My Workout Routine + Favorite Recipes and Schedule

So I have wanted to write this post for some time, I just had so many thoughts and didn’t know how to organize it all. Probably is part of my pregnancy brain right now but I have been asked a lot about my fitness routine and what I eat so I thought I would share! I have always enjoyed working out since high school and really got into being healthy when I was in college. I’ll try and break this down to my workout schedule before pregnancy and my workout routine while being pregnant and the same for my food. I also have included some of my favorite at leisure wear because A (that’s basically what I’m living in right now) and B (if you look good, you feel good, right?)

I have always believed it is good to move. It has helped me stay focused for work and if you give yourself just 30 minutes a day you will have so much more energy! I am so much more productive when I do exercise. I am definitely a morning person so I try and workout before Mignonne even wakes up. Before I was pregnant, I would usually wake up around 5:45, have a cup of coffee and then go on a run or do my workout for the day. Mignonne generally wakes up around 7:30.  It is so nice to have it done before she even wakes up. It mentally prepares me for the day and I believe I am a better mom and wife when I exercise. When you feel good about yourself, you have a better outlook on life.  I might add, these are just my opinions!

Workout Routine Before Pregnancy

This is what I was doing after I had Mignonne and before I got pregnant with Margot. This is what a typical week would look like. Also if the weather were really pretty, I usually would run outside instead.

Monday – Run (anywhere from 3-6 miles)

Tuesday – Peloton (45 minute class) Favorite instructors are Alex Toussaint, Ally Love (my fav) and Emma Lovewell

Wednesday – Run (3-6 miles)

Thursday – Peloton 45 minutes (try and do a class with weights and intervals)

Friday – Run (3-6 Miles)

Saturday – Optional, sometimes I take a break or do an easy run

Sunday – Sundays with Ally Love on the Peloton (30 minute class) is one of my favorite classes or I take a break

I normally workout 6 days a week and take a break either Saturday or Sunday. I also love running with Mignonne and pushing her in this jogging stroller. Talk about a workout! It’s tough but so good! Love this stroller.

So this is tricky, according to my doctor, I can do all my normal exercise routines I was doing before because I have always done that and that is normal for my body.  Obviously, it will change and be altered the further along I get in my pregnancy but the most important thing in all of this is just listen to your body. Also check with your doctor what is safe for you.  When I was pregnant with Mignonne, I ran until I was 30 weeks pregnant and then I walked 3-5 miles a day up until the day I had her, literally. I walked 3 miles with a broken water and didn’t even know it y’all! I know, I am crazy! Currently I am 26 weeks pregnant and I am definitely starting to slow down this week in particular. I just started showing so much faster the second time around and the weight is really starting to get to me. When I run, my ankles are starting to hurt because of all the extra weight I am carrying and my running pace is so much slower. Also baby girl is sitting right on my bladder so the sensation to use the bathroom is becoming more frequent and uncomfortable. Other than that, I can’t complain. So far I have had a great pregnancy, very similar to Mignonne’s and I will continue to move as long as possible, of course with modifications.

Workout Routine During Pregnancy

Monday – Run 3 miles

Tuesday – Peloton  (only 30 minute classes now) Ally Love is my favorite. Her classes are challenging but also have a few breaks for me to catch my breath and hydrate.

Wednesday – Run 3 miles

Thursday – Peloton 30 minute class (try and do a class with weights and intervals)

Friday – Run 3 miles

Saturday – Optional, sometimes I take a break or do an easy run/walk

Sunday – Sundays with Ally Love on the Peloton (30 minute class) is one of my favorite classes or I take a break

This week I did have to change up my last two runs and run 2 miles and walk 1 mile.  Listen to your body!

Like I said before, “look good, and feel good” so below I rounded up some of my favorites for working out and at leisure wear. I hate to admit it but during this quarantine I have been basically wearing my workout clothes everyday. They are comfortable and easy for me to chase around a wild toddler! My favorite shorts while being pregnant are these. I size up from my normal size. I normally wear a 4 and I get the 6 in these while pregnant. I also LOVE these leggings and I can wear my normal size 2 in these and not have to size up because they stretch. They are so comfortable!! Below are some of my favorite pieces for now and summer.

