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4th Week Post Partum

Sunday:  10 minute walk to park and back. Some light wrestling with the preschooler and housework.

Monday:  20 minute run to and around Cadman Plaza park. My pelvis bones started to feel loose and my abdominal muscles got very tired since I was focusing on pulling them in and keeping the Kegel muscles actively engaged to support the run. Did only two loops since my body said that was enough and I’m happy I listened to my body.

Tuesday: while lying in bed I did Kegels and abdominal scoops (belly button to spine while visualizing the diastasis closing). 3 sets of pushups with 5 on my toes and rest of 10 repetitions on my knees, 2 sets of one arm rows, shoulder fly for front, back and side with rotation, knee floats with deep concentration in abdominal muscles and I can really feel it working when I really focus; that is what will make the difference in the long run, the focus and depth of the abdominal work.

Wednesday: 20 minute run in the morning. Later in day 25 minute walk to Atlantic Avenue and 25 minute walk home.

Thursday: cleaned and later in day Kegels, knee floats and abdominal stabilization.

Friday: 40 minute run cardio (25 minute run and walk 15 minutes), 2 sets of push ups (5 on toes for each set), 2 sets of one arm rows (increased weight to 11 pounds), knee floats and double knee floats

Saturday: Nothing

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Week 38

Busy and active week. I lost a few pounds, but the baby is still growing (and kicking) fine so…. A couple of contributing factors: 1) super active and 2) change in diet. I discontinued dairy, eggs and peanuts since those are foods my son is allergic to, I figure that will give us a good starting point to see if this child has food allergies or not; my breast milk will already be free of those allergens by the time she is born. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next week with the weight loss and to see how big this second child ends up being at birth.

Day 1: 7:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk, 45 minute moderate walk and leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk.

9:30 AM short walk to playground and back (10 minutes each way)

3:30 PM 1 hour walk to Brooklyn Heights and back while pushing stroller and sleeping Mateo.

Day 2: 6:05 AM  10 minute brisk walk, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets pushups, 2 sets of deep knee squats,

8:10 AM 15 minute brisk walk home followed by 15 minute brisk walk at 8:40 and another 15 minutes at 10:00

Later in afternoon: 20 minute moderate walk with Mateo on scooter, more moderate walking and running errands, followed by 15 minute brisk walk (over 1 1/2 hours walking at a moderate to brisk pace–no wonder I’m not gaining weight anymore, but I feel good and strong and the baby feels strong inside of me…)

Day 3:  7:10 AM 15 minute brisk, 35 minute moderate with leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walking. I used the pedometer and it recorded 6166 Steps!

12:00 PM  25 minute speed walk. I also wore the pedometer but with a different pair of pants and it only recorded 50 steps, obviously inaccurate.

2:00 PM 40 minute moderate walking while pushing stroller and running errands, again the pedometer didn’t record anything.  I am doing lots of nesting, and buying supplies for the birth and for after the birth, that’s why I’m running so many errands.

Day 4: 6:00 AM 17 minute not so brisk walk, 10 minute walk, 1 hour walk (with errands across Park Slope),

Super tired the rest of the day. I had only slept 4 1/2 hours of sleep the night before and I just couldn’t do anything.

Day 5: Ran to and around Cadman Plaza. Brought Mateo with me, he rode his scooter and I ran. It worked better than I expected, except I would have liked to run one more loop, but he was too tired. ran 3 loops then down the hill to the playground where I did two sets of pushups and two sets of pull ups for the upper back using the playscape.

Lot’s of cleaning of the house.

4:00 walked around Fort Greene Park and to restaurant. Then 15 minute walk pushing stroller, arms super tired while pushing stroller. (Lot’s of Braxton Hicks contractions between 6:00 and 10:00 pm)

Day 6:  Lot’s of household cleaning, mopping, laundry. 3:00PM  20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park, various activities, including sprinting, climbing, pushing swings, carrying a stroller up steps while holding Mateo’s hand so he wouldn’t slide, then 10 minute walk to restaurant and 40 minute walk home after eating at restaurant.  Now when I get the Braxton Hicks contractions I need to slow my pace, even if I’m just walking.

