Delicious Green Smoothie

IMG_1832Green smoothies are my go to breakfast now, because I’m trying to make sure I get enough minerals and vitamins into me during my last trimester to support Coco’s growth spurts!

I thought I’d share my go to green smoothie recipe, because it’s just so delicious.

Ingredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • Half a Lebanese cucumber
  • Half an avocado
  • 200g (1 and a half cup) of almond milk
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of ice

Chuck it all in to your Thermomix / blender / Nutribullet, pop it into whatever jar you’d like, and drink away!

A great way to start your day and make sure your kick start your body with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Crosstitchery @ 15 Weeks & First Movements

IMG_1041So here’s a little bump update of our ‘Baby Coco’ at 15 weeks – we’re calling bump Coco as we’re not finding out the gender, and it sounds a lot nicer than calling bump ‘its’ haha! There’s a back story about how we go to Coco, but I won’t go into that.

Coco’s popped a little bit! On the 11th May, 1 day before I took this photo, I felt Coco’s first movements which was pretty amazing.

Mr A & I were sitting on the couch, I was resting my hand on my belly and then all of a sudden it felt like a bubble popped inside of me.

I’m not going to lie, the first few times I felt it I was thinking, “Do I have gas?!” but then I realised this felt entirely different to anything I’ve ever felt before.

The bubble popping sensation happened 4-5 more times over the course of about 5 minutes and then went away. Part of me was thinking, “Naaaah it’s not Coco, I’m only just over 15 weeks – that’s way too early!” but then I had a little look online to see what others felt, and quite a few mentioned the bubble popping sensation. My best friend also confirmed it was more than likely Coco. Part of me was thinking maybe I just convinced myself that it was Coco, because I wanted to feel some movement so badly, but I felt little butterflies again 2 days ago!!

So far all is going really well. I still have fatigue and some days are better than others, but I’m just thankful for this whole experience. Lots of people like to tell me that the fatigue is just how my life will be forever going forward haha!

IMG_1051I’ve been stitching away on my last Harry Potter Sampler cushion as well and have been trying to do some every night. I honestly CAN’T WAIT until this one is done so I can get onto making some things for Baby Coco! We’ve decided on the nursery colours but haven’t started doing anything in there just yet as we need to move some boxes, and paint the walls .. but I have a few ideas in mind and I just want to get started already – impatient much?!

 

 

& Crosstitchery Grows.

IMG_0755There’s a pretty good reason for the lack of anything creative / fitness / life related over the last few weeks …

The Crosstitchery family is growing by ONE! :)

I’m currently 13 weeks along and have experienced no morning sickness but a lot of fatigue in the last few weeks, which is why very little crafting / posting has been occurring.

I’ve just started to get back into settling on the couch in the evenings to do some cross stitching, as I have my last. ever. Harry Potter to stitch! Whilst I love this pattern, I quite honestly cannot stitch it anymore. It takes weeks upon weeks to finish one, and my recent fatigue has made stitching for long periods quite hard.

I’m aiming to keep healthy and active during my pregnancy, especially when it comes to fitness. Whilst I’m putting absolutely no pressure on myself to maintain any kind of ‘lifestyle,’ exercise is such a great mental release for me and from everything I’ve read so far, keeping up exercise whilst pregnant is great in the long term for that final hurdle of labour! :)

I was just over 4 weeks along when I took the first test (and then proceeded to take 2 straight after just to confirm!), and up until that time I had been in the middle of BBG 2.0. I tried to continue with BBG after having our pregnancy confirmed, however our doctor recommended I try not to overheat, or  get my heart rate up too high .. and as any BBG gal knows, this is just not possible with BBG haha!

I did 3 BBG workouts after finding out we are expecting, and for a few weeks was only doing bootcamp twice a week. Thankfully I stumbled across Diary of a Fit Mommy (DoFM) pre-natal workouts which are suitable for expecting or postnatal mothers. I absolutely love these workouts as they’re pregnancy friendly; no high heart rates or overheating for me! The workouts still provide me with the great routine that BBG did, and I just add additional reps or ankle weights if I want to crank it up a notch.

So for the moment, BBG is on pause for me as I focus on staying as healthy as possible for our baby. We are due at the end of October and will be keeping the sex a surprise – so in the meantime, stay tuned for some Crosstitchery creations that are just for me! :) :)

 

& Crosstitchery Completes First Triathlon!

I completed my first triathlon yesterday, and let me tell you, it was an AMAZING experience! I had been training for about 3-4 weeks doing laps in the pool, 2 ocean swims, and several bike / run sessions, but nothing could’ve prepared me for all the different feelings yesterday.

The distances I did were a 300m ocean swim, a 7km bike ride, and a 3km run. I know this doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was the perfect distance for me in hindsight – enough of a challenge to get my heart pumping, but small enough to not make me swear off  doing another one ever again.

It started with a 4:30am wake up as the venue was about an hour’s drive from our house. Mr A was amazing and woke up with me as he said he wanted to be at the finish line to support me – he’s not a morning person so that was a big ask for him haha! We arrived at about 5:30am, and I waited for a couple of my friends to get there so we could all put our bikes into transition together.

Other women had started to arrive by this stage also, and I realised that my bike was not at all suitable – I had a mountain bike with fat, spiky tyres, and others had slim, lightweight bikes with very thin tyres, but it was too late and I figured what the hell!

IMG_0486A group of ladies from our boot camp all participated, some doing the mini and some doing the long version – it was so lovely to have a group of girlfriends doing this with me!

This is us before we started – we’d all transitioned our bikes and were awaiting our briefing for each of our races.

 

 

 

 

4 of my girlfriends did the same distance as me, and because we registered as a group we all started in the same wave. Luckily the ocean was relatively flat in the morning and before we knew it the horn sounded and we were off on the swim.

