I’m so happy to say that I’m officially in my third trimester!
I’ve been feeling surprisingly good, and I’m grateful for each week that passes without me being achy, exhausted and unable to sleep. There are certain pregnancy discomforts that are just unavoidable, but the longer I can go without them, the better. I have to wonder how much of a role my activity level and improved eating habits (compared to pregnancy #1) have played in feeling good. I’d never consider myself an ideal role model for pregnancy fitness and I’ve had some ups and downs with my diet (my sweet tooth has been killing me lately). But I can honestly say I’m proud of the choices I’ve made overall throughout the pregnancy, and I think it comes down to my attitude.
As someone who is normally “all-or-nothing” about exercise and healthy eating, pregnancy has allowed me to get away from that thinking by skipping the occasional (or more than occasional) workout and having an extra serving of pasta/dessert/whatever without feeling guilty about it. Knowing that I don’t have to be perfect all the time actually makes it easier to make good choices most of the time.
Pre-pregnancy, I pretty much ate well and worked out to look better, which often led to frustration because visual results take so long to achieve. The individual workouts and meals didn’t seem like achievements, since it was only after weeks or months of working out and eating well that my appearance changed. In contrast, during pregnancy I’m exercising and eating nutritious foods for the sake of my health (and my baby’s), knowing my body will continue to get bigger, heavier and softer but realizing that every healthy bite of food and every minute spent working out is already making a difference in my health. That alone has made it so much easier to stick to a routine. I know my focus will once again shift to appearance after the baby is born and I’m feeling down about my body, but I do hope I can carry at least some of this improved attitude with me!
Having said all that, I’ve definitely had my downfalls and lately my cravings for ice cream have been out of control! It started weeks ago when I bought a box of Magnum ice cream bars and it still hasn’t stopped, because Magnum has decided to torture me by coming out with a line of new flavors – you know you have to try every single flavor when you have a favorite treat, right? It doesn’t help that my husband makes really good milkshakes, and he’s always happy to whip one up when I run out of ice cream bars. Oh well, I need to just enjoy it – after all, I just finished talking about how I’m okay with not being perfect!
I’ve also been relying on snacks more and more in recent weeks, since filling up on a big meal can be so uncomfortable. For the last few days I’ve been obsessed with eating sharp cheddar cheese, whole-grain crackers and green apples together. It’s making me want to put together another list of pregnancy snack ideas as a follow-up to my first. Other than that, I’ve been eating lots of cereal and satisfying cravings by making my own healthy tacos and mini-pizzas at home.
Fitness-wise, I’ve really been missing higher-intensity workouts lately. I’ve been filling my Pinterest boards with workout ideas and motivational pics, and they have me itching to get back to running, lifting heavy and even doing some of my old Cathe Friedrich videos, which I’ve barely touched in the last three years. Monday morning I actually did about 30 minutes of Cathe’s Cardio & Weights workout (modifying the step moves and lifting lighter weights) and while it was definitely tough, it got me excited about starting a new routine after this pregnancy is over. My fingers are crossed for a complication-free labor and an easy recovery!
As a follow-up to my post about first-trimester fitness, next week I’ll be posting recommendations for exercise in the second trimester, as well as a wrap-up of my second trimester routine.