I’m Self-Hosted!

Greetings and good morning, gorgeous ones!

I’m very excited to announce that my blog is now officially shifting over to my domain name.  I’m thankful to all of you for your support, your blogs, and your subscriptions.  I understand that following me over to a new platform is inconvenient, but I I hope that you’ve enjoyed my writing well enough to join me on this new adventure.

Fit, Frugal, and Faithful
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Thanks for all that you are, and all that you do!  Peace and Love! ❤

Holy major hiatus, Batman!

My DEEPEST apologies to any readers who were following this blog and finding it to be either entertaining, or helpful.  My personal life during the third trimester decided to take itself on a marathon run into chaos, and I simply have not had the time to sit down and dedicate my priorities to writing fitness and nutrition articles.

I am very happy to announce that I’m back, and here to stay as far as I am concerned!  I’ve missed catching up on my followers, and plan on doing so over the next several days, which is good… because I’m in my four week countdown to having my baby.

Exercise has slowed to three days a week.  I’m strength training twice a week, and doing cardio once (technically more like twice as well, but I don’t count gentle walks as cardio).  I have never had to cut back on my sets during strength, either.  My reps are longer now, too!  BUT!  Apparently pregnancy gives superhuman-ness, because my shoulders are more cut than they’ve ever been?  What the heck?  Haha.

I had once mentioned taking this niche blog on a more personal route – and I think I’d like to incorporate that, starting now.  This is the internet and it’s still a hobby for me, and seeing as how I’m not employed to write… I hope you enjoy me opening up more about my life!

First things first – HOW ARE YOU?!  Give me the latest scoop (if it isn’t already posted on your blog).  How’re the workouts?  What’s your nutrition goal this week?  Seen any good movies?  Do you fancy big toes or little toes?!  Just kidding.  You can answer that later, if you want.  😛

Let’s take a look at the baby in my belly, shall we?

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(Sorry for the poor quality, this was taken on my phone for Facebook!)

How far along: 36 weeks, 2 days.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20 lbs.Though I am feeling like there’s more to come for SURE… will find out this Friday.

Maternity clothes: Are being used every moment of my life. Also, I highly recommend maternity underwear, they are simply the best thing you can do for your body when even cotton granny-panties feel like they are cutting into your groin.

Stretch marks: Miraculously, none. I have many white/silvery friends from my weight loss a few years ago, and this leads me to believe my skin has more elasticity because it had already been loosened up from that weight gain. Hey, I’m not complainin’! I thought I’d had one right above my navel, but my husband has confirmed that it is indeed a BIG OLE VEIN.

Sleep: The second trimester was a nightmare… third trimester, I’ve become used to it. But honestly, I’m sleeping much better! I am easily wake-able, at least 3 times a night to do my business (sorry) and the lightest noise can bolt my eyes open. But if you take out the interruptions, I’m getting 5 ½ to 8 hours. Which to me is a mind reliever, because I realized I want to be well rested for labor.

Best moment this week: Feeling both their feet and fists from the outside. I was lying awake in bed around 2:00 AM, and little Mc (as we call them, the gender is still unknown to us) had been doing their normal shimmy.. I suddenly felt distinct little knobs, that had ridges in them, and there were four of them (two feet, two hands). It was wonderful and it’s not something I think I’ll ever forget.

Movement: All the time. I have a posterior baby, which means you can literally see everything from the outside because we are resting spine-to-spine. I have had people’s eyes on my belly in public because you can see movement easily through my clothing, when I’m sitting at the doctor’s office or just getting our groceries. It’s really embarrassing at first and makes me feel a little violated, haha, but then I remember that they’re probably just as mesmerized as I am! Which would be why they’re staring.

Food cravings: I honestly never experienced an intense need or desire to the point of rabid activity… but I have had days where I think of a certain food MUCH more than others, or it just tastes so very, very good that I’ve GOT to have more. I would say peanut butter, milk, and cheese. So, forms of protein!

