Confessions of a #Fitchick With a Not So Fit Pregnancy

It’s difficult to get on Instagram these days and not find some hot bodied woman or dude. If you want to find some #fitspo for a nice booty, abs and lean bodies in bikini’s look no further than Instagram or Pinterest. But there’s a new somewhat controversial trend that’s making news feeds and hashtags and that’s a #fitpregnancy.

These women look freakin’ amazing and make pregnancy look glorious and beautiful. Some even have visible abs on their bump which is mind blowing to me. This isn’t without debate however, because people assume someone so thin can’t healthy because pregnant women are supposed to have big belly’s, and gain a bunch of weight, right?

Take Hannah Polites, she is rocking a great body with a small bump and has continued working out the entire time. In this photo she wrote “over 8 and a 1/2 months pregnant and feeling great…”

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(Follow her on instagram @hannahpolites Photo source: @hannanpolites)

            or Mickinli Hatch, whom I think looked fantastic during pregnancy and stayed fit. Although she said she struggled in the beginning to find energy to hit the gym.

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(Follow her @mckinli on Instagram Photo source: @mckinli)

            I love that these women are showing other’s they can be fit and healthy while pregnant instead of the usually thought of eating for two on the couch, Nexflix and an abundance of ice cream.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was SO being one of these fit girls. I worked out 5-6 days a week, ate a pretty healthy diet and lived an active fit life for years so I figured I’d just continue my routine. The first few weeks were easy, and I thought this pregnancy thing was going to be a breeze. Then suddenly fatigue hit me like a kick to the gut. I felt like I could barely get out of bed and when I did I usually went straight to the couch to lay down. “Tired” became an understatement but surely this would pass, I thought. And it did after several weeks of napping and sleeping 10+ hours a day.

Around weeks 16-19 I felt a new sense of energy and I still didn’t have a “bump” that was noticeable to anyone but me and I hit the gym three times that week, lifting light weights and felt so much better about myself. I actually accomplished something!

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(Headed to the gym in this photo.)

            See, for me and I’m sure many other women, it’s not just a physical change but a mental struggle. I guess you can call it a small bout of depression because I feel like someone else. No longer am I able to work or go for long walks every day, or lift weights, even making meals is sometimes a struggle to get motivation for sometimes. My body does NOT handle pregnancy well and you’ll see how in a moment.

I feel chubby and weak compared to what I once did. There are times where I lay in bed and literally stare at the ceiling just thinking about whatever passes my mind but having no desire to do ANYTHING, for hours. Yes hours.

But those week was good for me. I felt like ME again. Then things take a huge unexpected turn. And my aspirations of having a fit pregnancy haven’t panned out. I wouldn’t say a few weeks of going to the gym can count as a fit pregnancy.

One morning I woke up especially nauseous feeling weak and shaky, and then dizziness… this was new. I went to the bathroom thinking maybe I had to vomit and started sweating and felt like I was going to pass out. It’s a terrible sensation by the way. But after a few minutes this feeling went away and the rest of the day I felt crummy.

This started happening pretty much every day for a full week then Friday morning came around. Same symptoms but this time my vision went white as I sat on the edge of the bed and the next thing I know I’m waking up to my husband saying my name and I’m staring at the carpet laying on my side wondering how the hell I got there. I really did pass out this time. My ears rang and my husband Travis’s face said how he felt. He was scared. I felt so weak I could barely sit up. I laid there for several minutes and Travis brought me a drink and toast.

Doc says this is normal when I call and just to take it easy and drink lots of fluids. I do and later the same day, I start passing out again, we end up in the ER. They tell me what the other doc said, assured me the baby was fine and pumped me full of fluids and sent me on my way.

Another doctor tells me it’s a combination of low blood sugar and my uterus pressing on major blood vessels causing me to pass out. If I don’t sit the right way, I get sick. If I don’t sleep in the right position these feelings of nausea, sweating, light-headedness come on and quick and don’t leave nearly as fast. Standing too long… can bring this on as well.

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(Little belly and eating cherries)

            So exercising and showing the world I’m one of those women who have a great pregnancy is the last thing I care about when off and on I feel bouts of fainting coming on. I WANTED to be one of these women.

