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Fitness and Pregnancy!

As you can see, I have majorly slacked in posting on this blog! I am 9 weeks pregnant with my third child. This is my first pregnancy since I’ve become more dedicated to fitness 3 years ago. I have been homeschooling my oldest (Kindergarden!) and working my home-based business with ItWorks. Life has been busy!

I have learned a lot in the past few weeks about staying fit through pregnancy. This article on Bodybuilding.com is my favorite that I have come across so far. It is certainly worth a read for anyone trying to conceive or mamas who are expecting! For me personally, with the first trimester taking a toll on my energy levels, I have noticed that I need more rest days between workout days. Instead of one or two rest days per week, I am only working out every other day. I have lowered the intensity of my cardio a lot, and kept my strength training the same. Various kinds of push-ups, pull-ups and squats are my strength focus…I’m sticking with the basics to keep my muscle tone!

Diet and Pregnancy – I am obviously not restricting calories or trying to lean out at all. I am ordering my mochas as decaf… and of course making sure I take enough folic acid each day. There were two weeks where I had no appetite for anything remotely “heavy”…all I wanted was cold fruit, veggies and salad! Nothing else settled in my stomach very well. My appetite has since returned though, thank goodness! This Italian girl LOVES food! 😉 I am simply focusing on clean, whole foods (with the exception of mochas of course!) and I’m not paying attention to how many calories per day…just stopping when I am full!

Pilates and Pregnancy – Pilates is an AMAZING form of fitness during pregnancy! There are so many ways to modify each exercise and it is great for the core. I am going to keep my focus on various planks….especially after the 1st trimester is over, I am going to be very careful about avoiding any twisting-type core work, as I don’t want to exaggerate the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles!

Pole Fitness and Pregnancy – I have taken the advice of the lovely Veena at studioveena.com. For the first trimester, I am only doing tricks and inverts that I am 110% solid on, and not learning any new ones. Then for the second trimester, I will stop inverting all together. Third trimester–I’ll be keeping both feet on the floor at all times 😉 No more spinning or lifts until after baby arrives!

I have a blog devoted to this pregnancy, check it out — fitmamaofthree2013.wordpress.com

9 weeks with baby 3

Well, that’s all for now…I hope to post more about my fitness journey throughout pregnancy 🙂

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Killer Buns & Thighs – Levels 2 & 3 + My Results!

Things have gotten crazy with my home based business, so I haven’t posted anything about my results with the latest Jillian Michaels DVD!

What do I think overall? Levels 2 & 3 are WAY more challenging than the first level. I LOVED these levels so much more. As always, Jillian mixes strength, plyometrics, HIIT and cardio all into one workout. I got a little annoyed that the girl who was supposed to be showing the advanced versions of the workouts couldn’t keep up half the time…Jillian did mention that they had been recording for HOURS, so I can understand that to some extent. There were a couple of moves I had never done… one being Squat-Jacks. The other? Single Leg Burpees. Yep, I said it. Single Leg Burpees. That is HARD work, but it pays off!

Calories burned? This all depends on how hard you work and your weight. You can burn between 400-600 calories with Levels 2 or 3. Get a calorie monitor to wear while working out to get the most accurate amount of calories burned.

My results? I’m not posting pictures, but here are my measurable results: I lost 1/2 inch around my hips/butt (I didn’t have much to lose here, I don’t have much of a booty to begin with!) and I lost 3/4 inch off of each thigh. Total inch loss = 2 inches! My favorite part of my results is the tighter, toned more muscular thighs and lifted booty. My husband noticed a difference, and he is my ultimate results calculator 😛

I am certainly keeping this one in my workout rotation!

Cardio and Jillian, my nemeses!

I can do strength & resistance training aaaalll daaaayy loooong. I love it! I love the burn & building strength!

Cardio, on the other hand, I loathe. My endurance is generally NOT my strong point. But cardio is a VITAL part of staying fit. I’ve been skimping on doing any cardio regularly lately, so I’m going to incorporate Jillian Michaels DVD’s into my workouts. She generally has had a good combination of cardio & strength.

I’m starting 30 Day shred again–doing that DVD for a week, then on September 6th I’m getting her latest DVD (Killer Buns + Thighs) to check it out…as long as it has some decent cardio circuits I’ll do that for 30 days.

I’ll take some before and afters, like I did with 6 week 6 pack…and I’ll review KB&T after I’ve completed it, in the meantime here is a 4 minute preview!