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 ❤

Pregnancy Journey

Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 38

At 38 weeks and a few days I am only 1 cm dilated. Doctors appointment are twice a week, as we are anticipating for Jr. arrival, potentially earlier due to his size. I have come to the conclusion that my husband Andrew and I have another stubborn Taurus on our hands. Our oldest, Abby was delivered at over 40 weeks (scheduled induction) because she just was not ready to bless the world with all of her greatness.

With every contraction with our first we always ended up in L&D (Labor and Delivery), as my husband was determined that he was not going to be the one to delivery a baby at home. With baby #3 there will be no false alarms. I will not be going to the hospital until I know I am well into active labor. It is recommended that I increase my walking, stair climbing, and squats to help me along with dilating. I am going to try these recommendations. I will keep you updated on the progress.

We have already passed a lot of predicted dates on our calendar. There are still many dates to come prior to baby’s due date. Still looking forward to see who comes close to predicting Jr. arrival correctly.

FYI: Eating 6-8 Dates in the last 4 weeks to soften cervix is a myth in my opinion.

38 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Spaghetti Squash
  • Measuring about 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs and 1 oz (per ultrasound a few weeks ago)
  • Baby is fully developed and continues to practice breathing and swallowing
  • Mommy is experiencing increased hip and pelvic pressure
  • Sleeping is becoming a harder task as it is difficult to get comfortable
  • Cravings: Powerade, Dates, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Milk

At 38 weeks, I weigh in today at: 181.4 lbs. I should be hitting a plateau soon with my weight gain as baby is preparing for delivery. However, he is still packing on his baby fat in the meantime. This weight is definitely challenging to carry since it is all belly and not evenly distributed. I find that it is so easy to lose my balance. I am being very cautious when I walk.

13 days left until 5/14/19- keep checking back and follow me on social media for updates. I will more than likely post first on social media when Jr. arrives. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on my pregnancy journey.

FLWE ❤