Saturday, July 13, 2013

Brain Storming....

OK boy's and girls, grab a coffee and get comfy.... This could be long ;)

So I am so close to my due date that I can almost feel the pain (YIKES) and unfortunately boredom has set in HARDCORE! So how do we over come the waiting game? By planning ahead :)

So life has been very routine and thus boring so instead of lavishing my boredom on you I thought I would save you hehe.... I have been maintaining my training and eating, water aerobics and very light strength and cardio both indoors and out and my eating has been all planned out thanks to the 12WBT (Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation) I have been able to maintain my clothing size throughout my entire pregnancy and I am over the moon about that (Previous pregnancies saw me blossom to enormous proportions so I swore this pregnancy was going to be different!) Along with my training schedule I have maintain my home, entertained my family whilst on school holidays and manage to get credits in my uni assessments... I have been one productive mummy :)

The last week has seen me feeling very tired and no energy to scratch myself let alone train, but instead of getting grumpy at myself I am listening to my body and enjoying some simple things like facials and manicures, looking after my skin and indulging in some naughty foods.... Although I am enjoying indulging my naughty side I am craving getting back to my usual habits (when I have the energy) not long now... Only 17 days :)

With 17 days to go my impatience is increasing.... Patience was never my strong point hehe but why not use this 17 days (and perhaps more if baby decides to hang in there longer) to plan my recovery and new routine.... After bubs arrives I will still have to wait 6 weeks before I can visit my Dr and get the OK to train, if my Dr says I need more time to recover he may end up in a small world of hurt but Like I said I want this pregnancy to be different and so to the recovery, I never gave myself/my body the time to recover and found myself burning out and getting sick.... But not this time!

My main goals for recovery is going to be building onto the healthy habits that I have already started thanks to the 12WBT (Might even sign up for another round) So light weights, cardio and clean eating...Keeping it nice and simple so that I can build my routine around baby. To make life a little easier on myself I am going to get myself a gardner and take my mum up on the offer to help me out with some basic housework, I have been nesting hardcore so my house is spotless even finger marks have been removed from walls and doors so maintaining wont be hard I also use a handy website called FlyLady that helps me stay organised not only in housework but also in home work but things like gardening well they just don't fit into my time so instead of getting upset I am learning to delegate :)

Once I get the all clear from my Dr I will sit down and consider my goals and options, I have a feeling that I wont return to Crossfit as I feel its just too taxing on my body and my ability to perform many of the exercises was well dismal to be honest and left me feeling defeated so think I will go back to focusing on strength but with the added cardio element because I have a desire to be able to run my local lake.... I am also not sure if I will look at competing in bodybuilding next year or if I will focus on something else, I really want to get back into self-defence and get my kiddies involved to and with a more relaxed training schedule my body will be able to cope (when I was doing CrossFit my DOMS were so bad I had to give up self-defence) I also want to take the time to study yoga, I have been using yoga to help my back pain and maintain my flexibility during pregnancy so would love to learn more.

I want to take the time to also thank my friends, family and man for supporting me and keeping me on track through out my pregnancy, I was feeling rather outta the loop during the beginning but thanks to your wonderful support and motivation I have been able to keep going and all with a smile on my face and I know that once bubs is born I will have the exact same support and be able to smoothly transition into my routine :) Thanks heaps guys I love you lots X

Well I best bugger off and go pick up my kiddies, one more day left of school holidays then its back to business hehe

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Friday, May 10, 2013

28 weeks and the beginning of a new me

Just under 12 weeks till I get to hold my baby in my arms :)

So what better way to pass the time then start a 12 week challenge, so I have signed up to the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT) I wrote a post about how I felt I was alone and didn't have support so I researched some online programs that would give me that support in the comfort of my own home and the 12WBT seemed to offer me exactly what I was looking for, help with meals and help with pregnancy safe exercise.

The 12WBT offers, daily meal plans, weekly menus and weekly shopping list, there are also options to change meals but I have to say I was very impressed by the variety and ease of each meal in my first weeks menu. I am on higher calories due to being pregnant and this also alters the exercises I can do but doesn't limit me by much which I am really happy about, the exercises are more common sense based and about listening to my body so this makes choosing exercises will be easy and also fun because I can mix it up between the gym and home workouts, which means its super flexible too just like the meals because they are things that I can easily make up at home and then take with me and they look super yumi so no one will be giving me weird looks when I pull out my lunch box hehe.

