Dallas….here we come!

I may be away from the blog for couple of weeks because we are MOVING!!

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Our lives are changing so quickly, but all in good ways so we are nothing but excited.  Once we get a little more settled I will fill you all in on the details. We have a great network of family and friends in Dallas, so that will make the transition much easier.

Can’t wait for our next chapter! :)

Thanks for following along!

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18 Weeks Update

  • Weighing almost 7 ounces
  • They are about 5 1/2 inches long and are the size of a bell pepper
  • The babes are very busy flexing their arms and legs (although I don’t feel it just yet)

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

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Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs, I think?

Stretch marks? None :)

Sleep: Still wake up once a night to go to the restroom, but overall sleep has been pretty good.

Best moment this week: Knowing we get to find out the genders in a week :)

Miss Anything? Laying on my stomach comfortably. Oh and can’t forget not drinking wine.

Movement: Haven’t felt anything yet, but should soon!

Food cravings: Still hungry every few hours and still craving cheeseburgers the most. I wish I was craving vegetables or something healthier. Lol

Food aversions: The smell of tuna. Yuck.

Symptoms: Nothing much besides being hungry so often.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Maternity clothes? Still wearing my Bella Band with my regular work pants. No maternity shirts just yet, been wearing loose flowly tops for now. :) This one has been my absolute favorite from Nordys. I want it in all the colors :)

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Baby items purchased? None, I began the daunting process of making my baby registries. That sure is an overwhelming task. geez.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!

Funny moments this week: Me dropping something in my car and not being able to bend over all the way comfortably to pick it up. Woops.

Workouts: Still doing barre classes about 2x/week and going on 2-3 walk/jogs with Paisley. My doc said I could run as long as I’m not having symptoms and it’s comfortable….it’s beginning to feel a little awkward, so speed walking might be my go-to cardio soon.

If you’ve ever been pregnant when did you start wearing maternity clothes? Any go-to places I should know about? :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

~M

20 Minute Pre-Natal Workout

Happy Monday Friends!

I’m excited to share my first Pre-natal workout! Since being pregnant I have become more fascinated about what we can do to keep active during this exciting time, as well as afterwards.  Exercises can still be challenging, fun, and creative too!

I’ve immersed myself in researching prenatal exercise tips and guidelines and it’s so interesting to me! I’m finding this to be something I’m extremely passionate and I want to pursue a pre-post natal certification. I’ve heard about the Fit For Birth Certification from some other bloggers and I’m leaning towards this one. Unless any of you fine friends have other suggestions for me??

I’m beginning to be more aware of how important posture, core and leg strength is going to be when the babes are here. My daily activities are going to revolve around squatting, reaching and lifitng: (reaching down to pick up toys, bending over a crib and putting them in their car seats). Getting these habits set in place now will absolutely help down the road.

This first workout is focused on quad, glute, posterior shoulder and posture strength. I hope you enjoy!

To Expland on my Discalimer in the About Me section: I am a CSCS, certified strength and conditioning specialist and am pursuing a pre/post natal exercise specialist certification. Before any exercise program, always get clearance from your MD. Throughout this workout you never want to breath too hard that you are unable to speak. If you feel dizzy or light headed stop and take a break. 

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Please see links for exercise pics.

Warm-up: High Knees- Brace abs, relax shoulders and lift knees up towards your chest. For added challenge add a shoulder press with the arms.

Plie Squats-  Feet are wider than hip width with toes pointing out slightly. Make sure knees are in line with your toes.

Bent Over Rows- 30 reps I used 5# wts.

Push-Ups- Can be performed on the floor, on the edge of the couch, or at a wall depending on your comfort.

Squat with Front Press- l used 4# weights.

Scapular Flys. I used 4# weights. Focus on pinching your shoulder blades together.

Posterior Lunges- Alternate legs, don’t let knee dip in or go past your toe.

Kneeling 45 degrees Arm Raises.  Don’t raise your arms above  shoulder height. Can perform standing or kneeling, if you need to rest your back. I used 4# weights.

Cat-Camel Stretch- 10x, pause at each direction

Look for my next post on my favorite Stretches during Pregnancy!

Thanks for stopping by! ~M

Photo Dump

I’m a little sad the weekend is overwith :( but it was great ‘falling back’ and getting that extra hour and lounging around a little longer yesterday morning.

 Here’s a quick life update in pictures. And yes, I finally took some pictures!

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I have been a Real Housewives fan way before I moved to Los Angeles. I dorked out and got super excited when hubby said we should go eat here for dinner. The restaurant decor is super classy and it was so quiet inside, I loved the atmosphere.