But I’m here to say don’t feel bad because you don’t have the perfect fit pregnancy. It’s not easy for everyone. Every woman is different and experience different things. Maybe I’m writing this to convince myself to not feel bad because I thought this would be totally different for me. But in the end what matters is the precious little baby growing in my tummy. It matters that she’s healthy and strong!

At 24 weeks I gained 20lbs and at 30 I’m up to 27lbs. I eat ice cream when I feel like it but I’m not “eating for 2”. I’m being careful about how much I eat since I’m not able to workout or even go for walks most of the time. I’m scared to go anywhere by myself because suddenly I could get very weak.

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(Don’t mind all the baby stuff piled up in the background but here’s the latest photo)

At 30 weeks now, if I walk too much I get cramps and my stomach hardens like a freakin’ rock. It doesn’t really hurt, I call it “extreme discomfort” and the only thing that helps is laying down. I feel like I’m on bed rest most of the time and it’s killing me because I want to be active. I WANT to go on hikes, and ride my bike and go to the gym with my husband and not feel so weak.  I’m hoping things get easier but not expecting much til my little Jaylee Jane is born. I love her. It’s worth it. It took 3 years for me to get pregnant and stay pregnant and I am grateful. But I tell my husband that she may be our only child. Perhaps in a few years I’ll forget these months of misery.

What have your pregnancy experiences been? Are you able to exercise? Struggling like me? Gaining more weight than you wanted? I’d love to hear from you.

 

-Janie

 

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Banish Back Fat With These 5 Moves

The bulge on your back from your bra… you know what I’m talking about. Right under the armpits. Some say its because your bra doesn’t fit right, and maybe that’s true but extra fat is probably also the culprit.

This happens to be one of the area’s I gain weight in first. It’s unsightly and annoying. Fortunately with a good healthy diet and these 5 moves you can annihilate the back flab because trust me, you want that sh*t annihilated.

First thing’s first. Grab some weights, probably 5-10 pounders and get great to feel the burn, Bombshell.

  1. Back fly’s. With this move you’ll bend over at the hips, keep your back straight and start with your weights centered. Then raise them up to shoulder height, pause (this is very important… PAUSE for a 3 count) and lower back down slowly.

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2. Bent Over Row. Here you’ll also be bent over at the hips with a straight back. No Quasimodo, ladies. You’ll pull the weight back with your elbows pointed at the ceiling and pause for a 3 count at the top and slowly lower back down.

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3. Standing Lat Pulse. As the name says, you’ll be standing straight with your weights parallel to your hips and your going to pulse pushing the weights straight back for 30 seconds.

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4. Rear Delt Raise. This is similar to a back fly but is more concentrated. You’ll start bent over at the hips, yet again, and with the weight parallel to your hips raise one arm up, elbow toward the ceiling as much as is comfortable, keeping the arm straight the entire time, PAUSE for … what ladies? Yes, 3 seconds and slowly lower back down.

 

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5. Knee Push Up’s ( or on your toes if you’re at that level, you beast) I’m sure you know how to do a push up but let’s make sure you’re doing it without your butt up in the air. This move will work your back, chest, arms and even the core. It’s one you should do often for a Bombshell Body!

 

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That’s our 5 moves! Repeat them all 3 times for 8-12 reps (make it hard). If it doesn’t hurt at least a little it won’t change you.

And let’s NOT talk about how flat my butt is in these pants. Like wo. After this baby is born its operation Bombshell Booty time.

Let me know how you like these workouts in the comments. If you have any questions also leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

-Janie

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On Body Shaming

 

I find it peculiar that most of the body shaming crap is entirely one sided as of late.

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me I should “eat more” that I “need to eat a cheese burger” I’m, “too skinny”, and now that I’m pregnant, that my “belly is too small.”  And big surprise “So I need to eat more.”  I get that some are joking but I think they’re serious behind the laughter, honestly.

Yet…

   If I were overweight would anyone tell me to stop eating so much besides maybe a doctor? Would they say “Damn, lay off the cheese burgers you’re getting too big”?

Or if I started gaining a ton of weight during this pregnancy would someone say, “Eating for two, huh?”

