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Back at the end of November, I shared my thoughts on fitness in the first trimester. For me, it was a rough ride. Between the nausea, the exhaustion, and everything in between, I went weeks with barely doing a thing. I didn’t sweat it…I honestly, just tried to power through and take it one day at a time.
By the time I made it to about week 13, I was finally starting to feel like I could muster up the energy for a few small workouts. They were lower intensity, but it just felt so good to be able to move again.
Around week 15 or so is when I really started to feel like myself again. So I figured I’d try to jump back into my routine as usual, and for the most part, it’s been pretty smooth sailing ever since. Even though there are a number of workout DVD’s or online videos that I use that require a few modifications here and there, they still work great.
If I can’t do a particular move at all (i.e., anything in a prone position/laying on my stomach), I’ll usually just substitute something in on the fly. If there are moves that require me to lay in a supine position (lying face up), I’ll usually prop some pillows behind me so I’m not laying totally flat. For now, most of the modifications are minimal, but it’s all working.
So what am I doing these days, you ask?
Well, here’s a list of some of my favorite workouts these days…
21 Day Fix workouts – my favorites are the upper body, lower body, total body cardio, and Dirty 30.
T25 workouts – I stick mostly with a couple workouts from beta and gamma, since they’re more strength focused and not quite as high-intensity cardio.
Strength workouts on our new weight machine – I’ve only used this a couple of times so far, but I’m looking forward to doing some more soon.
Pinterest workouts – I’ve been doing a few of the various workouts I have pinned on my upper body board on Pinterest, which you can see here
10lb Slimdown/10lb Slimdown Xtreme DVD’s – my love for these workouts still runs strong! The Xtreme workouts are great when I have a little more time (closer to 40 minutes) and the regular ones are better when I’m shorter on time and/or energy (20 minutes). I have the DVD’s, but most of them are available for free on YouTube!
PiYo workouts – these are still some of my favorites because they’re so different from the others, yet leave such a great burn!
10 Minute Solution Prenatal Pilates – I LOVE this DVD. It’s broken into (5) 10-minute segments (Pilates for Buns & Thighs, Standing Pilates, Core Pilates, Pilates for Flexibility, and Total Body Pilates) and is customizable so you can choose which/how many you want to do for one full workout. It’s a much lighter pace than say, T25, but I always feel great after I do it. I’ve been trying to incorporate these once a week.
Summer Sanders’ Prenatal Workout – I don’t do this DVD as often, but it’s another one I enjoy. Summer is cute, and the workouts are broken down my trimester, as well as time (a “full length” and “express” workout for each).
Barre workouts from Gina (The Fitnessista) – Gina has a TON of amazing videos on her YouTube channel, but my favorites have been her barre workouts. I actually started easing back into workouts with these weeks ago, but have kept them in the rotation because I love them.
Jessica Smith TV – I came across Jessica’s channel on YouTube a few weeks ago, and I swear, I wind up adding new videos of hers to my “favorites” folder almost every week. I just love her!! Here are a few of my favorite workouts from her right now…
- Kickboxing Ballet Body Sculpt (30 mins) – this was the first workout of hers that I found and I LOVE IT
- Ballet Body Sculpt (30 mins)
- 20-Minute Prenatal Total Body Strength Workout
- 35-Minute Straight Up Strength Training (this video actually left me quite sore, so I may hold off on this one again until after the baby and/or figure out a way to modify a bit…the last move with pressing against the wall left my core more sore than I was comfortable with, even though it felt fine while doing the moves)
- 30 Minute Total Body Fat Burning Workout Video | Chisel & Burn
- 30 Minute Total Body Sculpting Fat Burning Exercise Video
- 20 Minute Cardio Sculpting Full Body Workout
We also just recently finally got our treadmill back up and running, so I’m looking forward to breaking out some of my favorite walking treadmill workouts (I honestly forgot how many I have!).
How often am I working out?
It really depends on the week. Most weeks, I aim to get up for 3 early morning workouts plus 1 or 2 on the weekends if time and our schedule allows. Some weeks, I only muster up 2 early mornings…others, I manage 4. Some days, I’ll do something quick after I get home with Lucas and it’s hilarious, because he tries to mimic everything I’m doing. A great way to lead by example, right?!
So overall, I’m probably averaging 4-5 workouts per week, which I am more than okay with. And I’m sure as time goes on, that will likely lessen a bit.
As for my outfit featured above, it’s courtesy of CALIA by Carrie Underwood. The line is available exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods and at caliastudio.com, where I challenge you to find something you don’t fall in love with. There are a ton of adorable tanks, sweaters, and bottoms on there right now!
The top is the Women’s Ruched Racerback Tank Top (in winetasting) and I just love it (especially since I can still currently wear it comfortably).
Isn’t the detailing and the back gorgeous??
The bottoms are the Women’s Cold Weather Printed Tight Fit Leggings (in dark cable) and they’re great, although not super stretchy so they’re a little tough to wear comfortably right now. I’ll be looking forward to having them fit a little better once the bump is gone though.
The added hood on the scarf is so cute and totally warm, too.
So there’s a recap of what fitness is looking like for me these days!
How about you? What is fitness looking like these days? Anyone doing any big training? Following a particular program?
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