Fitness in a Week 9/4-9/10

Just a quick recap a day late because I don’t really feel like blogging but I’m losing track of my 100 Jazzercise classes.

Monday 9/4-Jazzercise

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Since I was in Nebraska, I took my mom’s Jazzercise class. She did a Plank & Plie theme that killed my legs.

Tuesday 9/5-Rest

Wednesday 9/6-Walk and Yoga

Bailey and I went on a nice 1.5 mile walk before I left for yoga. The class is the same Gentle Integrative class I was doing before and it felt great to be back. I’m probably the youngest there by about 20 years, which makes me laugh.

Thursday 9/7-Jazzercise

Friday 9/8-Jazzercise

Saturday 9/9-Rest

Sunday 9/10-Jazzercise

My mom was in town so I took her to an instructor I thought she’d enjoy. And I was right; they have similar teaching styles and she did a kick butt set.

Then my mom and I went shopping and walking around all afternoon did me in. I couldn’t believe how tired I was and how sore my legs were after that but I guess carrying around a big old belly will do that.

Not a super exciting week but I am on class 87 out of 100 for my challenge. Only 13 left to go to meet my goal!

Bumpie Friday: Weeks 28 & 29

So today’s post is late going up because I honestly didn’t realize it was Friday until this morning.

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I’m officially in the third trimester now! And feeling more pregnant every day.

Size: Baby weighs around 2 1/2 pounds and is just over 15 inches long.

Movement: I feel him all the time now! He doesn’t kick so much as wiggle and he’s big enough now that he makes the whole side of my stomach jump. I love just laying down and feeling him move.

Feeling: Like I said, I’m definitely feeling pregnant now. When we visited my parents last weekend, going up and down the stairs left me winded. Things like turning over in bed are becoming a lot more difficult. Also my stomach is ginormous. Period. And my belly button pokes out of most my shirts now.

I’ve been having some what I think is sciatic pain. It started during our trip to Nebraska and I’m guessing is the result of sitting in the car for three hours. It’s lingered since then but isn’t too bad. It’s the worst first thing in the morning but goes away once I’m moving. My logic: Hmm…I can barely walk. Better go to Jazzercise! Being active really does help it though, as long as I’m careful on leg routines.

Food: All the Cheerios, all the time. We were out of milk one day and I seriously almost went crazy without my cereal. Chocolate shakes have also been big the past few weeks.

Baby gear: I need to stay out of baby clothing stores because he now has even more outfits. We still have a lot more work to do on his nursery (mainly cleaning our junk out of the closet) but it’s slowly coming together. I’ll wait to share until it’s all finished but here’s a picture of the adorable decal I found.

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I can’t believe how close we are to meeting our little man! This past week went really fast; if the rest of the weeks are like that, he’ll be here before we know it.

Weekly Randomness #3

Hi all! I know I haven’t been posting very consistently so I thought I’d pop in today with some randomness from the week.

  1. The start of the semester has been extremely stressful. I explained the classes I’m taking here but unfortunately quickly ran into some problems. My Health Systems, Management, and Policy class came with a very rigid schedule and a very unsympathetic professor. None of the materials were available early (not even the readings; everything opened the week it was due) and the syllabus stated no fewer than 4 times “Do NOT email me and ask for material to be opened early or for assignments to be accepted late”. In other words, this was not the class for me to be taking now, knowing that the baby could surprise us early and I probably won’t be very on top of schoolwork once he’s here. So I needed to change classes but nearly everything was full and I was waitlisted. Long story short, at one point, I was enrolled in three extra classes, in addition to the HSMP class, and didn’t know what I would actually be taking. Fortunately I just found out that I got into my top choice and can start to plan all my assignments now.
  2. In happier, less serious news, it’s September. That means it’s the start of pumpkin season! Human Bean, one of my favorite places for coffee (it’s better than Starbucks), is doing its 7 Days of Pumpkin, meaning speciality fall drinks for only $2. So far I’ve enjoyed a pumpkin latte and a pumpkin mocha and am pathetically excited for the rest of this week.
  3. Speaking of coffee, Ryan and I are planning to buy a new fancy Keurig soon, sort of as a baby present to us. Ours is already on its last leg and I have a feeling we’ll both be using it a lot once Baby Boy is here. My mom graciously offered to sponsor our coffee need and treat us to a new one. She probably doesn’t want her grandson to have a cranky mom 😉 Any recommendations? We’re looking at one that does a carafe. 
  4. Jazzercise has an amazing sale going on right now! You can find more details here but basically you can sign up and go for all of September for less than the price of one drop-in class. If you’ve thought about trying it or are looking for a new workout, now’s the perfect time. But it’s only through September 10 so hurry!
  5. I have several blog posts I need to write. I definitely want to do a post on my ACE Health Coach certification and I’ve had several other ideas floating around my head. For some reason, I’m really struggling to find motivation right now. I’m hoping now that I have my school situation figured out, it will be easier for me to get into a routine and hopefully I’ll start blogging more.

