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It might come as a surprise to you (or maybe not) that I am in fact the world’s worst decision maker.  Wait, I take that back – I’m the world’s 2nd worst decision maker.  I’m married to the world’s worst decision maker.  Seriously… I have no idea how we decided on a name for our baby.  Except part of the reason we aren’t sharing the name until I pop her out is because we’re afraid we might change our mind and be stuck with a bunch of stuff with her no-longer-name on it.

I’m really ashamed to admit the decision-making issue I am currently having.  With the school year starting this week, I am no longer free to workout pretty much whenever I want.  So, I have been trying to figure out exactly when I want to schedule my workouts.

Back in the spring, when my baby bump was a little smaller and I wasn’t so exhausted as I am now, I was doing 2-a-day workouts.  I would lift in the morning 3 or 4 days a week and then run in the afternoon when  I got home from work.  It worked pretty perfectly at the time, but I am realizing more and more just how little energy I have at the end of the day.  Now, add in standing all day and keeping 160-something 4 to 12 year olds in order and physically active and I know I will be completely drained by the time I get home.

You’d think this would be a fairly easy problem to fix – just lift + run in the morning.  Sure, that’s what I was doing this summer and it worked perfectly, but with my constant exhaustion (the 3rd trimester has not been nice to me), waking up before 5 AM is pretty hard.

So, I’ve had to change things up again.  Did I mention that I am the world’s (2nd) worst decision-maker?  I have been wanting to try the New Rules of Lifting workouts for awhile now, so I’m going to try a couple of the workouts out for awhile (modifying them as I need to for my pregnant body) to see if maybe this is something I want to really focus on after the baby arrives.  There are only 6 exercises with each workout and the intensity level is just right for what I am able to do now.

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But, with doing those workouts 3 days a week, I had to try to find time to fit in some cardio (my run/walk routine).  Doing a brick for the workouts (lift + run one right after the other) just isn’t going to work for me during the week – too much precious sleep time sacrificed.  This is what I came up with:

Monday:  strength
Tuesday:  run/walk on treadmill
Wednesday:  run/walk on treadmill
Thursday:  strength
Friday:  run/walk on treadmill
Saturday:  strength+ run/walk
Sunday:  rest

It’s not ideal for me since I would much rather be running outside, but I have a fear of running in the dark after a too-close-for-comfort experience a few years ago (that’s another story in itself).  If I’m not too overly exhausted upon getting home from work, I might add in a 20 minute yoga session or a short walk (like I did yesterday afternoon after I decided it was WAY too hot for me to run outside).

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Ha – I wish that was a recent workout, but I’m lucky to run 15 minutes, let alone 3 miles!

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am, in fact, pregnant.  I mean, I am 33 weeks along in my pregnancy, and I am still wanting to be able to do the same workouts I was doing prior to becoming pregnant.  I guess maybe it’s that “last hurrah” before the baby comes – like I’m afraid I’ll never be able to run like I used to, which I know is not true.  I have to remind myself that 20 to 30 minutes a day is PLENTY – more than enough even!  It’s hard to admit, but from the way my feet were screaming at me this weekend at my shower, I know I need to take it easy.

Hopefully I can stick with this decision and not change my mind 10 billion times like I always do.  (You will be seeing my lack of decision making skills again once I am trying to develop training plans for races post-baby.)  Again, stupid things to worry about, but that’s just how my brain works!