Thursday, September 11, 2014

From Counting Miles to Counting Steps

I know. I said I would update more often. But truthfully, I've physically started writing a blog post at least 4 times, only to get discouraged and not post. "Fit pregnancy" has been hard, ya'll.

First I had really low blood pressure in the first trimester. That has thankfully gotten better, but then I started to get a pain in what felt like a groin muscle pull that radiated up into my back. Come to find out, this is something that many pregnant women experience (even non-runners). It's called pelvic girdle pain, and it might not go away until after the baby is born.

I'm pretty disappointed. I was talking to my mom about it over the phone and I found myself crying when I told her I might just have to stop running after I had a particularly painful run that morning. This might have been mostly because of hormones.. but still a huge disappointment!

So I've had to adjust my expectations. Again. I had this idea that I would tally up all the miles that I had run while carrying my baby. Of course, I can do other things. Like biking, elliptical, and walking (snore). I've felt some pangs of jealously whenever I see a pregnant woman that I followed on twitter post a picture about a great 8 mile run, but staying healthy for my baby is more important. I'm still going to continue to test it with shorter runs, but perhaps the trouble I'm having is just God's way of telling me that I can't run long distances and grow a little person safely at the same time.

What I have been doing:

1) Lifting twice a week. For those really interested, I'm following the beginning program from "The New Rules of Lifting For Women."

2) James and I bought His and Her Jawbone Ups. These have been pretty fun. At first I thought that we might be competing for steps, but then James went and joined the Army Ten Miler training team and I have an office job, so he pretty much dominates in the steps department every day. But, I've been trying to make sure I get 10,000 steps on the days that I don't work out, and just move more during the day in general.

3) Biking. I've found some great pinterest spin workouts that are about 30 minutes long that I can do during lunch at work. I also still did an 18-mile bike ride with my church, but I'm frankly starting to get a little scared of road biking in traffic now. I'm carrying a small person on my torso now!

4) Run-walking. I'll do some kind of interval workout with about 2 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, etc. It seems like when I run faster, my pelvic girdle pain nearly goes away, so while I'd rather run long, this seems to work for me for now.

So I've gone from counting miles to counting steps. Only about 3 more months of pregnancy to go, so I suppose I can deal a little while longer. And I can't wait to meet our little guy!

<3 Amy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Preggo Week 17

Hmm. I'm not sure it's realistic for me to go back to blogging every week. I might switch to bi-weekly soon, but we'll see! Week 17 is almost over. I did run a couple times this week and it felt... good.. except that my bladder feels just kind of funny during the run. Kind of like something is sitting on it and causing some pressure. No idea why that would be. #saracasm But the good news is that I don't experience this at all while biking, so I might be doing a little more of that.

I did get my two sessions of lifting in! I was cautioned by my doctor to not try to lift more weight than I already was. Just to maintain, since apparently it's really easy to injure muscles and tendons during pregnancy (everything is more stretchy to prepare the the huge amount of stretch that will happen to my torso).

I did do pretty well on my goals and I think I'm going to continue to keep these basic goals every week for now.

Yoga x 1 hour (check! did this on Sunday)

Lifting x 2 sessions (check!)

cardio x 3 different days (kinda check. one of my "cardio" sessions was a long walk.)

Eat 2 servings of (low mercury) fish (check!)

Eat 3 veggies a day (check!)

Eat 2 fruits a day (check!)

We are doing something called "Colorful Choices" at work. It's this little health program where we get to log fruits and veggies for points. I've gone a little crazy. It's made those last two goals really easy. My coworkers and I have been totally switching our eating habits for this crazy little game. 

Most of our meals have looked a lot like this. 
Also, I'm regularly feeling baby kicking! Sadly, the little guy (or gal) seems to quiet down whenever James puts his hand on 'em (a habit that hopefully will carry on after birth?), so he hasn't felt anything yet. But I'm hopefully he'll get to feel something soon. 

In other news, my husband summited Mount Rainier on Monday. Earlier this year, 6 climbers died on the mountain in an avalanche so of course, I was extremely nervous. But he and his buddies were fine and they had a fantastic day to climb. And I was a little jealous when I saw the pictures. 
He's a stud. 
And I'll end of a 17 week tummy pic! This pic is actually a few days old. Now that I'm almost 18 weeks, I think I've popped a little more. I'll post another pic tomorrow on instagram with the official 18 week pic. :) 
Much love, 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pregnancy: Week 16

James and I just got back from a really nice weekend up at Kalaloch beach. We went to a first-come, first-serve basis campsite, and luckily got a spot around noon on the 3rd. So thankful that the Army decided to give James the 3rd and 4th off, because it worked out really well with my work schedule and got us there before the rush. Our spot was so prime that a guy came up to me within 10 seconds of me getting out of the tent on the morning of the 4th to ask if we planned on staying that night (I know, super peaceful wake-up, right?). Luckily, the next morning was a lot more quiet after the fireworks so we still had a relaxing stay.

