Avocados and Yoga

Avocados and Yoga

It’s been nearly 4 weeks since I quit refined sugar. Of course I’ve had a few missteps along the way, but nothing has gotten me completely off track and I feel really great.  Last week I decided I wanted to add in yoga as my next healthy 3 week habit.  I did great and did yoga twice last week. Unfortunately my efforts were a bit derailed on Sunday when I accidentally cut myself while slicing and avocado. (I wouldn’t click that link unless you are not squeamish).  That’s what I get for being healthy!  I ended up with three stitches in a very inconvenient spot for yoga practice.  So to keep myself on track, I’m switching my yoga goal to 1 – 30 minute walk/week.  Hopefully by the Wed after next I’ll have healed enough to tolerate downward dog and other poses that put pressure on your hands.  I have to keep the stitches in for 10 days.

After the stitches I did have a sugar cookie. I didn’t really feel too badly about it and it didn’t lead my down a path to peanut butter cups and gummy worms. I feel like this is a good sign that I may one day be able to treat sugar as a special occasion type thing like most people.  Perhaps, a monthly thing.

I’m beginning to notice other side effects from quitting sugar. My skin looks brighter and clearer. I already had fairly clear skin but now it has more of a glow that it didn’t have before.  I no longer have a huge afternoon energy crash. I crave refined carbohydrates less overall.  In the first two weeks I noticed I was eating a lot more things like chips and bread but I think that has slowed down a bit this week. I still crave chips somewhat but that’s because they are tasty and salty.

Once I’ve got a regular yoga practice on board as one of my habits, I want to really work on increasing my vegetable intake. My nutritionist eventually wants me eating twice as many vegetables as fruit.  Right now I’m still eating a lot of fruit as a substitute for my refined sugar habit.  Last night I replaced my pasta with yellow summer squash and it worked out great. I’ve done this many times before with zucchini but it was greatly improved last night using a Zyliss julienne tool and by lightly sauteing the “noodles” rather than boiling them as I have in the pasta.  I topped them with sauteed chicken sausage, kale and pasta sauce.  It was a really delicious and I didn’t miss the pasta at all.

 

It’s Been Three Weeks and I’m Not Dead

It’s Been Three Weeks and I’m Not Dead

Today marks three weeks off refined sugar.  I came really close to falling apart this week, almost caving to some chocolate chip cookies, but I kept going! I’m starting to notice when I crave sugar now. I’m starting to really pay attention.  Last night it became really clear to me after I put the baby to bed. I had a rough time getting him to sleep, he’s teething and it was hot and he was very unhappy. It was pretty stressful and when I was finished I immediately wanted something sweet.  Instead of finding something to binge on, I had a fruit-sweetened popsicle instead.  I realize that YES a lot of people consider that sugar but between my nutritionist and I, right now, that is my crutch to help me wean off.

I realized that three weeks really IS how long it takes to develop a new habit. I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere near recovered from my sugar addiction, but it’s becoming a habit now and it feels good.  So I decided I’d like to take on a new healthy habit every three weeks.  Big or small, one little change every three weeks.  Something I’ve really been wanting to get back into is yoga.  My body is often achy, often tired.  Between working part-time and taking care of the baby, the house, laundry, food, and everything else it’s hard to fit it in! But I can definitely squeeze in 15-20 minutes a week. So that’s my teeny tiny goal for the next three weeks.  15-20 minutes of yoga a week.  If I can do that, I will increase to 2x a week.  Then maybe I’ll do another nutrition goal, then another exercise goal, then a mental health goal. And so on!

I started my yoga tonight with short and sweet little video from this great free yoga website called DoYogaWithMe.Com.  I did the After Work Revitalizer video that is about 15 minutes long. It’s a great Hatha Flow video that is just right.   Flow yoga is my favorite, especially when I’m getting back into yoga because the poses aren’t held for a terribly long time. Once I’m into yoga more regularly I can hold poses for longer.

So we’ll see where this three week plan takes me. Hopefully to a healthier me for the rest of 2014.

I believe I’m on my 6th or 7th attempt at giving up sugar. I’ve read that for a sugar addict, giving up sugar can be as hard as quitting heroin. Perhaps maybe my addiction is not as bad as other people, but I’m not having a Trainspotting-like experience. Not at ALL. It’s not easy though. I am on day 6. Usually by day 7, things being to ease up.