Day 7:  Calf cramps during the night.  7:30 AM  3 sets of lunges, 2 sets of push ups on knees 10 repetitions, but not too low since my belly was hitting the floor, 2 sets of rows (11 pounds), shoulder flys and rotator flys.

8:50 AM  12 minute super brisk walk, 10:10 40 minute walk and errands, but mostly walking briskly.

5:00 10 minute walk to park and around park and back 10 minutes

Week 37 — I’m still running (jogging) and feeling good

Day 1: 4 rounds of the sun salutation (my belly is in the way and it doesn’t exactly feel good, not sure why), 2 sets lunges, 2 sets deep, deep knee squats (can I labor in that position? I hope so, but it does make the contractions super intense. At least that’s what I remember from the last time.),  2 sets pushups on my knees (belly to floor), 2 sets rows and one set each of shoulder fly and rotator shoulder fly (this works the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder joint). Some stretching during the day.  35 minute walk while pushing stroller, some sprints after a tennis ball while we were at the park and lots of just being on my feet and moving around. 10 minute walk. 

Day 2: 30 minute run. 4 loops around Cadman Plaza plus there and back. I went a bit fast since I kept on passing the same gentleman (grey-haired- I hope I’m still running when I have grey hair). He was going in the opposite direction so we would pass each other twice a loop and my competitive spirit came out, so he was going just a little bit faster than me, but I was going faster than I would have if he hadn’t been there. I did feel more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions as I ran (maybe 4 or 5 during the run and a few more as I cooled down). The last loop I ran much slower since my competition had left. I felt good, I wasn’t out of breath although my legs felt a bit heavy, maybe from the lunges yesterday.  Oh and my pelvis was a bit achy as I was running, but it felt better after I had run a bit, I kept the Kegel muscles active and kept the transverse abdominis active also (that’s the natural girdle muscle, activated by pulling belly button in towards your spine, or think about hugging your baby inside your womb with your abdomen).

Day 3:  6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 4 minute jog, 40 minute walk, 15 minute brisk walk.

11:15 leisurely one hour walk

2:00 25 minute brisk walk pushing stroller. my arms were very tired after the walk from pushing the stroller.  Later in the afternoon 2 ten minute walks to and back from park with some climbing and sliding.

Day 4: 6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets of deep knee squats, 2 sets of pushups, 6 minute jog. Super tired after a poor night of sleep. All of this felt good, good to be able to do, but I was happy to sit and rest for an hour on a park bench while reading (achy pelvis when I stood up to walk, felt better after walking a bit). 10 minute brisk walk later, plus 20 minute limping walk to playground, very painful, but after being in the playground for awhile the hip worked itself out.  

Day 5: 30 minute run with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park, Felt great to do it and good doing it.  I am getting thinner actually, or I seem to be. The baby is growing fine but my arms and legs are getting thin, weird…. 2 sets of rows and 2 sets of shoulder flys.  More walking later in the day around Fort Greene Park.

Day 6: 20 minute walk to Fort Greene park plus additional walking in park.  

Day 7: 25 minute run with 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park and a jog down to Brooklyn Bridge park, pushups and modified pull ups in the park (2 sets each) and 2 sets of lunges. Late in day a couple of 15 to 25 minute walks.  Overall this week I did a lot of activity, feels good to still be able to do so much activity.  I am glad I kept running during this pregnancy!

Week 36- Whew almost the end!!!

Day 1: Lots of walking.  7:05 AM 20 minutes walking moderate, 40 minutes moderate walking and leg stretches, 15 minutes brisk walking.  1:00PM 20 minute brisk walk, 15 minutes in bank, followed by 20 minute brisk walk. 30 minute rest followed by 15 minute brisk walk. hour later another 10 minute leisurely walk. Lots of walking: 1 hour or more, miscellaneous leisurely walking. 

Day 2:  6:05 — 10 minute brisk walk followed by lunges (front, back and side), 2 sets deep knee squats, 1 set of pushups on bench, 4 minute run.   7:05 15 minute walk  9:45AM 15 minute brisk walk. 11:30 AM 2 sets of one arm rows.   Later in day 10 minute stroll and 10 minute stroll to and from park.

