Fit Pregnancy

I had a vision in mind when I found out I was pregnant that I would be able to stay fit throughout my whole pregnancy. I learned quickly though that you never know how your body is going to react to all these changes. I always imagined myself as one of those glowing women on the cover of Fit Pregnancy still working out and eating healthy. However, my first trimester was a trying one and I completely fell off the workout wagon for a good 6 weeks. I had extreme nausea and threw up constantly (sorry for the detail), but it’s true. I lost 7lbs during the first trimester and had no urge to eat, which means I had barely enough energy to get through a workday. Around week 12 things slowly started to turn around for the better, some days. I would try my best to go for walks, and my wonderful husband bought me a prenatal yoga DVD by Gaiam. On the days I ate well and had some energy I did what I could. I learned to be lenient with myself, and not be so critical. prenatal yoga I’m on week 21, and feel myself getting back to normal. This past weekend we had friends visiting from San Diego, and it felt great to spend time with them and walking all over Seattle for two days. Some of the lessons I learned while being pregnant-

  • Baby is the first priority and as long as she is growing strong & healthy do your best to maintain your health also
  • You can’t be so tough on yourself, be lenient
  • Don’t expect to follow a strict workout/diet regimen
  • Listen to your body, if you have been throwing up all day and can barely have the energy to finish a work day, don’t expect to fit in a workout
  • Lift, but not as heavy. Go for higher reps with way lower weight, and focus on more body weight exercise
  • Focus on stretching, I highly recommend prenatal yoga. Not only has it helped me stretch, but it helps me really tune into what my body is actually feeling.
  • Let your body eat what it craves, but make sure if it’s an unhealthy try to find alternatives. For example, I had terrible chocolate cravings so I turned to dark, natural chocolate!chocolate
  • If you haven’t been working out ask your doctor if you can start. With the beautiful weather of spring all you need is a brisk 20-30 minute walk to get you going. Then make sure to stretch after.

One Year Ago

Exactly one year has passed since I had my life changing heart procedure. Looking back at my very first workout with my trainer on June 28, I couldn’t even finish a set of body-weight lunges; to the progress I’ve made Today has been immense.

The strength I’ve built over time has only been because of what God has done for me. Without HIM I would’ve found every excuse not to workout or get healthier. I felt this was God telling me to change my life, this was my second chance and there was a reason he saved me.

Sometimes we find every excuse to not do something; when you know in your heart you should be focused on making every effort to change some aspect of your life.  Set new goals, create a bucket list, use it as a guide for the way you live your life. Don’t set your dreams on a backburner and wake up one day realizing how much time has passed. Sometimes it takes a drastic event to change your perspective on life. Don’t let struggles or hardship be a reason to stop your journey, but fuel you in the direction you need to go.

I’ve been so blessed by two amazing trainers that help guide me to where I am today with a healthy diet & tough workout regimen. I’m officially a personal training success story with 24 Hour Fitness!

This is my official before & after. I hope to scan in a better quality asap :)!

What are your goals this year? Don’t wait until new years to set a new resolution!

Plan in action!

This weekend, I put my new diet plan into action. I kept my calories under the 1400 calorie count. I thought it was going to be the hardest change I had to make with my diet by far. However, it was a much easier transition then I anticipated.

Friday I went through my diet-

  • I didn’t have enough snacks throughout by day. I’m awake my 5:20 AM, and my first meal is around 7:00 am after I run, and I normally don’t get home until 6:00 PM (Friday schedule only). Throughout the week I’m awake by 5:20 and I don’t get home until 8:30 PM.
  • I didn’t feel hungry at all and actually felt full and satisfied throughout my work day and workout. However, since I finished my snacks at work, I was in a rush to get home after the gym and needed to eat dinner.
  • I needed to re-work my snacks to extend my food throughout my typical work day.
  • My calorie count was at 1296

Saturday I discussed Friday’s food schedule with my trainer

  • My trainer suggested adding carrots as my 11 am snack. Since I still felt full from my 9 am snack.
  • I went grocery shopping and bought key items I needed for the week-
    • Chicken breast
    • Tilapia & cod
    • Old fashion oats
    • Honey
    • Carrots
  • Then we went shopping around town
  • We were out for so long, my family wanted to get something for dinner. I was hesitant at first when they suggested Thai food at Mali Thai, one of my favorite restaurants, and one of my weaknesses. However, they really wanted me to go. I found a great low-fat, low calorie option. I ordered the fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
  • I enjoyed my time spent with family without over indulging. I also brought my snacks so I felt satisfied when I went to Mali Thai. I didn’t feel the need to overeat.
  • I ended the day still at 1307 calories, and eating only 9% fat the entire day!

