Early Pregnancy & First Trimester

Well, the blog lives on, at least for now. I still feel like I need a focus or purpose but thanks to some kind comments and a surprising hit of motivation, I’m going to keep blogging for now.¬†I’m still going to need a new blog name and am open to suggestions!

It sounds like you’re open to hearing more about the pregnancy so let the baby talk begin ūüôā Here’s a post to get you updated on the beginning of the pregnancy and then I think I’ll share more weekly updates.

How did I find out?

Remember this day in the life of post? Well, I kind of left something out. While I did do everything I said, including turning on the computer for an online tutorial session, I was actually in the bathroom taking a home pregnancy test. This was our first cycle of trying after the miscarriage and I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much but honestly, they were up. I should have waited until the morning to do the test but I was too excited. Even more so when two faint lines showed up! It turns out I tested early, so I was actually lucky to get those positive results (naturally I did two). I was going to post a picture (because of course I took a picture of the positive tests) but the line was too faint to see on here.

How did I tell Ryan?

You know how some people are really cute and creative when they tell their husband? Yeah…I called him and told him to I needed him to pick up a good pregnancy test on his way home (I first used cheapies I got online). The part that makes me laugh? He asked me why. I responded that I just wanted one, not sarcastic at all ūüėČ That’s our cute story (ha!). I took a digital test the next morning and happily woke him up with the results.

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How did we tell our families?

Clearly you can see from above that I don’t do cute and creative. We called them on the phone and told them.

How did I feel during the first trimester?

I was extremely lucky and didn’t suffer from morning sickness. I had a little nausea if I didn’t eat often enough and a bit on the days I had to drive to school first thing in the morning but otherwise felt pretty good. I did struggle a lot with fatigue (and coffee withdrawal-going from 3 cups a day to one half-decaf drink is a big change) and was usually on the couch, exhausted by 6pm. The only strong aversion I had was salmon and can’t really remember any cravings (although Ryan might say otherwise).

How have the doctor appointments been?

I’ll just cover our first trimester appointments here and save the second trimester for later. After our experience with the last pregnancy, we switched to a different doctor’s office and have been happy with that decision. When I called after I found out I was pregnant and explained our situation, they got us in the next week for an appointment and an ultrasound. Our little peanut was only 5 weeks, 5 days and looked like a blob (said lovingly of course).

At our 8 week appointment, we met with a midwife, did the normal tests, and got to see the baby again on an older ultrasound machine. It was just a quick check for the heartbeat. At the first ultrasound, the heart rate was around 95 bpm, normal for a baby that small but they just wanted to be safe. So we got to see our little blob again (since it was an older machine) and see the heart flicker at a strong rate of around 160 bpm.

At the 12 week appointment, we got to hear the heartbeat through the Doppler, which was pretty much the coolest thing ever. It was still strong around 150 bpm.

I think that about covers it as a quick recap of the first trimester! I’ll do another post later this week about how I did with my workouts (turns out I already had it written) and talk about the second trimester so far next week. Any questions you want me to answer?

And for fun, here’s the bump at 5 weeks and at 12 weeks. Once it popped, it popped!

Hello Again

Long time, no talk! Sorry for the disappearing act; it wasn’t intentional.

Last semester left me even more burned out than I thought. I kept waiting for the motivation to do something to come back but it never did. Honestly it still hasn’t but I thought I should check in and share what’s going on lately.

I’m struggling to blog right now for a couple different reasons. One, the blog is called Kaci K. RD2Be but that’s no longer accurate. Since dropping the RD portion of my program, becoming a registered dietitian isn’t in the foreseeable future. It’s still a possibility for someday but there’s a lot of other higher priorities now. So the blog needs a new name. But the whole point of this blog was to document my journey to becoming a registered dietitian and lay the grounds for a private practice and now I’m not sure what what its purpose is or what to rename it.

Second, one of my favorite things to blog about is Jazzercise. I love sharing when I have an awesome set and what I think of new routines. Unfortunately, Jazzercise Inc. is cracking down on their social media policy, which makes me hesitant to post anything. Even though I doubt anyone would ever find my little blog, I don’t want to put my franchise at risk, meaning no more posting sets or DVD reviews. This is a real bummer because my Jazzercise posts are the only ones that ever see any traffic.