I know I am more successful under the watchful eye of my wonderful nutritionist, so that’s why I’m working with her again this time.  Her suggestions last time kept me off “the sauce” for two months.  First I have to get rid of every scrap of refined sugar in the house.  After that it’s a matter of increasing protein intake to help me feel fuller longer and more satisfied (I’m still nursing, so I’m hungry ALL the time).  She also recommends adding in fruit and using agave or stevia to sweeten my coffee.  She feels like maple syrup is also OK but I feel like I’m too likely to abuse it, so it’s off the list for now.  I know a lot of addicts would also abstain from fruit and the agave/stevia, but I know myself well enough to know I can control myself with them.

Fortunately it’s high fruit season and strawberries are everywhere. They have been my saving grace right now.  When I feel a bad craving hit, I grab 4 or 5 strawberries and it helps. I’m not saying it’s easy, or that they’ve disappeared altogether, it just helps.

I also realized yesterday that in order for me to be successful, I need a reason beyond “its healthier” to quit sugar.  The truth is I really want to be around as long as possible for my little guy.  And something tells me that my intense sugar habit was not doing anything for my lifespan.  It definitely wasn’t doing anything for my waistline! Although my goal right now is not weight loss, it is simply getting over my sugar addiction (one step at a time!).  We’re still not completely certain that our family is complete yet as well. I want to be as healthy as possible if we decide someday we want to add a 4th family member.

I also want to lessen the control that sugar has over my life.  It really does/did have some serious control over me! I was wanting sugar after EVERY meal. Even breakfast! I would think about what sugary treat I wanted and not relax until I had it. Then I’d feel tremendously guilty.  It’s a vicious cycle and one I’d rather live without.

So here we are again. I feel determined and hopeful and I have a great support system to help me through.

The First Four Months

The First Four Months

People seem to disappear when they have babies.  It made sense before our little guy was born, but now that I’ve survived the first three months, I understand why.  I do not intend for my blog to become a mommy/baby blog but I do want to make three posts that outline the baby “stuff” we found most useful.  One every four months or so for his first year.  I found these posts immensely helpful when deciding which baby things to buy before he arrived. I also strongly encourage you to consider buying second hand.  Baby stuff gets outgrown so quickly it’s easy to find it in great shape at thrift stores and garage sales.  We got the majority of our stuff from garage sales, friends, and 2nd hand shops.

1. Badger Diaper Cream

This stuff is a lifesaver.  Our little guy has not had one case of diaper rash UNTIL the moment we used a diaper cream other than Badger.

Saved our butts

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2. Ergo Baby Carrier with infant insert

While recovering and adjusting at home I made it my goal to get out of the house EVERY day. Even if it was just walking for 10 minutes.  I forced myself to get comfortable with the Ergo and the infant insert when he was barely two weeks old and we started walking just a little bit every day.  It was so good for us. (I had an emergency c-section so recovery was a bit rough)

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3. Ikea night light.  Breastfeeding at night in the beginning can be tricky.  You want to be able to see what you’re doing but not so much light that you’ll wake baby up fully.  This little light has been so helpful.  Click it once to turn it on and it cycles through all the colors, click it again and hold, and it will maintain that color and level of brightness.

Friendly night light

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4. Miracle Blanket swaddler.  We tried so many swaddles. We tried the basic blanket swaddle, the lightweight summer version, the velcro kind, the Woombie. You name it, we probably tried it.  This one worked the best. Our little guy could not Houdini his way out of it.  It is soft and comfortable, not too warm and never seemed to bunch up around his face or choke him.  We found it a bit too late though as he sleeps with us, unswaddled every night.

Cozy and soft

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5. Bouncer.  Do not buy these new. They are at garage sales everywhere.  We have two bouncers and they have been a lifesaver for me while home alone.  We keep one in the bathroom 100% of the time so I can shower easily.  We keep another in the living room/kitchen so I can have my hands free as needed.  He also goes in a swing sometimes. I try not to leave him in it longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Mommy’s 2nd hand

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A few other essentials for baby and mom:

-100% cotton cloth diapers for use as burp cloths. We have 10, 15-20 would probably be more useful but we keep forgetting to get more

-Carter’s and Gerber brand short-sleeve onesies. We used SO many of these.  If it had been summer when he was born, we probably would have used more.  He outgrew his newborn sized onesies fast so having them up to 6 month size has been helpful

-A hand pump. We bought a Medela brand hand pump and it was so helpful when my milk came and and I was engorged. I was able to pump off some milk easily. Also it took nearly three weeks for my insurance-covered electric pump to arrive and I used the hand pump in the meantime.

