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5 reasons I don’t need/want a gym membership

After a day spent feasting with family while giving thanks for the food and friends and family, many people are thinking of another word that starts with f…..fitness! Then people start researching and looking for gyms to go to…asking friends to go with so we don’t look silly by ourselves when we don’t know how to use the quad…tri…glute machine thingys…

I have been in a few gyms, all BK– before kids and each one leaves me feeling the same…like I should be ripped and muscle-y before going in there. That could have something to do with poor advertising, in my opinion, showing people that are already in shape… I get the idea “you too could look like this”…. but what always seems to be missing is them saying…”while you are at the gym, wearing a sports bra and skin tight clothing to show off your defined deltoids and your handsome hamstrings and your…adorable abs? Ok I like alliteration but I am clearly not good with trying to write it.

What I am good at, especially the older I get, is learning to recognize and point out things I do and do not like.

So what follows are 5 reasons why I don’t need or want a gym membership, and in those reasons, I think you will see the things I like and don’t like about gym memberships.

1) The site I use, Fit2b, does NOT show women in skin tight clothing that makes me feel self conscious about my body.

2) I dont have to worry about finding a time slot that will work with my time schedule with the trainer I want…the workouts are always at my beck and call…

3) I never have to pay for daycare to do my workout! Often, when it is horrible outside, I will put on a kids workout for the little ones and it gets their energy out and they get a kick out of seeing kids, exactly like them, on the workouts! (That should really be labeled #3 and #3.5…)

4) The workouts are often what I like to call functional workouts…that means its not all about “how many reps of whatever workout can you do while at the gym and then be sore for regular life later on”…the workouts are designed to help you function in day to day, regular life…the reminders are phrases like  “don’t forget to hip hinge when getting the kid out of the carseat” or “when you are brushing your teeth, go ahead and add a calf stretch here”… Workouts that are easy to remember, even when not in front of the screen.

And lastly, but not leastlyleast? Leastly? Last but not least?.. Ahem…

#5 Beth Learn, the founder of Fit2b, understands what it’s like to juggle life, fitness, functionality, fun, frugality (yay alliteration!), motherhood and everything in-between and speaks to that in the workouts. There are a few that are what I think of as “working ons” because its areas that I need to work on on a daily basis…. rest…taking time to heal (see the blog about 6 weeks recovery), respecting and listening to my body and honoring the limits that I have in place at certain times in my life….see the blogs on pregnancy and avoiding inversions during menstruation.

Fit2b is currently having a sale on their already low prices…if you have ever been waiting to try it out, now is the time. You can even get gift vouchers to give to that best friend/accountability buddy so you can both be doing it…or to bless that new momma friend that can’t find time to go out and focus on herself, but so needs to…. Fit2b is about more than just workouts, there is a whole community out there that uplifts and supports each other in all of our moments…the workout moments, the working-on moments and everything in betwen. I guess thats reason #6 why I don’t want or need a gym membership.

Fit2B Studio

*By clicking on and purchasing through one of the links I provide as an affiliate of Fit2b, they are kind enough to provide me with a small percentage of that sale, which then goes towards family fun and mommy sanity – i.e. coffee! Thankyou!*

Book Review “The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine

Hello all,

While I know many of you are not females, I thought I would put up reviews of books other than just the ones that I am getting through the CSFF Blog Tour.

For those of you who don’t know, I am an avid reader and am usually reading anywhere from 1-4 books at a time. No, I do not mean ALL at the same time, but I flip back and forth through them all. Also, Cris and I are expecting our first child in December, a little girl whom we’ve decided to name Sarah Hope.  Sooooo since my mind is turned also towards pregnancy and getting ready for labor and delivery, you might see some book reviews dealing with those topics.

Today’s book is “The Girlfriends guide to Pregnancy- or everything your doctor won’t tell you” by Vicki Iovine.

I picked this book up because I had a girlfriend who read it through her first pregnancy and shared some snippets of the book with me that were absolutely hilarious so I thought it might be a good investment. My joy was made even more when I was able to get it for $5.00 at a semi-local maternity store in Hillsboro called “Angel Belly” (LOOOOOOOOVED this store! Check them out…the proprietor of the store is superb!).

While reading this book, I did find many humerous stories about either labor, delivery, the husband during either of those two events, and all around information about being pregnant that made me feel like a normal human being instead of some science experiment for everyone to ogle over! lol

The sad thing about this book, is that I also found alot of language that I did not particularly care for. While the author in no way that I can read from the book claims any christianity, I just did not see any need for some vulgar language to be used.  That is one of the pitfalls of this book, another one, is that there were instances in the book that encouraged you to just lie to your husband to get more out of him, as in being able to rest more, or being able to take advantage of his kindness, and THAT I do not approve of.

As I said, she does not claim any christianity, and I think the book would have been made better without the language and the lying, but overall it DID give me some useful information that I have had questions about, but have been too embarrassed to ask my midwife about.

