Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello weight training, it's nice to see you

I had previously mentioned dragging a pair of 5 pound dumbbells up to our playroom in an attempt to get some weight training in. I managed to do three sets of shoulder exercises on Sunday while watching football but haven't touched them since.

Then my upper body got a jolt yesterday during a barre class and I realized how weak I've been getting.

So at the gym today I took it back to the free weights after running a couple of miles around the indoor track.

It was super easy and super fast to knock out a couple of bicep and tricep exercises using some 5 pound weights.
- 2 sets of 15 reps of bicep curls
- 2 sets of 15 reps of hammerhead curls
- 2 sets of 15 reps tricep kickbacks
- 2 sets of 15 reps tricep press

No excuses anymore!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 21

another week, fortunately nothing new to report.

I mostly do these weekly updates as an excuse to wear non work out clothes.  Mason saw what I was wearing and asked if I was going to a meeting ... that's usually where I say I'm going if I have to leave in the evening.  No son, I just wanted to wear something other than gym clothes, but thanks for noticing.

now that he's finally napping (little bugger kept fighting it today) I can sit down and get to the real important stuff of my week ... Baby Brother's weekly updates.

 Gap Body Maternity tank, size extra small, Forever 21 skirt, size medium

according to, baby is the size of a pomegranate at 10.5 inches, and 12.7 ounces.

Baby Brother has been super active lately ... lots of kicking and moving around.  I've been pretty active myself since taking some time off due to the fall earlier this month and my recent cold.  I've managed to get some miles in and even took a barre class this morning at Xtend Barre.

I like rounding up and telling people I'm almost 6 months pregnant because I feel like I've gotten so big.  I am still wearing 99% regular clothing, with the occasional wear of this tank and my new maternity work out pants I broke in today.  I did buy some maternity jeans and a few tops while shopping at the Gap but have yet to wear them.  I looked back at my previous pregnancy posts from Mason and saw that I was wearing "normal" jeans at week 28.  Not that there is anything wrong with wearing maternity clothes ... comfort is comfort.  And I'm truly fortunate that my stay at home mom uniform consists of work out gear.

I did buy some non-alcoholic beer recently but have yet to try it.  Guess I've been waiting for the right sporting event and pan of spicy wings to try one.  

Baby Brother will be attending his first wedding this weekend, so that should be fun squeezing into a fancy dress and trying to stay awake past 8pm.  So excited for my friend Katie and her husband-to-be Brandon!

Week 22 should have an update from the doctor since my appointment is next Friday.  Other than that see ya next week for another Baby Brother update!

Back to barre and a scare along the Greenway

Yesterday I signed myself up for a 9:45 barre class at Xtend Barre for this morning. After dropping Mason off at school I headed to the Greenway by the studio to knock out 2 miles before the class.

My run was interrupted when I spotted a young woman laying on the ground and a bystander urgently asking me if I could call 911.

I obliged and after spending some time on the phone with the emergency medic I began to feel sick from the situation. I was queasy seeing this poor incoherent 20's something girl laying on the ground, one shoe off, bleeding, and asking "what happened" over and over. Blame it on the pregnancy hormones or the fact that seeing someone truly injured from a fall hits way too close to home.

Fortunately a cyclist stopped when he saw the accident and was more "hands on" with the victim while I stayed on the phone. Once the fire truck arrived with help I was free to leave ...

I was pretty shaken up but managed to finish 1.5 miles before heading to my class.

Now onto the positive part of my morning ... I love taking classes at Xtend. The owners are so actively involved in your practice, making sure all questions are answered before and afterwards. They truly want to make sure your experience was a positive one. I definitely took advantage and asked a bunch of questions about pregnancy modifications.

The class was a tough 60 minutes but I feel so much better. I'm looking towards incorporating more core work into my current work out routine and think this may be the way to do it.

We already pay A LOT for our family gym membership at the YMCA, so it's hard to justify additional exercise expenditures. We'll see if I can find any more deals on classes before committing to a package. In the meantime I look forward to scheduling my next class that I scored 1/2 off with a promotion.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Falling into the GAP

First let me start off by saying this post is not sponsored (sad face) but is truly me shouting from the rooftop about my great buys today.

I finally decided to start buying maternity clothes (I had gotten rid of all my previous stuff since I was convinced I was one and done).

I started my search at the GAP and was pleasantly surprised to find all sale items were an extra 50% off.

For under $40 I got:
A pair of work out capris ($2.98)
A white racer back tank ($0.98)
A red ballet neck tee ($2.98)
A blue v neck tee ($7.49)
And gray skinny jeans ($20.99)

I am such the bargain shopper aren't I?

And I couldn't leave baby brother without some new clothes to add to all of his hand-me-downs:

2 pairs of zip up footless pajamas that are by far my favorite when he's around 12-18 months
4 onesies
1 pair of lounge pants
1 pair of boat shoes
1 hat
All for under $40

Not sure how long this sale is going for but y'all should definitely check it out. Lots of great finds!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

An inspiring conversation

I snuck away today while Mason should've been napping for some much needed me time. After making a quick return at the mall I headed to the greenway for a walk/run.

That's right ... I didn't get my nails done, my hair done, a massage, or any other types of pampering for my alone time ... I just wanted to be outside and enjoy the outdoors.

I walked for 2.5 minutes then slowly picked up the pace. I had only wanted to do 2 miles and head home but a runner started chatting with me and kept me going a little further.

He was an older man, probably late 40's or early 50's, who was a marathoner. He was currently working on his 20 miler today in anticipation of 2 marathons coming up, only 6 days apart. He's already ran 21 marathons.

Wow. I was so impressed. He seemed so dedicated, but cool and collected while running. His dad had started running at age 55 and ran a 3:18 Boston marathon when he was 66. And has already run over 30 marathons. What??!!

I hope I can instill the love of running in Mason. It's a beautiful, tranquil sport that I treasure so dearly.

Happy Saturday.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 20

sorry this update comes two days late ... it's been a rough week.

yay for week 20, aka, we've reached the 1/2 way mark.

 Gap Body Maternity, size extra small, Lucky Brand Jeans size 24 (00) Riley slouch boyfriend jeans

It's crazy what putting on a little make up and attempting to do my hair will do for the quality of these pictures.  I had a Junior League event yesterday (when I took the photos) and actually made an attempt at fixing my appearance (yay to no gym clothes).  

Nothing really new to announce pregnancy wise.  I've been suffering through the same cold as last week.  Plus Mason has had the same cold (he started it) and now has an ear infection.  Saddest thing ever is seeing your little boy so sick.  Hopefully his meds start working ... wish I could pop a pill and make my illness go away.

Anyways.  Not sure about current weight gain.  Next appointment is in 2 weeks I think.  I'm still eating everything and anything.  No real aversions, nor current cravings.

According to, Baby C is the size of a banana, coming in at 10 ounces and 6.5 inches.  

And that's all.  Still trying to run and lift the occasional weight.  Hoping to add some yoga in the next coming weeks.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I didn't want to work out

Oh Mason sometimes your enthusiasm to go to the gym is unnerving. I finally gave in since we had run out of things to do at home and you clearly had energy to burn.

I took it easy and did 2 miles around the indoor track. 1/3 was walking, 2/3 jogging. Then I walked on the treadmill for 0.22 miles to "fix" yesterday's 2.53 miles.

I definitely got some looks for my awesome bacon shirt. Or people are wondering why I'm dragging myself through the gym.