Pregnancy is my Reason, Not my Excuse

SURPRISE! We’re expecting!

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Well, it’s actually not a surprise if you’re on Facebook or Instagram, since we announced it there first 🙂

My husband Brian and I are excited to announce that after several fun-filled, busy years of marriage, we are expanding our family by one more.

I found out late September, and we did a pretty darn good job of keeping the secret from most everyone, even our parents, until after Thanksgiving. It was kinda fun to have this secret, plus we wanted to wait until the 12 week mark just so make sure everything was ok.

So here’s what I want to talk about today; as you can see (I mean, you’re on my website right now, you can literally see) I’m a health & fitness coach by profession. What does that mean? It means that part of my job is to exercise, maintain a healthy/balanced diet and lead others by example. (I know, pretty sweet job, right? But that’s a conversation for another day).

FIRST, I want to be SUPER CLEAR that I am not telling YOU what to do if you are pregnant. (You probably have way more experience than me; I’ve never done this before!) I’m simply bringing back my blog to share what is working for me, since I made the commitment to myself to be as healthy and safe as I can throughout this experience. So, I want to share that my OB doctor knows my level of fitness, what I’m doing, supplements I’m taking, and has given me the OK on it all. & I’ve decided to be firm in my belief that pregnancy is my REASON for exercising and fueling my body with good nutrition, NOT my excuse to let those things slide.

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At the time of this writing, I am 16.5 weeks along. Most recently,  I committed to 30 days of a high-cardio program (it’s a home workout program from Beachbody called Core de Force —-> MMA inspired combination workouts along with some pretty intense strength workouts. Bonus though: no equipment needed!) with modifications. I don’t do the specific “core” workouts and I don’t lay on my stomach for any moves. Other than that, I’ve completed the 30 days and I’m committing to another 30 days before moving on to a new program.

I have doctor’s appointments monthly, and my baby’s health is just fine — great heart rate, and last we checked, the little one is active — just like mom! We find out the gender on January 5, 2017, and I have my gut feeling but we’ll see if I’m right 🙂

So, I want to thank you. Thank you for allowing me the space to share my journey during these next few months. I want to be clear I am NOT judging what other women decide to do during their pregnancy. I just know that exercising daily has made me a more productive, patient, happier person, and I owe it to myself, my husband and my unborn child to be the best me I can be.

My due date is May 27, 2017, and my goal is to exercise 6-7 days a week, of course listening to my body and modifying when needed, up until that time.

This baby is my reason for being active, for continuing to build my business from home so my husband and I can stay home with him/her and not have to put them in daycare. & you better believe that lights a fire in my belly to do all I can for this peanut! More next week!

 

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