Real talk. I haven’t stepped foot inside a gym in over five years. Maybe even a few years more than that to be honest with you. The only place I have ever gone to work out in the last five years is to hot yoga, and now that I’m pregnant my doctor has advised me not to do hot yoga. So it’s been a real struggle for me this pregnancy figuring out how to keep some sort of fitness routine to stay healthy for both me and the baby. Obviously not looking to lose weight. I just want my body to be strong and ready to give birth. Since I’ve been through labor once before, I know how taxing it is on a woman’s body. It left me really beat up last time and I vowed to myself to be stronger for my next pregnancy.
Well, I am by far in worse shape this pregnancy than I was last time so far. Last time, I didn’t do any hard-core working out by any means, but I went to yoga throughout the first trimester and through some of the second trimester. Maybe once every two weeks. But hey it was something! It was regular yoga, not hot yoga. And, because I didn’t have a little toddler to look after, I went on hikes with my friends regularly.
And don’t get me wrong. I know I am very lucky that my body “looks” healthy. I say “looks” because I’m NOT healthy right now. I can barely get through my day without feeling fatigue and winded and I know a lot of that is because of pregnancy. But I still know I need to take much better care of myself. I am just extremely luckily that my body carries pregnancy well and I “look” healthy and fit. I’m not.
So I guess the point of today’s blog is threefold. One, to share what I have been doing so far to try to somewhat strengthen my body. And it’s not much so don’t judge me. Two, reach out to all of you hoping that you have suggestions for how you stay in shape. It would probably need to be very beginner stuff if you’re not pregnant or things that you did when you were pregnant! And three, I’m hoping that this blog inspires other women out there – pregnant or not – to do something good for their bodies! Our body is our greatest gift. And it’s so important to take care of it. And that’s definitely not something I’ve been doing lately. I’m determined to get back on track though!
OK, so here is what works for me when it comes to getting up and getting my body moving!
This is much harder if you live in the parts of the country where it’s freezing cold right now! Who wants to go outside for a walk when it’s 20 below zero!? Not me! However, I’m super lucky to live in Southern California and have beautiful weather in January. It’s honestly in the high 60’s to low 70’s every day right now. So Kevin and I make it a point to take Owen and Molly on a long walk every evening around 5 PM. It allows Molly to get outside, Owen to get a much deserved a long walk and for me to get some exercise.
Wear a Pedometer
I wear a watch that tracks my steps every day. Some days I forget to wear it, or doesn’t quite go with my outfit so I won’t wear it. Ha! But I try to wear it most days. I’ll just take it off if I’m filming something for Home & Family or I’m taking fashion photos of my outfit and it didn’t match. I have two, the Nokia watch which I wear when I’m wearing a more casual outfit and I wanted to look like I’m wearing a real watch. And then my Fitbit that I wear when I have a more sporty look. Really my goal is just to get to 8,000 steps a day. I know 10,000 steps today is a more common goal and what most doctors recommend. But I was never hitting 10,000 steps today! Ha! I used to before I had Molly. Heck I would crush 10,000 steps today! But I just never met that goal after Molly came around and I started getting down on myself so I changed my goal so that I actually hit it on some days. Don’t get me wrong, most days I get around 4,000 steps. But at least by wearing the pedometer I’m aware of how many steps I’ve taken and sometimes when I look down at my watch and see I’ve only taken half my steps for the day it motivates me to take an even longer walk in the evening.
Dress for Success!
I honestly feel that when you feel like you look your best, you feel more motivated to do things. For example, let’s say at the end of the workday you feel like your outfit is really cute, your make-up is on point, and you’re having a really good hair day – don’t you feel more motivated to go out and grab dinner or drinks with friends?! But on the flip-side, if your outfit’s drab and you don’t like how your hair and make up looks, you’re much less likely to feel the urge to want to go out. I kind of feel like this applies to working out too. Look, I’m not the girl that goes to yoga with a full face of make up. Please don’t be that person! But I do believe that if you have some cute workout clothes that you love, you’ll feel more motivated to go to classes and work out in them! So since I’m a big dork I want to head and bought a sports bra from Beyoncé’s fitness line Ivy Park. Wearing it makes me feel like Queen Bey! Ha! Well not exactly, but I still feel like a kick butt mama wearing it. I don’t bother buying work out maternity leggings. I just wear my regular maternity leggings. Just because I have so many pairs of them since I wear them all the time. And side note, how cute are mine and Molly‘s matching sneakers?! Every time we both wear them when we go out people always comment on how cute they are!
Drink Lots of Water
I have bottles of water all around the house. By my nightstand, in our living room, next to the fridge, etc… I refresh them every day and sometimes multiple times throughout the day depending on how much water I’m drinking. It’s just a good reminder every time I see one to take a few sips and stay hydrated. Water is so important for keeping our bodies healthy! Especially for pregnant women! I’m actually going to see a cardiologist in a couple weeks since I’ve been so dizzy with this pregnancy. I’ve almost fainted multiple times, to the point where I’ve fallen to the floor for a few minutes at a time. But there’s a good chance that I could’ve just been dehydrated. It’s so important for pregnant woman to drink tons of water! Eve more than when you’re not pregnant!
Be an Active and Present be Parent
This one is obviously for moms. It’s hard to be an active mother if you don’t have a child. Ha! I guess if you have a fur baby you could take this tip since you can be an active fur baby mama! But I found that when I just play with my daughter I’m moving and burning calories! And I’m getting major mom points in her eyes! Plus, at the end of the day, when I’m more present in my daughters life I just feel better. I feel better about how her day was and I feel better about how I’m doing as a mom. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be a more present mother and I feel that not only can I help reach my goals of being more present, but it also helps me keep my body healthy.
Anyway, I wish I had more to say about what I’m doing to stay in shape and healthy for this baby. But I just don’t! I want to be completely honest with you guys and I’m just not doing that great of a job. So here’s where all of you come in! I’m so grateful for the incredible community of women and men that I have on this blog! You guys are with me every day and have given me such great advice over the years. So today I’m hoping we can all help each other in the comments section and share what we do to stay in shape. Whether it’s an app you love, a DVD you swear by, or just little tips throughout the day like taking the stairs instead of the elevator that help you take care of your body! I want to hear it all! Love you guys so much and here’s to a healthier and stronger you!