Pregnancy so far – 26 Weeks

Pregnancy so far hasn’t been too bad.  I miss my old body, being more mobile, flexible and having energy, but I wouldn’t trade what’s to come for anything!

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I am currently about 26 weeks pregnant, or for those of you that don’t speak in weeks (which is most of us) I am six months pregnant.  I have been very fortunate and haven’t been sick or nauseous during my pregnancy.  The two biggest side effects I’ve had and am still experiencing is constantly being tired and HUGE ta ta’s.  We are talking Dolly Parton huge!

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Working full-time during the day and then 4-5 hours coaching in the evenings takes a toll on me.  Both jobs I am on my feet and walking a ton.  Which is a good thing for me and the baby, specially since I haven’t been working out.  Walking is the extent of my cardio and exercise regiment.  Props to those ladies who work out during their pregnancy!  I totally blog stalk and admire Lindsay from Lindsay’s List!  She is my pregnancy lady inspiration!

As for the ta ta’s…. ladies where do you find undergarments large enough to hold the girls up and still feel comfortable?  Please do share your secrets with me!!  I’ve had the hardest time finding a brassiere that’s comfortable.  And, when I find one that I can tolerate I grow out of it in less than a month.  Seriously… I had no idea what I was in for.  Last week I dragged The Man to every department store I could find searching for something better, but came up totally empty handed and frustrated!  I recently purchased a brassiere off the web, lets pray and hope that it fits and that’s it comfortable!  I was really hesitant to buy one without trying it on but the web was the only place I could find sizes that were in the middle of the alphabet, we’ve totally passed those DD’s!

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Pregnancy at 26 Weeks:

  • Baby Boy is an estimated 13.5 inches and 1.5 lbs
  • I am sleeping okay, I’ve been waking up at 4:00 AM due to congestion
  • No stretch marks yet
  • Lots of movements!  So neat to see and feel!
  • Still wearing my rings
  • Having a hard time putting on my shoes, I am no longer tying the laces
  • Overall feeling good, but tired

Cheers!

Here We Go…. YES, Again!

Okay, okay.  I am going to try my hand at blogging…….. yes, again.  I miss documenting current events in my life and being apart of the blogging community.  I often wonder whats the point to blogging?  Several of my previous posts are super boring and not really relative to much.  But, on the flip side, I LOVE looking back on all the different events I’ve participated in and my year of running in 2012.  It’s a nice reflection for me.  So….I guess with that said, here we go again.

Once again, lets play catch up!

  • I loved my 24 Day Challenge!  The Advocare products are awesome and I can’t wait to use them again!  I apologize for never doing a recap on my challenge.  I promise to be better at documenting my next 24 day challenge.
  • I am still working full time during the day as technical support for a local school and coaching cheer and tumbling in the evenings.  I am no longer running a gym or at the same gym I previously coached at.  I kinda touched on that here if you want to read more….
  • The Man and I are engaged!  No date for the wedding yet…
  • The Murphster is still furry and great!  Love the boys in my life!
  • I haven’t ran a single mile in 2014…
  • I am still trying to maintain a healthy life style but there’s been a big change in my life causing me to consume any cookie in sight!
  • And, for the biggest catching up yet… I am six months pregnant!

I will apologize now for talking pregnancy and all things baby in posts to come, but it’s the direction my life has now taken and the next adventure I am on!  Sorry…not sorry!

Cheers!

 

 

The Haunted Half Recap

Hey there!  So the haunted half was a blast!  Here’s the recap!

Runners met at the Salt Lake City  Capital and were transported to the top of Emigration Canyon.  It was a cold morning and standing around outside was a bit miserable.

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(I don’t know those people… they photobombed my pic.  LOL)

The race started promptly at 9:00 AM, and thank heavens because it was cold and I was getting a bit stiff!  The first part of the race was pretty crowded, like they always are, it wasn’t until about mile three that runners started to spread out.  It was great seeing all the different costumes people dressed up in to run 13.1 miles.  I was super impressed!

