OLYMPIC CHAMPION | ENTREPRENEUR | MUM
WELCOME to my site – a place to share and reflect on the life experiences I’ve had as a professional athlete, mum, wife and business owner. A place to share my journey and the amazing people who have helped me get the best out of myself. It’s also a place for random snippets relating to food, family, travel and gear I can’t seem to do without. Enjoy!
I’m pretty sure I’ve worn these Lululemon Yogini Trouser Pants 5 out of the 7 days this week! I LOVE them and the low rise waist band are are perfect for my expanding belly. I’ve worn them with joggers, wedges, booties and heels and I’m thinking I’ll jump online and grab myself another pair in black. They are soooo comfy as well as flattering…..you literally can’t get me out of these at the moment:)
Our bub is the size of a capsicum!
What a fun and productive week. Still cruising on the pregnancy front and just waiting patiently for the day I feel the first kick and poke. Shouldn’t be too much longer now. I most excited for Kai to feel some movement form his future sibling. I think that moment will be priceless. I’m not feeling any unpleasant symptoms this week….other than fatigue, but that’s what happens when you burn the candle from both ends!
This week was a real mixed bag. I finished off a TV presenter course which has been a heap of fun and a great learning experience. I’m really excited to get my showreel pieced together….who knows where it will lead! There were meetings on top of meetings and a a promo shoot for the charity Liptember which I am an ambassador for. Liptember runs throughout the month of September and aims to raise awareness of and donates proceeds to Women’s mental health research.
Our bub weighs as much as a turnip!
It was a busy week this week with interstate trips, work, doctor checkups as well as heading back to Mt Buller to catch the spring snow and the annual Abom Mogul Challenge. I’m feeling tired in general this week…. and just trying to juggle everything as best as I can.
The 17 week mark is a funny stage of pregnancy. My work out singlets are starting to get tight and I’ve had to pack away some of my non stretch jeans (see you in about 6 months!) I don’t quite look pregnant yet…I just look like I have a gut. It’s the annoying, in between stage. High up in my cupboard I’ve been eye-balling a stuffed garbage bag marked ‘maternity’. I know I’m going to have to haul that down soon enough and pack away the clothes that are now or soon to be redundant. The joys!
Our bub is the size of an avocado!
All ‘growing’ fine this week. One thing that strikes me more this pregnancy (compared to my last) is the difference in my belly size in the AM as opposed to the PM. When I wake up, I generally still look normal and my bump is not overly pronounced, however, come evening and it’s tripled in size! I did some reading up on it…but to my disappointment, I didn’t find any scientific explanation. Forums suggest it’s common symptom and it’s just gas build up throughout the day. However, it would be nice to know for sure and is on my list to ask my obstetrician.
Anyway, I’ve attached my gym program that I’ve been doing whilst in the 2nd trimester. It’s a mixture of exercises I’ve done in the past particularly for pelvis and back stability as well as strength building. They are general exercises that I feel comfortable doing at this stage of my pregnancy. These are in addition to the pelvic floor and TvA exercises I’ve posted previously in week 9 (which I will do throughout my entire pregnancy). It’s important to do all of these exercises slowly and stay focused on control and technique.
* All the exercises I post on this blog are just what I do. I’m familiar with these exercises and my body. They may not be suitable for you. If you’re unsure, get an expert opinion, be sensible with your body and know your capabilities!
Gym workout: 2nd Trimester
Phase 1: Warm up/activation
1. Walking TFL stretch
These days dessert in my house normally consists of a beautiful fruit plate. Neither my husband nor son has a sweet tooth (thankfully) so we just don’t have sweets. However, I do occasionally indulge in the odd favourite. These Finnish versions of cinnamon buns are one of my go-to sweets and best enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee. They also keep well in the freezer, so you can pull them out when the desire strikes.
Makes about 16 small sized buns.
50gr fresh yeast (or 5tsp dried yeast)
½ cup castor sugar
I tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom
200gr butter, softened.
I kg pack of plain flour
100 gr butter, softened
2 heaped tsps cinnamon
½ cup sugar
Coarse sugar or decorating sugar
Dissolve the yeast into lukewarm milk in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt cardamom and egg and mix ingredients together. Add half the four and stir into soft dough. Mix soft butter into the dough and add as much from the rest of the flour as needed. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to the bowl or your hands. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes.
Pour the dough onto a floured board and knead briefly. The dough should feel soft and elastic. Divide the dough into three and roll out one part of the dough into a rectangular sheet approximately 30cmW x 25cmL x 1 cm thick.