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
http://fitfrugalandfaithful.com

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

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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!

What I Ate Today: A sort-of recap! {At 29 weeks pregnant}

Pre-pregnancy I maintained my weight on 1800 calories a day.  This is considerably low for the amount of exercise I was managing to push through week to week (3 miles of running a day, heavy weight training a few times a week, physical labor night shift job).  As I work through my pregnancy, I look back and realize I probably could have gotten away with a lot more.  However, seeing as that’s the number I set my goal to everyday and got so used to, it’s the one I’ve chosen to base my pregnant nutrition on.  This means I’m attempting to hit 2100 whole, healthy calories a day.  But it isn’t easy… especially with slow digestion, and I mean SLOW.  Sometimes a girl’s gotta add a couple treats in here and there for fillers!  Or nutrition shakes.  But I’m sort of selective with those.

That being said, I have never found tracking what I eat to be more fun than it has with this baby.  I’m normally, well, easily excitable when it comes to meal planning, anyway – once you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight in life, you change your habits permanently.  My favorite lifestyle change is meal planning and counting calories, because I need that accountability to keep from gaining again.  But man, when it comes to feeding not only your body but somebody else’s, too?  FUN!

I love knowing that I’m trying to hit all my food groups and I love feeling their movement with certain ones.  This baby is active 24/7, but they really like unprocessed protein and homemade baked goods (but who doesn’t, haha).  So far I’ve put on 14 beautiful pounds and I’ve never felt more alive nor more attractive in my life.

So.  Want an intimate look at my diet?  (Can we not call it that, though?  Blech!)

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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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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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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