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Things I'm Loving Right Now - January 2013

It's time for another Things I'm Loving Right Now list. I just realized that I haven't done one since last August. Oops!

What health and fitness related things are you in love with right now?

8 Tips for Exercising During Pregnancy

Can you believe that just a generation ago, women were discouraged from exercising while pregnant? Indeed, pregnancy was a time to slow down, move less and avoid undue stress and strain on the body, thereby ensuring the birth of a healthy babe.
Nowadays, the benefits of exercise during pregnancy are well known. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a doctor or midwife who doesn’t encourage their pregnant patients to work out regularly.
As a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and mother of three (who worked out religiously throughout 2 of her 3 pregnancies) I can personally attest to the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. My clients and class participants sleep better, report fewer joint aches and pains, and have a more positive image of their changing bodies than their non-exercising friends. Some also report easier deliveries (alas, I was not one of them...).
In general, pregnant women can do the very same exercises as non-pregnant women, with a few modifications (for exam…

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 Individual Workout DVD's

Instead of doing a hodge podge list of individual fitness DVD's and complete workout systems like I did last year, this year I've broken my list into top 5 workout systems and top 5 individual DVD's. That just made more sense to me!

As with the workout systems I had a really tough time narrowing my favorites down to just 5 DVD's! There's so many great exercise DVD's out there. So many great trainers... Well, it took a while, but I whittled down my list and here are my Top 5 picks for BEST individual workout DVDs:

What's your all time favorite workout DVD?

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 At Home Workout Systems

I confess: I'm an at home workout DVD hoarder. My collection is vast. Sorry, I'm not sorry! I love fitness DVD's, I enjoy doing them, and I just can't seem to get enough of them. Hey, variety is the spice of life, right?

When I sat down to make my list for top 5 workout systems I had a really hard time. There's just so many that I love. But I've come up with my list; the best of the best at home workout systems:

Which workout system would top your list?
For more: Last year's top 10 workout DVD list

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 Must-Have Paleo Cookbooks

People often ask me how I've succeeded with eating Paleo for so long. I've thought about that and I believe that planning ahead and avoiding boredom are possibly the two most important factors for succeeding with Paleo (or any healthy lifestyle choice, really). 

I find having good Paleo cookbooks on hand answers both dilemmas. They spur my imagination and assist in menu planning. I wouldn't do without them!

My Favorites:

5. Paleo Magazine

4. Paleo Comfort Foods

3. Make it Paleo

2. Paleo Slow Cooking

1. Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

How do you avoid boredom with your healthy eating routine?
For more: Last year's must-have Paleo cookbook list.

My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 16

This week I feel like I've really hit my stride, so to speak, with this pregnancy. 

I had my first appointment with my midwife (who is awesome) last week and somehow that made me relax into things more. Not sure why, but it was much needed. I think possibly that I'm just such a planner and that was a big missing piece.

I started a more regular workout routine this week. I'll be doing the strength training DVDs from ChaLEAN Extreme on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and then some from of cardio two or three days a week along with that. Also, I'll be trying to fit in yoga here and there. It feels great to have some structure to my workouts again.

I ordered a new purple Enell. All of my sports bras are too small. Enell is a must-have pregnancy item for me. Hmmm, that may be a post: must-have items for a fit pregnancy...

My eating has been much improved. With the nausea completely passed, and fatigue being much less frequent I'm back to my more normal Paleo diet. I've begun …

Working Out While I'm Pregnant

Even though this is my fourth pregnancy it's my first time working out while pregnant. The most I did in the previous three was walk. It's quite a new experience!
What I'm doing this time around:

Do you/did you workout while pregnant? What did you do?

My Running Shoe Collection

I'm doing VLOGuary over on my you tube channel. Which is a video every day in January! Every video isn't health or fitness related, so I won't share them all here on the blog. If you're interested in seeing all of my daily ramblings please subscribe!

Yesterday I did my running shoe collection:

Yes, I'm a bit running shoe obsessed. ;)

What's your favorite brand of running shoes?

The Secret To My Success: A Look Back At 2012

I was looking back through my 2012 posts and wondering to myself: what was different this year? Why did I make so much more progress this last year than any year previously? Why did I make it to the lowest weight I've seen in my adult life?

Was it Paleo? Was it Body Revolution? Was I magically just more motivated for 2012?

Honestly, I think the biggest factor was: I didn't quit.

In past years it was starts and stops, big pushes of "Let's do this!" and big jumps off the wagon. 

Throughout 2012 I kept making progress. I was diligent in my search for what worked for me and I just kept going.

I'm so thankful for that.

I'm grateful I didn't quit. I begin this, my fourth pregnancy, in a much happier and healthier place because I didn't quit.

It really is that simple.

I get emails almost daily with people asking my advice or wanting to know how I did it, how I lost the weight, how I went from a size 22 to a size 8... 

Looking forward to 2013 the most important pi…