Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tues, Dec 29

13 weeks and 2 days - Ran 5 miles today and felt SLOW!!! I definitely felt something...maybe not pregnant, exactly...but something. I really hope there is a little baby in there and I'm not just fat!

My lower back was fairly sore after this workout. I think my posture is changing just a little even though I'm not gaining/showing much.

Monday, December 28, 2009

13 weeks and 1 day

Ran 4 miles on the treadmill. My speed was between 6.0 mph and 6.5 mph.

Snowsports are over as quickly as they started

We went snowboarding yesterday at Showdown. I was exactly 13 weeks. Sadly, I think yesterday was my last foray down the hills. I just felt off the whole day. I was a bit wobbly on my board and felt like my balance was shot. I don't know if it was just nerves or truly a physical symptom but Eric and I felt that it was probably best to go with my gut instinct and hang up the board.

I didn't feel great yesterday far, I'm been lucky and have had no morning sickness. I hope I don't "get mine" in the 2nd trimester!

The "big date" in my mind right now is 7 January. That's our next ob/gyn appointment and I know they will at least check the heartbeat on the doppler. I feel like if we can just make it to the 7th, that will be another huge weight off my shoulders.

I thought the 2nd trimester would be so exciting and I would feel so pregnant. Maybe I have to wait a bit for that....haha. I still don't look or really feel pregnant. Once in a while, I think I can feel my uterus (or the "baby's house) way down in my stomach. Or, it could be a tumor...who knows.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas week workouts

Sat (Dec 26) - ran 4 miles

Thurs (Dec 24) 12.5 weeks - Ran 4 miles/walked 1 mile, then lifted weights

Tues (Dec 22) - 4 miles + ab work and pushups

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snowboarding to ring in the 2nd trimester!

We went to Big Sky resort (in Montana) this past weekend. I was exactly 12 weeks on Sunday. I snow boarded 2 days in a row all the time laughing about how I hope to tell my future son/daughter that they have been hitting the slopes since they were a few inches big!

I was really surprised that my balance was not affected at all. A lot of people have said that's one of the first things they notice.

In other news, our close friends who were sharing a condo with us discovered our "secret" this weekend. They told us bluntly they had never seen me go so long without a drink!! haha. So a few friends know....we are planning to tell the Families on Christmas. We are still trying to think of a fun way to announce it.

I still have zero symptoms as I move into my second trimester. No weight gain, no morning sickness....nothing. I could seriously be one of those women on TLC's "I didn't know I was Pregnant"!!!!! Hopefully I'll at least show at some point (unlike the TLC women).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mid December's workouts

Sunday, 13 December: I'm exactly 11 weeks today. I ran 5 miles (split it up between the indoor track and treadmill). My SI joint was hurting and my pelvis felt like it was out of way. When I did "twisters" on the stretching mat, my lower back/pelvis was popping loudly and then it would feel better for a bit. I know my pelvis tilts up a little higher on one side versus the other...I may need to keep an eye on this.

Monday, 14 Dec: Yuck...I felt gross...and tired from a long day at work. I did 10 mins on the elliptical, 10 mins running and 10 mins walking at 8% incline (4 mph).

In other news, I need new sports bras. I'm not very big on top and usually any old crappy bra will work. Now, I'm just a little too sore to wear the crappy bras. Whenever I wear one to the gym, I make myself throw it away before I leave so I don't bring it back home again!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Too nervous to post!

We have our second ultrasound tomorrow. I will be 10 weeks and 4 days. I'm pretty nervous about it. More to follow.

Workout: Ran 1.5 miles and lifted weights (upper body)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Random running

I logged 4 miles on Monday on the treadmill...pace ranged between 6.0mph and 6.5 mph

Tuesday: 3 miles. I did 1.5 miles on the track and 1.5 miles on the treadmill. I'm realizing that the treadmill is "safer" for me. My pace on the track was my normal pre-pregnancy pace. Ooops! I think that's a little fast. I also did some situps and pushups. I'm enjoying the last month before I'm not supposed to do exercises on my back anymore. Why is this a rule? I mean, I can sleep on my back but I can't weight lift on my back?? More research on my part is needed.

In other news, I think my secret is about to blow open at work. I wanted to keep this whole pregnancy thing under wraps until at least January but I don't think we are going to make it! People are starting to connect the dots!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Where did the running go?

I'm sad to report that running did not really happen this week. Exhaustion kicked in and knocked me off my feet. I really only felt it in the was impossible to get out of bed. Better luck to next week on the running front.

I did manage to do a P90X workout at the house one day...I did the YogaX which kicked my butt. My hamstrings and shoulders were so sore that I couldn't move from days.

Eric and I have our second ultrasound coming up on Thursday. I'm very nervous about it. I'll be almost 11 weeks which is exactly when we found out there was no heartbeat on our last pregnancy. I'm packed on a solid 3 pounds and defnitely look like I have a beer gut. I hope there is actually a baby in there and it's not just me pigging out.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Symptoms kicking in?

