Summer Membership at the Y

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So, it's really dumb, but two of the biggest reasons my week was so hard last week was due to missing the Y on account of children being sick and limited communication with my best friend (@ginazeidler), who was you know, occupied having a fresh newborn.
Somewhere near the beginning of May, I got it into my head that I needed to check out our area YMCA. We were never members of the Y growing up and Tony and I haven't belonged to a gym since shortly after we got married. At that time, there was pretty much only one option, Lifetime Fitness and we paid about $200/month for our membership. Given that context, while I know that there are 24 hour gyms available for less than $30/month, I was floored to find out that a summer membership at the Y was only $280. Done. Flat rate. Including the pool. The workout classes. And, most importantly to this treadmill and dumbbell owning mama, who still can't manage to get a workout in at home: 2 hours of childcare.

I was positively giddy with the decision to sign up, and honestly, I haven't felt let down.

I was not working out, between 2 trips to Mexico and Hawaii, any of my endurance or strength that had clung on was gone, so I swallowed my pride and started at the bottom up.

After a few weeks of jogging my body's memory of what it felt like to consistently work out again, I started lifting again.

I found an app called Body Pumping that has a simple and quick option to choose between 5+ lifting programs specific to either men or women. I started using this app, having set lifting days, and at least 35 minutes of cardio, for 2-3 additional weeks.

And then, just at the end of June, I started the Les Mills Body Pump classes at the Y.

And it has been amazing.

I can't even tell you how much I love it and my strength has absolutely returned, even if it's not clearly evident in visible muscle, as I'm not dieting or burning too much through cardio.

I try to keep to my schedule with dedicated lifting days, but man alive, as I've written in my weekly updates, my energy just dropped the last few weeks, so I do accommodate based on energy level.

Monday: Cardio and Shoulders
- I'm still trying to run as much as possible and can eek out a 12:00min mile for 2, before going to walk run intervals
- Power partials, front dumbbell raise, reverse fly, shoulder press & upward row

Tuesday: Body Pump followed by Chest & Triceps
- Bench press, incline bench press, skull crushers, triceps cable pushdown, tricep dumbbell kick back, dumbbell fly

Wednesday: Cardio and Legs (I once did legs on Friday before a wedding, never again)
- Machine leg extensions & hamstring curls, lunges, squats, deadlifts and one-legged cable kickbacks

Thursday: Body Pump followed by Back & Biceps
- Wide-grip lat pulldowns, barbell row, curls, hammer curls and good mornings

Friday: Hard cardio.

Saturday: Shoot a wedding.

Sunday: Recover from said wedding.

Unfortunately the summer membership does end at the end of August, so we'll have to decide what to do from there. I'm absolutely leaning towards jumping in for a membership, as I'd love to keep going instead of losing steam 3 weeks before my due date.
 

31 weeks | Baby Bonus

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How far along: 31 weeks. [31w with Miri, 31w with Ezra, 31w with Isaac

How big is baby: A pineapple at 16 inches and 3.3 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: I was apprehensive to step on the scale, but it seems like I've stayed at 25 lbs for the 3rd week in a row. Back when I showered in the morning, every day, I weighed myself consistently which I think helped my healthily keep tabs on my gains. Unfortunately I only do it about once a week now and I'm just never sure what I'm going to see.

Sleep: We went up to Alexandria for a family reunion and stayed in the most dreadful Super 8 (don't get me wrong, I grew up in cheap hotels playing soccer, but this one was bad). And that while I'm absolutely lusting over a King size bed with a mattress that isn't 20 years old, our mattress at home was 1000X better for this pregnant lady than the slightly firm one we slept on there.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: None. Can none count as a craving?Apparently that's just what girls do to me. They devoid me of cravings or anything tasting amazing.

Movement: I swear this baby girl is going to be born with wings, because she does this flutter move in utero that has me convinced she's trying to fly!

What I'm loving: Knowing that my baby is healthy! And another girl!

Symptoms: My energy level is still at a dismal low. Leg cramps, especially my inner thighs are atrocious.

