Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Loves and Yucks

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="240"]French Fries French Fries (Photo credit: Daniel Y. Go)[/caption]

This post is dedicated to all the things I crave and can't stand the thought of during this pregnancy journey. It seems to change week to week but here is the run down:


  • Citrus

  • Starbucks Cool Lime Refreshers (heads up! These have caffeine)

  • Nibs

  • French Fries

  • Tomato sandwiches

  • Raspberries

  • Pineapple juice

  • Ketchup (I know that's gross. I can't get enough lol)

  • Nut butters


  • Dark chocolate ;(

  • Salsa

  • Almond milk

  • Oatmeal

  • Falafel

  • Hummus

  • Anything coffee (until about the 15th week)

  • the smell of victoria secret lotions and bath and bodyworks soaps.

I basically can't stand anything I used to eat. I just recently began to eat green vegetables again which is so strange because I lived off kale before this little bean came along.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Slowing Down

This post is literally about slowing down while running pregnant and listening to your body's cues.  It's actually a really hard thing to do.  Whenever one of my running buds asks me if I want to go for a run now I preface it with "sure... but I am really slow now".

How much slower? About 45 seconds/km which might seem like small beans but when you are so used to banging out 5 km in say 25 minutes, as the Garmin creeps up to 30 minutes you just feel slow.

I will share a typical run with you:

Last night I went out to run 3 miles.  It was muggy and humid but  just went with it.  3 minutes in I start to wonder if I should start putting body glide on under my sports bra because it feels like I have just completed a marathon with all the chafing going on. I don't feel the baby bouncing (yet) but it does feel weird. Like a pulling sensation.  I decide to run 5min and walk 30 seconds because the run just isn't going well.  It's not impossible, it's just different.  Like way back when I first started running and each km logged was a new victory.  Then when I get home I am ravenous after 30 minutes of running.  It's quite funny really. So I refuel with carbs and loads of lemon water and pat myself on the back for getting out there and taking this baby for a run. I think he's happy about it.

When I make it to 7 or 8 km now it impresses me. I think if I slowed down more I could crank out a bit more mileage but I don't feel I need to. I am happy just staying active for the duration of this pregnancy journey. Which now has 17 weeks left!!

Did you run through your pregnancy? What did you do to stay active? I would love to hear from you!


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Change of Plans

Hi there!

So it's been quite a while since I have posted at all because things around here have been pretty hectic. We sold our condo, moved to a temporary home, and will be moving on June 28 to our new home!

I have also been hard at work helping this little guy grow:




Needless to say, during about 9 nasty weeks of all day sickness my workouts took a nose dive. More recently things have been getting back to a new version of normal but there will be no PRs set for a while.

Here is what I can tell you about this crazy ride so far:

  • Running is harder.  I am quite a bit slower and when I run I always wear my HR monitor. Sunday long runs avg. 9 or 10k at the moment.

  • Pushups are harder. I guess it's because a) my upper body is heavier and b) any time away from strength/weight training will make it considerably more difficult.

  • I feel funny on a bike. I have been to a few spin classes and I just feel odd. Maybe because there is a growing baby in the way : )

  • My flexibility is already changing.  My hips are tight, my hamstrings are tight, I feel like everything is shifting and I am conscious of not over stretching (especially important when relaxin kicks in).

  • Nutrition is even more important (especially into the 2nd and 3rd trimesters)

Other fun facts:

  • When I was really sick in the beginning I could only eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches on white buns. The thought of whole wheat bread repulsed me and the jam had to be one kind only.

  • I only recently began to drink 1 cup of coffee a day.

  • I can only stomach water with lime juice (Hello Starbucks Cool Lime Refreshers!!)

  • My lululemon shorts feel tighter already.  I guess that's normal by about 5 months.

  • I need more supportive sports bras, which is a blessing and a curse.

  • I think I might have vein problems.

  • My stomach is so itchy it keeps me from sleeping sometimes.

  • I bought a new swimsuit to try to get back into swimming. I have swam once so far :)

So that is the big news! My race schedule is up in the air as I prep for the big marathon called labour and delivery.  I can't wait to share more!