I think I would give the book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. I liked the humour, but I can get alot of the information from talking to other moms and also from asking my doctor…despite the embarassment!

Thats all I have to say about this book. More reviews coming later.

New Chapter….

So my husband and I just recently found out that we are expecting a child in December… I am stealing off of his idea for it being a new chapter in our life and am thinking about bringing a twist into it.

The other day at church, I was listening to the person bringing the Lords Supper talk and was reminded of the suffering he went through and how God saw his own son suffer and then my mind started thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus and how she must have felt as a mother seeing her son suffer… and that brought my mind to thinking of when we usually celebrate the birth of Christ, which is right around my due date- December 27th. I got to thinking about how as parents it must have been super hard to see Jesus suffer, knowing and thinking about the thoughts you had while he was in your womb, and for God seeing him suffer knowing he could stop it and yet knowing that it was needed.

Obviously, being a mom (well, in about 8 months I will be!) I was thinking about the journey that Mary must have gone through. So I thought about chroniclingmy pregnancy and the feelings and emotions that go with it, and comparing that to what the scripture has to say about Mary’s pregnancy. Just a thought for now, I will try to write some here tonight, but as for the rest of the pregnancy, we will see what happens. I hear things have a way of interfering in “normal” day to day life. Lord willing, I will be able to do this at least once a week. For some of you guys out there, it might not mean as much, but hopefully that doesn’t stop ya from checking out! Please feel free to comment on what you think might have been going on in Mary’s mind, or Josephs mind for that matter. Don’t refrain from commenting just cuz its about pregnancy, I will try not to put anything gross (altho, some of it may seem gross, I apologize in advance) or inappropriate in here.

6 WEEKS ALONG (ME):

Emotional State: I am so excited for this child to enter the world and yet so nervous at the same time. I feel blessed that we will get to be parents, but also worried at times that we will not be adequately qualified to raise this child in the best way possible.   Or that we will miss out on teaching it some important thing that its going to need for later on in life.  I feel overwhelmed at all of the possibilities that there are for things to go wrong, and also at all the possibilities for all the things we “need” to get done before the 9 months are up.  There have been times when someone has mentioned how big (or little) our family is, and normally I just think of Cris and I and then *WHAM* I remember that I am pregnant and there is another one to consider into the equation now. At times it is easy for me not to think about being pregnant because my belly is not super huge yet and I can’t feel anything, so when I don’t think about it and someone brings something up, it hits me fast and hard that I am going to be a mommy and I am so not ready for it yet.

The physicalchanges I am going through are that I am super tired alllllllllllthe time, regardless of how much sleep I get. I get nausea at all times of the day, thankfully without the vomiting yet, and it typically goes away if I eat something or drink some water. I feel sorry for my husband who has to put up with me crying at him teasing me sometimes, and then laughing and in the middle of laughing I start crying because the teasing was “mean” to my poor shattered emotional state. 🙂

This was written obviously a couple of weeks ago as I am  now 8 weeks alongand I meant to finish the rest of this, but due to pregnancy related problems, (nausea and just a general feeling of icky-ness) it has been hard for me to even write the things I have committed to other people that I would write (such as book reviews for the Christians Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour).

Suffice it to say, this has been brewing in my head for awhile.

I have had what some might deem as the “typical” pregnancy symptoms… nausea, constipation, soreness, tiredness, tummy feeling “full”, weight loss (from not being able to eat!), emotional roller coasting, and while this all might be true that they are typical, it feels anything BUT typical to me.

That could be because this is my first time experiencing anything like this, but I did not realize how much of my life just an early pregnancy would affect. I thought that I would be more tired later on, when my stomach is out past my toes, or when I am getting ready to pop… I did not think that at only 2 Months Alongthat this would have such an affect on who I feel I am (I don’t feel like a “mom” yet, but I guess technically, I am), and who I think others view me as, I am not Becky anymore… I am Becky and Baby… or sometimes people come up and don’t see me, they just pat my tummy (without my permission I might add, add tummy pats to a nauseous belly… not a good combination), or who my husband sees me as. Sometimes  I think he sees me as a ball of emotions. Thankfully, he has a good sense of humour, and is very loving and patient and can deal with me when I cry at the fact that there are no good Teriyaki shops around St. Helens like there was on every street corner in Seattle. Yes, that actually happened… just last night.

I have had very few cravings, and Teriyaki and Rice was the one I had last night… I have had more, but those I don’t consider real as they lasted for only about 5 minutes until I saw another commercial for some other food product. 🙂

Then you consider all the thoughts whirling around in my head… “I wonder when I’ll be able to feel it moving” or “I wonder if it can hear my voice yet” or sometimes even the “I wonder how cris is going to handle a newborn baby” just to mention a few and I feel like I am….addle-brained. I know many women have gone through this before and that God, the ultimate designer and creator, has made a woman’s body to be able to handle these changes, but its all sooooo new, despite it going on for ages and ages past. 

I will try to post about Mary’s side of this sometime later this week…