Day 3:  7:05 AM 20 minute walk, 40 minute walk and leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk. 11:50  25 minute brisk walk. 2:00 25 minute brisk walk both pushing stroller which left my arms tired.  

Day 4:  6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk followed by 2 sets of lunges (front and back), 2 sets of deep knee squats, 2 sets of pushups on a wall and leg stretches, then 4 minute run. 10:30 AM 25 minute brisk walk.  later in day two 10 minute leisurely walks.

Day 5:  25 minute run 3 loops around Cadman Plaza and 20 minute walk from Brooklyn Heights. The run felt really great, as if I could do more even though I hadn’t done much running in the last two weeks, no super strong Braxton Hicks contractions during run either.  1 sets one arm rows and shoulder flys 2 sets.  Various walking 20 minutes and 20 minutes pushing stroller.

Day 6: Early afternoon: 10 minute brisk walk, taught 30 minute Sling Your Baby class at the NY Fit Mama event in Prospect Park at the picnic house (that was fun and still easy to do, but I was more winded than the moms carrying their babies), 10 minute brisk walk. In the evening 10 minute speed walk, plus various stairs and other walking, plus sat during a music concert, impossible to sit still and Braxton Hicks contractions during almost every song…Not labor though, but I’m definitely getting more in the late afternoons and evenings so I must be getting close. I need to pee whenever I have one of those Braxton Hicks contractions which can be a problem…

Day 7: 7:10 AM 20 minutes walk, 40 minutes walking, 30 minute brisk walk.  10:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk, plus other walking for an hour, interspersed with a little bit of sitting.  Strong kicks and squirms from the little one in the belly.

Week 34 — Realizing my limitations

Day 1: 7:05 AM — 20 minute walk, 35 minute walk, leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk (so hard now!)

11:00 AM — 20 minute leisurely walk, push swing, partial pull ups on swing set, 

4:00 PM — various sprints in park to catch Mateo

5:30 PM– 15 minute walk home

Day 2:  6:00 AM — 16 minute brisk walk (can’t do the same distance in 15 minutes anymore), no running with client, I just can’t do it at his pace anymore, I’m too heavy. 

8:10 AM– 10 minute leisurely walk followed by another 10 minute leisurely walk

10:00– 30 minute leisurely walk

11:30 — 2 sets pushups on knees (belly hits floor now), 2 sets rows (10 pounds), lunges, deep knee squats ( 2 sets, starting to strengthen for labor now, super deep squats) , plank and hold, and plank and lift one leg, stretches.

12:00 –15 minute walk, 

4:30 pm — 10 minutes to park for playing, sliding, rock throwing, etc.

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute walk, 35 minute walk moderate pace, at the end of the walk, I seriously considered taking the elevator up the 3 flights of stairs, leg stretches,  17 minute brisk walk home (again can’t do it in 15 minutes anymore, too hard)

11:45 AM — 30 minute walk to gymnastics class for Mateo, sat for one hour, 15 minute walk to ice cream shop (I ate a sorbet, very good), 20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park, sat mostly for another 45 minutes or hour, then played actively with Mateo (slides, climbing, walking a lot) for another 30 minutes and 30 minute walk home pushing stroller and sleeping Mateo.  Way too much walking even with all the rest in between locations.  Completely exhausted when I arrived home.

Day 4:   6:00 AM 16 minute brisk walk — planned on running with client, but just couldn’t make myself do it. I just know that I can no longer do it as I have been doing it. I am sad about that but I am also being realistic.  8:10 am 10 minute walk, 10:30–  45 minute walk through and around Park Slope. Again overdid the walking a bit, completely tired and then took Mateo to park at 1:00 for about 1 and half hours with me participating in some sliding and climbing. 

Day 5:  8:15  AM 40 minute jog with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park! I was so happy to have done it and proud of myself, even though throughout the run I was having to work very hard to keep myself going mentally!  Ran into my former running partner and chatted for about 10 minutes then ran the rest of the way home. The rest break was actually very good for me, recovered fully and was ready to do more.  2 sets pushups, 2 sets rows, stretching and planks, 1 set shoulders.

