Monthly Archives: March 2014

FAB Fitness: 14 weeks (weekly workouts)

Monday: Prenatal yoga

Wednesday: .97 mile walk

Sometime on Tuesday I started getting a headache and I’m pretty sure it didn’t go away until Thursday morning, but it never ventured into migraine territory (thank goodness) but my plans to run after work turned into a brief walk with the hubs and pup instead.

Saturday: 4 mile run (9:44 pace)

The weather took another turn for the worst (temps dropped significantly below freezing) so I hit the gym for my Saturday run. I was planning to run three miles and even though I didn’t feel the greatest going into this, I ended up deciding to tack on an additional mile because I was feeling so good. Basketball on the treadmill TV helped pass the time and the Chipotle the husband had waiting for me at home also was a nice incentive to turn up the pace and get this run in the books!

Sunday: 2.28 mile walk

This winter has not just been hard on us, I think it’s been hard on our furry friends as well. We try to still keep up with walks and trips to the dog park, but our dog also just doesn’t seem to be feeling it when it’s SO cold outside. So I bundled up and took Cole along for my walk.


I wish I would have gotten that run in earlier in the week, but I’m not sweating it even though Shamrock Shuffle is this Sunday! I’m heading to Chicago with Andrea for the weekend and excited to be running on the Chicago Oiselle team. Crossing my fingers for good weather!

Not too much new on the pregnancy front. I didn’t even take a bump pic this week because I don’t feel like much has changed. I have been craving red meat lately though, so thinking I might be lacking enough iron in my diet. Other than that, heading to my monthly prenatal appointment later this morning — I can’t believe the next appointment will be the halfway mark!

Is anyone else racing this weekend?


FAB Fitness: Workouts Lately

So I’m going to start up my weekly workout recaps now that I’m working out regularly again, but for now I’ll just recap some highlights from the past few weeks.

I call this one my “Comeback Run:”

It wasn’t fast (3.05 miles at 11:25 pace) but it got done and it didn’t hurt!

Walking never felt so good:

Although taking the dog for a walk with the hubs is one of my favorite activities, I previously thought of myself as physically incapable to going for a walk on my own. I would just get so bored and feel like it was taking SO LONG — and I’m a pretty fast walker! But ever since some time around my eighth week of pregnancy, walking has felt AMAZING. And I’ve never doubted that walking can be a great workout — I mean speed walkers mean business!

A prenatal yoga virgin, no more:

After a long and tiring day at work, I’ll be honest — I did not feel like going to yoga. But I knew my friend Jen was waiting for me and I’m so glad I went! Class started out with everyone introducing themselves and although there were a few parts of class that weirded me out at first (like when we sang to our unborn babies) I found myself really enjoying the deeper connection I felt with baby during class. And although it wasn’t nearly as intense (obviously) as Bikram or a “regular” vinyasa class, but parts of the class were definitely still challenging! And I left with that usual feeling of yoga bliss — just with a little less sweat than usual!

Preggo personal training:

A fabulous early morning session with my personal trainer, Dawn, was just as much an amazingly educational lesson as it was a great workout. We went through some basic exercises that are really great for preparing for childbirth, as well as some exercises that are best to avoid during pregnancy. If I get my act together, I’ll do a separate post on this topic at some point. And Dawn tipped me off to a great resource: 10 minute prenatal pilates. So awesome. My arms and legs were jelly by the end!

Running and college basketball:

This past weekend, I headed to the gym to get in a few miles on the treadmill. The Big Ten tournament was on so the miles flew by. Although this run didn’t feel as effortless as the last, I was really happy with the pace I was able to comfortably maintain (I did three miles at 9:52 pace). I walked briefly a few times and drank more water than I normally would, but felt pretty great, overall.

Back to back runs:

The sunshine was calling my name and after the hubs got back from his 20-miler, I was itching to get outside for a run. It was still a bit chilly, so I had to bundle up. Once I started running, it was clear that my body was not ready for me to run a second day in a row. I was only planning on running two miles, so I tacked on a little extra and took some extended walking breaks (2.45 miles at 10:29 pace). Still happy I got out there and got moving.

Juicy hips:

I woke up sore on Monday after those back-to-back runs so I was really looking forward to prenatal yoga. We had a different instructor for this class and I loved her!  She did a little “juicy hips” series that felt amazing and I loved her energy.

