Keeping “FIT”

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I’m using the word “fit” loosely here guys, complete with more air quotes. The idea of growing so big scares me but at this point, I don’t really have much of a choice.  My appetite came back in full force. Every food I could get my hands on taste so good and so I gained even more weight.

Just so I don’t stress over the weight gain too much, I started doing bits of light exercises. I know I mentioned that I’d list down my favorites and for those who are in the same boat, try these workouts:

Amy has loads of prenatal workouts on her YT channel. I like her workouts because 1) most of them do not require equipment, 2) she has such a soothing voice, she’s not like a drill sergeant barking orders, and 3) the workouts are beginner-friendly and the length of each workout is perfect for my lifestyle.

I try to do these workouts thrice per week and in between these workouts, I work on my balcony garden. Yes guys, I finally took up a new hobby because I get restless these days. Granted, I started getting into gardening a few months before I got pregnant. My mom is such a garden hobbit, she basically got me into it.

My mom’s garden is spectacular

Since my dogs destroy everything in my tiny yard, I decided to turn our balcony into a garden. Our balcony is narrow but long so I can fit a variety of plants in there, no problem. I wanted to turn this into a garden so that when the baby comes, we have a place to sit on to get some morning sun. The balcony gets a lot of morning sun so it’s the perfect place.

This was the initial setup

I had these beautiful mahogany shelves made by local craftsmen, Luckily, they are our tenants so I got a great deal out of these beauties.

What I hope to achieve in the future

I’ve also ordered artificial grass at my local Ace Hardware. Hopefully, I could get my hands on it soon because I’ve been itching to complete my setup.

Here’s what I’ve been doing for the past two days, I’ve been hanging these planters on our balcony doors. The hanging shelves you see in the extreme left, I had those made together with the shelves. They are so lovely.

Initially, I wanted a succulents and cacti garden but I realized too late that rain gets in the balcony. I had no choice but to hang my succulents and cacti on the balcony doors to protect them from the rain. I decided to fill the rest of my shelves with flowering plants and hardy greeneries. Hopefully, they don’t die on me because I’ve no idea what I’m doing. That’s basically the Phase 1 of my balcony garden.

Phase 2 involves filling the space with lots of flowering plants and getting the arrangement right. I’m still in the middle of it so the setup isn’t that nice. The final phase includes adding the fences at both ends of the balcony for privacy, setting up the patio furniture, and laying the artificial grass (if I could get my hands on it). I’m so excited!

 

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, and a purse addict. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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