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Week 39 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a water melon? Somewhere over 7-8 pounds – based on ultrasound THREE weeks ago.  What do you think based on the picture below?  Can you tell I’m over it?


Weight Gain – 25 pounds. I actually lost weight this week.  I literally can’t wait to see how big this baby is.  I can feel the mold of what makes up her back and torso and it isn’t small.  My first daughter was 7 lbs 11 oz, 21 inches long.  My second?  7 lbs 12 oz, 21 inches long.  Both were born earlier than this one.

Movement – One word.  Uncomfortable.  Movement these days is intentional.  When pressed in certain directions, I literally almost jump out of my seat.

Sleep – I’m sleeping!  Less anxiety these days.   After finding out another week would go by before our daughter would be born, I finally accepted that I have absolutely no control over child birth.  Maybe I was a little cocky going into round 3?  Like, I know my body – I got this.  Nope.  I don’t got this.  Clearly our third daughter is in charge.

What I miss – I can’t really think of anything.  Seriously.

Best Moments this Week – I made the most out of this week with my girls.  Neither of them were in camps or activities this week, so we got to spend some quality time together.  I have never been and will never be a mom who gets a sitter for the day only to go on with my own activities all day.  I left my full time job to be a mom, so I take pride in finding ways to stay engaged with my children.


We went out to breakfast.  Even if it’s only a half hour activity, getting a chance to sit down and eat together at a restaurant is way more fun than staying at the house.

We finally went to the Myers Park Library to get our library cards and attend story time. Surprisingly, we ran into several friends that we had not seen in weeks.  We got there early enough that we could play with puzzles, check out our own books and read some stories before the FREE event began.


We took ownership in our “makeup” and nail polish.  No.  I don’t think my girls need make up.  I certainly don’t wear a lot.  However, they are intrigued by touching and using  the products right now.  That said, I have realized that if I make them responsible for their own products, they are more likely to take care of my products.  We headed to Target so each girl could get their own small make up bag, some chapstick, a bottle of nail polish, some powder and some make up wipes.  Nothing big, but they now have a place to put their jewelry, toothbrushes and overnight accessories.  They are “big girls”.


My husband took Friday off of work in anticipation that I might be admitted to the hospital to meet our daughter.  Either way, we had tickets to the PGA Tournament that day (so he had a back up plan).  After learning that I had not progressed much during the week (and we would not meet our daughter), we asked the girls what they wanted to do.  We headed to the park.  What a way to shift focus and move on with our day.


After we went to the park, I told my husband to go to the tournament.  While I would miss the event, I didn’t want our tickets to go to waste.  I sat around and felt sorry for myself for about two hours before I rallied the girls to go shopping with me before stopping at Sunflower Bakery for some cookies.  They obliged.  I absolutely love shopping with them now.  Not only do they actually enjoy it, but they are so freaking cute!

Thank you Pink Social for carrying such adorable Carolina Panther gear.  We even picked up a little tee for the baby to wear as we wrap up summer.


And, I’m still not done.  After spending all day with the girls during the week, I convinced my husband to go with us to see the Lion King in theaters on Saturday.

Looking forward to – I mean.  Do I have to answer this?  Labor.  Do people really look forward to that?  I am dying to feel like I am going into labor.  I know my husband is as eager as I am to meet our final addition.  He sure does love his girls.

Cravings – Not many cravings these days.  Favorite at home meal this week was turkey tacos with fresh guacamole, cooked corn, and jalapeños from the garden. My husband and I snuck out for dinner at Cafe Monte on Saturday for some much needed adult time.


Symptoms – I have trouble getting in and out of the car.  I don’t know why I was ever worried about diastatis recti.  I have no control at this point.  I have no abs.

Workouts – Lots of Flywheel.  I lost interest in strength workouts this week.  My large stature makes lifting uncomfortable and undesirable.  Further, the chance of rain most of the week put a damper on my intentions to walk/run.

  • Monday – Strength workout in the garage.
  • Tuesday  – Ride 3:30 PM Flywheel with Shelby.
  • Wednesday – I went for a RUN! 3 miles at that.  I mean thanks (but no thanks) to everyone who has told me I should walk to get the baby to drop.  I’m pretty sure that running would get me there.


