No Equipment {Pregnancy} Workout

So I’ve been out of the blogging loop this past week since I haven’t had too much to talk about.  I used to love writing about my early morning runs, training for upcoming races and all things running related but now that I’m (almost) 28 weeks prego and finding it much harder to run, I’m also finding it more difficult to blog about my ‘workouts’.  My power-walks, prenatal yoga and at-home circuit workouts sound a little boring (especially if you’re reading this and not pregnant) but then again I love to read the workouts of other bloggers so I’m going to continue posting my pregnancy workouts in hopes that they give you guys (and me) a little workout motivation. :)

(Views from my power-walks last week)

Yesterday

I was exhausted…  But the it was in the 60’s and sunny so I forced myself out of the house for a quick 2 mile power-walk with jogging intervals.  Within a few minutes of being outdoors and moving, I started to feel sooo much better!  Seriously, the hardest part of working out is just changing into gym clothes and deciding to do it.

After the walk/jog, I did 3 rounds of this workout in my living room:

pregnancy workout

This workout tones your arms, shoulders, legs, butt, abs and core which is not only great for pregnant women but for anyone looking for a quick, at-home toning workout!

*Tips for the workout*

Tricep Dips: These can be done by leaning on a chair or coffee table and slowly lowering yourself to the floor. Or you can do them as I do and start in a tabletop position and slowly lower to the ground.

Triceps-Dip

Single leg press: There’s numerous variations of this move but for me I do it more as a pilates inspired exercise on the floor.

Here’s how:

1) Start on all fours, hands under shoulders and flat back.

2) Lift leg straight back, raise it as high as you can with toes pointed.

3) Slowly lower it back down to the floor, tap the floor and repeat 25 times with the same leg.  

Or you can watch this video to see the move in action.

Butt pulse (with or without weights):

1)  Start on all fours, hands under shoulders and flat back (same to the ‘single leg press’ position).

2)  Lift your left leg up from the floor, knee bent and foot pointed to the ceiling. Hold, then extend the leg further upwards. Keep your upper body stable throughout the movement.

3) Pulse leg upwards a few inches 30 times then lower to starting position.  

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Local Fundraiser for Boston Peeps!

I want to mention a great fundraiser at Reebok’s International Headquarters called “Fitness for a Cause” where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer which will take place in Boston on May 17th and 18th. The fundraiser itself is this Saturday, May 10th from 11 am – 1 pm in Canton, MA and includes two amazing fitness classes – a 45 minute Cardio Kick class led by Eliza Shirazi followed by a Barreless Barre class led by Catherine Marshall.  Click here for more information!

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Alright, time to log off and quickly get ready for Book Club….

Hope you all have an awesome Friday/weekend!  And HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the amazing moms out there!! :)

 

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24 Weeks + Last Weeks Workouts

How far along: 24 weeks and 2 days (I hit the 6 month mark!)

Baby Size: An eggplant – about 13 inches long and 1.5 lbs

Total weight gain: 15-16 lbs 

Maternity clothes: Yep, wearing this pair of Old Navy maternity jeans in the pic’ above.  I’m still squeezing into most of my regular shirts but I’m sure that’ll change real soon.

Sleep: Is alright… 

Best moment this week: Hearing at my 24 week appointment that everything is looking good and going smoothly! :)  

Miss anything: Ahhh I really miss sleeping on my back and stomach.  And this warm Spring weather is also making me really miss a nice cold beer! 

Food cravings: Pineapples(!!), grapes, strawberries and any/all types of chocolate. 

I know this isn’t a food but I’m also really craving water and chugging it 24/7.  Is that normal when you’re pregnant?

Food aversions: Nope.

Movement: More and more each day!

Pregnancy symptoms: Feeling really good this week.

Gender: GIRL

Workouts: So yeah, I tried to run a few times this week but my lower stomach kept cramping so I switched to walking workouts.  I don’t know if I’m officially done running ’til the baby is born but I’ll attempt a couple more runs and see how I feel (positive thinking!).  

Here’s a recap of my toned down workouts:

Sunday: 3 mile power-walk + this awesome butt workout:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 2 mile walk/jog + this arm workout :

Wednesday: 40 minute power-walk on the ‘mill

Thursday: 3 mile power-walk

Friday: 3 mile walk/jog (emphasis on the ‘walk’) with a friend

Saturday: I tried my first prenatal yoga class which was very different from my usual, beloved yoga class.  It was basically an hour of easy stretching…  which although I thought was a little boring, I also know it’s important so I’ll most likely take this class again.  I also power-walked 3 hilly miles with my friends. 

What I am looking forward to: Going to the Cape on Saturday to see some friends (and to cat-sit) and enjoying Easter in New Hampshire on Sunday. :)

Time To Workout!

