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Toned Up Tuesday: Full Body Third Trimester Prenatal Workout

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For #toneduptuesday, I wanted to share a workout video that my friend and fellow fit mom, Tracy, and I filmed recently. We are both 28 weeks pregnant with our second baby. Join us whether you’re pregnant or not for this full body workout–I guarantee you’ll feel the burn!

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xoxoxoxo,
Monica Bencomo

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Mommy Monday: 27 Week Pregnancy Vlog

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Hey guys!

For #MommyMonday, I wanted to share my pregnancy vlog…Can you believe I’m in the third trimester already?! I am stoked.

This week, I’m up 30 pounds, craving cake for breakfast, and gearing up to move. Also, we just finished shooting our maternity pics–I can’t wait to share them with you this week!

 

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Thanks for the love–for subscribing, sharing, and liking.

Let’s make it a great week!

xoxxoxoxoxox
Monica Bencomo

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Revitalizing Fruit Smoothie Recipe

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If you’ve read my book 7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom or follow me on my social media, then you know my love for smoothies.

 

Today for Fitness Friday, I wanted to share an easy fruit smoothie recipe you can add into your summer rotation.

 

The antioxidant and detoxifying vitamins in this recipe will contribute to glowing skin, healthy digestion, revitalizing energy, as well as weight loss. Try it today and share this with your friends!

 

Ingredients:

✔ 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
✔ 1 cup strawberries
✔ 1 banana
✔ 1 tablespoon of Flaxseeds
✔ Handful of ice

Add ingredients in the order listed above. Blend until smooth. serves 1 to 2, depending on your hunger ;-) .

Xoxoxoxo
Monica Bencomo

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Key Question to Ask Yourself When Making Decisions (#WisdomWednesday)

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Continuing with the daily themes, today’s Wisdom Wednesday post is going to be about a method–(that is quite simple I might add) that I use personally to make decisions.

At different times in our lives, we’re faced with indecision. It’s incredibly common. Perhaps your logic is battling your intuition, or vice versa.

 

 

If you read my book, 7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom, then you know a simple trick I use to ease uncomfortable indecision is to ask myself the following question:

What would you guide yourself to do if you were 80 years old looking back on your life?

The benefit to asking this question is that it immediately puts your values into perspective. If we have clearly defined values, making decisions and saying “no” when necessary to things that aren’t aligned with your grand vision become easy. :)

From deciding if we should move out of state or not, to even deciding whether or not I wanted more children, I have used this method.

I used this question when grappling with indecision about having more kids. I already had Eliel, and had a pretty ambitious, busy lifestyle. My logic kept saying: Keep growing your business and going to school full time–have another baby when you’re 30.

But my intuition begged to differ–When I asked the 80 year old version of myself which would bring me lasting happiness–to have another child now or wait–the answer became clear. The vision I saw long term for my family was a family of four. We were pregnant by the next month. :)

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Too often, we live in a “quick fix” mentality, and look for easy answers, but these quick fixes often contradict our values.

 

So!–a quick homework assignment:

 

1) Think about a big decision you’ve been trying to make

2) Close your eyes and relax. Breath in and out. Make sure you’re alone.

3) Once relaxed, envision yourself on a hospital bed at a very old age. Walk up to this older version of you (as you are today), grab his or her hand, and ask the question you wish guidance for.

4) Chances are, the answer that is right for you and your unique path will come to surface.

 

Try this exercise and let me know in the comments below what happened and if a shift occurred. Thank you for reading, sharing, and subscribing!

xoxoxox

Monica Bencomo

 

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8 Pillars of Fitness During Pregnancy

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One day, you woke up to a positive pregnancy test and realized that your life changed forever. :-)

Perhaps, like me, you were into fitness prior to conceiving and wondered how to continue safely. Or conversely, you hadn’t really been on any workout regimen, and wanted to start something for the health and well-being of you and your baby.

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All of the questions and emails I receive regarding fitness during pregnancy has inspired this very post. My goal is to give women some common guidelines they can use during pregnancy to stay healthy and feeling good. But of course, you must consult with your physician- especially if you have special concerns with your pregnancy.