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The first about six miles descended through Emigration Canyon.  I LOVED the first six miles of this race.  They were fast, beautiful and down hill!!  The next four to five miles ran through the east bench of Salt Lake City, by the University of Utah.  These miles were mostly flat, but the hills hit around mile nine!  The hills were short but steep!  I opted to walk the hills since I have not really done much hill training… oh wait… I really didn’t do much training at all… but let’s get back to the Haunted Half, I’ll touch more on that in a bit.

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The last 2-3 miles were a nice down hill decent to the finish line.

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By this time of the race I was surprised by how good I felt and the pace we were keeping.  The finish line was packed with people cheering runners run.  I finished in 2:10:06.  That’s averaging just under 10 minute miles for 13.1 miles.  Not too shabby.

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This was the first race I actually ran with a friend.  I am usually a bit of a loner and run by myself.  It’s okay, because I enjoy it.  I enjoy listening to my body, pushing my speed when I can, and holding back when I need to.  I always tell myself “run your race”.  I’ve ran a few races where I was in competition to beat someone and I HATED the race.  I didn’t enjoy what I was doing or how I felt afterwards.  I found that if I do my best and push where I can, I enjoy the race and experience a whole lot more!  I do have to admit it was fun to run with someone and it made the half marathon go by super fast.  It made it even better that the gal I ran with was running about my same pace.

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I really didn’t do a lot of training for this half.  I started running regularly about a month ago.  I’m running 3-4 miles two to three times a week, nothing much.  I didn’t do any long runs, speed or hill training.  I was not sure how I would feel running this half or how fast I would be able to finish it.  I was proud to come in at two hours and ten minutes.  And, I felt good.  I didn’t feel like I was going to kill over.  I actually felt like I could have ran a few more miles… I guess that goes to show I could have pushed my speed a bit more, now I know for next year.

The other thing I did different for this race was my breakfast.  I was runninlate the morning of the race so I didn’t have time for breakfast.  I grabbed some Advocare Slam and ran out the door.  I drank my Slam about 20 minutes before the race started and called it good.  Crazy thing…. I felt great.  My stomach didn’t feel heavy or upset and I had plenty of energy.  I did take a Gu at mile 6 and 11 because my legs were feeling a bit heavy.  I was super happy with my performance and how I felt after taking Slam.  I’ll be keeping those on hand for future races.

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Back to The Haunted Half…. this was a fun race!  the course was fast, beautiful and fun!  They had Halloween decorations throughout the race and I loved running through the pumpkin head at the finish line.

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The event was well-organized and the free swag was good too.  I want to run this race again next year and hope for a PR of under two hours for the half!!

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Cheers!

Half way Mark and an up-coming Half Marathon….

So fall break came and went!  I am just now getting back into the swing of things.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks with lots of workouts and clean eats!

I clocked 11.25 miles running last week!

Completed 4 GPP workouts!

And, completed all my extra credit for the 24 Day Challenge!

I even managed to break my PB for number of burpees in one minute!  On average I am usually between 18-20, but last Wednesday I pulled out 21 burpees in one minute!!  I still don’t love burpees, but I keep telling myself I can do ANYTHING for one minute!!

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I found a new favorite recipe….well I am not sure it qualifies for a recipe due to the fact there are only two ingredients… but hey it works!  So, we made breakfast for dinner last week and I made traditional pancakes for The Man but those are not on the approved food list for my challenge.  I was really wanting pancakes so I thought I’d give some paleo like pancakes a try.  I did a search on pintrest and found this one:

  • one mashed banana, mash it really good
  • one egg or egg whites

Mix the two ingredients together.  Grease your pan with your preferred method (Pam, olive oil, coconut oil and so on).  Cook on low for 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness.  Flip it and let the other side cook.  K, so flipping these bad boys is a bit difficult!  You want to make sure to cook them low and slow…fo-sure!  The other trick I used when flipping the pancake was to use two different pans.  I tried to flip the pancake using a spatula but I could tell it was going to fall apart on me. So, I took the pan and flipped the pancake over into a second pan.  Wahla!  It worked and stayed in tack.

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YUM!

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Finished delicious pancake!

I’m still trying to hold strong to the 24 Day Challenge!  We took pictures at the half way mark, and I am happy to see the results.  Please be kind and know that I am really struggling to post this for the whole internet world to see…. GAH!  It’s embarrassing….

