I’m only spinning

It’s starting to get harder for me to exercise like I would like. I have had to stop running due to back pain, so I picked up spinning/cycling class. I go two days a week on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. I’m trying to walk two or three days a week, and doing small weights at least one day. But now, as I’m hitting 32 weeks, it’s getting a little more difficult. The spin bike is really REALLY REALLY (I cannot emphasize this enough) starting to hurt my tailbone. And my back is starting to hurt again (like it did in the first trimester). And I’m feeling much sleepier than before, although that may have something to do with Beau being on his surgical rotation and getting up at 3:40 am (!!!!!!!!) every day as I’m left to fall back asleep. Yep. It’s as fun as it sounds.

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As I keep trying to talk myself into giving up, I keep hearing Tony Horton in the back of my head. “Do your best, forget the rest.” Thanks a lot, Tony. He also always shows modifications in his videos, so that got me to thinking… What can I do to modify my workouts so I can keep going as long as possible?

Here are three items I’ve gotten off of Amazon that have helped me, either via placebo effect or otherwise keep pumping. (I’m not paid to say the below and I don’t get anything if you click the links either :))

  1. Belly band
    This belly band seems to help with my back and belly pain. Baby is squishing out my insides, and sometimes it feels like my belly is about to fall off with how much the baby is pushing out. This band kind of helps.
  2. Bike seat
    I’ve used this bike seat several times in my spin class, and while my butt still hurts after classes and the next day, it’s a whole lot better than the plain old bike seats at the gym. Also it comes in a bright pink/purple shade which is awesome.

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  3. 40 ounce water bottle
    I got the purple water bottle pictured above around Memorial Day because I felt as though I wasn’t drinking enough water. My doc recommended at least consuming 2 liters/day, and with my little Camelback, I just wasn’t cutting it. I found this water bottle with a straw, and I haven’t drank water out of anything else since. It’s awesome.

Hopefully this motivates you whether or not you’re pregnant to stay exercising and make modifications as needed. Sheer grit and determination will take you a long way.

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Life update

Hello friends. It’s been awhile! So sorry for the extended hiatus. As I’m sure you have been busy, so have I!

I know you are all hanging on the edges of your seats to hear about me & my life. NOT. Haha. Sorry for being so self-absorbed. But I’m going to tell you anyway. I’m expecting a baby with my husband. So that’s the real reason for my long break. I’ve got about 10 weeks to go. The first trimester completely zapped me of my energy and desire to do ANYTHING. It’s crazy how a little teeny tiny baby can wreak havoc on you body.

It was about the middle of the second trimester when I started to feel like my old self again, but tempered with a little extra concern. The great news is that I really started feeling like I could work out regularly was right before my third trimester. I had been running sporadically, but it just a) was too painful for my back after my run and b) I kept having to stop to use the restroom. So, I started my weekly spin class again which has been great. I can feel it in my back afterwards, but it’s nothing like my runs were.

As far as eating has gone, during the first trimester I actually lost a few pounds because I felt so nauseated and had an aversion to most foods. Don’t worry, my appetite is back! LOL. In my second trimester, I gained about 10 pounds from one month visit to another. Since then, I’ve tried to reign it in and really make healthy choices instead of eating everything in sight (since I felt as though I would never eat again from the first trimester–not dramatic or anything, I know).

Currently, I’m at the doctor’s office for my 3 hours glucose testing. I took the one hour test and it came back at 134 rather than 130. So I’ll be patiently awaiting those results. For those who have to take it, here’s how my doctor’s office did it: I fasted for twelve hours (12 am–8 am). The nurse took my fasting blood sample, which came back fine at 91. This meant that it was okay for them to administer the dreaded glucose solution (the like 8-10 ounce bottle of straight up sugar). I drank this within 5 minutes, which was trying, but baby and I made it through. Then I had to wait an hour, then they tested my blood again (this time leaving a bruise, WHOMP). Then, waited another hour and tested it again. Then, waited another hour and tested it again. This brings me to a total of FOUR blood draws.

Hopefully I don’t have gestational diabetes, but my doctor reassured me that typically with people like me, it’s easily managed by checking sugars. All the prayers appreciated for this, and for a safe and healthy delivery.

Hope you all are doing well, I’ll try to keep you updated more frequently.