Soooo…..   working-out while pregnant is definitely becoming more challenging, mentally & physically.  I’m so used to pushing it during my workouts and not stopping until I’m a tired, sweaty mess.  I’d give it my all during spin classes, eagerly go out for a long run on the weekends and loved (OK, ‘loved might be a little strong but I liked) adding HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts to my runs.  But now that I’m 23 weeks along, it’s a whole new ball game. My workouts are really toned down and based upon how I feel each day.  And considering my stomach cramped up during my runs last week, I knew it would be best to take it easy and add more walking than running to my schedule this week.  Although it’s hard (mentally) slowing it down, I know I’ll have plenty of time to get after it once the ‘lil peanut arrives this August. :)

Here’s a recap of last week’s workouts:

Sunday: 25 minute power-walk on the treadmill + this circuit workout (thanks to Pinterest):

 

Monday: Barre & Soul class

Tuesday: 3 mile power-walk around the lake + a 20 minute prenatal yoga workout on YouTube

Wednesday: 2.5 mile power-walk with a friend (thanks for joining me Sheila!)

Thursday:

3 mile power-walk around the lake.  I was exhausted and 90% sure I was just going to plop on the couch after work but I pass the lake on my way home and it’s so hard seeing all the runners/walkers without feeling the need to join them.  So I sucked it up, threw on my sneakers and went out for a quick 3 mile walk.  And it was exactly what I needed to feel a little bit better.

Friday: Off

Saturday: 3 mile walk/jog on the ‘mill.  Yup, I added jogging intervals back into my workout and it felt great!  No stomach cramping!!

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Workouts for YOU….

With bikini season only a few months away(!!!!), it’s time to commit to getting back in shape!  Here’s a few quick workouts that you can do anytime or anywhere – which means no excuses! :)

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Here’s a bunch of moves that you can combine into a workout:

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And last but not least, you can always do a awesome, challenging workout courtesy of Coastal Runner Girl ;)

 

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If you want some more workout ideas, you should head over to Pinterest.  That site has SO MANY workouts!

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Any fun workouts planned for this week?

What’s your favorite workout at the moment?  Biking, running, walking, pilates, boxing, etc?

Loving Lately

Wow, some how its been over a year since my last ‘Loving Lately’ post so I think it’s time for another one.  

In no particular order, here’s what I’m loving lately: 

1. – Barre & Soul class: I can’t say enough good things about this class.  Toning the arms, butt, legs and core + yoga =  the perfect combination!  I also found an instructor who I love which makes the class even more enjoyable.

2. – Our espresso machine: Mike and I both have a caffeine addiction which includes adding espresso shots to our coffee (hellooo turbo drinks from Dunkins!)  I also have an obsession with Starbucks’ lattes so I figured it was worth the investment to get our own espresso machine.  And this thing is incredible!  I’ve been making the most delicious decaf almond milk latte’s but once I have the baby I’ll be back at it and chugging the caffeinated espresso again.  

3. – Suja drinks: I’m especially loving their new ‘Chocalot’ flavored protein drink.  Who doesn’t love a chocolate drink that also has 20g’s of protein? 

4. – Workouts on Pinterest: SO MANY AWESOME WORKOUTS.  I printed out my favorite workouts and will add them to a lil’ binder for our home gym.  This will make planning my circuit workouts a million times easier!

5. – Old Navy maternity clothes: I’ll do a separate post on maternity clothes but so far I’m loving Old Navy’s maternity line.  The work pants, jeans and maxi dresses are the best (and no I’m not wearing maxi dresses yet but I’m excited to wear them this summer :))

6. – 4 Ingredient Cookies: These are hands down my new favorite homemade ‘cookie’.  You guys have to make them.

7. – And lastly, I’m loving these pictures from Etsy.  I can’t wait to order a bunch of prints in different sizes and frame them for baby Doyle’s nursery.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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What are you loving/craving/obsessing over lately?

Last Week’s Workouts!

Happy Sunday!

So, last week was my first week in months where I managed to complete 5 days of workouts.  I finally felt like my pre-prego self again, yay!  Here’s a recap of my workouts:

Sunday: 2.5 mile run outside + Jillian Michael’s Yoga Inferno DVD (which is such a hard DVD).

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 3 mile power-walk on the ‘mill + some strength training.

Wednesday: Barre & Soul class @ B Yoga.  Love this class!  I wish I could take it all the time but it’s a little pricey so I stick with once a week.  It’s an awesome workout that includes little pulses/ light weights and focuses on toning your arms, legs, butt, and core with some ‘soul’ aka yoga mixed in. :)

Thursday: Off

Friday: 20 minutes on the stair-master + this workout:

Saturday: 6 mile run/walk around Castle Island.

