Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Great Arms and Legs - Plus, Baby Girl is Comin'!

We are in the final week before our baby girl is born; in fact, once this blog goes up she might already be with us.  This is a fact that I am both super excited for, and yet, a little stressed about.  I’m excited because I know that from the moment she is placed on my belly I will love her completely, thinking (knowing) that she is the most wonderful being ever.  And I can’t wait to see my husband holding our little baby girl, with love in his eyes, knowing he is totally going to be wrapped around her little tiny finger.  With big sister, I see them playing for years to come, as big sis teaches her how to do her hair and look cute while still being tough, strong, a great athlete and a seriously smart cookie.  As for our son, the awesome, super, little ninja that he is, I just hope and pray every day that they are close and that he always knows that we love and support him. 

But on the stress side, there’s just so much to do and to get done!  And how will having a baby girl affect our lives?  At work this week one of our instructors said to me “you seem stressed”.  My response was   “well, yeah, I am.  There is so much I want to happen and I only have a week left to get it all done”.  But here’s the thing with stress: it can be both good and detrimental.  It’s not good to be a wound-up ball of stress; however, if you care about something, and want to get something done, you’ve got to want it so much that you do get a little stressed about it, because that is what is going to push you to do more, strive to achieve, and get results. 
So for now, I’m going to keep plowing forward and taking what’s good, to great; because soon, very soon, it will be time to relax and focus on our family while celebrating our new, wonderful, and beautiful baby girl.

This week is Arm Week!  (With the added bonus of working your core and legs as well!)
Squat with Shoulder Press
This is one of my favorite exercises to end a class with (and yes, I still do this one, even now, very prego).

Begin with feet wide for a squat position with weights in your relaxed arms.  Pull your belly in to support your lower back, open your chest up, and relax your shoulders.  As always, maintain this position throughout the exercise.  Now it’s time to work our muscles!  Remember, as you squat down to keep your toes over your ankles to support your knees (do not let your knees come forward past your toes or buckle in).  As you squat down, curl your weights up under your chin; at the bottom of your squat, press the weights up over head.  Return to your starting position.  That’s it!  Do 3-5 rounds of 10-20 reps.


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Plus, stay tuned to to see how she is getting back into shape after having her baby girl!

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