Someone told me that the second trimester is the BEST ever. While my first trimester was super smooth compared to the many horror stories that I have heard, I did feel like a walking sleeping exhausted person and was eager for that to wear off.
Week 13 was the beginning of the change for the better. I felt my energy increase in my workouts and during the day. The other cool thing was that I wasn't ALWAYS hungry anymore LOL I had a few days in there were I actually felt like myself and that was good. I decided to try a different set up for my workouts and cardio somewhere in the middle of week 13. I have been totally honest about having trouble doing my regular 50 minute to 1 hour lift and then also getting in my cardio for that day. On the days I did both, I was more fatigued and exhausted to the point that it affected my day. I decided to try this new formula- 35 minute lift followed by 30 minutes of cardio intervals. I wrote my plan out and experimented with it over the next 7 days.
The new plan was a complete success! It's amazing how a little change can have huge results. I went from discouraged, frustrated and uncomfortable in my skin to confident, excited and challenged in a week! The other cool thing is that I am SUPER sore LOL soreness for me, means I worked hard and did something that challenged my muscles. All good stuff :)
My BEST workout this week was my Leg Day with a Quad focus. Here it is, just in case you want to try...
Close Stance Smith Machine Squats- 6 sets, 10 reps per set, heavy
Leg Press (feet shoulder width apart, toes slightly turned out)- 6 sets, 10 reps per set, heavy
Leg Extension- 4 sets, 12 reps per set
Walking Double Lunges w/weight- 3 sets, 20 steps per set