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Getting Back, and Feeling the Pain

Last Friday I finally went back to the gym. I had started to get sick around week 7 of my pregnancy and then I felt better after week 16. However, I was then struck with a nasty cold with cough week 17 to week 19 of my pregnancy, and finally felt like a normal person (more or less) at week 20. I went back to one of my favorite classes, BodyPump, and because of the long hiatus, really did go light.

This was me last Friday
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 10 x 2 = 20
Chest press: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Back: 10 x 2 = 20
Lunges: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Shoulders: 2.5 x 2 = 5
Biceps: 5 x 2 = 10
Triceps: 5
This was me June 2014
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 37.5 x 2 = 75; Did 40×2=80 on 6/13 for a short track ’84.
Chest press: 20 x 2 = 40
Chest fly: 10 x 2 = 20
Back: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Lunges: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Shoulders = 10 x 2 = 20 (Damn my levator shoulder issues!)
Biceps: 10 x 2 = 20, sometimes using drop weights 12.5×2=25
Triceps: 10

And boy was I feeling sore already during the session! I can’t take any ibuprofen either, so I am just starting to feel less pain today. I realized during the class that I really took my strength for granted. I have lost a lot of muscle as a result of my pregnancy, and I will have to work hard to get it back. My ego was definitely bruised by the experience. I used to be able to squat more than even the burly men in the class! I had lost a lot of fitness during the 3 and 1/2 month break from strength training. I hope that I can keep going at least once a week. I am not sure if I will be ready to go back on Friday but will give it a try!

Routines Interrupted, by Life and Pregnancy

Oh my it has been a while since my last post. My life feels as if it has been turned upside down. I actually have not been to the gym in 2 months. Why? Because I am pregnant, and I am really really bad at being pregnant.

This was not how it was supposed to go down. I had a fitness goal that while I was unlikely to hit by my 40th birthday, I would be close. I was getting there, starting to see the difference and people were telling me so as well. I had been watching my eating (although not as strict as a bodybuilder, but mindful of my macronutrients and doing a good job of tracking). I was looking good and feeling good, and fantasizing about getting a puppy that I can jog with around town. I had always told my husband since even before we were married that when I turn 40, the factory would be shut down and we would be done with babies — as it turns out he was really good with getting things done within a deadline.

What’s in My Gym Bag


I carry a pretty big gym bag (pictured above, but in a different color) with lots of things in it! My mommy gym bag is loaded with items as it sort of functions as a diaper bag. Among the items in my bag, I do carry:

  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • flipflops
  • shower caddy
  • hair dryer (small but mighty)
  • protein bar – cuz sometimes i get really hungry after workout
  • Tiger Balm – aches and pains are inevitable and I don’t like to dose.
  • Anti-chafe balm
  • Wet bag – for wet and dirty clothes, mine or the kids
  • Polysporin
  • Band-aids
  • moleskin

Fitbit is completely dead. Tried resetting and recharging to no avail. I guess I better go another round with Fitbit customer service again. Not too happy about having to do this as often as I do.

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San Jose Sharks Fitness Faceoff 2014

On Sunday, instead of the usual gym class we attended the 2nd San Jose Sharks Fitness Faceoff run that raises money for the Sharks Foundation. The race was in San Jose, it though it was the second one of its kind, it was the first for us.  My husband is a huge hockey fan and our son has also been taking skating/ore-hockey classes at the Sharks Ice at Fremont since February, so this run seems like a natural for us to attend as a family. The race is quite a big one, as it included a 5k, 10k, kids run, 20 mile bike ride, 50 mile bike ride. We chose to do the 5k together as a family, and since Roger’s been bugging me, we also entered him into a kid’s race.