Finally, after I got pregnant, my workouts essentially became limited to Jazzercise. That’s when I lost my desire to post my weekly workout recaps because I didn’t have anything exciting to write about. Two weeks ago at my doctor’s appointment, my blood pressure reading was a little high and I was advised to stop most activity other than walking. My readings since then have been normal and I was approved to take class low-impact (no more teaching until after the baby is here though), provided my blood pressure stays normal. So there’s not really a point to talking about my workouts right now either, eliminating one of my main weekly posts. Although I did signup for a prenatal yoga class (maybe two), so that should be fun.

So this is basically a long-winded way of saying I’m not sure if I’m going to blog anymore. It’s lost its purpose and unless I can think of a new one, I really don’t have much to write about. I do enjoy it though, so we’ll see-maybe I’ll find my motivation again soon! Feel free to share in the comments if you have any ideas for me!

And here’s a bump picture just because ūüôā

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Girls on the Run

A few¬†Saturdays ago was our big Girls on the Run 5k. This is always my favorite part of the season, when the girls finally achieve what they’ve been working towards all season.

I haven’t said much about Girls on the Run on here (well I didn’t say much of anything on here for a couple months). To be honest, I really debated about¬†doing it this year. My plate was already full and even though the lessons are already planned, it’s a big time commitment. This was especially true this year because two of our previous coaches weren’t able to coach this year, leaving me with a lot more responsibility.

After a lot of thought, I decided to do it. It’s such a great program and if I didn’t coach, I’m not sure our team¬†would have happened at all. With so much negativity in our world, it’s important to me that if I can make a difference in someone’s life, I will and I truly believe Girls on the Run makes a big impact.

I’m not going to lie. It was stressful balancing it with everything else in my life. It became even more difficult when pregnancy fatigue hit hard and some practices I had absolutely no energy.¬†Luckily the other two coaches were fantastic and it was a great group of girls. Most practices ran smoothly.

I’m not going to post pictures from the race out of respect for the girls’ privacy. I will say that they all finished and I couldn’t have been more proud. I’ve ran with the same girl the past two years and I was excited to do our third 5k together. I was a little nervous because she’s the fastest girl on our team but I was able to keep up with her until the very end when she sprinted towards the finish line.

I will share these two pictures to encourage everyone to get out there and volunteer or at least do something nice for someone else. Girls on the Run is such a great program and I’m proud and grateful to be part of it.

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The Spirit Award the girls made for the coaches

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A letter one of the girls wrote:

Dear girls on the run coaches,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend time with us. This program encourages me to run after school on days I don’t have girls on the run. The other girls on the team help my star power¬†shine¬†bright even though I have rough times at home. The stop and take a breather technique helps me a lot a¬†home and school. Thank you for all the fun you plan for me and team. Don’t forget me and I won’t forget you.

If that’s not rewarding, I don’t know what is.

Our Rainbow

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I’ve hinted¬†at a shift in priorities and here it is. Our little bug is due November 18! Both the baby and I are doing well and Ryan and I are feeling excited and blessed. Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy are much appreciated!

Semester in Review: Spring 2017

Well you’ve heard my thoughts all semester. My classes were tough. I was stressed. I did schoolwork nonstop. But you haven’t heard me say how proud I am of myself and that¬†this semester was actually a huge confidence booster.¬†I studied like crazy and it paid off. My final grades:

Principles of Human Physiology- A

Virtual Physiology Lab- A+

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry- A+

Organic Chemistry Lab- A+

Community Nutrition Planning and Evaluation- A

These are hard science classes (hard meaning physical, although I suppose difficult is also appropriate here) and I still did really well. My advisor told me the physiology class at my school is notoriously difficult and I was warned about the difficulty of organic chemistry by multiple people. I’m not pursuing my RD right now because of other priorities but this semester was a huge reassurance that if and when I do decide to, I’ll be more than capable of handling the¬†classes.

And a big thank you to Ryan and my mom for listening to me vent, whine, and swear I was going to fail all semester. I couldn’t have made it through the semester without them.

