Fit for Baby..and for Life

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Taking the time to workout and eat healthy isn’t always easy, but if you make it a lifestyle, it totally can be. By creating a lifestyle of balance, there’s room for all the fun stuff, and you don’t have to eliminate social situations because you have to stick to a certain “diet.” And, let’s be serious..we all need the fun stuff in our lives. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve always been a naturally healthy eater and lived an active lifestyle, so I guess I have a bit of an unfair advantage. But, since I’m often asked about my health and wellness regimen, I thought I would share my daily routine.

Let me start by saying that I don’t just do this to be “fit”-although, that is a nice perk that I definitely enjoy!-but, I do this to be healthy, to feel better, to be more energized, to feel more confident, to have a healthier pregnancy/better delivery, and to just take care of myself.ย I firmly believe that if you take time to take care of yourself, you can better take care of your family, because they get the best you. And, doesn’t your family deserve the best you?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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For everyone, taking care of ourselves looks drastically different. I’m not claiming to be a fitness expert or a dietician, I have just learned health tips and tricks over the years and have found what works for me! This is my current routine that I’ve been doing before and during this pregnancy with baby number two.

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Here is what taking care of myself looks like for me..

Nutrition

Morning-

First thing in the morning, I drink 8oz of water to jump start my metabolism and wake my body up. I’m not a huge breakfast eater, and I’m not one that is typically hungry when I first wake up, so to “warm up my stomach” I eat a banana and drink a peach mango v8 energy drink.

Mid Morning-

A couple hours after my banana and juice, I eat 3 hard boiled egg whites, and drink 8oz of water. This gives me my much needed protein and prepares me for my workout.

Workout-

During my workout I drink a 16oz bottle of water, along with my Plexus pink drink. This is an all natural supplement that gives me energy, boosts my metabolism, helps my digestive system, and helps my body function the way it was meant to! I can’t say enough great things about my pink drink and I definitely rely on it to help me get through my workouts.

Lunch-

For lunch, I usually eat approximately 4oz of grilled chicken, a bowl of mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries), and some sugar snap peas-sometimes cherry tomatoes, as well, but those veggies tend to vary. I also have another banana, because I’m obsessed, and I drink a bai coconut water. I love this water because it has no artificial sweeteners, its non-GMO, and it has electrolytes, which I need since I tend to easily get light headed/dizzy. I’m prone to passing out, and I have found these waters help me A LOT!!

Mid Afternoon-

About 2hrs after lunch, I need a snack. Haha! I’m not one that can eat a lot in one sitting, so I tend to munch throughout my day, which also helps to keep my metabolism going strong. For my snack, I usually have 2 light mini babybel cheese wheels and grapes. I also pick myself up a venti green iced tea from Starbucks, with a little stevia in it, nothing else. If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty much obsessed with green tea! Not just the flavor, but all of its health benefits, the antioxidants, the metabolism boosting goodness…it’s all amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Afternoon-

2hrs later, I need another snack! I usually go for a handful of almonds, to give me some more protein and energy to make it to dinner. I also drink another 16oz bottle of water.

Dinner-

Dinner is always tricky, because our schedule changes so much, that I never stick to anything consistent. In a perfect world, I would have a chef that would prepare me all natural, non-GMO, healthy and delicious meals every night, but I’m not Kim Kardashian. And, let’s be serious, in a perfect world, I would just eat whatever I want and I would remain perfectly healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰ HA! Although, for me, I tend to crave healthy food (most of the time), so as I said before, it’s not hard for me to stick to healthy choices.

If I make food, I tend to make grilled chicken or fish, sometimes shrimp, roasted veggies in the oven, brown rice or roasted potatoes and a salad. Oh, and of course, water to drink. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That tends to be my “go-to.” If we pick up take-out, or eat out, I try to stick to somewhat of that same menu, unless we go with fast food. If that’s the case, we tend to pick up Chick-fil-a or Arby’s. At Chick-fil-a, I always get the grilled chicken sandwich with the honey roasted barbecue sauce, and I eat it with veggies and fruit and pretzels at home. At Arby’s, I always get the market fresh turkey, bacon, ranch sandwich, minus the bacon–honestly, that’s just because I don’t like bacon, not really a health reason. And, cue the gasp. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After Dinner/Dessert-