Mild, sunny weather + Castle Island in Southie + ocean air = the perfect run!  Besides the 2 porter potty stops, yesterday’s ‘run’ felt amazing.  I say ‘run’ since now that I’m pregnant I’m really slowing down my pace and adding a lot of walking breaks.  I’ve thought about buying a heart rate monitor but for now I’m just toning down my workouts and running slower than normal (instead of 8 minute miles I now run about 9:45-10 minute miles).  

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What’s your favorite workout lately?  

-Yoga, pilates, running, spinning, kickboxing, at-home workouts, etc…. ?

Moms: Did you use a heart rate monitor when you worked out while pregnant??

 

A Fit Pregnancy Is Easier Said Than Done.

I knew when I become pregnant that my workouts were going to change; I just didn’t realize how soon into my pregnancy this would happen!  I figured running/working-out would be easy breezy up until months 7 or 8 when the belly becomes harder to work with but boy was I wrong.  Within weeks of being pregnant, my energy was non-existent which left me dragging ass at the gym (if I even made it to there).  As 4 pm rolled around each day, the last thing I wanted to do was change into gym clothes and actually work up a sweat when the thought of my cozy bed sounded a million times better.

But I know that a healthy, fit pregnancy is so important for me and my baby (and I know I become a bit cray cray when I don’t get a good run in) so I sucked it up and made sure to work out 4 times a week.  No excuses, it had to be done.  Not all were intense and a lot were quick at-home fitness DVD’s but I was just happy that I did something. 

So yeah, it’s been a real challenge motivating myself to workout but I know it’ll be worth it in the end.  And thankfully, as I move further into my second trimester, I’m starting to see a slight increase in my energy levels and actually wanting to workout again. :)

Here’s a recap of my workouts from last week:

Sunday: 3 mile run outside (@ a much slower pace than my pre-prego running days)

Monday: ‘Barre & Soul’ class <— LOVE this class!

Tuesday: Off 

Wednesday: 3 mile interval run on the dreadmill

Thursday: 2 mile run outside in the freezing cold + 20 minutes of push-ups, tricep dips & butt exercises inside in my warm living room.  

**Speaking of butt exercises, you guys should check out this awesome article for ’13 Tush-Toning Moves – No Squats Required’.  SO many good moves!

Friday: 25 minute power-walk on the ‘mill (basically an ‘off’ day but I needed an afternoon pick-me-up and since caffeine wasn’t an option I opted for a power-walk.  It did the trick. :))

Saturday: Off 

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Did you (or will you) work-out during your pregnancy?  Any advice?

20 Minute Tabata Workout

Hello, hello!

I went weeks even months without finding any new clothes and then today I stopped at Francesca’s Collection and fell in love with 7 dresses!?  Why does it always happen like that?  I finally decided on 5 dresses but I’m still hoping to narrow it down to 4.  Between my bridal shower this weekend and my honeymoon (!!) in Aruba in only a few short weeks, I think 4 is a good amount of new sundresses to own.  And thankfully they were all pretty inexpensive and didn’t break the bank. 

I wish I could just have you all over and help me decide which dresses to keep! :)

Besides my dress dilemma, the rest of my day was the same old, same old.  I started my morning off with the same green smoothie as yesterday (peanut butter, almond milk, frozen strawberries, banana, and a handful of kale) and once again, I didn’t like the kale.  I’m going back to spinach to my smoothie’s or just not making them ‘green’.

Workout

After work and my shopping spree, I changed and quickly took off for an easy run while the weather was still in the 60’s and sunny.

I ran a 3 mile loop around my neighborhood and then moved on to complete a Tabata workout at home. 

What’s ‘Tabata’ you ask?

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome….  It’s basically a high intensity interval workout that can be completed in a short amount of time.  To do a Tabata workout, you do an exercise as hard as you possibly can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat.

I put together a quick (and not so easy) Tabata workout that can be done anywhere and anytime.  For the reverse lunge with front arm raise you can either use light dumbbells or if you don’t have any you can simply do the reverse lunge.  As for the tricep dips, I just used my coffee table and slowly dipped down.  

This workout was a really good one.  I went into it thinking 4 minutes of each move can’t be that hard but within 2 minutes I was struggling to move on.  Let me know what you think of the workout!

OK, time to chill on the couch with a glass of wine and watch the Red Sox kick some playoff butt!  

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Yay or nay to kale in smoothies?  What about spinach?

Do you like Tabata workouts?

Motivating friends & perfect running weather.

Isn’t it nice how $9 worth of flowers can bring so much happiness to a room?

Yesterday I was up and em’ for an 8 am yoga flow class.  I originally planned on tackling a long run (10-12 miles) but decided last minute to give my knees a break in hopes that they’ll start feeling better.  After yoga, I spent the morning cleaning the house, doing laundry, and running errands (which included buying this sweet running/yoga tank top at Lululemon).  

