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Friday, November 16, 2018

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xoxo
Rachel 

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!

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Pregnancy #3 Update 36 Weeks

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

How far along? 36 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: 16-17 pounds 
Maternity clothes? Nope, just a limited wardrobe 
Stretch marks? Not that I can see  
Food cravings: I wanted pizza really bad and fulfilled the craving ;) 
Best moment this week: Every time I feel this little guy move and know that he is growing and healthy is a wonderful moment for me. :) 
Miss anything? Sleeping better and getting up and down easier 
Movement: Yes, he has moved the most out of the 3. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Sometimes when I eat too fast I get super nauseous, so I try to be cautious of it. Also, when I drink too much at one time I get super duper nauseous. 
Gender: Little Baby BOY!
Labor signs: I've started having some real contractions sporadically but there is no consistency to them yet. Same thing happened with Rosalie and Riley. 
Symptoms: contractions 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm happy, anxious, and about a billion other emotions ha!
Exercise: Yep, I plan to exercise up until I deliver if my body feels up to it. :) 

xoxo
Rachel

Why I Love Teaching Group Fitness

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

If you know me, you know how much I love teaching group fitness classes. I love fitness and I love helping people, so it is the perfect combination for me. I got into teaching group fitness while working on my personal training certification and I love the experience that it has given me. I wanted to talk a little bit about why I love teaching group fitness incase any of you were looking into teaching group fitness classes yourself or even just taking group fitness classes as a class member.

1. Everyone Motivates Each Other
It is hard to compete with the classroom environment when it comes to motivation. There is just something about having everyone around you working hard and exercising with you. As a teacher, I feel like you are even more motivated because you want to motivate everyone in your class to work even harder and do their best. This is such a positive environment and I love it!

2. Each Class Is So Different
Another reason I love teaching group fitness is the fact that each class that I have had the privilege of teaching is SO different. I love the high intensity and upbeat atmosphere of HIIT, but I also love the good ole' burn that comes along with weight lifting. The people in each class are also different and I love meeting and interacting with new people!

3. Creating/Learning Routines Is A Blast
One of my most favorite parts about teaching is coming up with new routines. I love it because not only is it fun for me to combine exercises in new ways, but it helps to keep things new and exciting in class. It also switches things up so that class members can continue to be challenged and progress after each class.

4. Instructors And Class Members Get An Excellent Workout
I know that when I teach a class I am going to get an excellent workout, and in turn, my class is going to get an excellent one as well. When I go to a class, or the gym in general, I want it to be worth my time, so I work hard. My classes are challenging, but I also offer various modifications so that everyone in the class can participate at a level in which they are comfortable.

5. It's So Rewarding!
I absolutely love teaching others and helping them to reach their health and fitness goals. There is nothing more gratifying than having class member come up to you after class and telling you how much they enjoyed your class or how it "kicked their butt". This is so rewarding for me and is 100% why I love teaching!

If you are looking into teaching group fitness, I would highly recommend it! I haven't taught as much lately since my due date is getting closer and I really miss teaching some of the classes that I used to teach! The gym is my happy place and teaching group fitness is definitely part of that for me! :) 
*Do you teach group fitness? 
*Do you take group fitness classes?

xoxo
Rachel

Pregnancy #3 Update 35 Weeks

Monday, November 5, 2018

How far along? 35 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: 14 pounds 
Maternity clothes? No, just lots of leggings ha. 
Stretch marks? No, just lots of blue veins showing 
Food cravings: Nothing sticks out this week 
Best moment this week: Watching Rosalie and Riley kiss my stomach and bless baby brother in their prayers. :) 
Miss anything? Sleeping at night hahaha
Movement: Yep! It cracks me up because he will always jump when there is a loud noise or vibration! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, thank goodness! My third trimester I haven't really been sick at all and it has been wonderful! That's also why I've put on most my weight this trimester as well ha!
Gender: Boy :) I'm so excited!
Labor signs: No, not yet.
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions
Wedding rings on or off? I haven't really been swollen this week so thankfully I have worn my wedding ring. :) 
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm super happy and excited and nervous and just a whole ball of emotions ha!
Exercise: Yep! My focus is mostly on strength training with a bit of light cardio. I'm only teaching one class right now and just listening to my body. :) 

xoxo
Rachel

Some Of My Fears For Being A Mom of 3

Friday, November 2, 2018

As my due date for baby boy gets closer and closer, I am feeling super excited, but also super nervous! I know this isn't my first "rodeo", but three is going to be a HUGE change for me. I hear some moms says it was their easiest transition and others say that it was their hardest, so I really just don't know what to expect. Since I know I'm not the first mom to feel this way, I thought I'd unload some of my thoughts and biggest fears for being a mom of 3 on the blog.
I Only Have Two Hands...How Does That Work?
I feel like two was definitely a big adjustment, but at the end of the day I had two hands and two kids so I could control both of them at one time. Plus, Rosalie was a great listener, so she made things easier for me. Riley on the other hand doesn't listen quite as well, so this is going to be an interesting transition ha!

Is There Enough Of Me To Go Around?
I was worried about how I was going to love another baby as much as I loved Rosalie when I was pregnant with Riley, but that was probably one of the easiest parts about becoming a mom of two because my love just grew. I feel like it will do the same thing this time around as well. However, I do wonder what will happen in terms of splitting my time and energy between all three of them. I want to make sure they all know just how much I love them and I of course don't want any of them to feel neglected.

How Will Riley Handle Not Being The Baby?
I can already tell that Riley is going to be more jealous of the new baby than Rosalie was when Riley was born. When we talk about the baby and show him baby stuff, he always talks about how he is the baby and how all of the stuff is for him ha. I know he will love his brother and will be an amazing big brother, but I do think it is going to be a bit of an adjustment for him. Rosalie on the other hand I feel will be a second mom. :)

How Will Grocery Shopping Go?
This is a serious fear of mine ha! How the heck do you grocery shop with three kids?! Even if your kids are on their best behavior, where do you put all of your groceries? The carseat itself is huge and will take up most of the cart. I'm sure I will figure it out, but I will definitely have to come to a new normal.


What Adjustments Will Need To Be Made To The Bedtime Routine?
I still put both Rosalie and Riley to bed each night and I thoroughly enjoy it. I know that some slight adjustments will need to be made to this routine when the baby comes, at least for a little bit and I'm nervous about it.


I know that everything is going to workout just fine and that I will adjust, but I also think that if I wasn't anxious and had certain fears that I would be crazy. To all of you mommas out there who have 3 kids or more, I think you're awesome and I hope I can do as well as all of you! :)

xoxo
Rachel