  • Thursday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Brandon.
  • Friday – Ride (AGAIN) Flywheel Charlotte with Shelby.
  • Saturday – I got myself together and did a short strength workout in the garage.  I can still do pull ups!
  • Sunday – I rode with Brie at Flywheel.  Girl.  That class.  The best I have taken in months.

Week 33 – Round 3 (How Did We Get This Far Already?)

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a head of lettuce. Approximately 4 pounds.

Weight Gain – 24 Pounds.  Mostly all anterior chain (front of body).  My belly is getting exponentially bigger each day that passes.  I can’t believe that I still have several weeks to go.  I also can’t believe we are already this close to welcoming our third child to the world.



Movement –  There is movement when I stand, when I ride, when I sit down, and when I lay down.  It never stops.

Sleep – My schedule kind of came together perfectly this week to allow me to get a lot of rest in over several days.  While I was up early training people or teaching at Flywheel the first part of the week, I was able to sleep in as late as 8 AM on Saturday.   The girls have been sleeping later which has helped everyone get more rest on the days that we don’t have to get up early.

What I miss – Beer.  College football.  Just a few days after baby is born college football will literally be kicking off!  Let the fun begin.

Best Moments this Week – Where do I begin?  I mentioned in my post last week that my youngest daughter opted not to participate in soccer practice at all.  It is incredible how much things can change any given day or hour with children.  This week she not only participated in practice but she showed me another level of skill that I had never seen from her.  She literally did everything the coach asked her to do.  That was enough for me to come back next week.


My oldest daughter even cheered her on and felt so inclined to join her to clean up soccer balls after practice.  It will be interesting to see if she asks me to sign her up too.


People were asking me all week what my big plans were for the Fourth of July.  My answer?  Not much.  The heat and humidity have definitely been less tolerable for me lately.  I have never been this far along in a pregnancy during the hottest time of the year.


Our plans of attending the fireworks at Pops in the Park on Saturday evening diminished as a thunderstorm rolled through right around dinner time.  There was a chance of thunderstorms the rest of the evening.  We didn’t want to press our luck with the girls, so my husband settled in with a drink at the house and we watched a movie.

IMG_5654The next evening we helped the girls light off sparklers and grilled out with my family.

Looking forward to – My next doctor visit.  Let’s talk about all of the decisions that I am weighing.  At this point, my husband and I do not foresee us wanting to have another child.  Each time that I go to the doctor they ask me if I have considered birth control for post partum.  I anticipate that happening but it wasn’t until the doctor (not my regular) asked me if I wanted my tubes tied should I need a c-section that reality struck me.  Do I really want to be done?  There is a very low chance that I will need a c-section (since both of my children were born naturally), however, after giving it a lot of thought, I don’t think I am ready to permanently close the baby department.


Here’s the thing.  I am 32 years old.  That is SO young.  I feel so fortunate that I have been able to conceive children somewhat easily even with PCOS.  My doctor is incredible at reading my body and making me feel at ease every step of the way.  I feel like I went off on a tangent, but the point is, I see my regular doctor next week and I am looking forward to talking through all of these feelings with her at that time.

Cravings – Too much food.  The girls love going to the Chick-Fil-A down the street from our house to play on the playground.  While the food is tempting, they actually prefer not to eat when they are there, but rather play.  Maybe it’s because it’s shaded perfectly?  I don’t know, but I have no problem letting them run out their energy there assuming I can keep my food temptations under control.


On the days that I feel pretty hungry before rolling up to the “fast food” restaurant, I order a chargrilled chicken wrap and large water.  You have got to love the ice chips there.  If I am not feeling that hungry, I have figured out that I can order a six piece chicken nugget, large fry, two milks and large water to feed the three of us.

Symptoms – A little swelling on days I don’t drink enough water.

Workouts – At this point in my last pregnancy I was done running.  In fact, I answered the question, “What I miss” with a long run around Charlotte.  Thanks to the new belly band that I am wearing in my bump picture above, I have been able to maintain run/walks around the neighborhood over three miles.

