my first month of piyo

So, I’ve talked about PiYo a little bit so far, but I haven’t gone in to much detail about it.  It all started about 6 weeks or so ago when Madeline posted on Facebook needing a few more people for her PiYo challenge she was hosting.  I’ve been following Katy Widrick for awhile now (she is one of the people who helped me get my blog up and running) and I’ve been fascinated by her journey into being a group fitness instructor, as well her PiYo classes that she teaches every week.  Plus, I can’t help but see how awesome she looks and wonder if this is the program that got her looking so great.

I’ve done yoga at home before (thanks to 20 Minute Yoga Sessions on my iPhone) as well as taken a few Pilates classes, including reformer Pilates.  While I liked both of them (yoga was totally relaxing for me and Pilates made me hurt for days), neither of them were able to keep me interested for a long period of time.  But, I was hopeful that PiYo would be different.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed!  PiYo is the perfect combination of all my favorite yoga moves (I absolutely LOVE warrior poses) but you are continually moving and challenging your body.  You’re not holding the poses forever (which was one thing I hated about yoga) and by the end, your arms and legs are completely exhausted. Plus, I was in desperate need of a workout program I could do from home since my gym is a good 15 miles away and not exactly an option for me right now.  And the majority of the workouts are less than 30 minutes!  Perfect for this busy working mama!

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I wish I could show you pictures of amazing results I had, but let’s face it… At 5 months pregnant, I’m certainly not seeing those sorts of changes in my body right now.  But, I will tell you that my maternity clothes are feeling a little looser (not nearly as much of a muffin top as I used to have) and I feel like I have gotten a little stronger thanks to the massive amount of pushups I have done in the last month.  (If you do want to see someone who has had some incredible changes in just one month of PiYo, you can check out Callie’s post!)

I also did PiYo as a supplement to my running.  I knew I didn’t have time to run AND do the full schedule of PiYo.  Instead, I fit in PiYo to compliment my running, doing PiYo only 3 days a week and running 5 days per week.  It really worked well for  me and I feel like I have gotten just a little more flexible with less ankle pain than I’ve had in months (thanks to PiYo and the help of my chiropractor).

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So, will I continue to do PiYo?  You bet!  I am to the point where I have to do all the moves modified (which are always shown) and I still do have to spend some time in child’s pose (I desperately need a yoga mat – the carpet kills my hands), but I really feel like it is absolutely perfect for pregnancy.  I actually don’t really even miss lifting weights either.  I plan to do it for the rest of my pregnancy and probably after I’m cleared to workout again, but I also would really like to do a hybrid program with PiYo and T25 after the baby comes.

Anyone interested in trying a month of PiYo with me in September?!  I’m co-hosting a challenge with my friend Elena and we would love to have you join us!  We are there to help motivate you to workout and achieve your goals, as well as help keep you accountable for your workouts and nutrition.  I have noticed how much better I am eating now that I have been a part of a challenge group.  No worries – there is no judgement in this group.  We just want to help you achieve your workout and/or weight loss goals!  If you’re interested in joining, you can email me at klvanhorn [at] gmail [dot] com.  Let’s see the changes you can achieve in just a month of PiYo!

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baby bump #2: 22 weeks

It’s still so weird to think that we’re actually having a boy!  Especially after the first ultrasound (which I realized I totally didn’t post last week, whoops)…

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Matt and I are still a little cautious with everything because of that ultrasound.  I’m ready to plan a nursery, but I’m still nervous if it turns out to be a girl.  Ha!  I still trust it and have felt that it was a boy for awhile, but it’s so weird to see baby boy stuff and think that that’s what we’re having.  I’m just so used to my girly girl with princesses and bows and everything pink!  It’ll definitely be a change!

The Bump

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It feels like I’m growing every day!  But, at this point in the school year (crazy to think we’re only one week in), I’m so busy that there are times I totally forget I’m pregnant.  Until someone asks me about the baby (which is literally all day long) or I remember that I have to pee (which I sometimes forget about too).  I’m thankful that I can still wear pretty much all my clothes still, except my coaching polos, which are just too short to cover up the bump, even with a tank top.  Once we get into colder weather (please come back soon – I’m not liking the 100 degree temps we’ve had this past week) I’m going to have to go out and find some jeans and dress pants, as well as some tops.  But, I think I have a little bit longer…

Symptoms

I’m hoping my exhaustion has reached it’s peak.  I’m pretty sure it really has nothing to do with pregnancy and more with the lack of sleep I’m getting, but being pregnant on top of that is just making it worse.  And having to drive to school in the morning has been miserable.  I’ve started drinking water on my way to work (I can only drink coffee from a restaurant or gas station now because it just tastes better) because it is helping keep me awake a little better.  And I’m doing my best to be strict about my bedtime.  Some of my work/volleyball things can wait, but sometimes it can’t.  I won’t lie that I’m ready for the season to be over already just so that I can have some of my time back and get a little more sleep!

I’m still thankful that I’m not really having any aversions and that my meals have been mostly healthy.  My PiYo challenge group with Madeline has been extremely helpful with keeping my eating on track.  I’m still eating plenty of food (3 meals a day plus 2 to 3 snacks) but I’m making much healthier choices for the most part.  I don’t think I ever would have chosen to eat a salad with MacKenna but they are just tasting so good right now!  Hopefully this means Moose will be a much better eater than his sister!

Workouts

Because of being so exhausted, my workouts haven’t been great.  I got a mile into my run on Friday and just plain felt uncomfortable.  So, I decided to stop and skip my PiYo workout and sleep for an extra 30 minutes on the couch instead.  I’m starting to realize more and more that I need to be getting more rest.  The extra active rest day off of running has helped, but I think I will soon be adding in another one and giving myself a little more sleep.  I’ve got about 8 weeks left of volleyball (our first game is tomorrow) and then workouts will be only in the afternoon and I will be getting an extra hour of sleep – in our NEW HOUSE, I might add!

