5 Tips For A Fit Pregnancy

1. Plan ahead. If you’re trying to get pregnant, make sure you are at a healthy weight and are regularly exercising first so you can continue your regimen while pregnant. A lot of people will start working out after they get pregnant which is not recommended.

2. Stay on track. Try to weigh yourself weekly to make sure you are not gaining too much or too little. You can enter your weight and number of weeks pregnant into a pregnancy weight gain calculator to see what your target range should be.

3. Stay active. It can be tough to stay active when you are pregnant because building a tiny human is exhausting. But, the thing is you actually have more energy when you work out. One thing that kept me going was knowing that at some point I would have to stop or slow down, so I wanted to make sure I took advantage of being able to work out as much as possible while I still could before the end of the pregnancy. Although as it turned out, I worked out until the very end (37 weeks on November 4th)!

4. Load up on fruits and veggies. When I wasn’t pregnant, I would skip a meal if I had sugary or fattening foods to make up for the calories that I was consuming, but when you are pregnant, you need as many nutrients as possible. Try to add fruits and veggies wherever you can, even if you are not hungry. It will help give you energy, and make you feel better overall.

5. Relax. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of changes happening in your body and lifestyle. Try to keep stress at bay by meditating, doing yoga, getting massages, etc. Luckily for my wallet, one of my favorite ways to relax was to take my dogs for walks on the beach.

Easy Peasy Carob Chip Oatmeal Protein Cookies!

Easy Carob Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

I’ve been getting a lot of requests from my friends and clients to start blogging so that everything I post on my facebook and instagram can all be easily found in one place, so here I am! I’m a blogger! 🙂

I found these cookies on Pinterest last year and they have been one of my go-to recipes to make as snacks because they are super easy and filling. They are great to make ahead for a quick breakfast on the go, snacks, or a post workout treat!

Ingredients:
Oats
Mashed banana
Brown rice protein powder
Carob chips

Directions:
Mash 2 large ripe bananas, mix in 1 serving of organic brown rice protein powder, then mix in 1 cup oats, and add carob chips. I also added cinnamon and unsweetened shredded coconut! Spoon the mixture onto greased baking sheet, flatten with a spoon, then bake at 350F for 15-20 min or until brown!

Sometimes I add different mix-ins and substitute pumpkin puree for the mashed banana. So easy and delicious!

Comment below if you try them, or if you have any fun mix-in suggestions!

The Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates!

Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates With Liz Laing

Pilates For Men Workout At Home DIY

Bermuda Regiment Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda

The Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates

Ask the Bermuda Regiment if Pilates is for girls!

Pilates exercises are great for men who want to gain a competitive edge because the workouts focus on core strength, flexibility, and balanced muscle development using efficient movement patterns rather than using a part-by-part approach typically found in traditional weightlifting routines.

Most of these guys from the Regiment have been vigorously training for over 20 years and have multiple injuries but yet are still so strong and always looking for better ways to improve their bodies!

Thanks for being such a pleasure to teach guys!

Try this quick 15 minute workout from Men’s Health at home if you’re new to Pilates: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/pilates-workout?fullpage=true

Ab Workout On The Ball

A variation of this killer ab workout has been one of my favorite routines since I learned it from my friend Phyllis London (www.phyllislondon.com) years ago and I still do it to this day! Watch it, write it down, and take it with you to the gym, or just play it on your smart phone and while you do the exercises with her. Phyl is also in the running to be America’s Next Fitness Star on the show “Fit or Flop!” If you have a few minutes, vote for her at www.fitorflop.com!