I have never really been one for online personal training and I am not really a biggest loser fan, I was always under the impression that unless I had someone kicking my butt in person lol but I have also realised that with all the hard work I have done in the past year has set me up so well, not only have I been able to work through the usual aches and pains of pregnancy but also a pinched nerve, I have been able to change things so that I can continue to workout even as my tummy grows. My food has been somewhat good and bad but I lack consistency and as we know consistency is the key to long term changes, even though I am not aiming to lose weight I am aiming to bring back the routine of clean eating like I had before becoming pregnant. Online does give you accountability which is what I am looking for along with support, I do think though you need to be really committed to stick with the program although that's the same with face to face training.

I had my first weigh and measure up... I was gutted to see the scales go up and even though its part of being pregnant its hard to see especially after all the hard work I have put in but the measurements didn't reflect the gains on the scale which made me do a little happy dance (and bubs too hehe) I am 28 weeks and 2 days and the only gains in measurements are my hips and waist and they are only small gains because I am still wearing pre-pregnancy clothing. I am so excited I am nearly at the end and yet I am still really active the only real issue is lack of sleep which does make me a little grumpy but I am still highly motivated and pumped :)

Monday it all begins, I am so excited !!!!

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Friday, April 26, 2013

School goes back and I get boring hehe

With the return of school comes the return of routine, makes me feel a little boring lol

So I am back to water aerobics 4 times a week, 2 sessions are normal water aerobics with this spunky instructor who has a body to admire! She is the pump class instructor to so I plan on hitting her class once bubs is born and I have recovered. The other 2 sessions are for expecting mums which is run by 2 lovely physiotherapists who have helped me to fix most of my aches and pains! The only thing is that the mums are more focused on gas bagging then they are exercising so I tend to stick to myself because I want to get the most out of the class.

My eating has still been all over the place, no weird food cravings or binge eating just eating is not timed nor is it my usual clean eating.... I hate to admit it but McDonald's has crept in when I have been stressed and I am not too happy about that but after chatting to Leisa I decided to do some research on a program that she has used and swears by because it showed her how to eat properly and the results speak for themselves as she looks STUNNING.... no more excuses of being too tired and the step by step menu with recipes will help remove any other excuses such as I dont know what to eat! So I went and joined up to Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation, the program not only helps me with meals but also helps to make me accountable which is something I have been missing now that I am on my own. So in 17 days I embark on my new program that is suited to me and baby on board :)

So the 12 weeks program will last me till a week before baby is due, this first 12 weeks will set me up for a healthy 3rd trimester and fingers crossed a good labor (if there is such a thing hehe) I will then redo another 12 week pregnancy program after bubs is born because I need to recover and heal. Hopefully after a full recovery and relaxin leaves my system I should be fighting fit and ready to get back onto the journey of the stage :)

I am so excited with my plans so far, I also feel confident that I have the support at home to help push me when I need it!

So bump update, I had my horrid glucose test done and the results have come back perfect so no need to worry about digestinal diabetes phew! I also have really high vitamin D levels which for a Ballarat resident is odd (always cold here, well so they say) my blood count came back low and my blood pressure is very low 102 over 68 so they are keeping an eye on me, luckily my only symptoms of low blood pressure is feeling fatigued and the odd headache but otherwise I am feeling fighting fit :) My back pain is under control which is awesome because at one stage I could barely walk but now I am able to get jobs done in the morning and by afternoon I have to rest up with ice packs and heat packs but its also a great time for baby to stretch out and practise their punching and kicking techniques, usually on my bladder hehe so with only 13.5 weeks to go I am going to make sure I get to enjoy every minute :)

Anyway time for me to head off and make dinner....

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The end is near.....

The end of the school holidays that is :)

So tomorrow its back to reality, back to routine and back to having quality training/meal times.....Which I must say excites me! I feel out of control every time school holidays kick round, you think I would learn and come up with ways to prevent it from happening. especially beings school holidays are so often.... But alas its one last habit (bad habit) that I need to overcome!

I have also felt rather out of control with food since giving up Anytime fitness and Perfit Crossfit, no longer having a coach to watch over me leaves me feeling alone. I have not been tracking food intake or exercise which leads me to the feeling of being out of control so to fix this is simple! Start tracking my food intake and training and take back control for MYSELF!