  1. Tie Dye cropped sweatshirt – super cute and love the pink/lilac color
  2. Hair Ties – LOVE LOVE, they don’t pull my hair and prevent breakage. I love the small and large size
  3. Grey Sweatshirt Hoodie – Love this style and comes in so many great colors. I love having a sweatshirt or jacket after I workout because I get cold all the time.
  4. Striped half zip – So cute for summer and always love a classic blue stripe
  5. Colorful shorts – Love these shorts for running or just running errands around town. Also love all the color of course
  6. Lime tennis shoes – my latest pair of tennis shoes. I don’ run in these but they are what I wear around town and post workout. I have to wear special running shoes so I can’t run in these.
  7. Grey tennis shoes – Love these. I run in Brooks running shoes. I have really flat feet with no arch support so I need all the support I can get! I swear by any Brooks running shoe. Love the colors on this pair
  8. Mat – I have this mat in pink and it’s great for at home workouts
  9. Mauve/Pink tennis shoes – love this color option as well. Included on my Mother’s Day gift guide too!
  10. Weights – These are the hot new weights according to my sister. They come in lots of colors and great for adding a little extra weight to your walk or run. They are popular and backordered pretty much everywhere so definitely pre order!
  11. Light blue sports bra – love this color and bra. Great for layering and also love the matching leggings.
  12. Colorful tights – can a girl have too much color? The answer is no! Color makes me happy! Also I can wear these leggings while pregnant. They have great stretch to them. Love the high waist option.
  13. Love sweatshirt – I LOVE this sweatshirt, nuff said 
  14. Pale pink leggings – love these blush colored leggings. Perfect for spring.
  15. Pale blue leggings – These are my most favorite leggings. I own about 10 pairs; no lie and I basically live in them. I like the 21” or the 25” length. If you don’t have a pair, you should invest. You won’t look back!

Hope you loved all my top picks. I also included a few other favorites at the bottom of this post! Now on to food! Brett and I have always liked to cook and eat primarily healthy. Pre- Covid, we were already eating about 5-6 dinners at home and ate out only about 1-2 nights a week. Sometimes it’s just easier to cook at home than to drag a toddler out to eat. We typically would eat out Saturday or Sunday, or ate out Saturday and did a pizza for Sunday! My favorite recipes come from a blog, Skinnytaste. Every recipe I have ever tried has always been delicious. I love that her recipes are healthy but also don’t lose flavor. Below are some of my favorite recipes that we are currently cooking and love. Pretty much have these on rotation!

All from Skinnytaste:

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde (new favorite)

Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet (SO GOOD)

One Pot Spaghetti

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders

Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice

What a typical day looks like for me while being pregnant:

I must note I had a lot of food aversions in the first trimester but now able to eat most foods. I am still weird about ground beef. I also don’t drink soft drinks while pregnant, just water mostly and lemonade sometimes. (and of course coffee) Also I got this with Mignonne but I am starting to get acid reflux and heartburn really bad again! So I try and stay away from acidic foods and red-based sauce foods.

Breakfast

– Breakfast Sandwich, wheat English muffin with a fried egg, avocado, sometimes cheese and Nothing But Bagel Seasoning.

- Chobani Greek Vanilla Yogurt

- Scrambled eggs

- Banana or apple

- Smoothie

Lunch

– Usually a sandwich, wrap or salad

-I don’t eat lunchmeat while pregnant so I have been cooking chicken breasts in the crockpot and shredding them for sandwiches and wraps.

- Love a strawberry salad from a local restaurant and eat that all the time

Snack

– Sometimes I snack and sometimes I don’t. If I do, it’s usually cheese or chips and salsa or guacamole

Dinner

– Any of the Skinnytaste meals above!

Dessert 

- As y’all know I have a sweet tooth so I usually eat one of my baked goods or have the freezer always stocked with ice cream and popsicles. I craved popsicles my first trimester!

Hope you enjoy this post! Just remember, you don’t have to run a marathon, just get up and move! You will thank yourself and feel great. It’s also a great time of the year to form healthy habits with swimsuit season upon us! Happy Wednesday Friends! 

XO

Caroline

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