Archive | November, 2011

Week 29 Pregnancy Journal–Butternut Squash

30 Nov

Where is time going?  I can’t believe I’m already 30 weeks!  Lets take a look at week 29…

How Big is Baby?

According to thebump.com the baby is the size of a squash from weeks 29-32!  Here is some other information I found,

Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though — as you’ve also probably noticed — they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

And according to babycenter.com,

Baby, fetus at 28 weeks - BabyCenter

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

How I’m Feeling Physically

Week 29 was a great week.  I felt strong, rested and energized.  That could have been from all the festivities that surround Thanksgiving week though!  : )  I was able to get in five workouts, three yoga practices and lots of dog walks with Quincy and Keith.  I’ve had to slow down exercise a bit only when I feel Braxton Hicks happening, but other than that I’ve felt really amazing!  I can tell the baby is getting a lot bigger and she loves nestling into my right side and up under my ribs.  Breathing can sometimes be a bit difficult and I usually have to adjust my body to make it more comfortable.  Also, I can tell I am still getting wider in my core area and my baby bump grew a lot form week 28 to week 29.  My gym shirts that fit me just a few weeks ago now ride up on my stomach and I’m constantly pulling them down!

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

Emotionally I’m doing just as good as always, just a bit antsy to meet my baby girl!  I really hope the holidays distract me for the next four weeks!  Then all I will have to do is get through January before Cameryn is here.  My mom booked a flight out for Super Bowl Sunday (February 5th) and I can’t wait for her to get here and see my large stomach!  The baby’s due date got pushed back to February 8th, so it will be nice having company to hang out with in the final days of my pregnancy.  Although I think she is going to be here around February 2nd.  I’m having a lot of fun connecting to her with Keith at night when she is going crazy and kicking away in my stomach.  It is so strange to see your stomach moving when you are just sitting there.  I love when the three of us bond over the kicks and movements!

Random Tidbits

  • Weight Gained so Far:  about 18lbs
  • Days Until Due Date:  70
  • Weeks Until Furniture is Delivered:  I’m hoping 1-2
  • Things Still to Buy Cameryn:  Lots 
  • Cravings:  Pineapple and Peppermint Bark
  • Workouts so Far this Week:  2 gym, 1 yoga and 1 dog walk

Baby Bump Pictures Week 29

Week 4 for comparison

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Workout of the Week- Treadmill Intervals

29 Nov

I love intervals.  They are quick and I can always find time to squeeze them in.  I like keeping my intervals to 21 minutes and love that I can do them on any cardio machine.  My favorite machine in the gym to do intervals on is the treadmill.  I get such a rush while I’m doing them and my endorphins are always super high when I’m done. 

Cybex Treadmill

I want to share with you one of my favorite treadmill interval workouts.  You will have to adjust the speed according to your own comfort level.  Let the intervals begin.

*Note:  I’m not a runner by nature.  Running is hard for me.  My feel good running pace is typically 6.6 – 7mph.  My intervals are based off this information, so please adjust the speed accordingly. 

*Remember to consult and check with your doctor before trying a new workout program and or exercise*

Minute Speed Incline
0-1 4 0
1-2 8 0
2-3 4 0
3-4 8.5 0
4-5 4 0
5-6 9 0
6-7 4 0
7-7:30 10 0
7:30-9 4 0
9-10 7 12%
10-11 4 0
11-12 8 0
12-13 4 0
13-14 8.5 0
14-15 4 0
15-16 9 0
16-17 4 0
17-17:30 10 0
18-19 4 0
19-20 7 12%
20-21 3.5 0

 

So why do intervals you ask?  Let me share with you an article I found that talks all about interval training:

Interval Training Workouts Improve Speed and Endurance

Intervals training workouts that vary exercise intensity help build fitness fast

By Elizabeth Quinn,

Interval training has been used by athletes for years to build fitness. Interval training combines short, high intensity bursts of speed, with slow, recovery phases, repeated during one exercise session. An early form of interval training, "Fartlek" (a Swedish term meaning ‘speed play’) was casual and unstructured. A runner would simply increase and decrease his pace at will.

Today, athletes use more structured interval training workouts and HIT (High Intensity Training) to build speed and endurance. This variation of interval training and speed work can be a simple or sophisticated routine, but the basics are still the same as the original fartlek training.

What is Interval Training?

Interval training is built upon alternating short, high intensity bursts of speed with slower, recovery phases throughout a single workout. The interval workouts can be highly sophisticated and structured training that is designed for an athlete based upon his or her sport, event and current level of conditioning. An interval training workout may even be designed based upon the results of anaerobic threshold testing (AT) that includes measuring the blood-lactate of an athlete during intense exercise.

How Interval Training Works

Interval training works both the aerobic and the anaerobic system. During the high intensity efforts, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) for short bursts of activity. Anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen, but the by-product is lactic acid. As lactic acid builds, the athlete enters oxygen debt, and it is during the recovery phase that the heart and lungs work together to "pay back" this oxygen debt and break down the lactic acid. It is in this phase that the aerobic system is using oxygen to convert stored carbohydrates into energy.

It’s thought that by performing high intensity intervals that produce lactic acid during practice, the body adapts and burns lactic acid more efficiently during exercise. This means athletes can exercise at a higher intensity for a longer period of time before fatigue or pain slows them down.

The Benefits of Interval Training

Interval training adheres to the principle of adaptation. Interval training leads to many physiological changes including an increase in cardiovascular efficiency (the ability to deliver oxygen to the working muscles) as well as increased tolerance to the build-up of lactic acid. These changes result in improved performance, greater speed, and endurance.

Interval training also helps avoid injuries associated with repetitive overuse, common in endurance athletes. Intervals also allow an athlete to increase training intensity without overtraining or burn-out. Adding intervals to a workout routine is also a great way add cross training to an exercise routine.

Interval Training Burns More Calories

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more calories are burned in short, high intensity exercise. If you are counting calories burned, high intensity exercise such as intervals are better than long, slow endurance exercise, but you may pay a price. There are risks inherent in high intensity training, so it’s important to know both the the benefits and dangers of high intensity training.

 
Interval Training Workout Routines

Designing the right interval training routine can be sophisticated or casual. Elite athletes may go to sports performance lab to have blood lactate and exercise metabolism testing performed to determine the best interval training routine. On the other end of the spectrum, you can use the casual "speed play" interval training (fartlek). With this routine, simply pay attention to how you feel and set your intensity and duration accordingly.

If you want something a bit more structured, you can use a basic interval training workout routine. Keep in mind that interval training is extremely demanding on the heart, lungs and muscles, and it’s important to have an OK from your physician before you start interval training. You should also have a solid base of overall aerobic fitness before performing high intensity training of any kind.

Beginners should start with short intervals (under 30 seconds), fewer repeats and more rest. Elite athletes can up the intensity, time and frequency of training. Few athletes benefit from performing intervals more than two times per week.

Questions:

  • Do you do intervals?  If so, what is your favorite type on intervals to do (running, biking)?
  • Do you prefer intervals or steady state cardio?
  • Does running come naturally to you or do you have to work at it?

 

 

                                             

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