99% of people would not say a word. And if they did everyone would be in an uproar about it!

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while but a news story I saw today set this off for me. This is an ad going around in the UK and thousands are apparently petitioning to get it removed because it’s “body shaming”. They are trying to ban ALL ads like this now. Like for real.

Also, note the writing on the wall.bodyshaming(Photo source http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-01/beach-body-ready-ad-ruled-inoffensive/)

OH But this isn’t body shaming because they don’t look like the girl above?

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(photo source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3062882/Yes-beach-body-ready-New-poster-featuring-curvy-bikini-clad-women-spoofs-controversial-Protein-World-ad.html)

            Why is it that a lean woman in a bikini makes people so angry? Does someone else’s appearance really make people feel so bad about themselves? If that ad makes you angry, instead of “poor me” thinking, how about you do something about it instead of whine. theBombshellInitiative.com        Or maybe we all need to just stop comparing bodies and be happy with ourselves. OR maybe people need to stop being so damn sensitive. (And in case you didn’t notice, none of the women in the Dove Ad photo’s are fat.)

The girl in the ad being slammed doesn’t look starving to me. Yes, she’s thin (too thin in some people’s eyes?) compared to the average person in any developed country BUT the average person is now also considered overweight.

Statistically in the U.S. (this is where I live so I’m using it as reference) and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or  obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.

Reference: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx

I get that the ad is insinuating that to be “beach body ready” a woman needs to look like her by having a small waist and thin legs. And most likely she’s been photo shopped in some way. This insinuation isn’t true. Go to the beach with ANY body.

    But seriously, it’s a catchy slogan. That’s all. The only reason ads like this work is because a vast majority of women wish they looked like her. SHE sells their product with her BODY.

The weight loss industry makes billions a year for a reason.

Still, there are those who get offended because the ad is basically telling the reader to lose weight.

      It’s not unrealistic to eat a healthy diet and exercise or to look similar to the woman in the ad. I was very healthy and looked close to what she does (before pregnancy, I now have a belly) and guess what? It wasn’t that hard to do once I decided to get active and changed my diet up.meMaybe I’m not as “skinny” as the model here but does it bother me? No. We have different body types. So what?

I eat real food, not processed junk or fast food all the time (like I once did) and I only eat when I’m hungry. Crazy concept, I know. I’m healthy, that’s what matters. Most likely the model is healthy too.

Ever since I began losing weight years ago, I faced a lot of back lash. It’s as though people around me wanted me to stay unhealthy and fat.

At 185lbs I was determined to lose some poundage so I’d skip out on the ice cream and burgers and fries for a long time but people would tell me “just have some. It’s not a big deal” or “what? You’re not ever going to eat ice cream again?”

Which of course was over exaggerating. Sure, I eat ice cream and burgers just not as much as I used to.

It frustrated me so much because here I was trying so hard to lose weight, struggling daily, to get healthy and people were sabotaging me.

   SHAMING me for trying to be healthy.

      I ignored most of it but to this day it bothers me that people make comments all the time about what I’m eating or NOT eating. It bothers me that people didn’t comment on what I ate when I was overweight but it’s okay now that i’m not?   #doublestandard

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            So why is it okay for people to body shame the fit model or me or anyone trying to lose weight and get fit but it’s the end of the world, if heaven forbid, someone says for an overweight person who is ruining their health to do something about it?

You can destroy a friendship for life by telling someone they need to lose weight or mention they shouldn’t have that second or third cookie if said person is fat but tell someone who’s a normal healthy weight they need to eat more and it’s no big deal.

I know how it feels to be the “chubby girl” but never did I once hate myself or get offended because someone else’s appearance. It’s an internal issue not an outward one.

Sure I’m guilty of making comments.When I was a kid I used to call my brother “string bean” because he was so scrawny and he’d get mad. Lucky for him he never called me chubby or fat because I’m older lol. Of course it would have hurt my feelings but it hurt his that i called him names just the same.

The only time someone should the concerned about someone being “so skinny, they need to eat more” is if that man or woman is extremely underweight and has an eating disorder. Only then is it unhealthy! Only then should it be a concern.

