Happy Thursday friends!
Such an exciting week over here. Today I had my first baby shower, with my friends from work. I’m blessed with amazing co-workers and if you are a nurse, you can understand how close you get to your work family. My co-workers were the first ones to know I was pregnant (given the nature of our job there are certain chemotherapies that little developing babies cannot be exposed to) and they’ve been so supportive along the journey. Special thanks to Ali + Carrie for hosting, and to everyone that attended or sent their well wishes 🙂
This weekend I’m heading to Drew’s hometown for my second baby shower, hosted by my mother-in-law. Drew’s family is also incredibly sweet + supportive and a bunch of them read the blog as well 🙂 Excited to see everyone there too!
Drew + I are definitely in preparation mode. We are 31 weeks today. We’ve been putting finishing touches on the nursery and purchasing some bigger items. This past weekend we purchased a BOB Revolution Flex Stroller, picked up our glider, and purchased Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. We want to make sure we are already about a month early in case this baby takes after his or her daddy (Drew entered the world a month early), plus we’re looking forward to slowing down the last month of pregnancy and just enjoy each other and this big belly 🙂
Now onto the topic of the day: Momentum.
I have been in a couple conversations that were the catalyst for this blog.
I absolutely LOVE when people talk to me about their health + fitness. In fact, that is one of the reasons I started this blog. When my co-workers found out that my former profession was a personal trainer, they had loads of questions about how to eat + workout. I was answering the same questions so frequently, that I thought…there is a real need for this knowledge! BalancedAmes was born as a passion project to try to help people figure out how to live healthfully and to spread positivity.
Recently, one of my co-workers was telling me about how he has started working out consistently.
I loved what he said. He told me that the results aren’t immediate. But, he is taking stock in the small victories along the way. He is able to lift more weight, he sleeps better at night, he can stay on the cardiovascular machine for longer, and he said overall it is just getting easier. Now I’m trying to help him with work/life balance, but we’ve made strides!
Same from another co-worker that I’ve been helping on a fitness journey. She did an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, lost 7 pounds in the process, learned how to prepare food at home, and has started working out consistently. THIS IS HUGE! She has set herself up for continued success.
Here are your takeaway messages for the day:
Working out does get easier.
Once you get into a routine and get more comfortable at your new gym, yoga studio, or spin studio…it will get easier! Even for people that love working out (right here!) there are plenty of days that it is hard to get out of the house, but I’ve made it a non-negotiable part of my life. One of the things that newbies tell me all the time: it is already easier Amy! I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would. If you haven’t been working out, your body has the ability to quickly adapt to the new routine. You’ll get stronger and gain endurance at a faster pace in the beginning of process than at any other time. That’s what the meatheads call #gains.
You feel better if you are working out.
If I’m stressed or feeling bloated, the best fix is a workout. Honestly, I’ll immediately drop things to go workout when I’m feeling my stress level rising. As my co-worker above stated he sleeps better and has more energy throughout the day. Although it might feel hard at first, you’ll still get a rush of feel good endorphins running through you + you’ll probably get hooked just like a lot of us are. It’s no secret that working out can give you a boost in confidence, you might even wear a bikini in Hawaii at 28 weeks pregnant 😉
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Drew + I recently had this conversation. People overthink working out + I know the fitness industry doesn’t help. Stick to the basics, especially when you are starting! Squats, deadlifts, rows, pull ups, pushups, presses and variations of these will help with most of you obtain your goals! If you have no idea how to do those exercises head to a good group fitness class or enlist a personal trainer to learn. Be a sponge and don’t be afraid to ask when you have questions about form. Add two days of cardiovascular training (walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, stair climber, elliptical) to train that system. Whether your goals are to lose fat, increase muscle, or improve your performance this will get you moving in the right direction. A lot of times I see people trying to get too fancy with their gym routines or doing exercises that don’t really have a benefit, I even see group fitness instructors teaching these exercises. I always think, do people really want fresh moves at every class…or do they want results?! One of my strength and conditioning mentors at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse would always say there are about 10 lifts that people need, the rest is unnecessary fluff.
mens sana in corpore sano — “a healthy mind, in a healthy body”
Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, stress, + enhance cognition. I’m a very firm believer that you cannot be the best version of yourself without working out + eating healthy and I’m talking mentally.
Utilize the momentum in the beginning of your journey to make working out + eating well a permanent part of your life friends! You will not regret it.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you on Tuesday! 🙂