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The BoldHeartMama desires to enjoy living out the choices that she’s made for herself and for her family. She is a relentless learner: curious, inquisitive, and open to the possibilities of her life and of the human condition. She understands that there isn't one right way—she asks questions that dig deeper to make sense of it all and to find her own path.

She pays attention to and nurtures whatever it is she really cares about, letting go of the rest (for now) knowing she can't do and be everything all at once. She embraces her imperfections in favor of "good enough"—her imperfect self, her imperfect home, her imperfect mothering, her imperfect desires—and she never stops evolving as a woman and mother. She is a BoldHeart, authentic and true to herself.

The BoldHeartMama knows there is only this one life and she's all in. She is present and engaged and making things happen. Her intuition is her guide. She seeks to be inspired and relies on her creativity and her resourcefulness to solve the big and little challenges that she and her family face together as they navigate their relationships and their world.

The BoldHeartMama is willing to take calculated risks to make her biggest dreams come true. She is living out her BoldHeart in the moment, making small moves and taking little steps that add up, and she's cultivating a good life for herself and her family in the process. Read More!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Momma's Monday Check-in (5/40)

*Note: McFatty Mondays is no longer!! Instead, I will be posting Momma's Monday Check-in. Join me as I eat and exercise my way through the next 35 weeks.

Due Date: April 2011

Total weight gain: 0
Morning Sickness: I feel fine so far, which makes me a little nervous! I won't complain though, I know I should try to enjoy this while it lasts.
Cravings: Not really a craving per se, but these bars make for a very satisfying chocolate fix at only 100 calories and with three grams of fiber.
Sleep: Now that Roscoe sleeps through the night (yay!), I get 7 to 8 hours of solid sleep. His timing couldn't be better. I still cannot make it through the day without an afternoon nap.
I can't live without: My Mom Agenda--I heart agendas and this one combines all my must-have features! I'm already penciling in the important stuff, and my lists of new baby to-dos are growing by the minute.
I miss: Walking upstairs without getting winded.
I am looking forward to: Little Sears's heart starting to beat this week!
Aha Moment: Our insurance covers home birth, which should save us some money. That's good news!
Milestones: I had one itty bitty bout of heartburn, which could have been the tomato soup I ate for dinner that night...but I chose to blame Little Sears. I bought this pregnancy's FIRST bottle of Tums!!
Best moment this week: I cleaned out and organized my closet to make way for my yet to be cultivated maternity wardrobe.

Workout Recap: My capacity to workout changes dramatically during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. I like to use the rate of perceived exertion to monitor the intensity of my workouts. It's a relative scale and no matter if I'm pregnant, I like to work somewhere between a 5 and 8. I already feel more winded and less able to perform at the gym, and while it's tempting to give myself a break right now, I know I'll feel better (and stronger) in the long run if I just hang in there. This phase of general weakness should pass in the next month or two. I did too much walking last week, and not enough kickboxing!
Perceived Exertion Scale:
RPE 0: no activity
RPE 1-2: Very easy; you can converse with no effort
RPE 3: Easy; you can converse with almost no effort
RPE 4: Moderately easy; you can converse comfortably
RPE 5: Moderate; conversation requires some effort
RPE 6: Moderately hard: conversation requires quite a bit of effort
RPE 7: Difficult: conversation requires a lot of effort
RPE 8: Very difficult; conversation requires maximum effort
RPE 9 - 10: Peak effort: no talking zone

Monday--one hour kickboxing, 2.4 mile interval run
Wednesday--One hour weight lifting with Amy, 2 mile walk
Friday--1 hour weightlifting
Saturday--3.3 mile family walk
Sunday--1.5 mile family walk

Diet: I had a few days last week when I was really tired, and feeling under the weather due in part to a summer cold. When I'm tired I'm lazy, and it can be difficult to want to take time to create healthy meals and make smart food choices. I've found that cooking meals large enough for leftovers can be a big help, as well as keeping a lot of fresh fruit and lean protein sources at hand. Lately it's been chicken breasts, sliced deli meat off the bone, string cheese, pistachios, and egg beaters. Since I'm still nursing Roscoe I'm taking a calcium + vitamin D supplement twice a day to protect my bones.

Goal's for the upcoming week: My goal this week is to continue with our daily walks/runs, and to figure out how to find extra time to lift weights at my second gym. More kickboxing!! I also need to inventory my first trimester "maternity" wardrobe and make a short list of items that I want to buy.

Belly shot:

Hello bloat!

Movement: none
Gender: unknown

Labor Signs: none


  1. Had to laugh about the Tums, I couldn't believe how bad and how quick I got heartburn when I got pregnant. I realized two weeks after I had Madame not one bout of it and we had made a spicy Indian and Thai in the first two weeks.

  2. Ugh, me too!! I ate SO many bottles of Tums with Roscoe it was not pleasant!! So far this pregnancy is totally different from my first, so maybe that will bode well for the heartburn issue!

  3. I am seriously so proud of you for keeping up the workouts. I was a useless blog in first tri.

    Okay, I was a useless blog in all trimesters.

    You are awesome.


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