Gender: Who knows. I’m trying not to be biased, I’m hoping that everyone who has said it’s a boy hasn’t jinxed it! I’m packing a distinct little girl’s outfit and a little boy’s for going home, though… I figure I can always keep one or the other for the next baby or consign them!

Labor signs: None yet! Braxton Hicks are sometimes associated with cramping, but that’s only if I’m inactive or dehydrated.

Belly button – in or out? Still holding in!

What I miss: Nothing yet!

What I am looking forward to: Meeting my daughter or son, but I guess that’s obvious. And getting through labor and delivery naturally. It’s my goal, for personal reasons (I do not condone medication or surgery), but I understand if medical intervention would be necessary then I’m obviously going to take it!

Milestones: Finding out that they weighed 5 lbs, 9 ounces in week 35! Beautiful!

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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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

My Top Ten Pregnancy Superfoods

Pregnancy Superfoods

Please pardon my fabulous, fabulous pajama pant bottoms and admire the lovely, rich green color of the avocado.

During pregnancy we all know that it’s important to make those extra 200-300 calories count and pack a nutritious, optimum punch.

I’ve put together a list of my personal favorite, top ten pregnancy superfoods that get the job done not only for pleasing baby and helping them grow, but for those taste-buds of yours, too!

10.  Avocado
Let’s start off with something I think we all are familiar with – the glorious avocado.  While commonly used in guacamole, this particular fruit has healthy omega-3’s and keeps a growing appetite in check for quite a long time.  Pair it with beans, whole grain rice chips, or use it diced as a topping on some grilled chicken. Continue reading

Easy Interval Walking Workout

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So! You’ve resolved to be active during your pregnancy. That’s great! Now that you’ve come to an agreement with your OB or practitioner on what is safe, you’re ready to get in shape during one of the most exciting times in your life.

Walking is super effective. It’s a convenient way to ensure you’re still logging in some cardio even when you’re having a sluggish day. I want to take you through an example workout that can be adjusted to take up 20-30 minutes of your time. We’re going to be talking about interval walking.

As I am not a health professional, always seek your doctor’s approval before starting any fitness routine and stop immediately if you feel pain, short of breath, or dizzy. Pregnancy is never the time to push yourself further than you feel your body can go! And as always, remember to warm up/cool down.

Intervals in exercise involve a series of high intensity bursts that are interspersed with recovery periods. The point to this easy interval walking workout is to offer you some variety other than just straightforward strolling. Any movement in pregnancy is beneficial, but if you want more bang for your buck and a way to tone those legs, read on!

This workout has been written out for the treadmill – where I live, it’s mostly snowing and the ground is covered in ice from November-March!

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

Make sure you have a water bottle full of water (no, really?), a good pair of sneaks and a positive attitude. A couple of your favorite tunes might help, as well!

Do some gentle stretching! I prefer shoulder and arm circles, standing leg swings (easy version), sitting in the butterfly position and doing careful roll ups through the spine. To stretch out your calves, do a calf wall stretch.

TO START OUT:

Introduce your body slowly by doing a warm up for 5 minutes. Because everyone is different in terms of height and leg length (for one woman 3.0 MPH might be dragging her feet, for another, she’s pumpin’!), I don’t like to put the MPH pace in my workouts when I share them – especially during pregnancy, because your heartrate and breath should be what you factor in the most during these nine months. Listen to your lungs and pay attention to your breath, and wear a heart rate monitor if you feel at all concerned (the 140 beats per minute limit is kind of old, though, so speak to your practitioner/personal trainer for advice).

The warm up should be enough to wake up those muscles and get you in the groove. I like to compare it to walking the dog, or doing a leisure pace in the park.

THE WORKOUT:

The next step is to pump it up a little! Start walking at a moderate pace for about two minutes — it should be brisk but not in a hurry.

By the end of these two minutes, speed it up to where you’re pumping your arms; (Don’t chicken wing! Elbows at your sides.) like you feel you’re running late for an important date.
Do this for two minutes, then drop back down to the moderate brisk pace for another two minutes.