I have been so worried about getting fat, I have been struggling with my inner fat chick since finding out I am preggy! I am still wearing the same size clothing I was wearing before getting preggy so this in itself is something to celebrate, but yet I can't help but look at my tummy and think I am fat..... This is not how I want to be as I want to really enjoy my pregnancy because this is my second chance! SO I am going to take my measurements and compare it to my measurements prior to my pregnancy, I reckon its going to help put my mind at ease... Some days I look in the mirror and I think to myself gee my legs are looking good and my arms are looking skinnier so lets focus on these positives and reject those negative thoughts!

So as mentioned I feel rather alone, I am not miserable with this loneliness because in reality I am not alone I have my fantastic man that is super supportive but well he's a guy :P Also I panic that I am going to annoy the poor thing with my constant whinging, I also don't want to come across as hmmmm weak (can't think of a better word) I need to find some one that can help give me advice and support concerning training and diet during the rest of my pregnancy, I was thinking perhaps there might be something online??? So going to look into that this week :)

So apart from being hormonal and pathetic right now everything is going along nicely baby has a nice strong heart beat and the ultra sound shows one very active baby that's growing fast! Tomorrow I'll take myself off to get the glucose test yuckie wish me luck as I am not a fan of needles (yes silly to hear coming from a girl that loves tattoos and body piercings) but I comfort myself  with the thought of there being only a little over 15 weeks to go..... I am on the home stretch :)

Well time for me to run, I have school uniforms to lay out and school bags to pack....yippee school tomorrow hehe

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Time flies when your having fun!

Boy oh boy how time has flown by since the beginning of the school holidays!

Time to sit back with a coffee (long black of course) and update you all on my progress and school holiday fun :)

So how was your Easter? Mine was lovely and quiet, a small family get together on the Sunday after the Easter bunny had visited and left what could only be described as a huge haul of chocolate eggs for the family to hunt down...I think the Easter bunny has grown cheeky as there were eggs in some very high and odd places hehe. I enjoyed a yumi hot cross bun with loads of real butter on mmmm my waistline wasn't impressed but my tummy was rather satisfied hehe. For me I am not a big chocolate fan but the Easter bunny did leave me one of my all time fave red tulip chocolate rabbits :)

Even though school holidays are in full swing I have managed to stick to my training, I have really been enjoying water aerobics especially when my mummy joins me :) I have been over coming a bout of flu which knocked me about, so this week I have been busy catching up on housework and my social life as I hate going out when I am germy.

I have been slack however when it comes to my tracking of my nutrition, I think now that I am going it alone I have lost focus when it comes to what to eat.... With that said I haven't gone off the wagon and been eating everything in sight, I just don't have routine... Which on school holidays is the typical thing that happens, but if I can manage to keep up my training schedule then I can do the same with my nutrition! So back to the drawing board.

As for my back, it is on the improve thanks to my boy giving me regular massages and my yoga sessions at home have helped me to reduce the pain :) I have however been over doing it around the house catching up on chores that should of been done months ago which has found me very stiff and sore but its been worth it as I finally have my entertaining area's looking fabulous and my house is back up to my standards of clean along with the washing basket can now be seen as its no longer covered with piles of washing hehe

Time to share some personal news with all my fans, my man and I are expecting :) Yep I am pregnant!!! Baby is due to arrive July 31st so excited, I cannot wait to meet our little miracle :)
So this news explains ALOT hehe my moodiness, my lack of energy and the state of my poor back... But this news makes all that stuff just stuff hehe and has now lead me to make new goals of making this pregnancy enjoyable and healthy! My first two pregnancies were horrid to say the least but this time round I can honestly say I am loving, in fact I sometimes forget I am preggy because I feel so good :) I think losing weight and getting fit along with being happy have set me up for a healthy pregnancy and this is why even though I have had to change my way of training I am still able to train and I have also managed not to gain to much extra weight, I am still currently wearing my normal clothing :)

So things will be heating up for me, with uni going back soon and keeping up with my growing family and household needs I will need to put my organisational skills to full use! Which I have to admit I am really excited to do, I never thought I would get another chance to be a mum let alone fall in love again and its taken me so long to get to this awesome place in life so I am going to grab hold of it with both hands and make every minute count :)

I could go on for ages but I must be off, my kiddies helped me do the morning chores so I thought a trip to the park would be a nice reward for their help.