  • Monday – I taught my regularly scheduled 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – Strength workout in the garage.   Ask and I will send!
  • Wednesday – RUN around the neighborhood.  Workout was 5 minutes run, 1 minute walk for six rounds.  Average pace including running and walking was 10:43/mile for 3.4 miles.  Note, prior to being pregnant, I would be running around a 7:00/mile pace before walking.  I have slowed down quite a bit!
  • Thursday – Since I dropped my Thursday morning run group, I have been trying to ride at Flywheel on these days to get some cross training in.  For two weeks in a row, I have jumped in Meghan Lee’s 9:45 AM Flywheel class.  To give you some perspective on exertion level, my total power number was 263 this week (while maintaining an average heart rate of 127 bpm).  I went on to teach my regularly scheduled 3:30PM class that afternoon.


  • Friday – Friday has basically become my strictly strength day in the garage.  As I said above, check out some of my workouts on social media or just ask.
  • Saturday – I went for yet another run!  Same loop as Wednesday at about the same pace.  Run/walking is the name of the game.
  • Sunday – I taught my regularly scheduled 7:30 AM Flywheel class.


I want to use this section to also thank everyone that I have trained or still train both personally or at Flywheel over the past few months.  Your support as I continue to slow down my ability to demo many of the things I ask you to do has been incredible.  I received a sweet card and gift from the high school students that I coached pole vault to this past spring in the mail this week.  I also had a friend and rider at Flywheel bring us some homemade pesto to make grilled flatbreads with.




Week 17 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of the palm of your hand (approximately 3-5 ounces)

Weight Gain – 10 Pounds – Holding steady at about a pound a week in the second trimester.


Movement –Starting to feel little kicks very low in my belly.  I typically feel nothing when I am on my feet moving around with the kids/working out.  It is when I finally sit down at night that I feel something.  My one cup of a coffee a day doesn’t even get her moving.

Sleep – Sleeping great these days.  I am less restless and sleeping through the night.  My parents offered to have the girls over for a “sleepover” this week, so we jumped at the chance to have a parents night in.


The girls took ownership in packing for their trip up the road.  While the picture above may seem like a lot of stuff, there was actually more.  I thought they would miss me, but I missed them more.  We didn’t hear from them all night.


We haven’t had a date night in a few weeks, so we bounced around a few places (while I enjoyed “mocktails”) before joining friends for dinner at Block & Grinder.  We were still in bed by 10PM.

What I miss – It’s funny because I looked back at what I said week 17 in my second pregnancy, and I feel exactly the same.  The answer?  I don’t miss much.  Right now, I am enjoying the second trimester energy surge and the fact that this will be my last time experiencing a baby growing in my belly.

Best Moments this Week – I would say date night in, but I have already talked about that.  In all seriousness, spending quality time with my girls has been the best part of the week.  They were out of school on Tuesday because of a teacher workday.  Lucky for us, the weather was nice, and some of the other parents had coordinated playdates for the week.


Realizing my time with just the two of them is getting shorter, I am trying to get them out of the house (either together or by themselves) and excited about doing something with their mom.  If something fun comes up, I work to be unselfish with my own time to let them have time with me to themselves.  Even if that means my youngest daughter asks me to take her to the playground at Chicfila for lunch at 10:30 AM.



Cravings – I am finally starting to enjoy eating healthy foods again.  I am craving less salty, high fat foods and more fruits and vegetables.  I opted to eat a salad several days this week.  Bring on the veggies!  The picture below is a salad from Johnny Burrito.  If you haven’t made it over there, you are missing out.


Symptoms – Whatever took over my hands last week is gone and hasn’t come back since.  No real symptoms other than a bigger stomach.  I haven’t started wearing maternity pants yet.  However, my wardrobe most often revolves around elastic waistband athletic pants.

Workouts –To be honest, I am feeling stronger than ever.  My OB/GYN rode in my Thursday Flywheel class, so I had time to catch up with her outside of the office.  Having a relationship with her like this has made all three of my pregnancies significantly less stressful.  She encourages my workouts and supports all FOUR Flywheel instructors who are pregnant at this moment in time.  That’s right, I said FOUR.

  • Monday – 6:30 AM Flywheel – I just taught my class.  I have also been volunteer coaching pole vault in the afternoon at Myers Park High School.  I consider all of the walking around that I do in the track area a workout.