Ready to go again? Do the ‘running late for an important date’ style for two/three minutes but this time, start increasing your incline. Because all treadmills are different, this could be a percentage or a number. I start mine at 1.5 and move up to 3.0, 3.5, and so on and so forth.

After the 2/3 three minutes of arm pumping and walking at an incline, drop the the incline back down to the original start up point and walk at your moderate pace again. Repeat the above 2-3 times and you’ve got yourself a nice interval workout!

Here’s a better breakdown:

Minutes 0-5: Walk leisurely.
Minutes 5-7: Increase speed to a moderate pace.
Minutes 7-9: Increase speed to arm pumping goodness!
Minutes 9-11: Drop back down to a moderate pace.
Minutes 11-13: Increase speed to arm pumping goodness and add incline!
Minutes 13-15: Drop back down to a moderate pace, and drop your incline.

Repeat the above 2-3 times, and adjust settings/pace as needed! You may also want to change up how many minutes you perform each speed/incline depending on your personal fitness level. Mix it up until you find what is challenging for you.

Enjoy, mammas!

NEXT POST’S TITLE PREVIEW: My Top 10 Pregnancy Superfoods.

God Bless,
Katie

Why Keep Fit During Pregnancy?

I’m currently nearing the end of my 23rd week in pregnancy, and I feel tired achy sore GREAT!

Notice how those three words are crossed out?  Not an attempt to brag.  Just pure, unabashed honesty.  And I am so incredibly thankful.

Believe it or not, I didn’t start exercising again until the middle of my second trimester… I’ve actually been on a 4 month-long hiatus after discovering I conceived, due to possible complications.  But, now that most of those are in the clear, I’m back at it and ready to share with you why staying active during my pregnancy has been the best decision I could have made not only for my baby, but myself as well.

Now you should know, this is my first child — so accepting advice from someone who is a parenting/baby-parasite host (I say that jokingly, and with love) newbie might be a little difficult.  Stay with me, though, all I want is for this to benefit you and help you.

There is plenty of medical and scientific proof behind keeping fit and pregnant.  It improves your sleeping patterns, gives you a jolt of energy when you need it (especially if you’re cutting caffeine), prepares your body for delivery and keeps your self-esteem higher than it would be without it.  I have watched some friends during their pregnancies — some who kept active and some who didn’t.  There is a vast difference between those who keep things at a minimum than those who simply adjust their current routine or keep at it.  Of course, I’ve seen women who have continued to power lift with moderation and gone on to run 10K’s even in the third trimester!  I won’t openly say I advise against or that I am for those methods, because I don’t really have much business spouting what I don’t know when it hasn’t affected me personally.

But here’s what I do know!

Some basic information:
Walking keeps you off the couch and away from those crappy back-aches.  It encourages blood flow, breathing and actually can sway a baby in-utero to sleep (cue the awww’s)!  It’s easy to do and doesn’t require a gym membership or equipment and can be done practically anywhere.  Snowing outside?  Walk in place!

Swimming is an excellent exercise because it is low impact, relaxing and can actually improve circulation and build muscle definition without lifting weights.  Plus, you feel light as a feather, and I don’t know about you but that’s very appealing when you’re carrying a miniature basketball in your belly.

Strength training with dumbbells is an excellent way to build stamina and resistance against fatigue… both traits you’ll probably need during labor!  I know I will.  Liftiing weights will help maintain toned muscles as well, for those of us who are just a little ego-centric. 😉

Some things to know, however.  Never start an exercise regimen without consulting your practitioner first.  There are safety guidelines with everything in pregnancy (food and makeup, too!), as I’m coming to discover in my own journey.  Even if you’ve been active prior to conception, it’s always best to check with them first to see if anything needs to be toned down and/or adjusted.  There are also certain diagnosis’s that can alter how much activity should be allowed in your pregnancy.  Read all about them here, and some safety guidelines here.

Until next time, mamas!

Katie