welp, it happened! right there in that very room. my very first prenatal class went down this past saturday! i slowly circled that room a handful of times while saying a prayer of thanks to God before the ladies began to arrive. this feels GOOD. this feels right. i don't know why the sight of a preggo woman working out makes me smile uncontrollably but it just does. i remember what physical activity and healthy eating did for both my pregnancies and i want other mamas-to-be to experience those same benefits throughout their pregnancy journey, labor & delivery, and postpartum recovery. there are still so many misconceptions and old wives tales about prenatal fitness that just won't go away! my purpose is to prove how safe and beneficial prenatal fitness is for mom and baby.
before i headed out to teach, i took a pic of my new tank i couldn't wait to wear!
don't you love it?! 'because you know i'm all about the BUMP.' ha! this will be available on my blog for purchase very soon, along with this one:
one lucky mama-to-be won the 'Lifting for TWO' tank which is totally my fave. taking pre-orders NOW! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to rock one or know a Preggo Patty who would wear it proudly!
friday evening, Chiso and i had a blast picking out some healthy snacks for the class courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market Katy. what a true HONOR! grocery shopping is a passion/hobby of mine (i know, i'm the envy of all my friends lol) so i was beyond grateful for their sponsorship, assistance, and helpfulness. i blog about SFM often, so partnering up with them was a dream come true.
as we wrapped up our trip, we stopped through the bulk aisle to get some gummy bears. keeping tradition ;)
what snack did we chose in addition to water & fresh fruit? Bobo's Oat Bars! i was sold as soon as i saw them! one, because my childhood nickname was Bobo, and two, they are portable, filling, and when you don't have time to cook a pot of oatmeal on the stove, this bar is the perfect swap.
they are all 170-190 cals, 6-8g fat, 9-10g sugar, 27g carbs, 3g protein, 3g fiber. no artificial ANYTHING and are made with non-GMO, natural & organic ingredients. there are gluten-free options and over 10 flavors available! Coconut's got the top spot IMO but i've only had those 4 flavors up there so far. have you tried these?
i also took plenty of h2o. gotta stay hydrated. (preggo or not)all set up and ready to rock! while you may already be taking vitamin supplements, it's important to remember that getting the vitamins you need from fresh foods is always a better idea.
her hubby came in right by her side, holding her bag and everything. i had to get a picture; they were so cute!
this is a TRUE clip, right? hahaha! thanks to my bro Brian for catching a few seconds of class before he had to run next door and teach his saturday boot campers. if you want more, come check this out for yourself! new music, new moves, new snacks, every saturday.
i thank these ladies sincerely for coming and having some sweaty FUN with me and look forward to seeing those bellies grow!
here's a question that was asked during Q & A that i'll share with you:
Q: can we still work abs while pregnant?
A: YES. it's an important time to do so and it will definitely help you in the delivery room. you just need to adjust the way you work them. you can still work your core without ever doing a traditional ab exercise (e.g. crunches). planks are a preggo woman's best friend! check out and try the plank variations i did in this post.
if you are not local to Houston but would still like to make your pregnancy as fit as possible like my client Dominique up there, email me for your very own pre/postnatal meal/workout plan! doesn't matter how far along you are nor how many months/years postpartum you are.
if you are local, come see me! postpartum moms just getting back into the workout game are welcome too!
i'll leave you with this monday motivational scripture from Psalms 37:5: commit your future to the Lord! trust in Him and he will act on his behalf.