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yoga baby!

So lately I’ve been having some SUPER sore hips and I’ve been trying to stretch it out to relieve the pain but nothing has helped. I think it’s just apart of hitting that *uncomfortable stage* in pregnancy. Either way, I decided to try some prenatal yoga to specifically stretch out my hip flexors and such. I haven’t had too much experience with yoga, just a few classes here and there at Gold’s Gym back in the day (which I loved!), oh yeah and I did take Yoga/Pilates in college but it was for beginners, nothing too intense. Anyhoo, I came across Mamastate Yoga Podcasts via iTunes and I really enjoyed it. Again, it’s nothing super challenging, just a calming and easy routine to do for us pregger girls. I think doing this daily along with my other workout routine will definitely help ease the soreness in my hips & pelvic area…(or so I hope)

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It’s fun pulling out the mat and getting my yoga on especially when I have this little guy next to me..

{He’s a total nut and will NOT leave my side these days. Plus he likes playing with the mat. Silly cat!}

Oh and did you hear that Women’s Healthy now has a Yoga appΒ ?? (This link is a list of all their apps, scroll down and choose the HOT BODY YOGA app) It’s FREE!! They have other awesome apps as well, so I’m sure it won’t be a dissapointment! I dunno about you but I LOVEEE having a variety of workout resources to keep it interesting.

I’ve also noticed that my lips are getting super chapped lately and even though I feel like I’m drinking tons of water, I guess with the working out, I need to drink EVEN more water to stay hydrated these days. Sooo I’ve been guzzling down water like crazyyy!

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Here is also a great link for ways to spruce up your water to ensure you get your recommended daily amount! My favorite way is to add LEMON juice. So DRINK UP my friends! πŸ™‚

Speaking of water….Last night I finished reading Water For Elephants and I absolutely adored it!! πŸ˜€

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It was *perfect*, every bit of it. In some cases, I feel that the book is sooo good and the ending is a total bummer, but NOT this book. I highly recommend it! I know I’m behind on the fad, everyone else has moved on to new books like The Hunger Games, but still I loved this book and cannot wait to see the movie! πŸ™‚

Have you/Do you practice yoga? What are some of your favorite yoga resources?

How do you like to spruce up your H2O?

What books are on you reading?

β€œLife is the most spectacular show on earth β™₯”
β€œWhen two people are meant to be together, they will be together. It’s fate.β™₯”

-Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

-β™₯-Alicia

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32 weeks!

Stats:Β By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth. (Baby Center)

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How I’m feeling: GREAT!! πŸ™‚ Each day, I tell you I’m more and more amazed with my body’s changes. I’ve honestly never felt more happy & confident with myself! Thankfully, the heartburn has subsided drastically; I only get it occasionally now so Tums is now just my part-time bestie. πŸ˜‰ One thing I have noticed is that when I lay on my side, I feel a huge tug on my belly, as if the baby shifts and is pulling in the opposite direction. (talk about being VERY uncomfortable) While sleeping, my huge snoogle pillow comes in handy when this happens, but when sitting or lying on the couch, I have accommodate my belly appropriately to keep this from occurring. I’ve also noticed that I get tired more easily, so occasional naps are always in session to help me get through the day.

Exercise: Since Excercise TV is now extinct (*tear*) I’m no longer able to get my Cardio Kickboxing on :-/ but I’ve been walking daily on the treadmill at a moderate walking speed with a variety of incline settings. I also do some free weights to work my arms and legs (legs mostly) but I haven’t done them as often as I did before I became pregnant. The treadmill along with squats and lunges have been my most dominant workout routine lately. Exercising has definitely helped me with the back pain that I was experiencing earlier in my pregnancy and it has also helped boost my low energy levels which definitely helps me get through the day. The Baby Center app says that exercise=more energy. I didn’t believe this theory until I tried and it really works.

Food Cravings: ANYTHING & EVERYTHING CITRUS related. Oranges/Tangerines/Mandarins have overwhelmed my refrigerator. I cannot get enough of them! Other than that no other major cravings…besides desperately wanting something that I can’t have…….a DRINK!! haha A sangria is totally calling my name!! (& I was NEVER a big drinker before, I suppose it’s the fact that I CAN’T have it that makes me want it sooo darn bad!)

