for two fitness review + giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written as part of the November campaign for For Two Fitness.  I received a shirt and capris to review, but was not compensated otherwise.  For Two Fitness is also responsible for the giveaway opportunity.  All opinions are my own.

So, I’ve finally gotten to the point in my pregnancy where maternity clothes are no longer an “option” but a necessity.  Before you roll your eyes and close out your browser, let me explain…

I’ve been in maternity clothes since around the 10 week mark.  However, I’m lucky enough that my day job “requires” me to wear t-shirts to work.  As a physical education teacher, I get the luxury of getting to wear workout clothes every single day for my job.  I’ll admit it’s part of the reason why I can’t picture myself teaching anything but P.E. (Dress clothes?  No thank you!)  Because of this, I’ve been able to wear my stretchy pants and small t-shirts comfortably to work every day.  In addition, I’ve also been fortunate enough that I can still run in those clothes as well.

That is, until about 2 weeks ago.  As I was running on the treadmill at the gym, I reached down to pull down my shirt a bit, only to discover that a little bit more of my 8 months preggo belly was showing than I probably would like people to see.  Um, yeah… I’m classy like that.  Since then, t-shirts have just not been cutting it for me, from being too tight to bare belly showing out the bottom to just generally being uncomfortable to wear.  (Good Lord, if I could just find a shirt that didn’t itch me like crazy all the freaking time.  Thank goodness for maternity tank tops that are super soft and my jammies!)

Thankfully, there are workout wear options out there for pregnant gals like myself.  I’ve been a For Two Fitness fan since I found out about them after my last pregnancy.  I knew as soon as we got pregnant with our second, I was buying one.  And guess what?  The first purchase I made was buying a “Running for Two” t-shirt!  And it’s probably one of the best purchases I’ve made for myself my entire pregnancy.

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These shirts are meant to grow with you throughout your pregnancy.  I’ve been wearing this shirt since 14 weeks, and it still fits comfortably.  And it’s long enough that there is absolutely no way my belly will ever be showing out the bottom!  In addition, they totally stay put when I run.  I don’t have to worry about it riding up with every single step I take, which is great since I have plenty of other things I have to think about on my run (have you seen my to-do list?!).  Plus, I always get comments on how cute they are every time I wear them (my students particularly think it’s an adorable shirt – even the boys – although they consistently ask me if I’m having twins)!

I bought a black “Running for Two” t-shirt first and then recently bought a long sleeve version of the same one.  But, I’ve been dying to get the sapphire blue one ever since we found out we were having a boy.  It’s such a beautiful color and has become one of my absolute favorite shirts to wear to work and to run in.  Not only is it super cute, but it’s super soft as well.  So incredibly comfortable, especially when it’s so hard to find anything comfortable lately.

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But, For Two Fitness doesn’t just have awesome t-shirts.  They also sell bottoms perfect for any fitness activity.  These navy blue fortitude workout capris have become some of my favorite to wear while running as well.  I got a medium since I usually wear medium or large pants thanks to a wide hips, but as my problem has been, they are a little loose on my legs at my knees.  They fit perfectly at the top though and are just as comfortable as the shirt!

Here’s the best part… I’m giving away a $50 For Two Fitness gift card!  You can enter below through the Rafflecopter giveaway.  Even if you’re not pregnant right now, this would be a perfect Christmas gift for that soon-to-be mama.

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Or, if you don’t want to take your chances or simply can’t wait to get your hands on one yourself, For Two Fitness is giving 25% off everything, including sale items, if you enter the code RUNNING25 at checkout!  So, enter to win and then go save some cash and buy something NOW!  Good luck and happy running!

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baby bump #2: 35 weeks

4 weeks and less than a month away from Baby #2’s arrival!  Having the date set already has made me relax a little bit more about getting everything done.  I know that just because we have a C-section scheduled doesn’t mean that he can’t come early, but I at least feel like I have 28 days to get everything squared away at least.  And honestly, I’m not worried about him coming early at all.  MacKenna was late (and probably would’ve stayed in there another week if we would’ve let her) and with how easy these pregnancy has been, I’m pretty sure he’s sitting tight for awhile longer.

Bump

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Well, I’m getting comments from “Your belly looks bigger” and “Does that still fit you?”, to the ones I actually enjoy hearing, like “You are every pregnant woman’s dream.”  Yeah, that one doesn’t get old.  But, regardless of what I’m hearing on an almost daily basis lately, I’m still trying to enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible.  It’s getting more and more scary to think that I might only have 4 weeks left EVER of being pregnant.  While we still haven’t decided on if this is the last baby for us, I have to really start thinking about it that way.  It makes me sad, but I know that we have truly been blessed with 2 wonderful pregnancies.

Symptoms

I am uncomfortable and I am exhausted.  Yes, despite having a wonderful pregnancy, I have finally reached the point of “I’m ready to be done”.  This week has been rough.  The only time I am actually comfortable is first thing in the morning, and even yesterday morning, I woke up with my whole body aching.  My ribs hurt, especially after meals, and I seriously cannot keep my eyes open past 8 PM.  I’ve been sleeping in as late as possible this week, but I still am exhausted by the time I get home.  I really don’t feel like I’m over extending myself or overdoing it on my workouts or otherwise, but exhaustion is real.  Maybe it’s just my body preparing me for when he comes, but I’m ready to be not so tired all the time.  Ha… I have probably another year before that happens, right?!

