Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pop Quiz Hot Shot!

I came across a little pregnancy quiz that I thought would be fun to do throughout this go around. I never really documented things the first time, and figured I would rely on my trusty memory…which turns out, isn’t so trusty. I still have yet to put together a baby book for KB…I know, I know…horrible. One of these days I will do it but to save myself a little stress and agony of trying to remember with baby #2, I am going to document things a little better. So here goes!

18 weeks and a spaghetti lunch

How far along are you? As of today I am 18 weeks! Can’t wait to find out what this little nugget is inside of me in a couple weeks! I am really antsy about it…like, it’s all I can think about. I would love to have a little girl but I will be so happy either way. Praying for a healthy and happy baby!

How I’m feeling: Up until about 13-14 weeks I was pretty nauseous all the time and really tired. Not easy when you have a 2 year old to chase around! I miss the days where I could just come home from work and take a nap. Ahhhh, memories. J But, lately I have been feeling really good. For the most part it doesn’t even feel like I am pregnant…other than seeing my growing belly.

Total weight gain: So far I am up about 4 pounds. I have been really trying to eat healthy and work out so far and that has totally helped. I have splurged a lot more than I was before I got pregnant, but overall I am doing MUCH better than I did the first time I was pregnant. I mean, I would eat donuts daily with KB. Not.good. I had such a sweet tooth with him, and I do this time around, but I just keep thinking about how hard it was to lose the baby weight so it’s helping me refrain from eating ALL THE DONUTS.

How big is baby? According to a couple sites I have seen it’s the size of a bell pepper or chicken breast. Which is really weird to think about while making chicken stir fry, FYI. He/she weighs 5 oz and is starting to look like an actual baby vs a little blob more and more each day.

Maternity clothes: I am not wearing them yet but I know it will be happening soon. Luckily a lot of my pants sit low, below the belly, so I have been able to wear them so far no problem. When I was pregnant with KB I was the biggest over the summer and this time around it will be winter, so I will be getting a few different staples this winter to get me through. I have been pinning maternity fashion on Pinterest like a crazy lady lately so I am hoping I can stay fashionable while I’m at it!

Sleep: Sleep is great when I get it! I am a night owl and I hate waking up early, but am forced to every day. Like I said, I miss naps. Glorious, lovely, naps. Other than having to pee every night around 2/3am, I sleep pretty good.

Best moment this week: Running outside in Florida for about 4 miles. I haven’t lost my endurance, which is great! I don’t feel uncomfortable yet and it just felt awesome to get in a good, sweaty run. Also, laying in the sun Saturday was amazing. I don’t think I did that all summer long.

Movement: I have felt some light kicks for the last couple weeks for sure. Since this is my 2nd, I have been able to pick up on the movement a bit easier than the first time around.

Food cravings: Peanut butter anything (but that is nothing new) and candy. Halloween is not making it easy on me these days.

Food aversions: Nothing so far. With KB I tried goat cheese for the first time and wanted to yack. I still don’t like it and honestly don’t like to think about it, but otherwise that’s it.

Belly button in or out: It’s in! It never popped out last time so I am hoping that’s the case. I have a belly button piercing so I can see that it’s definitely stretching.

What I Miss: Wine. Enough said.

What I’m looking forward to: The gender reveal! I want to get a cake made so we can find out with our family around. I am so emotional that I am already tearing up thinking about it. J

Milestone: I don’t really have one right now. We have a lot of stuff from KB so unless we have a girl, we won’t have to buy much. KB is finally understanding there is a brother or sister in my belly, so I guess we could call that a milestone. J Before he thought baby Emmy was in my tummy (my friend’s baby daughter that goes to his daycare).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A revamping....if you will.

