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post #221 of 323

I think I'm going to be getting a belly bra. I had a lot of RL pain after my 5 miles on Sunday. I wore a snug top but the belly was definitely bouncing around a bit. I've decided to restart my 100 days challenge instaed of trying to catch up, considering I'd have to do about 800 at this point. help.gifI want to do more holds and some wall sits, too.  I also found this leg workout, comprised mostly of yoga postures that I want to do daily. So I'm going to do some push ups, the squats and the legs for my renewed 100 days challenge. Wish me luck!

post #222 of 323

I need to start practicing squats.  I know it can be so helpful for labor, and with my first I tried it but was so out of practice that I couldn't hold myself up.

post #223 of 323

I really like my belly bra, its great for long walks, hiking and the gym. It helps support the stomach and back.. . I am not running anymore but if I could without pain, I would be.. ! I just wish I had bought it a bit earlier, I think if I hadn't been sick I probably could of ran a lot later into my pregnancy with the belly bra.

 

I can also see wearing one later in pregnancy just to survive day to day :)

post #224 of 323

I guess I should follow my own advice and get a belly bra.  eyesroll.gif  I've just been lazy about stuff so far.  Since classes started, it's like my brain needs every ounce of energy to survive lectures so I'm not using it for anything else (including shopping, registry stuff, etc). 

 

My workout today was painful.  I just felt dead.  I told myself to just take is slow and get it done without worrying about time or anything.  It felt better as I went along, but now at 1:45 in the afternoon I feel like I'm going to pass out.  Guess I'll need to start working in some naps or something.  I did squeeze my 100 squats in though!

 

Leann, what are some of the leg moves?  I need to work on more holds too.  Mental note to self: do a few before bed.

 

 

post #225 of 323

My energy has felt like a rollacoaster most of this week I felt like I could go all day then today, here I am, laying in bed and its 7pm

post #226 of 323

Last weekend was the Oakland Marathon - I just heard that the woman who won did it 6 weeks after giving birth!  Holy cow.  She makes me feel lazy!

post #227 of 323

I really thought Id be one of those women pennywhistle after DS birth but then I gave birth and had so many things sort of go wrong that running was really painful for a good 10-12weeks after birth and even then it was just barely tolerable. I was SUPER active during my pregnancy with him- I hiked up a mountain the day before I gave birth (it was a 3 hr climb in the Alps).

 

I am really curious to see how this pregnancy unfolds, so far now that Im feeling better Ive managed to get a 3-4 mile walk in everyday or an hour or so on my bike.. now that its getting warming I'll start hiking and swimming.. I just hope I can sustain it until I give birth- and Im not going to lie- I really pack on the pounds while pregnant so Im hoping that helps keep some off.. I ate so well and was so active with DS1 and I still gained 45lbs or so without trying.. so imagine if I just sit around- I wonder how bad it could get. My mom gained something like 85lbs with me and my sister..

post #228 of 323

LilyTiger - This is the link fo rthe leg workout. Yes, it's a Jenifer Aniston workout, don't judge. Lol!

post #229 of 323

ithappened, there was a lot of criticism about the woman who won the NYC marathon like 6 months after giving birth.  Part of it was that she looked emaciated, but she admitted that she got stress fractures and stuff from starting out too soon after birth.  I totally admire the women who can kick ass so soon after birth, but it's also important to be responsible about your health.  Lots of changes happen during pregnancy and birth and pushing yourself too hard after isn't really a good thing.  It sounds like you were forced to lay low and that might have been a good thing.  Everyone's different, I guess.

 

LeAnn, thanks for the link! 

 

I'm starting to feel much less inclined to do tough workouts these days.  Part of it is that teaching takes up so much of my mental and physical energy that I don't want to workout on days I teach, etc.  I just have to suck it up and go.  I know I won't get as good of a workout at home.  I'm signing up for a 5k on April 29, so wish me luck with getting my running under control.  I also think I've used up all the relaxin I had going for me, because I've been much more stiff this past week than I have been the entire pregnancy.  Weird.  I definitely had a growth spurt last week (exhausted and gained two pounds), so maybe the stiffness was related to that.

post #230 of 323
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I'm starting to feel much less inclined to do tough workouts these days.  Part of it is that teaching takes up so much of my mental and physical energy that I don't want to workout on days I teach, etc.  I just have to suck it up and go.  I know I won't get as good of a workout at home.  I'm signing up for a 5k on April 29, so wish me luck with getting my running under control.  I also think I've used up all the relaxin I had going for me, because I've been much more stiff this past week than I have been the entire pregnancy.  Weird.  I definitely had a growth spurt last week (exhausted and gained two pounds), so maybe the stiffness was related to that.