Workouts

So, no more PiYo for awhile for me.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE it, but the only time I can do PiYo is if I wake up early, and like I said above, that just ain’t happening right now.  Instead, I’m doing WODs from CrossFit Mom.  They’re short and modified specifically for pregnant women.  It works for now, but I’m looking forward to doing a PiYo and T25 hybrid program once I’m cleared to workout again in January or February.  I’ll talk more about my Body After Bump plan soon.  I still need to figure it out though.

I’ve also cut back on my mileage.  I’m still running 5-6 days each week, but only 2 to 3 miles at a time.  Anything over 3 miles and I’m in pain.  Plus, I’ve slowed down a lot lately, and with the cold weather, I can’t even think about going more than 30 minutes on the treadmill right now.

Monday:  2 mile treadmill run + WOD
Tuesday:  3 mile treadmill run + WOD
Wednesday:  2 mile easy run + WOD
Thursday:  2 mile treadmill run + WOD w/ 4×400 (3 miles total)
Friday:  2 mile easy run
Saturday:  3 mile easy run
Sunday:  rest day
Total:  15 miles

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Baby Stuff

Alright, with a month left, I’m trying to get myself organized as to what we absolutely HAVE to get done before Moose gets here.  Thankfully, I only have to work today and tomorrow and then have the rest of the week off, but we will still be pretty busy.  I’m still going to try to get as much stuff done as I possibly can this week and the next few weekends.  So, here’s the BIG TO-DO LIST before baby arrives…

  • Clean out Moose’s room (it became a dumping ground for stuff when we moved in)
  • Organize and hang clothes, buy hangers
  • Paint and decorate nursery (painting is happening December 6th!)
  • Put together crib
  • Buy sheets, curtains, changing pad covers, book shelf
  • Buy disposable newborn diapers
  • New cloth diapers or “seconds”
  • Install carseat in both cars
  • Pack hospital back for both Moose and myself
  • Coming home/First Christmas outfit for Moose
  • Buy a breast pump – or get one through insurance

Yeah, quite a bit we need to get done in the next few weeks.  Plus, there are plenty of other things we still need to get done around the house too.  Like getting the garage door opener installed so I no longer have to walk outside in the cold, rain, or snow to get to my car; and painting a decorating Kenna’s room, as well as figuring out where the heck the hardware for her bookshelf went so I don’t have to go buy a new one.

Hopefully I can figure out a way to stay awake after we put Kenna to bed so that I can actually get some of this stuff done…

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wiaw: daily eats at 8 months pregnant

So, it’s been months since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday.  I will admit that I do hesitate sharing what I eat while pregnant because I feel that everyone has an opinion on what I should or shouldn’t be eating and how much I should be eating.  I will preface this by saying that I am an intuitive eater – I try to listen to my body as much as possible as far as what to eat and how much to eat.  Does that always mean that I make the best choices?  Oh, heck no!  And I will be the first to admit that I am far from the healthiest eater on the planet.  But, please know that I do think about what I am feeding my baby and how much I should be eating.  In addition, I have been gaining just the right amount of weight for my pregnancy, so I think how and what I’ve been eating has been working for me.

OK, enough of that.  Here is my day of eats, 8 months in to my pregnancy.  Definitely far from perfect (gosh darnit, I like sweets!), but still pretty good, and I went to bed satisfied and not stuffed, which is always a win for me.  Of course, I did have a bit of heartburn from dinner, but large glassed of water certainly help with that.

Breakfast

Oops – forgot to take a picture before I devoured it.  I started drinking Shakeology a few months ago and have fallen in love with it!  I definitely think it helps curb my cravings because when I don’t drink it in the morning, my eating seems to be much much worse.  As far as giving me more energy though, I really can’t judge because I’m always exhausted!  Ha!

So, every morning I drink a scoop of vegan chocolate Shakeology mixed with banana and milk, and a cup of dry Quaker Oatmeal Squares on the side in my car on the way to work.  Keeps me full until lunch most days!

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Lunch

I took a half day yesterday in order to take MacKenna to the doctor, and sadly spent most of the afternoon working on homework.  Only 3 weeks left and as long as I continue getting 100% on my papers, I don’t have to take the final, so as much as I would have rather gone and gotten a massage with my extra time, working on homework was well worth it.

I decided that it would probably be a better idea to do my homework someplace other than home otherwise I would be tempted to just take a nap all afternoon.  So, Bread Co. was my lunch of choice.  I absolutely LOVE their Autumn Squash soup, with a tomato and mozzarella panini on the side.

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I lasted about 15 minutes trying to do homework before I gave up because the amount of people there at lunch time was way too distracting for me to work.  So, I ended up heading home and got a good chunk of it done.  Still have to work on it more tonight before it’s due tomorrow, but at least I’m not too far behind.

Dinner

One of my absolute favorite meals, and one of the easiest too – Mexican Quinoa Casserole.  So delicious with tortilla chips!  And an added bonus, MacKenna loved it as well (as long as we call it rice and not quinoa).

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Snacks

I had some trail mix in the car on my way to pick up MacKenna for her doctor’s appointment.  And of course, a few cookies after dinner, all to satisfy my sweet tooth.  There were also some Starburst, a Reese’s, and another cookie in there at some point too.  Plus plenty of chiplets (crumbs at the end of the tortilla chip bag) during dinner.

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IMG_0015Thanks as always to Jen for hosting another week of WIAW!  It’s been awhile for me, but I’m happy to be sharing my eats again!  Who else is linking up today?

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