calibrateBUMPS: Cait's Week 32-33
Happy Wedding Anniversary Weekend Jack! You are very lucky that I agreed to marry you and you're very welcome for making your life infinitely better. I don't know what you'd do without me, hopefully you never have to find out.
To celebrate our 4th year married we splurged and had a spectacular dinner at Amber. We'd also originally planned for a staycation this weekend but we decided to postpone it 2 weeks in the hopes that maybe pools in hotels will reopen soon (fingers crossed!).
As for the week, Fudge and I started off a bit shaky, we got somewhat better, then we got very tired, and then we bounced back. Unlike last week, I wasn't super comfortable at the start of the week. I was definitely very hot and I was finding it hard to catch my breath. I did find that walking helped the discomfort though so I did plenty of that to start the week. The pollution that hit in the latter half of the week disincentivised the desire to be outside but by that stage I was in need of a pregnancy rest day or two.
The discomfort started right at the start of the week, I super uncomfortable in the late morning but was also not keen to just lounge around all day. I decided a walk was either going to make me feel a lot better or it was going to make everything worse. I set off with the mindset that I was either going to walk for a while or have to turn around within 10 minutes. I popped a podcast on and was so deeply enthralled that I actually forgot about being uncomfortable and before I knew it, I was in Central! It took me close to 2 hours to get in but I made it and was feeling miles better.
Had a bit of a studio clean up before heading home to put my feet up.
I did more walking today because it did seem to help with the ability to breathe. I started off the day with a 10km walk around the track in Happy Valley whilst pumping some morning tunes and listening to a podcast. The only big downside to the day was that it was a very hot day so it did make life a bit more difficult. I stopped counting how many times I refilled my water bottle after the 4th refill...
Decided to take a break from a lot of life today. Had a lunch meeting and one Zoom class in the afternoon and that was it. The sofa was my friends.
Holy pollution levels. Drank a lot of peppermint and green tea today to keep Fudge a little safer (even if there's not scientific proof this works at all, I'd like to think it does).
I went for a morning walk before the air quality deteriorated and trained in the studio in the late afternoon ahead of our Anniversary dinner. Feeling like I really needed mobility more than anything else, I made that the focus.
15 Swiss Ball Squats
12 Lateral Raises
12 Poloquin Step Downs
12 Frontal Raises
45s Swiss Ball Plank
Woke up pretty beat today. My body was sore for the first time in a while so I decided I'd take it a little slower in the morning and spend some time in the air con before I started my day. Had a few clients in the morning in the studio (happy reopening!) and then had a few errands to run in the afternoon ahead of my last client.
Then, it happened.
Out of nowhere at about 2:30pm my body felt like completely giving up. I was about 3/4 of the way between a walk from central to a friend's place in Causeway/Happy Valley and my legs felt super heavy and I was completely out of breath. I stopped into the closest grocery store, bought an apple, found some shade, and sat down for 20 min or so to collect myself before very slowly continuing on.
If I'm honest, the last thing I felt like doing was working but I did manage to sit in the grass down in Happy Valley and read my book for an hour or so which helped settle me even more and my last session of the day went much better than I expected.
By the end of the day I'd clocked about 16k steps and upon realising that Ir already knew exactly what I was going to do tomorrow.
Today was the best kind of day - sports day! By that I mean I watched a lot of sports. First up at 9am was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between my underdog heroes (Vancouver) and definitely the favourites to win (Vegas). Vancouver's fairy tale ride in the playoffs came to a halt after a pretty average final performance (to all the NHL followers, yes we have a great goalie but someone needs to explain to our group of young guns that in order to win a game you need to net a goal, not just save goals). Hats off to Vegas.
Then at 3pm was the much more entertaining NZ North Island vs South Island rugby match. Lots of excitement to go around and some pretty innovative plays.
After watching 2 games we decided the best way to end the day was watch more TV, and keeping with the sports theme, we watched Dodgeball.
With that, sports day was over and so was my much needed "do absolutely nothing and regret absolutely nothing"day.
The day off yesterday and Friday meant I did wake up this morning feeling like I needed to get a bit of movement in. I wasn't feeling a walk at all though so instead I went into the studio and decided to just see what happened with life. Started off with a bit of mobility and then just went with whatever my body felt like it needed.
30 min mobility
12 Reverse Lunge to Step Ups
10 Lat Pull Downs
20 Lateral Walks
12 T Pulls
20 Monster Walks
45s Side Plank
Life in General
A recently new-mama friend answered my call for breastfeeding advice last week and has very kindly lent me her book. If I'm 100% honest, I'm not overly concerned about it, I feel like the natural instinct of both the child and mum will come into play and everything will work itself out. It's obviously good to be informed and prepared but I also strongly believe it's very easy to be over informed and overwhelmed by all the "information" that circulates. I may eat my words in a few weeks time but my current mindset is to be moderately informed but also to just wait and meet the little one. Her personality will dictate so much of what does and doesn't happen and what does and doesn't work. I have full faith in her, I have full faith in Jack, I have full faith in our support group, and I have full faith in myself to work it all out. It's going to be more than fine!
In other news, I can definitely feel the energy levels dropping further. I am still able to walk around but I find I need to sit for a bit after a longer walk. The drop in my energy levels is almost directly correlated to the increase in Fudge's energy levels. Just when I thought it wasn't possible for her to move more...
The heat is definitely the worst aspect of life at the moment. I don't think I've ever sweated this continuously for this length of time ever before. I did just read that this year has been the hottest year ever for HK since records were first kept back in the 1880s. Brilliant. Where are the climate change deniers? I'd like to have a word or two.
On a food front, with both the drop in energy and what feels like an increase in internal body temperature comes an increased desire for ice cold beverages (95% of the time it's water, 3% of the time it's Oatly, 2% of the time it's green tea) and cold fruits. Large, warm meals are very unappealing.
All things considered, I still count myself very lucky. I've had no hiccups so far, I haven't been in outrageous discomfort, I'm not in pain, I'm not exhausted to the point of not knowing what to do with myself, I'm still very mobile and active, and I'm still sleeping marvellously. The third trimester energy sap and slow down has always been expected. We also always knew me being at the height of pregnancy in the middle of the summer was going to be tough. So far that's the only thing I can complain about though. Just being hot and tired, which is maybe the most standard experience of pregnant women and, if I think about it, it is also probably the same experience of the average human in 2020.
As for Fudge, she has a check up on Friday so I'll have more fun stuff to share with you next week. Until then we'll just keep tackling every day as it comes!
Stay happy and stay healthy!