The rest of this week I’m hoping to get in a couple of runs (Shamrock Shuffle is next weekend already!) and if I’m feeling brave I might sign up for a barre class at the studio I’ve been doing yoga at. I’m also looking forward to a prenatal massage this weekend. I’ve heard mixed reviews about prenatal massages, so we’ll see how it goes!

How were your workouts this past week?

Do you get bored “just walking?”

Keeping myself in check (in more ways than one)

First things, first: Marie was the winner of the Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt giveaway!

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Marie, please email me at hyedi [dot] nelson [at] gmail [dot] com. Congrats!

First up — keeping my health in check: So if you read my impossibly long first trimester recap, you might have picked up on the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first trimester. And I’m well aware that compared to some, I had it pretty easy. I felt nauseated just a handful of times and that was bad enough. I can’t imagine ’round the clock morning sickness. But what I found interesting was that even though being pregnant made me want to take even better care of myself than ever before, the first trimester made my good intentions really challenging. True, I did crave (and indulge) in fresh fruit like nobody’s business, but I also had a few too many bagels and cream cheese and salt and salt and vinegar chips and so on. Also true, I have given up all caffeine (totally personal choice, I know that 100-200 mg/day is considered safe during pregnancy) but I also have rekindled my love affair with ginger ale. Because going out to eat and just ordering water when everyone else is drinking beer, wine and cocktails isn’t that much fun. And then there was ALL THE SLEEPING. I’ve never slept so much during my life (except, of course I assume, when I was a newborn myself) which I obviously needed, but it kept me from exercising which is good for me (and baby) both mentally and physically. But the first trimester is over and I think I came out of it having made mostly good decisions. And now I’m eating more salads and watching my carb intake, drinking lots of water and getting running, walking, light strength training and yoga back into my routine.


Out for a run with the pup!

In addition to my health, lately I’ve been working on keeping my spending in check. So far I think I’ve done OK. In the past 14 weeks, I’ve purchased:

Some reading material.


A few maternity pieces (also not pictured here, a pair of maternity jeans from Old Navy). (These four items shown below all cost less than $100 total with free shipping!)


Stretch mark oil:


And also unpictured are my prenatal vitamins, one baby outfit, one amazingly comfortable nursing bra and one issue of Fit Pregnancy. Oh, and a 10-pack of prenatal yoga classes!

Finally, I have to share some super fun gifts I’ve received. Kate sent me Preggatinis so I can enjoy fun and fancy non-alcoholic drinks over the next six or so months and Jen sent me the super cute The Belly Book which is a journal/scrapbook to document all of the fun (and not-so-fun) memories of being pregnant!



Historically, my knee jerk reaction to many big life events has been to respond in extreme ways. And often times, that doesn’t work out so well for me in the long run. And even though having a baby is perhaps one of the biggest life-changing events, I’m trying really hard to take a balanced approach in embracing all of the changes. One example: we’re making an effort to only tackle one or two big projects at a time, like researching daycare options and picking a wall color for the nursery, so we don’t get overwhelmed. I know that as “go time” gets closer, things might change, but for now I’m feeling surprisingly calm and confident about everything. And most importantly, very excited!

How do you typically approach or respond to major life events?

How do you keep yourself in check?


First trimester recap (week by week)

I plan to give some regular pregnancy updates on the blog, starting with this recap of the first trimester, but I promise I will do my best not to overshare. (I say “do my best” because you and I might have different definitions of what constitutes oversharing.) I want to share a certain level of detail because reading others’ blogs has been really helpful to me over the past few months. Alright, here we go. Warning: this is extremely long. And it probably goes without saying, but if pregnancy stuff just isn’t of interest to you, skip this post!

Week 4 – December 31, 2013

We were heading out for dinner before having friends over for New Year’s Eve. It was still early (3 days before I was supposed to get my period), but I decided to take a HPT before we left. I was sick with a cold so wasn’t planning on drinking very much that evening anyways, but thought I’d better check. I POAS and when my iPhone timer went off, to my surprise, I thought I saw a very faint second line! I gave it another minute and sure enough, a very faint positive! Super excited, but also very cautious (I had a miscarriage earlier in the year), I called the hubs to give him the good news right away. He matched my enthusiasm/cautious optimism and I spent the rest of the day feeling pretty giddy. New Year’s Eve came and went and I had my sip of champagne at midnight and headed to bed.

Overall this week I feel pretty much normal. Just a little run down feeling, but nothing extreme. I also notice that I wasn’t experiencing any abdominal cramping like I did with my first pregnancy.

