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Guess what?


Yep, I actually went to the gym yesterday! (And took a blurry picture while at it…)  I seem not to be as tired this week as I’ve been, probably because I’ve been sleeping a little bit better the last few days (yay!), so took full advantage of it!

I only had a half-assed workout, as I’m almost 33 weeks along after all, so decided to take it easy, and actually ease myself back into a routine.  Only did a set of deadlifts, a set of squats, with 25lb dumbbells (and to think I used to use 35-40lbs), and one set of shoulder raises, and one of lat pulldown.  Then I did a 10 minute prenatal pilates video from youtube at home and called it a day (I would have done another one, but the stupid thing wouldn’t stop loading every minute or so, so I gave up on my crappy internet connection.  Trying to figure out how to download it, because I can’t really workout if I keep waiting for the thing to load, even after I paused it and “preload it” – or so I thought).

First, deadlifts with a bump is super hard!  You kind of run out of space there to reach down (and how did I not predict that?), second, despite taking it super easy, my out-of-shape-ness slapped me on the face this morning when I woke up sore.  From doing that?  Yikes!  One more reason to get back to the gym more often! 

Let’s hope this lack of extreme fatigue will continue for the next 2 months so I’m not a complete blob of jello when this baby girl makes her appearance.

And just for fun, here is a picture from the beginning of my second trimester on the left (I was 14.5 weeks along), when I thought I could see the beginning of a bump (hahahaha) compared to now. 


Depressing to confirm, in pictures, how my butt has gone through an expansion project as well (lack of working out will do that to you, so I’m not surprised, but doesn’t mean I’m not bummed about it).  And considering how curved my back is now, it’s no wonder I’m dealing with lower back pain!

The good news?  It felt good to workout again, so let’s hope this lack of insomnia is here to stay!  (And yes, that might be more blogging because more sleep = more disposition to write!)


Filed under Baby, Pregnancy, Workout

Happy Birthday to me!

Yep, today it was my birthday, but Karl left on Sunday for his TDY at the Marshall Islands, so I spent the day (mostly) alone.  I couldn’t sleep last night, so wasn’t feeling great all day, so it was actually a relief that aside from prenatal yoga and lunch plans, I had the rest of the day free.

Before Karl left, we headed over to Buddha Bar for some amazing (albeit expensive) food to celebrate my big day!  The atmosphere there is great, even though it’s so hard to get a good picture of it with my phone!



I had a delicious green papaya salad, then black pepper beef, and we finished the night with dessert.  And no, I didn’t take any pictures of the food – I was too busy eating it!

Today, I tried prenatal yoga, which I’m still unsure about.  It was kind of boring.  And I guess I like more intense workouts so it feels like I’ve done something?  But either way, since I wasn’t feeling well before and after class, I didn’t follow it up with my usual workout (though hoping to get back at it again tomorrow – I’ve been really good at getting back to it, and aiming for 4 workouts a week!).

I met up a couple of my Brazilian friends for a yummy Italian lunch at L’Opera then came home and basically collapsed in bed, but before I could fall asleep, Karl woke me up with a Skype call, which means I ended up starting my nap after 5pm and now I’m wide awake…. 

A couple of my friends were super-duper sweet and invited me out to celebrate, but because of my state (there was even some vomiting earlier in the day – I thought that phase was over!), I had to decline, but hoping to make up for it later this week!

I also got a shot of my bump today!  Though I’ll be 16 weeks on Thursday, I’m nowhere near looking pregnant just yet, I just looked like I indulged in too many all you can eat fares…

But this was me 9 days ago…


5 days ago…


And this is what went to my instagram today…


Definitely a “pooch” peeking out! 

As for baby news, I had an appointment last week, all looks good, but baby was hiding the goods.  So though we still got a “it looks like a… but I can’t be sure” that’s still not enough to know whether we’re in the pink or blue team, so because I seem to be too impatient to wait 5 weeks for my next appointment, I’ll be back at the office next week, right before flying to the Marshall Islands to see if we can get a confirmation of anything.  Fingers crossed no good will be hidden in the process!




Filed under Baby, Pictures, Pregnancy

Back to the gym!

For real!  I had two days with no nausea, and I know better than to assume that the nausea phase is finally over, but when I was able to go to the gym not one day, but TWO days in a row (after what, weeks?), I can’t help but be optimistic while my muscles are sore, no?

So yep, worked out the arms yesterday, meaning things like combing my hair today are kind of tricky.  Today, I targeted legs and abs, so tomorrow things like sitting down/getting up will be hard.  Thanks to Michelle for convincing me to go to the gym with her today!  Karl went to work to catch up on things, so I was considering a nap instead…

But it was good to be back!  Very good!  Even though the gym was busy both days (but empty by the time I got done), which almost made me give up (our gym is tiny, and one other person working out is too much, 4 other people?  We were basically on top of each other and it sucked).

I even got a picture to prove it!  Though honestly?  I was trying to get a bump picture, and I’m on that stage where I just look fatter.  I know it shouldn’t bug me, I know this is not the time for vanity, but damn it, I can’t help it.  I still technically have not gained any weight yet (I say technically because I lost 4lbs that first month, and I put them back in the last few weeks, but I am the same as my pre-pregnancy weight), but everything is wider, evidenced by my clothes (and by measurements…).  So I feel fat.  It’s not like I started this whole thing being all skinny and fit, you know?

Needless to say, I am dreading the coming months when I’ll get much bigger before I actually start looking pregnant.  Considering my hips have already expanded (and I already had childbearing hips!!), I can guarantee you I won’t be one of those chicks that don’t look pregnant from the back…

Here’s a before an after for you.  Two pictures from June, the first one before I found out I was pregnant, the second one when I was about 6 or 7 weeks?


And today – two pictures, because I think it’s totally weird how I look like I have a bump in the bottom picture but not on the top.  Look at the difference on the stomach!  So odd!  Who knew I had a fatter side?  How do I only find this out days before my 33rd birthday?


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Off to Shanghai!

For real, I got back from Singapore on Wednesday afternoon, haven’t even had time to share pictures from that trip yet (or from our trip to the US, I’m super far behind), then tonight we fly out to Shanghai, for another 48-hour adventure in a foreign city.

The good news?  As of early this week, nausea seems to be gone – I even went to the gym yesterday, and though it wasn’t pretty, it was doable.  I didn’t want to push myself, so I just did one set of each exercise, instead of my usual 3 to 4 sets, but hopefully that means I’m not getting super sore.

I felt great afterwards, and if it wasn’t for the huge pinky toe blister I brought back as a souvenir from Singapore, I would have tackled the treadmill too, but I decided that I rather have functioning feet for sightseeing in Shanghai after all.

But then, an hour later I collapsed in bed and took a long nap because I was just so TIRED.  I’m officially in my second trimester now (yay!), and I heard the fatigue should start to improve.  Here’s waiting…  But yeah, I bet all the traveling is not helping.

After we get back from Shanghai, it’ll be another 20+ days until I go frolicking to another country, so I’ll have plenty of time to *finally* finish the update here on my trip to Chiang Mai (there are elephant pictures waiting to be shared!), post some pics from the US (though I didn’t take many, because I suck), and of course, a few shots from Singapore (which I loved loved loved more than last time, probably because it’s off season and not new year’s so it just wasn’t as crowded so I was super relaxed?  And the hotel’s breakfast included amazing cheese?).

But of course, I can’t leave you without a teaser, some iphone shots of me, Emi (my awesome travel mate!) and of course, baby Trunk.




Filed under Asia, Traveling in Asia