Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
I’m so excited, first and foremost, for an illness-free weekend. (Knock on wood.) And secondly, for a Sunday forecast that involves a high temp of 60! That’s a completely unimaginable heat wave for us at this point, sad as it sounds.
I honestly don’t remember what that number feels like, but I basically expect to wake up Sunday morning to a backyard that looks like this:
I just don’t think that’s too much to ask, after what we Midwesterners have been through.
I’m also excited to get my hair did tomorrow. I’m one of those people who gets her hair cut and colored MAYBE twice a year, so it’s a pretty big deal (and it’s typically looking pretty mangy and embarrassing by the time I actually go in).
I’m still trying to decide exactly what to do, color-wise…do I stick with my usual dark & slightly-less-dark combo, or do I go auburn summer highlights??
I would say that I’m excited for some March Madness viewing this weekend, but my 2 brackets are basically busted already.
Pretend that says Kansas, in my case. Ugh, I hate losing. (Ask my husband how much I hate losing. I’m not proud of it.)
Don’t worry–my outrageous weekend plans aren’t actually THE exciting things I’m here to tell you about.
Here’s what I really wanted to update you on:
1. I’m just wrapping up my new site design with my lovely designer and I can’t wait to reveal it to you, along with my new blog name/URL and (basically) identity! Can you hear my heart pounding?
Actually, I’m more excited than nervous about it at this point, although it’s still a big/scary transition for me. (Like, I’ll have to update all my social media channels, etc–bleerg.) I’ve been thinking about it for SO LONG that I’m finally 100% confident that it’ll be a good move.
Plus, there’s nothing like a pretty new design to jumpstart the old blog inspiration, right??
Check back next week for the big reveal!!
2. Did ya notice a shiny new badge on my sidebar?
I’ve recently been accepted as a For Two Fitness ambassador, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of their cute maternity fitness gear!
I definitely have clothes that still “work” for working out, but wow, the difference between actual maternity clothes and “a little bigger” regular clothes always surprises me. Maternity stuff is just SO much more flattering, with more fabric in just the places you need it rather than more fabric everywhere. (And when you’re preggo, you need all the help you can get from the flattery department–do I hear an AMEN?).
The For Two Fitness folks have also alerted us to a giant giveaway party they’ll be throwing in April to celebrate their anniversary. Prizes will be coming from a bunch of different sponsors, not just FTF, so keep an eye out for that even if you’re not preggo!
3. My last little piece of news is that I’m going to be pursuing a new fitness certification!
I’ve decided that I’d really like to direct my fitness expertise/training toward pre/post-natal fitness, so I’ve signed up with Fit for Birth to become a Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist. The folks at Fit for Birth are in the process of rolling out a brand new all-online program format, so as soon as they wrap that up, I’ll be the first in line to test it out.
One of the reasons I’m excited to get into pre/post-natal fitness is that I think there’s a huge knowledge gap out there in this area. We’re all kind of coming around to the idea that it’s ok for pregnant women to work out, but most of the emphasis in prenatal fitness seems to be on modifications to standard exercises.
Personally, I think there’s so much more to it. Obviously I haven’t gotten into formal training yet, but some of my thoughts right now are:
—Prenatal fitness shouldn’t just be about taking away or modifying exercises–we should also be adding things that will support a functional pregnancy, relatively easy labor and delivery, and quick recovery.
For example, squats are insanely important for preggos, way more than they are for the average lady exerciser. For one thing, they strengthen the glutes, which are important for supporting the oh-so-delicate “pelvic floor basket.”
One interesting thing I’ve already noticed with Fit for Birth is that they talk about what you can do to keep your tummy significantly smaller/more manageable throughout pregnancy. This isn’t just for vanity–a smaller tummy is easier on your muscles and joints and leads to a more functional, less painful third trimester.
—Some of the common pregnancy symptoms women complain about and think of as “normal” can actually be alleviated or avoided with the right exercises and alignment work. I’ve told you I struggle with pelvic pain, but I think there’s a reason for that and I need to get to the bottom of it. (I’ll let you know what I find out!)
Also: I don’t think moms have to spend their lives peeing every time they sneeze. We joke about it, but really, this is a problem I think we can and should be fixing.
—Running might not be the greatest thing ever for pregnancy. We tend to put women on a pedestal when they’re still running days before delivery, but I’m not convinced that maintaining a running regimen through pregnancy is the best thing for your body. Personally, I’m already feeling too much pressure down below when I run, so I’ve switched to power walking on an incline. (Which happens to be great for–the GLUTES!)
Sarah @ Run Far Girl talked about this very poignantly in a post last year called “I Wish I Hadn’t Run During Pregnancy,” after she was forced to stop running postpartum due to pelvic floor issues.
You might also remember my own postpartum 10K debacle. Yiiikes…
Anyway, those are just a few of the things I’ve been thinking about, and that I’d like to learn more about in my training. I can’t wait to get started!
I’ll definitely be telling you all about my experience with Fit for Birth here on the blog, as well as elaborating on some of these topics–stay tuned!!
Have a great weekend!