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Alright, let’s get started:

Guidelines for a healthy, fit pregnancy:

1) Generally, it is safe to continue your workout routine in the first trimester as you were doing so prior to conceiving

2) If you were not working out prior to conception, it is a great idea to start a fitness routine. Obviously, you don’t want to start off doing CrossFit or Insanity during pregnancy, but walking, swimming, and the basic elements of fitness like bicep curls, shoulder press, and squats with light two pound dumbbells should do the trick.

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3) Squat. Often. Why? Not only do squats help prepare your body for labor, but they give you great looking glutes! ;-)

4) If you are in pain or feel uncomfortable during your prenatal workout, stop. I had a woman write me an email and say that every time she jogged, her abdomen hurt. Clearly, if this is the case, listen to your body and rest. I recommended that she obviously speak with her doctor first, and try walking instead. She said the pain went away when doing so. No two pregnant women are like. What your pregnant friend may do during her pregnancy workouts may not work for you and the vice versa. Listen to your body’s intuition and wisdom, always.

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5) Know that pregnancy fatigue is normal all throughout pregnancy. During my first trimester, I was exhausted. My workouts had to take a backseat to allow my changing body to begin growing new life. And now that sleep interruptions have begun, fatigue has taken on a new face. When I absolutely need to rest, I do not push my body. As pregnant women, our primary job is to nurture and grow our new baby. Generally, rest if you are over fatigued, and know the difference between exhaustion and indolence.

6) Plan your workouts. For me, that means incorporating my high energy toddler. We love going outside for walks and jogs. You don’t have to do anything fancy to feel accomplished for the day. A 10 minute walk is much better than nothing!

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7) Don’t compare your pregnancy to anyone else’s. I look bigger than some pregnant women, and smaller than others. I follow pregnant women on my Instagram, but I don’t get caught up in the comparison game. Follow others for inspiration, but remember God prepared your body to carry your baby in your own unique way :-) .

8) Drink water more than any other beverage. Avoid sodas. Aim to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats such as avocados. Should you indulge in cravings? Yes! But only in slight moderation. I may allow myself to have some ice cream in the evening, but I’ve already had my greens smoothie and 2 liters of water for the day :-)

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If you have any questions about this list, or comments you’d like to share, leave them below. I’d love to hear from you!

#toneduptuesday

XOXO
Monica Bencomo

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26 Weeks Pregnancy Vlog

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Hey guys! I’m starting a new series on my blog where each day of the week I do a certain blog category, and today is #MommyMonday!! (One of my favorites). For this episode and Mommy Monday blog, I am sharing my latest pregnancy vlog that I normally upload to my Youtube. Mommy Monday will cover various topics around motherhood. Feel free to submit your comments/suggestions of what you’d like to see here or on one of my social media channels. Also, make sure you’re subscribed here on my blog–it’s free! Tomorrow’s #TonedUpTuesday! :)

 

xoxoxxoxo

Monica Bencomo

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Univision Gender Reveal Video

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Happy Friday!

 

For #FlashbackFriday, I wanted to do a post with our official gender reveal video recorded for the Labor of Love Reality Series for Univision.

How did I feel when we found out? Well, you’ll see…shocked, elated, and divinely blessed! I thought we were having another boy, and had gotten comfortable with that idea (the salty food cravings, Inteligender test said boy, etc). But low and behold, Eliel’s going to have a little sister!!!!!!! (Thumbs up for one of each!!)

 

 

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments below. Strangers STILL come up to me to this day at 27 weeks pregnant and guess it’s a boy due to how I’m carrying. Lol.

 

Enjoy your weekend!!

 

xoxxoxo

 

Monica Bencomo

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26 Weeks Pregnancy Workout: Video

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Happy Toned Up Tuesday!

 

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This video for Toned Up Tuesday features one of my favorite fellow fit moms, my friend Tracy who is also due late September :) .

 

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The moves in this video can, of course, be done if you are not expecting as well. If you need a little more challenge, add dumbbells or added reps to the mix!

 

 

 

Thanks for watching and subscribing on my Youtube. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite move was!

 

xoxoxo

Monica Bencomo

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Working Out While Pregnant: Yay or Nay?

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Perhaps most of you have been there.

 

You’re loading up your groceries or picking up your toddler and a well meaning stranger cautions: “Let me help you! You shouldn’t be doing that.”

