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What’s My Workout: Sabrina Soto

To say that Sabrina Soto’s plate is full would be a bit of an understatement. As the host of HGTV’s The High Low Project, the fuel behind her online lifestyle magazine CASA & Company and the creator of a colorful line of bedding sold at Target, the licensed real estate agent loves to keep busy. But Soto, who is famous for pulling off impressive home makeovers on a budget on her show, will add “mom” to her résumé at the end of October, when she expects to have her baby girl. And while she admits that she doesn’t always feel like getting in her daily 30-minute walk, or a hike or a barre class, as her pregnancy progresses, there is one task she (unsurprisingly) made sure to complete early: “The nursery,” she says, “is done!” Read on to find out what she’s been hungry for, how staying active while pregnant has surprised her and why she hopes her daughter isn’t a picky eater.

Q: Before you got pregnant, what were your go-to workouts?

A: [L.A.–based high intensity interval training workout] Training Mate—my favorite—and barre classes.

Q: Describe your typical workout routine since you got pregnant.

A: I've been trying to do barre and hiking, but most days I only make it on a 30-minute walk in my neighborhood. I've been lucky that I've felt pretty good, but the sleepiness creeps up on me at times.

Q: Describe your pregnancy fitness and wellness philosophy in three words.

A: Take it easy.

Q: What has surprised you the most about working out or being active while pregnant?

A: How easily I get short of breath. I've always enjoyed vigorous exercise, but these days I'll lose my breath just going up a few flight of stairs!

Q: It happens! What foods have you been into?

A: I am craving carbs and sugar like crazy. I've always had a sweet tooth, but these cravings take it to another level. I try to satisfy myself with fruit, but there are some days where I just need that piece of cake! Other than that I'm eating tons of different vegetables and grains.

Q: What motivates you to stay active right now?

A: I just want to make sure I'm as healthy as possible so the baby is healthy. I just can't wait to meet her. I'm looking forward to that more than anything else! I'm looking now for a great jogging stroller to make sure I can take her out and get moving as soon as possible.

Q: You're having a girl. What would you like to impart on her as far as how to live a healthy life?

A: I was eating a mostly vegan diet before I got pregnant. I'm hoping she loves veggies and fruit as much as her parents do. I also hope that she's not a picky eater, because [my partner] Steve and I both love to cook.

Q: Have you prepared in any way for birth specifically?

A: Steve and I are taking birthing classes, but there isn't a specific workout I'm doing to prepare for labor. Am I missing out on something?!

Q: What one piece of advice would you give pregnant women when it comes to continuing and enjoying their workouts and staying active and healthy?

A: I am a first time mom so I really don't think I have any business doling out advice. The only thing I try to do is at least 30 minutes of walking a day, even on the days I don't feel like it—which is most days.

Q: You finished the nursery! How do you feel about it, and do you have any tips on that front?

A: I absolutely love it. As a matter of fact, I'm sitting on my glider now writing this. The concept started with a piece of art my sister gave me from her nursery and an Otomi-wrapped chandelier I fell in love with. Start with one piece—whether it's a piece of art or crib sheet—to get your color palette and build around it. Take your time and make comfort your first priority.

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