So I think that’s it for the week. Nothing too excited but I figured I should check in.

How is your week going?

Fitness in a Week 8/28-9/6

Hello again! I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. And knows that today is Tuesday, not Monday (I needed to type that out to remind myself). Baby brain has really kicked in and I don’t remember much about last week. So just a quick check-in for today!

Monday 8/28-Jazzercise

Tuesday 8/29-Jazzercise

Wednesday 8/30-Rest

Thursday 8/31-Rest

Friday 9/1-Jazzercise

Saturday 9/2-Rest

Sunday 9/3-3.3 mile walk with my mom and Bailey

Ryan, Bailey, Benji, and I visited my parents in Nebraska this week. My friend’s little boy turned 6, so we attended his birthday party and then my mom and I spent some time planning my baby shower. A morning walk was the perfect time to start brainstorming and coming up with ideas for my little shower (just a few family and friends-perfect for me). It was in the 50’s for most of the walk, which was such a nice change from all the hot weather. Bailey enjoyed the cooler weather too; 3 miles is the longest she’s gone in awhile. Benji made it around the block too!

I ended last week with my 83rd pregnant Jazzercise class. We’ll see what this week holds. I’m having some pain that I’m hoping is just related to being in the car so much this weekend and will go away soon. I’m not ready to be sidelined yet!

Future RD Possibility

I debated about sharing this but decided to go ahead since this blog is about school and becoming a registered dietitian. It’s definitely not a given and not something to get my hopes up too much but I did find a possible RD program for the future.

University of Northern Colorado offers an online DPD program. Because I already have a bachelor’s degree (and will also have my MPH by this point), I could complete only the dietetics courses I need to be eligible for an internship and then to take the RD exam. The majority of the classes are offered online, as the program is designed for those who are working and/or have families, which would be ideal for me as I’ll either be working or home with a kiddo/kiddos (because it might be far in the future).

The online portion offers 15 courses and then are 15 additional courses that must be completed as part of the curriculum. The 15 online courses are designed to take 18 months and then however long the 15 additional courses take. I actually have a good chunk of them completed and believe it would take me no more than 2 years, possibly only the 18 months.

The program doesn’t offer any kind of coordinated internship, although UNC does offer a a separate internship that gives preference to its students. That bodes well for me, as I also completed my undergraduate degree at UNC.

Of course there are financial concerns, as neither the DPD program nor internship are eligible for financial aid (aka loans) and I’ll be trying to pay off my boatload of debt from my MPH. If I could just win the lottery, I’d be set.

I’m trying not to worry about any of that now. I’m sticking with my plan of finishing my MPH and will see what comes next. There’s no way to know what the future holds in terms of career and family but this is definitely something I’m going to keep in the back of my mind. I can’t predict the future but I do hope mine includes becoming a registered dietitian and it’s nice to know that this program is a possibility.

Fitness in a Week 8/21-8/27

Hey guys! Sorry I’m a little late posting today. Ryan and I spent yesterday doing some baby gear research and before I knew it, it was time for bed. So, anyway, let’s quickly look back at last week.

Monday 8/21-1.75 mile walk

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1.5 miles with Bailey and a walk around the block with Benji. I felt so bad the day before when I went for a walk with my friend without Bailey. She knows my walking shorts and shoes and gets excited when she sees me get them out. Ryan said she cried when I left without her, so I definitely owed her a walk.

Tuesday 8/22-Jazzercise

This was such a fun set with some new routines and some older favorites, including a tough leg routine.

Wednesday 8/23-Jazzercise

This was another great set that was also heavy on the legs. I seriously could barely walk afterwards.