View from our tent. 
How was camping while pregnant? Well, I didn't have to pee until about 5am both nights there, so I would call that a pregnancy-win! And during the day, we pretty much just hung out at the beach. It was a little chilly, but we (really, James) built a couple driftwood fires that warmed us up.

So how as running been going? I've never been very good at working out to stay in shape. I mostly have been a runner for the love of running. I don't remember the last time I felt this out of shape, and it makes me not like running quite so much. However, the low blood pressure seems to have gotten a lot better, so now it's just a matter of trying to slowly get back into shape. I failed my "running streak" that I had mentioned in a previous post. Running every day is pretty hard while dealing with morning sickness (which actually did get a little worse at the very very end of the first trimester/2nd trimester). I randomly fell upon the comic below and had to just laugh because that's exactly how I've felt.

I think I'm going to start posting my workouts on here to try to keep myself more accountable. I'm just keeping it simple, one week at a time. Hopefully, this will help me to remember to post more on here too!

Goals this week:

Yoga x 1 hour

Lifting x 2 sessions

cardio x 3 different days (at least 30 min each time)

Eat 2 servings of (low mercury) fish

Eat 3 veggies a day

Eat 2 fruits a day

Oh and here's my current bump.

Still not much there. I found some cute nursery sheets at Babies 'R Us and bought them yesterday with James. The lady gave us a gift receipt without even asking! I guess that might be policy or something, but James still gave me a hard time about it. "When are you going to get serious about making a baby? No one can tell you are pregnant yet!" Haha.

Until next week friends,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What I Didn't Expect: First Trimester

I'm officially 12 weeks along today. My little bit of morning sickness that I had is subsiding. I'm now able to go grocery shopping and cook without feeling sick to my stomach! I am pretty sure that my husband is as happy as I am about that. I'm not officially at the end of the first tri, but I think the hardest part of it are over (the higher risk, the morning sickness etc). Here are the things I didn't expect:
  1. I didn't expect to be so tired. I'm struggling at work. Especially in the afternoon. Staying focused enough to actually work on my projects has become a daily challenge. And not drinking coffee isn't helping either (see #2). I hope this is something that improves going into the 2nd trimester.
  2. I didn't expect to, all the sudden, despise coffee. A cup or so a day of coffee is perfectly fine during pregnancy. I was set on keeping up my habit. Then one day around 6 weeks or so, I felt completely repulsed by it. I don't miss it. You don't need to feel bad for me. I've had a couple cups the last week or so because the nausea is going away, but it's still not my first choice of beverage right now.
  3. I didn't expect to not be very sick. Double negative sorry. But my mom and sister-in-law were both super-sick during their first trimester. I naturally assumed this was the norm. I actually haven't felt very sick. I did mention that I wasn't cooking, so we were eating out a lot. I did throw-up once.. but I think that was from running too soon after pancakes and totally unrelated.
  4. I didn't expect running to become so hard. I was in half-marathon shape prior to getting pregnant (I made sure) and all the sudden, it's hard to keep up a 10-minute mile. My doctor took my blood pressure and it sounded different than what I normally hear (90/50 I think) and so I asked her about it. She said "Oh yeah, that's perfectly normal in pregnancy. You can continue to run and you'll actually get a really great workout still, even if you don't go as fast." I was actually really sad to hear that because, believe it or not, I actually don't run primarily to workout. I run because I like to race and run long distances. So I decided that I don't think I can run a half-marathon until this baby stops stealing so much of my blood. I've settled for a 5k in a few weeks. I'm also running or walking at least a mile a day with the Summer Runner's World Run Streak.
  5. I didn't expect to fall in love with a peanut. At 9 weeks, I painstakingly drank the 32 onces of water to go in with James to the first ultrasound. A girl that looked about 18 years old escorted us back to the room. She told us that she was an intern and would be performing our ultrasound but that the actual tech would come in after she was done to check everything. I just though..Okay, well it's probably going to be a while before we see anything. She then put the gel on me and stuck the little thing on my tummy. Within about 10 seconds, "There's your baby!" I wasn't expecting it at all. I thought I would cry or something, but I just kind of stared in shock. It's now the lock screen photo on my phone and I can't stop myself from looking at him/her at least a dozen times a day. I think I'm officially in love with something that, frankly, resembles a peanut or kidney bean more than a person.
Much love,

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Running (for two!)

I haven't been blogging for a while. My husband got back from his deployment at the end of 2012 and life settled down and got wonderfully boring. In the back of my mind, I still remembered my little blog. I thought to myself.. maybe when we decide to have a baby... it would be fun to blog about being pregnant and running. And just.. being pregnant.

So anyway.. I'm happy to announce that we're having a baby!

I haven't felt very sick. I don't have a baby bump yet. Am I pregnant or is this just a little virus that makes me feel a little sick all all the time and happens to also make my boobs big and sore? It was such a relief to go in for the ultra sound and see that there was actually a baby in there. With a little heartbeat. That was moving.

It feels more real now. Though still slightly unbelievable. I'm really excited to share this adventure with you.

<3 Amy

Keep on praying. Keep on running.