The Exhausted Mama: Should You Exercise On Little Sleep?

Clock - credit: lusiIf sleep is limited, the risk of injury spikes.  Performance levels will be half of what you’re normally used to, which will either A, disappoint and discourage you, or B, cause you to overexert yourself.

As much as it sucks, especially if you’re pregnant or a sleep-deprived mommy trying to fit in workouts, taking a day to rest is necessary.  It might be a no brainer to some, but for the beginner or the woman who wants to accelerate her fitness/weight loss this is so frustrating!  You’d much rather workout than take the opportunity to nap if it arises.  You’re already seizing extra ways you can exercise and balance everything else, you really don’t have time for this!

But you do.  Believe it or not, tissue repair happens when you’re getting ZZZ’s, so even if you worked out with weights the day before and you wanted to do cardio the next, accepting that chance to nap instead of exercise is still better than logging those burned calories.  This means aiding the process in building toned muscles, which is good!

Think you’re getting enough sleep, even with a crying baby or pregnancy insomnia, but still lack the energy you’re positive you should have?  Ask yourself these two questions, you might be surprised what they reveal to you.

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DIY Motivational Measuring Cups (to encourage portion control!)

When I went on my weight loss adventure in 2011, I found one of the best ways to track my portions accurately, every-time I wanted to snack – was to eat straight from a measuring cup.

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I kid you not!

And let me tell you, it DOES work. You can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting the exact amount the nutrition label lists per serving, and it also trains you to “eyeball” your portions later on. Eyeballing makes dieting and eating healthy feel less like you’re dragging yourself around in chains, because you’re hardly having to think about the size/weight/measurement of your food.

But let’s be honest – holding a measuring cup can look a little awkward, even when we’re chowing down by ourselves. It’s a cooking utensil! That’s why I decided to improve upon this little habit of mine by spicing up the outer appearance of my cups – and adding a mood boosting statement of support on the handle. I can’t wait to hear/see what mood boosting lines you come up with! Be sure to leave a link/picture to your motivational cup in the comments below, because I have a special surprise for those who are willing to showcase their creations on my blog.

TO GET STARTED

What you’ll need:
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  • Measuring Cups
  • Decorative Duct Tape, or in a pinch, pretty band-aids (you’re using them for their grip and color, don’t be grossed out!)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)
  • Fancy paper, gems, beads, ribbon or whatever you’d like to spice it up (optional)
  • Black Marker for writing – but I recommend printing out your quote, it makes it look so much nicer. I didn’t do this on this particular one of course, tsk tsk on me!

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How I do 75% of my shopping – for FREE!

I will soon be transferring this blog into a self-hosted domain!  This is a very exciting time for me, and I so appreciate all of my followers, whom I hope will continue to benefit from my blog.  Let me know if there is anything I can focus on within my niche (pregnancy, fitness, nutrition, product reviews relating to those topics) that you would like to know more about on, and I will do my best to research your questions and provide you with the hottest news/information available.

I’d like to also announce that I will be adding a category to Knocked Up and Fit – again, soon to have a new name (The Fit and Frugal Homemaker) – that has to do with frugality/shopping/deal hunting!  I know this is a huge thing for most of us mamas and mamas to be, and I recently have rediscovered my passion for it, which is why I’m showing you how I snag 75% of my shopping for FREE.

I hope you enjoy the video – I’m sorry there are a few glitches in the clips, I promise I’m not having a spaz attack, although I do tend to blink an awful lot. 😉

Prenatal Vitamins – Which brand is right for you?

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Hate swallowing pills? Don’t we all!

Thankfully, the “tasty gummy craze” bit onto Prenatals. Not only are they easy to chew and come in tropical flavors, they might just assist you in the first trimester when morning sickness strikes, and the idea of taking medication makes you gag.

Folic acid isn’t the only top priority in your daily vitamin – studies show that especially beginning in your second trimester, the need for extra iron and calcium is incredibly important for optimal baby development and growth. Plus, if you’re facing food aversions, sometimes the only way to ensure you’re getting to that magic milligram number is to take a vitamin.

Swinging back towards the title of this post – what are your options for these must have pills? Does organic really mean anything? How important is a prenatal with DHA, really? And can you purchase the bare minimum generic brand and still hit the healthy baby-growing jackpot?

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Workout Outfit Of The Week

Good evening, followers!

It’s been a little while since my last article update, so I thought I’d swing back around with something a little more personal.  Today the weather in Pennsylvania was 64 as a high — and sunny, which was awesome.  I thought I’d dress up my bump in something sporty:

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I’m still new to the whole camera phone picture editing thing, but I had fun making it pop!

Shirt: Hello Kitty Tank
Leggings: Gummy Bears || Tights
Tummy Sleeve: Belly Band

Most recent workout routine(s):

  • Interval walking with varied inclines on the treadmill.
  • Every other day cardio, with weight training in between (arms, shoulders, back).
  • I just started toning my glutes, quads and hamstrings again by doing lunges and squats.

Most recent nutrition focus:

  • Proteins
  • Sugars
  • Vegetables

Household Cleaning Products That Make Pregnancy A Breeze


Growing bellies and impeding backaches ahead! Plus, with mood swings banging on your door, is it really that easy to keep a positive attitude with cleaning?

Yes! Contrary to belief, pregnant women are more capable than given credit when it comes to cleaning. The “rules” about lifting, pushing, or pulling… Old wive’s tales these days. You all know this with my opinions on weight lifting for exercise.  Of course every woman has an individual pace she works at, and anytime she needs to rest for a break she should take it. Pregnancy isn’t the time to set a new world record of how many “Wax-ons, wax-offs” you can accomplish!

That being said, there are some neat ways to keep your home spotless up until the day you deliver, ones that will make it easier on both your body and mentality. I find cleaning a huge stress reliever, and everybody loves a pleasantly organized home.

I’ve discovered through my home-keeping some fantastic products – tools and cleaners alike – that have been life savers as my baby grows. I’d love to share them with you! Continue reading

The Tank Top Weather Arms You Want – In 10 Minutes!

Main Image Spring is just 8 days away!  When did that happen?

Probably around the time you realized Christmas and New Year’s were over… the months just fly by, don’t they?

With brighter and fresher days ahead, and all of that notorious outdoors spring cleaning we get ourselves into, the idea of toned arms become more and more appealing to us.

Free weights are a great way to achieve firm, defined muscles in a short amount of time.  Up your protein intake and apply my favorite moves using heavier dumbbells.  Note:  My example pictures are for pregnant women or beginners/novices to follow.  The moves have been modified (one seated) and with lighter weights to ensure safety.  Tweak as you please if you’re postpartum!

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