Fitness Friday: New Job, New Workout & Causebox Review

Workout Wrap UpSaturday: Booty Barre Total New Body

Sunday: 5k

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 4 miles (ran 1, walked 2, ran 1)

Wednesday: Prenatal Physique

Thursday: 5.1 mile walk

Friday: 5k run (hopefully) + Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

I have been feeling great this week! I finally got the pregnancy belt I ordered off of Amazon so I took that out with me for a run Sunday. That 5k took me 45 minutes lol. I walk a lot to keep my HR under 160. Ain't no shame in my game.

I was pumped to try out a new workout DVD. It's been ages since I bought one and even though I'm doing fine with continuing to use most of my pre-pregnancy workouts I am starting to modify moves more so I thought it would be nice to get a pregnancy specific workout. I read the reviews for many of the top sellers on Amazon as I wanted to find one that was challenging. Holy cow did this one deliver.

bweek2It has 5 different 15 minute workouts: Upper body mat, upper body cardio, lower body barre, lower body sculpt and core. It also has a 5 minute warm-up and 15 minute stretching segment. I did all of the main workouts on Wednesday this week and I was dying the next day. Muscles that haven't been sore on me in ages were aching. I'm so freaking happy I ordered this DVD and will definitely be using it often as the moves can be done throughout your entire pregnancy.

I went for a long walk last night. I worked all day from home and needed the fresh air. I was also hoping to find some fireflies but no luck! I did make this adorable teeny tiny bouquet.

bweekI love dusk.

bweek1I also love this organic ice cream from Publix. I cannot believe it lasted 5 days in my house (I was the only one eating it, Travis had his strawberry shortcake ice cream.)

bweekend3I balanced it out with lots of healthy lunches and dinners thanks to cooking much more than usual! I made my cauliflower curry, roasted tomato and garlic puttanesca, and broccoli & brown rice casserole. I've been more energetic thanks to starting a new job as a standardized test scorer from home. It's been great getting back into a routine again. I definitely thrive on it. I've been working by 7 a.m. every day this week and work until 4-6 p.m.. I take breaks to clean the house, cook, or run errands. The work is monotonous but it's pretty good money and I can work whenever I want as long as I put in a minimum of 20 hours a week (I worked about 35 this week.) It's only a short-term gig, the job will end in a few weeks (whenever all the tests have been scored), but I've heard if you do well then you can expect to get 2-3 jobs a year grading.

A nice treat came when my CAUSEBOX was delivered on Wednesday (they sent me the box complimentary to review.)

IMG_8641CAUSEBOX is a box of socially conscious women's products that is mailed out every season. In each box you receive at least $150 worth of products from socially conscious brands for $44.95 or $54.95 a quarter (depending on the plan.) This is what came in the Spring box:


  • IMG_8644Half united "fighting hunger" necklaces (Retail $34)
  • Denik 'Be the change' journal ($17.99)
  • Tribe alive bracelet ($35)
  • Perf Turkish Towel ($55)
  • "Good Day" sevenly cling ($9.95 - not photoed but looks gorgeous on my bathroom mirror!)
  • Smarty pants vitamins travel packets ($4.25)
  • Good spread peanut butter & honey packet (sample - that I chugged like a champ yesterday. It was delicious.)

My favorite item was definitely the Tribe Alive bracelet. It's handmade by women in Honduras under fair trade working conditions, and I haven't taken it off since I got it. I also love the Turkish towel since Travis and I were just talking about getting a towel to take to the beach and park (it's much bigger than the standard size towels we have at the house.) I really love that you can take a look at what is in the current box to decide if you want to buy it or not. At $50 it is more expensive than most subscription boxes I've seen, but if every item in the box is something you'd love than it's a great value. I think a lot of the items in the box would make great gifts too!

I have a mile long to-do list for this weekend. Now that I'm working an extra 30ish hours a week (on top of the 10-15 I spend on the blog) I have to actually wait until the weekends to get stuff done again like a real live 9 to 5'er. Crazy talk. I'm hoping to get rid of a bunch of junk in my closet and bathroom and finish up sewing the felt animal set for the nursery I started a few weeks ago.

Everything's going great in preggo land. I stalk babycenter at night as I'm laying on my side trying to feel baby move and there was a thread asking how much weight people had gained at the 20 week point. All these women saying 5 pounds, or nothing at all, and I put my 14.5 pound gain. I was shocked when someone replied to my post and asked if my doctor was okay with it! WTF people. Why do women strive to gain as little weight as humanely possible while pregnant? Anyone who starts off with a normal BMI is advised to gain 25-35 pounds. I can gain 20 more pounds and still be in the healthy range. I sure enough had a big ass brownie for dinner last night.

/End pregnancy weight rant.

What are you up to this weekend? Do you subscribe to any boxes?