Week 8 Workout

So guys, this week I managed to drag my butt to the gym and completed two mild workouts (still felt like I deserved a medal for it though), so here they are:

 

Workout 1 

20 minutes stair stepper – 200 calories

10 hanging knee raises

10 hanging full leg raises x 4

20 reps x 4 sets bicep curls

20 reps each side dumbell oblique crunches x 4

20 crunches (5kg) x 4 sets

Workout 2 

20 reps x 4 leg extensions

10 reps each leg x 4 sets glue kick backs

10 reps each leg (higher weight) x 4 sets glue kickback

12 reps x 6 sets wide leg squats

20 reps x 4 sets adductor

10 mins cardio

Dragging through first trimester 

I know many of you are wondering if I fell of the edge of the earth, where have I disappeared to? Etc. So firstly I’d like to begin with the fact that I’m here and I’m back! I know you haven’t heard from me for a while and I’m sooo sorry for that but honestly those who told me that my second pregnancy was going to be easier, lied! Let’s just say one thing, me + first trimester do. Not. Go. However, I’ve been hanging in there and it’s slowly slowly it’s getting better, and if this pregnancy is anything like my first then by 14 weeks I should be back in action and full of that pregnancy glow (well as glowy as it can get) 🙂 okay but seriously guys, I’ve been so sick, I haven even been working out and I feel terrible! However, I’m going to get back that gym membership this week and we are totally going to get back on it! And I know you’ll all be curious to how I look now, so even though I’ve done absolutely nothing I’ve managed to get some body snapshots of how I look, so I’ll be uploading those too! 
But anyways, without rambling this is just a quick apology post and a post to announce that I am Back with the pregnancy series and I will be posting some awesome stuff and keep your fingers crossed for me that this little peanut keeps mummy happy and healthy and no so sickly anymore! 

If there’s anything specific you want me to post about, then don’t forget to mail me and let me know! 

Kisses O X O X 

Exercise during Pregnancy

It is a common misconception that during the 9 months of pregnancy, exercise is not allowed, or that it even can be dangerous to a pregnancy. As long as your pregnancy is a healthy pregnancy (and if you are concerned about a work-out affecting your pregnancy then please seek medical advice) then exercise is most probably one of the most beneficial things you can do throughout your pregnancy – even if you have never exercised before! Pregnancy is a great time to begin and heres why…

 

1. Fights Fatigue

Fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy (I mean you are making another human here, if that’s not tiring, then I don’t know what is!). Starting as early as 4 weeks and for some lasting right up until week 40 the chronic, intense tiredness can be a true downer on a daily basis. Already well known to be a fighter of fatigue, new research shows that the cure may be as simple as doing a small amount of exercise every day (even if it is the last thing you feel like doing). Even better, new research shows the best type of exercise to combat fatigue is low – intensity exercise. So if pregnancy fatigue has hit you hard and you really don’t feel like a torturing workout at the gym, it actually can be as simple as lacing up your trainers and going for a walk round the block! 

2. Prepares you both mentally and physically for birth

Having strong muscles can greatly ease labour and delivery, why? The strength helps them to push the baby out more effectively. Being able to manage your breathing, having a healthy heart etc. all plays a massive role in pain endurance during labour and in the case of a long labour (hopefully not the case) exercise massively aids by teaching the body pain endurance. In other words, a stronger, fitter, pregnancy equals to a stronger, fitter woman during labour.

3. Bowel Movements

A really unspoken, yet ever so common (and ever so uncomfortable) symptom of pregnancy is constipation. Exercise increases movement in the intestines, therefore increasing bowel movements. 

4. Relieves the aches and pains

A pregnant woman’s body is growing another human, and alongside that other human, with all the other extra baggage, like the placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, totals to a minimum of an extra 10kg of weight that her body has to carry around with her. In turn, this extra strain can cause all types of aches and pains, especially the back. Exercise increases the strength and posture of the back,  butt and thighs by toning them up, making carrying that little baby love around just that much easier!

5. Activating that lubricating fluid

Due to hormonal changes the joints throughout the body become much looser which in turn may cause joint ‘wear and tear’. Exercising helps activate the lubricating fluid in the joints, keeping them in tip top shape!

