May 25

Baby Brockner Month 6: Bye Bye Abs 😀

 

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Some interesting things have been happening lately!  So far in my pregnancy I have generally been able to hide my bump when/if I felt like it but that is pretty much not happening anymore lol!  I am getting asked pretty regularly if I’m pregnant so I guess there is no hiding this little guy anymore!  My stomach is definitely growing forward more and I think my abs are pretty much gone at this point.  They will be back though mark my words hahaha!

 

So this month I have started to get some issues that I have really never had.  One is heartburn!  Ughhh!!!  I thought I may be able to avoid this by avoiding certain foods.  While there are definitely things that flare it up it seems to come out of no where and for no real reason.  Tums are becoming something I carry in my purse lol!

 

Second major thing that has been happening is muscle spasms and cramps in my legs at night.  I am already having problems sleeping and this is just the icing on the cake!!  Several times a week I get these and they wake me up and I can’t help but cry bc they hurt so bad!!  I literally cannot move my leg or legs when I get these bc my muscles are so tightened.  The doctor advised me to do things I am already doing (eat bananas, tons of water, stretch) & he pretty much said it is an unfortunate thing that you cannot really do anything about if I am already doing those things.  Hopefully they get better or less frequent!!

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So in the flip side I am feeling really good besides that!  I have gained 15 pounds so far and I am a bit nervous about my overall weight gain but my doctor said I am perfect & right where I should be.  The above pic shows my evolution so far!  I am tracking my calories still most days.  The main reason is because I need to make sure I am getting in enough protein.  That has been stressed every time I visit bc of some tests I had done so tracking helps me make sure I am getting this in.  I know I am not overeating (beyong where they wanted me to taking additional calories for baby into account) on most days so we shall see what my total weight gain ends up being!  I feel good and that I am doing the best I can with my diet and exercise so that is really the most important thing!

 

My little guy is constantly moving it seems.  He is definitely a night owl too!!  Initially there was concern that he was going  to be small but now they are telling me he looks like he will be big and long.  I had no clue my husband was almost 9 pounds too so I am a little freaked out I will have a giant baby hahaha!  Absolutely everything is coming back perfectly with all his tests and that is such a blessing!  He had an echo to really look closely at his heart (in part bc of my neice’s heart problems) and it looked exactly as it should.

 

Looking forward to seeing how the next few months progress!!  I will probably be posting about my current prenatal fitness routine and maybe my diet too.  I like seeing what other mom’s to be are doing to stay healthy while pregnant so hopefully you will enjoy that too 😊  Thanks so much for reading and for all the love & support!! 💗💗💗

May 19

Maternity Belt Review😊

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So I have previously mentioned that I have been experiencing some back pain, hip pain, & knee pain when I run since becoming pregnant. I have always had back pain bc several years ago I herniated my disc not once but twice.  I tried to deadlift very heavy & I lost grip on one side which is how I initially injured myself and the second time I believe I just pushed myself too hard & flared that injury up again. I had to go through several rounds of steroid injections in my spine to help this injury both times which was not really fun plus I had to really minimize my activities bc I physically just couldn’t do them.  I could barely walk or stand at points so it was no joke!

 

Since then I have been very careful about any back pain I get.  Now back pain and pregnancy is very common so I am trying to make sure I do not push myself too hard for my health and also for my little guy.  The pain I am experiencing while running is nothing severe so let me get that straight right away.  I am just more sensitive to any back pain bc I have learned my lesson to take it seriously!  

 

So bc of this pain I have cut my running pace down and my mileage per week.  Currently my exercise routine consists of 3 days of strength training (1 upper body specific, 1 lower body specific, & 1 that is a mix of both plus core exercises with all of them).  I will post a more in depth breakdown of exactly what I am doing sometimes soon.  I do not have any pain while doing any strength training routines.  I am also running 2x a week logging about 9-10 miles.  Generally one 4 miles run plus one 5-6 miles run at an easy pace for me (10-11 minute per mile).  I was experiencing some minor back pain running so that is why I sought out a potential remedy.

