TGIF

I haven’t done a TGIF post in foreverrrrr, so here is another one to finish off the week!

The high of my week was harvesting the above lettuce and zucchini from my garden yesterday after work (I clearly live such a thrilling life ;)) but in all reality gardening has been such a fun hobby for me to take on this year. So far I’ve only been able to harvest lettuce (this is my second haul this size) and this one zucchini, but I have an insane number of green tomatoes so I’m excited for them to turn red so I can pick them.

The low of my week was work stuff. I’ll leave it at that as I don’t get into work things on the blog 😉

A podcast episode I loved was this episode by Planet Money on Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians. I’m always amazed how Planet Money can fit SO much information into such short episodes! I also am still binge listening to old Girl Next Door episodes and loving every one of them.

For my workouts, I completed Fitness Blender HIIT/Strength workouts on Monday (HIIT & Total Body Strength), Wednesday (Tank Top Arms) and Thursday (HIIT & Lower Body Strength). Regular yoga at my studio on Tuesday after work. Prenatal yoga on Wednesday evening. 10,000+ steps every day (almost 15,000 yesterday!) and this morning I’m planning to go swimming for the first time in months.

The best money I spent was on the house cleaner. Man oh man having our house cleaned every 2 weeks is the best money spent. I’ve considered cutting it out many times recently – and sadly will have to cut it out once I go on maternity leave as my income is majorly reduced – however, it really is the most amazing ‘treat’ every couple of weeks to come home to a spotless house.

My plans this weekend include going to go to the Farmer’s Market and yoga tomorrow, catching up on some work stuff, baking a cherry pie (any good cherry pie recipes??) because we picked a bunch of cherries last weekend. Oh, and I also want to start painting a dresser and nightstand for our nursery. So I guess it will be a bit of a busier weekend. Eric is working so I hope to be very productive around the house.

What was the high of your week and the best money you spent last week? 

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Workouts Lately

Over the years I’ve shared lots of blog posts about the kind of workouts I’m doing from weekly training recaps to monthly workout recaps to random posts such as this one.

Now that I’m about halfway through my 2nd trimester of my first pregnancy, and coming up on 6 months pregnant, my workouts are definitely looking a lot different than they used to. For example, look how much I worked out in February 2015!! I definitely do not workout that much these days but I have been feeling pretty good about how active I’ve managed to stay during this pregnancy, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Yoga 

I kept up a really solid yoga practice at the beginning of the pregnancy and I am continuing to do 2 – 3 classes per week including 1 prenatal class per week. I’m definitely noticing how much I have to modify though, especially in the last couple of weeks as my belly gets better. I also find that morning yoga practices feel wayyyy better before my belly is not only full of baby but is also full of food from eating all day! I definitely hope to keep up my yoga practice right until the end if I can. I just signed up for another 8-week prenatal session that starts end of August so I’ll be solidly into my third trimester by then. The prenatal yoga especially feels really good because it’s less flowing and more long holds and lots of hip openers, which feels amazing right now.

Fitness Blender HIIT / Strength Workouts 

I’ve loved adding these back in during my 2nd trimester! Doing HIIT didn’t feel that great when I was super nauseous and sick during the 1st trimester so it’s been great to get back to it. I also just love that I can do these workouts at home with minimal equipment. Right now I’m doing three Fitness Blender workouts per week that range from 25 – 40 minutes each. My favourite workouts are the ones that include HIIT and strength movements so I get my heart rate up, get my sweat on and also feel like I get some good strength training in. I haven’t had any issue modifying these workouts for pregnancy either, I just cut out the high impact jumping and modify all the core stuff to do things like bird dog or plank instead of crunches.

I should also say that with both Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I am still going on my back. I stopped going on my stomach at all around 16 weeks because it didn’t feel good, but it still feels OK to be on my back for a short amount of time (I prop myself up with a bolster for long savasanas) so I’m going with it. Some people are not comfortable going on their back as early as 16 – 18 weeks though. You just have to do what feels right for you!

Walking 

I have managed to log a minimum of 10,000 + steps every single day since June 1! I’m trying to keep the streak up for all of July and maybe even all of August too. This usually involves at least 1 walk per day with Chloe but more often than not it’s 2 dog walks and then just my other general moving around the house. I don’t sit still very often in the evenings and am always moving / puttering around the house and yard which helps me get my steps in as well. Once or twice a week I try to push the pace on our walks a bit and do a bit of a faster walk to get a sweat on and get some cardio. I really do miss running and look forward to adding it back into my routine after Baby H is here – I might be done with long-distance running though, we’ll see.

Swimming 

I actually haven’t been swimming since my first trimester when it was the only cardio I could stand because of the nausea. But now that I’m really noticing my belly getting in the way again I am going to try and add it back in once a week as it is a great pregnancy workout and also just all around awesome cardio.

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Right now I am doing a Fitness Blender workout and/or yoga class at least 5 days a week and walking 10,000+ steps every day. I haven’t added the swimming back in yet, but plan to soon!

What do your workouts look like lately? If you’ve been pregnant before, what did they look like when you were pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester as you got bigger!? 

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A weekend at home

I’ve always felt this immense pressure to ‘make the most’ out of summer weekends. That internal pressure has only intensified since A) we moved north and summer is literally 3 months long – maybe 4 months if we’re lucky and B) Eric only gets every 3rd weekend off work because of his schedule of working 14 days and then having 7 days off. His last weekend off was the epitome of summer as we spent it camping on the lake.

This past weekend was the one after our 5th wedding anniversary, I was definitely feeling the pressure to do something ‘fun’ or ‘special’ or ‘cool’. After a busy week, before we knew it the weekend was here and we didn’t really have solid plans not to mention that the weather forecast did not look good – lots of rain and thunderstorms.

And so, in the end, we did nothing. Well, we didn’t really do *nothing* for the entire two days. But we stayed home for the majority of it. I walked the dog and checked on my garden and did a Fitness Blender workout, I spent lots of time reading, Eric did meal prep for his next work shift, we had my sister-in-law and our nieces and nephew over for dinner after picking cherries with them, we watched the finale of last year’s Game of Thrones in preparation for the premiere this weekend, I slept 10-11 hours each night and I finally, finally hung photos after having them propped up against the wall for the last 4 months! Above is a photo of our gallery wall in the living room and below is a photo of the gallery wall in our hallway upstairs.

It rained a lot and we even had a random hailstorm and lots of thunder and lightning so it really was a perfect weekend to stay home – we definitely did not miss out on any amazing summer weather – but I still felt a bit guilty not only ‘wasting’ a precious summer weekend but also ‘wasting’ one of Eric’s weekends off. He only has 2 more between now and the end of August!

However, at the same time, I also feel really relaxed and ready for another work week. I feel a HUGE sense of relief that I finally got the pictures hung – they had been weighing on me for awhile – and it feels nice to go into a new work week, and another 14 day shift for Eric, with a full fridge and cupboards, a clean, tidy and organized house, and feeling more rested than I have in awhile.

So rather than feel guilty, I am choosing to look at it as a weekend well spent. Sometimes quiet weekends at home are exactly what we need and that’s exactly what this was.

How was your weekend? Do you put pressure on yourself to ‘make the most’ out of weekends? 

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