3:00 PM went to MOMA, ate late lunch and walked around a bit, super tired though after the morning’s workout and walked super slow until I needed to sprint at one point to catch Mateo before he ran too far away from me. That sprinting after Mateo is when my pelvis/ hamstring muscles actually, really hurt. It’s so difficult to do now, but still must be done on occasion to keep him safe, but he is slowly beginning to understand that he can’t do that as much as I used to let him.

Day 6:  Went to Brooklyn Children’s museum, leisurely walk for 20 minutes to subway, then walked around Museum, Mateo completely overtired, but he walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and then fell asleep on bus.  My exercise: carrying sleeping Mateo 20 minutes from bus stop to home since all cabs were off duty or full…. Later in evening some wrestling with both Mateo and husband. At night strange pain on right side of abdomen– not the usual Braxton Hicks or round ligament pain, but quite painful and continuous, woke up later and called the midwife to rule out the scary possibilities. Seems to be just a pulled muscle or possibly a bruise from the girl inside kicking out against my son sitting on my abdomen….

Day 7: 8:43 AM —-17 minute walk leisurely, felt my abdomen pain as I walked, also felt it earlier in the morning when I picked up Mateo.  Pain went away as I sat, returned during 17 minute walk home. It’s gone after I rested an hour.  It seems I need to take it easier than I have been. I guess that’s a good thing to during by the middle of the 8th month!!!!!

Week 23- Week 27

Where have I been for the last 5 weeks? Here and sick and not recording my physical activity in great detail. (See Two months later… in my other blog: Lynne’s Fitness Adventures.)

Week 23

Day 1-Day 5  Stomach flu, very little to no activity. Day 2  I did record 7000 steps. 

Day 6 4000 steps during 30 minutes run/walk. 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park.

Day 7  walking to Brooklyn Heights, pushups and running and playing with Mateo for Creative Movement class,

Week 24

Day 1   7:05- 8:45 Usual 20 minute moderate walk, followed by 45 minute leisurely walk, followed by 14 minute walk with some jogging.  Pedometer only read 3000 steps at end of day, I wonder if it is working correctly as my belly has gotten bigger?

Day 2  Fifteen minute brisk walk, ran and two loops around Cadman Plaza Park, 15 minute brisk walk, 15 minute walk, push ups and rows 2 sets each. some stretching

Day 3: Usual Tuesday/thursday routine:  20 minute moderate walk, followed by 35 minute leisurely walk, followed by 15 minute brisk walk. Playground with Mateo  10,000 Steps, so pedometer still works some.

Day 4:  Brisk walking 15, 10, 10, 20 minutes.

Day 5: nothing other than walking

Day 6: Long walk, 1 set each push ups and rows.

Day 7: 15 minute brisk walk, Taught Creative Movement class so lots of running, jumping, rolling, some commando crawling instead of slithering, downward dogs.

Week 25

Day 1: Usual Tuesday/thursday routine:  20 minute moderate walk, followed by 45 minute leisurely walk, followed by 15 minute brisk walk. climbed up and down stairs in our building with Mateo, chased him around apartment and in lobby, so an actual interval type workout with sprints.

Day 2: 15 minute brisk walk, 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park. 15 minute brisk walk.

Day 3: Usual Tuesday/thursday routine:  20 minute moderate walk, followed by 35 minute leisurely walk, followed by 15 minute brisk walk. Playground with Mateo, some walking, some sprinting.

Day 4 -Day 5: Sick. 

Day 6: Still sick, lots of cleaning and long walk to Atlantic Avenue and back 1 hour walking,plus 30 minutes shopping. pushed stroller each way.

Day 7: 15 minute brisk walk, 20 minute walk home. Carried Mateo in the Ergo 12 minutes taught Creative Movement class, carried Mateo in Ergo 12 minutes home.