 

So I found this Gabrialla Maternity belt posted on a few blogs and read comments about other users using it for exercising.  I do not have any pain generally just walking and doing normal activities btw.  This may change but atm it is only when running.  So I decided to try this belt out for running.  I got the strong one in size small.  It was about $40 from Amazon.

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I like to to wear this belt fairly tight.  If you have been following me for awhile you know I love Sweet Sweat and their ab belt.  I really think having some compression on my back helps my back and makes me feel more supported during certain exercises.  Obviously I cannot wear my Sweet Sweat belt or use it while pregnant so this is a pregnancy friendly solution.  I will advise you not to wear it too, too tight though bc it will make you feel like you have to go to the bathroom lol!

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This belt is very easy to adjust and wear. I have no problems sitting and stretching in it after running.  It does go very high up your back (see pic above) so if you are petite or have a very short torso you may not like this.  Also it is distinguishable under clothing which I don’t mind but you might.  If you are just buying this for back support around house or everyday activities you may want to just get the medium support.  It is cheaper and not as tight.

 

For the record I have used this 4x so far which I think is a good enough trial to post a review.  I really like it for several reasons.  One it does help with back pain!!  It is not perfect but my back feels pretty darn good while running with this on!  Two it also helps with that jiggling feeling in your tummy.  Maybe that’s a weird way to explain it but since my belly popped it feels like my stomach is bouncing up and down when I run which is a very uncomfortable feeling and makes me feel like I have to pee (maybe TMI but whatever hahaha!).  This really helps with that!  I would definitely recommend this belt to anyone with a similar situation.

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On a side note for my hip and knee pain I have really found that compression sleeves or socks help a lot with that!  I have been wearing these Run Forever compression sleeves (pic above) since before my half marathon and have noticed a major difference since wearing them.  Highly recommend those also for running while pregnant.  Also purchased on Amazon (slight obsession with that site lol!)

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!!  I will be posting a more in depth 6 months pregnant blog post soon along with comparison photos of how I am progressing & struggles, successes, etc.  Thank you all so much for all the love & support so far on this journey!! 💗💗💗

 

 

Apr 28

Baby Brockner 5 Months (Oh the Ups & Downs of Pregnancy!)

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So I am now at 5 months pregnant with my sweet little boy and I am not going to lie  it has been a roller coaster of emotions since I last blogged.  I want to be as transparent as possible bc I feel like I know I cannot be alone in some of this (& in fact I know I am not based on private conversations I have had with other moms).  I realize this does open me up to criticisms and negative comments but I am ok with that.  I think it is worth it if a I can make someone else feel comforted that they can relate.

 

So to kick it off I will say everything is going great with baby.  I am actually considered high risk (I don’t necessarily think I need to go into full details on this) so I actually have two sets of doctors and 2 appointments a month at this point.  One is a monthly ultrasound so that is very exciting to see baby each month!! 😍😍 He is right on track and there are no issues at all so far.

 

I have been following what my doctors have told me as far as how much to eat, etc.  I am NOT perfect.  I am sure I go over or under & know I sometimes make not the best choices (candy, French fries lol!) but generally I am actually tracking my food and I am pretty aware of what I am intaking.  I have gained 10-11 pounds so far depending on the day.  So that means I gained 5-6 pounds in the last month.  Since I last blogged I also had some very rude people (who I actually know fairly well and see regularly) comment on I am gaining too much too soon.  I will tell you that this has really made me feel bad emotionally.  I sometimes struggle with not feeling like I am in control of my body.  I know I am eating well most days and exercising the best I can (more on that later).  I have no clue why my weight went up so much in one month.  I actually cried at the doctors office recently bc I was afraid they would say I had gained too much.  Thankfully my doctor told me I am doing perfectly.  They have me eating about 400 extra calories and he said I am right where he wants me to be & not to stress.  Everyone is different and gains differently.