Monday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo Lower Body
Tuesday:  4 mile run
Wednesday:  PiYo Sweat
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  1 mile treadmill run
Saturday:  5 mile run
Sunday:  rest day

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Baby Stuff

Now that I’m back in school, I’ve had to start thinking about maternity leave.  With MacKenna, I took 12 weeks unpaid through FMLA and had to pay for my insurance.  At the time, I was a full-time employee paid hourly.  Now, I have a salary paying job in an actual school district, so I was hoping that my maternity benefits would be a little bit better.

Unfortunately, it looks like I will be taking FMLA again, unpaid (they will actually pull from my paychecks since it’s already divided up by 12 months) but they will pay for my insurance and I have about 3 weeks worth of sick days saved up to use.  I still really want to take 12 weeks off, but we aren’t sure it’s worth losing so much money after just buying a new house.  I still need to talk to my HR department to find out what exactly I can get out of this, but right now, I’m just hoping that I can still take short term disability through my insurance so we at least have something.  It’s sort of depressing to think that I might only get 6-8 weeks off (on the higher end if I have another C-section) with him, but I know it’s better than what some other people get.

We will still need to look at our finances after closing on the house and making a few house payments to see if we can make it work, but at this point, it’s just not looking very good for taking all 12 weeks I get from FMLA.  Someone please tell me that it’ll all be OK…

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how being adjusted changed my life

I’ve been going to the chiropractor for well over a year now and I have to tell you, it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!  But, I’m the first to admit that I have always been skeptical of chiropractors.  When I first graduated college, I worked for a physical therapy company, first as a tech, and then as a strength and conditioning coach.  I learned so much by just watching physical therapist work their magic to make people feel better.  It was something I just didn’t think I chiropractor could do.  Plus, having my neck and body twisted and popped freaked me out a little bit.  How could that possibly help anything?!

It wasn’t until Matt started going that I started to change my tune a little bit.  Right after we got engaged in 2005, Matt started having some shin pain.  It wasn’t shin splints and it wasn’t a stress fracture either.  But, he simply could not run because of the amount of pain it caused him.  Matt has been a runner since high school, also competing at the college level, and has been a coach (at both the college and high school level) for the past 12 years.  It was devastating to see someone who loved to run as much as I did not be able to do it and not have the answers he wanted.

Of course, I sent him to one of the referring physicians for the PT place I worked for.  They again ruled out a stress fracture and sent him to physical therapy.  First they started with his feet, then they decided that maybe it was his hips and back.  They would have me press on his back every night in hopes that something would help alleviate his pain.  The strengthening and stretching exercises they had him do helped, but the pain was still there.

After years of dealing with the pain, he finally met our chiropractor at his school who was giving free massages to teachers.  They gave him a free consultation and he decided to just go check it out, to see what they could do if anything.  Within a week of being adjusted and explained what exactly was going on in his body (he has an extra lumbar vertebrae that didn’t fuse, causing extra movement in his hips and bad alignment, as well as hypersensitive nerves), Matt was back to running within a few weeks.

A few months later, I started having horrible knee pains.  It didn’t hurt when I ran, but I couldn’t squat or kneel without excruciating pain in my left knee.  Which is difficult when you’re extremely active and spending a lot of time on the floor with a mobile one year old.  Matt told me they were doing a referral incentive at the chiropractor and that he had signed me up.  It gave him a chance to win a flat screen TV if I went, so I figured it couldn’t hurt.

My first visit involved x-rays of my spine as well as looking at the alignment of it.  He also evaluated my knee since that was the main issue.  After chatting for a few minutes, I found out that this chiropractor also held the same strength and conditioning certification I do (CSCS) and that he really knew his stuff and the importance of not only making me feel better, but also helping prevent further injuries.  All of a sudden, I understood what chiropractic care was all about.

Doctors and physical therapists are there for injury treatment.  When you get hurt or have surgery, you go to them, and they help make you feel better and then ship you off.  Which is great!  I’m sure if I ever have to have surgery on my knees (knock.on.wood.) that I would be doing every single thing the PT suggests that I do.

But, a chiropractor isn’t just there to treat you.  They are there to help prevent injuries, which is more of my way of thinking.  I run, eat healthy, and am safety conscious because I want to prevent things like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and accidents from happening.  I am ALL about prevention, and the chiropractic way of thinking just suddenly fit me so much better.

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My first visit finished up with meeting Dr. Matt (Dr. Mawer did my initial exam).  Dr. Matt performed A.R.T. (active release technique) on my knee, told me to ice it basically for 24 hours, and to come back the following day.  Within a week, my knee pain was completely gone!  I apparently had a small meniscus tear and the A.R.T. helped to remove some of the scar tissue that was causing me pain.  Since then, I have no longer had any issues with my knee and can do squats like a champ (when I’m not pregnant).

Now, I mostly go in there just to get adjustments to make sure that my body is aligned appropriately.  It has made my running better (I PRed a few months after starting) and I am much more efficient.  Every once in awhile, I will ask them to work on something that has been bothering me.  Lately, it’s been my ankles, but I’ve also had them help with headaches as well as do trigger point massage to alleviate sinus issues.  I seriously have never felt better in my life and I can tell when it’s been awhile since I’ve gone.  There are times when I hate the fact that I know I pretty much have to go to them forever, but if it’s going to make me feel better, it seems worth the small payment we make each week.  (They thankfully have family discounts and I’m the only one paying out of pocket with my insurance, but it all goes toward my deductible).

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Have you ever been to a chiropractor?  What was you experience like?  Similar or something completely different?


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