Back home & 23 weeks

We’re officially back home. This vacation has been filled with so many wonderful memories, magic, and happiness. I really can’t believe it’s all over. My family and I had an amazing time here in Orlando.

This last Thursday marked the official beginning of week 23! I can’t believe I’m 23 weeks pregnant already, the time has gone so quickly. This week at Disneyworld I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of emotions. I felt extremely overjoyed, blessed, & grateful!

However; like every first time mom, I started thinking about the new chapter unfolding before me and was overwhelmed at the thought of my new responsibilities as a mom. I started thinking about all the things needed to be accomplished before our baby arrives, and then the anxiety started to kick in. I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time, to make small checklist and not over analyze the small details. I also need to let go of control because I know I have little control over what can happen. I have faith and hope in God that He will guide my husband & I down the right path as new parents. I also know I have been blessed to be surrounded by a loving family that continues to show us & our growing family love and support. I can’t wait to bring our baby to Walt Disneyworld one day, and the many other adventures we will have as a family. We had the best time at WDW, but I know the next time we come out here it’ll be extra special sharing that time with our baby girl

Side note: we didn’t enact the midday break, but with a mid week break from the parks and tons of sleep throughout the trip I was able to easily get through the last two days at WDW strong!
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This is how we took a break from the parks. We scheduled a date night on Wednesday!

We were celebrating in a few short months we are going to be parents!

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Mommy & daddy can't wait to meet you sweetheart.

I hope all you amazing super mom's enjoy your special day! Happy Mother's Day!

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Nocturnal Saturday Workout

After a fun date night with my husband, we decided to hit the gym for weightlifting (back) & interval running. This is my 3rd Saturday in a row I’ve been to the gym, but the first time going late at night. We were there from 8:00-10:00 PM. It may sound insane, but it was one of the best workouts ever!

New running shoes!

Benefits-

  • The sweet front desk attendant said “WOW you are so dedicated” and kindly asked how many days I went to the gym. I said “6 days!” I thought it was very sweet of her to notice 🙂
  • I didn’t have to wait for a single machine, weight, and most importantly the sauna was not crowded! AWESOME!
  • It’s calmer around this time-usually our gym is filled with loud, high school boys. It can get overwhelming when they start yelling random things at each other. SIDE NOTE-If people can hear you through their headphones, you’re speaking way too loudly!
  • We took our time-with nothing planned after a workout, we slowed down, stretched to make sure to avoid sore muscles the next day.

Have you worked out on a Saturday night?

Playing catch up!

The past 2 weeks have honestly been a blur. When I returned home from Las Vegas, I had a lot of catching up to do. I didn’t workout for 2 days while on vacation, so I had to workout Saturday (as scheduled) & Sunday (usually my rest day). And of course I had to face the inevitable doom of unpacking, and endless laundry to do, OK I lie, my husband did most of it. We work on the organizing together, and well that’s been on the back burner forever, and things have been piling up! It’s been an overwhelming transition. My blog has been on hold slightly. I wanted to update my readers on some changes I’ve made in the last 2 weeks that helped make the transition from vacation mode to weightloss-

  • Decreased my calorie intake from 1900 to 1400
  • Focused on a low-fat diet, and to include balanced portions of carbohydrates and protein
  • Switched to tilapia for lunch (you can season tilapia in a multiple of ways, my newest flavor obsession is Mrs. Dash salt free Fiesta blend!).
  • If I eat beef, it’s at night (nothing wrong with beef, just focus on using leaner cuts like flank!)
  • Created a new balanced routine

Here is my new routine in detail-

  • MONDAY STRENGTH TRAINING: Arms & shoulders

CARDIO: High intensity interval training for 30 minutes (5 minute warm up & 5 minute cool down)

  • TUESDAY STRENGTH TRAINING: Legs

CARDIO: 2 times a day-steady pace at 3.4 mph, and an incline of 7.0 for 40 minutes (5 minute cool down

  • WEDNESDAY- CARDIO: 2 times a day-steady pace at 3.4 mph, and an incline of 7.0 for 40 minutes (5 minute cool down
  • THURSDAY- STRENGTH TRAINING: Chest & Arms

CARDIO: High intensity interval training for 30 minutes (5 minute warm up & 5 minute cool down)

  • FRIDAYSTRENGTH TRAINING: Legs

CARDIO: 2 times a day-steady pace at 3.4 mph, and an incline of 7.0 for 40 minutes (5 minute cool down

  • SATURDAY-STRENGTH TRAINING: Chest & Arms

CARDIO: High intensity interval training for 30 minutes (5 minute warm up & 5 minute cool down)

I absolutely love my updated routine. Adding high intensity interval training allows me to sleep in an extra hour Monday & Thursday. I’ve seen great improvement overall. Who doesn’t love an extra hour of sleep!

What changes do you make when you come home from a vacation? What helps you transition back to your normal routine?

I hope to post the physical changes tomorrow, it’s my weigh in day-I’m nervous, yet excited!