  • Tuesday – Knowing the girls had a teacher workday and I would not get any time to squeeze in a workout, I woke up early to do a garage workout before my husband left for work.
    • 15 minute warm up Run
    • 2 Rounds
      • Bosu knee to chest crunch, raise legs over hurdles x 8 each side (HARD)
      • Bosu Burpee x 10
      • Ape Crawl x 25 yards (this will be the last week I can do this, belly is too big)
      • Glute Bridge, heels in TRX, mini band around thighs x25
    • 2 Rounds
      • Side Knee to Elbow on Bosu x 25 each
      • Lunge on Bosu with Bicep Curl x 10 each
      • Leg Raise with Flex Arm Hang on Gymnastics Rings x 10
      • TRX row x 15
    • 2 Rounds
      • Side Step Up x 10
      • Ab Mat Sit Up x 25
      • Pull Up x 10
      • Overhead Press x 15

*Let’s talk about the fact that I am still doing straight leg toes to bar.  My doctor was surprised I could still do these (not in a bad way, but she is interested to see how much longer I can do them).  That said, I will attempt to continue to do them before modifying by doing knees to elbow.

  • Wednesday – While I have energy, I have been trying to keep my strength work consistent.  I did a shorter workout Wednesday that embodied aspects of obstacle race training.
    • 2 Rounds
      • Run 800m easy
      • Marching crunch on Bosu x 25 each
      • Pushup with one arm roll out x 10 each side
      • Elastic Band Upright Row with shoulder rotation to overhead press x 10 (HARD, but great for shoulder mobility)
      • Miliband around thighs, side walk x 15 each leg x 3 rounds
    • 4 Rounds
      • Run 400m
      • 15 Pushups
      • 5 Pull Ups
      • 25 Squats
      • 5 Pull Ups
      • 15 Pushups
  • Thursday – I ran an early morning workout with my run group before teaching Flywheel at 3:30.


*Let’s talk about my run intensity on the one day I do interval training a week.  The workout that the group did was as follows:

  • 1.5 mile warm up
  • 5 Rounds – Run 1000m, recover 400m

I only did 4 rounds, and my pace was somewhat consistent outside of the first round.  If you look at line 3, 5, 8, and 10, you can see my 1000m breaks.  I averaged about an 8:00/mile pace when I was on.  When I was recovering, I was closer to a 10:00 mile.  That said, prior to getting pregnant, my average interval pace would have been somewhere around 6:45-7:00 pace.  I am dropping anywhere between a minute to a minute and a half of speed when I am on.  I am totally okay with this.  I am also totally okay with being done when I feel like being done (which on this day was before everyone else).  I feel excited about the fact that I am just outside being active.

  • Friday – After a long week, I spent some time playing around in the garage, but not doing a structured workout.  I did end up seeing how many pull ups I could do.  Somehow I managed to do 12.  I am shocked I still have the ability to pull up the additional weight that many times.
  • Saturday – For two weeks in a row, I have gotten up early to get a “longish” run in before the kids wake up.  On these days, my goal is to run easy.  That said, I try to keep my heart rate in the 140s, leaving my pace somewhere in the 9:30/10:00 mile range.  On this day, I squeeze in 4.78 mile at  9:41 pace.


I went on to train my obstacle training group later that morning – this time only watching people workout and not actually doing a workout myself.  The first Charlotte Spartan Race is coming up in less than 4 weeks!


  • Sunday – I taught my regular 7:30 AM Flywheel class, which was rough with the time change!




“You Must Work Out All The Time”

Someone said that to me this week.  I guess you should ask yourself what you consider all the time.  The comment made me think.  How much do I work out?  In the grand scheme of things, my day to day workouts vary so much depending on what I have going on.  That said, in order to figure out the answer to my own question, I decided to keep track of my workouts for one week.  I have a watch that tracks sleep, steps and activity.  I actually put it to use to share with you how hard I am pushing myself and what I am doing each day.



My schedule is pretty simple on Sunday.  I teach two back to back classes at Flywheel first thing in the morning – 6:30/7:30 AM.  I ride to what I teach to, typically in the middle range.  For my first class, I set the activity on my watch to “Indoor-Bike” and tracked my energy level.  The instructor bike does not give accumulated power any more, so I can’t share that with you.  That said, in 43 minutes, my stats are listed below:

  • Max HR – 176 beats per minute
  • Average HR – 138 beats per minute
  • Calories – 307

Fair enough.  I did not set my activity for round 2, but let’s go off the first class.


