Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Just Say No

Today's Workout:

While I talked a lot in my last post about the great benefits of exercise while pregnant, I also need to point out the fact that I do tend to take more rest days when pregnant vs. non-pregnant. In general over the last few months, I have been averaging about 4-5 days of working out per week (probably closer to 4 most weeks.) Sundays are always my rest day, pregnant or not, but I tend to take 1-2 additional rest days during the week in order to give my body a bit of a break. It's a lot of work to make a baby after all!! So today was one of those rest days with no formal workout planned (but raising two small children=no REAL rest day, right?!?!)

I did have something interesting happen to me yesterday. I was walking into my doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon when a man stopped me. I really thought he was going to ask me for the time or maybe even directions on how to get someplace, but what he did actually ask me kind of took me by surprise (any guesses???) He asked me....

"Do you have a cigarette?"

Really? Really? I had to chuckle a bit as I said no. I think it's pretty obvious that I'm pregnant at this point and it's hard for me to fathom smoking at all, but especially while pregnant. Unfortunately I do see quite a few pregnant women smoking around town so maybe it wasn't such a weird question to be asking me....but really, shouldn't it be??

This picture is so sad to me. Here's a pregnant woman with a cigarette in one hand, complaining about the effects "on her unborn child from the sound of JACKHAMMERS!!!" (REALLY?!?!?)
(Picture found here)

One thing that I also find really bizarre is to see people smoking outside the gym and then to see them come inside to workout reeking of cigarette smoke. I admire these people for wanting to get healthy, and maybe they are really trying to quit, but it just seems counterproductive to run 30 minutes on the treadmill and then go outside for a smoke. I know nicotine is so powerfully addictive. I have had many friends and family members struggle for years trying to quit only to be drawn back again and again to this deadly habit. I really do admire those who are finally able to kick the habit for good and I'm very grateful I never had the desire to take it up.


  1. I've got to disagree, from your last photo, it's still not UBER OBVIOUS you are pregnant. You're right on the edge...

    I hope to workout the next time I'm pregnant, but I've gotta admit, I have anxiety about it. The 2 weeks I was off bedrest I went for walks and went swimming, had contractions, and ended up on hospital bedrest because of the progress in my labor due to working out. And oh yeah, the fact that it was twins might have had something to do with it. :)

  2. The smoking while pregnant is so sad. I was talking to my husband's cousin who wants to quit smoking and I asked her if she quit when pregnant and she said no. If you have no motivation to quit for your baby then what will give you that motivation? Funny picture and caption though. What gets me is people enjoying nature and smoking. I cannot stand the smell of smoke in the great outdoors.