Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Favorite Prenatal Workout DVDs

If you're a preggers without a gym membership and looking to find something good to do at home, here are my recommendations for prenatal workout DVDs:

1} Hilaria Baldwin's Fit Mommy-To-Be Prenatal Yoga DVD

I was given the opportunity as a Skinny Mom blogger to review this DVD series and it is a really great one. Feels so nice after a long day of sitting in a desk or chasing kids!

2} Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project

This set gives you nine DVDs - one for each month of gestation and each workout is about 45 minutes. Great for already fit mommies trying to stay in shape during pregnancy.

3} The Bar Method Pregnancy Workout DVD

I love taking barre classes and the moves are very easy to incorporate into pregnancy. I like that this barre DVD is already tailored to pregnancy. This is an ideal form of exercise for keeping trouble areas tone throughout pregnancy.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Pregnancy Weekly Workout Plan

Happy Monday!

I am happy to report that I did as I said I would and I rejoined my gym on Saturday. In fact, quite possibly as you are reading this, I am at the gym doing Monday's workout listed below. I have to get out the door at 6:30am to get to the gym next to my work by 7:00am, so I am having to wake up an hour earlier now - at 5:30am - but I know it's well worth it.

I've gone ahead and made a template of my weekly workout plan for anyone that may be interested. I plan to stick to this for the rest of the pregnancy. As opposed to non-pregnant workouts, this workout routine is going to be generally the same week-to-week, since as a prego, I'm basically just working to maintain what I can, and not lose weight. Regardless, this is still a good workout plan to follow when not pregnant, the only thing I would suggest is changing it up every couple of weeks, either by incorporating new exercises or adding weight and reps.

It feels so good to be back in the gym...it really helps with the pregnancy fatigue and moodiness and I really hope it makes getting my pre-baby body back a lot easier and a lot quicker.

Happy Workout!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well hello there and happy new year!

Where the heck have I been with this blog? Sheesh! I must be honest, as gung-ho as I sounded about fitness in the beginning of this pregnancy, it still has managed to bite me in the ass. First of all, the holidays are hard enough to avoid weight gain without being pregnant and well, I fell a little off the fitness train between traveling and holiday get-togethers. I just have not been myself.

I even *gasp* quit my gym membership in November! I know...how the heck can I call myself a gym bunny now, right? Well, I quit for reasons other than not using the gym because I certainly was using it. I wanted to get out of my contract because I didn't like the terms and I had already met the contract date. I also started a new job and had found it hard to get to the gym due to pregnancy nausea...I figured I would just rejoin a gym after the baby came and workout at home in the meantime.

Well, that plan failed because I have been lacking motivation in the evenings. I get home around 6pm from work, have to make dinner, get the kids' bedtime routine done and then catch up on housework every evening...which, let's face it, it's tiring enough being pregnant...adding in a late night workout on top of all that just proved to daunting of a task most nights. I really need to get my workouts done first thing in the morning...before pregnancy tiredness kicks in. So what am I doing? Tomorrow I am rejoining the gym...at least I can take advantage of New Year's specials. I will start going before work again. I don't have nausea anymore, so I can manage to eek my way out of bed a tad earlier to get a good workout in.

I can't even look at that weight tracking chart I posted when I first found out I was pregnant because I am way off track! It's depressing. I'm not sure how it's even possible I've gained as much as I have, but there's no turning back now, I just have to roll with it and make good choices this last half of pregnancy. Here's me today at 21 weeks and 1 day:

Looking ripe as ever!

Oh, and if you don't follow along on Style Oyster {and you really should}, you missed my announcement that IT'S A GIRL!

I am so excited {and have a hunch this is the culprit for my extra weight gain - it's true what they say about boys vs. girls in the womb!}

But I can't stress myself out about the weight. I need to just do the best I can, let my body do what it needs to do and know that my fitness-motivated self will take care of the damage when it comes time. I'm already a step ahead as I've ordered Shaun T's Focus T25 program and plan on starting in June. I'm due in May, so I figure I will ease my way back into working out for a month or so and then get started with this intense HIIT workout. I will hit up Insanity after that. My husband is already doing it and I'm jealous I can't join in yet. I have been trying to do at least the warmups with him...but once it gets to all that jumping around, this prego has to bow out.

I do have a set of barre DVDs coming this week and plan to incorporate those into my routine a few times a week for the rest of this pregnancy.

But anyway, that's my update for now. I plan on posting a detailed list of fitness resolutions for the new year next week. Do you have any fitness resolutions?

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