Yoga body

Except for a little more squish in my midsection and the disappearance of my derriere — a phenomenon known as “mum bum” — the look of my body has returned to its pre-pregnancy state. At least when it’s covered in clothes that… still… mostly… sort of fit.

Cheers for elastic waists!

If you were to see me without a shirt, however, you’d see some remaining marks of pregnancy: The slowly fading stretch marks across the front and sides of my stomach and the super slowly fading linea nigra — the line that some women get from naval to pubic bone during pregnancy. Lucky me, my line started at my rib cage.

And it’s crooked to boot.

Regardless, my body is at its new normal, fully recovered from the C-section with a few scars. Since I’m not pregnant anymore, my body is also yoga-ready!

Or… yoga-able.

baby in a bouncy chair while mom does yoga
What to do with the baby when you want to do yoga… give him his monster and make funny faces at him between chaturangas.

Yoga is like riding a bike. You don’t forget the postures; it’s easy to fall back into the flows.

I expected — and encountered — stiffness, tightness, shakiness. My back doesn’t bend the way it used to. My hamstrings are tightly wound cords. My balance… well, there’s another carryover from pregnancy, but my body still knows what to do.

What I didn’t expect was the awkwardness of my fingers and toes.

When before my toes could hug the mat, gripping it for stabilization and strength, now it’s as if they’re stuck in glue. In yoga, you’re supposed to be able to move through space while grounded — wiggly toes required. When before my fingers could bear the weight of my body in Upward Dog, now they bend and break from the slightest weight of a high Cobra.

It’s amazing what falls apart when you stop practicing.

Instead of going straight back to power yoga, which might kill me, I’ve been doing short flows I collected online while I was pregnant.

A yoga flow by Jennifer Partridge for Thrive Market to banish bloat and improve digestion, which was simple and short…

A “Tone Your Asana” yoga flow for legs and butt by Emily-Clare Hill for Gokker, which was not simple but was short enough that I didn’t die…

…and my new favorite — a metabolism-boosting flow that’s all about balance (and is the flow during which I discovered how weird my toes got).

It feels good to have long legs again, even if they shorten up an hour later. Oh, well. Practice makes perfect.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to go back to my favorite ever power yoga class at the YMCA soon, but I’m not ready to leave my son in the Drop-In Kid Zone while I go to class.

Maybe it’s because he’s my first baby — and my only baby, no one get excited — or maybe it’s because he’s only three months old *sob*, but I am terrified to leave him with anyone other than family.

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Even if only for an hour.

My friends tell me this will pass, and I’ll want to hand him off to the nearest janitor for five minutes’ peace.

Until then, I’ll stay home to do my workouts, and so will Henry.

We do baby yoga all the time :)

End of October

First things first…

Best October News: I don’t have gestational diabetes! (As of right now!)

I’ve been worried about getting gestational diabetes since the nausea stopped at the beginning of my second trimester because of the sweet tooth I’ve developed since getting pregnant. Where it came from… I’m blaming the baby. I miss my salty snacks and ability to say “no” to ice cream!

My doctor mentioned my weight gain and my activity level… and I started to panic.

Yes, I’ve gained weight, and it’s not all baby. (He’s the size of a small cabbage now, if you were curious. That’s three pounds and 17 INCHES LONG OMG HOW WHY.)

No, I’m not super active. I have a desk job for cryin’ out loud! Plus, prenatal yoga is almost a joke compared to the yoga I’m used to, and walking around outside with all the blood-sucking mosquito monsters is not my cup of tea. (It’s been an uncomfortably warm October, and they’re all still alive.)

So, yeah, activity was a bit low in my second trimester.

Now, it’s my sciatic nerve preventing me from or causing me pain doing anything involving the following movements: bending, squating, lunging, standing, sitting or changing positions using my lower body.

Rolling, people. Even rolling out of bed hurts.

It’s a fun complaint to lodge with your doctor…

Shae: “So this sounds like not a big deal, but my butt hurts. Like, really bad.”

Doctor: “Yeah, that happens. It’s called sciatica.”

Faaaaaantastic.

My hips feel like they’re in a vice grip so I’m going to physical therapy for pregnant ladies to get them feeling like they’ll work before the baby gets to be the size of a… well, a baby.

Because, apparently, it’s just going to get worse.

Hopefully, the same doesn’t go for my cold. Yes, I’ve got a cold. Want to know what pregnant women can do for colds?

Whole lotta nothing effective.