Weekly Workout Recap 5/8-5/14

Thank you for the kind comments on Friday’s post. There is more to the story that I’m planning to share soon.

Anyway, let’s talk workouts. This is coming a little late because of a busy but wonderful family-filled weekend.

Monday 5/8-Jazzercise (as a student)

I scheduled an online final for the afternoon and knew I’d be spending all day studying. I decided to start my day off with some movement and headed to the Jazzercise center.

Tuesday 5/9-Rest

Wednesday 5/10-Jazzercise

My last class before the schedule change! I love seeing different faces when I teach at different times but I’m sad to leave this group. They just laughed with me when “finals brain” made me make some dumb mistakes.

Thursday 5/11-Rest

Friday 5/12-Barre3 Video

It was too hot to run or go to Jazzercise (the center gets really hot in the afternoon when it’s warm out and I have to be careful to not overheat right now), so I decided to do a Barre3 video. I was really struggling with motivation and only did a 30 minute video but something is better than nothing, right?

Saturday 5/13-Jazzercise

I threw together a new set and didn’t love it. That’s okay though because the new DVD is on its way-new routines, here I come!

Sunday 5/14-Rest

I spent the night in Denver with my mom and while we planned to run in the morning, unfortunately the timing didn’t work out (haha-no pun intended!).

I’m looking forward to more flexibility this week and hopefully being able to get back to 5 workouts a week.

Is This Worth It?

I have one more final today and then I’m finished! I’m so grateful to be done (well, almost done) with this stressful semester. That being said, I have something to tell you all.

About two months ago I was driving home from school absolutely exhausted because stress had kept me up the night before; I complained to my mom on the phone that I was so tired but couldn’t rest because I had more homework to do once I got home. She asked me, “Is this worth it?”

That stayed in the back of my mind for awhile but I didn’t think too much of it- I was too busy. Then a few weeks later, I broke down because I didn’t do¬†as¬†well on a Physiology test as I wanted and the question popped into my head. Is this worth it? Without even thinking, I answered myself: no, it’s not. It’s not worth it.

I’ve spent the past four months more stressed than I’ve ever been. My anxiety has been so high, I developed insomnia, something I’ve never experienced on a consistent basis before. I spent all my time at school or in my office at home studying. On weekends, I’d wake up, get coffee, and start doing schoolwork until dinnertime. I basically¬†saw Ryan for an hour at night. I usually see my parents fairly often but as the semester went on, I¬†barely saw them.¬†When I nannied, instead of playing with the little girl I watch, I had to set her up to entertain herself while I did homework. I hardly remember the last time I spent time with friends.

You can tell from my workout recaps that my workouts tapered off as the semester picked up. Not only did I workout less, I felt as though my Jazzercise classes suffered because I simply didn’t have enough time to focus on it. I had to stop offering PT sessions. I cooked less and less as the semester went on and by the end, we were eating takeout at least¬†half the week. I stopped blogging. Basically my life came to revolve around school.

This semester was tough and looking at the schedule I had planned, the rest of the semesters were going to be just as bad. I had a summer class scheduled to start on Monday, only two days after my last final, followed by seven online credits in eight weeks. The thought of it all made me want to cry.

Is it worth it? No, it’s not. I want to be registered dietitian but not at the expense of my relationships, my health, and my sanity. ¬†I value my family too much to miss out on time together for another two and a half years. Health, physical and mental, is a high priority for me and I’m not okay putting it off any longer.

I’m no longer completing the combined MPH-RD program. I’ll finish my MPH in Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles and graduate at the end of next year. I’m taking fewer credits each semester, which will allow me to spend more time with my family, relax, and do things I enjoy, like workout and blog.

Even though I’m disappointed the RD program didn’t work out, I know I’m making the right¬†decision. I’ll talk about it more but right now I’m going to take my final and then finally take a break.

 

Weekly Workout Recap 5/1-5/7

Almost done-I just have to finish this week and I’ll finally be done with this semester! I’ll be spending all day studying for my toughest final but am hoping to make it to Jazzercise first.

Monday-Rest

Tuesday-Practice 5k at Girls on the Run

I did 3 miles with our team as our practice 5k. It took us somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour but I’m proud of all the girls for finishing.