What I'm looking forward to: One of my clients suggested that I work with Stitch Lab to contract out my quilts for the girls and I'm so happy to have gained the contact! Laura has been nothing but sweet and I'm so excited with the fabric choices I made for the coordinating quilts for the girls.

 

30 weeks | Baby Bonus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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How far along: 30 weeks. [30w with Miri, 30w with Ezra, 30w with Isaac]

How big is baby: Head of cabbage, 15.7 inches and almost 3 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Well, I held steady this past week at 25 lbs.

Sleep: My sleep has been atrocious this week due to leg cramps almost hourly.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: None. Can none count as a craving?Apparently that's just what girls do to me. They devoid me of cravings or anything tasting amazing.

Movement: I gave her movement about two more weeks before it turned painful, but I only got 2 more days. Painful jabbing has been ushered in, as well as the weird belly button push that makes you feel like you itch from the inside.

What I'm loving: Knowing that my baby is healthy! And another girl!

Symptoms: I'm so so thankful for this mild summer, as my swelling hasn't been quite as bad as I thought I'd be experiencing based on my double header wedding weekend on Memorial Day weekend. It is still an issue, but man alive, I'm tired again. I hope that I haven't tapped out my energy completely!

What I'm looking forward to: Forward progress on the nursery!
 
Best moment of the week: GINA had her sweet baby Cal! 

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29 weeks | Baby Bonus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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How far along: 29 weeks. [29w with Miri, 29w with Ezra, 29w with Isaac

How big is baby: Size of a butternut squash, 15 inches and 2.5 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Last I weighed in, I was at 25 lbs. So well, that bites, but honestly. I'm continuing to feel fantastic and I keep adding weight to the bar at the Y, so I know I am building muscle (but no, it's not all "muscle weighs more than fat").

Sleep: Aside from needing a new mattress, as we have used my Mom and Stepdads for the past 8 years and they used it 12 years prior to that, I've been sleeping okay. Yeah, let's not even dwell on the fact that our mattress is now 20 years old, and well, the other factors as well. ;)

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: None. Can none count as a craving?

Movement: Absolutely confirmed. Movement almost every hour.

What I'm loving: Knowing that my baby is healthy! And another girl!

Symptoms: Swelling definitely seems to be the symptom of this pregnancy, but thanks to the 4th of July, I can definitely say that I have major heartburn when I eat non-paleo, which makes me feel a little better about my 70/30 or 80/20 attempt that I've been making.

What I'm looking forward to: Forward progress on the nursery!
 
Best moment of the week:
Ah, the 4th! Love this family of mine!
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Vonjet Silhouettes | A Giveaway

Monday, July 7, 2014

I know, I know, this blog barely has a pulse and here I am throwing up a giveaway, but friends, I'm just blown away by this product and still floored that Vonjet Silhouettes offered to let me host a giveaway.

The timing was a godsend, as I received Kim's email the same week I'd purchased the supplies necessary to make painted silhouettes of the kids and for some reason, it was just something I really desired of my kids.
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[Perfect spacing for Baby Bonus' future silhouette!]
 
I was excited as I browsed through their options on their site, Vonjet Silhouettes, but I was not prepared for the quality of the product that I received! The silhouettes are obviously crafted with great care and the workmanship is evident in the consistency, as each of the three silhouettes not only looks like each child, but every corner is precisely aligned.
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[Silhouettes shown are Shale on Timid White]
 
I still find it so laughable that I started blogging through finding bloggers on the Decorating & Renovating board and yet, I rarely, if ever seem to decorate either this house or the Mounds View house. These were very truly the very first thing that we hung on the walls and I couldn't be prouder to display them.
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That's why it's so amazing that Vonjet Silhouettes is giving away a custom silhouette to one of my blog readers!

In an effort to bolster their instagram following, it's mainly instagram focused. In order to be entered, make your way to my account, like their account, comment by tagging 3 friends and for an additional entry, repost the image I'll be posting!
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