I want NyQuil so bad…

Here’s the rest of October:

shae opening gifts at the baby shower
The lovely ladies at Copp Media threw me a baby shower!
baby shower cake
My mom and aunt also threw me a baby shower — look at the adorable woodland critters!
Holiday Galleria 2016 Wichita Kansas
I attended and worked Holiday Galleria 2016, which is Junior League of Wichita’s premier fundraising event — with a whole lotta food and shopping!
Nibbles, the Book Monster
I might have purchased more baby books (because I don’t have enough from the baby showers…) at Holiday Galleria. This is Nibbles, the Book Monster, who runs amok in other stories and messes them up. I’m in love.
skinnyshae and husband at Wicked in Century II in Wichita Kansas
Husband and I went to “Wicked.”
Beef Nehari from Zaytun
And then, we went to Zaytun, which serves the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food I’ve ever eaten ever. This is Beef Nehari. I order it every. single. time.
skinnyshae as Winnie the Pooh
We celebrated Halloween at Copp Media in full costume. I was Winnie the Pooh. Why? Because I’m 29 weeks pregnant, that’s why.
Copp Media Halloween 2016
The ladies of Copp Media (minus one who was on vacation!) for Halloween 2016! You can almost see my giant belly in this photo.
pumpkin carving contest
We also did a pumpkin carving contest! (I did Pi.)
curtains drawn for Halloween 2016
And, on actual Halloween, I did the thing I’m most want to do during this time of year — turn off all the lights, close the curtains and hope no one upsets the dog — for the LAST TIME. I’m having a baby. I can’t get away with this ever again.

I promised in September that I’d have done something with the baby’s room and show everyone… but I haven’t done anything with the baby’s room…

I was so busy in October! Trying to get to and through Junior League of Wichita appointments, work responsibilities, life responsibilities, other baby responsibilities…

…that getting the nursery painted and “set up” didn’t get to the top of the list.

In fairness, the busyness that will be November isn’t much better than the busyness that was October, but my deadline is quickly approaching. I’m almost 30 weeks pregnant, which — if you can math — means I’ve got maybe 10 baby-free weeks left to get anything done.

Did it just get uncomfortably quiet…?

I have nine doctor’s appointments left before this baby arrives, and they’ve all been scheduled. My husband has put in for time off in January, and my mother is prepped and ready to put in for time off when I tell her.

We still have to schedule the Birth Care Center and take a hospital tour.

We still have to find a pediatrician.

We still have to stock up on essentials like diapers and wipes and laundry detergent and shampoo (although, why, I’m not sure… my hair probably is not getting washed).

We still have to decide on a middle name.

We have a lot to do, and we have 10 weeks to do it. Ten weeks left, and every weekend in November is chock full of non-baby activities.

The panic? It’s real.

An injured workout buddy and a blueberry smoothie

My workout buddy is hurt!

Ashley is not sure how she injured her back, but I am convinced it is from our workouts. Probably yoga.

So I feel terrible because I dragged her to yoga, and then her back started hurting.

Perhaps, because she had not hit the gym in a while, any new exercise regimen might cause strain and injury. Recommendations to heal her injury are heat, Ibuprofen and stretching. But no yoga.

I am a horrible friend.

Our workouts together have been working for me, though, and in a fairly unexpected way.

First, while I have not lost any weight, two pairs of dress pants that used to be too tight (well… they used to fit perfectly) are now fitting around my middle and through my thighs like they haven’t in months.

I. Am So. Happy. (And yet still so sad for my sweet Ashley.)

I am still too frightened to test my jeans. Maybe in a few more weeks… after a few more yoga classes… after a few more cycle sessions… Perhaps.

More good news? I shaved 50 seconds off my mile time without training by running. I didn’t run to reduce my time, which didn’t work during my Running Streak, which I barely finished.

I ran an 11:09 mile last week, and I am in shock. How did I do that without running at all? I don’t know, but I’m doing more of it.

In the meantime, here is a delightful smoothie I made for breakfast, and a recipe for another smoothie I hope to slurp down tomorrow.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 6 oz. of milk (enough to fill up the rest of your travel mug)
  • 1 tsp. of raw honey

Directions
Blend and enjoy.

It looks lavender!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Obsessed: YOGA STUFF!

I have been obsessed with yoga since my sophomore year in college when I took my first Vinyasa yoga class.

Now, I go to Power Yoga at the YMCA at least once a week.

My obsession with yoga hasn’t traveled much outside the realm of the practice and the poses. I didn’t much care about the mat I used or the clothing I wore…

…but then I saw these babies featured on Diets In Review. (They featured black. I hunted down the pink pair. This chick loves pink. Remember the Adidas shoes?)

Nike Studio Wrap
Photo courtesy Nike, Inc.

These are Nike Studio Wrap shoes. Five-in-one shoes designed for the barefoot, in-studio workout… without the barefoot part.

I. Am. Obsessed.

According to Nike, Inc., the bare foot can slip and slide, and I’ve experienced this during Downward Dog pose where my legs and arms both slowly move farther away from each other on the mat I’ve soaked in sweat. The Nike Studio Wrap acts like a toe shoe without the shoe, and Nike claims that it will be less bunchy than a yoga sock.

Let’s count the pros…

1) My feet aren’t completely bare in public at the YMCA where small children get pink eye.

2) The little sticky bobbers on the soles of the non-shoe will prevent sliding on the mat.

