Saturday, October 16, 2021

Let the Countdown Begin!



Crystal Manjarres

The third trimester is officially here! I cannot believe how quickly time is flying; I’ve heard that it will only go faster and faster—almost like an out of control merry-go-round with lots of fun, and no signs of slowing down. As we begin to plow through April, I am about to enter my 30th week of pregnancy!

CBN_B18-2There is still so much to do! In addition to running a business, we also have a host of other little projects we are working on for the business and the baby. There are literally not enough hours in the day to complete it all! That being said, I am doing my best to keep up with my diet and workouts.

My last prenatal visit was great—I passed my glucose screening test with flying colors and my midwife was astounded at how excellent my blood levels were, especially my iron levels—yay me! Baby boy went through a growth spurt and we gained five pounds last month, with more to come! My blood pressure has been perfect every single time and his heart rate has been perfect as well. Life couldn’t be any better!

I know a few of you pregnant sisters out there are trying your best to eat healthy and workout as well. Here are some tips that can help you stay on track:

1. Find three healthy recipes that you want to try and do it! If you are incredibly busy and time-crunched like I am, choose quick and easy recipes and make one of them a snack. This way you’ll have either a lunch, snack and dinner recipe, or a breakfast and lunch recipe with a snack—either way, one entrée can always double as a left over meal, and you have an easy snack on hand for whenever you don’t have the time or feel like cooking. If you are a stay at home girl, or don’t mind putting forth the extra effort, then by all means get creative! The key is to find what works for you, what tastes good and what is healthy for your baby. I love finding vegetarian recipes: you can’t go wrong with whole grains, veggies, and the rest of nature’s bounty!

2. Turn down dessert – unless it is from a natural



source. For example, eat fruit when a craving strikes, a smoothie instead of a milkshake, yogurt or coconut ice-cream (in moderation) instead of a hot fudge sundae, and if you must have cake, try to eat one with all natural ingredients instead of any preservatives, additives, chemicals, or dyes in it. Lastly, do not go overboard! I will usually have a half cup of organic coconut ice cream (on the rare occasion I want something creamy), a protein smoothie with frozen berries and kale if I want strawberry lemonade, or pineapple-flavored coconut water if I want juice to drink. Trust me—it works and it is so much better for you and baby!

3. Workout first thing in the morning. I wake up at 4 AM every morning to get ready and be at the studio by 5:30 to train clients each day. I try to squeeze in a workout between clients (if I’m lucky). I find if I can get it out of the way earlier in the day because I have more energy. If I do not have time, then I try to do it after I am finished for the day, but by this time my body is super tired and most likely it will not happen. I train Monday through Friday, weights and cardio, and Saturday I only do cardio. Sunday is my day of rest. You do what your body says you can do. If it is three times per week—great! If more or less, that’s fine too. The most important thing you can do is move your body; if you have not worked out before, or haven’t while pregnant, get the green light from your physician then speak with an experienced trainer to get you safely started.

There are many more tips to come! I look forward to sharing this journey with all of my wonderful readers! For any questions or comments, feel free to email me at


Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email She can also be reached at or and 239-333-5771.

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