Movin’ it in second trimester

Getting moving off my couch has felt a little beyond me for the last 6 weeks (not that I’m counting!), but, according to my paper chain and my pregnancy app and all the other countdown mechanisms I’m using, I *should* be feeling better pretty soon. And there’s nothing better than the #sweatpink sisterhood to motivate me back into action!

So… here’s my goal for the summer, via a mad lib blog post everyone’s participating in. Just keep in mind this might be a slightly delayed activity.

Want to join? Just copy the Mad Lib below and fill in the underlined parts with your own answers! ūüôā

1MillionMinutes3

I am so excited to join #1MillionMinutes with #sweatpink! This summer my goal is to do _1000_ (number) minutes ofswimming (activity), while wearing my favorite _blue & green__ (color) _prAna swimsuit (noun).

I predict that we‚Äôll _CRUSH_ (Verb) the goal of #1MillionMinutes ‚Äď we‚Äôll actually hit _2,000,000_ (number) of minutes this summer! I predict that _running_ (activity) will be the top-logged movement.

I’ll get extra minutes in by _walking or biking_ (verb) to my yoga studio (place)!

My favorite way to get extra minutes in is by doing the fun run (verb) with Running Hutch and BlogFest attendees! (person). My dog Tigger_(person) is my BEST activity partner because he/she is so high energy ALL THE TIME. (adjective). Our favorite way to relax post-workout is to nap together.

I tag Petite Heartbeat , Running Rachel, and The Fit Switch (people) to help us reach #1MillionMinutes… or more!

 

Yoga for morning sickness

The title of this post is kind of a lie. These poses won’t help with morning sickness. What I can promise you is that if you’re feeling like crap, but not so crappy that you can change positions without feeling dizzy or puking your guts out, these feel kind of good. And help you feel like you’ve accomplished something besides being a waste of space nauseous person growing a human being.

I’ve only taken one yoga class since the queasies began, during one of those first days when it was only intermittent nausea (yoga, how I miss you!). It was the kind of class that would normally make me pull my hair out: slow, gentle, not too warm in the room.

It kicked my butt three ways to Sunday, and I haven’t had a day since when I felt well enough to¬†try even the slowest of classes again.

While I was in Hawaii with the fam, I had about an hour when I didn’t feel super awful miserable crappy, and my back was begging for a little release from its now-customary hunched up position. So I experimented with a few yoga poses and they didn’t make me ralph or feel like I was going to pass out.

Child’s pose

childs pose hawaii

Duh, I know. This is an easy one. I¬†stayed here for a long, long time. Just in case it wasn’t safe to get up.

Cat / Cow

cat pose hawaii

These felt really great on my spine, which is feeling horridly crunchy and stiff after weeks of no activity. I had to take them nice and slow, though, to avoid the dizzies.

Rabbit pose

rabbit pose hawaii

I usually hate this pose. My forehead and my knees are never as close as my Bikram teacher said they should be. But again, for the crunchy spine, it worked, and since it’s¬†basically the fetal position, it doesn’t feel too risky to get into.

Twist

Twist hawaii

Look! I’m actually smiling!

Ahhh this felt so glorious. Plus you get to be lying down, in a position that feels safe and oh-so-familiar.¬†There’s zero risk to accidentally nodding off. Full disclosure: I may have verified that statement¬†by taking¬†a nap in this position.

Wearing: Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra, aka the BEST SKIRT EVER, and #sweatpink bro tank.