Define Brave with Katie K.

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I am thrilled to announce that I am an ambassador for the Katie K Activewear line.

There are TONS of activewear brands out there now to choose from with prices that run the gamut from super affordable to half a month’s rent. The common factor that many brands seem to have, however, is that everything seems to be designed for women who have already attained a fitness model physique.

That’s why I love Katie K. Katie’s platform is “define brave.” Katie’s definition of brave is being the best you, you can be. Brave also comes in all shapes and sizes…

Between new runners at the store and new clients looking to get into shape, I see so many women working out in old T-shirts and cotton lounge pants. Not only does the cotton absorb sweat and weigh them down, they seem uncomfortable and un-empowered. It may sound silly, but great fitting and flattering fitness apparel can really make a difference.

The Katie K Active Signature Collection is a new premium line for sizes Small to 3X which empowers you to BRAVE YOUR ELEMENTS while leading a healthy and enriched life. The Katie K Active Signature Collection is the perfect blend of STYLE MEETS FUNCTION for your daily sweat sessions. The Katie K Active Signature Collection ends the search for a versatile wardrobe that will take you from yoga class, to the gym, to your coffee date, and everywhere in between. With the Katie K Active Signature Collection, you and your girlfriends can feel great about how you look while working out, or even on those crazy days that you didn’t quite make it to the gym. The Katie K Active Signature Collection with double-fit technology will ELEVATE YOUR CONFIDENCE, giving you the motivation to perform at your best.

I’ve been rocking my free flow cardigan almost every day; it’s the perfect cover up for warm-ups or quick errands.

Kaie K Active Free Flow Cardigan in Black

The length of the walking pant is adjustable and the wide waist band is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for this entire pregnancy.

Katie K Active Signature Walking Pant in Black

Katie K Active Signature Walking Pant in Black

I love how breezy the burnout tank is, and the drawstring sides compliment my bump without making my butt look flat.

Katie K Active Signature Burnout Tank in Vivid Blue

Katie K Active Signature Burnout Tank in Vivid Blue

Prices are comparable to the market and the quality is better than a certain subscription service that I’ve used in the past. I’m trying not to buy too many more clothes until after baby comes, but I can’t wait to get my hands on those signature urban capris!

Why not give Katie K a try? Use code SAM15 for 15%off and free shipping!

Disclaimer: I received the apparel pictured for free as part of my ambassador contract. All opinions are my own.

My Top 5 Pregnancy Must-Haves

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At nearly 6 months along (almost 3rd trimester – yay!) I’ve been through a LOT of ups and downs with this pregnancy. I feel very lucky to have been able to stay as active as I have, and honestly feel like I’m in the healthiest and best shape of my life.

Staying this active hasn’t exactly been easy and there have been plenty of days where I want to zone out on the couch and eat bags of jellybeans. I started putting together a list of my pregnancy must-haves, and realized that most of these things are what help me continue to be so on top of my fitness game. Yes, I consumed a LOT of ginger during the first trimester, and Healthy Mama still gets used on the reg, but these 5 items are really helping me survive this whole growing a person thing while maintaining a pretty challenging fitness regimen.

Snoogle Original by LEACHCO

Snoogle Original by LEACHCO

Let’s face it – no way you’re going to workout if you didn’t sleep the night before. While I don’t exactly sleep through the night, having this body pillow allows me to get mostly comfortable and fall asleep faster to begin with. I’m generally a back or stomach sleeper, so the whole side-sleeping thing has been an adjustment and this pillow has been a HUGE help. TJ bought it for me after I whined for a few weeks about wanting one, because he’s the best.

Adidas UltraBoost

Adidas UltraBoost

Swollen, achey feet suck. Adidas Ultra Boost helps it suck less. Normally I’m a firm, minimal shoe kinda girl, but I’ve needed some cushioning love to get through my harder workouts – especially the LA Half Marathon. I was already in love with Boost before the Ultra came out, and it’s no secret I’m biased towards Adidas in general, but I really love these shoes. The knit upper stretches with my foot throughout the day and breathes like a dream, and the sock fit makes them super easy to get on and off. The boost material is super cushioned but still really responsive, which is important when you’re trying not to fall on your face. I have the black ones but I’m lusting after this Tangerine color.

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

While many people like to use pregnancy as an excuse to eat for two, you really only need to take in an extra 300 calories each day. However, because I was used to eating a calorie deficit for weight loss prior to my pregnancy, it’s a LOT of extra calories for me. Add in the amount of exercise I do, and we’re looking at the caloric requirements of a male bodybuilder. Because the surge has a continuous heart rate monitor, I know how many calories I need to replenish throughout the day. I stopped trying to keep my HR at 140 and rely instead on the talk-test, but it’s nice to be able to keep an eye on it during more intense solo workouts where I have no one to talk-test to. It also links to MyFitnessPal, so I have everything in one place which is super convenient. It’s also really motivating on days where I’m feeling lazy to at least try to get some additional steps in.