I taught my afternoon Cross Conditioning Class at Crossfit Mecklenburg, but I did not participate.  I strictly spend this time monitoring form and my clients.

Total Steps – 15,915


I am exclusively back at Flywheel for two classes – 6:30/10:45 AM.  See stats from Sunday above for an idea of what type of effort I am putting in.  That’s the end of my day on Monday.  I do not typically train anyone Monday afternoon and I do not do any other exercise myself.


Total Steps – 10,727 Steps


I lead a workout at 6:20 AM every Tuesday out of Freedom Park with the focus on conditioning through sprints and hill repeats.  I do not participate.


I train several clients throughout the day on Tuesday in personal sessions.

I was exhausted Tuesday.  I try to wake up to work out before my running workout on Tuesday, but this week I wasn’t feeling it.  I was supposed to teach a class at Flywheel at 11:45AM, but it got cancelled around 10:30 AM.  That said, with the time I had a sitter available (when I was supposed to teach), I got a solid strength workout in.  Combination of running, weights and core work.

Total Time – 41:54 seconds

Distance – 2.4 miles

Max HR – 194 bpm

Average HR – 159 bpm

Calories – 343

I had to cancel my afternoon clients to take my youngest daughter to the doctor due to a high fever and congestion.  That’s my life.  Unexpected and unplanned.


Total Steps – 13,026 Steps


I use Wednesday to specifically train range of motion, core, stretching and primal movements.  It’s low impact.  It’s light running.  I had to take my car to the shop to get the oil changed at 7 AM.  I was set up to leave the car for an hour while they completed the work.  I wore my workout clothes.  I mapped a route.  I ran to a local park.  I did a few exercises. I ran back to the shop just in time to pick up my car.  Talk about multi tasking.

Total Time – 40:00 minutes

Max HR – 176 bpm

Average HR – 140 bpm

Calories -3 00

That’s it.  With my youngest still sick, I limited the number of people that I trained, and I stayed home a better part of the day while my parents and friends helped take my oldest out to do things.  I got away for about an hour and a half in the afternoon to attend a training at Flywheel.


Total Steps – 13,511 Steps


My new speed/hill training day.  After a round of drinks several weeks ago, two of my good running friends and I decided we would start a high intensity running day to train speed and strength on hills.  So far, so good.  The group continues to build.  I have to say the past few weeks have been rough for me.  The combination of not much sleep with increasing humidity and heat has left me feeling gassed in the middle of these workouts.  Regardless, I am making the effort.  I am out there.  I am thankful for the friends that push me.


Total Time – 39:12

Distance – 5.02 miles

Average heart rate – 179 bpm

Maximum heart rate – 195 bpm

Calories – 409

I trained one client in the morning before taking my youngest daughter back to the doctor.  Three days straight with a fever over 100!  She seemed to be getting better.  We came home for lunch before I left to teach a Flywheel class that afternoon at 3:30PM.  See average stats from Sunday for one Flywheel class.


I taught my Cross Conditioning Spartan class at 6:30 PM that evening, but I did not participate.  Whew!  Thursday is a long day.

Total Steps – 17,268 Steps


Maybe I’m getting sick.  Maybe I just need some rest.  Here I am Friday.  I woke up early to squeeze a workout in.  I blew it.  I went out in the garage with no plan.  I started doing an old workout that my husband had written down and left out there.  I got 20 minutes in and I thought “hell with it.”  I went inside to take a shower.  It was (and still is) one of those days.  I chalked it up and told myself to stop going through the motions before I headed to Fox 46 Charlotte for a demo workout about the Spartan Revolution event this Sunday.


My reason for writing this all out is because I wanted to give people a realistic view of how difficult it is for me on certain days to even have a chance to work out for myself.  In looking back some days are way busier than others.  It is safe to say that I typically walk over 10,00 steps every day.  It is also safe to say that I spend on average about 1 hour working out each day (that includes my 20 minute workout on Friday).  Some days are a set schedule which certainly holds me accountable, but other days I have to figure out how to make it work.  This is certainly something that I work with my clients on.  Most importantly, I stay the most active by being on my feet toting my sweet girls around.  I also eat relatively healthy.  All of this is something I would be willing to work with clients on should they ask.