FitFriday, FatFriday IX. I could eat a house.


Still nothing obvious other than we saw the scan and s/he’s literally floating around in there. And I still can’t eat mussels or pilchards. They’re nasty, apparently.

Keep wondering about an odd sensation I get. It’s like a period or digestion cramp, but weird and “bouncy”. Makes me curious as to whether that’s when baby bounces off the wall, like s/he did during the ultrasound.


Sticking at my 6×4 routine and working my squats up to 60kg before I can’t do squats any more. I’m sure I’ll be fine, but my damaged abs might not hold much longer.

Everything else is going great, though, and all this work in the garden, squatting on hills as I plant beans, making steps up and down the hill, moving rocks and weeding beds, is keeping me nicely busy throughout the day. Got drenched through when the sky literally opened a few days ago, but seems I managed to get in and change fast enough to avoid catching anything.

Bee haven:


An overview of the garden a week ago:


Pictures of the edibles (potatoes, peas, beans, tomatoes, assorted berries, turnips, leaves, etc] will be up next week, when everything has bedded down enough to get a good look!


Why am I so hungry???

Oh yes, baby. 😛

In all seriousness, I’m not sure if I’m running a low level deficiency, starving for protein or just overdoing the gardening, but I am starving right now. As I type this I have had rhubarb tart with a pint of sweetened soy milk for breakfast, two hard boiled eggs and half a mango for snacks, egg and sausage oatcakes, another slice of rhubarb tart and am still eyeing up some corn cakes to load with peanut butter. A part of me wonders if I need more calories, but another part of me knows that you only need to add around 200/day in the second trimester and that my calorific needs are well under 1800/day when I’m not hiking around with 27kg on my back every day. And I am well over 2200 today anyway.

Still want to eat everything, though. 😦

How did your week in fitness go?


FitFriday, FatFriday VIII. We’re having a baby!


Yep, we did it! I am approximately 12 weeks and four days pregnant, which gives us a current due date of boxing day. Here’s hoping for an early or a late one! 😛 Will get the 20 week scan properly printed and put up here, but for now we’re letting the tiny thing do some more growing, as it currently spends most of its time upside down and looks vaguely like some sort of a cartoon character.

Jon is excited, but a little unhappy that it’s still so small as he wants it to be big and strong sooner. I have been telling him that it will happen soon enough, but he seems to want the next three months out of the way as fast as possible so the baby is more in the clear and we know it’s healthy all round.

I’ve also been really lucky and/or careful: no excess mucus production, no morning sickness, no constipation, minimal bloating, minimal aversions, minimal tiredness. Basically a bit like when I’m depressed, where I was a drowsy recluse for a couple of days, but seriously nothing that bothered me. Unsure how I managed it, but I’m glad I have!

On the downside I have had trouble staying asleep, a constantly full bladder and weak tendons from laxity. But you can’t win them all and so far I’m pretty happy.


Was a bit bad over the weekend as we had another MeatFeast, but other than that I have been eating well, focusing on plenty of protein and plants and not too much salt, sugar, or processed fats. Still at no alcohol and down to one cup of coffee and maybe some chocolate on most days. Will still sometimes have three cups of coffee, but it’s so rare and almost every day I have one or none. ^^


Still making good progress, though of course I know it may grind to a halt if I don’t keep working hard at them, or if baby-growing starts to take too much energy.

Incline press is 37.5kg for 6×4.

Squats are 58.5kg for 4×4, bicep curls are 7.5 each hand for 4×4.

Rows are 37.5 for 6×4, tricep kickbacks are 5kg for 2×12.

I’m also making a point of getting in some 10-30 minute constant calisthenics workouts every other day. Pullups had to fall by the wayside after I angered one of the lax tendons in my lower abs, though. 😦 Still hurts weeks later, so maybe I should avoid them when my abdominals are going to be splitting soon.

How did your week in fitness go? Any questions about the pregnancy so far? 😀

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

FitFriday, FatFriday II. Bad Slav.


Well, my diet isn’t going as great as I would like it to. I need to be more careful about sugars. I need to eat a little more fish and I am just coming to terms with not having liver.

But I am doing very well at eating veggies, controlling salt, eliminating dairy and alcohol and controlling caffeine. So I suppose I’m not too bad.


Slipped a little bit due to helping a friend with work and generally running myself ragged, but some have gone up.













Squats II












Rows II




Overhead press




Overhead press II




Incline bench




Flat bench




Hammer curls

7.5kg each hand



Rear lateral raises

3.5kg each hand




I am almost certainly either in the middle or at the end of ovulation and we have been at it like rabbits that haven’t seen each other in six months. So here’s hoping for conception this month. 🙂

I have got myself a bit stressed and overtired here and there but, considering how badly I generally run myself down and that my shifts are largely internal, this is as good as it gets.

I am on my B vitamins and folate, I am off all supplements with vitamin A and off livers.

We will be seeing the doctor on Tuesday to talk about low vit-A omega supplements and which mineral supplements are best, or whether I should just nom some washed eggshells and call it a day.

How is everyone else doing with fitness and health goals? Am I missing anything in my TTC plans? I keep feeling like I’m not doing enough.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!