-Nipple cream. I used Motherlove brand nipple cream, which is 100% safe for baby.  I don’t really use/need nipple cream anymore but if I had to do it all again I’d just use coconut oil.

-Contigo water bottle.  If you’re going to breastfeed, you’re going to be very thirsty. Especially in the beginning.  You’ll want a good, BPA-free, leakproof water bottle.  The Contigo bottle is so great. Never leaks, holds a lot of water, doesn’t sweat. I went through 3-5 fills of this bottle/day in the beginning. I still go through 2-3 fills.  If you have a hospital birth they’ll likely give you a very large bottle in the hospital.  I brought mine home with me and used that for the first couple weeks.

-Bamboobies reusable nipple pads.  These are SO comfortable, reusable and worth every penny. I prefer the nighttime pads because they are the most absorbent.  I tend to leak a lot.  For disposable pads I  love Johnson’s brand. They are very soft. The J&J are not individually wrapped which was something that irritated me about other disposable brands.  When you’ve got a newborn anything that takes extra time is annoying.  The J&J pads can look a little wonky under clothes, so beware of that.

- A freezer full of easy to heat and eat meals.  As well as lactation cookies.  I ate a ton of Amy’s brand dairy-free burritos. It turned out dairy is a major cause of colic for out little guy.  Burritos were especially helpful because they took about 2 minutes to heat and I could eat them with one hand while holding the baby. Also helpful was a ton of fresh fruit and chopped veggies on hand.  Crackers and veggies dipped into hummus or edamame hummus was a good quick snack.

-Nursing tank tops. Target’s Gilligan and O’Malley nursing tank tops are the most affordable and comfortable of all the ones I tried.  They are $20 each and hold up great. I used them as a bra under other shirts and wore them at night. I lived in them the first 8 weeks at home. The Target tanks run a bit on the long side and also fit me during pregnancy. The support is surprisingly good and I do not have a small chest.

 

 

 

 

Morning Sickness, I Survived it.

Morning Sickness, I Survived it.

I meant to write this post awhile ago.  It’s not really in line with most of my health and fitness topics but I wanted to put it out there somewhere, should someone else go through it, or know someone going through it.  Especially before my brain turns to goo after this kid is born.

Severe morning sickness is no joke.  It often lasts all day and night.  It is debilitating and depressing.  It cannot be managed alone.  I survived but I felt like very few people truly understood how bad it really was.  The handful of people that “got it” were my partner, my ND, my OB-GYN, and my family.  My family primarily understood because we all watched my older sister go through it twice.

It’s not just feeling like throwing up, it can be serious stomach PAIN as well.  Sometimes I simply felt sick and had stomach pain but couldn’t vomit.  In fact that’s how the majority of the first few weeks of it went.  It’s feeling faint and weak.  In addition to the usual early pregnancy changes in the body like fatigue, crazy emotional mood swings and dealing with the concept that you’re HAVING A BABY!

Here’s how I survived:

1. See your ND, OB-GYN, MD, anyone qualified to help you get medications you need to feel better.  Also to make sure you are not dehydrated are actually able to eat SOMEthing.

2. Get a note for work.  Find out if you can take time off, get on short term disability, and be up front with your employer if you can.  I tried to keep my pregnancy secret but I felt MUCH better when my coworkers and supervisor knew what was going on and why I was so sick.

3.  Accept IV fluids if offered. You’re probably dehydrated. You probably don’t THINK you’re dehydrated, but you probably are.

4. Take the medications. I know, you feel guilty. You don’t want to give them to your growing baby, but it’s also not good for a growing baby to have a perpetually sick mama.  I waited too long to give in to the prescription medication and I think I would have been SO MUCH happier if I’d started them sooner.  In addition to taking the meds, keep trying different meds until you find one that WORKS. I was pretty hopeless on my first prescription med, it didn’t work and actually made me feel worse.  The second one changed my life.  I generally prefer not to take prescription medication and wanted so_much to only give this baby the healthiest food and pregnancy possible but those hormones are serious stuff.

