this is the exercise i am doing to help strengthen my back and get rid of some pain. as my belly gets heavier and puts more stress on my back, this seems to help me a lot so far. i am 20 weeks now. not saying, this is for everyone. it's hard and might not be the right thing for you. but it helped me and helped my husband even more. so talk to your health adviser first.
...things change. slowly first. Even tho I'm still early on (16 weeks) it has been a very interesting and also a challenging experience already. I have, had, a very set regimen when it comes to my physical activities. My partner makes me push myself to the limit all the time, as I try to keep up with him, and I like that kind of stress/challenge. As the weeks go by with my pregnancy I was able to adapt my way of thinking. It was not about being my strongest anymore, not about keeping up and getting stronger. It became about staying healthy.
At first it felt strange and disappointing, that you couldn't do certain things as aggressive or intense anymore. With bouldering for example I am very careful to not tackle any too high boulders. I am a very clumsy person, who doesn't quite know how to fall properly. My limps just flop around uncontrollable. So now, having a responsibility to grow a healthy baby, I stick with very easy problems, minimizing risks of injury. Sometimes i would even just lay back and watch only or do some squats and push ups instead, if the hike to the boulders haven't already exhausted me.
And this is just one example which translates to all the things I love doing, and there a lot. What I found so far was pretty enlightening, tho obvious. As much as I enjoy competition or challenges and taking some risks, I find myself enjoying my activities in a more meditative way. I am more aware of my beautiful surroundings, body and soul seem to be better connected. I seem to go into any activity in a more relaxed way, less aggressive ("i have to get this route, i have to ride this trail"). Maybe that is the glow that people talk about that pregnant women seem to carry. The glow of relaxation, being more at peace (unless some of the unpleasant side effects are bothering you a lot. Tho i see a trend in active women having less of those, at least within my circle of people). Never forget to have fun and listen to your body and common sense.
We moved here around the end of August 2014 and it has been an amazing adventure. After about four days after moving in, we moved out again. Sort of... We went on a vacation, for a whole month: Vienna, Corvara in Badia, Trevico, Vienna.
Initially I only planed to see my family by myself. My beloved man insisted to attend his duties as a husband, joining his wife, me, on the journey to gather with my family.
The funny thing is, as soon as his family found out about our Europe trip, they wanted to come and it evolved into this fantastic big family and adventure trip. We all went from Vienna, Austria, to see family and friends, to the beautiful Dolomites in Corvara, Italy. Another mission of the Lemotte's, my husband's family, was to meet and see some of their relatives in Trevico, South of Italy. Arrived in Trevico, we did not waste much time to visit the relatives. Some have shed tears once they realized, that my father in law's ancestor was somehow related to them. They opened their homes and kitchens to us, welcoming us, as if we knew each other for ever. The food was out of this world.
Back to living in Mariposa: Mariposa has an Espresso Bar, Pony Express, it's amazing! You get actual Espresso there. Most of the people seem very friendly and welcoming. Wildlife, butterflies, forests, beauty.
Check out that awesome video my husband made under TRAVEL!
What are you working out for??? Hopefully its for the new dress that you just bought so you can tell everyone "yo, check me out, i look so amazingly amazing jo!!"
Stop caring what other people think and say!
Love your self and your body, be healthy, stay active, be helpful to others, be sharing and forgiving, be close to nature, be spontaneous, be curious and ask questions, try new things, show your love to others...
1. Ask yourself WHY?
Do people say you are ugly? Does your partner say your fat? Do you self tell you these things? Does the media tell you?
2. Stop listening to what other people SAY!
Who cares what the neighbors say? Who cares what your "friend" say? See, they are not really that good of a friend being that mean to you. If your partner says mean things to you, you might be stuck in a relationship that is lacking of respect for one another. "but they are just trying be honest with me". I believe many wars are based on the wrong art communication. there is a difference between saying "i am concerned about your health if you keep eating these deep fried chickens" and "damn woman, your ass is so fat I need to move to another planet to get some space". Try explaining this to the people you care about. They will understand and change their way's if they really do care about you too.
3. Stop crying like a baby and start doing something!
Many people looooveeee to talk. Especially complain-talk. Stop wasting everyone's time! Seriously. It won't change anything about your situation if you just keep complaining and talking about it. Okey, I might forgive it, if I happen to meet you and you tell me about your worries in life. Once! If you keep coming up with the same stories, about how this happened and how this is not fair and how you wish this and that, oh please...! We all have better things to do with our times. You too!
4. Start loving yourself!
Forgive yourself. Love yourself for the person you are. The love that you have for someones character is so much deeper then the one you have for someones looks. Be good, honest and fair to yourself. But just as important, be good, honest and fair to others too. You want to feel happiness? Start within yourself. That is your foundation in your life, the emotion you feel towards yourself. If you ain't got love for yourself, sista and brotha, how can you have it for someone else?
I am still very young, but I can feel the older you get, the faster the time passes. I see my four younger siblings growing up to young adults, getting married, having children and my parents slowly getting older. Their faces and bodies full of marks of their lives.
If there is one thing I have learned in my life so far, it is to follow your heart. Yes, yes this must sound very annoying to the most of you, it's so cliche and mostly not possible, you would think. Think again! Of course some things won't happen over night. They require preparation and patience. You don't have patience? Well, no wonder you feel stuck where you are, feeling sorry for yourself ever day. Are you waiting for someone to take your hand and bring you where you want to go? Are you waiting for some kind of sign or miracle to come? Don't just sit there, act! It's all in your head. It is your decision, whether or not you will finish your college, get rid of the 20 extra pounds you have or travel the world. Easier said then done? Of course! If the greatest things in life are so easy, well they would not be so great, right? All you need is some will power, motivation, passion. Live your Life, don't just waste it. Whatever you do, make sure it is what you want to do, and not because you think you have to, or you feel its your responsibility because that's what people around you expect you to do. If your partner is in the way of your happiness, you might ask your self, if that person is the right one anyway.
Of course your surrounding or situation will have an effect weather or not you can do this or that. I can not go travelling for two months, because I don't have the money. Save money. Have a close look on your expenses.
I can not become a doctor, because I can not effort the tuition? Go to libraries and study the medical books there, try to get a sponsorship.
Always try your hardest and see where it takes you. The biggest obstacle to overcome is yourself.
I believe one way of showing god your appreciation and thank him for his blessings, is to include him in your life, of course. One way I am doing this: You know how you have all these inner dialogues with yourself in your head. It's like as if you where talking to your very best friend in your head. I, not always but often, have these conversation with the father. A normal conversation about your thoughts and concerns to him. See him as your best friend, who will always and forever keep your deepest secrets and never judges you. I believe that he wants to be an important part of your life because he loves you and not just someone you pray to. Just like your parents and best friends, they want to be a part of your life too.