 

As a personal trainer I know this and emphasize this to clients.  I feel annoyed with myself sometimes that I get upset and worry too much that I am gaining too much.  I know 100% that I am doing my best and that is all that matters.  It can definitely be a real struggle some days.  I also had no clue that rude & judgy comments are very normal for pregnant ladies.  After the second comment I had a little meltdown and posted about this on my social media.  I was amazed by how many beautiful moms said this has happened to them too!!!  I appreciate so much that I am not alone in this but it definitely makes me sad to know this.  I wish people wouldn’t do this but there are as many jerks as there are kind people so I guess it is to be expected.  I am feeling a lot better and more prepared for future rude comments however though lol!  Hopefully I do not sob and feel like punching someone next time! 😜

 

Also I do want to say that as much as I am struggling at times with gaining weight and not feeling in control of my body please don’t get it twisted I am very, very grateful to be able to carry a baby and experience this whole process.  I am not perfect and I am simply sharing these struggles to maybe make someone else feel better.  It is a process.  I am very happy to be going through this & I realize body changes are part of it!

 

As far as exercise goes I sadly have had to really cut back on my running.  Physically if I run over 5 miles I feel really bad and it takes me a day or two to recover.  My knees, hips, & back just truly can’t handle it anymore.  I love to run so this has also been a real downer to me.  I am however still running 3-5 miles 1-2 times a week but I am also walking more and focusing on weightlifting.  I am still planning on doing a 5K (or two) but we will see how it goes in the next month or so.  I am currently doing pretty much the same heavier weights I have done with medium rep range however the doctor did advise me last week to start dropping the weight and do higher reps for safety reasons  so I am going to listen to him.  I can still do a lot of things so I am trying to focus on those things instead of the things I cannot do.

 

So in exciting news Aaron finally felt the baby kick the other day!!!  He has been trying to feel it and has been bummed bc he just couldn’t notice it lol!  It was so sweet to see his face when he realized he can finally feel it 💗

 

That’s the journey so far!  Looking forward to seeing what next month brings.  Thanks so much for reading!  Much love to you all!!

Apr 05

Baby Brockner (1-4 months)

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So excited to finally be able to share some of my pregnancy journey with you all!  I am currently almost 18 weeks pregnant with my first child.  The first trimester was good and bad (mostly good!) so I wanted to share that with you all now.

 

Thankfully I did not have any morning sickness!!  I wasn’t really hungry for the first 2 months which is pretty strange for me because I LOVE food and sometimes had to force myself to eat.  I was SUPER tired.  I am usually full of energy (some of that is from caffeine which I had to cut back quite a bit on) and I was not used to wanting to take naps haha!  It made my training pretty rough too.  I actually had a really hard time doing much cardio.  I was pretty strong still lifting weights but running in particular was very tiring.  BTW I just want to mention I was cleared to continue all my previous activities including training for my half marathon I just completed last week.  I was told to listen to my body and to go slower if I need to with all my normal exercising.

 

So anyways I did continue to workout throughout my entire first trimester.  I just only worked out 3 times a week generally bc I just honestly couldn’t find the energy to do my usual 5-6 days a week.  I typically only ran 1x a week too and usually around 5-8 miles.  Around the beginning of the 3rd month I did start to get some energy back and was able to run a couple days a week.  I tested out how I felt doing long runs (close to half marathon distance to be sure I felt comfortable enough to still run the half marathon I had planned.  The first one I did was pretty terrible!  I started with my usual long distance pace I used to run at (around 9 minute average per mile) and I totally died halfway through my 10 mile run ending up at close to 13 minute miles including walking some of it.  While I did finish it my hips and knees hurt so bad half ways through I thought I would have to throw in the towel on the whole half marathon race.  So the following week I tried a different tactic.  I started much slower than I normally would (10:30 per mile pace) and was able to maintain that pace for the entire 11 miles.  I did get a bit of hip pain and knee pain but I also am not taking any medicine (ibuprofen) and it was nothing I couldn’t handle.  So that is pretty much the pace I completed my most recent half marathon at.  I felt pretty good but I do think I am going to be dropping my distance as I gain more weight.  I am hoping to complete some 5ks and maybe a 10k throughout my pregnancy but will update y’all on how I feel and if I decide to pursue those!