5. Eat ANYTHING that sounds good to you.  Except of course high mercury fish, alcohol, and soft cheeses but I’m 99.99% sure those things will sound awful to you.  I am dead serious about this.  My partner basically said to me “I will get you anything you want”.  My body wanted Pillsbury toaster strudel one day.  I haven’t eaten those except maybe one time as a teenager. I can’t explain it. However she got them home and I promptly ate two, after not eating but possibly 200-300 calories for the previous two days.  It may be that the person taking care of you (or you yourself) buys a ton of weirdly appealing food and then you cannot stomach any of it.  Do not feel guilty.  Speaking of food:

6.  Foods/beverages that sounded good to me at one point or another during the worst of my morning sickness:  pudding, tapioca, cold fruit cups, popsicles, ice cream, yogurt, kiefer, saltines, grapes, mashed potatoes, Sprite/7-up, chicken noodle soup, soup broth, ginger ale, Gatorade, white bread toast, pretzels, cereal (I highly recommend the multi-pack of different flavors), Malt-o-Meal, potato soup, rice (sometimes w/ butter), smoothies/protein shakes.  I’m sure there’s more but I can’t remember.

7. ASK FOR HELP.  I failed MISERABLY at this.  I depended far, far too much on my partner and it was hard and stressful for her to help me go through it alone. I should have reached out and asked more people for help.  I regret this so much now.

8.  When I was in a really bad place morning sickness-wise my partner broke down and pushed me to drink those AWFUL nutritional shakes (Ensure, etc.).  They were HORRIBLE but I think they kept me out of the hospital.  I cannot even imagine ever going near one again but they are an option.  Just stay away from Strawberry flavor.

9. Lower your expectations of yourself and your ability to do anything.  Let the dishes and laundry pile up.  You CAN’T do it.  See #7.  I actually felt guilty because I wasn’t working out. I could barely go from the bed to the bathroom without feeling faint.  10 months is a LONG time, letting things go for a few months is not the end of the world.  Our house became a DISASTER.  I am amazed to look around now and see that it’s organized and clean (mostly) and I have a dresser full of freshly washed and folded baby clothes.  It will happen. People CAN help you.

10. Don’t eat dried fruit.  Just don’t. If for some weird reason it starts sounding good to you, eat something else.  Coming back up it’s like shredded rubber erasers.

Remarkably I STILL have morning sickness. I’m nearly 8 months pregnant now and I wake up ill every morning.  It’s an odd combo of heartburn and morning sickness together.  It’s still nowhere near as bad as the 16 weeks or so I spent in hell.  Truly those weeks were some of the worst of my life.  In part because I wasn’t sure if the whole 9.5 months would be like that.  I’ve been off the medications since I was 20 weeks or so but I still resort of ginger ale and ginger chews on occasion.  I still eat what sounds good but I eat a much, much more healthful and balanced diet that includes vegetables and fruits in large quantities.  I honestly never thought that would happen!  I still cannot stomach broccoli and that was one of my favorite foods pre-pregnancy.

Even more amazing, I’ve managed to gain 22 lbs and the baby is measuring 90% percentile already. Clearly he has not suffered as a result of this!

First Outdoor Swim of the Year!

First Outdoor Swim of the Year!

Delicious, tempting pool

 

I finally made my way to one of my favorite local outdoor pools today.  It’s a bit of a drive but it’s worth it.  The water was clean and absolutely perfect. It wasn’t horribly crowded and the sun was shining! YAY!  I was a bit sick this morning, as I am most mornings but I sort of pushed myself a little bit and I’m glad I did.

I didn’t really stick to any sets or keep track.  It’s a bit too late for that kind of swimming during this pregnancy I think.  Things certainly felt different than my swim a few weeks ago.  Freestyle still feels great but breaststroke felt weird!  My belly feels like it’s a bit in the way and my inner thighs are tight and sore.  My kick is much weaker.  Overall I’m much slower in the water.  I’m usually a fast lane swimmer but I felt very much like the medium lane was challenging enough.  In general it just felt SO good to be in water.  I crave swimming every day.  Now that I have a maternity suit on the way, I think I’ll be in the pool much more.

I think I’m definitely at the end of being able to wear my Speedo. I could feel it pulling across my belly and it wasn’t the coziest feeling.

