Thursday, June 29, 2017

Yes, I am 32 Weeks Pregnant & Still Running

Okay, so I know that in the past pregnant women were discouraged to do any physical activity while pregnant. It was a big no no to even think about working out while pregnant. Basically, doctors discouraged women from any strenuous activities and scared them into believing that working out led to miscarriages and/or early labor. Well ladies and gentlemen....the times have changed. Unfortunately though, people still believe a pregnant woman shouldn't work out/run during pregnancy. So when people see me out and about running through beautiful San Diego, I get weird looks. Even family members (i.e. my parents) think I am hurting my baby. Well I have news for all you skeptics, exercise during pregnancy is not only okay for the baby it can also help during pregnancy and post partum recovery.


I am 32 weeks pregnant (almost 33 weeks) and I am still running, swimming, taking spin classes, doing yoga, and even doing some light weight training. Yes, I consulted my doctor the second I found out I was pregnant to get the green light. Most often than not, your medical provider will tell you to remain active as long as you are comfortable. The rule of thumb is if you were active prior to pregnancy, then it is usually safe to remain active during pregnancy. However, this is not the time to start trying to workout to loose weight or to train for a marathon. Of course each pregnancy is different so it is important to consult with your doctor about exercising while pregnant. To me, that's just common knowledge but just wanted to reiterate that little information. For example if you have a low lying placenta, noticeable bleeding/spotting, or are at high risk for preterm labor your doctor may suggest to not exercise. That's why it is always recommend to consult with your doctor. For my pregnancy, everything has been going to plan. I've had absolutely no complications and have felt (for the most part) pretty freaking amazing.

Here are some of the benefits of exercising while pregnant:
  • helps with constipation, bloating and swelling
  • helps with posture
  • increases your energy and improves your mood
  • helps you sleep better
  • may help with preventing gestational diabetes
  • may improve your ability to cope with labor and help recover post partum

Babies also benefit from momma exercising. Here are a few of the benefits babies receive:
  • a healthy/fit heart
  • it can boost brain health
  • helps reduce the chances of diabetes
  • lower BMI

I know this sounds like a soap box but I am kind of getting tired of people telling me I am harming my baby because I still exercise. I have news for those people...I AM NOT! I listen to my body and stop when I feel I need to stop. I keep a close eye on my heart rate and try not to get it too elevated. I stay cool and keep myself as hydrated as I can. I avoid exercises that are not safe for a pregnant woman.  And most important of all, at every doctor's appointment my baby has measured great and has shown no signs of distress. I am not selfish for wanting to continue running or working out. I know my baby is a blessing and I would never intentionally cause her harm. So for those that are judging me...please stop. Me and my baby are healthy and I'll continue working out until it is no longer safe.




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Product Review: GoMacro Bars

I am always looking for new foods/snacks to try. Let's be honest here I love food but finding healthy foods that actually taste good and not like cardboard can be a bit difficult. And because my life is always on the go, I am always searching for healthy bars what can fill me up while I am out and about. I had heard about GoMacro bars and had seen them at some local stores but was hesitant to try them. Even though I love trying new food, healthy food can be either a hit or miss.


When the lovely company reached out to me to try out the bars I of course jumped at the opportunity. Not only is this a family owned company but how they started was dear to my heart. You can read a bit more about their story here.  GoMacro firmly believes in five principles that are the foundation of the products they sell:
  1. Vegan
  2. A Macrobiotic diet
  3. Wholesome food
  4.  Source sustainability
  5. Give back to the community
"The pursuit of health is a path of living in balance
with ourselves and nature with products that have
positive effects on the world."

They've stayed true to their mission and have come up with bars that are nutritious and healthy. While aiming to affect the world positively, their products are USDA Organic, kosher, non-GMO, Certified Vegan and Gluten-Free.  These bars are cold-pressed, nut-butter based that are chewy and filling made from simple and clean ingredients. Their high protein, plant-based ingredients are the perfect way to keep you fueled throughout the day. What more could you ask for right?


I am always one to have a snack with me at all times. My coworkers used to always tell me that if they were ever stranded somewhere they would want to be with me since I always have some type of food. It's true though. I tend to get a bit "hangry" if I go without food for too long. Sooo...finding healthy snacks to eat on the go is a huge priority to me. One of the things I love about these bars is that (depending on the flavor you choose) they are high in protein. They are great for a quick post workout meal. So far my favorite flavors are Prolonged Power, Morning Harvest, Sunny Uplift, Protein Pleasure, and Everlasting Joy.

So where can you find these bars? You can find these bars in stores around your neighborhood or even online. I have been able to find them at Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, and Sprouts here by my house.  You can purchase their vegan protein bars online for 30% off plus free shipping for first time customers by using the code Macro30.



Okay so my final review: Would I recommend these bars? Yes! Will I continue to purchase them? Of course! Like I said at the beginning...it's hard finding healthy food/snacks that actually taste good. And these bars passed the husband test too! The hubby is not one to like all my healthy food but I actually found him eating one of my bars and actually enjoying it. That sold the deal for me!



Have you ever tried these bars? 
What is your go-to-snack?





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**I was provided with a sample pack but all thoughts are my own**

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Embracing My Pregnant Body

I am officially 23 weeks pregnant and so far my pregnancy has been going great. I have been blessed with one of those pregnancies where I never got any morning sickness and I haven't blown up like a balloon (yet). No complications so far and I am still able to workout/run. For the most part, I still have a good amount of energy. Okay, it may sound like I am bragging but that is not my intention. I actually am having a hard time dealing with one thing, my body changing. Coming from a history of body image issues, seeing my body change right before my eyes is a hard concept to grasp. I have absolutely no control over the changes happening to my body and it brings back many bad memories of self hate.


