During my pregnancy, especially in my third trimester, my workouts have changed drastically. It was actually, one of the things I was most surprised about. I thought I would be one of those pregnant ladies who kept up the same or similar workouts for the whole 9 months. I was wrong! I had to listen to my body and care for my baby and dial my workouts WAY back. I used to be an avid hot yoga sculpt student, and loved running half marathons. I was used to pushing my body to the max, and I loved it! This was a big change for me! Throughout my pregnancy, I knew I had two choices: throw all of my previous hard work out and eat whatever I wanted, or be healthy and moderate, in different ways than in the past. In general, I think I have done a pretty good job of being healthy and moderate. Yes, I eat dessert everyday! But that doesn’t mean I have lost all self control. In terms of workouts, I decided to go with the matra that “something is better than nothing”. There are so many ways to add or subtract 100 calories in a day . Hungry at 3 pm? There are tons of snacks that are around 100 calories. Too tired or time crunched for a full workout? There are plenty of ways to burn 100 calories. Here are some of my favorite ways to burn 100 calories, and some of my favorite 100 calorie snacks!
15 Minutes of Weight Lifting
Some mornings I wake up and feel pretty much like I’ve been hit by a train I’m so tired! While it is SO tempting to go back to bed a little longer, or just go for the coffee, I oftentimes do a small workout. Squats, lunges, planks, bicep curls, triceps, and rows are my usual go-to exercises. It just takes 15 minutes to do these, and I feel like I’m keeping up my strength, as well as moving a bit.
20 Minutes of Yoga
Yoga has been my godsend this pregnancy. I obviously have always been a yoga lover (hence the name of my blog!!) but of course had to change around the type of yoga I do. While I miss a sweaty, hot, yoga sculpt class, I have turned to prenatal yoga to get the same benefits. I still feel the burn, get a good stretch, and feel mentally calm at the end. I try to do 30-40 minutes, but sometimes even 20 does the trick!
30 Minutes of Walking
When the weather isn’t horrible (Chicago has been lucky enough to have plenty of mild days this winter) Jim and I make it a point to go outside after dinner for a walk. We both have fitness trackers (Fitbit for me, and Garmin Vivo Fit for him), and it is fun to try t get all our steps in in a day. Walking has so many benefits, and it always makes me feel less full and bloated after dinner. Sometimes we go on longer walks, but always aim for at least a half hour. It is always fun to check out the neighborhood and catch up on our day together.
Cheese and Apple
I like pretty much all cheese! I usually have a string cheese or a Babybel cheese and an apple as an afternoon snack to tide me over before dinner.
A container of Greek yogurt is a powerhouse for protein and calcium (which pregnant mamas need lots of!) and keeps me full for a long time. I love adding a little cereal or granola to it to make it more exciting.I always gravitate towards Greek yogurt because it is all natural. Other yogurts are loaded with sugar and preservatives. I love the new Chobani Simply 100 Crunch because it is low in calories, and the crunch adds a fun, yummy addition to the snack. Chobani Simply 100 has lots of really interesting information and even compares 3 types of 100 calorie yogurt.
Chips and Salsa
My other favorite afternoon snack is chips and salsa. I always pick a natural, healthy version of a tortilla chip, and there are so many yummy varieties of salsa. All you have to do is watch the portions, as they can quickly get to be massive with this delicious snack!