Friday, August 29, 2014

Yoga Baby; Week 26


 Week 26

It only took six and a half months, but look at that, an actual bump. Haha. We had a growth spurt this week. That's more that a couple cheeseburgers.
It's been a busy week...

Lots happening with me and the tiny one...

Cravings: I'm just constantly hungry. Even when I'm full I'm thinking about what I'll eat next. I've been wanting some cake or donuts or similar lately. Haven't gotten around to that. Maybe that's why I still want it.

Aversions: No outright aversions. I just get home from work, look in the full fridge and think how I am really hungry, but not in the mood for any of what's in there.

Energy:  I feel fine, but I wipe out quickly. I get a lot of second winds - if you can even call them that. I'll work on a project for a while, tire out or get bored, and then get back up and on it again with equal or even more vigor.

Missing: Fitting in small spaces - like between my car and the closed garage door. I also miss my pants. Hahaha. Good thing it's too hot for pants anyway. I'm pretty excited to wear shirts with sleeves again when it cools down.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seven Day of Yoga; Week 34



Wednesday morning I taught mommy & baby. We had some new faces, which was really nice. I love new faces in all my classes, but meeting new babies is especially special. After a really exhausting day working for a half hour then going to the beach and getting a pedicure, I took a 45 minute nap on the couch and got up for Cardio Belly Dance at 730. In case you were wondering, yes, pregnant women can totally belly dance - but some moves don't work - like sucking my belly in. Ha! Hip rolls and shimmies are totally possible though, and I actually had a lot of fun!

Thursday I taught a lot of yoga. This was my last two-a-day teaching for a while. AM at the gym and PM at the studio, followed by a rescheduled yoga sesh with my girlfriend. We're working out how to get yoga into the schedule while her little one transitions from 3 to 2 naps. It was an exhausting day, but it ended up being pretty great. My yoga practice was simple but good, and I felt pretty good about the classes I taught too.

Friday morning I got up before the hubs to teach restorative yoga at one of the local gyms. It's really more of a gentle yoga class than a restorative class. I did 80% of the class, only walking around to check form a little bit and sitting to observe and instruct every now and then, but that was my workout for the day. After work I met up with my mom to look at baby furniture.

Saturday morning, another Jenny and I had a yoga date. I think I am drawn to people named Jennifer. Though its such common name in my generation, its not surprising. ANYWAY, we took Power Yoga first thing in the morning and it was hard. It was a really simple class, but the instructor, Jonathan, challenged us with some really long holds, and a lot of changing poses without changing much about your stance. So we'd end up on the right leg with the back heal lifted for a long time.

Sunday morning I got up early again, this time to teach. Immediately after teaching, I put on my shoes, wraps and gloved for an hour of power boxing. I don't hit as hard as I used to, but I still work my butt off. Later in the day I took prenatal yoga. I almost didn't get to go because my great uncle was in town for the day and my grandma wanted everyone who could to come by for lunch... right when class was supposed to start, so I went by early, so I could still make it to class. Prenatal yoga is still very strange to me. It has (obviously) a very different energy than the regular yoga flow classes I take and teach, but I am really enjoying it. I like having the same group of women there every week and connecting with them about all kinds of things. It's like our little club.

Monday night ended up being a mellow night in. No official exercise. My mom and I went to Costco and picked up the dresser/changer for the baby's room. Everyone kept trying to take the cart away from me to push, but it was super easy to push, so I was getting annoyed. I didn't volunteer to load it in the car or anything, but I was capable of pushing it around on a flat. Sheesh. We ran some other errands that ended up taking most of the afternoon, and by the time I got home, I was pretty tired, so I did a little bit of organizing in soon-to-be Thor's room and I finished the quilt I was making for him.

Tuesday night I was back at Power Yoga (after teaching Vinyasa Flow, of course). Every week is harder than the last. I did have a relatively easy time floating up into handstand though. I did some shoulder work while I was up there - working on pulling in and out of the shoulder girdle. I took a lot of breaks, but ultimately did everything except the ab section, which I just plain skipped and the lotus section, which I swapped out for camel.

How was your week?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kitchen Adventures; Mango Tahini Wrap



Happy Monday! I plan on having this delicious wrap for lunch today, so I thought it was time to give it a little share.

There's a place between my office and the freeway called Hugo's. There are actually 12 miles between my office and the freeway, but that's neither here nor there. I've only actually eaten in the restaurant once, but after I had this one wrap from their menu, I started picking it up on my way to or from work and eating it at home or my desk. It's so good, I decided I had to try and make it for myself.

It's totally vegetarian - light, crunchy, spicy and delicious. I was craving one for weeks before I finally had a chance to pick one up for lunch a little while back.

Then for a week I hoarded random ingredients in my house, buying one at a time until I accumulated everything... because the same store couldn't possibly carry jicama AND spinach tortillas. That would be ridiculous.

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!