Five things Friday 02.27.15

by Danica on February 27, 2015

Happy Friday!

a few random things from this week…

1.  I’m itching to redesign my blog.  It looks so congested to me right now and I’m ready for a new look.  I want to do it myself, but I’m terribly impaired when it comes to both technology and design, so it’ll be quite interesting.  I won’t be attempting it for at least a couple of weeks (see #5) and when I do I’ll give you a warning because who knows what will happen when I attempt to change everything ;)

2.  I felt the baby move for the first time earlier this week!!!  It was an incredible feeling – I can’t even imagine what it’ll feel like once the baby really starts moving in there and I feel its kicks and flips regularly.  I haven’t felt these flutters more than a couple of times, but I’m told it’s the baby!

Zida resting on the baby bump - felt baby's movements!

Zida loves to rest her head on my belly – I think she just knows something special is going on in there.

3.  Less than 3 weeks until we find out if Baby Buss is a boy or a girl!  I’ll certainly share on the blog once we’ve had a chance to tell our family and friends.  Do you have a prediction?!?  Jesse’s convinced it’s a girl, and I just have no idea.

4.  Smoothies are an everyday occurrence for me right now – poured into a bowl or mug and topped with nuts and/or granola.

smoothie in a bowl with walnuts and granola

5.  We have visitors coming for the next two weeks!  I can’t even stand how excited I am.  Because of that though, I may not blog at all for 2+ weeks – I just want to enjoy the time they’re here.  I’ll check back in when I have a chance!

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

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How I’m Exercising During this Pregnancy

by Danica on February 26, 2015

The fitness aspect of this blog has really been lacking lately, and I miss it!  I miss writing about half marathon training, strength training, all things running, and lessons I learn from yoga that help with my running.  I just kind of miss running right now!

But it’s all fine and good – I obviously wouldn’t trade anything about this pregnancy for a single run – I’m just looking forward to challenging myself in that aspect of fitness in the future.

pregnancy workout

Today I thought I’d share what I am doing for workouts during this pregnancy.

I’m clearly not running – not that I think running during pregnancy is bad, it’s just that I don’t think it’s right for me.  My body (cycle, hormones, etc.) was sensitive to it before getting pregnant, so I’m not willing to risk anything by running now.

I’m also not trying any workouts that are brand new to me.  I fear doing anything that could throw me off balance or challenge me so much that I push too hard (I tend to be really competitive with myself).

That’s the thing about fitness during pregnancy though…every single woman is different, so she needs to listen to her body and choose whatever is right for her and her baby.

I’m doing something active each day, and I try to pay attention to how I’m feeling that day to guide what workout I choose.  I’m also more aware of how I feel during workouts – no more trying to zone out during cardio, I try to pay close attention to how my body is responding.

Here are the workouts I’m currently doing during this pregnancy:

  • Walkinglots of walking.  This is my go-to.  I enjoy it, I can really get moving and work up a bit of a sweat if I want, and I know that it’s just really beneficial for my body and this growing baby.
  • Strength Training.  I do 1-2 strength workouts a week, just right in my living room while watching tv or listening to music.  I often do workouts like this one….squats, lunges, push-ups (on my knees because that’s just how I roll these days), bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, (short-lived) side planks, etc.
  • Yoga.  I’ve been to a couple prenatal yoga classes at our gym, and I often do some yoga at home.  I don’t do anything fancy or even do it for very long, but I’ve found that I get really tight really quickly lately, particularly in my hip flexors, so I do some sort of stretching every day.
  • Cardio on the Stationary Bike and the Elliptical.  These are in our apartment’s fitness room, so I sometimes hop on these machines for a day’s workout.  I don’t go nearly as intensely as I did pre-pregnancy, but they always make me sweat a bit and they’re a nice change-up from walking.

The thing with pregnancy though is that things are (literally) changing every day, so I’m trying to be sensitive to those changes and just go with the flow in terms of adjusting my routines.  So far, so good.

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If you’ve ever been pregnant, what did you do for movement during that time?

If you’ve never been pregnant and are curious, what questions do you have about working out when pregnant? 

I’m no fitness expert but I can answer about my own my experiences so far.

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February Recipe Roundup

February 25, 2015

Continuing on with one of my 2015 goals, here are the recipes I made this month: ** Sticky, Ooey, Gooey Paleo Cinnamon Rolls from Paleo Grubs We made these on Valentine’s Day.  They really didn’t stick together well but they tasted awesome.  It’s definitely a recipe we’d make again, I just would bake it as a full […]

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This weekend, I learned that…

February 23, 2015

…sometimes I need a break from snapping pictures for the blog. …I’m craving salads for the first time since being pregnant, and I’m taking full advantage of it. …my sister and mom are such blessings – I love them so much.  (but I’ve obviously known this for a very long time) …pregnancy can be exhausting…it’s really no […]

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Book Reviews: Made to Crave, Yes Please, and Growing Up Duggar

February 19, 2015

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst synopsis: Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. […]

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Link Love #7

February 18, 2015

I hope you can find something enjoyable to read in this roundup! –> weighing on the whole Fifty Shades of Grey book/movie issue…. (these are both completely worth the read!) Christian perspective: Christian Women and Christian Grey  (from Scissortail Silk) non-Christian perspective: A Letter to my Children about Fifty Shades of Grey  (from Scary Mommy) –> […]

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My Life Goal

February 17, 2015

Do you ever ponder your purpose in life?  Or think about what your goal for life is? I think about these questions often actually. Here’s what I’ve come up with for myself… purpose My purpose is first and foremost to love God and serve people – to show His love in the way I treat […]

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Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015

February 16, 2015

I vote that Valentine’s Day be on a Saturday every year. Our day consisted of a good breakfast… the homemade (paleo) cinnamon rolls didn’t stay together but they tasted really good!  I’ll share the recipe at the end of the month when I do another roundup. a long walk with Zida… she was sleepy for […]

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Link Love #6

February 12, 2015

–> Tomato Basil Soup with Curry Croutons (from Yes, I Want Cake) –> How to Cure Your Fear of the Future (from Holley Gerth) –> 10 Truths About Stress & Pregnancy (from Mind, Body, Green) –> Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars (from Money Saving Mom) these would be great for a Valentine’s Day treat!  […]

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Baby Buss #1

February 11, 2015

Just a fun little “survey” about this pregnancy and our baby… About Me Name: Danica Age: 24 now, but I’ll be 25 when baby comes Height: 5’ 5″ Hair color: Brown (pretty dark, with a few highlight streaks from the sun) Eye color: Green(ish) About the Father Name: Jesse Age: 25 (his birthday is at the end of August so he’ll get […]

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