Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven Days of Yoga; Week 33



Wednesday night I took my friend's METCON3 class. I'd taken it once before pre-pregnancy and it was tough then, so I was a little worried it would be to hard for me now since my energy has plummeted so much - especially lately. I need to take all the breaks. I was proud of myself. I did most of the class. I skipped a lot of the jumping around stuff (stepped instead) because it didn't feel right for my belly, and I mostly just laid on my back during the ab section because... counter-intuitive. I can have rock hard abs later.

Thursday was a full day of yoga. I taught in the morning and the local gym. Then I taught again in the afternoon at the studio, and right after that I went to my parents' and did yoga with my mom and a few of her friends.  It was all day yoga. It was exhausting (because I still had to go to work in the middle), but it was also pretty great.

Friday night I scrambled to get back to the Valley in time for the 6pm Bollywood fit dance class. I was a little worried at first. The class was kind of off to a weird start. I didn't know it would be so choreography based. I'm an okay dancer, but I'm terrible with choreography. So, I was a little put off, but as the class kept going, I got more and more comfortable. I ended up getting a really great workout - especially my quads, which were screaming in soreness the rest of the weekend.

Saturday I took the day off. It was a really lame day. We went to the farmers market in the morning, but on top of my allergies blowing up - no nose breathing allowed, plus stinging eyes and a headache - the heat was brutal. The air wasn't so hot - it was being in direct sunlight that made my whole body hurt. I hid inside with the air conditioner the rest of the day. No fresh air didn't help, but being outside sounded awful. I even wished I'd taken a parasol when I took Panda outside to relieve herself.

Sunday morning I kind of felt like I needed to make up for my lack of exercise the day before, so I got up and went to boxing in the morning. Then followed it up with prenatal yoga after lunch.

Monday night we had to cancel yoga again. We were sad, but sometimes babies don't nap and you just gotta roll with the punches. Instead I went to the gym with my hubby. I just hung out on the treadmill mostly. I managed to run a mile. After walking the rest of the half hour on the treadmill, I messed around with the settings on the recumbent bike (so as to not knee myself in the stomach) and biked for 20 minutes.

Tuesday night I tried a class called Dancehall Fit Sexy. It was kinda fun. I wish I'd gone with friends. It was a lot of ass shaking. Would have been better if I'd had some friends to giggle with. The teacher was kinda of "meh" and not flexible in terms of what we were doing in class. The routine was very right leg heavy and someone asked if we could work the other side to balance out and she said something about needing it to work with the "choreo", so we really didn't work the left side. She got raised eyebrows from me, but the class was still fun.

How was your week?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Yoga Baby; Week 24




Week 24

According to the internet, that means I'm 6 months pregnant. 6 MONTHS? Like whoa.
I was poking around on Instagram last weekend and exploring the hashtag #22weekspregnant... someone posted a picture of themselves and said "officially 6 months pregnant today! #22weekspregnant" and all I could think was "someone is not good at math"

Here's what's happening with me and the tiny one...

Cravings: Same same. It's hot though, so eating things that cool me down is good.

Aversions: Still not really having them. Food and I are generally friends. I did eat too many tomatoes recently, so I've been having fewer tomatoes. Not completely avoiding them though.

Energy:  Same. 70/30 good days to bad days.

Missing: I need to briefly mention how much going out to dinner has been disappointing lately. Nice restaurants like to serve a lot of things that are not preggo friendly. It gets frustrating. When I picked the restaurant for my birthday dinner with my parents, hubs says "the menu looks 'meh'" and I said "you do know that pretty much every menu looks like that to me?". It ended up being really great though. Pleasant surprise all around. They even made me a blackberry mint lemonade since I couldn't order a cocktail. It was lovely. Maybe I'll try to recreate it on here.

Feeling: Groggy in the mornings - like all the way til practically lunch time.

