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Aiming for Balanced

Full-disclosure: I am a SparkPeople-turned-MyFitnessPal addict.

I am well-versed in counting calories, tracking sugar and sodium intake, monitoring daily activities, etc.

Yet, things have changed.

My diet and activity level over the last 7 months has been vastly different from my “normal” habits. The truth is, with the arrival of our little guy only two short months away, it’s time to start rethinking my habits. Yes, I’ve been enjoying my fair-share of indulgences whilst pregnant. Pfffft, why shouldn’t I? However, all along, I’ve kept in mind that I’d like to return to my “normal” eating/fitness habits as soon as possible.

The truth is, it’s been difficult.

I enjoy being active. I enjoy cooking healthy meals. I certainly enjoy seeing the results of hard work.

For example, I had every intention of continuing to run throughout as much of my pregnancy as possible. Instead, I missed out on two half-marathons in the fall because my body wasn’t in a place to train. Hell, the first trimester can be summed up like this: feeling hungover every single morning without the thrill of actually getting drunk the night before.

By the time the second trimester rolled around, I felt great. I actually felt pretty fantastic. I walked some, but I was afraid to run.

I hadn’t run in months.

The fitness aspect of my life fell completely to the wayside because I was terrified to push myself past “uncomfortable”.

I wanted so badly to run, but I didn’t want to injure myself or overdo it and somehow threaten my baby’s life.

You see, it’s too easy to read about the woman who gave birth hours after finishing a marathon in Chicago and wonder why that couldn’t be me. But hey, all pregnancies are different!

The bottom line is, my whole life is about to change. I don’t know what I’m in for. I do know that I’m not aiming for an outrageously perfect lifestyle.

I’m just over here aiming for balanced.

xo Cassie


  1. If anyone can do it Cassie, you can! I like your outlook on life, I love that you are in a safe place in life with a great man at your side, and that together a dear little boy will be loved very much and taken care of so well.

    You are right though – your life is about to change as you become parents. There may be some things put on hold for a while, however you will love all the new challenges, and you being you, will manage it all so well.

    Stay well –
    With love, your proud Grandma X

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      This comment just made my whole day! Thank you for always being so supportive. Things are certainly going to change, but it’s so helpful to know that Richard and I have such a loving support system. Xx

  2. When I was pregnant the two things that got me through were prenatal yoga and believe it or not, moderate weight lifting. If you’re not into lifting it’s probably not a great time to start, but the yoga was incredible. It reduced water retention and your increased body weight makes the poses really challenging. I couldn’t stand yoga before and I haven’t been able to stand it since, but while pregnant it was just what I needed.

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Tressa, thanks for your comment and it’s so great to hear from you!

      I do actually enjoy lifting weights! Again, it’s been quite a few months, so if I started back up, I’d go way easy on it. But hey, it would help my arms get used to the idea of holding a heavy baby for hours on end! I have my first-ever prenatal yoga class tomorrow evening and I can’t wait! I am hoping that it will alleviate some of the general body stiffness as well as be an outlet to just unplug and relax.

      Thank you for the tips — every little bit of advice helps!

  3. Well, nothing wrong with aimig high, Cassandra! good for you already being so fit and such. It will pay off for both you and the baby. I wish I could say I love to cook at all but I do bake now and then. 🙂 And yes, can and do cook to actually but jsut not as much as we should since neither of us are great at it, sorry to say!

    Parenthood–the toughest job you will ever love. Yes, life is about to change and seeing that little boy, knowing you and Richard are all that keep him alive is such an incredible sense of responsibility but the wonders of it all knows no bounds. 🙂

    • Oh, I guess you go by Cassie, actually but hey, both are good.

      Just wanted to add that whilst we don’t run, we do walk quite bit and thank goodness for that. now, mind you, if I didn’t run like I was made of rubber bands maybe I would! lol.

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