Week 5

I made an appointment with my primary care doctor to see if I could get some blood work done to make sure my HCG levels were where they should be. I absolutely love my doctor and my appointment turned into her telling me about her pregnancy and labor/delivery experiences, answering my questions and reassuring me that my previous miscarriage had no effect on this pregnancy. It was such a wonderful appointment that we didn’t even end up doing the blood work. After the appointment, I decided to give my mom the good news. She, of course, was ecstatic!

Running was tough this week. I’m feeling more fatigued in the evenings and having a harder time getting out of bed to get any workouts done in the morning. But no other symptoms to speak of.

Week 6

Definitely noticing more symptoms this week but they are still pretty mild. Running also seemed easier this week. I even got in a 7:42 minute mile in some of the speed work Coach had me doing. Took my first “bump” pic, too — nothing, yet!


Week 7

Oh, hello symptoms! They show up out of nowhere. I am feeling tired, tired, tired and the bloating has gotten out of control. I also have my first prenatal appointment at a new clinic which is basically consisting of a pregnancy confirmation and the physician’s assistant sharing information about healthy pregnancy. She also does some lab work, answers my questions and gets me scheduled for my first ultrasound!

Week 8

The highlight of the week is FOR SURE our first ultrasound! As instructed, I go in with a full bladder, but still end up needing a vaginal ultrasound (totally normal this early on). The less-than-friendly ultrasound technician lets us know that “baby” is tracking at 7 weeks and four days, not the 8 weeks and one day the due date calculators had calculated. This makes sense. I had been doing fertility tracking before we got pregnant and I was pretty sure that I ovulated a few days later than what the due date calculators go off of. The doctor follows up later in the week to confirm that everything looked great. Baby’s heart rate is 160 which is normal and good. Very exciting!


Week 8 part deux

With my new due date of September 13, I reach the 8 week mark (again). This week  I’m slacking on getting in my exercise. Every time I think about going for a run or even a walk, I feel like a nap would be so much better.

Cravings come on strong this week and all I want is fresh fruit, fruit and fruit. Also, (“fruit”) snacks, salt and vinegar chips and salads (with fruit) sound amazing right now. After the positive ultrasound, the hubs and I start talking about telling a few close friends and our immediate families.

Week 9

On Monday I flew to Anaheim for a work trip. Luckily, my energy feels like it’s returning somewhat. But since traveling already makes me feel ill normally, I felt pretty awful during the days where I had to fly and am absolutely exhausted when I get back to MSP after midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning. But the trip was wonderful (80 degrees and sunny).

Week 10

So thankful that my mom is staying with me this week while the hubs is out of town. We get another six inches of snow and since it would take me FOR-ever to shovel since I get so out of breath so easily, my mom is helping me out with shoveling duties and cleaning up around the house since I haven’t really cleaned in weeks. Symptoms are pretty much the same (used the hair tie trick for the first time to button my jeans) and cravings are also still the same.

Week 11

SO TIRED AGAIN. WTF. I sleep all day on Sunday and also somehow manage to pick up a cold. Wonderful. I don’t think I ever realized how reliant I could be on DayQuil to get me through the work day.

On Monday we had our first official prenatal visit and it started off a little shaky. Traffic was awful and then the clinic assistant takes my blood pressure. Instead of telling me what it is, she’s obviously frustrated about something and then writes something down and tells me she has to take it again. After the second time, she sighs and asks me if I was nervous because it was really high for someone who is pregnant. (Um, no not nervous. But now I am, thank you very much.)

But the appointment quickly turns a corner because I absolutely love the doctor. She’s a family practice doc whose mom is a certified nurse midwife and who supports natural birth and can perform water births. She has two young children and had doulas at both of her births. She also has a brother who was adopted from South Korea.

After she patiently answers all of my questions, she does a quick physical, goes over my lab results from my first visit and then it’s show time! She gets out the hand held doppler and goes to work to find a heartbeat. As she tries for what feels like an eternity to locate it, I feel myself getting nervous. And like she is reading my mind, she said “it sometimes takes a little while to find something the size of a pencil eraser!” And not two seconds later, there it was. The sound of a perfect heartbeat! It was around 180 bpm and she said it sounded nice and strong. I also learned that I gained two pounds so far. Right on track.

Other milestones this week:

I bought my first pair of maternity pants at 4 a.m. during my new found bouts with insomnia! Yipee. I also bought this:


My first prenatal yoga class. Loved it!

My first absolutely effed up pregnancy dream. I originally was going to include a synopsis but then deleted it for fear of what you all would think of me.