After I got out I was STARVING in a way I couldn’t believe.  Fortunately there’s a grocery store across the street.  I sat in the sun and ate my lunch.  I smelled slightly of chlorine and sunscreen that didn’t wash off and I felt very much like ME.

A Pregnant Swimmer’s Gripe

A Pregnant Swimmer’s Gripe

Last weekend I attempted to squeeze my 25 (now 26) week pregnant body into my Speedo.  A few months back I bought a Speedo Endurance suit, my absolute favorite cut/style for swim team.  I accidentally ordered a size too big but I figured I would save it in case I gained weight or (hopefully) got pregnant.  I’m glad I saved it, but that suit might fit for approximately one more week, and not very comfortably.

This brings me to today when I foolishly was excited to shop around online for my first maternity lap suit.  They simply don’t exist.  There are plenty of maternity swim suits out there. Oh yes, cute little tankinis, bikinis, y-backs, and u-backs. These are great if you want to sit around and look cute, maybe splash around a little bit.  However, if you’re a serious swimmer, or hell just a bobbing lap swimmer, you’re going to be disappointed.

At one point Speedo made maternity suits and oh how I wish they still did.  I finally found one on my tried and true swimwear shopping site Swim Outlet.  It was the ONLY suit that has an actual decent crossback style (won’t fall off or slip off shoulders), good colors and came in a size XL.

Photo from www.swimoutlet.com, EQ Swimwear Harmony Maternity Swimsuit

I wish I were this tan. Thank you EQ Swimwear for making at least ONE swimsuit that will work for lap swimming.  Now I get to wait and pray and hope it fits and is long enough (a maternity lap suit that’s also long-torso cut? HAhahahahahah!).

For now, I’ll squeeze into my Speedo for one more week.  Tomorrow is my first outdoor swim of the year. I’m SUPER excited even though it will likely only be about 55 degrees during the morning when I swim.  I have enough “insulation” and pregnancy hormones that I will be plenty warm.

Inspired

Inspired

I am inspired.  An online friend of mine has been working very hard the last year to get in shape and prepare for her 40th birthday in style.  To reward her hard work and celebrate they’ve traveled off with their small son to a tropical paradise for two weeks.

I realized my very own 40th isn’t terribly far away, 3 years, and perhaps it’s time for me to plan too.  3 years seems like a long time but in reality it’s not.   My last major vacation (as in: over a week) was a trip to Japan and we saved and planned for about three years.  (it was great!)

Three years from now we’ll have an almost 3 year old and I would hope that would be enough time for me to return to my old level of fitness. Or at least somewhere close.

I’ve been struggling lately a bit with pregnancy body acceptance. I feel like my body is this wonderful baby making machine. I DO love my body, but the changes are pretty dramatic, and fast.  I would not have it any other way.  However, despite how it looks to anyone else, I see myself as an athlete and I’m used to feeling strong and muscular and now I have to see myself as strong in a whole new way.  Since I haven’t been on quite the workout schedule (not even close!) that I was prior to getting pregnant things are beginning to soften a little.  My arms and shoulders don’t look like swimmers arms anymore, that’s for sure.

My first goal is to continue to have a healthy pregnancy and to deliver a healthy baby boy.  I’ve been keeping up with my Waddle Challenge 100% and it has been a very worthwhile investment. Although there are times when I don’t feel AT ALL like going for a my walks or swimming, I feel better when I do.  I suspect I will be grateful when the big day comes.

Long term, I want to start thinking about how I’m going to get back to the shape I was in before I got pregnant. I don’t mean I want my pre-baby body back, I know some changes are permanent. I just want to be able to get in the water and swim the way I used to. Hike five miles and feel great.  Get on my bike and ride 20 miles.  I think I’d like to spend my 16 week maternity leave simply being with my baby and learning how to live life as a trio.

As 2014 approaches I hope to be back with my swim team again and thinking about adding in hiking and biking or whatever I fancy as spring and summer comes along.  I have no idea how this will go but I’m visualizing it it in my head.  All in eventual preparation for sailing into my 40s in style.  Perhaps in Kauai.

For now I’m going to keep admiring my beautiful basketball and my slightly increased metabolism. :)

I think it’s time to investigate maternity exercise wear!

