Fitness Journey, Pregnancy Journey

Staying Active While Pregnant: Week 39

This picture does no justice to show how big my belly is 🙂
At least, I am still able to see my feet.

Exercising while pregnant does not have to be extensive or exhausting. Since approaching my final weeks of pregnancy, I have transitioned to strictly walking. In the mornings I challenge myself to complete 1 mile of walking between the hours of 5-7 am. I enjoy this time the most because the morning crisp air feels good and wakes me up as I prepare myself for the day ahead. I really do not enjoy the heat so I am more encouraged to workout/walking during the early morning hours. This is a great time to get moving since it is considered ‘fasted cardio.’

Around lunch time I strive to get in another mile or two. Throughout, the day I also work to meet my hourly step goal of 250+ steps between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. I easily reach my step goal of 5,000 steps by 8 am.

Honestly, since I have been walking more in the past few weeks I have been feeling my best. Prior, I was experiencing a lot of back and pelvic pressure from the additional weight from my pregnancy. However, since I have been walking and moving more the pain has eased. My muscles are nicely loosened and relaxed. The tension has completely disappeared. At 39 weeks pregnant I feel more energized than ever. This morning after getting dressed and ready I prepared myself to walk our dog Roger and I sprinted down the stairs so easily. For a moment, I had forgotten that I was pregnant and carrying a estimated 7 lb baby.

Here is a look into my morning walk:

My fitness commitment is to keep moving. I know I can’t run a marathon at this point in my journey. But by moving and staying active it will make for a easier recovery after delivery. Walking not only helps me physically but it is beneficial mentally. Walking relieves stress and we all need to breathe in some fresh often- walking is the best opportunity for this. I use my walking time to catch up on current audiobooks that I am reading. Since I am a busy mom on the go I don’t often have time to sit and read a book. Yet, I don’t use my busy schedule as an excuse- I make it a priority to read on the go through the use of audiobooks. I listen to my books while in the car driving and while walking. The saying is true that we make time for what is important to us.

I encourage you to make time for yourself and your health. Commit to your journey and the progress. Progress requires effort, so you have to be 100% in and committed to the challenge. It only takes 1-2 weeks to form a habit; start today!

FLWE ❤

Pregnancy Journey

Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 39

39 weeks, with only 5 days left until Jr. estimated due date. At my appointment yesterday I was only 1.5 cm dilated. Contractions are starting to occur more frequently and are about 15-20 minutes apart when they occur. I find that I experience the most contractions when I am in a resting state.

Today, I indulged in a iced coffee with hopes that it would stimulate some consistent contractions while at work. However, I didn’t notice a major change.

I have been following doctors orders and walking to encourage dilation and the onset of natural labor. Each morning at 6 am I walk for a minimum of 1 mile. This morning I burned 139 calories from walking 1.09 miles. Around lunch time I took another stroll and walked 1.52 miles and burned 227 calories. Walking is such a relaxing exercise and has really helped to loosen up my tight muscles in my lower back and hips. Walking is going to not only condition me for labor but also condition me to get back into the swing of my fitness routine once I am cleared to workout with no restrictions after delivery.

Take a look at my stats from today: (Logged via Fitbit)

I am proud to have met and over exceeded my daily step goal of 5,000 steps and my 30 minute exercise goal. I also nailed my 250+ step goal between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The hourly tracker is a great reminder for me to step away from my desk and take frequent breaks as needed.

39 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a small Pumpkin
  • Baby is considered full-term
  • Old fetal skin is falling off and replaced with soft baby skin
  • Baby is fully developed, measuring about 19-21 inches long and about 7-8 lbs in weight
  • Mommy has been nesting to the fullest
  • Frequent bathroom breaks on the hour at night is still a thing
  • Cravings: Chocolate Milk, Lunchables Pepperoni Pizzas, Chocolate

At 39 weeks, today I weigh in at 180.6 lbs. My weight has hit a plateau as baby as reached his optimal weight. I really anticipated him arriving earlier based on his measurements at my last two ultrasound appointments but apparently my womb is comfier than MTV cribs and baby is content just where he is. Maybe this is a indicator that he is going to be a Mommy’s boy. I wouldn’t mind this at all since Abby has been a Daddy’s girl from day 1. Hence, the reason why Andrew named her Abigail (meaning: My Father’s Joy).