Movement: He is getting so much stronger. I used to only feel him move a couple times a day. I knew he moved around a lot (little man flips up a storm every time I see him on an ultrasound), but I would only feel a little bit of that. On Monday night, hubs and I were making dinner and he just went nuts. Some of the strongest movements I've felt so far. It's a little scary to think he's only getting stronger because the first one was so strong and such a surprise I actually said "whoa!" aloud. It's my own fault for calling him after a Norse God.

Speaking of... look what my mom made my honey for his birthday...

GET IT?!

Wearing: I hate clothes. My mom says "Haha, just wait." but I feel like on some level I will hate clothes less as I am bigger because I won't just look like a chubby person in certain outfits.

Yoga: I can still do arm balances - well, some of them, the ones that don't require belly squishing. Also, my energy is pretty great in class. Apparently I'm not supposed to jump back into chuttarunga anymore since it puts extra strain on the wrists, but my wrists feel fine, so... I haven't decided how I feel about that restriction yet.

Can't Live Without:  Ice Water. I have a giant tumbler filled with ice water on my desk at work at all times. If it's not there, I feel crummy.
My body pillow. I don't have a snoogle or a boppy or anything. It's just a giant body pillow from BBB. Even on nights I don't sleep on my side, I like to have it there to lean on or throw my leg over. Plus, I'm a blanket gatherer, so now that its a bazillion degrees out at night and I don't want blankets, I can just hug the pillow and it stays pretty cool.

16 weeks to go, y'all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Seven Days of Yoga; Week 32



Wednesday morning I taught mommy & baby. I made it a medium hard class. Some days we keep it really mellow. Around lunch time I took a workout break and headed to my friend's barre class. I made it to about 3 before I gave in a took midday shower. Hooray for access to a beach house!

Thursday ended up being a mellow day. I skipped an actual workout and just hung out with my mom and the dogs. We went to the park and played fetch and they ran around.

Friday night I went to spin! The Friday teacher is my favorite. He's the easiest to follow and has great energy. It was a tough class this week.

Saturday ended up being a rest day. We slept in mostly until it was time to clean up for the arrival of my inlaws.

Sunday afternoon I took prenatal yoga. It was pretty much exactly what I needed. Tough at times, but mostly mellow and still a good workout.

My Monday night yoga date was cancelled and I was feeling tired anyway. Panda and I went on a walk for about 20 minutes. She was happy. I was happy I didn't totally blow my exercise for the evening.

Tuesday night I decided to take power yoga. I'd missed it the week before and I was a little sad about that. Class was hard. My body made me take a lot of breaks and extra childsposes, but I still got a great workout. Plus earlier this week I learned that my regular Tuesday/Thursday teacher teaches Tony Horton and a semi regular P90X crew at a studio in Brentwood and I wanted to chat with him about that. Hubs wants to go take the class so we can meet Tony Horton. :P

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Currently; August 2014

This was at 22 weeks, so you already saw a very similar picture Friday before last.


Currently, I'm...

Reading...
I got to the end of the Divergent series and I totally lost interest. A friend of mine really wants me to finish it so she can rant to me about how much it the end sucks, but that's not the best motivation to pick it back up again. I've been reading a few pages every now and then and I think it's pretty much over. She was right. The ending stinks. Now I get to decide what to read next!
My mom also gave me her pregnancy journal to read. I plowed straight through that thing in a matter of days. I love love loved the pictures she pasted in there. It made me want to put more photos in my own journal. So, I logged onto shutterfly and printed out a ton.

Watching...
We just "finished" Sons of Anarchy. We're through season 5 anyway. We already know about everyone who is going to die because we - apparently - like to ruin things for each other. We can't watch season 6 yet because it's not available for free on Amazon Prime. I figure it should be available soon though. This week we're gonna start the latest season of Hell on Wheels. We've missed dreamy Cullen Bohannan.
and finally, we saw Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend. I liked it more than hubs did. My favorite line was "I wasn't listening. I was thinking about something else". It was flawlessly delivered by Dave Bautista.

