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Confession of a not so glowing pregnant woman

Excited about baby on the way, but hit by reality of feeling like the “not so glowing pregnant mom to be”? If that is you it is okay…It is okay to feel this way so stop being so hard on yourself, we are all unique and different on the journey preparing for the new life we will give birth to in just a few months.

No matter how well you think you prepare yourself mentally for pregnancy you may not be able to anticipate all of the different changes that are about to take place in your body…

I’m just over 23 weeks pregnant as I’m typing this post and thought I would share my personal experience. This is my second pregnancy. My daughter will be turning 6 in January 2019 and our baby girl will be born end of February, beginning of March 2019, we will find out the day today so will keep you posted.

Pregnancy is different for every women. Some woman glow with good health and vitality during their pregnancy and others feel miserable and tired and maybe a bit depressed. I’ve never been as tired in my life accompanied by emotions like a rollercoaster like in my first trimester or well throughout this time. From driven and ambitious to lifelessness’ is there such a word? Well I don’t know but it sums it up. Daily tasks became an effort and left me exhausted and out of breath before I even got started. Where training is part of my everyday life I went to no training in no time…Why, because I was just to tired and self-conscious about my serious weight gain!!!

Some common changes like sore breasts, this is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. They are triggered by hormonal changes, which are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby. Once again some are just too happy to have fuller breasts where others not so much…Going up not one cup size but 3 sizes in 5 months, yip that’s me…. Now let me tell you that in itself is heavy, uncomfortable and just terrible to say the least. Keep in mind I’m 1.52m.

Food cravings and aversions are real. The only craving I had in my first trimester was for anything lemon. Crushed ice with lemon was the most refreshing drink I could have but make sure to take note on what you drink and the sugar intake of your drinks. Drink more liquids to stay hydrated especially in these warm climates during summer in South Africa. Drinking water is extra-important during pregnancy, and it’s more important than ever to ensure your source is safe. Your recommended daily water intake is higher during pregnancy so keep that in mind. Expect frequent irritation. Blame all of it on hormones or progesterone or whatever, it is shit to say it mildly. Increased fatigue and changing hormones = Mood swings. Things are getting real, you can’t control them ALL of the time whether you give it your best shot. You can be excessively happy and the next moment depressed and crying.

We are all different and we all respond to things differently and the sooner you realize it the better for your own well-being. So to the glowing mothers out there gaining some or no weight, glowing and vitalized and loving every second of the physical changes, I’m so happy for you and can’t imagine how amazing the entire experience must be. To the rest waking up tired, taking it day by day to get through the mental struggle accompanied by the changes, hats of to you as well.

This is to all the pregnant mommies reading this post. You got this and it will soon be over. Every second is so worth it, holding that little one in our arms will let all the negatives disappear in a blink of an eye. I might feel the most self-conscious and insecure, unattractive that I have ever felt in my life, but it is only temporary, it will get better. I am mentally prepared to make a comeback in every area of my life including health and fitness related. Back to prepping food and eating 100% clean and healthy. To working out at least 5 times a week and getting mentally fit. This is to healthy living, body, mind and soul.

If you feel like you’re going through the same emotions leave a comment below, or share this post-reaching women to realize it is OKAY not to be glowing and smiling 24/7. It is okay to feel overwhelmed by all the changes happening. It is okay to speak out about it or even reach out for help. This does not mean that you are weak or have less excitement for the miracle growing inside of you, yes it may be suppressed by some of the things mentioned above but you know deep down in your heart the way you feel about your little one and that in itself exceeds every possible negative there could be. Being a mother is the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience and gift. So keep that in mind and keep going.

Let’s do this, one step at a time.

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DAY 1 TOTAL BODY POST-PREGNANCY TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE…

Okay so let me try again…Weeks have passed since the birth of my little angel girl Kaylen born on the 8th of January 2013.

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As a result of being pregnant I gained a shocking amount of weight. To be exact 22kg. The morning I went in for delivery I weighed 73kg. When I found out I was pregnant April 2012 I weighed in at 51kg (I had to gain weight from 48kg to be able to get pregnant for my weight/fat percentage was to low at the time).

I went from this: 45.7KG

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To this in 9 months: 73 KG

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I have to admit I hated being pregnant, feeling the way I did. Some people LOVE being pregnant and the way their bodies change but it wasn’t for me!

Since the day I got out of the hospital I made a mindful decision to get straight back on my clean eating. I couldn’t start training with my cesarean and had to wait 6-8 weeks on recovery! So my wound healed but still NO GYM. Allot has happened since and I got separated with my husband and so the story goes on. To get to the bottom of it – Getting to gym was almost impossible and there was always excuses of how difficult it is – which it is. I just didn’t have the time as a first time “single” parent to manage my schedule and everything that goes with it not even to mention the lack of sleep!