6. Promotes a healthy weight gain

Exercising during pregnancy ensures that less fat weight is gained. With less excess fat gained during the period of pregnancy it means that post birth you can be on your way to getting that pre-pregnancy body back much quicker than if you hadn’t exercised at all!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Okay, before I start this post you’re probably already aware that the title states ‘breakfast bowl’, however, my picture of this recipe is on a plate – that is purely for texture purposes so you can see how the dish looks like, but in a more normal situation, I just advise you to eat it from the same bowl you mixed it in!

An awesome recipe to start your day with as a sweet breakfast or even as a quick, sweet snack throughout the day. Not only does it taste like dessert but it’s at the cost of nothing as only made with pure goodness! Try it out and let me know what you think! 

 

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Sweet potato (roughly 300-400g but depends on how hungry you are)

1.5tsp shredded coconut

2tsp all natural peanut butter

pinch of the following;

  • ginger powder
  • nutmeg powder
  • cinammon powder
  • cardamom powder

2tsp of honey (varies depending on how sweet you want it)

 

R E C I P E 

  1. Steam or microwave the sweet potato, wait for it to cool down and then scrape out of the skin into a bowl
  2. Mash the potato with a fork until it has a smooth consistency
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Mix well with a fork, make sure it’s all mixed and mashed in
  5. Sprinkle with some shredded coconut for decoration
  6. ENJOY!

 

 

The Announcement #2

So, the official announcement has been made, you know what that means right? The OFFICIAL PREGNANCY DIARIES has begun!! Pregnancy is such a beautiful (as well as hard) point of life that comes with many surprises, changes and a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait for you to join me on this journey and everything that comes along with it! Below is the link to the first official VLOG for the pregnancy diaries, any questions? Don’t forget to ask me! I’ll catch you soon on the next post!

With Love,

Chocolate mommy OXO

The Pregnancy Diaries #1

It’s the 21 August 2016, 

It’s 5.17am and the only sounds I can hear are the sounds of me tapping against the keyboard and the sound of my thoughts rushing out onto the bed. I’m not early, I can’t sleep. I don’t know if it’s excitement insomnia or if it’s pregnancy insomnia, wait, what did I say?! YES, that’s right!!! Baby no.2 is on the way and I’ve only just found out and I am soooo excited! Excited to share my journey with you!

Okay, so before I rush through all the details (which is actually going to be in my next VLOG: Lifeofachocolategirl on Y O U T U B E, don’t forget to subscribe) I just thought I’d write this post so you’ll know what’s what, where’s what and what to expect over the next 8/9 months.

This blog post by the way is also a little surprise gift to my loyal readers on the blog, as I won’t be doing the Official announcement on social media until later on this evening! So if you read this then ssshhh, because it’s still a secret! On to the point of reading, by the time you read this I’ll probably be 6/7 weeks pregnant as I only plan on announcing then, so this will actually be a retrospective read for you. To make it more fun & easy though, I have made a new sub-section on the blog called ‘The Pregnancy Diaries’. So if you click on there you’ll easily be able to find any and every post that is pregnancy related. Secondly, as there will be a whole chunk of retrospective reading material until this point, after each post title there will be a hashtag and a number e.g. this one…

‘The Pregnancy Diaries #1’

… fairly explainable but I have numbered the posts consecutively for your ease so that you can read them in the correct order (I know I’m super organized right?!)

If you are an I N S T A G R A M user, then you can find me on insta@reemamoldovan – everything pregnancy related, baby bump pics, scans, pregnancy fitness pics will be findable under the hashtag hashtagLCGpregnancydiaries

For my S N A P C H A T users, you can add me on both – reema.karina – or – mihai2m -. For those who already know my husband he is an awesome chef, so we will be posting fitness recipes and pregnancy diet tips, couple workouts, pregnancy workouts over on there.

Okay, sooo apart from my ridiculously awesome organization skills (am I allowed to show off just a little bit) I think that’s about it for now, stay tuned because I will be posting DAILY in the pregnancy diaries and I have sooooo much more to come! Anything you want me to specifically write about then leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to do a post for you!

Hugs & Love,

Reema

Ox.