I feel the opposite.... FINALLY this pregnancy in the last week I have started to feel like I have a lot of energy. I will walk DS to daycare (2 miles round trip) then go out for a 1-1.5hr bike ride in the afternoon. I think part of it is the change in weather (hello sun) and part of it is I am 'weaning' off of work so suddenly I have a lot more time for other things. I leave for CMU on Thursday for 2 weeks and plan to use the gym while there but after my obligations teaching and lecturing there I am basically 'free' until birth smile.gif I am hoping I can use this time to do 'me' stuff which I know I won't get again for 2 years or so once I give birth- oh and the outdoor pool opens which I LOVE to swim laps in...

 

Its possible your stiffness is related to the 'rapid' weight gain lilytiger I find the days I jump 2-4 lbs are the days I am the most sore and exhausted and often find myself in bed by 6 pr 7pm.. Are you still running too? I am so impressed. I wish I was still on the road.

post #231 of 323

Yeah, I'm definitely not going to be pushing myself to do anything that doesn't feel good.  My chiropractor just rolled her eyes at me when I told her about that marathon winner, and said something along the lines of "pregnancy does enough to your body - you don't need to win a marathon too"  which is good to remember!

 

I'm sticking with walking as much as possible, and keeping it brisk to get my heart rate up.  But I need to get back to the gym to lift some weights as well - I've been slacking on that and can feel it in my arms.

 

Any tips of weight routines that are safe in the second trimester?

post #232 of 323

Pennywhistle, all upper body stuff is safe in the second trimester, but don't do max lifts (like max overhead press or max bench press).  I scaled my weights down to about 60% of my max and that seems to be working well.  You can safely do shoulder press, pull ups, pushups (I've been doing them on a bench because my belly hits the floor otherwise), dips, and so on.  For lower body I've been doing weighted squats and lunges without a problem.  We do lots of other weight moves that are more full body like thrusters (squat with a barbell to an overhead press) and wall balls (squat down with a medicine ball and then pop up and toss it up), but they're hard to explain over the interwebs. 

 

ithappened, glad you're feeling more energetic!  And I think you might be right about the stiffness and the rapid weight gain.  I felt like I'd been hit by a ton of bricks last week and the scale seemed to explain at least some of that.

post #233 of 323

Yeah.. the last 2 weeks I gained something like 4-5 lbs and I noticed a HUGE shift in my energy during those periods of 'growth' (or so I hope its the pregnancy and not my butt).

post #234 of 323

I have been really bad on squats for the past two days so I had to do 250 today.  Ugh.  We also did deadlifts at the gym, so my legs are gonna ache tomorrow.  I've been thinking about transitioning more to walking as the weather gets nicer.  I still love my workouts and they still feel great, but I'm finding it harder to motivate myself to actually get there.  Walking just SOUNDS better, so maybe that's telling me something.  I had my Bradley class yesterday and they gave us a list of exercises to do, so I'll be adding those to my regimen.  The main one (other than squats!) is the butterfly, where you sit in a butterfly stretch and have DH exert pressure as you push up.

 

I'm still debating the bicycle situation... I just don't know if it's worth it to take the risk, but I would love to bike to the gym, for example, as the weather gets nicer.  I'll just have to see how things go.

 

How's everyone else doing?

post #235 of 323

What's the butterfly stretch?  Sounds intriguing!  I have completely forgotten to do my squats whistling.gif I better get back on it.

 

I love walking!  I walk briskly and pick routes with some rolling hills, and it definitely feels like a good workout.  If it sounds good, you should try it out!

 

I went to a water aerobics class this week at my gym (the Y) and it was awesome!  It was a great workout, and I felt fantastic throughout.  I'm excited to start going more often.

post #236 of 323

I haven't had a really good workout since Sunday Im embarassed to admit. Ive been doing my squats in the morning when the coffee is brewing then I walk about 2.5m a day (just from campus back to the hotel round trip) but otherwise I havent had time to do anything.. :( hoping this weekend to start doing some more hill walks before we leave, once we get back home next week I will be back on my bike/walk/hike routine but a bit nervous that Ive regressed and also put on a lot of weight from sitting/working/eating for 6 or 7 days straight..