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The school holidays are here......

Baton down the hatches the kiddies are home for 2 whole weeks!!!!

So what is this mummy going to do to entertain the sprouts..... Hard labor, chores and endless gardening hehe.... Yeah yeah that wont work :P

My man is going to organise a camping trip for us and hopefully we get to take our hound with us as the park is becoming a dog friendly park but just not sure if that's happened yet, the kiddies have no idea so they will be totally surprised, they loved camping last time they rode their bikes morning noon and night it was fantastically quiet :)

I still plan to keep up with my water aerobics classes but I wont do my laps so much because I really want to enjoy spending time with my little family, it's one thing I realised lately and that was that I was so consumed by my weight loss journey/training that nothing else seemed to get a look in, so this is going to change, especially over the school holidays! This doesn't mean that I am not still driven and determined to finish what I started, oh no.....just means that I am going to try and find balance between my goals and the rest of my lifestyle.

I plan on going back to uni and finishing off my double degree when uni goes back after Easter and also going to start dog training with my gorgeous hound, I plan on getting her into agility or fly ball after basic training as I think it will be awesome for her to be able to socialise and have fun at the same time and will also make a great hobby for me and my kiddies will be able to join in too.

I am so taken by my hounds energy, her goofy antics and her general love for life! Since my back pain started I have been spending more and more time at home with her and have truly come to enjoy being around her, sounds silly but I never really appreciated her like I do now. She is a staghound cross greyhound and has the most friendliest and gentlest nature, she is super smart and quick to learn. I took her for a walk yesterday at Vic park and these two big doggies came out of nowhere and ran up to us, Josie stood right in front of me blocking them from me, protecting me :) She didn't bark nor were her hackles raised, she greeted them and when she felt it was OK her ears pricked up and her tail started to wag 100 mile an hour hehe, but she still wouldn't let them near me, I was so surprised and proud of my little hound! I never in a million years thought that a staghound would be my doggy of choice but boy oh boy I am so glad I have her in my life and when we buy our own house we will be getting Josie a play mate, I think she misses her pack mates and I know I will love to watch her and her buddy play like goofballs :)

Also since starting at the YMCA I have decided to get Wil into gymnastics, he has a flare for climbing and flipping and doing crazy stuff yet making it look easy so stay tuned for his progress and pics :) As for Jazzy she is unsure what she would like to do, she wanted to do tennis but now not too sure, she is my little book worm loves to read and draw hmmm I will have to put my thinking cap on :)

Being a mum really rocks, watching these little people grow into big people is something that words really cannot describe! I am so lucky :)

These school holidays are going to be the best!

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Catching up

Wow I have been slack, I forgot to post the FitX post and totally haven't updated my training life... So here goes :)

Well after FitX I made a few decisions, I have put on hold my crossfit and anytime fitness memberships and taken up a membership at the YMCA. I am not really a huge fan of the YMCA they messed my man around to the point that he cancelled his membership, they took issue with the way he liked to train, don't think its a very bodybuilder friendly gym but its the only place in town that has a swimming pool and right now swimming is the only way I can train.

So last week I joined up so was able to swim every day, I have noticed some great changes in my ability to swim both improving on my technique but also my lap time! I am liking my new found cardio abilities, my fitness really does feel its on the improve something I really didn't think would happen. I will admit when I pinched my nerve I wasn't the most positive of people when the Dr said that swimming was my only choice of exercise, but I have stuck it out and I am so glad I did :)

Nutrition wise I am feeling that I am eating about 80% on track for metabolic precision, I am eating a variety of yumi healthy foods and the occasional naughty but oh so yumi foods. I have found that if I just focus on eating whole foods and taking out all the processed stuff, I stay on track without it being a chore or complicated. I found a while back that when I was hardcore 'dieting' and I say that because it certainly wasn't a nutrition plan that I could maintain for the rest of my life.... I found that I was consumed by it that I was always thinking about food but this time round I am not, its so much easier!

As for my pinched nerve it is on the improve, lots of massage's, soaking in  Epsom salt baths, yoga and swimming have really helped and I am now able to walk without too much pain and I walk less like a duck hehe. I am now able to take my hound for short walks and take my kiddies to the park which is something I have really missed and if I am totally honest I am a much nicer person now that I am not in pain I am not miserable.

 My tummy is growling so time for me to eat....

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X