Cons?

It’s still a shoe, and shoes are awful, and I don’t understand the ribbon part. Is that for decoration? Ankle support? I don’t get it.

The Nike Studio Wrap shoes are supposed to have a starting price of $110, which I find ridiculous. I paid $100 for my Brooks running shoes (worth it)! The Nike Studio Wrap is half a shoe so they should be half the price.

I like my logic. I don’t think Nike would appreciate it, though.

The wrap shoes seem like they might make a functional addition to my yoga practice, but I have no intention of purchasing a pair until I’ve read extensive reviews and seen them in action.

I have to wait until Spring.

Dang it.

Do you use a yoga shoe or sock? What luck have you had? What price tag have you paid? (I’m so stingy.)

My desk job might be killing me

I love my job.

I hate my desk.

Did you know your desk might be killing you? I am pretty sure my desk is killing me.

I dropped by my friend Jordan’s house last weekend to pick up the jewelry I ordered at her party. We had barista-made mochas and a fun talk about work and weight gain.

We were talking about Halloween costumes in preparation for her upcoming Halloween party. I told her I’m going to be Lady Rambo so I can wear sweat pants because most of my other pants don’t fit right, and she said: “Desk job.”

I agreed with her.

She’s been in the working world longer than I have, and she understood why I hate my desk.

Sitting at a desk all day is awful, and my desire to exercise usually occurs midday. We’ve already discussed why I can’t get sweaty in the middle of the day, but I have to do something to satisfy my need to move in the middle of the day.

I found six stretches that every desk worker should do throughout the day to loosen stiff muscles and prevent excess strain on the neck, shoulders and back. Every stretch highlighted in the guide is a move we do in my Power Yoga class.

Speaking of Power Yoga…

I am often absent to my Power Yoga class. When I show up for a day, I’m sure everyone is like: “Whoa! She’s still alive.”

I attended last Saturday, and I felt like a BEAST. Maybe it was because we had a substitute instructor, and he went a little easier on us than Jill usually does. No matter! I destroyed that yoga class!

Yoga does, however, highlight glaringly all of my “trouble spots.” Reverse Warrior… Side Angle Pose… Any and all twists… My waistline addition is very obvious (to me, no one else is paying attention) when I try to do those moves.

Obvious and uncomfortable.

I’m used to moving parts of my body to get into a yoga pose. Usually around my chest area, but I cannot move my core to make a yoga pose work.

It’s my core.

It doesn’t go places.

I’m working on my waistline now. Working hard to get it whittled away back to a healthy circumference, one that works with yoga poses I used to love.

Wish me luck!

 

Review: Victoria’s Secret No-Show Thong Underwear

Note: Today is the first day I will review a pair of underwear without feeling shameful.

I wear VSX-Victoria’s Secret Sport yoga pants to yoga, and I wear Women’s Active Compression Shorts by Old Navy when I run.

Both yoga pants and compression shorts are fitted, which is good because excess clothing, such as with basketball shorts, gets in my way when I work out. However, fitted pants and shorts do not go well with most types of underwear.

I have been searching for a pair of underwear I can comfortably wear with my yoga pants and compression shorts. A pair that doesn’t bunch up or slide around when I’m stretching or running. A pair that is not super expensive.

Enter Victoria’s Secret No-Show Thong Underwear.

I purchased four pairs of the no-show thong underwear at Victoria’s Secret in Kansas City. We have a Victoria’s Secret in Wichita, but when you’re spending the weekend in the Plaza, you are more inclined to spend money on frivolous things.

Like underwear.

Turns out these underwear were not frivolous!

During Power Yoga and when I run and walk, I feel like I am not wearing underwear! The underwear doesn’t bunch up, and it doesn’t move around under by yoga pants and compression shorts.

I can work out in them comfortably!

If I were to recommend the perfect pair of underwear for working out, I would recommend these.

Get your Panty Raid on girls!

The perfect running partner

…is not my dog.

Power Yoga was canceled this morning for a fitness expo so, to get in my daily fitness, I took my dog for a run/walk to the park.

German Shepherd Dog

We walked the four or five blocks to the park. I wanted to start with walking to test my allergies. I didn’t do too badly! Breathed fine, nose was a little stuffy and sneezy, but I wasn’t nearly as bad off as I was the first time running outside.

I waited in the field next to the park for my dog to “get busy.” “Get busy” is his order to go potty. He begrudgingly did so, and then we took off.

We sprinted through the park, up and down the slopes and across the sidewalks.

My dog does not stay with me when he runs. He wants to run ahead of me because he thinks he’s faster than I am.

So we had to have a race…

…he won.

Jerk.

I was pooped! We jogged back home and sprinted the final block so he could get good and worn out.

My precious dog is the reason I can never live in a carpeted house. His drool drops covered my kitchen and hall floors. I had to lay a towel down.

Do you run with your dog? Is he/she faster than you, too?