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But, as embarrassing as it is…. it’s also motivation.  Motivation for not wanting to look like day #1 E.V.E.R A.G.A.I.N!

I’m not meaning to make excuses…. however, last year was very stressful for me and instead of releasing my stress through running and exercise, I found comfort in food and vegging out.

I’m finding my way back healthy and fit! One day at a time!

The challenge is going good, I am loving some of the Advocare products and just liking several others.  I’ll do a full review once the challenge is over….

I can’t believe I have less than one week remaining!  Man, the time went by fast!

Tomorrow is the Haunted Half!  I am super excited to run the half tomorrow!  It’s been over a year since I ran my last half marathon!  Expect a full re-cap next week!

Happy Friday!!

Cheers!

KB’s

Yesterday’s workout: 20 Minutes HIIT running, 15 Minutes walking = 2.63 Miles and…

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and…

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Courtesy of GPP Fitness!

Man, that KBAB was a doosie!  My whole body was on fire coming down the other side of the pyramid!

I like KB workouts… I mean, what’s not to like about swinging around a heavy ball like thing with a handle!  I do, however, always worry that as I’m working out, throwing around the KB and my hands get sweatier and sweatier, that the KB is going to slip through my grip and go flying into the wall.  I pray that never happens, as I am sure The Man would not be so happy with me.

Last night for dinner we made Spaghetti Squash with Gilled Chicken and Sun Dried tomatoes.  It was freakin fantastic!  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen’s website.  I love the internet and all the resources for healthy recipes!  A few of my favorite sites are:

TastyKitchen.com

Bigoven.com

and of course… pintrest.com

The Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes is one of my new favorites and  will be making a frequent appearance at my house!

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Did I mention it’s super healthy?!?!

Here’s the recipe…

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You can also click on the picture and it will take you directly to Tasty Kitchen’s website.

Cheers!

One Week Down…. let’s celebrate!

It’s just another Manic Monday!

Today is the one week mark of the 24 day challenge and I’m feeling great!  One week down, wahoo!  I know it’s only been one week, but I already feel better and I swear my clothes are fitting a little more comfortably.

I had the family over on Friday for dinner.  The nice thing about inviting people over to your place is that you get to be in charge of the dinner menu!  I made a copy cat of Wendy’s Chili, corn bread and chocolate chip cookies for dessert!  YUM!  The chili was the only item on the  “approved food list” and although I didn’t try the corn bread or cookies I was reassured by everyone that they were delish!

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This is one of my favorite recipes… well if you call it a recipe.  There’s only three ingredients involved.  It’s a total cheater way to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but they always turn out fluffy and perfect every time!

Mix the following three ingredients and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes:

  • One 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • One spice cake box mix
  • One bag of mini chocolate chips

Yep!  That’s it!

And, for those of you that would like the copy cat Chili’s recipe, here you go…  I did make a few changes to make it healthier.

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I got a few short and quick workouts in over the weekend but nothing too substantial.  This was a busy weekend with not a lot of down time.  I kept up with all my clean eating and followed the 24 day plan.  There was no cheating, ice cream or adult beverages consumed this weekend.  I didn’t even lick the beaters or throw a few chocolate chips in my mouth when I made my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Yep, I am celebrating the small victories!

Saturday I was busy with house crap and Sunday was, of course, filled with LOTS of football watching!  I did manage to make it to the grocery store to pick up all the necessary items for the week.

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I am excited for this week and hope to work out a little harder than last.  I can’t wait to report the changes and results that I am experiencing with this challenge!

Cheers!

Pity the Fool

Yesterday’s workout: 37 minutes walking on an incline = 2 miles, and…..

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and…

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courtesy of GPP Fitness!

Let’s be honest… I did not feel like working out yesterday.  Yesterday, I wanted to park my butt on the couch and watch scary movies!  All night long!!

But… I couldn’t, I couldn’t give in to my laziness…especially since yesterday was only day three of the twenty-four challenge!!  So I dragged myself to workout.  It wasn’t my best workout, and I definitely didn’t kill it, but I did do the work.

After showering and dinner I parked my BUTT on the couch and watched, what was supposed to be, a thriller.  It was less than thrilling, but I did get to snuggle with this guy so I was happy!

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“I pity the fool”

Cheers!