Continue to follow me on social media for updates as we near Jr. big day!

FLWE ❤

Fitness Journey, Health

9K Steps @ 39 Weeks Pregnant: What’s your excuse?

I have been even more motivated to get my steps in during the past few weeks to hopefully progress faster in labor once it begins.

Today, I logged 9,160 steps, 3.93 miles, burned 2,125 cals, and spent 49 minutes exercising.

I managed to meet my hourly step goal of 250+ steps between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. This is something I do not typically target to accomplish but was very proud of myself to have completed it. I really enjoy using my Fitbit to manage my stats.

To record my walking I use Map my Walk which tracks your walk via GPS. I find it to be very accurate. This morning I started out my day with fasted cardio at 6:15 am and walked for 1.10 miles before work. Around lunch I took another walk and accomplished another 1.11 miles. It’s hard to make an excuse for not having time to walk. Walking is one of the simplest exercises routines you can incorporate into your daily activities. One strategy is to park further away from your destination and walk (parking lots at stores). This can help you burn a few calories, increase your heart rate, and save your car from someone dinging your doors.

Take a look at my stats from my two walking sessions today:

It’s not too bad for someone who is 39 weeks pregnant and carrying a whole (7+ lb) human in her womb. If I can get out and walk- so can you! So, what’s your excuse?

The most important part of embarking on your fitness journey is to START today! Small progress is better than no progress at all. I am not challenging you to be a runner or a top athlete. It’s okay to be a walker and have a slower pace. It’s not about running a marathon, it’s about keeping moving!

My advice to you is to cancel that gym membership that you are paying for and not using. Walking is totally FREE! It’s easy to make an excuse of why getting to the gym is out of the way or inconvenient for you. It’s tougher to make an excuse on how you can’t incorporate walking into your daily routine.

Story time: While I was walking today around lunch time I passed a wounded Veteran who was sitting in his wheelchair outside of Starbucks. After I passed him for the third time he looked at me and told me to get some steps in for him. This moment made me realize that while I am complaining about pelvic pressure and backaches from pregnancy I should not take for granted my ability to walk and still be mobile. There in front of me was a man who has lost his ability to walk. Just a Monday reminder to be humble and thankful.

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday: Minimalism

I have been practicing minimalism for a few months now and it is a very positive and proactive strategy that allows me to minimize clutter and live a more stress free life. Minimalism is the process of intentional focus on things that we value the most, and the removal of items that distract us from the important things.

Something, my family has focused more on especially around the holidays is not the gift of giving but the gifting of experiences. We chose trips and experiences over materialist items. Items eventually get tossed or often forgot about as they lose importance, purpose, and relevance. While memories from experiences last a lifetime.

While physical clutter is important and needs tossing, mental clutter is just as important. I found these 7 routines to clear mental clutter very helpful and can be reflected on daily. I encourage you to save this image and keep it near you to reflect back on daily in order live a more stress free and clear minded life.

Please share with me in the comments your progress and/or tips you have implemented into your daily routine. If you have been living a more minimalist lifestyle, please share with me your thought and strategies used.

FLWE ❤

Mom Life

International Bereaved Mother’s Day

International Bereaved Mother’s Day was created by Carly Marie Dudley in 2010, to honor Mother’s Internationally who have loved and lost. This day is observed on the first Sunday in May. This day was created to uplift and celebrate Mothers who often feel left out on Mother’s day. As a Mother who has suffered losses I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of this day to honor us. I believe that we become Mother’s at conception and acceptance (biological and non-biological). Whether your children are living or have gained their wings, each are counted for.

With Mother’s Day approaching next Sunday I want women to be reminded of what “motherhood” truly is: the state or experience of having or raising a child. Mother’s day should celebrate all women who have conceived, birthed, lost, adopted, raised, and/or trying to conceive. Being a Mother develops in your heart and is far greater than what we observe on Mother’s Day.

