FitFriday, FatFriday XI. I sometimes have a bump now!

Baby.

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Oh, the posture! But I was tired. Still, this is when it’s most obvious: denim skirt, a bit swollen, after exercise. If I wear my jeans I just look like I’ve had a big lunch. :/ Hard to believe I’m halfway there. Well, almost anyways. Still doing great for the most part, but I can already sense the parts of my body that are unhappy with the new weight: lower back, hips, lower abs. Abs might straighten a little bit once the bump moves to belly-button height, though, because I swear this amount of mass isn’t supposed to be held by that one poor hyperextended muscle.

The quickening is… quickening now. Jon actually got kicked last time he rubbed my belly and can hear the heartbeat. He is somewhere between confused, excited and angry, for some reason. But at least he enjoyed it, even if the belly is now a no-go zone due to the risk of being assaulted by a person the size of his hand. I’m unsure how much I enjoy it. It’s fun when it happens, annoying when it keeps going for 5-10 minutes (I assume unborn babies are big aerobics fans] and I can’t focus on work, and somewhere between worrying and disappointing when s/he’s still for over two hours. I seriously can’t make my mind up what I want. 😛

Diet.

I’m not being bad, but I’m not being great either. Trouble is, the only thing that shuts up my pregnancy hungers is ripe cheese. Leaves me feeling full for a day or two. But it worsens my depression, gives me stomach troubles and is a risky food during pregnancy. So I’m managing to eat healthy and then ruining it with at least a chocolate or a piece of cheese a day. :/

Calories are staying within parameter and my weight gain has steadied since the last sudden spike. I now oscillate between 72 and 75 kilos depending on how greedy I have been.

Exercise.

Weights are depending on the day. The power is there and the muscles are doing great, despite all the extra stress on them. But my stamina is shot, so if I spent a day gardening or have been busy or did resistance band work or yoga work, weights aren’t happening. I run out of poke every ten minutes. 😦 Still, workout is workout and a benefit of progesterone is that a little rest won’t make my guns go anywhere. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing, even if I haven’t a clue!

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Guns.

How did your week in fitness go? Any tips on keeping active now that I have the stamina of a sea slug?

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

TTC.

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.

Diet.

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. ^^

Weights.

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 V. Bigger muscles, more endurance.

TTC.

Genuinely no idea at this point. Taking a more relaxed approach. Still eating well and plenty of sex. If it happens in a month or so then it happens. If not we see the Dr. Whatever goes on, we have to keep going for 12 months before it means anything at all.

Diet.

Control-freak mode has been re-engaged. Largely because I had a couple of days overeating, due to consuming sugar in the mornings. My own fault, I know sugar early in the day is an appetite stimulant and I did it anyway.

Now I am focusing on clean starches, plenty of protein and some fat, resetting my appetite. Doing very well and getting plenty of veggies in!

Weights.

Back onto full 4x4s! We are also incorporating some drop sets. Although we are getting stronger, the actual body size isn’t going up much for either of us and a friend is using drop sets for successful mass gains. So we’re adding them in to see if we can get any bigger using the same technique. Unlike him we’re not 100% doing this for vanity, though, so the drop sets won’t be the main focus of our workout. Form, weight and variety all come first.

I’m also doing a lot more in the garden, including making a rockery out of nice heavy rocks, digging and turning flower beds and discus-throwing large clumps of soil from overly weedy areas. It’s working the most unstable and weak support muscles in my arms and back and I can feel it!

How did your week in fitness go?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!