Wednesday-Jazzercise

Same set as last week

Thursday-Rest

Friday-60 Minute Barre3 Video

I’m really enjoying the flexibility of online workouts. Friday afternoon I finished a final too late to make it to Jazzercise and it was too hot to run. I like fitness classes much more than creating my own workout, so it was nice to just head to the basement and start a video. This one was a major leg killer!

During the month of May, there’s a B3 Strong Challenge where you can get a discount code for the store if you do a certain number of classes; I probably won’t buy anything but I’ll use it as motivation to do 10 classes. B3 Strong Challenge: 1/10

Saturday-Jazzercise & Strength45

I did the same old strength set as last week with just a few changes and it was still killer. On the last song, I asked my class “does everything hurt?” and we all agreed that yes, everything hurt.

Sunday-Walk, Run, Stretch

Sunday was a little bit of everything. I planned to go for a 3 mile run but as I was getting ready, Bailey followed me around with puppy dog eyes. I’m not running with her right now but she looked so hopeful, I decided to take her for a walk first. Then I dropped her off and finished with a quick (as in short, not fast) 1.5 mile run.

I finished with a 10 minute Barre3 stretching video. My legs were really talking to me after barre, Jazzercise, and running, so it felt amazing to stretch. B3 Strong Challenge: 2/10

Alright, wish me luck! 2 finals and 1 paper to edit and I’m free. At least until summer classes start. I’ll be back next week with some school and life updates.

Weekly Workout Recap 4/24-4/30

Happy May Day! Another week down, less than two to go.

Monday-Rest

Tuesday-Rest

Wednesday-Jazzercise

Considering I had no time on Tuesday to put a learn and practice a set, I quickly threw together a set of my favorite routines that I can do without practicing. Sometimes those end up being my favorite sets. I did Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) from about six years ago and my class was excited when it came on.

Thursday-Jazzercise (as a student)

I had Girls on the Run until 5 (more like 5:15 by the time all the girls get picked up) and a Jazzercise meeting at 7. It had already been a long day and I knew if I went home, chances of me leaving again were slim. So I decided to take the 5:45 Jazzercise class and enjoyed dancing in the back and not thinking.

Friday-Rest

Saturday-Jazzercise & Strength45

I did the same as last week and pulled an old Strength45 set. It was a good one again.

Sunday-Barre3 Video

I’m actually really excited about this. I’ve been in a workout rut lately and am pretty limited on what I can do right now. I’ve wanted to try barre for awhile but there’s no classes around me. So when I found Barre3¬†offers online classes, I decided to give their basic package ($20 a month) a try; I enjoyed the one video I’ve done so far. It felt like intense yoga and my legs were definitely shaking on parts. It was great yesterday because I know without it, I wouldn’t have worked out at all. I’m looking forward to trying more videos (if you’re interested in trying it, let me know! If I refer you, we both get a discount).

Once school is done, I’m looking forward to running more (as long as the weather cooperates-we got hit with a snowstorm this weekend) and hopefully doing some races.

 

Weekly Workout Recap 4/17-4/23

18 days left in the semester. Just 18…but who’s counting? I seriously cannot wait to be done and have time for things other than homework again. Maybe I’ll even blog regularly again! I’ll have a couple big announcements next month but for now let’s just look back at last week.

Monday 4/17-Rest

Tuesday 4/18-Jazzercise

I subbed a class and was so grateful to have teaching as motivation to work out.

Wednesday 4/19-Jazzercise

Thursday 4/20-Rest

Friday 4/21-Jazzercise

Our schedule is changing again soon and this was my last Friday class. While I’m sad to give it up, having one less thing on my plate for the next three weeks is a good thing.

Saturday 4/22-Jazzercise

After a couple of lackluster strength sets and no motivation to make a new one, I pulled one from a few months ago. Luckily it did the trick. I even got a text that night from someone saying she was already sore!

Sunday 4/23-Rest

Just a walk with Bailey. These walks lately have been my favorite way to end/start (whatever you consider Sunday) the week. It’s a great way to get in 30 minutes of activity and not think about school.

18 days, 18 days, 18 days. I can do this. For now I’ll just be proud of myself that, even with everything going on, I am keeping up some semblance of a workout routine.