Fit and Fab- the Pregnancy Edition!

So, it’s been quite awhile since I last blogged. And, in that time I’ve been trying my best to stay both Fit and Fab. It’s been a bit of a struggle though, because I’m almost 28 weeks pregnant!

Yes, I’m so excited to say that my husband and I are expecting our first child on November 7th. And, I couldn’t be more excited! But, the Fit and Fab part of it all? It’s been a little rough to say the least.

Many women have weighed in with their opinions of pregnancy when I make my big announcement. I’ve heard:

“Oh I LOVED being pregnant!”

“I enjoyed every minute of my pregnancy!”

“I felt GREAT the whole 9 months!”

And then there’s me, standing there going “WHAT?!?”

I spent the first 4 and a half months being in a constant state of feeling like I was going to throw up, without actually throwing up at all. At one point, I was eating so many TUMS per day that I actually asked my doctor (ok, and I Googled it too) if it was possible to overdose on them.

Needless to say, my FABness kind of went down the tubes for a little while. Before publicly announcing my news, I’m pretty sure everyone just thought I was letting myself go! I’m a girl that doesn’t leave the house without eyeliner. At one point, I was going to work makeup free, just because I didn’t feel up to the challenge!

Things improved and I’m pleased to say I’m back to wearing full makeup daily 🙂

On the fitness end of things- it’s a struggle! At this point I’m trying to get a workout in about 4 days a week. I’ve found that I’m tiring out much quicker, and my recovery time is much longer. Growing a human will do that to you!

My current (very modified) workout faves are Turbo Kick (or Turbo Fire at home) T25 and 21 Day Fix. I tried some pregnancy DVDs but they seemed geared towards women who had never worked out before. I prefer to modify and adjust as my body tells me. And don’t worry, it’s all doctor approved!

So, moms out there- any tips, tricks or advice for maintaining fitness and fabness while prego? How about after baby arrives? Weigh in with your comments!

Monday (and March) Motivation

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If you live in the Northeast, you’re probably sick of the cold, snowy weather like I am. It’s March 3rd and we’re snowed in…enough already!

Many people started out the new year with proclamations that this would be the year they’d get fit! 2 months and countless snow storms later, that motivation has dwindled (much like every student and teacher’s hopes of ending school by mid-June!)

So what can you do to get the fitness mojo going again? Here are a few tips:

1- Don’t wait for a new week, a new month or a new year to start over. Every single day is a chance for a fresh start! Take hold of that opportunity and go for it!

2- Schedule your workouts. Too many people put others’ needs first and leave their own health and fitness until last on the to-do list. Block out that 30-60 minutes daily for YOU and don’t stand yourself up! Planning ahead is key! Find the time of day that works best for you. (And YES, there are super effective workout programs out there that are 30 minutes or less!)

3- Speaking of planning ahead… prep food in advance so you don’t reach for junk. Did you get out of the office later than usual? If your fridge is stocked with grilled chicken and salad or your freezer is filled with healthy homemade meals ready for the microwave, dinner will be a snap! (And it won’t involve a drive-thru.)

4- Surround yourself with motivating, like minded people. Even if your family and friends haven’t quite hitched their wagon to your fitness train, you can find all the support you need online. Make some friends on My Fitness Pal, join a Facebook group devoted to fitness, or follow health blogs here on WordPress. Be active and engage! You could end up inspiring someone else.

5- Finally… just don’t give up on yourself. You certainly wouldn’t give up on your child, sibling, spouse or friend, so why are we so quick to quit on ourselves? We all have what it takes, we’ve just got to keep on moving!

Hopefully this snow and the winter blahs go away soon. My gym was closed today due to the weather, and I was in a super couch potato state after watching 3 movies. But I was inspired by my fitness motivation group on Facebook, willed myself to get moving and completely nailed my T25 Upper Focus workout. Boom!

Tomorrow, let’s do it again!

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!