What not to say to a “fit” pregnant woman….

It’s no secret that pregnancy seems to be a free for all when it comes to unwelcome comments from pretty much everyone. From random strangers or well-meaning family, you just never know what is going to come out of their mouths!! Of course the fact that I have kept up my weightlifting routine has most people outraged and I thought it would be funny to list a few comments I’ve received in the recent months:

“If you keep lifting so heavy, the baby is going to fall out” 

“Weightlifting will make the cord wrap around the baby’s neck”

“Running shakes the baby’s brains all over the place”

“If you keep lifting your uterus is going to explode”

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21 weeks pregnant with baby #2

Can you imagine though if you could just skip labor, do a few deadlifts when you’re full term, and BAM out pops the baby!!! Ha ha!!! Have any of you ever heard anything funny regarding fitness and pregnancy? I would love to hear 🙂

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18 Weeks pregnant

I am just about 18 weeks pregnant right now and let me tell you, training is tough!! I am trying my hardest to lift heavy, but sometimes my body is just too tired. For example, today I was only able to do squats with 95 lbs. But, last week I was able to deadlift 135 lbs for sets of 8, and that felt easy. I definitely have to take it day by day and remember that I am growing another human!!

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The weather has been beautiful here in north NJ and we have absolutely been taking advantage of it. I have made it a point to walk at least a few miles each day on my days off from work. I would love to run, but running while pregnant + my 30 lb son in the jogging stroller = exhausting!! So, for now, I am sticking to walking 🙂

Our 20 week ultrasound will be coming up soon and we can’t wait to find out the gender!!

Surprise!!! …. and sorry

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the past few months:

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15 week belly, much bigger than the first time around!

I am pregnant with baby number 2!!! My hubby, my son, and I are so excited!! Well, my son has no idea what’s going on, but I pretend he’s excited 😉

The beginning of my pregnancy was a little rough. I had lots of nausea and I had a tough time eating anything other than carbs. I was also exhausted and barely got in any workouts. Now that the first trimester is over, I’m feeling much better!!!! I am back to eating normally and lifting heavy. (yes, I will continue to lift throughout my pregnancy)

Sorry everyone for being absent these past 2.5 months, butI just felt too tired and nauseous to write. This baby is due to arrive in October and I plan to document my “fit pregnancy” on here. So far I’ve been trying to lift 3 times per week and walk 3 times per week. I know I’ll have to make adjustments to my routine at times, but I plan on staying as active as possible!! I hope everyone will continue to follow along 🙂

Appetite Pacemaker??????

I recently came across this article labeled “FDA Approves New Appetite Pacemaker Device” and wow!!! I can’t believe that money and time was actually spent researching and developing this. Now, I am all for health and wellness for everyone, but an implanted device that turns off hunger signals is just ridiculous. Where is the accountability and hard work?? It saddens me so much that there are children starving to death in other countries, but Americans can’t find a way to stop eating.

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This is actually one of the reasons why I don’t support cardio for weight loss. Why burn off unwanted calories when we can just simply eat less? There are people who would love to have those “unwanted” calories, so I would rather not waste mine. And if you’re wondering, no we don’t throw away food in the Ramm house either 😉

Work hard and results will come. No appetite pacemaker needed!!!

update…… and a question for everyone :)

The update: It’s been about 3 months of incorporating strength days into what used to be just a bodybuilder type lifting routine. And let me tell ya, I highly recommend it!!! I have gotten much stronger which has of course helped my hypertrophy days tremendously. When I first started back in the fall around my sons first bday, I remember only being able to squat 135 a few times. For my leg workout today, I was able to do 135lbs for 5 sets of 10!! I also did sumo deadlifts and  RDLs.

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It’s amazing how your body adapts to the stress and gets stronger. And in turn, your quads and butt grow and your jeans get tighter 😉 Which, of course is the goal. In fact when I first started my thighs measured 22.25 inches and today they are 23 inches!!! Woo  hoo!!! Now if only my calves would get bigger…….

