by about 300 or so calories.. 


Last pregnancy, those were my thoughts - i'll eat this and that because i need to eat for the baby.. it really hindered my weight loss after I had my daughter. so this pregnancy i'm going to be more active - it's my goal during this pregnancy to not be lazy, of course i'm going to listen to my body and slow down when i'm tired, etc. but im not going to have that be an excuse to be lazy. because that's just not me - that was probably the old me.. but fitness has really changed the way i look at a lot of things and i'm hoping those that follow my blog and youtube/twitter will be inspired to stay active and fit during pregnancy! (of course always consult with your medical doctor before beginning any exercise regimen) also if you plan on getting pregnant - i really recommend exercising before - so your body gets used to it! 


i know some of you may be thinking - what type of exercising i had in mind... well the same exercise routines i had been doing previously (yes lifting weights).. not going to do overly heavy or try to go for a new personal record or anything, but also going to incorporate a little bit more cardio and some yoga.


so hope you are all excited as much as i am on my fabulous fit pregnancy journey! :) and with that - i'll leave you with my favorite videos of pregnant women exercising! :)

 P.S. i am not affiliated with any of these people, nor am i a crossfitter, i just enjoyed these videos.
















Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Pleasant Suprise

Hello All! I know it's been ages since i've posted anything. My computer has been wack the past few months so i can't really do much on it. I however have been a little bit more active on twitter since i can just tweet on my phone :)


But I know from my previous post I said I was going to announce something if I had time - obviously got so busy that I was not able to.. but since I can now... :)


If you follow me on twitter - it was announced the same day that i posted i had something "Big" to share with you all!


well for those of you that do not know, My Husband & I are expecting baby number 3! :) yes not, one.. two.. but number 3!! :)


we are so excited and feel so blessed! We were originally trying for our third baby the beginning of this year, but wasn't have much success doing so, so we though we would put it aside. but nonetheless we are very much excited and cannot wait to meet Baby Bean!


the reason I also have not been so active on my blog and youtube besides my computer issues - was work was extremely stressful.. and My husband and I have decided that it's time for me to quit wasting time and enroll in school as a full-time student for my bachelors in science nursing (for my R.N.) .. so I had been studying extremely hard for the past few weeks for my entrance exam for school (I passed!) so if everything (just finalizing everything) goes as planned - I will start school August 29, 2011! I have already spoke with my school advisor about my pregnancy and any effect it may have on school, but from the looks of it - i'll be just fine! I have a great support system and I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and get my education going! 


For those of you who do not know - I am currently and L.V.N. and was slowly taking pre-reqs online.. it was taking me forever as I was working full time and having two little ones - school was pushed to the side. so i'm really glad that i'm actually going forward and pursuing this! it's going to be tough - but then again i'm one tough cookie! It'll be sooo worth it in the end!


My doctor said at my first prenatal appointment (on 8/17/11) I was 8 weeks along and here is the picture of me finding out i was preggers & combined it with my first ultrasound pic of baby!



At this appointment I wanted to make sure I was clear and okay to work out still - but my doctor said it was best to wait until after the first trimester until i do any exercising due to the chances of miscarriage so early on. So I cannot wait until after my first trimester when i can go back to the gym! 

I'm hoping with this pregnancy - I can show all of you (pregnant or not) how it is possible (with the "Okay" of your healthcare provider) to stay active and exercise during pregnancy! i think it's extremely important to stay active during pregnancy! not only will it benefit you during the labor, but also will help you bounce back a LOT quicker afterwards! 

So I hope you all will join my pregnancy journey! :) 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gym Session :: 08/14/2011


Hi Everyone! I know it's been awhile since my last post - but life has decided to give me a curveball and i'm just trying to keep up! I do also have a reasoning for my absence on here as well as youtube/twitter.. but for those of you who follow me on twitter - i've dropped hints here and there and have also talked to people on twitter about it :) so yea.. but after today (if i'm able to) will post all about it! :) 

anywho - went to the gym on Sunday and i was so fatigued/dizzy had to not lift as heavy and go as hard as i normally did..

Hubby & I have been going to the Burbank 24hr fitness.. and really enjoying it!

Back:
Bent Over Dumbbell Rows (one side at a time)
20lbsx5
20lbsx5
20lbsx5
20lbsx5
20lbsx5

- Cable Rows
40lbsx10
40lbsx10
40lbsx10
40lbsx10

- High Hammer Rows (alternating)
25lbsx12 
25lbsx12 
25lbsx12 
25lbsx12


Chest:
- Bench Press (flat)
45lbsx5
45lbsx5
45lbsx5
45lbsx5
45lbsx5

- Incline Barbell Press
45lbsx8
45lbsx8
45lbsx8

- Pec Flys
10lbsx10
10lbsx10
10lbsx10

afterwards decided to do some really light cardio of fast paced inclined walking on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then another 10 minutes on the stationary bike..  let me tell you - i was really pooped lol.. gah! going to try to go again this afternoon :) enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gym Session :: 07/30/2011

Hi Everyone! so if you have not noticed by now - my usual routine consist of 4 days.. and this is the start (Day 1 - Chest/Back)

We have been currently loving going to the new gym in burbank - it is SUPER awesome! 

Back:
- Bent Over Dumbbell Rows (one side at a time)
30lbsx5
30lbsx5
30lbsx5
30lbsx5
30lbsx5

- Cable Rows
60lbsx5
60lbsx5
60lbsx5
60lbsx5
60lbsx5

- High Hammer Rows (alternating)
35lbsx8 
35lbsx8
35lbsx8


Chest:
- Bench Press (flat)
65lbsx5
65lbsx5
65lbsx5
65lbsx5
65lbsx5

- Incline Dumbbell Press
17.5lbsx8
17.5lbsx8
17.5lbsx8

- Pec Flys
10lbsx10
10lbsx10
10lbsx10

after the gym session - Hubby and I invited my brother and his GF Karen to come with us to the beach to go bike riding on the bike trail. let me tell you.. it was FUN! did about 8 miles on the bike having fun with the kiddies in tow..

after the fun at the beach, we all went home - cleaned up and then got ready for a night of bowling.. it was an awesome saturday! hope you all had an awesome weekend!

Tip Tuesday :: Summer Sun

Hello Hello! Another Tip for Tip Tuesday!


It's summer alright! with the Sun beaming down on us at 90+ degree weather - totally loving it! so the tip for this summer - Sunscreen for skin, face and hair! use a heat protectant to your hair as well because your hair needs protection from sizzling in the sun! 


also keep yourself very hydrated! I know when your busy and on the go - it may be hard to find time to hydrate yourself - but keep a small water bottle in your purse or bag or at your desk at work and remember to drink, drink, drink! 


doing these steps will not only benefit you in the long run by protecting your skin from sun damage - but hydrating yourself is just an all over health benefit! 


Have an AWESOME tuesday!
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