Well, it’s been a while since I have updated the blog. So, what have I been up to? Mostly, being pregnant with our little rainbow baby! We have a little baby growing and I will be blogging along like I did with our son. I was on the fence about blogging this time, but I had a shocking amount of requests for it, so I decided to oblige! I have been a bit tired, and far more sick than I was with my son, so most of my energy has been going toward my Fitness With Kristen members and online clients, as well as toward simply surviving this part of pregnancy. Luckily, working out has seemed to ease the symptoms a bit, but finding something to eat took a little more time.
Also, I got this sweet “Training For Two” shirt that is SUPER comfortable. I will be sharing more in my Holiday gift guide coming out this week, but use the code FITKRISTEN for 30% off your purchase on the entire For Two Fitness site, and free shipping over $75. OK, back to this growing baby!
Baby Size: A lemon
Weight gain: 5lbs!(Very exciting since I didn’t have a net gain until 19 weeks with my son!)
Maternity clothes? I have mostly been rocking leggings. I have jeans that fit but I am over it already. I’ll probably be wearing leggings and yoga pants for the foreseeable future.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: Seeing our baby on the ultrasound screen again today and finding out that baby is doing well and measuring huge just like big brother.
Miss Anything? Being able to breath.
Movement: Felt a flutter a few nights ago!
Food cravings: No cravings, just trying to stomach food in general.
Gender: We should find out in about 5 weeks!
Looking forward to: Being able to stomach some food and having more energy to hang out with my family!
Today I want to chat a bit about managing expectations. We moved up to the Boulder area in August. As I shared in an earlier post, I had a miscarriage upon arrival. As I adjusted to the altitude, I began to pick up the mileage slightly on my running. I was up to 5-miles with no breaks when I realized there was something wrong with my breathing and I was feeling a little dizzy despite eating before my run. This is how I realized I was pregnant.
I spent a few weeks trying to run, but it was so uncomfortable. I took a two-week total break from running, but when we went back to California for Thanksgiving, I was running no problem, 3-4 miles in a very hilly area. When I was pregnant with my son, we had visited Denver and I was able to get in a 3+ mile run with little trouble. The combination of altitude plus pregnancy has just not been a good mix for me this time and I was becoming increasingly frustrated. Finally, I lowered my expectations. I stopped expecting myself to do what I could months ago, and reminded myself that I am running to keep my baby healthy, not to prove a point. When I shifted this perspective I set out to run just one mile 3-4 days per week. The first three times I had to stop several times during the run. Part of the problem is I just have to pee and it gets uncomfortable. Part of the problem is my blood flow and oxygen flow has likely not caught up to my body’s demands. After the third try I made it 1 mile without stopping. Recently, it was too cold to run outside so I gave it a go on my treadmill. I ran two miles at a snails pace without stopping. This was encouraging and I felt I could have run longer, but did not want to overdo it. Can I do what I could pre-pregnancy? No. Can I do what I could when I was pregnant with my son? Maybe if I were at sea level. That does not mean I won’t workout though. It just means I will adjust my workouts and expectations to suit this baby’s needs. This baby is not my first born. He/she is a completely unique baby with his/her own set of needs.
So next time you get to comparing yourself to your old self, just remember you are not that person any more. It can be frustrating at times, but you are where you are now. Work with that and stop expecting to be somewhere you are not overnight. The goal should be to be stronger than you were yesterday. Beat your yesterday and you will be surprised how much faster your body changes than when you mentally accost yourself for not being where you once were.