And now the question: What would you readers like to see more of on my blog? Food, exercises, let me know!! I have been experimenting with some at home band workouts and I’ll be posting that as soon as it’s finished. In the meantime, please give me your suggestions 🙂

Some food we’ve been lovin

Since my husband has been bulking for what seems like forever (really just since November!!) we have to have massive amounts of food in our house. He has been eating around 3500 calories a day!!  And then with my 2500 calories and our 15 month old son eating like a 5 year old, we blow through food pretty quickly!! Needless to say, we cook in bulk and always have “leftovers” in the fridge.

Most of the time I just sauté or bake chicken breasts or brown up some ground turkey. I also tend to make pasta or rice in bulk. I need to improve my veggie game though! It’s not that we don’t like veggies (We actually love them!!) I just forget to make them most of the time.

So, I thought I would share one of my fav simple recipes for when I’m not in the mood for the above. I call it crockpot taco chicken:

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I mix the following together and then throw it in the crockpot for 6 hours on low:

  • 2 or 3 lbs of chicken breast (you can leave them whole for now)
  • 1 can each: diced tomatoes, corn, black beans
  • 1 taco packet (don’t add the water)

When done, remove the chicken breasts,shred them, and then return to the crockpot and mix.  We normally eat this on rice and top it with shredded cheese, salsa, and/or guacamole. It tastes a little like chili. So delicious and so easy and it lasts at least a day or two in our house 😉

Do you guys have any simple/quick recipes that are your go to??

STOP with the fitness gimmicks!!!!!!!!!

OMG, seriously it is getting ridiculous!!! Eat this and lose weight, wear this thing that looks like saran wrap, put this device on your head and spin around in circles 35 times while clapping your hands. It can actually be pretty entertaining, but I honestly feel sorry for people who think some of this junk actually works!!!!!!!! Social media is the worst for any of this type of marketing.

Okay, here are some of my favorites:

  • Wraps. This product claims to somehow suck the fat out of whatever area it’s put on. They always show drastic results as well. Ironically the brand is called “It Works”….. oh really?!??! Doubt it.
  • Waist Trainers. These are corset-like girdles that are so tight that they apparently shift your organs out of place to make your waist smaller. Sounds terrible 😦 Funny thing is when I first joined Instagram, someone commented on a photo of me and asked if I “waist train.” I thought they meant do I do oblique exercises, so I said, yeah of course I do!!! As soon as I realized what they meant, I deleted that comment!!!!!
  • Dr Oz. Okay so maybe he’s not necessarily a “gimmick” and I actually know someone who had him as their cardio-thoracic surgeon. But, many of his statements and claims he makes in regards to weight loss are false. In fact, he was brought up on charges by the FTC for making false claims.
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this is kind of unrelated, but still hilarious!!

I don’t mean to offend anyone by making this post, but the only thing that has ever brought me results is training hard and eating right. Which is one of the things I love about fitness: it can’t be bought and it can’t be taken away from you!!

So, what other gimmicks am I leaving out?

sNoW dAy?

The past few days have made me so thankful for our home gym. Three days ago we got about 6 inches of snow and then yesterday another 6 inches!!! They were calling for much more so we got lucky, but getting to a gym in this weather would be tough anyway. My hubby and I shoveled today while our little guy napped, so I got in my workout once our son went to bed.

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I am still following my routine of strength days and hypertrophy days. I have been getting stronger and stronger which is so extremely exciting!! Today was my lower body strength day. Here’s what I did:

  • squats 155 lbs, 5 sets of 4
  • deadlifts 175 lbs, 5 sets of 3
  • hip thrusters 175 lbs, 5 sets of 5 (I could go so much heavier but the barbell kills my hips, I guess I’ll have to buy some type of heavy duty padding)

With numbers like these, hopefully soon I will reach my goal of a 225 lb deadlift 🙂

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers :)

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!

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I am pretty excited and honored to have been chosen for this by three fellow bloggers: Angela at The Keen Peach , Jordyn at My Goodness Blog , and Brianna at Freckle Me Silly.

Thank you so very much much to all of these wonderful ladies for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! In accepting the award, I have some questions that I need to answer. So, here we go….

1.In one word, how would you like your readers to describe your blog?

Motivational!

2.Which is your most favorite among your blog posts and why?

I’ve only been blogging for about 4 months so I don’t have too many to choose from, but I guess I would say my post on motivation to stay fit.