Week 26 

Day 1: Stayed home, cleaned and played with Mateo

Day 2: 15 minute brisk walk, 15 minute brisk walk,don’t know if I did anything or not in the afternoon

Day 3: Unknown

Day 4: 15 minute brisk walk, ran to hill, 1 hill, 2 sets lunges, ran back to clients house, 10 minute brisk walk, 20 minute brisk walk.

Day 5:  Long walk to Fort Greene Park

Day 6: Unknown

Day 7:  15 minute brisk walk, 2 loops in Cadman Plaza Park with client (I rested as he did his second loop and I joined on the third again. I needed to catch my breath. Did one set of bench pushups.) ran back to clients house.  Taught Creative Movement class. Scootercise to class and back.

Week 27 (March 10th)

Day 1: One hour walk with Mateo in Brooklyn Heights.  Run around in apartment with Mateo –around the dining table, around the bookshelves and roared like dinosaurs…

Day 2: 15 minute brisk walk, 20 minute moderate walk, 1 hour 20 minutes additional leisurely walk, more running around the dining table. 

Day 3:  20 minute moderate, 40 minute moderate, 15 minute brisk walks. Carried Mateo in the Ergo: 10, 10, 10, 10 minutes played in children’s museum which involved some sprinting. Wiped out completely afterward. 

Day 4: 15 minute brisk walk, 15 minute walk, 15 minute brisk walk, 10 minute walk and 20 minute brisk walk

Day 5: Ran 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park and there and back! 25 minutes. Did sunsalutations 1 set pushups, 2 sets rows and stretches and felt great!

Day 6: Scootercise to and around Fort Greene Park

Day 7: Foot exercises, taught Creative Movement class, walked home.

Week 22

Day 1 

Forgot pedometer but usual:7:00 am  20 minute moderate walk, 40 minute moderate walk, followed by 15 minute brisk, then busy all day at home, non-stop

Day 2

6:00 am  15 minute walk, other walking

11: 15  barre, pushups and rows (only one set each)

Total steps: 8000

Day 3

7:05 moderate walk 20 minutes, 30 minute moderate walk, 13 minute super brisk walk/jog

4000 Steps

10:00 am Trip to Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lots of sprinting after Mateo

11,000 Steps total

Day 4

7:00 am Brisk walk 13 minutes, brisk walk 6 minutes

8:30 10 minute brisk, 5 minute brisk

10:10 – 10:50 brisk walk and errands

Pedometer: 6704 Steps

running about 10 minutes while chasing Mateo in the hallway.

Day 5

Great day for my body: I had a massage!  

Leisurely walking and shopping, 8 minutes walking while carrying sleeping Mateo. He is getting super heavy and at least my belly is starting to support him a bit when I hold him, unfortunately I can’t breathe….

Pedometer: 6704 steps

Day 6

Walking, some brisk, most moderate.  Not sure if I cleared my pedometer but at least 5000 steps, maybe more

Day 7 

6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk

6:20 ran 3 loops around Cadman Plaza park and light stretches. Super winded running up the very, very tiny incline on the running path loop.

8:10 15 minute brisk walk

Pedometer: 7021 Steps

2:50  Super brisk scootercise to go teach Creative Movement class at 3:15, detour down a hill since Mateo now loves riding his scooter (too) fast down hills.

5:00 Scootercise the long way home, by way of Harry Chapin playground with some swing pushing and a lot of jogging to keep up with Mateo

Pedometer total: 10462 Steps  (feel like it was a million more steps, all that running today

Pregnancy Week 21

Day 1

7:05 brisk 15 minute walk,

leisurely 30 minutes

ran 10 minutes

5865 Steps

12:00 pm Walk and play in park

Total Steps: 8078 Steps

Day 2

8:45 Brisk 15 minute walk

Barre, pushups, rows, stretches, inversion 40 minutes

12:00 Brisk walk home

4:15  15 minute walk, carried Mateo

5:30  15 minute walk, carrying Mateo– upstairs -super challenging with the added weight and Mateo 45 pounds.

Day 3

7: 05 Forgot to wear pedometer (walked 15 minutes brisk, 30 minutes leisurely, 15 minutes walk and jog) 

12:00 long leisurely walk to Post Office and then back and halfway across the Manhattan Bridge and back. Carried Mateo for the last 45 minutes or more.