25 February 2013: 65KG

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Currently this is where I’m at :-(: 20 May 2013 – 55.7KG

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BUT today is the day that I decided it is TIME. Being unfit and in bad shape really got to me this last couple of months! I want to look and feel my best. No more excuses or what ifs it is now TIME!

So fat measurements was done today and the horrible BEFORE pics was. Remember for someone that use to be in “top” shape this is a huge thing to share or make public but I’m going to do this for one reason and that is to help others and to motivate myself in the process…I am so embarrassed about the weight I gained and can go on about my under-active thyroid and medication being wrong etc but I’M DONE WITH EXCUSES…

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I have allot of water retention, cellulite etc and this will require hard work and dedication like never before!

I will try to share my journey on a daily basis but I cant make any promises as I mentioned before to do this will take allot of dedication and time.

What I have learned from my previous challenge is not to allow your mind to stand in the way of reaching your goals. “Weight loss is more than a physical challenge, its a mental challenge.”

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I’m so glad about the Whatsapp group that I started – This is a great way to motivate and inspire each other! Get someone that can help you or motivate you when things get tough!

So being able to track progress I started of with a before pic and this will follow by taking progress pics every second week with fat %!

I was SO shocked today when I saw myself on the photographs. I almost burst into tears. I took a moment to realize where I’m at but then I knew I had to change my way of thinking to where I’m heading at.

So if you feel discouraged before you even started don’t worry I know how it feels but we just have to be positive and believe in ourselves.

Please do share your story on your weight loss journey I would love to hear more about it.

You can even email your story to lifestylechallenges@gmail.com and we can motivate and inspire each other together.

I trained Chest & Tricepst today – Started with Jamie Easons Livefit trainer. What an amazing program to follow she is a role model and I’m so inspired by her.

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So lets do this!

Have a super day

For the ones that lost hope at some point…

There is something on my heart and I want to share with you what I have noticed this last couple of months being pregnant…If you haven’t also already noticed, but once you fall pregnant it is as if everyone starts telling you how you should live your life, what is allowed and what isn’t, what you should be doing when you should be doing it and so the list goes on.

Today I want to tell you that to much mixed information is NOT a good thing. Go with what you feel is the right decision for YOU! Get a trusted friend or someone you KNOW will not share any information if not proven facts or only by sharing experiences without coming down on you on the what you should and shouldn’t be doing! If you believe that raw meat, sushi, raw eggs for example is a no no during pregnancy  – Then stick to what you believe in and don’t let others try to convince you otherwise!

I can give you my own story and you can do with it whatever you like but I do hope it can encourage you in some area. First of all I want to encourage all to stay on a healthy balanced nutritious diet. When I say diet I mean lifestyle – NO CRASH / weight loss diet! I want to stretch the importance of continuing the lifestyle as before pregnancy or if it wasn’t all that good to better your lifestyle. I made the mistake of letting go. From being SUPER fit and active in the gym once a day – to a not so fit once a week in the gym without any confidence…

With tears in my eyes I want to encourage you to not let go. Don’t see your pregnancy as a escape route of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t have the mindset oh well I’m gaining all this weight anyways so why bother making healthier choices… Since the day I found out of my pregnancy it was as if my body went into overdrive and I gained weight by the day – or that is how it felt. It was a HUGE adjustment and with all the changes going on inside my body I started to fall into a “depression” if I can call it that. I started getting negative about my body the way I look and then the pattern started of I don’t care anymore. BUT DON’T GO THERE. Your lifestyle is so important for the little one growing inside of you. As most of you know I have a under active thyroid (Hypothyroidism). So let me explain this briefly:

The thyroid gland

Your thyroid is an endocrine gland. This means it secretes hormones into your bloodstream. Hormones are chemicals produced by your body to help regulate how your cells and organs work. They are sometimes called chemical messengers.

Your thyroid gland makes two hormones: thyroxine (also called T4) and triiodothyronine (also called T3). Together, these hormones regulate your body’s growth and metabolism. Your metabolism is how quickly your body burns energy and how quickly reactions in your body happen. It affects lots of things, including how much you weigh and how much you sleep.

The production of thyroid hormones is controlled by another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). This is made by an endocrine gland in your brain called the pituitary gland.

Hypothyroidism causes a general slowing down of your body’s functions.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • feeling tired and sleeping a lot
  • feeling the cold easily
  • dry and/or pale skin
  • coarse, thinning hair and brittle nails
  • sore muscles, slow movements and weakness
  • a hoarse or croaky voice
  • a change in facial expression
  • depression
  • problems with memory and concentration
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • fertility problems and increased risk of miscarriage
  • heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods
  • a slow heart rate

TIP: If you experience some of the above or all make an appointment and go and see you GP and get a reference for a blood test.

