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It Works and pregnancy…. goes together!

36 weeks and counting! This is my second pregnancy during my It Works “career” and all I can say is, thank goodness for It Works! This feeling is twofold.

My top 3 pregnancy related products!

1). Stretchmark Cream: 36 lbs with my first pregnancy, nearly all belly. No stretchmarks! 2 days before birth:)

No stretchmarks. 36lbs gained. 2 days before birth day!
No stretchmarks. 36lbs gained. 2 days before birth day!

2). Lip and eye cream! In this lovely time where you get little sleep, up multiple times a night, and feeling more than a tad crabby, the lip and eye cream has been amazing. Although, only a nice cup of coffee will help with me not FEELING tired, at least I don’t look so exhausted!

Eye on left, approx. 4 minutes after application.
Eye on left, approx. 4 minutes after application.

3) Protein Shakes.  Snacking is a part of my everyday life, but even more so during pregnancies.  The hard part is finding relatively healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings and tummy rumblings. The It Works protein shakes come in both vanilla and chocolate, are non GMO, have no fake sugars, and are low on the glycemic index. Best of all, they don’t taste chalky! There are so many different combos of flavors that you can make. It never gets boring and you can tailor it to your mood/cravings that day.

One of the delicious variations to try out!
One of the delicious variations to try out!

 

My top 3 reasons I love this “job” during pregnancy.

1). Nap times. As anyone who has ever been pregnant knows, nap times can be a glorious thing during the beginning and the end of your pregnancy. Did you know growing a baby is exhausting! Whether it is just one of those days or you slept horribly the night before. Having an OPTION to take a short nap (or 3 hours) is really really nice!

2). Workouts! Fitting in a workout in a normal life can be challenging enough. Add in the feelings of being large, uncoordinated and the reduction in activities you can actually perform working out during pregnancy just gets harder and harder.  I feel so blessed that I have the choice nearly every day to fit this into my schedule. Whether it is a long walk with my son, a run around the neighborhood, or a quick trip to the gym to get on the elliptical I have the ability to fit it in by owning my own time and not being a slave to the clock.

Running, walking, biking.... staying fit!
Running, walking, biking…. staying fit!

3). Quality time with my son 🙂

As the clock ticks down on the time that we have an only child, I am sure every mom starts to get a little sad.  Will you love the second as much as the first? Will second child take up to much time/energy to keep the first one feeling special? Will I ever be able to leave the house and get somewhere on time again?! Those are a few of the scary and anxious feelings of having a second child.  So as the day of a family of 4 gets closer and closer, I hug my little man more than normal, let him run around a little more than normal, and don’t get annoyed when he cries for me at 2am.  You can never get back the time lost and I am grateful for all the time I have with him.

Cherishing the moments as an only child.
Cherishing the moments as an only child.

 

If you FAIL to plan, you PLAN to fail.

Welcome to the new year!
Welcome to the new year!

I am not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. I also am not a fan of diets, or the “I am going to get back to the gym Monday” mentality.  I would think that if you were serious about whatever goal you set for yourself, you wouldn’t have to wait for a magic date or start an unrealistic long term diet. What do you do with this diet once you lost the weight?

I am a fan, however, of taking stock of your life, figuring out what you want to change and coming up with a plan.  The beginning of the New Year is a perfect time to do this!

4 steps to a better year:

  1. Write down what you enjoyed this year. What habits and actions do you want to repeat?
  2. Write down what were you least favorite parts of the year? What feelings, situations, or activities did not align with your goals, morals, or ideals?
  3. Make a list of any NEW things you want to add to your life. Realistic, sustainable goals for yourself and your family.
  4. Now get out your calendar. Take a look at number 1 and 2. Where do these things fit into your calendar and your life? Write them down! Make it official. It is okay to schedule your workouts,  “me” time, your coffee dates, etc.  In order to make that list in number 3 come true, there has to be a plan. Time carved out of your week. Action steps to get you there.

No goals happen by chance. Nothing BIG will ever just fall into your lap. We must plan and prepare for all that we want out of this life. Nobody else will take our wants and dreams and seriously as we take our own. So don’t waste time. Don’t let another year slide by without really sitting down and figuring out what it is that you need and want out of life.