Day 4

6:00 13 minute brisk walk/jog 

8:15 30 minutes walk/errands

Pedometer: 5460

Day 5 

shopped in Ikea and Fairway, forgot to wear my pedometer… no other exercise

Day 6

No organized exercise, some walking, walking around the MOMA museum

Day 7

6:00 am  15 minute brisk walk followed by 3 loop run around Cadman Plaza Park

Steps: 7460 

2:30 walk to teach and return from Creative Movement class

Total Pedometer Steps: 10,000

Week 14

Week 14, Day 1

7:05  20 minute walk

7:35  35 minute walk

8:25  35 minute walking and errands

10:30  20 minutes run/walk while pushing stroller

Week 14, Day 2

8:45 brisk walk 15 minutes,

10:45  30 minute brisk walk and haggle with dry cleaners over how to iron the shirts and cost

11:30   30 minutes ballet barre, inversion, pushups, one arm rows, stretch

12:00  run around with Mateo, running, walking across blocks, and jumping- big jumps, 

1:00  15 minute walk

Week 14, Day 3

7:05 20 minute walk

7:30 40 minute walk slow/moderate

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

12:30 in store sprinting to catch Mateo and Evander (probably 5 minutes, but it felt like 10)

5:30 15 min walk in rain while carrying Mateo

Week 14, Day 4

6:00 15 minute brisk walk

7:10 10 minutes brisk walk, rest 5 minutes, then another 10 minute brisk walk

8:30 10 minute brisk walk

10:15 ran errands and walked home 45 minutes

Week 14, Day 5

Various stretching, downward dogs, tunnels, camel, pelvic lifts, headstand, planks, side planks with Mateo stretching and doing tunnels. About 30 minutes.

Week 14, Day 6

Not sure if this is when it occurred, but I believe so, I haven’t found it recorded elsewhere and I know I ran loops in Cadman Plaza later in the week: stair workout 30 minutes, 5 minute stepping alternate with bounding up the steps 2 at a time 4 rounds of 9 bounds.

Week 14, Day 7

15 minute brisk walk, 1 hour doing errands (40 minutes total walking), 15 minute walk pushing stroller,(rest hour) 15 minutes pushing stroller again

Week 13

So, I have been lax about inputting the data over the last almost 4 weeks (week 17 starts tomorrow); I have continued to record the data though. I will continue with weekly entries instead of daily. I also have slacked on the wearing of the pedometer. I will recommence the pedometer when I return from vacation mid January.

Week 13, Day 1 —

6:00 am : Brisk walk

6:20 25 minute run , 3 loops around Cadman Plaza  and leg stretches

7:10 am 15 minute brisk walk

7:35 40 minute walk

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

Pedometer: 13, 185 steps

10:45 -12:00 moderate /leisurely walkto and around parks

Pedometer: 15, 717 Steps

Later in day crawling through Fresh Direct box tunnels with toddler.

Week 13, Day 2

8:45 brisk 15 minute walk

11:30 – 12:00 pushups, one arm rows, Barre, inversion, stretches

12:00 -12:30 – run, chase, dance, jump, fall with Mateo

Steps: 8902

Week 13, Day 3

6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk

6:20-6:40 run (2 hills)

7:30 30 minute moderate walk

8:30 15 minute brisk walk

3:30 Some walking, some carrying Mateo, then 10 minutes carrying Mateo in Ergo

Week 13, Day 4

12 minute brisk walk, followed by 8 minute brisk walk, followed by 15 minute brisk walk.

Pedometer total for two days: 18,000 Steps

Week 13, Day 5

Mopped house, moderate walking, and additional 20 minute moderate walk

Week 13, Day 6

Laundry, dishes etc.

Week 13, Day 7

15 minute brisk walk, 10 minute brisk walk, 8 minute brisk, 10 minute brisk walk

12:00 16 minute brisk walk

2:30 15 minute brisk walk carrying Mateo

3:15 Creative Movement class

5:00 15 minute brisk walk carrying Mateo