While pregnant, it is important to continue your medication and to make sure you go for regular check ups or blood tests to regulate your levels.

I believe this was a big cause of my extreme weight gain in the first 3+ months of my pregnancy – Why because I didn’t go for my regular check up at first and when I did I got the news that my medication had to be DOUBLED…So what if I went earlier would that have meant less weight gain? Well since my dosage of my thyroid medication is correct my weight gain seemed to stabilize resulting in only picking up the necessary weight.

Still left with the weight, feeling down I realized HEY THIS IS NOT THE END…You can still make a difference, you still CAN make better choices and let the rest of your pregnancy be a healthy one.

So last night I made the decision that no matter the weight gained up to now its time to get up, focus and make everyday a better day and to enjoy the last few months of my pregnancy.

So to all the pregnant ladies out there lets do this. To all the non pregnant ladies WANTING to get pregnant start making better choices as from TODAY…Not Monday or next week TODAY!  If you are over weight or under weight get your body into shape now.

Conclusion to the general blog followers: Let every single day be a day with a new meaning. New way of living, healthier options than the day before. Don’t focus on your past failures focus on the success of your future. If you got discouraged at some point get back up today. You deserve the absolute best so get your mind and body connected and start living the best life today!

It’s a GIRL…

I’m super excited and have to share our wonderful news with you.

We had a doctors appointment today for our 18 weeks 2 days check up to see how baby Kidson is progressing 🙂

Well we got the wonderful amazing news that I’m expecting a little baby girl. I’m so excited and cant stop smiling!

Now I can start with the nursery and believe it or not my mind have changed regarding the style and ideas I had!

What do you think of this room?

I just love the colours together – Grey and a deep cerise pink?

Then I came across these and absolutely love the idea so some DIY for me ;-):

This is super cute to keep things organized maybe next to the bathing station?

I know I have baby fever like you wont believe – I just want to shop and get the room done now that we know its a girl.

I will keep you posted as I go along we started with the room this weekend – What a messy project to plaster. Will have to replace the carpets. But oh well so worth it.

Have a great day and will post this week more about a healthy pregnancy / fitness and the status of my gym program!

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A special day…

Wow what an exceptional day…There is so many things that I want to type or share that I actually don’t know where to start!

This is a Prego post for all the beautiful mommies or pregnant ladies out there or even those thinking about getting pregnant or whatever this is for you!

Let me tell you today that it is an absolute miracle to see a little growing person when going for a sonar. Today was a day filled with so many emotions. This was our second visit to the doctor and we had an appointment with a specialist who specializes in analyzing sonar’s and who does the scan for down syndrome etc. Not sure what you call her position but wow what a visit! While being confident that nothing will be wrong there will always be that “stressful” moment to see if everything is ok with baby and that there are no abnormalities.

I’m 12 weeks and 4 days today, expected due date is 19 January 2013 and even though I feel like a mini hippo at the moment it is just so worth it all! I did speak to the doc about my concerns for picking up SO MANY weight and he assured me that I don’t have anything to worry about at this stage and that when he met me I was way to small weighing just under 45kg! He also mentioned that I must remember that the intensity in my training took a huge setback and that I must just relax and stay healthy by making the right nutritious choices. So it is time to make peace and be grateful for every second! So to the ladies feeling a bit fat or bloated we all have those days and there will be better days! Being pregnant is something beautiful and you as a women is precious and beautiful no matter what the scale may show you! Don’t condemn who you are and where you’re at. Look ahead and be confident in who you are!

So let me share with you our amazing visit by showing you a video and photo or two 🙂

I find it very informative when browsing the net searching for a 12 week scan/sonar or to get an idea of what to expect even though every visit / person will have a different experience!

Baby even waved at us at a stage or that is what mommy believe he/she did ;-). We saw all 1o the fingers, feet, nose, little lips, heard the heartbeat at 150bpm and 64.5mm long. Its really an unbelievable feeling when you hear the heartbeat and see that everything is in place.

This is a clip of baby Kidson 🙂

This was amazing, baby kicked and moved around for a while was amazing to see:

And this is mommy with her #babybump 😉

Here I go off to gym will post tomorrow telling you about my out of breath 5km Challenge day 1 😉

Keeping it up…

Helloa all my fit and fabulous blog friends & followers,

I’m so back and ready for action ;-)…Yes I know I have only been recently back in the gym but I am super excited about every day ahead…

So what happened? The whole pregnancy, weight gain etc was a HUGE adjustment and to be honest for a while there I did not know how to cope with all the changes taking place inside/outside my body ;-)! For some reason I’m just gaining weight at the speed of light and I started to feel more and more self conscious about the fact that I have a definite baby bump at 12 weeks 3 days! My thyroid medication is consistent and its not as if I’m eating for 3 😉

But yesterday when that little voice inside my  head said don’t go to the gym, you look fat/bloated and and and, I decided to silence the voice inside my head and to just DO IT!