 

I seem to hit that period of pregnancy though where I have a lot of energy, so at least I have that part working for me when we return. I am missing the woods and my bike, not going to lie :)

post #237 of 323

I had a crazy day at work today (not actually that crazy, just a lot of stressful running around) and I was so exhausted when I got home that I ate a ton and basically passed out.  DH and I went for a walk with the dogs, but it was probably only a mile or so.  I didn't work out yesterday either and my schedule is terrible tomorrow.  I'm hoping I can squeeze in an evening class.  I'm scared to go more than a day or two without working out, but lately scheduling around my exhaustion is getting more difficult.  I'm ok energy-wise most of the time, but teaching really sucks it out of me two days a week.

 

I'm on day 42 of the squat challenge and so far I haven't missed a day (or at least I've made up all the squats on other days when I have).  My legs are more toned than before, which is good.  But we did weighted lunges at the gym the other day, and I was surprised how hard those were.  Guess I should cycle those into the rotation a little more often.  They do work somewhat different muscle groups, I guess. 

 

Penny, the butterfly one is where you sit with your heels together and knees out to the side (like in a butterfly stretch).  Then have your partner exert pressure on your knees while you try to close them (pushing them up against his hands).  It works your inner thighs, which apparently helps during labor.  I got a whole list from the Bradley people, including pelvic tilts, squats, and a few others, so I'll post them here if anyone wants to add them into the rotation.

 

In case you can't tell from the lack of smileys and exclamation points, I'm just feeling low-energy.  Going to try to get some sleep and hopefully feel better in the a.m.

post #238 of 323

 

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I'm scared to go more than a day or two without working out, but lately scheduling around my exhaustion is getting more difficult.  I'm ok energy-wise most of the time, but teaching really sucks it out of me two days a week.

 

 

Yeah I felt the same way, then the last week and a half happened and I went a solid week without nothing more then a 2 mile round trip walk from campus and back. I really am not feeling very good about myself right now and happy to be home just for the sheer (and maybe sad) fact I can get back on track with exercise. . . thinking I might join the gym near our house, I found the 1 time I went to the gym the last week and a half (it was a hotel gym but still) I felt like I got a good workout in in a pretty short time and it was a nice alternative to just walking and more walking.. esp with all this rain..

 

Ive been doing the squats every night as well but it doesnt give me the same hit that cardo in some form does...  hopefully our energy will pick up lilytiger  I am really scared to weigh myself this week.. my stomach is 2x the size it was when we left, ditto the boobs.

post #239 of 323

I'm back on track w the squats, plus doing some yoga and minute squat holds and goddess/temple pose. Ouch! I"ve been doing some walking but I'd like to make that a daily thing. Ithappened, I agree w the cardio sentiment. But I'm having trouble getting back on that horse. I think running is out at this point, maybe swimming? I need to get a suit that fits. I have bikinis but nothing that would work well for lap swimming.  

post #240 of 323

I just got done with a really tough weight/circuit/cardio workout and man, it felt awesome.  I need to remember days like this.  I couldn't make it to the gym other than Monday and Friday this week, so I did an hour on the bike on Thursday and a three mile walk with the dogs Friday post-workout.  I ate like a complete pig yesterday and was super lethargic and disgusting all day.  Post-workout today I didn't even feel pregnant.  Everything was loose and my abs were nice and tight, thus keeping discomfort to a minimum.  It just felt awesome.  So, a few lessons to be learned: sometimes your body just needs a break.  I felt disgusting yesterday, but my insatiable desire for carbs might have been telling me something important.  Second lesson, I love my gym.  There's probably more to be learned here about taking breaks and coming back stronger or something, but I'm just enjoying the post-workout high.

 

Is anyone still running, by the way?  I'm trying to decide if I'll do a 5k while DH does his half marathon at the end of April, but I'm really thinking it's not going to happen (or it will be a walk/run, mostly walk).  Normally I would just do it, but it's hard to justify $30 for the entrance fee if I'm going to be getting a worse workout than I would at my gym.  Hmm.....  I still need to get that belly bra.  Weirdly for me it's my calves that are limiting me... they tighten up and just won't let go.

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