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?!

 

 

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& 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! :) :)

 

Kayla Itsines // BBG 2.0, Weeks 13-16

I recently completed the first 4 weeks of Kayla Itsines’ BBG 2.0 guide and thought I’d share my thoughts for any of you that have been following along on my BBG journey :)

I started BBG 2.0 straight after finished my second round of BBG 1.0, as I wanted to keep up the momentum and the routine that I’ve set into place over the last 6 months; exercising is a huge release for me, and the structure and routine that BBG offers is perfect for my lifestyle.

Firstly, BBG 2.0 is awesome! There’s a lot more focus on weights rather than cardio, which I really enjoy. A lot of the exercises now have a weight opted, else an increase in weights to ensure you continue to challenge yourself. These kinds of exercises include weighted toe taps, weighted jump lunges, and weighted stationary lunges. Another change is the introduction of pulses exercises, like double pulse jump lunges, and double pulse jump squats and tricep dips. Those double pulses really intensify the exercise! As if jump lunges weren’t evil enough, the additional double pulse just takes it to a totally different level.

I think one of the biggest, difference inclusions in BB 2.0 is the barbell work – the barbell is used for exercises like close leg squats, bench squats and deadlifts. Using the barbell makes me feel like a total badass haha! I feel like I could kick some serious butt! However, I’ve learnt that my form is allll sorts of wrong for the deadlifts – my lower back was continually hurting throughout the exercise and when I posted a video of my workout on Instagram, lots of lovely people commented and mentioned, ‘errr nope, you need to bend your legs / shrug your shoulders back / keep your neck tucked in etc’

THAT is why I love this community! If I kept going the way I was, I’d do some serious damage to my back. Instead thanks to the advice of some BBG sisters, I’ll be looking at videos online to understand what to do, and practicing in a mirror to make sure I’m engaging the right areas.

So far, I love BBG 2.0, possibly more than BBG 1.0 if I’m honest. The addition of the weights gets my heart rate up still whilst doing exercises like burpees and step ups so I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything there.

In my mind, BBG 1.0 = cardio + increasing fitness, and BBG 2.0 = strength training + toning. I think BBG 1.0 is a fantastic way to gradually increase your strength and fitness levels thanks to the focus on plyometric exercises and cardio. I’m really glad I did x2) rounds of BBG 1.0 before I moved on, as weighted burpees really step everything up a notch in BBG 2.0!


I completed Week 16 about 2 weeks and have put a temporary hold on BBG whilst training for my first triathlon. I was trying to incorporate triathlon training into my BBG / boot camp training schedule, but it was just way too much and I was waking up very sore, lethargic and grumpy for over training.

My triathlon training has included ocean swims, pool swims, bike riding and running, and practicing transitioning between these legs like in the actual triathlon to ensure I’m as ready as I can be. The triathlon is this Sunday (how did it come up so fast?!) and I’m looking forward to giving it a red hot crack :) I’m also verrrry nervous, but I just need to remind myself that I am in competition with absolutely no one else; I will be so darn proud if I can just cross the finish line!

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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 >>>>>>>>>.

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Let’s Talk Compliments.

I’ve followed Kate’s The Small Things Blog for a long time. I originally followed it for her great hair tutorials, but as her family has grown I find myself gravitating towards her lifestyle posts more and more, and one that grabbed my attention specifically was this one.

I’d really love to see a dramatic decrease in the amount of compliments towards women that involve the word “skinny”

I could not agree more!

I post my fitness pictures on Instagram and will check out tags related to fitness when I have a couple of spare minutes. 95% of the time, when someone posts a progress picture or a lifestyle picture, someone will inevitably say, “oh my gosh – you look so skinny!” or “wow – you tiny thing!”

Whilst I’m sure these people are well intentioned, I can’t help but think there are better ways to congratulate someone for their hard work, rather than using the word skinny, or tiny, or words like this, because our focus on congratulating and complimenting others should not just be weight related.

When I see amazing, incredible photos and progress made by awesome people, I say words like, ‘confident, healthy, strong, glowing, toned, lean, empowered,’ – all complimentary words that do not solely revolve around weight or size. I think by complimenting people solely on their weight, we’re perpetuating to younger generations that you can’t be happy, or healthy, or confident, without being ‘tiny,’ or ‘skinny.’

I think it is SO important that we start to promote self love and body confidence, no matter what shape of size, because there are far too many people in this world who are trapped in a world of self loathing.

Imagine a world where we’re not seen as ‘stuck up,’ for being proud of our bodies and our achievements. Imagine a world where young girls build each other up, rather than tear each other down. Imagine a world where people compliment each other for their focus, their determination, their strength, and their mental progress, rather than just their weight or size.

THAT’S the kind of world and people I want to surround myself with, and those are the kind of compliments I want to pay forward to others. There is time to start change in this world for our younger generations who are caught up in a world of self hate, and that time is now.