And you know what it was the best decision I could have made…Yes I’m the fattest that I have ever been but that wont keep me from being fit and healthy! Have you been through something similar? If so please share with me.

I decided to take it one step at a time and just to enjoy every moment of it…I don’t have any pressure in the gym as I’m no longer working towards competing for now! It is still sad to see everyone getting ready/planning for the Body Beautiful South Africa – But hey next year is going to be a BIG YEAR :-)! Are you thinking about competing / are  you currently prepping for a competition?

I’m starting with the Shape 5 week 5km challenge – Imagine a few months back I was comfortably running a 10-15km run. Where my challenge was – being so fit struggling to get my heart rate up I’m now struggling to keep the heart rate down.hehehe amazing how things change and how we adjust!

This is what they say about it:

In a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, your resting heart rate will elevate by 15 to 20 beats per minute. As is the case with all of the major organ systems, cardiovascular changes that take place during pregnancy are believed to be triggered by hormonal signals, primarily increases in progesterone and estrogen, which alert the body to the presence of a fetus. These changes begin in the first trimester.

Why Does Heart Rate Shoot Up?

Changes in your circulatory system gradually occur after you conceive. The change is to fulfil the requirements of extra blood in your body to nourish your baby. The blood during pregnancy circulates through placenta to ensure the supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus in your body. The cardiac output of your heart increases by 30-40 percent and your blood pressure decline slightly as more of your blood is aimed at the uterus, kidneys and skin.

Exercise

It used to be that pregnant women were advised not to allow their heart rate to go above 140 beats per min during pregnancy. However, in 1994, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology changed its recommendation because there was no evidence that a heart rate greater than 140 beats per min was harmful for the mother or baby. Instead, pregnant women should use their perceived rate of exertion to measure intensity, and aim to exercise at a level that allows them to carry on a conversation while exercising.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/187305-the-normal-pulse-rate-during-pregnancy/#ixzz20Dstjkvs

So that explains the fact that before I know my heart rate is 135-140 bmp while exercising! lol

Just thankful to have my Polar FT80 to monitor my heart rate while working out!

If you don’t have a heart rate monitor yet and you are serious about working out / gym / running I would definitely say it is worth every cent!

Great feautures like

  • Advanced training analyzing
  • Training Diary
  • Training Load
  • Training programs

To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate.

Keep your heart healthy by living a healthy lifestyle and by following a good nutrition plan!

Well we will be visiting the doctor tomorrow to visit baby Kidson so I’m super ExCiTeD. Will keep you posted!

Have a super day and let me know what you are up 2 by commenting below the post…

Claudine

The fun part of pregnancy

Shopping shopping shopping 😉

I know I’m only going for 10 weeks now but all I can think of is what to do, what is must have items, the baby nursery and so the list goes on.

Is it normal?

If I could have my way the nursery would have been completed yesterday already 🙂

The journey is so amazing so far. Yes there is the ups and downs that is a sure fact. Like me sitting in front of my PC as I type struggling to keep my eyes open! Like feeling uncomfortable in my clothes and in the gym for the first time…Having mood swings like you won’t believe and then obviously experiencing emotions that I never felt existed at time. BUT again the thought of being blessed by being pregnant makes it all worth it I believe.

I’m very luck up to now to not have any morning sickness. I rather take the moods than being sick…

So back to shopping…

What was the first things you purchased?

This is my shopping basket so far…

Then I browsed for some nursery ideas and this is what I came across that I like. In some there is only an element that I like not perhaps the colour of the room for example.

This is how I want to paint the nursery, all just depend if it is a little boy or a girl.

So where it is blue it will be either be blue (if a boy) or a very selective pink (if a little girl).

Let me know what you think?

I’m still alive…

Helloa healthy fit blog friends, I know I dissapeared from the face of the “electronic” planet for a while but there has been so much going on in my life lately!

But hey here I am SUPER excited to share with you all what happened the past few weeks!

So as the season of our Action Netball were progressing and me starting to workout harder with new goals in mind – Things suddenly CHANGED and took a turn into a different direction…

So can you guess?

Well what started off as this; me and my hubby having lots of fun and sharing the love 😉

THAT RESULTED IN THIS:

And progressed over the four weeks after finding out I’m pregnant to a little baby developing inside my tummy…

This is indeed a little miracle in the making. We prayed and trusted God for this blessing for almost a year and His timing was perfect!

So all the mommies 2 be let me know how far along you are!

So no more this…

But time for this, its a HUGE adjustment let me be honest…

Will keep you posted…

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