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Preggo Fitness Motivation

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Hey loves! I’m 25 weeks today and I’m just now starting to workout a little more consistently.  By workout I mean, walking briskly for 20 minutes and exercises with light weights (squats, lunges, etc.).  Nausea still lingers throughout the day but, it is not as bad as it was in the early weeks and I’m not throwing up anymore.  I wish it would go away altogether but, that does not seem to be the case right now so I’m sucking it up and learning new ways to deal with it.

Finding the motivation to workout has been really tough but, I know that it is important to my body and mind, my baby, delivery, and that snapback that I so desperately want.  I’ve been turning to Instagram and Youtube  to help me out since I don’t have a trainer right now.

There are a few fit, fly mamas on Instagram that encourage me to get myself up and workout.  They all have effective workout videos that are preggo-safe and can be done in the comfort of my own home while still giving me the results I need.

A little tidbit of advice from experience though– use other people’s journey as encouragement but, do not compare yourself to them.

I used to find myself looking at some of these women who had the energy to workout every single day and I would get so down about myself because I was still too sick to workout like I wanted to.  Also, their bellies at 30 weeks looked smaller than what I saw when I looked in the mirror at 16 weeks and it was discouraging.

Every woman carried differently and everyone’s body is different.  Enjoy your own journey through this miracle of carrying life!

If you’re with child and looking for some fitness motivation, check these ladies out on Instagram (and remember to always check with your doctor first before beginning any type of workout regimen, especially while pregnant) :

@healthcoachhj

@loveazja

@ashleywade_fit

 

My current YouTube pregnancy workout video and channel rotation include:

  1. 6 minute pregnancy workout with Blogilates
  2. Prenatal cardio dance workout with @KeairaLashae
  3. 5 minute Maternity workout
  4. Exercises to relieve back pain during pregnancy

What are your favorite exercises during pregnancy and postpartum?

 


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Come on In, 2017!

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This past year was full of ups, down, tears, laughter, frustration, and miracles! I am still amazed that  I got engaged, married, and pregnant naturally despite what doctors were telling me for the past few years due to my PCOS diagnosis.  I am really humbled when I think about how God has answered my prayers even during the times when I like He wasn’t hearing me.

I am wishing the very best 2017 for all you.  Thank you for all of your support of Simplistic Chic through the years and for going on this journey with me!

Never give up on your dreams and never stop believing that God can take you through whatever you are facing.


Eats, Fit Life

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The 5 things you need to know before becoming a vegetarian or vegan

Maybe you want to lose some weight, get more energy,  improve your health, or you’re just tired of eating meat. For me, it started as a way for me to get some relief from the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

If you’re thinking about becoming vegetarian or vegan, here are four things that you need to know to help you on your journey. READ MORE


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Fourth of July Dessert recipe

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Happy 4th of July!  I was in the mood for some strawberry cake today and decided to try my hand at one that was red, white, and blue for Independence Day.  I blame Pinterest!  My fiance actually fixed this delicious dessert cup for me after we went to the store to pick up all of the ingredients (Thanks babe). 

Since it’s a holiday weekend, I did consider this my one cheat treat so I did not have the vegan, super-clean version (hey, it’s my one treat in a few weeks so I’m indulging just a little) but, I am including some healthier ingredient options in the recipe below.  Both will definitely hit the sweet spot! I thoroughly enjoyed mine and the small cup portion helped me to not feel as guilty too.

Recipe

1 cut up strawberry

4 to 5 blueberries

1 slice of Sara Lee pound cake (or any cake of your choice; healthier option: granola)

Reddi-Whip whipped cream (Healthier option: coconut whipped cream)

1 scoop of your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt (Healthier option: use vanilla greek yogurt)

-Layer the ingredients any way you like.  At the top, add 1 squirt of whipped cream and decorate with blueberries.

This dessert was so good!

What’s on your 4th of July menu?