3.What/Who inspires most of your blog posts?

My husband and son!! They are always inspiring me to stay healthy and fit 🙂

4.What do you aspire to accomplish this year?

Since my blog is all about fitness, I guess I will stick to fitness related goals. I would love to deadlift 225 lbs and do 10 pull ups in one set. 

5.What do you aspire to learn this year?

Hmmmmm… I would love to learn more about health and fitness. Maybe become certified as an instructor or trainer as well!

6.What is your favorite book? Why?

Harry Potter, am I too old to get my letter for Hogwarts??

7.What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

Thats a tough one. It sounds stupid, but zip lining. I am so scared of heights and that took a ton of courage!!

8.If you could be a superhero? What is your super power?

Oh that’s easy, it’s not fitness related, but my super power would be healing. I’ve been an RN for 7 years and that could really come in handy 😉

9.Who is your female role model?

In fitness, either Nicole Wilkins or Erin Stern.

Now, for other nominees, this is what you do:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Put the award logo on your blog. Answer the questions sent to you (the same questions above). Nominate seven blogs.

My Nominees and blogs that I love and have inspired me, even though some of you have already been nominated:

1. Amanda (my sister!!!) at https://babymartin2015.wordpress.com

2. Angela at http://thekeenpeach.com

3. Jordyn at http://mygoodnessblog.com

4. Lyss at http://www.fitnfabulyss.com

5. Brianna at https://frecklemesilly.wordpress.com

6. Jessica at https://semisweettooth.wordpress.com

7. Samantha at https://itssimplysam.wordpress.com

Tips for beginners

Now that I finally figured out what my max lifts are (you can see that post below), I am feeling super pumped and excited to get even stronger and put on more muscle 🙂 With that being said, I wasn’t always this strong. In fact, when I first started I couldn’t even bench press the bar! So, I figured I would give everyone some tips on weightlifting and what helped me at the beginning.

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These tips are things that helped me and are not necessarily applicable to everyone:

1. First of all, remember: if you lift, you are not going to get “huge.” Why is that we all think we are going to turn into Arnold?? I can remember telling my husband over and over that I was sure I was going to turn into the hulk. Note: it hasn’t happened….. yet 😉

2. Compound movements are the absolute best!! Squats, deadlifts, rows, presses are all examples of movements that utilize large groups of muscles that may be the best way to get strong and put on lean muscle. Put most of your focus on these. Isolation exercises can be done after your main compound lifts.

3. The best way to learn and perfect compound movements is to video tape yourself. Even if you go to the gym alone and have no one to correct your form, you can tape yourself and analyze your form using youtube videos. (Luckily my hubby has a degree in exercise physiology, so I have my own personal expert!!)

4. Start light until you get your form right < apparently I’m also a rapper!!!! Seriously though, there is no reason to hurt yourself!!!! Start with a weight that you can do many times and practice practice practice!!! Strength training is a skill that needs to be practiced. Once you feel comfortable, see number 5:

5. Once you are sure you have your form down, start adding weight. At this point, for hypertrophy, or muscle growth, you can do reps in the 8-12 range. Use a weight that is heavy enough to keep it in that range and adjust accordingly.

6. Figure out your routine. Whether you have 3 days or 5 days a week, figure out what is going to work best for you. Lets say you have 3 days a week to get to the gym, you could do something like this, again this is just an example:

  • day 1, legs: squat, deadlift, lunge, romanian deadlift, calf raises, and then maybe machines like leg curl and leg extension, etc….
  • day 2, back: bent over rows, pull-ups (assisted or unassisted, whatever you can do), single arm rows, lat pull down, etc…
  • day 3, shoulders, chest, and triceps: barbell overhead press, bench press (flat and incline), dips, and then maybe lateral raises, kickbacks, etc….

7. Be consistent. Regardless of what plan you decide to go with, stick to it. It takes time to grow muscle and get stronger. Train hard, be consistent, and don’t give up 🙂

8. I almost forgot this one: EAT!!!! Muscle requires food, simple as that.

Anyone have any more pointers to share??? (Remember, I am not an expert and these tips are just that, tips.)