Today marks 18 weeks. I have continued to proudly show my belly the past two days and while it still makes my skin crawl to catch people looking at it, I think it is an important step towards accepting and embracing this pregnancy.
I’ll do a proper belly shot this weekend but for today I wanted to capture my outfit. A year or two back I did this thing called Project 333 for two seasons. The concept is to only have 33 pieces of clothing in your closet to last you 3 entire months. For me, these 33 pieces did not include undies, workout clothing, PJs or accessories. I can’t tell you how much easier this made my life. Laundry day was a breeze: one small load of darks, one small load of lights and I was done. Getting ready in the morning was simple. I also found that having a limited wardrobe really taught me how to be creative with the pieces I have. I learned a lot about layering, mixing and matching and accessorizing. I also realized how little we actually wear from our closets full of clothing and I saved a ton of money.
As my infertility journey ramped up and I found myself battling some serious depressive thoughts, I abandoned Project 333 and self medicated with shopping. Looking back I gained nothing from this “treatment regime.” Ladies, Retail Therapy is a farce.
It is time for me to pack up a lot of the clothes in my closet. Pants that are too tight only make me sad and squeeze the Chicken. Shirts that do not flatter the bump need to be tucked away until the bump retreats. I need to have a small wardrobe of pieces that make me feel pretty and show off what I have worked so damn hard for.
So this weekend I’ll return to my Project 333 and put together a 2nd Trimester Maternity Wardrobe consisting of 33 pieces I can mix and match, layer and accessorize. I might need to swap a few things out in the coming weeks, but that is ok. I also desperately need some maternity jeans. The ones I’m wearing above have to be unbuttoned when I sit down, and while that is OK at home or in the privacy of my office, it is NOT cool while in a board meeting or my Mindfulness Group!
The pieces above will definitely be included in my new wardrobe. I love wearing my little cropped sweaters over tanks to show off my belly. I especially love this mustard colored one with sparkly silver dots. Other items I think I’ll include are a few pairs of pregnancy-friendly pants, a dress or two, several cardis, tanks and a few long sleeve tops and sweaters. As for shoes, I’m limiting myself to sneakers, flats and my brown Born kitten heals during pregnancy I have some delightful bunions that I REALLY don’t want to get worse as I gain baby weight. Major props to you ladies who still wore high heels during pregnancy!
I also thought I’d share part of my morning workout with you all today. I follow several (ok, a lot) of fitness blogs and always enjoy when they share workout routines. Since becoming pregnant I’m pretty bummed that more pregnant bloggers don’t share what they are doing. So today I’ll give you Belle’s Better Butt Workout:
Have your water, an exercise/yoga mat if you have hard floors, hand weights (I like my 10 pound weight for this) and some pillows to prop yourself up on.
- 60 seconds of weighted plie squats (10 pound weight) – squeeze those inner thighs!
- 60 seconds of weighted regular squats (10 pound weight) – squeeze that badunkadunk!
- 60 seconds standing leg kickbacks (30 seconds each leg) – squeeze your glutes and hamstrings!
Pause to drink some water and unroll a yoga mat. Then lay on your right side and do:
- 60 seconds scissor legs with the right leg – work those hip muscles!
Roll over and do:
- 60 seconds scissor legs with the left leg
Roll on to your back, making sure you prop yourself up with pillows if you are in the second or third trimester, and do:
- 20 pelvis lifts with 20 second pulse at the end – make the booty burn!
Then stand back up and finish strong with:
- 24 reverse lunges (12 each leg) – as much as I hate lunges, they are the only way I can personally reduce cellulite so LUNGE ladies!
I finished up the workout with my Perfect Pregnancy Workout video, which I really like for upper body toning. The chick leading it has a rocking bod for being 7 months pregnant. What I would not give for her arms!
That was today’s workout. In total it took about 60 minutes plus a few extra for cool-down stretching and to listen to the Chicken’s heart tones. I reward myself after each workout with a quick check on the Chicken using the doppler. Knowing I get a reward keeps me focused on the point of the workout: to keep my baby healthy and my body strong so the Chicken can make swift and drama-free entrance into the world!
Any interest in reading about my future workouts? Would photos of the exercises help? Want to see or read about my final 333 selections?