I grew up with my parents calling me fatty as my nickname. I would constantly place myself on "diets" when I was in middle school and high school. By diets I mean I would starve myself to loose weight and play sports just to burn the little calories I would eat in a day. Yes, I had very low self esteem and didn't recognize how screwed up in the head I was. It's sad really because I was not alone. Plenty of girls go through this during their teenage years. They start this unhealthy cycle and it can lead to bad choices. Honestly, we live in a world where being skinny is glorified; where super models are idolized for being skinny. I'm Mexican and I have always been a bit curvy. Growing up that just wasn't what "beautiful" was. I used to pinch my fat, cellulite and just cringe. I wish I could say that I have completely grown past my body image issues but that isn't entirely correct. In the last recent years, I went through many infertility treatments that led to a significant weight gain. Even after coming off all the hormones, my body never fully got back to my baseline. And now that I am pregnant, I am having to embrace the weight gain and see my body change once again.

I know I am growing this tiny miracle and I should be thrilled...and for the most part I am. I truly am blessed that I am pregnant. After many years of being told I couldn't have kids, this pregnancy is truly a miracle. But then there are days I look in the mirror and go back to my old ways of pinching my love handles, checking out my cellulite, and scanning my body for any new stretch marks. I think it was a bit worse during the first trimester though. During the first 13 weeks I noticed my hips widening, my boobs getting bigger making me top heavy, and my stomach was in between looking pregnant or having a beer belly. Recently, I've noticed I've lost a lot of muscle since I am not lifting as heavy as I used to. I've gotten tiny spider veins on my thighs and my skins is a bit more loose on my legs due to loss of muscle mass. However, the skin on my stomach is getting tighter. Sometimes I look down at my pregnant belly and wonder how can it get any bigger? One thing that does amaze me is how my body just knows what to do. It literally is taking 40 weeks to cook this tiny human.


Learning to let go and embrace my pregnancy is something that I deal with on a daily basis. I started a journal to write down any negative thoughts I may have. Once I am done writing I don't allow myself to think about any more negative thoughts. It's helped and I find myself more content and overall happy with my pregnancy. I actually don't even write in it that often anymore. I guess that's a good sign right? I am more than half way done and I know it will get tough towards the end but like I said, I need to stay positive and just be thankful that I have the opportunity to carry this tiny human inside me.


If you've been pregnant (or currently pregnant),
have you dealt with body image issues?


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Half Way Done! 20 Weeks Prengant!


It doesn't seem that long ago since I announced that I was pregnant but I guess it has! Life has been crazy hectic with work, doctor's appointments, and house remodeling. Probably not the smartest choice to start remodeling right now but "nesting" hit big time. As soon as we found out we were expecting, my husband and I just thought of how badly we wanted to redo all our floors. So that's what we are in the middle of doing right now. Luckily in the next month everything should be done. Oh and we decided to also paint the inside of the house. Yeah...once again probably not the best idea but too late now. 

So I guess I never really let you guys know how I even found out I was pregnant. If you guys have been following me for a few years then you know that this was truly a miracle. We were told early on that my husband and I would only have a 0.1% chance of conceiving naturally. After four years of  failed hormones, procedures, IUI, and IVF, we decided to try to adopt through the foster system. Financially it was our best logical option at the time since IVF took a hit into our savings.  We were actually almost done with our adoption application when our little miracle happened.

I had just started a new medication to help me sleep better after my night shifts. One of the side effects was a missed period so I didn't think much of it when my period didn't come on it's scheduled day. I tend to be a bit irregular since coming off all the fertility medications so being late a few days was pretty normal for me. When I was a week late and my boobs were still sore I thought I should probably look into this. I literally googled, "reasons my period is late but I'm not pregnant." I was reassured once again that medication was probably the main reason I was late. I don't know why but later that evening I decided on a whim to just head on over to CVS and purchase a pregnancy test...and some twizzlers. Since it was late that night I thought about just waiting until the morning to test but then I thought might as well just get this over with. In my mind, I just kept thinking the chances are pretty slim to none that this test will come back positive. I kid you not, as soon as I peed on the stick it showed I was pregnant! I immediately yelled and cried. Of course my husband was out of town so I tried to call him right away. He didn't pick up so I called one of my good friends. She started crying. I didn't even know what to do but cry. My husband and I finally talked on the phone through FaceTime and I told him the great news. He thought I was kidding and didn't take me seriously for a split second. Honestly I would have reacted the same way he did.

Currently I am 20 weeks pregnant which means I am half way done! It has just flown by. Honestly this pregnancy has so far been going great. All my genetic testing has come back negative and I never got sick. We also just found out we are expecting a little girl! My husband and I couldn't be more in love with her already. I am just so thankful for this blessing. I can't even express into words how lucky we feel to be where we are at right now.




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Big News To Share!


Has it really been over two months since my last blog post? I guess it has... What have I been up to? Well lots of things actually. 

  • I started a new job and so far I'm loving it. No, I didn't quit my other job I just picked up another job. So yes I am now working more but can't complain since the extra money is coming in handy.  I've also been busy with work committees so that's taken a bit of my time.
  •  I ran a half marathon in January. I didn't get a PR but I was able to run with my coworker and he got a great time. I am still running but currently not training for anything. I have just been staying active and have even attended a few free boot camps and yoga classes in my area. I had to back out of a few races this year but I'm okay with that too. My body needs a good year to recover from how hectic my workout schedule was last year. 
  • The last two months my husband and I also managed to travel a bit. We stayed at a great cabin with friends over New Years, we got to see my in-laws for a few days, and just last month we went on a great weekend trip to San Luis Obispo. We have certainly taken advantage of our little excursions since things are about to change drastically for us. 


But the greatest and best news I can now share with you guys is:


More info to follow...but our miracle baby is coming and we couldn't be happier!!



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