I’m most definitely not promoting the shaming of ANY BODY. Especially anyone who is overweight. It disgusts me when people make fun of someone in the gym who is heavy. Like HELLO they are there to better themselves. If how ugly the person who makes fun of others for their weight were on the inside showed on the outside maybe we’d all be laughing at them?

Weight is a sensitive issue for many. It’s not easy to lose weight and change habits. If it was then no one would have a problem. Some people are naturally skinny and have a hard time gaining weight. Some women wished they had more curves! Someone else’s weight whether thin of fat simply doesn’t need to be commented on.

Shaming isn’t the right way to go about it. I don’t know a single person who decided to lose weight because people made fun of them for their size, in fact it usually has the opposite effect. Or a woman that’s “too thin” suddenly decides to eat more because you said so. People don’t work like that so how about everyone just keeps their body shaming thoughts to themselves for either side.

Encouraging a healthy lifestyle by leading a healthy lifestyle is a good way to inspire others. But someone who isn’t healthy and tries to bring someone else down because of it, shut up.

I only bring this up because I don’t think this side of the coin is talked about much.

What are your thoughts?

-Janie

 

 

 

 

 

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Skinny Sparkling Lemonade

Skinny Sparkling MineralHow to make sparkling lemonade that’s low cal and low sugar, but no artificial sweeteners

 

Lemonade on a hot day is refreshing, cool and yummy. It’s like summer in a glass, right? Unfortunately it’s usually just as bad as drinking soda as far as sugar and calories are concerned so I usually steer clear or only have a small amount.

I also steer clear of artificial sweeteners majority of the time as well so that leaves me drinking water, and sometimes a girl wants something else to give a sweet kick to the taste buds.

Introducing the marriage of sparkling water, which is basically just carbonated water, and Simply Lemonade.

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Now you’re probably like umm Simply Lemonade has lots of sugar. True it does, however, if you only use a small amount it’s not bad. I pour a small amount and by that I mean 2 oz and then fill the rest of my glass with the sparkling water brand of choice and for a little extra sweetness add 5-6 drops of liquid stevia, all natural no calorie sweetener. Oh, and of course, add ice.

A serving size of Simply Lemonade is 8 oz and has 28 g of sugar and 28 g of carbs and 120 calories. So we cut that into a quarter which leaves us with 7 g of sugar and 7 g of carbs and 30 calories. I didn’t say NO sugar I said low. Hope you enjoy.

It’s really good this way and you won’t be sabotaging your body and health goals by drinking this. Let me know what you think! Are there any low cal, low sugar drinks you make?

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5 Simple Half Up Half Down Hairstyles You’ll Love

I’m obsessed with long hair, but i also have a slight problem of changing my hair color often which damages the crap out of it. I’m currently growing my hair out from above my shoulder to now a couple inches below my shoulders but I’m dreaming and waiting for the day my hair is at least mid back once again.

I wear clip in hair extensions on occasion but as of late i just don’t feel like wearing them. I’m debating on getting micro bead extensions some time here soon but it’s still up for debate since i have a baby due in October and I have lots of things to buy. Making my hair longer for a few hundred bucks isn’t exactly a priority.

But day dreaming about long hair is what has inspired this post today… long pretty hair!

 

  1. Cara Loren is one of my fav bloggers! And she has amazing hair. This hairstyle is so cute and easy to do.

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2. I don’t know who this is but i LOVE the braid. It just adds a little something different to the every day bunhalf down braid bun

 

 

3. Another braid. Loosely done on the top of the head and pulled into a bun. So cute.

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4. Easy bun with loose curls. half up bun

 

 

5. I just like the way Hilary Duff’s hair is pulled out of her face but still has volume. I’m a lover of big hair!half up poof

 

I suppose you don’t have to have really long hair to pull this styles off. I’ll try some myself and do a post and we can see what they look like on medium length hair. Although, I’ll warn you it could be a minute. Being 7 months pregnant doesn’t have me motivated to actually do my hair often. I’ve been very sick throughout my pregnancy.

Anyway, I hope you try these styles out and if you do tag me in the pictures!

 

~Janie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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