Weeks 12 and 13

My energy feels like it’s returning this week. On Wednesday, we have our ultrasound and blood work done for the Down Syndrome screening. (This is a completely optional screening that we decided to do.) This experience is completely different than the first one — the gel is warm and the technician is so kind and very thorough in explaining everything he is looking at. When our baby first appeared on the monitor, I noticed it was facing downwards. In all of my baby blog stalking, I had not seen this before, so I was a little worried at first, but the technician explained that our baby was sleeping (aw!) and basically assumes all sorts of positions in there to get comfy. He had to get just the right angle, so he asked me to cough and see if we could wake baby up. I felt so bad but also wanted to see our baby awake! It took a little while but baby eventually woke up and was moving around like crazy! The technician took tons of photos and said that he no concerns, as far as the ultrasound was concerned. We’ll get the blood test results back in a week, but we’re feeling good about everything. One thing we learned though is that the baby is now measuring back at my original due date which means I could be a little further along than we thought. I know that in the long run, a few days doesn’t make a big difference — especially when it comes to when I’ll actually have the baby, but now it feels like such a psychological thing since it a few days means whether I’m technically out of the first trimester already or not.


So with that extra reassurance, we decided to start telling the rest of our friends and family and I shared the news at work (with cupcakes, of course) and that has been a lot of fun. We even did a little of shopping a couple of weekends ago. It wasn’t easy, but we refrained from buying anything besides one outfit (for nursery theme inspiration).


The bump showed up at the end of week 12!

Today – somewhere between 13.5 and 14 weeks

No matter the due date I’m going by, I’ve officially entered the second trimester! Overall, the first trimester has mainly been a lot of intense fatigue like I’ve never experienced. For the past couple of months, I basically had the same routine each day: 1) finally make it through the work day 2) lay on the couch until 3) it was a socially acceptable time to go to bed. BUT I am extremely lucky — morning sickness hasn’t been an issue yet for me. However, because of the fatigue, it’s felt nearly impossible for me to keep up my fitness regimen. And my migraines made a reappearance for a couple of weeks right away in the beginning. So I’m especially happy to say that my energy is slowly coming back — the last two weeks I actually made my goal of working out at least three times per week. More to come on what my workouts have been looking like!

We’re starting to plan our babymoon! Any suggestions? (Think: budget-friendly, good food, relaxing-destinations) 

(Also, I apologize for all of the switching back and forth between past and present tense. I gave up trying to make it consistent. Hopefully you aren’t confused.)


Ready for spring + a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Giveaway

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the kind words of congratulations on this post and IG and texts and emails! We’re SO excited and telling everyone is making it even more exciting! Today, after much consideration, I’m making the announcement via FB. Wish me luck 🙂

OK, some housekeeping next. A special belated CONGRATULATIONS to Mellissa who won the OOfos giveaway.

I know you’re probably sick of talking about the weather this winter — it’s been a tough winter and not just in the Midwest. The latest casualty as a result of this winter? My race last weekend. On Friday night I went to my favorite Wits (with Steven Yeun from the Walking Dead and MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK!) with my favorite Liz and while we were at dinner, J called to say that Wisconsin was supposed to get hit with some more snow and that our friends who live in Wisconsin had heard that the race course was pretty treacherous. That, combined with the 10 degree race start temperature they were calling for and the fact that it was going to be a long trip for just an overnight stay, we decided to stay home. And with that, my first DNS of the year. I’m 0/1 so far in 2014, folks.

BUT this past weekend, we experienced a nice little warm up and it was glorious! I got outside for a nice three mile run. The running paths weren’t in terrific condition, but they are getting there. And despite not running for the past month or so, I felt great! Then, we checked out a dog park we had never been to before. It’s quite large, so we got a little mini-workout there, too.

Now it’s time for another giveaway! Although I make sure to only host giveaways for products I’d like to personally win as well, I’m especially excited about this one because once I tried these, they have become my new favorite treat — and now I get to let someone else try them for free.


YUM YUM YUM. Yasso just rolled out five new flavors in its frozen greek yogurt line (peanut butter cup, mint chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, dark chocolate raspberry and the flavor I tried, sea salt caramel). I love that these bars are made with natural ingredients and the seal salt caramel bar has only 100 calories in each bar!

To enter to win one free box of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars, leave a comment telling me which flavor you’d like to try. That’s it! I’ll choose a winner on Friday. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I did receive one box of the product for free to try. All opinions are my own.