{Ohhh yess!! The best $5.99 I’ve spent in my life!!}

Indulgences: A homemade caramel apple…

{so it’s not a REAL caramel apple, but it tastes just as DELICIOUS!!}

Baby A’s Food Faves:Β …..Chocolate. πŸ™‚ Sooo weird because I’ve never actually been a big chocolate fan. I would occasionally eat a teeny piece here and there, but I read in a pregnancy magazine that the endorphins in chocolate can help baby be more HAPPY! πŸ˜€ So with that piece of advice, I figured I’d give it a try, since hubby (I mean *Santa*) bought be an assortment of Ghirardelli Chocolates for Christmas, which include the milk chocolate & caramel, peppermint bark, and dark chocolate squares. {To be honest, I hadn’t even touched the bag since Christmas, I figured it would last me ALL year and then some since chocolate isn’t my thing, especially DARK chocolate.} Well, I decided to experiment and have a half of a square of the DARK chocolate (since it’s healthy and all and that’s what I’m aiming for) and 10 minutes later…….BABY A was in a kicking frenzy!! πŸ™‚ He apparently REALLY liked it. Funny thing is that hubby and I are not big chocolate fans to begin with, so this is an interesting find. I’ve eaten some of my other favorite candy (in moderation of course) and he never really responded to it like he did with the CHOCOLATE. Needless to say, I’ve now begun to incorporate an 1/2 of a piece of chocolate into my diet daily & he LOVES it!!

So I’ve concluded that he has taken after his choco-holic Auntie Mia! ❀ I’m sure she’ll LOVE him even more now!

{Auntie Mia displaying her LOVE for chocolate, taken a few years ago while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. When we asked her what her favorite part of visiting D.C. was, she’ll tell you it was getting the chocolate bar, no joke. πŸ˜› Thought this was very fitting for the occasion.}

What I’m loving: His movements have definitely become stronger and more distinct. Before I felt tons of kicks and jabs and such but NOW I feel movement all the way across my tummy! πŸ™‚ Watching my belly morph is the cutest thing ever and I can’t get enough of it. It got me thinking the other day how much I’m going to miss all of this. Hubby reassures me that once he’s here I’ll be so happy, I won’t miss being pregnant, but part of me still feels that I might, because it’s been such an amazing and indescribable journey.

Baby Stuff bought: More clothes, blankets, the stroller & his BEDDING!! πŸ˜€ Our Christmas gift from my parents was Baby’s A’s bedding and we absolutely LOVE it! πŸ˜€ It’s been soooo exciting seeing of all his things in his room and around the house. I absolutely LOVE baby shopping. In every store we go to, we go to the *baby* section FIRST, it’s especially cute when hubby does it. He used to be “Mr. Electronics” and would go to that section first, but other cool things that sparked his interests now.

Upcoming Events: Baby Bootcamp class, Baby class #4 πŸ™‚ 36 week class & tour of the hospital!

Photos:

*32 weeks & GROWing*

{The two three of us on Christmas Eve}

Significant growth in the last couple of weeks! πŸ˜€

Only a few more weeks to go, it seem SOOO far away yet so close.

❀ Alicia

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New Year’s Inspiration

Hey all! Happy 2012!!! Hope you all had a fab NYE! We hung out with friends and had a blasty! Instead of doing the whole new year’s resolution thing, I decided to make goals for myself for 2012 with the help of an Inspiration board. I decided to make TWO, one for my general overall health and the other for specifically for physical health and workout motivation. I’m a VISUAL learner and seeing images helps me make greater connections to their meaning, so the inspiration board is definitely fitting for me.

Here is my first one:

*Love Family*-I want to really focus this year on expressing to my loved ones how much they mean to me and how wonderful they are to have in my life. We tend to forget to express ourselves with the craziness of everyday life, therefore I feel it’s so vital to tell those you love just how much of a blessing they are to you!

*Relax*-I guess this is a funny one considering hubby and I will be embarking on one of the greatest transitions in our lives (God-willing). However, I do tend to over-react, over-analyze things to the extreme and WORRY A LOT, though I know this is not likely to change, I do have to remind myself to just RELAX sometimes, BREATHE and take it easy instead of getting too upset and worked up about it.

