Pumping and needing iron

Someone hasn’t been able to start her day.

bell

She’s laying on the couch until she feels like fully waking up ;)

The Pilot and I slept in a little –he flew late again last night so I’ll stay up until he’s on the ground safe, and then hang out when he gets home- and then hit the gym this morning.

It was legs day <— a day I always kind of dread, but feel soooooo good when it’s over!

Friday Frenzy Legs Workout

[Check with a doc if you plan to try this routine on your own]

Warm-up 5 minutes, elliptical (moderate)
Right leg lunge 15 with 8 lb weights in each hand
Bodypump-style squats Down for 2, up for 2; down for 3, up for 1; singles up and down (5 of each)
Left leg lunge 15 with 8 lb weights in each hand
*Repeat lunges, squats, lunges 2 more times for a total of 3 of each exercise  
Side-laying leg raises All the way up, halfway down (10 times), pulse 15 times, circle to the front and back each 10 times (3 sets on right and left leg)
Calf raises 50
Plie squat with stability ball squeeze 3 sets of 15
Cool down and stretch  

I’m saving cardio for later today- I tend to get a better workout when I split up weights and cardio, especially when the weather is nice and I can go outside, or take a class at work.

When I got home, I settled down with a cup of minty hot chocolate

tea

and started to plan out the day.

We have a lot of fun stuff going on this weekend (squadron party, fall festival, making another baby meal, birthday BBQ for that one guy I’m in love with), so I just have to run some errands and get things ready. Hoping I can sneak in an acupuncture appointment in there, too :)

Breakfast:

eggrito

A 2 egg-rito with a little butter melted into the tortilla + salad. It makes me think of my childhood- madre would hand me an egg-rito to eat on the way to school. Good stuff.

I’m out!

See ya laterrrrr <3

xoxo

Gina

Something to talk about: How are your October goals going? We still have a little over a week to crank them out! I still need to plan a picnic and do a 5k- the rest are in the works :)

Also, can anyone recommend an iron supplement that isn’t too horrible? I just got my blood test results from last week, and normal iron levels are 11.5-16.0, and I’m at 11.2 :/ Looks like it’s supplement time over here.

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  1. oh also, when i asked if i could just eat more iron rich food when my levels were too low, doc said it wouldn’t be enough.

  2. Mega Food blood builder, 100% whole food. It was recommended to me because I have had terrible GI problems with iron supplements in the past and I’ve had no trouble with it, plus it’s working.

  3. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=hema-plex&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=667&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14351148701931815888&sa=X&ei=G_mhTtyHO6mLsgKizuS3BQ&ved=0CG8Q8wIwAQ

    Try Nature’s Plus Hema-Plex. My Naturopathic Doc recommended it to me and I love it. Plus, it’s whole foods based so it’s wholly hepato-supportive. I feel better taking it, and don’t have issues digesting it. Though it’s better digested/absorbed on an empty stomach, sometimes that makes me a bit nauseous so I prefer to take my first dose 5-10 mins before breakfast. :) The major downside, in my opinion is that depending on the form you get it in, you either take it 2 times a day or 3 times a day. But I notice results, so I think it’s worth it. Especially because it’s affordable and I can find it at my local supplement shop.

  4. Great leg workout! I don’t dread leg workouts themselves… I dread the day after. Working out my lower body always makes me so sore! :P

  5. Since your iron level is not at a dangerously low level, I would ask the doctor/midwife if they would be ok with trying to raise the level without a pill supplement for one month. You seem to still be eating a good amount of foods higher in iron but adding such things as blackstrap molasses, beets, and red meat once a week if you can tolerate it might be worth a try.
    Bella looks soooo sleepy in that picture. Perfect picture of how I feel today.
    Can’t wait to rock the legs workout this weekend!

  6. any day with weights is a good day! love weights
    October doesn’t really have any big goals, main thing is to begin training for next years races. like the (my first) triathlon i registered for.. eep!

  7. I’ve had trouble with my iron levels too, and the only thing I could stomach (and that didn’t make me constipated-which can be a huge issue when pregnant!) is the kids’ flinstone with iron (though I take a generic) I’m pretty sure the rest of the components are comparable with a prenatal, so it might be a good substitute!

  8. The best iron supplement I know if is called Blood Builder by Mega Foods. It is made from beet extract, is non constipating and really effective!

  9. That is the cutest picture of sweet bella!

  10. my holistic doc prescribed a chelated iron compound supplement that is supposedly easier for your body to absorb. she calls it into a compounding pharmacy. it works for me though and definitely doesn’t upset my tummy! good luck :)

  11. That popcorn with jalapenos looks so good! Have you ever tried putting hot sauce (like Tabasco) on your popcorn? So spicy and good! Of course there are lots of varieties with much less sodium too.

  12. MegaFood blood builder. Top of the line vitamin company that is always 100% whole food derived.

  13. Iron normally messes with my stomach, but I took this one all last summer and thought it was great:
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=vita+c+iron&gs_upl=5901l6046l0l6229l2l2l0l0l0l1l202l366l0.1.1l2l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=702&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=5521445322682051064&sa=X&ei=ztmiTruiLcGoiQKE37FG&ved=0CHAQ8wIwBA

    Maybe TMI, but I think the vitamin C helps, erm, keep things moving (and helps with iron absorption!), so you don’t get the frozen intestinal tract that normally comes with taking iron.

  14. This is a great iron supplement, it’s whole-food so it won’t upset your stomach and it’s gluten free and certified organic.
    http://www.newchapter.com/targeted-vitamins-nutrients/every-womans-iron-support#product-information

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