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No Jiggy sightings unfortunately.

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Okay it’s been embarrassingly been over a month since I’ve been down to the sand (I know, woe is me). But I’m happy to report I biked down there and got some beach time in. :)

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 Hubby and I woke up absurdly early on Saturday morning (6:15 to be exact, yikes). We wanted to beat the crowds and head up to Hollywood and hike Runyon Canyon. Everything in LA is always super crowded so I figured earlier would be better. And once we got home Paisley and I took a nap!

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 A little overcast, but still an amazing view of the city.

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 This picture makes me laugh. We tried about 5 times to get Paisley to look towards the camera. She obviously had other things on her mind apparently. Lol.

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The sun finally came out on our way back down.

That’s all for now folks! I am working on a Prenatal Workout to share next week, so stay tuned….

What did you do with your extra hour this weekend?

14 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Soooo glad it is Friday! The first full week back to work after vacation is rough and seems so
long. Ugh. Luckily this weekend will be pretty chill so I’m looking forward to that! Let’s get
right into the pregnancy deets.  I’m going to try my best to keep up with these weekly
updates….,..I’ll be writing my posts for the previous week. (I’m currently in week 15, but today
I’ll review week 14).  And here we go!
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Here’s what is going on with the babies this week: (all info. taken from the Baby Center Website). 

  • The babies are about 3 1/2 inches, weigh 1 1/2 ounces and the size of Lemons. 
  • Their livers are starting to make bile and the spleen is helping to produce red blood cells.
  • The hands and feet are more active, but I can’t feel any tiny punches or kicks yet. 

Weight gained: About 5-6 pounds overall. I honestly haven’t cared to know my specific numbers. The doctor weighs me every time and hasn’t told me my weight gain is too much or too little, so no need for me to get caught up on numbers. As long as I’m healthy and my weight gain is appropriate for the babies, then I’m happy.

Workouts: I got in 4 this week, yay! I went to 2 Pop Physique classes and took Paisley on some short runs (slow 2-3 miles). I always feel better after excising, so I’m thankful I can still do it comfortably.

Symptoms: Still feeling hungry every few hours and get pretty tired at the end of the day, but overall feeling great- no morning sickness thankfully!!

Food Aversions: Nothing yet!

Food Cravings: Kind of depends on the day, but consistently cheeseburgers, milk, cheerios, and chocolate. Now I’m hungry thinking about all of these foods!

Sleep: Pretty good overall. I wake up consistently once a night to pee, but can usually fall asleep quickly. I started using my Bump Pillow and it is so comfortable…I’ll probably use it after the babies come.  My husband and dog agree!

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Baby Stuff Purchased: Ugh nothing specifically for the babies and it’s killing me. I’m trying to wait until we know the genders, then I’ll go on a little shopping spree! I have purchased some baby books so far:

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That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by! ~M

Vacation Dreaming AND Lorna Jane Action Nation Day

Thanks so much for the sweet comments on my last post about our baby news! We are getting excited and are about a month away from knowing the genders :) In the next couple weeks I’ll write a post in more detail about how I’m feeling, my workouts, and just how life has been lately! :)

My mind is currently focused on our upcoming VACATION!! Oh man, I can’t wait. We’ve gone on a ton of little weekend trips lately, but this time we will be out of town for over a week and it’s definitely at the right time. Life has been pretty hectic lately and we will both be able to relax and have some down time. We are heading up to San Francisco then Napa for a week and we are bringing the pup too! :)

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No wine drinking for me unfortunately :( but I’m sure we can find some other things to do to entertain ourselves. I’ll post a recap when we get back!

This part of the post is brought to you as a part of my ambassador program with Sweatpink on behalf of Lorna Jane.  All opinions are my own, as always!

I absolutely love hearing about companies that have more to them than just selling a product and making money. The more I’ve learned about Lorna Jane, the more I am drawn to the company and their mission.

On September 28th this year Lorna Jane organized events around the world to promote Active Nation!   This event was created in 2012 with the goal of inspiring women to live an active life. Check out what events are around your area!

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On September 28th this year Lorna Jane has organized events around the world to promote Active Nation!  Check to see if there are any upcoming events near you! The event was held in Santa Monica this year and I’m bummed I couldn’t make it out. I followed Lorna Jane along on instagram that day and it looked like a fabulous event.

Also, check out the Lorna Jane App!! It allows you to track your workouts, get feedback on your activity, recipes, as well as daily inspirational quotes & mantras…..that’s my favorite part!

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How do you maintain an active lifestyle? Any tips? Please share in the comments below!