Thursday-1.55 mile walk

Another walk with Bailey. Monday seemed to wipe Benji out, so I let him sleep.

Later that afternoon I met my friend for coffee and we walked around a bit but I didn’t last long.

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The instructor put together a “Happy/Grateful” set and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed after feeling kind of down on myself after getting together with some of my cohort from school the night before. I did not love almost crying during Grateful which gets me normally but was taken to a whole new level by hormones. It’s a beautiful song though and I left the class in a much better mood.

Saturday and Sunday were much needed rest days. My legs were actually bothering me a bit and I woke up this morning with some leg pain. I’m going to keep moving and hope that helps keep my muscles loose. I’ll keep you updated!

Edited to add: This week put me at 80/100 Jazzercise classes for my challenge. I had to put it on here because I’m having a hard time keeping track!

Bumpie Friday: Weeks 26 & 27

I can’t believe the second trimester is done! I officially enter the third trimester tomorrow and am more than two-thirds of the way to meeting our baby boy.

Size: Last week the baby was the size of a scallion. This week he’s the size of a head of cauliflower, a bunch (not just one) of bananas, or lettuce. He weighs around 2 pounds and measures about 14 1/2 inches long (that makes more sense to me than the produce comparisons)

Feeling: Still pretty good. No major aches or pains or heartburn (knock on wood). I’ve had some trouble sleeping and am usually up for an hour or so in the middle of the night; I think it’s when he’s most active. I had that same slight pain in my side that I mentioned Monday again during Jazzercise but I think it’s just from my belly being so big.

Baby Gear: Well…I discovered a Carter’s near our house. And then an outlet near the doctor’s office. Let’s just say Baby Boy got a lot of clothes these past couple weeks.

Ryan finished painting the nursery and is working on putting the crib together now. The family I work for generously gave us a crib mattress and I’m excited to get the room set up.

I also finished our registries but have a feeling there’s a lot I missed. How am I supposed to know what a baby needs?!

Someone from Jazzercise kindly gave me some of her old maternity clothes. Since I don’t have a lot going on right aka many reasons to leave the house, I’m trying to avoid spending money on clothes for me, so her gesture was very appreciated. Target has a sale on maternity clothes going on, so I also got a top, another pair of workout capris, and a dress for some events coming up all for $30. Score!

Doctor’s Appointment: My blood pressure is still high. I don’t get it and honestly I don’t think my doctor does either. She said to plan on being induced around 38 weeks. I’m trying to stay positive and be glad that means we get to meet our baby two weeks early.

The glucose test wasn’t terrible but wasn’t pleasant either. You would think something with 50 grams of sugar would be tasty but you’d be wrong. The doctor said no news is good news and I haven’t heard anything, so I’m assuming I passed.

Moments:

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The girls I nanny threw me a little baby shower on my last day. The almost 5 year old helped her grandma pick out the gifts and the 9 year old wrapped them all by herself. It was the sweetest thing. I’m looking forward to seeing their faces the first time they get to meet the little guy.

What baby gear could you not live without? Anything you registered for and ended up never using? 

Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters

I finished my last summer class last Friday and start my fall classes on Monday. I’m slowly but surely chipping away at my requirements and making progress towards my degree.

This summer, I did 5 credits: a 3-credit Biostatistics course that’s a core requirement and a 2-credit independent study. The Biostats class was online and the independent study was obviously on my own, meaning I was able to work from home for both of them.

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Biostats was tough but I finished with an A. I did my best not to stress about it though; sometimes I was more successful than others. Anyway, it’s one class I’m glad to have out of the way!

For my independent study, I completed the ACE Health Coach certification. I’m planning do a separate post later about the certification, in case anyone is interested in being certified. In addition to studying and passing the test, I also completed practice counseling sessions with my faculty advisor that were very helpful. I earned an A, two credits towards my degree, a new skill, and an actual certification.

This fall I’m planning to take another 5 credits: Introduction to Health Systems, Management, & Policy (3 credits, a core requirement), Maternal Nutrition (1 credit), and Nutrition & Public Health (1 credit). All these classes are online and I’m really hoping my teachers will let me work ahead at my own pace. Ideally I’d like to be done by the beginning of November but it will depend on the teachers and assignments.

I’m still planning to graduate at the end of next year and am hoping the rest of my classes will fall in place. Right now, I’m feeling very grateful for online classes that will allow me to continue working towards my degree, even while very pregnant and with a new baby.

Have you ever taken online classes? What did you think? People seem to either love them or hate them. I love them! 

Weekly Randomness #2

I actually enjoyed writing my Randomness from the Week post last week, which was a pleasant surprise because I’m struggling to find the motivation to write at all right now. I liked giving you a peek into my week and to write whatever was on my mind; so I’m going to do it again this week.

1. This week is strange. There’s no other way to put it. I’m not working, the baby isn’t here yet (obviously), and my classes haven’t started. I’ve found myself sitting in a chair, zoning out because I don’t know what to do with myself. I know, I know-enjoy it because once the baby’s here, I won’t have any time to myself.

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2. I mentioned on Monday that my friend recently returned from Switzerland. Being the awesome friend that she is, she brought me back Swiss chocolate. I shared a little with her and a little with Ryan but mostly I’ve kept it all for myself. Yum!

3. I’m not sure if the nesting instinct has kicked in or what but we’ve been working on putting our house together a bit more. I’ve wanted to frame our wedding invitations since we got married and I finally did. We also got new couches (a couch and a love seat for extra seating-we’re growing up!) and a glider that will be great for nursing and rocking the baby. I’ve been doing my best to keep the new furniture clean of dog hair, an endless battle as you can tell from above.

I also really want a new coffee table and a rug because the glass table and hardwood floors we have now aren’t exactly baby-friendly but those will have to wait. Maybe Christmas? Hint, hint 😉 I’m loving making our house even more a home, although I’m hoping I’ll get the urge to clean soon instead of just spend money.

4. In sad news, my parents’ dog passed away a few nights ago. She was the sweetest dog. Bailey and especially Benji, who’s actually older than she was, have been getting extra cuddles and love.

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Benji rockin’ his glasses
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Bailey knocked them after off a nanosecond 

5. Did you watch the eclipse on Monday? My hometown was actually in the path of totality. I debated about going to my parents’ to watch but decided traffic wasn’t worth it. Ryan and I watched it from our house; we got about 95% coverage-the temperature dropped but it didn’t really get dark. Still pretty cool!

I think that about covers this week. Like I said, I like doing these posts so I think they’ll be a more common thing. Maybe not weekly because some weeks might be boring but we’ll see!

Tell me something from your week! 

Could you see the eclipse from where you’re at? 

Fitness in a Week 8/14-8/20

Hello again! Is everyone ready for the eclipse today? We’re supposed to have about 95% coverage here in northern Colorado. Should be pretty cool to see! Don’t worry, I’ve got my glasses.

Sorry for disappearing again at the end of next week. No good excuse really, I just didn’t blog. But I’m back now with last week’s workouts.

Monday 8/14-Rest

Tuesday 8/15-Jazzercise

This was the Strike class I mentioned last week. It felt so good after a frustrating day!

Wednesday 8/16-Pregnancy workout

It was too hot for Jazzercise or to walk but I still wanted to do something. Awhile ago one of my favorite bloggers, Hungry Runner Girl, shared Good for the Swole’s Instagram page  full of pregnancy-safe workouts. I haven’t been doing any strength training other than Jazzercise lately (and I dropped my weights way down), so this low-impact workout sounded great. I had to modify a few things but otherwise enjoyed doing a bit of strengthening. I think I might try to incorporate similar workouts maybe once a week now.

Thursday 8/17-Rest

Friday 8/18-1.57 mile walk

I took Bailey out for a quick walk before my doctor’s appointment.

Saturday 8/19-Jazzercise

This was the first class I felt a little uncomfortable. I had a small pain in my side. It went away after a few songs though, so I’m not really sure what it was.

Sunday 8/20-3ish mile walk

My good friend from grad school is back from her internship in Geneva so we walked while catching up. I forgot to start Charity Miles and then forgot to turn it off (pretty good huh?) but I think we walked somewhere around 3 miles, maybe a little more. I’m happy to report no pain or uncomfortableness, other than getting winded really fast when going up hills.

This week is probably the last week ever where I’ll have nothing to do (summer classes are done, fall classes don’t start till next week, and the girls I watch are back in school) so I’m looking forward to lots of walks and Jazzercise. I’m currently at class 77 out of 100. 23 classes and 8 weeks to go (to be done at 35 weeks; anything after will be bonus)!