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Also wanted to point out that I am not able to take any kind of prewokrout or BCAA’s per my doctor.  So recovery and energy is even more difficult if you are used to taking these supplements.  I highly suggest taking BCAA’s if you are not pregnant though bc I think that was one of the things I noticed most was that my recovery was much slower after I had to take that out of my diet.

 

Additional exercise/fitness updates.  I am currently back up to working out 5x a week and feeling great.  I have actually been able to maintain all of my lower body strength and most of my upper body strength.  I am focusing on lifting fairly heavy but with a lot of control and breaking sets up to keep an eye on my heart rate and maintain balance.  Along with upper and lower body weight lifting I am focusing on planks and vacuums for my core and at this point I am not doing anything that puts pressure on my stomach, no direct abdominal or oblique work (it can create more severe diastase recti or abdominal separation which can be very difficult & even require surgery to correct if too much separation occurs).  I am also running, incline walking, and also doing yoga.  More on how to do stomach vacuums here

Help Shrink Your Waist-An Easy Do Anywhere Ab Exercise!

 

Diet wise I am trying to eat healthy most days but the pregnancy cravings are hard haha!! I seriously am loving French fries, Mac & cheese, and sour things like & sour patch kids candy lately lol!  I am trying to space it out and not eat those things every day though!   I have gained 5 pounds so far.

 

So that’s my update for now!  I will continue to blog once a month regarding physique, diet, and exercise changes along with other fun random posts and recipes.  Feel free to comment below & chime in with your own pregnancy tips!!  Thanks for reading!! 💗

Mar 26

Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Ranch Mac & Cheese (lower carb, high protein, quick, easy, super cheesy!)

I have a slight love affair with mac and cheese.  It is definitely one of my favorite dishes so I wanted to give you another fun variation to enjoy.  I have been somewhat in a ranch dressing kick lately too so this spin is sure to please all the ranch dressing fans out there too 😊 It is really easy to make and has only a few ingredients too.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Ingredients:

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* 6 ounces (168 grams) uncooked Barilla Plus pasta (elbows, penne, or rotini)

* 16 ounces 1% cottage cheese-salt free (This recipe is best with the salt free version-you can always add more salt if you want later)

* 1 full package (1 & 3/4 cups) 2% shredded cheese of choice-Colby & Monteray Jack blend is delicious for this version

* 1 packet Hidden Valley Farms buttermilk ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

* fresh head of garlic (or see other option below)

* chives (optional but delicious!)

* additional low calorie ranch dressing (optional but delicious)

 

First step is to roast the garlic.  I am using this handy garlic roaster my sister Desi gave me.  If you don’t’ have the time or don’t want to purchase a garlic roaster it is super easy to buy already roasted garlic in a jar.  Trust me that it is worth the energy to roast it fresh yourself taste wise but it will still be delicious if you use the jarred kind 😊

Here are the instructions from my garlic roaster

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So you just need to set aside about 50 minutes to do this and you can definitely do this part a different day then just store the roasted garlic in container in fridge until you make the recipe.  Here is what it looks like after roasting

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To get it out you just squeeze the garlic cloves out of head (after letting cool enough to handle!) It should just slide right out really easily & look like mine below

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I am am using the whole head in mine but if you’re not as much of a garlic fan feel free to use less.

Next cook the pasta according to directions on package then drain and set aside.

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Spray a square baking dish with nonstick spray.  Add the cottage cheese, shredded cheese, ranch seasoning, roasted garlic, & 2 tablespoons of water to a blender or food processor.

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Blend until smooth and thick.  You will need to scrape sides down as you’re blending.  It should look like below.

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Add noodles and cheese sauce to baking dish, stir well, and smooth out the top.

 

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If you are making ahead just wrap up dish and place in the fridge at this point.  When you’re ready to bake heat your oven to 350 then cook for 25 minutes.

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To serve top with chopped chives and a drizzle of ranch dressing.  So yummy!!

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Makes 4 servings

Per serving

373 calories

13.0 grams fat

 34.8 grams protein

 40.0 grams carbs

3.0 grams fiber

 

This stores really well in freezer if you have any extra.  Then just let thaw in fridge and re-heat in microwave when you’re ready to eat ☺️

 

 

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