Struggle of a Fit Mom tip of the week: Plan your workouts for the week on Sundays. Us busy moms definitely do not have the time to workout seven days a week. Planning ahead will help the temptation of skipping a workout because there may not be an opportunity to make it up another day!
There have been many times when working out was the last thing I wanted to do. However, knowing that I may not have a chance to make up a missed session made me more committed to my schedule. Sign up for my FREE weekly meal and workout planner here to help get you started.
Week 25: Fit Pregnancy Update
Todays Date: 02/01/2017
How many weeks are you: 25
What trimester are you in: Second
How big is the baby: Size of Cauliflower
Weight Gain: 9-10 pounds
Food Cravings: Sweets
Food Aversions: None
Diet: My diet has been the same as weeks 23 & 24. Check out my last post to see what my typical diet looks like.
This week I decided to start sharing our weekly meal prep. I typically only divide my husbands meals ahead of time so he can quickly and easily grab them in the morning on his way to work. I portion my meals out as I eat them. Once baby #2 arrives, I hope to start portioning both of our meals ahead of time because I already know how limited my time will be.
In all honestly, my poor husband has endured eating the same exact three meals every single day (except weekends) for the last 5+ years! I have never branched out from eggs and a protein shake with peanut butter and oatmeal for meal #1 and protein with quinoa, sweet potato or beans for meals #2 & #3. The irony is that I love to cook and get creative with healthy recipes. It just became a mindless routine and neither one of us complained. I look forward to changing things up for him and sharing our new favorite meal prep ideas! Click on the image below to see more ideas on my meal prep page.
Weekly splurge: Sushi and Ice Cream. Yum!! We found an ice cream place that has the option of getting your scoop inside of a warm donut. WOW! It was delicious but very rich. My husband, Piper and I split one.
Exercise: Four days and it was a real challenge to get my workouts in this week. I started off well with going Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. However, finding time, energy or motivation to complete a workout over the weekend was tough. Once I had my mind set on a home workout, it was quickly cut short from a fussy, clingy baby.
Aches and Pains: Experiencing a lot of pain in my pelvis. Wearing a support band helps sometimes.
Have you felt the baby move: Yes!! Some days definitely more so than others. She seems most active at night when Im laying down for bed.
Labor signs: None
Maternity clothes: I have worn a pair of maternity jeans a couple times however my gym clothes and yoga pants have been the most comfortable.
Sleep/Dreams: Sleep has been rough lately. I go to bed very tired but cannot seem to stay asleep. So I have resorted to Benadryl a couple times.
Favorite moment of the week: Taking Piper to the zoo. She loves seeing all the animals.
Looking forward to: Watching the Super Bowl with friends and enjoying a little splurge of delicious food!
Finding a balance with working out this pregnancy has been very challenging at times. I try to exercise whenever I have the time so that I can accommodate for the days that I know I will not be able to workout. I find that there have been times lately where my mind says, “yes, workout” but my body says, “not happening today”.
One day this week, I pulled up to the gym parking lot and sat for five minutes contemplating whether to get out of the car or skip the gym. I was having some pain in my pelvis and as much as my mind wanted to workout, I chose to listen to my body and leave. These are the days I get especially frustrated and grumpy because I look forward the the mental release I get from exercising. For me personally, working out is as much mental as it is physical. Being active allows me to clear my head and reduce anxiety.
The number one most important thing to remind myself during these frustrating times is that pregnancy is only temporary and to enjoy the process and appreciate the experience. Listening to my body in order to maintain a healthy and safe mom and baby is the most important thing. Some weeks will be better than others for working out and eating healthy. As long as there is an overall greater percentage of maintaining healthy habits, then just enjoy the ride and when you fall down, get right back up and continue where you left off.
Brooke is a certified Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise Specialist with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. She is also a mom of 3 girls with more than 15 years of experience in health and fitness. Brooke’s goal at Struggles of a Fit Mom is to help motivate, educate and inspire other busy mamas who struggle with finding time, energy and motivation to take care of themselves in the chaos of motherhood.