This may finally be pregnancy symptoms kicking in...I tried to run on the treadmill today and had to stop and pee every 1/2 mile...literally. I called that quits after 2 miles and 4 bathroom breaks.

I lifted weights today and tried to modify my workout to something I can maintain througout pregnancy. I cut the weights on my exercises and also dropped from 3 sets down to 2 sets. The true test will be how I feel tomorrow. It's wierd because I feel like with lifting lighter weights I'm not really doing anything but hopefully there was some value.

I tried to finish the workout by running another mile but I had some SI pain. It feels like something is out of line down there. Maybe the pregnancy hormones are already relaxing the joint? I moved to the elliptical instead and that was fine.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Step by Step, Ooh Baby!

Yes, the title of my blog is inspired by a New Kids on the Block song. Once I get better at this blogging thing, I will make the song play non-stop on repeat while people read my blog.

Remember when New Kids on the Block tried to re-do their image? They dissappeared for a while and then reappeared as "NKOTB". Not the strongest acronym I'm encountered. It's kinda like Treasure Island (hotel) in Vegas that is now referred to as T.I. Somehow I think the makeover was more successful for T.I.

Sure signs of Pregnancy

1) You wake up the morning after Thanksgiving and you are starving!!

I had to eat 3 Eggo waffles just to get moving and feed the tapeworm. Did you know that there will soon be an Eggo Waffle shortage? Yes, I read it in the paper! Apparently 2 of their production plants are currently shut down. Tragedy. Of course, after I read the story I had to rush out and buy some Eggos. Now I'm suspicious the article was just a marketing ploy to tempt gullible consumers like me.

It looks fairly nice outside (considering it's winter in Montana), so Eric and I are planning a 3 mile run with the dog.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

10K at 8 1/2 weeks

I dragged Eric out to run the "Burn the Bird 5k/10k" race this morning. He ran the 5K with a friend and I did the 10k with a friend. We ran it in 57 mins or so. It was probably a good thing I ran with my friend because I get a little competitive when I'm racing...I can't lie, I would have gone for the win. So far, at 8 1/2 weeks pregnant, I feel fine...normal....not pregnant. Sometimes, I get a little worried knowing that while I bounce and run around and eat anything I want, there are some pregnant women out there bowing to their Porcelain God.

This is our 3rd pregnancy. Obviously, I have had a little practice if only in the first trimester. Of the 3, I have kept my life the most normal this time. I figure I'll just keep working the same hours, keep running the same miles, keep drinking the same booze (ok, that one's a joke). If the little bean would like to stick around, he/she is welcome to...but I'm not overhauling my life for him/her. IF this one does stick around, it will be good practice for the little bugger when he's born to a high energy/working mom. It's not like we'll be hanging around the house very much!

My only concession to the pregnancy is that I have slowed my running pace. My rule of thumb is going to be if it feels good, than it's fine to do while pregnant. I nearly ripped my doctor's head off when, at my appointment, she recommend that if I exercise, I keep my heart rate under 120 bpm. It's reassuring to know that in 1985, the recommended heart rate was 140-160. And in 1994, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology threw out the heart rate recommendation for pregnant runners altogether. So, depending how you look at it, my doctor is possible only 15 years out of touch or possible 24 years out of touch. Joy.

If it were anyone else, I would recommend looking for another doctor. However, I figure I'm 95% done with my MS in Exercise Science so I'll stick to my specialty and monitor my own fitness program and my Dr. can stick to her specialty and hopefully get this little one to stay and grow in my slightly unwelcome body.

No, I'm not dying

If you saw me taking my nightly medicine, you might think I was dying of some dread incurable disease. But, I'm not. In fact, I've never felt better! I like my body a lot (thanks Mom and Dad). However, my body is slightly unwelcoming to small visitors of the human baby variety. Each night I take 11 pills...yes, 11. I also take a sublingual dose of another medicine. And once a week, I have to get a shot in the ass of progesterone. All in hopes of making my body a nice place to raise a little least for 10 months or so.

The progesterone shots are perhaps the worst of the whole bunch. At my first doctor appointment, Dr. Bailey recommended I "take progesterone". I'm fairly knowledgeable about medicines and knew that it is common to get progesterone suppositories (messy, but easy). So I agreed. A few minutes later, a nurse walked in a needle. It was the biggest needle I had ever seen (including those used in my Blood and Guts shows I love to watch). The nurse instructed me to drop my flight suit...then she peformed what I believe was equivalent to an Olympic javelin throw to ensure the needle penetrated all layers of my butt and hit bone. Eric literally yelled when she gave me the shot. I immediately resolved to purchase JLo's booty workout video to try to beef up the injection site before next time.

I also limped for 2 days after the shot. Thank goodness I have a whole 5 days to recover before the next one.