I knew the swim was going to be the hardest leg for me going in, and by goly it certainly was. There was about 70 people in our wave start so feet and hands were going everywhere. No one intentionally hit anyone else, but it was impossible not to make contact with others. The swim was in a rectangle, so 125m swim out to a right hand turn at the buoy, then 50m across with a right hand turn at the buoy, and then 125m swim into the shore. The last 125m felt like it too SO long, and I was so thankful to have the shore under my feet by the end. I definitely expelled a lot of energy during the swim trying to find my own space to effectively get into my stroke.

I then moved into the bike transition and had one of my girlfriends just behind me. We were able to find our bikes together, and both had trouble with our shoelaces! I’m not sure if I was just overwhelmed or what, but it took me 3 goes on each foot to try and tie my shoelaces; definitely a bit of time wasted with a 3 and a half minute transition, but that’s what a first time is about I think! I had to pop shorts, sunglasses and my helmet on which was all fine, but I could not for the life of my get my bike off the rack! I had to hang it by the seat and it has a very heavy frame – it took a couple of goes but I finally got there.

I hopped onto my bike after the mount line and straight away could feel it in my quads and hamstrings. There was a slight hill during the course, and on this leg of the triathlon I definitely felt the fact I had completely the wrong bike for the conditions. Everyone whizzed straight past me on their road bikes, whilst I was struggling with all the traction generated from my tyres. If I ever do another triathlon, I will definitely be changing bikes. I used HEAPS of energy during this leg thanks to the type of bike I used. I lost quite a few spots on this section and I really put that down to my bike type.

Once the bike leg was finished I moved into the run transition which was really easy – just put my bike on the rack, took my helmet off and then whizzed through to the run entry. This transition only took about a minute so it was relatively easy.

The run was going to be my second hardest leg I thought, but it actually ended up being the easiest. I think the run portion is all mental stamina – you just tell yourself not to stop and to keep running, and if you zone out you can get into a good pace. There were a lot of people walking at this stage – whether they’d gone flat out in the first 2 legs and were tired, or were just taking short breaks I’m not sure, but I picked up quite a few spots on this leg as I just kept a good pace and would go around people when necessary. Keeping a constant pace is far easier than going fast for a few seconds and then walking a few seconds; I mean that’s basically interval training!

The run felt a lot longer than 3km as it was a very hot day yesterday. Mr A was waiting for me at the finish shoot and gave me a big cheer, along with 2 of my other girls who did the shorter  distance and had finished – it was so so awesome and such a big boost mentally to have people at the end cheering you on.

I ran through the final arch, received a medal, and met with my girlfriend who finished about a minute before me. We waited right at the end for our other 2 girlfriends to finish; we weren’t far apart between finishing at all!

Going in, I had no expectation of time or place or anything, I was honestly just focused on actually finishing for my first one! I was thinking it would take me between 1 hour to 1.25 hours to finish, so I was pleasantly surprised when I turned around and saw 53 mins on the clock!

Once we all finished we grabbed lots of water and some fruit to refuel. One of our girlfriends did the long course, so we all stayed and supported her during her bike and run transition, and cheered her on at the finishing shoot.

It was an amazing day and I’m SO glad I did it – it’s something to tick off my list, and who knows, once I get the correct bike I think I’d like to complete some more!

Here’s some snaps from yesterday.

 

Kayla Itsines // BBG Round 2, Weeks 9-12

So I have officially completed 2 round of Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1.0 as of yesterday, and let me tell you, it feels pretty darn good!

I forgot that Weeks 9 to 12 starts to focus on particular body areas for each resistance, which was both awesome and SO hard!

Weeks 10 / 12 arms which is known for being one of the most challenging resistances throughout BBG 1.0 was honestly not any easier the second time round. I officially detest spider push ups haha!

I placed particular emphasis on my form over speed this round, and I can definitely tell it has made a huge difference. Ensuring that I engaged my core, contracted my abs, pushes through my heels has done the world of good for both my progress, and my pain after workouts. I’ve noticed this most in the ab worksouts – during my first round I would quite often get a lower sore back whilst doing the exercises. I think I was rushing, trying to get through the reps (partially because they hurt so bad!). This round, I slowed right down and made sure I was engaging my core before I started. If I felt my form going, I was take a few breaths and almost ‘reset’ to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly.

The #bbgvideo on Instagram opened my eyes to the fact I’ve been doing straight leg and bent leg jackknives wrong this whole time! In my first round and the first 9 weeks of this round, I would almost balance on my bottom whilst doing each of the jackknives. I happened to stumble across a video which explained how to correctly do the exercises, and it showed that your back should stay on the ground the whole time – I tried it during my next workout and wowee, what a difference it made!

If you’re just starting out and you’re on Instagram, I would highly recommend checking out that hash tag. Seeing other people do it is so helpful, especially when you’re first starting out. I’ve taken to videoing my form and posting them on Instagram if you’re interested in checking them out – I find videoing my own form to be really helpful, as it means I can see exactly how low (or not low hehe) that I get for my exercises.

I’ve started BBG 2.0 as of today, and can’t wait to get stuck into these new exercises! There’s an emphasis on weights in this guide, which I’m really looking forward to!

This is my progress from Week 1 to Week 24.

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

It might not seem all that different to some people, but to me there’s changes that go deeper than just physical changes. I’ve mentioned in all of my other posts, but I truly mean every word I say – the changes and progress from BBG go faaaar beyond physical; the mental changes that have happened to me over the last 24 weeks are just amazing, and I will forever be happy that I started BBG.

You can check out my other posts about BBG by clicking the link in the side bar >>>>>>>>>.

 Erin1