FLWE ❤

Adventures, Parenting

The McKinney’s Week/Weekend in Review 4/29-5/5

Cheers to another successful week and weekend! On Tuesday, we celebrated Abby’s 5th birthday and she even had her physical completed for the year. A good bill of health for a very smart girl. Abby is officially registered for Kindergarten in the Fall; she is excited and so are we. (Proud Parent Moment)

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On Thursday, we enjoyed bedtime story time at our local library and picked up some new books for the week and week to come. Abby was even able to sign up for her very own library card and was very proud to sign the back of her card. This moment was sacred to her, as if it was a passage to her independence.

I have created a Goodreads account for myself and Abby to log our books for the year. Abby’s goal is to read over 100 books for 2019 and my goal is to read at least 50. Goodreads is a good site to log your books read and add books to your list in which you would like to read. The app even allows you to write a brief review on each book. This is perfect for tracking our books read for the year.

Be sure to check out the app and website: http://www.goodreads.com

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This week I have been connecting with other local runners in my group, Moms Run This Town. I am too pumped to begin training for my first run. I was recommended to use a app, Couch to 5k. This app is designed to condition you into shape starting off walking- jogging-running in order to build your endurance to complete a 5k run. I have preregistered for a few upcoming races in July and will be creating a section here on my blog to log my races and run data.

I have even challenged Andrew to participate in this years 2019 Great Cycle Challenge USA in order to ride to fight kid’s cancer. It’s about 4 weeks left to go until this challenge kicks off, so he has plenty of time to condition his bike for the season. This challenge will be continuing throughout the month of June and you can ride from whatever location you like and just log your mileage.

If interested you can register at: http://www.greatcyclechallenge.com | Join us in the fight against Kid’s cancer.

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There will be no meal prepping for the upcoming week. I will cook each day to prevent waste. For those wondering why, it is because Jr. still has not arrived and it can be any moment/day now.

I have been following doctors orders and increased my walking and squatting but Jr. is simply not ready. I don’t know how much lower he can drop at this point since he is already sitting in and over my lap. Contractions are becoming more frequent but I am not too bothered by the intensity. I shared with my followers on twitter that my biggest fear is not being able to detect that I am in active labor. My pain tolerance is pretty high and with Abby she was crowning and delivering herself before I mentioned to the nurses that I felt some pressure. I hope my mother’s instinct kicks in and indicates to me that something is not right so we can be settled in at the hospital before he makes his debut. Even though, I think Andrew manage delivering baby boy at home. He is such a expert in so many areas I am confident that he could master delivering a baby. He is a great coach. =)

I will continue to keep you all updated as the week progresses. Wishing everyone a successful week ahead. Conquer those goals. Each day is a fresh start. Take no days off!

FLWE ❤

Fitness Journey

Fitness Goal: Run a 5k

I have felt so helpless in the past 8 1/2 months since I have not been able to be as active as I would like. This pregnancy has also made me even more aware how important it is that I recondition myself and get back into my fit lifestyle once I am cleared after delivery at my 6 week check up.

This past weekend I made a list of my fitness goals that I am prioritizing as I prepare myself to get back out there. I am going to commit to walking 2-4 miles per day and gradually work myself back into running. I recently joined a local running club for women called, “MOMS Run This Town” (aka MRTT). Those ladies are inspiring and is just the support that I need to accomplish one of my biggest fitness goals– to run a 5K before the end of the year.

This group has chapters is various states and if you are interested you can visit the main website https://momsrunthistown.com/local-running-club/ and locate a chapter to locally join.

I am really looking forward to preparing myself for running a 5k. I have the support of my Husband Andrew who also has already began training for our first marathon. It makes it so much better when you have someone to do things together with. When I first shared with him my goal he was thrilled and wanted to do it as well.

I am writing this post to share with you my fitness goals. For those of you that know me and or have come to know me through my blog, you should then know that I am constantly encouraging my readers to set goals for themselves (health, fitness, and personal goals). In my efforts to be as trasnsparent as possible with my journey, I will be sharing with you my goals. I will continue to keep you updated on my progress while on my health and fitness journey.

FLWE ❤