Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gym Membership on Hold?

I'm considering putting my gym membership on hold until I'm ready to work out again after the baby is born. I'm not going a lot right now, twice a week max, and my intensity has slowed down so much. I'm getting a lot of exercise at home and go for a couple 10 min walks each day at work. Really, home is where I get my exercise. The only problem I have with not going to the gym is I don't get heart pumping cardio in. I work steady in my garden , lots of crouching (like squats) weeding, hand cultivating rows (almost like weights) and a ton of walking around the garden/barnyard/farm. I never sit down at home until dinner is finished and the sun goes down.

I'm more tired than usual as well. Not tired, I just need breaks more often, and get winded a lot quicker...this I've just noticed in the last 2 weeks. It is taking all of my energy to keep up with my garden/market/farm/job/husband/friends/family as it is - in a GOOD way! :).

So, just curious, what are your thoughts on cardio while prego? From what I describe, am I getting enough exercise in to not start gaining 'fat weight' - I am cool with some - do you think the cardio break is worth it...? I'm a bit torn.

On to my day.

Again, feeling a little crazy, I mixed Dorset cereal, Kashi Go Lean, blueberries and milk. I love cold cereal.

Throughout the day I ate this Coconut Cream Lara bar. It's the first time I've had it. I love coconut. The first few bites were great, and as I went on, it isn't my favourite, but it's good!

An apple:
Lunch was mom's leftover chicken soup and a great salad.

I had a sample bar from a store in town. The brand is Table of Nature, the type is Niagara Apple. It was good! Lots of nuts, but I have some jaw problems so it was a little too chewy for me. Only for that reason, otherwise it was great. I've not seen these bars in their full size.

I did a lot of weeding at home after a bowl of cereal.

Dinner was bbq chicken thighs and salad, I chopped up 2 thighs and had them with the salad.
This is the dressing I've been using lately, Renees Spring Herb Italian. A great summer dressing.
I had a couple of these cookies too. My mom and I saw them on the weekend, they’re cookies my grandma always used to have. We just call them windmill cookies. They’re a Dutch cookie, and my grandparents were from Belgium, so close enough.
It's going to be hot hot hot on Wednesday! I love that too!

One more day to enter my Simply in Season giveaway!



  1. Never heard of that salad dressing before, but I am always looking to try new ones! Currently my fav is Kraft reduced fat roasted onion's fabulous for marinating meat, salads, and brushing roasted veggies with! Enjoy your beautiful weather :-)

  2. I think you should go with how you feel and not to push the cardio too hard. I'm sure that you're burning more calories than you think just around the farm. Just as an example....I wore my HRM out in the garden Monday and in 4hrs of weeding and turning soil by hand I burned well over 1100 calories. And I know you do WAY more out in your gardens than me. ;) I thinkmaybe outting the gym on hold would be a good thing....

  3. If your body is telling you to slow down...then you need to. In my opinion, you need this time to ENJOY your pregnancy, and it sounds like you are already getting excerise with various other things. Take care!

  4. I don't have any children yet, but I really think you should listen to your body. If it's saying to slow definitely should. It sounds like you get a really great workout at home anyway! :)

  5. I have to put my gym membership on hold too. It's just a matter of picking up the phone, but it's like I don't want to give up....even though I know that I'm pregnant and have to slow down.

  6. I love taste of nature bars..You can get them in full size at zerzh grocery stores :)

    I think what you are doing is enough...You do more then most people I know! If you are getting a few walks in each day .. I think you will be golden

  7. That's awesome that you get most of your exercise at home! I'm sure I would save a lot of money on a gym membership if I did that. And the coconut cream pie Larabar is actually my favorite! Those spice cookies look so good :)

  8. I must have missed a post because I didn't know you were pregnant. So this is a little belated, but congrats! :)

    If you feel like you need to take a break from cardio, then you should. It sounds like you get tons of exercise outside the gym anyway!

  9. I'm with Chelsea--I didn't know you were expecting! Congratulations!!

    Not like I have experience in the whole child-bearing arena, but I'd suggest swapping your cardio for some stretching and yoga. Baby will love the gentle workout, and you will too.

    Congrats again!!

  10. I am with Krista - let your body decide what it feels like. Personally, I think your daily routine gives you plenty of cardio - it's not like you sit on the couch all day watching t.v.!

  11. My dad is always a fan of anything thats Dutch. In Oregon there is a chain of coffee stands named "Dutch Bros" my dad was super relived to find that they serve good coffee!

  12. I think its most important to listen to your body during pregnancy. It will let you know what is best for you! The summer time is so great to be active outside, in the garden, etc, even the receptionist at the gym I drop in at encouraged me NOT to buy a pass because of the upcoming nice weather.

  13. It sounds like you get plenty of exercise. Going to the gym is my main form of activity, so I will continue to go. But you are so active anyway, extra gym workouts don't seem necessary. I have slowed down from running to the elliptical machine because its gentler. Its hard to slow down when I am so used to pushing myself. But our bodies know what our babies need. :)

  14. your moms soup looks so yummy. Nice that you were able to hang out with her. moms are the best (sometimes) xo.
    She must be glowing just as much as you right now.