Last March, I was desperate to lose the last 10 pounds (and hopefully a little more) that I had gained when I was pregnant with Kamden. He was 18 months old, I was still battling the baby bulge, and I felt helpless. I had been a pretty avid runner since I was in high school and had always found weight-loss success with running, but this time it was just not happening for me. Granted, I was eating like a frat boy but that’s neither here nor there. ;) Anyway, back in March I knew that I needed to do something different but I had no idea where to turn. I knew that I needed to clean up my eating (duh) but didn’t know where to start. Insert Marsha. She is the wife of an old boss I had that I was friends with on Facebook. I didn’t know her personally, but what I did know (because her hubs told me) was that she ran half marathons at like 8 months, about to pop, pregnant. I pretty much knew she was some sort of super-human when he told me that, but she definitely confirmed it by all her fitness and nutrition posts. From her posts, I gathered that she was a Beachbody Coach…. but I didn’t really know what that meant. After seeing her posts for a few months, I finally reached out to her by sending her a message on Facebook. I wanted to know what coaching was about in hopes that I could also lose the last of my baby weight. I figured if the coaching gig sounded doable it would be a great motivator for me to eat well and exercise because I would be a pretty crappy coach if I wasn’t doing those things. During our messages we decided to connect over the phone to chat more about coaching, so in the meantime I Googled the crap out of Beachbody coaching. I assumed it was too good to be true and looked for any red flag I could find. After 3 days of researching I did not find one bad thing about coaching. I was pretty shocked because 1) I am really good at Google, and 2) basically every job I have ever come across has at least 1 bad review. Going into the call with Marsha I had already made up my mind that I wanted to coach, but wanted to hear her out too. We talked for a bit, I decided to order the Less Mills Pump program and at the same time I signed up to be a Coach. I was nervous, excited, determined and just ready to make some changes.
The first week or so afterwards I didn’t do much with coaching. I received my program in the mail and was just focusing on starting that. After the first week of doing the Les Mills Pump program I was down 6 pounds. Let me repeat, 6 POUNDS!!!! I had been trying so hard the last 18 months to lose weight and on average would lose maybe 2-3 pounds in a month and with this program I doubled that in a week. I was shocked. It totally sold me on that program and clean eating and I was hooked. I thought to myself about how many other people out there were like me and just needed the right program, with the right guidance and in that moment I knew coaching was for me. I wanted to help and I was excited to help! 

After a week of Les Mills Pump

Fast forward to today. As I am sitting here typing this, I am just about 18 weeks pregnant with baby #2. I have been coaching for just over 6 months and it’s the best decision I have ever made. I have been able to help so many people lose weight, get healthy, gain confidence, and overall feel good about themselves again. How cool is that!!?? In the meantime, I have also been able to make an extra income for my family, which is just icing on the cake.  

The morning after I "popped"

When I got pregnant I was at the lowest weight I had been since before Bud and I got married. Since starting the Les Mills program I had lost a total of 15 pounds and 2 sizes. I was the most toned I had been since high school and I was feeling pretty awesome. A lot of people commented to me something like, “you did all that work only to get pregnant”….. well yes, but I have not given up my work outs and trying to eat healthy since I got pregnant, and honestly think that has made a HUGE difference in how I feel this go around. Not that I had a bad pregnancy with KB, but I just feel a lot healthier and have more energy this time. I have gained 4 pounds so far, which with KB I think I was up 8-10 by now (I gained 45 pounds with him). So, where do I go from here as a coach? I want to show women that just because you are pregnant does not mean that you have to give up on yourself and turn into a couch potato. We don’t have to eat a bunch of junk and we don’t get a free pass to do so! Yes, I think it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, pregnant or not, but I do think our eating habits can stay the same for the most part, pregnant or not…..which brings me to the title of this post….
I want to revamp this blog a bit as I embark on this next chapter of my life and focus the next 22 (give or take…hopefully take) weeks on staying active and healthy during pregnancy. I want to share what I will be doing for exercise and meals in hopes that I can inspire other pregnant mama’s in the meantime. I am going to be real with you and not sugar-coat anything because I know there will be ups and downs, but want to relate to you instead of looking like a pregnant robot. So with that said, be on the lookout for more posts from me! I have taken quite the hiatus these last however many months, but I am passionate about this and want to be a good example of what a healthy pregnancy looks like.  
Fort Lauderdale photoshoot - Beachbody Diamond retreat
Please comment anytime you have questions or anything! I want to hear from you! Here’s to rocking these next 22 weeks out!! Let’s do this! ;)