Allie: First off, congratulations mama! We’re so excited for you! We know this is your first baby, how has your pregnancy been thus far?
Kalene: It’s definitely had its ups and downs. I feel fortunate in that I had almost no morning sickness, but I was plagued with horrible headaches for 4 months straight. I’m feeling much better now though!
Allie: It must have been challenging to keep up with your workouts with headaches everyday. How has being pregnant changed your workouts?
Kalene: Being pregnant has been a very humbling experience. I will be the first to admit that I am extremely competitive and stubborn (she laughs). Having to modify the weight used in my workouts and seeing my running times get slower has been a tough pill to swallow, but I keep reminding myself that I’m making ANOTHER HUMAN BEING! But finding alternative activities like hiking and running 5k’s has been great!
Allie: Do you have any advice for other first time moms?
Kalene: Yes, keep moving! As long as you were working out before you got pregnant, continue to do so. Growing up, I always had awesome fitness role models. My paternal grandma was a lieutenant nurse in the Navy during WWII, I’m telling you, even at 70 something years young this woman was no joke! I think she’s where I got my knack for teaching great boot camps! My maternal grandmother lived to be 98 and until her very final years was like the energizer bunny! She never got her driver license, not because she couldn’t, but because she preferred to walk EVERYWHERE! Growing up and watching them, I’ve always thought that as long as you keep moving and are strong willed nothing can stop you. I’ve really tried to adopt that same philosophy during this pregnancy. Since I was working out consistently before I got pregnant, my Dr. gave me the OK to continue doing so. I really think continuing to stay active is what has kept my energy levels up. I can see how it would be REALLY easy to use pregnancy as an excuse and glue myself to the couch all day watching Sex and the City reruns!
Allie: What has been your greatest challenge thus far?
Kalene: I recently received some negative comments on social media for announcing a 5k I plan to do in January and additional negative comments from a friend about continuing to perform certain weight-training movements throughout my pregnancy. As far as judgment is concerned, what may seem too “hard core” to one person, could in fact, be very modified or scale downed. On the other hand, what may seem low intensity to one person, could be extremely challenging to another. I see so much negativity and comparison in women, wouldn’t it be amazing if we all just supported each other and didn’t judge until you’ve walked a day in that persons shoes?
Allie: That’s very true and a great point. Have you had any strange pregnancy cravings?
Kalene: Yes! In the beginning of my pregnancy I was obsessed with watermelon and I don’t even like watermelon! Now I’m crazy for oranges! Oh and salt and vinegar almonds! It’s been a challenge having so many holiday sweets around, because I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I’ve been able to fill those cravings with healthy alternatives. I also keep a food journal and write down everything I eat and drink. I’ve found that when I’m conscience of what I’m choosing to put in my body, I make better choices. Pinterest is also great, I’ll admit I’m slightly addicted to Pinterest, they are my go-to source for finding healthy and exciting recipes!
Allie: Do you worry about losing your pregnancy weight?
Kalene: I’m only human, so of course! Maybe even more so, because I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 10 years and have always been a big believer in leading by example, so I put extra pressure on myself. But I’m confident that since I’ve been following a healthy and very active lifestyle for many years and I know what works for my body, that it will work once again. I’m also really excited to announce that Sweat & Flow will be expanding it’s Group X classes to include Stroller Fit in the Spring of 2015. I have a whole new appreciation for helping moms get in the best shape of their lives!
Allie: So this pregnancy has even inspired you to expand your Boot Camps! That’s great! Well thank you so much for meeting with me, and best of luck with your soon to be new addition!
Kalene: Thank you so much! We’re so excited, 2015 is going to be a great year for Sweat & Flow!
Allie Whitesides is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She has been in the fitness industry for over 16 year and is currently a fitness/nutritional coach for DailyBurn.com and Fitness Concierge/Personal Trainer at CLAY Health Club + Spa.