*Life-long friends*-Since we are so far from home, friends are seriously like family, therefore I want to make sure I’m being the best type of friend I can be so that I can create long lasting friendships.

*Shop smarter*-New baby=New expenses and therefore BETTER BUDGETING! We have developed a budget plan and decided we need to stick to it and manage our money more precisely. (Geez, growing up stinks sometimes…:-P haha)

*Enjoy/Embrace change*-I know every aspect our lives will CHANGE and sometimes I don’t handle change all that well (who does honestly?) so instead of getting upset or frustrated by all the new changes that will likely occur this year, I want to learn to EMBRACE, ENJOY and CHERISH every ounce of all of these changes. I’ve got tons of worries/what-if’s going through my head, “Will I be a good mom?” “Will I know what to do when this happens?” “Will breastfeeding be as horrific as people make it out to be??” “Will my marriage stay strong throughout all of these changes?” Instead of overly worrying about them, I’m going to try to RELAX more and EMBRACE it and most importantly *HAVE FAITH* throughout it all.

*Live Fit*-Along with all the changes, I do hope to maintain my healthy and fit lifestyle. I know my workouts will be different, scheduled around baby and if even..lol. Working out has always been a big stress reliever for me, it allows me to clear my head and relax when things get to be too much. It’s my “me time” & although that lovely “me time” will likely be spared A LOT with parenthood, I would like to motivate myself to try to squeeze in fitness whenever possible. Creativity may become a major factor in order for this to happen, but I’m READY and WILLING to do all that is possible to maintain a FIT lifestyle.

*Smile more*-No matter what challenges and hardships we are faced with, a lot of us (me especially) tend to dwell on all the NEGATIVE and forget about all the wonderful postive aspects of our lives. Therefore, I’m really going to try to be more optimistic and SMILE more. When you smile, it makes others smile! Sooo show those pearly whites my friends! πŸ˜‰

*Be a good mom*-If there were a book on it, I’d READ IT, but sadly there is not. (Or there is and I don’t know about it, so please fill me in ASAP! lol ) But I do want to inspire myself to be the best mom that I can be. I know perfection is impossible and I also know that I’m going to make mistakes, several mistakes here and there, but regardless I want to be a mommy with 110% of my ability. As an athlete in school I always strived to work hard and give 110% into my sport so that I could be better and improve with each practice. I think the same lies with all things in life, the more effort you put in the more output you will receive. Though I know with motherhood, some things will work and others will not and nothing is really to be expected besides the fact that you should probably just expect UNexpected..lol But I do want to be as loving as possible to my little guy and give my ALL 110%. I think that constitutes being a good mom…don’t you?

Here is my fitness inspiration board:

*Eat more Veggies*-No real explanation needed just that I want to incorporate more GREENS into my diet so that I am able to better nourish myself and baby.

*Focus on good food*-Especially after all the sweets from the holidays our bodies need good food to fuel us throughout our busy days, therefore I want to incorporate CLEAN eating and snacking to help detox those holiday sweets and again better nourish my body.

*Work it out*-Though pregnancy has drastically changed my workout routine, I’ve make adjustments as needed here and there but I do want to continue to “work it out” for both me and baby, especially afterwards to help me attain my pre-baby body.

*Run a 5k*-I’ve ran them before and LOVE them, but have never really stayed involved in races. I hope that starting off small will help ease myself back into working out and also allow me to work my way up, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to eventually run a marathon! πŸ˜€

*Drink more water*-I drink a good amount now, but with the less room in my belly it’s hard to guzzle down a lot of water, but I’m trying to remind myself that HYDRATION is a key part of being fit and living a healthy lifestyle, which is why I added H2O to my board.

I zoomed in on some of my favorite parts of the board:

I ❀ Jennie Finch and think she’s not only BEAUTIFUL, but also very inspirational. This quote says it all by reminding us that seeking PERFECTION isn’t important. Perfection is impossible, but happiness is totally attainable and worth it!!

I also love Sofia Vergara and that she embraces her body and it’s amazing curves. YAY for the girls with REAL BODIES full of curves!!

Well that’s all my friends, hope you like my Inspiration board because I sure do! πŸ˜€ HAPPY NEW YEAR and HAPPY NEW *YOU* whatever goals, resolutions you may have! In 2012, NOTHING is impossible!! ❀

<3~Alicia

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