 

The “condition” that sparked this conversation was your burgeoning belly–you’re pregnant!

 

 

 

 

Now, I am blessed to not get many judgmental glares while I workout. At they gym, many would look over at me and smile in admiration and understanding that my goal was to stay active during pregnancy. And when I’m jogging or walking outdoors with my toddler, strangers tend to do the same thing even if shocked primarily.

 

Here’s the thing: One’s ability to accept a woman working out has much to do with their knowledge on the subject.

 

Most women who choose to workout during pregnancy are well-versed in the dangers and advantages of doing so, and usually were very active beforehand.

 

What is interesting and what I want to share is: it is not only beneficial for women to stay active during pregnancy, but it can be more harmful to abstain from physical activity when you already were prior to conception.

 

Of course, the best thing is to check in with your doctor before beginning a regimen while expecting–I know I did.

 

But I feel anything but guilty when I’m exercising with my daughter in my belly–I feel proud! I listen to my body, avoid jumps or exercises on my back, and watch my heart rate.

 

Being aware of the advantages of prenatal workouts–shorter, easier labor, easier time losing baby weight, and studies have even shown that your child is even more intelligent if mom is active!–helps ease my concern if someone does caution me against moving my behind while expecting.

 

Did you workout while you were pregnant? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on pregnant women working out? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

 

xoxoxox

Monica Bencomo

 

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5 Must Haves for Pregnancy

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Hey guys!

 

Today, I am 21.9 weeks pregnant, and feeling the most energetic I’ve felt in a looooong time. :)

 

Lately I’ve been focusing on allowing myself to rest when needed and overall just exemplifying some good ole’ self love.

 

My go-go mentality has taken a much needed back seat now that I am expecting baby number 2. Society puts a lot of value on ambition, and it has been quite the journey for me learning to, well…relax.

 

Pregnancy is a powerful time of transformation for a woman. It is a time to look inward, fulfill your needs, and be a bit selfish. THE most important things are when a woman is expecting 1) the growing baby and 2) mom. And I’m proud to say that I have learned the value of saying “no” during this pregnancy. People pleasing is no longer an automatic response from me. I only say “yes” to things out of love, not obligation or guilt.

 

Below, check out a short list of must haves for pregnancy. This is the list I’ve utilized for this pregnancy. It’s made all the positive difference physically and emotionally, and I wanted to share it with you. :)

 

5 Must Haves for Pregnancy

 

1) A great prenatal

New Chapter gave me this product sample, and I eagerly accepted. I love New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal because I don’t have to eat before taking it. It has whole-food cultured ingredients with beneficial probiotics, is Non-GMO Project Verified, and is made with organic vegetables and herbs. New Chapter gave me Perfect Prenatal to sample, and when I found out I was pregnant, I had no doubt in my mind that these were the multivitamins I wanted to take.”

 

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2) A pregnancy journal

Pregnancy brings up all sort of repressed issues and emotions–things we may have subconsciously tried to stuff under the rug. What has really helped me stay sane and mentally healthy is writing in my journal–daily. I’ve found that releasing thoughts on to paper has miraculous effects on the psyche.

 

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3) Cute and Comfy Maternity Clothes

With my first pregnancy, I was completely unprepared with how to dress my bump. This time around, I realize you can be both comfortable and fashionable. I love the dresses from Figure 8 Maternity. Anything I order from home, throw on, and feel cute is a winner to me!

 

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4)  Support System

Having women to talk to (whom I trust) has been oh so needed during this pregnancy. Yes, it is helpful to write things out in your journal, but sometimes you need to rally your sisterhood for support and love. My husband is great, but there is no substitute for divine feminine wisdom.

 

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5) Time to Nurture YOU

This one is essential and often overlooked. Taking time to do the things that make me smile does wonders for my pregnancy and mood. I know that the happier I feel, the more benefits go to my growing baby girl. So, I exercise outdoors, I make nourishing meals, and spend time with those whom make me smile.

 

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How do you take care of yourself during pregnancy? And if you’re no longer pregnant, how did you take care of yourself while you were expecting?

 

Remember, we can’t be the best moms or wives we can be if our own cup is empty, so to speak. Take care of you first, and your whole family will reap those benefits, not just you!

 

xoxoxo,

 

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