Planning and The Waddle Challenge in Action

Planning and The Waddle Challenge in Action

The Waddle Challenge went very well last week!  I managed two, 30 minute fast walks. One during a lunch break and another after work.  I also did a ton of walking on Saturday and Sunday, so much that it would have been silly to time it.  I finally have a near-normal level of energy again at the end of the workday. I really thought that would never happen!  My days are still very much determined by how much sleep I get.  A bad night’s sleep fully ensures a miserable day the next day.

I did great with my diet and ate lots of fruits and veggies! Last weekend I made a bunch of homemade meals for us to each throughout the week.  On the menu was a crustless veggie quiche, vegetable lasagna, toasted hazelnut quiona burgers, and homemade cherry walnut chocolate granola.  Those dishes really got us through the week.  I froze the leftovers. I tend to get sick of a meal after eating it 2-3 times.

I really think the key to success for me is always going to be planning.  Making sure I have an outfit to workout in (I get sweaty enough during a 30 minute walk that a change of clothes and quick rinse are really necessary afterward!), planning some or all of my meals in advance, keeping fruit on hand.

I didn’t have time to make as much as last week but I did make a batch of gluten free “bran” muffins with lots of seeds and raisins, sweetened with dates.  I also made Nic’s favorite gluten free pizza with veggies on top.  That will keep us going for a couple days at least.

One thing I didn’t do this week was yoga. Every week I say I’m going to do it and then I don’t! I would really like to get in at least ONE yoga session this week.  Especially now that we have some space cleared out in our living room.

It has been very warm (80+ degrees) since Friday which is very non-typical for May here.  I am thoroughly enjoying it and also learning how to cope with heat while bigger than I’m used to.  It really has meant listening to my body and drinking A LOT of water and lemonade.

Spring and summer weekends are my absolute favorite. I wish I could take more time off but I’m saving every possible day off for maternity leave.

 

Waddle Challenge in action

Waddle Challenge in action

 

Sunshine and my favorite city

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

I haven’t disappeared, drowned in a murky lake, or slipped into a world of fast food and cupcakes!  I’ve been very busy since Dec 25th. I’ve been growing a little baby boy!  I am 21 weeks pregnant as of yesterday and it has been quite a ride so far.  I found out I was pregnant on Christmas Day, not even four weeks pregnant yet.  Shortly after, I developed a severe case of morning sickness (also called hyperemesis gravidarum) that put my world in a spin.  January, Feb, and March  were three of the most difficult months of my life.  I really thought I wasn’t going to ever start feeling better but thanks to prescription medication, self care, many, many hours of sick leave, love, and rest I’m doing SO much better!  I still wake up sick every morning but by lunch time it’s mostly resolved and it’s at a level I can tolerate at work.

Unfortunately during this time healthy eating and fitness have really taken a back seat.  Exercise is nearly impossible with HG, as is eating the way I would normally eat.  Vegetables sounded absolutely revolting until week 16 or so.  I managed fruit, only barely.  In the last three weeks I’ve returned to an almost normal level of healthy eating.  Modified slightly for heartburn.  I’ve also started trying to exercise at least three days a week.  It’s amazing how quickly my ideals about how exercise and pregnancy went out the window when I got sick!  Most days my goal was to try and eat SOMETHING! Anything! To get in at least 1000 calories and enough fluids to keep me off an IV.

I am a person motivated by goals and so my pregnancy goals now are to exercise three times per week for 30 minutes and get at least 4-6 servings of fruit and veggies/day.  The diet goals are fairly easy, it’s the exercise that has been a challenge.  If it doesn’t happen before 5pm, it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to happen.  So it’s ending up that I’m doing two fast-paced walks (“waddles”) during the work week at lunch and one weekend workout, typically another walk or swim.

Next week I’m adding in a goal to do yoga 1x/week as well.  Things are starting to stiffen up with the added weight, water weight and increased sitting!

I’m calling this is the Waddle Challenge.

I’m thinking about the direction I’d like this blog to take with this huge change in my life. I’ve concluded that I really love the health, fitness, and recipe portion.  I really don’t want to make this a baby blog, of course I would love to mention my little on occasionally but that’s not the focus.  I want to share my journey through pregnancy from a health and fitness standpoint and as a get back to fighting strength after baby is born.

I’m also hoping to update my recipe section with some new ones and categorize them in a more user-friendly way.

For now, here I am with my wee little bump at 13 weeks (I’m considerably larger now!)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks