Happy Monday! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! We honestly did not do too much. Little man has had a runny nose the last couple days so we decided to just take it easy.
Last week when I posted my 30 weeks pregnant update I mentioned that I still wasn’t cleared to workout. Well I am happy to report that that has now changed! I have gotten the OK from my doctor to start doing very light physical activity. That being said, I am ecstatic!
I’m planning on sticking to daily walks, light strength training that focuses on higher repetitions and very light weights, and yoga. Though I still truly miss running I am so excited to feel like I’m doing SOMETHING! That being said I wanted to share with you guys my week of workouts as well as my dinner plans for this week.
Monday I decided to start slow and just see how I would feel. I went on a half mile walk with the little man and then did a 20 minute yoga routine.
James has this tricycle that has a handle where you can push it and he absolutely loves it. I all but have to pry him out of it when we get home.
The walk went quite well all things considered. My hips have been pretty sore lately and since the baby is very low I did have a bit of uncomfortable pressure. Luckily, it wasn’t anything more intense than I typically have so I’ll take it as a win.
The yoga routine I did was just a simple prenatal low impact routine. I focused on trying to stretch out my hips and back as much as possible because those have been my very sore areas lately. I’m so glad that I did. I felt so much better afterwards.
Call me crazy but after exercise I always feel like I have more energy and at least this day I was less sore afterwards than I have been recently.
Tuesday I upped the walk to a mile (still very flat) and felt awesome afterwards. James was super pumped to be getting outside with me more than we have been for a while. Honestly, I think I’m just about as excited as he was.
On top of this the weather has really cooled down the last week. Here in Arkansas we are getting a bit of the leftovers from Hurricane Harvey and it has left us with some pretty awesome weather considering it’s August/September in the south. It was pretty overcast but there were moments of some sunshine but there was still enough of a breeze to feel wonderful!
When we got home I got the little man down for a nap and I decided to pull out my super light weights and try a few exercises.
I focused mostly on upper body work. I know it’s ridiculous but I feel like the baby is so low that if I do too many squats or lunges I’ll end up in labor or back on bed rest which I’m trying to avoid.
Wednesday I switched things up a bit. It was pretty rainy so we had to forego a walk outside. Instead while James was down for a nap I decided to get reacquainted with my treadmill (happy dance!!).
I went for a 35 minute walk at a slight incline. I ended up doing about 2.5 miles. While it is far from my best time I think my doctor would approve so I’ll let it go.
Since I was going at an incline and got my heart rate up a bit I left it at just a walk for the day because I didn’t want to over do it.
Thursday was another outdoor walk with James. We covered about 1.5 miles around out neighborhood. It was all pretty flat but there is one hill close to my house that I didn’t think about until I had no other option but to go up. Needles to say, I regretted that one a little bit.
Once we made it home I decided to take it easy for a couple hours and ended up doing a little bit of yoga to loosen up before bed.
Friday was my much needed rest day. I spent tons of time chasing James around the backyard but there was no official workout. My hips thanked me very much for that!
Saturday my husband joined me and James on our walk which left James begging to ride on Hunter’s shoulders. I have to brag on my hubby he is truly a trooper when it comes to my workout adventures.
After the walk, I followed up with some more upper body strength training. I did incorporate a few leg exercises that were just body weight but I’m really trying to stay conservative at least for a few more week to keep this baby cooking.
Dinner Plan for the Week
I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post “I hate Meal Prepping” that I don’t really meal prep. I’m way to indecisive for that and food would end up going to waste. Instead I keep a lot of food ready to go that is healthy (think salad stuff and fruits already cut and washed) and then just plan our dinners for the week.
This week I actually took the time to write out an actual dinner plan for the week. (It’s usually just a loose outline in my head).
This Monday (today) is Labor Day so we are actually having a cookout with family so we will be eating there. At cookouts if there isn’t any chicken on the grill (sometimes I’ll just bring my own) I typically go for a burger that I wrap in lettuce instead of a bun and stick close to the veggie platter.
Turkey Bacon BLT’s. This is one of my go to dinners on nights when I don’t feel like cooking a ton. I load the sandwiches up with a ton of lettuce and tomatoes with a couple pieces of turkey bacon. I usually use mustard instead of mayo for the condiment or sometimes I’ll smash an avocado to go on the bread.
The weather is supposed to be pretty nice Wednesday so my husband and I are planning on grilling a ton of chicken to have for a couple days. I’ll probably make some Taco Lime Grilled Chicken and add it on top of a salad for that night.
I’m planning to use some of that same chicken and make chicken avocado burritos. We usually add brown rice, black beans, avocado and chicken to the burritos and they are SUPER filling!
On Friday’s I typically try to make something that requires a touch more effort than the other meals of the week. This week I think I’m going to make a zucchini noodle ground turkey lasagna. I made this once before and it turned out amazingly, I just have to find the motivation to put that much time and effort into dinner haha!
Date night! Me and the hubby will probably (hopefully) get to go out Saturday and we probably won’t decide until then where we want to eat.
Sunday is another cooking day for me. I usually try to make something that will leave left overs for the week. This week I think I’m going to make a big pot of brown beans. These are such a diverse food. We will eat them plain, in burritos and tons of other things. I’ll probably make some quinoa to go along with it and cut up some tomatoes just to get some veggies in as well.