Sunday we prepped food for the entire week

  • Sunday my husband and cousin enjoyed a lazy day at home watching the show Community! I fell in love with this show. It’s hilarious. We’re barely getting through the first season.
  • We had homemade sweet potato fries & BBQ seasoned chicken for lunch.
  • I made tilapia marinated in Aloha Shoyu (soy sauce) and garlic & honey marinade.
  • I have leftovers for lunch & dinner for 2 days.
  • My plan is to only cook Sunday & Wednesday for the entire week. I’ll let you know how my chicken I made Sunday taste on Tuesday!
  • I ended the day at 1200 calories

It takes much preparation and planning to succeed, but it’s worth it when you know every step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal!

Complete overhaul & results

Yesterday was weigh-in day. I must be honest, I was tremendously nervous for this month’s weigh-in because of all my free days/sick days; however the results shocked me!

I’m down 3 lbs! And numerous inches lost. I couldn’t be more proud of myself.

Yesterday, I officially started my countdown to DISNEYWORLD!

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One month left, and we will be in the happiest place on EARTH!

My trainer & I discussed doing a major overhaul on my diet, and do some key swaps to help me reach my goal this month.

For breakfast-

Instead of: A whole wheat English muffin, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 morning star sausage

I’ll be eating: ½ cup old fashion oats, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 slice turkey

For snack-

Instead of: Individually having an apple, protein shakes, and Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom

I’ll be eating:

Snack #1-Isopure dutch chocolate protein (1 scoop) with a honey crisp apple

Snack #2-Plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) with some honey & 1 vanilla protein shake

Snack #3-5 oz chicken & ¼ of a sweet potato (leftover from lunch)

For lunch –

Instead of: Tilapia fish tacos (homemade)

I’ll be eating: 8 oz tilapia with about ¾ medium sweet potato

For Dinner-

Instead of: Quinoa & tilapia

I’ll be eating: Chicken or flank steak

My total calorie count is to be less than 1400 calories.

Phew, talk about major overhaul! I agreed with my trainer that I should lose at least 2 lbs, but I want to exceed my goal and lose hopefully 4lbs. Wish me luck!

What changes have you or will you make to help you get closer to your goal this month?

What happened?

I honestly don’t know what happened this month, but I realized I haven’t blogged since April 3rd? Wow, what happened? Let’s recap-

  • I continued my strenuous workout plan
  • Maintained my diet
  • Gave myself more free days then ever
  • Felt completely burnt out and sick the weekend of April 6-8, just as I felt I was getting back into the swing of things.
  • Bounced back the following weekend
  • April 14 we went to Rick Steves’ spring travel festival! Even more excited at the prospect of going to Europe for 2 weeks (hopefully in September!)

  • Enjoyed the amazing town of Edmonds, and enjoyed brunch at Chanterelle (I highly recommend this place)
  • Walked along the water with my love in Edmonds
  • Drove to Seattle later that day and walked even more along the pier, and enjoyed meeting new friends at Pike’s place-This was the first sunny weekend in a long time here in Seattle; we made sure to make the most of it!
  • April 22nd we went to the NPC 2012 Emerald cup. Amazed at all the dedication and hard work these athletes put in for this sport! I also saw my previous trainer Larry, I haven’t seen him since October, and his reaction to my progress was the best.

To sum this month up, it was everything I needed-time with family, friends, and motivation to work harder than ever. Hopefully I can stick to a steadier blogging schedule, this time! I hope to post results soon, I weigh in tomorrow. YIKES!