Not only did I buy that pretty bouquet of sunflowers but I was also able to purchase wine and beer while at Whole Food’s.  I wish all grocery stores carried alcohol.  Come on Massachusetts, let’s get goingggggg!

Lunch

I sat down to eat lunch and watch the Patriot’s game around 1:30.  Lunch included another slice of tasty whole grain bread topped with almond butter and scrambled egg whites with a slice of Laughing Cow light swiss cheese.  And wine.

And the rest of the afternoon/evening was spent plopped on the couch catching up with my college friend, Ali.  We snacked on some rosemary triscuits, cheddar cheese, apple slices, and wine for me (tea for her).  

But the highlight of my day  was when Ali and I were talking about how she wants to workout but has never really been into exercising.  She mentioned that she’s wanted to try yoga but just hasn’t been motivated enough to do it.  Well, that’s where I come in.  Within 5 minutes, I found an awesome yoga studio in Ali’s town and signed her up for the ‘Intro to Yoga’ class tonight.  She already paid the $15 for the class online so now she just has to show up.  Sometimes the hardest part of working out is just getting out the door.  I hope you love it, Ali!! :)

Workouts for the week:

Before I get into my workouts, I should point out that I’m no longer training for my first marathon and decided that dropping down to the half was a better/smarter option.  I’ll go into more details in a post soon but basically my legs start to hage me around mile 10 so I decided not to run the full in October…

But on a positive note, it’s the Fall which means it’s perfect weather for running, yay!

Monday: 40 minute run w/ hills

Tuesday: Cross-train (elliptical/stairmaster) + strength training

Wednesday: 5K race in Wakefield + core work

Thursday: Off 

Friday: Off (or an easy run after work)

Saturday: 10 mile run 

Sunday: Yoga

The Anywhere Circuit Workout!

TGIF! 

Anyone else really ready for the weekend?!  I’m taking Monday off to hang with my family on the Cape so it’ll be my one and only mini ‘vacation’ of the summer, woohoooo!  My weekend will include a 12 mile run, the beach, BBQ’s, beer, wine, and since my brothers (from Portland, OR; Denver, CO; and NH) are all in town with their families, it’s also time for our annual Totten Lobster Fest! :)

Yesterday

Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 5:45am for a workout at my hotel gym.  I had switched my Tuesday and Thursday workouts this week so I could easily do the cross-training/strength-training workout at the hotel (nothing easier than taking the elevator to a gym).  So anyways, I rolled out of bed at 5:45, threw my gym clothes on and headed downstairs.   I was all excited to burn some calories and work off my late night dinner of grilled cheese & fries.  But as soon as I entered the gym, I noticed a smell, a very strong smell of BO and it kept getting worse…  So gross!  I’ll workout in a lot of conditions but BO is not one of them.  Hellz-to-the-no. 

So I headed back up to my room to complete my own circuit workout.  I did 3 rounds of this ‘fun’ circuit in about 35-38 minutes and was left exhausted and sweaty. 

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And before logging off, I wanted to share this quote that I saw over on the lovely blog, Nutrition Nut on the Run:

I’m sure I’m not the only person always planning ahead and neurotically filling out numerous TDL’s??  So this weekend, I’m really going to try and relax and just LIVE IN THE MOMENT! (And I’m guessing my brother’s will have a field day saying this quote to me all weekend, ha!)  Oh well :)  Have a great Friday, everyone!

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Any long runs or races this weekend?

Do you workout at hotel gyms?  Or in the room?  Or neither?

Fun plans for the weekend?

Take it Outdoors! POWER Walking Workout

On Tuesday afternoon I changed into my gym clothes and was about to head over to the LA Fitness to complete a cross-training/strength-training workout.  My plan was to hang with the elliptical, lift some weights, and end with the rowing machine.  But as soon as I walked outside I realized I would be an IDIOT if I worked out indoors and didn’t take advantage of the gorgeous summer day.  I mean, 80 degrees, mostly sunny, and  basically no humidity doesn’t happen everyday in July so I changed up my workout plan and headed to the lake.

To me, a cross training day means anything cardio related other than running.  It’s a chance to work the muscles we don’t use as often in order to become better, stronger runners.  I’m pretty sure power-walking is also off-limits as far as cross-training  goes but on a day when I had to be outside, walking would have to suffice.  Right? Right.  I completed the workout below in exactly 1 hour and felt awesome.  My butt is still hurting from all those walking lunges and my arms are sore from the push-ups. 

Btw, when I say POWER walk I mean get going now and PUSH IT.  There’s no dilly dallying when you’re POWER walking! :) 

Another thing you can do if you’re at a park is take advantage of the benches and lean against them for the push-ups.  Or even substitute bench dips if you prefer? 

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Do you like circuit workouts?  Do you make them up or follow a plan?

Are you a POWER walker?