Heating Pad

Heating Pad

Things hurt during pregnancy. And by things I mean ALL OF THE THINGS. I started getting lower back and sciatica pain a few days before LA Marathon, so TJ went to Target and got me the Sunbeam Moist and Dry Heating Pad. I haven’t used the moist option yet, but the heating pad is awesome. I’ve used it almost everywhere at this point, including on some pretty terrible knots that developed in my calves after the marathon. Now I mostly use it for lower back flare ups which seem to happen after running… not gonna stop me!

Insulated Cold Cup with Straw

Insulated Cold Cup with Straw

Everyone knows that drinking water is super important during pregnancy. When you work out a lot, you need to drink even MORE water. I’ve been carrying this guy with me since Christmas (TJ got it at a Starbucks back in NH on clearance – cheap AND no sales tax!) and I swear water tastes better in this cup. I think it has something to do with ALWAYS being cold in combination with the slight metallic taste of drinking through the straw. Regardless, having it with me is a constant reminder to stay hydrated. Plus I really like the colors.

What helps you stay active? Anything I’m missing in my list?

17 Weeks Bumpdate

It’s been a pretty crazy week between events at work and TJ’s birthday/work travel prep.

Had a check-in with the OB this morning; she said the heartbeat sounds really strong, so we’re in good shape!

Been using my ClassPass as much as my schedule allows. LOVED a TRX class I took at Sandbox Fitness. All of their classes take place in a giant sandbox, reducing the impact on joints (pregnancy bonus #1) while increasing the challenge of balance (pregnancy bonus #2).

Tried YAS for the first time yesterday. I liked the idea of it… the cycling room is in a big warehouse style space, and the instructor had a Scottish accent so I could barely understand a word that she said during the spin portion. The yoga portion was fine, although I had to modify about 10 minutes of it because we were supposed to be on our backs. I didn’t get the chance to tell her I was pregnant so I probably just looked like a crazy person.

Got a Stich Fix, but I’m lame and didn’t take any pictures. Overall, the maternity stuff was WAY pricier than I was willing to spend (they sent me a $140 jersey dress – maternity size and it was a little big on me anyway; cocktail cut, but still!) and I ended up keeping a regular sized maxi dress that I liked (but still thought was a little pricey for a jersey maxi) so I wouldn’t lose the stylist credit. The stuff was cute, overall. One top I really liked, but it was more of a fall/winter style and I don’t really need that anymore. It’s already turning to summer this weekend here!

Not that I’ll be here… headed to Miami Thursday morning for a mini-babymoon during TJ’s work trip. We’ll only really have one full day to ourselves, but it’s better than nothing! I’m looking forward to getting a break for a couple days. Hopefully we’ll take some pictures and I can show off my maternity shopping finds.

I got this shirt and shorts at Old Navy for 30% off!

17 Weeks and my first actual maternity outfit.

17 Weeks and my first actual maternity outfit.

Bumpdate – 17 Weeks

How far along?  17 weeks and 4 days

Total weight gain: 3.5 lbs. total

Stretch marks?:  No, but I get very itchy

Maternity clothes: Did some shopping at Old Navy (t-shirt, shorts and a dressy maxi) and kept a casual maxi from my Stitch Fix.

Belly Button in or out?: Totally still in

Sleep: Decent. I don’t sleep well alone, so having TJ gone is a huge bummer, but so far I’m exhausted enough that I can at least fall asleep initially.

Best moment this week: Spending Saturday afternoon shopping at Big Lots, Target and Ikea for home stuff, and getting baby ideas.

Worst moment this week: Monday morning post- fettuccine alfredo. I had to cancel my first client and spent a LOT of time in the bathroom. It wasn’t pretty.

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my back

Movement: A few fluttery popcorn moments here and there

Food cravings: Starburst jellybeans, frozen fruit bars, goat cheese & bacon (together), pasta

Aversions: Most meat (chicken especially), cooked vegetables, certain coffee

Have you started to show yet: Yep, but to most people I probably still just look chubby. It’s not hard yet.

Symptoms: Round Ligament Pain, mild headaches, fatigue and lots of peeing.

Happy or Moody most of the time:
 Pretty moody, but trying to be happy!

Workouts: Loving TRX at Sandbox Fitness, but still running and doing regular stuff at the gym.

What I’m reading: Turnaround Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield – pretty good, but sometimes he’s too mushy and emo, even for me.

Looking forward to: The roommates moving out so we can organize our stuff a bit more. Our Miami trip in two days!