Listening to...
I'm all caught up on the JtB podcast. I started listening to Alie & Georgia again. They get on my nerves sometimes, but mostly I find them funny.
Also, these three songs are my jams at the moment.
OH! and I heard a version of this the other day and it reminded me how much I love this song. I may or may not have started singing it to the baby.

Struggling with...
I guess my body made room because I am feeling less squished. I've got a twinge of something happening with my low back/right hip. Possibly sciatica, but its inconsistent and it doesn't feel like compression.

Inspired by...
Still mostly the little human.

Workouts are...
Really good. Some days I drag and struggle through, but most days my workouts are the best part of my day. Endorphins are awesome that way.
I also made some new/old friends. I've run into two girls I knew in high school having babies around the same time I am, so we've been taking yoga together on Sundays. It's pretty cool.

Eating...
More healthy food than last month. I got on the salad train. Hubs and I have been having lean protein and veggies for dinner *most nights. I did get into a pint of Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Buns by myself though. At least I only at it one serving at a time. We had homemade pizza over the weekend - not so healthy.

Planning...
We went baby furniture shopping this weekend so scope out what was out there. We found some pieces that we liked, but nothing was settled on. I've got a pretty good mental picture of what it'll end up looking like though.

Teaching...
Lots of subbing at the gym, and still keeping my regular Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday classes.

What are you upto?

Monday, August 11, 2014

August Favorites



I've never done one of these just general favorites posts before, but in the last few weeks I've found some new things that I love and I just wanted to let you know how amazing they are.

1) ME! Bath Madagascar Vanilla & Lavender  - For my birthday, my grandma took me to the Spa at Nordy's. The woman doing my nails put this lotion on my hands and I fell in love. I needed it in my life. I wanted to smell that smell every day. I'm usually not a huge fan of lavender, and I think vanilla reserves a special place in the kitchen, so the idea of combining them and wearing it around didn't really tickle my fancy... but actually smelling it. My mind was blown. The lavender is more subtle, cleaner and warmed by the vanilla which just tickles the senses and makes me want to smell my skin all day long.

2) Clif MOJO Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel - Pregnancy does this funny thing to people (me). It makes your blood sugar kersplat on the floor and sometimes gives you fun headaches and sleepiness midday. To combat this, I bought a mondo variety pack of granola bars and a case of iced teas at Costco to keep at my desk at work. This particular bar surprised me. I'm not usually a fan of the peanut butter pretzel combination. It may be my ever changing pregnant taste buds, but these are my absolute favorite granola bars right now. The peanut butter chips are a sweet contrast to the chunks of pretzel. I thought these were going to be the bars I saved for last and had to force myself to eat, but they were gone so much faster than the other bars in the box.

3) OPI Bubble Bath - It's on my nails right now. Natural looking, but still perfectly opaque and sheer at the same time.

4) eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm - I'm only a little late to the party on this one. I've been using these bubs for a while, but this one is my favorite. It's the red one and it smells like fruit roll up. I'm a sucker for anything that smells or tastes like fruit roll ups.

5) bĂșcha Grapefruit Sage - I didn't know what to think of drinking sage flavored kombucha, but its amazing. You need it in your life.

6) MAKE UP FOREVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara - I got this in a mini version as part of my birthday gift from Sephora. At first I just started to use it on top of my older mascara. Using old and then new gives the new something to grab onto and lashes get fuller and longer. I wasn't planning on loving it or buying it when I run out, but now I definitely am. This mascara blew my mind. I love my lashes when I use it.

7) BABYBEARSHOP Organic Cheeky Baby Butter - Another take away from my spa day with my Glamma. It's meant to be used on baby bottoms for diaper rash or anything like that, but I've been using it on my cuticles. My hands dry out so fast. I'm trying to heal them up. It's perfect for anything like that and you only need a tiny bit. I've barely made a tiny dent in this tub.

Do you have any new favorites? Care to share?