After Charlotte goes to bed and its finally time for us to sit down and unwind, I always have a little bedtime snack, and typically (when not pregnant) a glass of wine. During this pregnancy, my nightly craving has been bing cherries. I know..crazy pregnancy craving, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha! Honestly, I haven’t craved many foods or anything unhealthy really, and anything too sweet makes me nauseous. I’ve been sticking with fruit, mostly, and occasionally an ice cream cone from McDonald’s or I’ll steal some of Charlotte’s frosted animal crackers. When I’m not pregnant, I tend to opt for some sort of dark chocolate with my glass of wine. I’m a huge fan of the Brooksideย aรงaรญ blueberry dark chocolates or the dove sea salt caramel dark chocolates. You can’t go wrong with either, and a little bit goes a LONG way!

Fortunately for me, we have a gym in our basement, so it’s easier for me to slip downstairs and squeeze in a workout, without the hassle of going to the gym and having to drop Charlotte off. Although, I do have to say, I miss going to the gym tremendously, because I love the energy in the gym environment and working out alongside other people working hard. There’s just a vibe that puts me in the best mood and makes me work harder. Plus, I do miss my workout classes! But, for this stage of life, it is just easiest for me to utilize our home gym and take advantage of the easy access we have right in our home.

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Workout

To warm up, I start with a 10min power walk on our treadmill.

Then, for cardio, I do 20min of HIIT on our elliptical. I change the resistance and speed of my range of motion to constantly vary my workout and confuse my muscles, to make them work harder.

Then, I focus on strength training. Right now, it’s a little modified for pregnancy.

{Using 8lb weights}

Upperbody-

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of bicep curls, 10 reps of hammer curls, 10 reps of bicep curls, 10 reps of hammer curls, 10sec stagnant hold of weights out in front (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps shoulder press, 10 reps upright row, 10 reps bent over row, 10 reps lateral raise, 10 reps front raise (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps tricep kickbacks, 10 reps tricep overhead extensions, 10 reps right bumbbell row, 10 reps left dumbbell row, 10 lying tricep overhead extensions (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps deadlifts, 10 reps bent over row, 10 reps deadlifts, 10 reps lying chest fly, 10 reps lying pullovers (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps alternating weighted punches across chest, 10 reps alternating weighted punches out front, 10 reps alternating punches over head, 10 reps alternating punches under cut, 10 reps alternating punches to the side with side kick (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

Lowerbody-

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of squats, 10sec stagnant squat hold, 10 reps of squats, 10sec stagnant squat hold, 10 reps of low squats (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of sumo squats, 10sec stagnant sumo squat hold, 10 reps of sumo squats, 10sec stagnant sumo squat hold, 10 reps of low sumo squats (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of right side lunges, 10sec stagnant ride side lunge, 10 reps of right side lunges, 10sec stagnant ride side lunge, 10 reps of bent over right side lunges (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of left side lunges, 10sec stagnant left side lunge, 10 reps of left side lunges, 10sec stagnant left side lunge, 10 reps of bent over left side lunges (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of side lunges leaning right, 10 reps of side lunges leaning left, 10 reps of alternating side lunges, 10 reps of side lunges bent over right, 10 reps of side lunges bent over left (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

By sticking to this daily regimen, I have had a very healthy pregnancy, so far. Here’s my progress bump pics from 10 weeks to 15 weeks to 20 weeks.

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This routine works really well for me and fits nicely into my everyday. I know not everything works for everyone, but like I said, this is what I have found works for me, and I hope this is helpful for some of you! Let me know if you have any questions!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

2 thoughts on “Fit for Baby..and for Life

  1. Proud of you Janalyn!! You are a great mother and those two little girls are blessed to have you. I’m so glad that you can see that Gods will is greater than men’s will, and that you can be the mother HE wants you to be; not what others think you’re supposed to be. That takes s lot of maturity. Love you!!

    1. Thank you so much, Angela!! You have no idea how much that means to me and how much I look up to you for the mother, and Christ follower, that you are. You are such an incredible testament to following God’s will for your life, and what He wants for you, even when the world is telling you otherwise. Love you so much!!

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