21 Week Bump Update! Family

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I’m officially over half way through with pregnancy! Even if Baby MAC comes at 42 weeks (please, Jesus, NO), I’m halfway. The first trimester went by so slowly, but I feel like the past few weeks have flown by!  I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store! Here’s this week’s bump update!

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  • How far along? 21 weeks!
  • Total weight gain:  I forgot to weigh again this morning… I’m going to guess maybe 15-16 pounds?
  • Maternity clothes? Still yes! I’m still living in maxi skirts and dresses for the work week. I do have some Old Navy linen pants and shorts that I’m loving. I love them because the top is a band like the band on yoga pants so, even though they’re maternity, I can fold the top down once I lose baby weight and wear them when I’m not pregnant. Win-win!
  • Stretch marks? None yet! I do use some cocoa butter and cocoa butter oil at night. The oil is supposed to keep skin from itching and I use cocoa butter because everyone else uses it and I feel like it can’t hurt anything! Even if it’s not preventing stretch marks, my skin is super soft!
  • Sleep? I don’t know why, but I have slept like a baby the past few nights. The only nights I didn’t sleep well this week were when we were on vacation (thanks a lot friend’s neighbors who set off mortars at 2:00 am). I used to take Ambien to sleep and then stopped taking it once I got pregnant. Luckily I slept because my body was so exhausted, but I started getting less sleep in the past month. Being up and down peeing all night kind of sucks. For whatever reason, though, this past week I’ve slept really well. I definitely don’t hate it!
  • Rings on or off? On, but it’s still a replacement set.  I also had to get a new replacement set. The other one had a couple stones fall out.
  • Best moment this week?  The past few days have been awesome. I’m starting to feel her move more and more so it’s really cool! She’s very active during the day and then settles down when I get home from work. It’s crazy to think that I feel her this much with a barrier (Anterior placenta) and her weighing less than a pound!
  • Cravings: None really. I am loving iced coffee though!
  • Symptoms: Still sciatic pain and acid reflux. Hooray! It’s also becoming increasingly hard to bend over.
  • Nutrition? I’m doing pretty well! Staying around my calorie goal each day, which is good!
  • Workouts? I’m up to working out 3x per week! Usually just cardio but sometimes I add in weights. I’ve also been doing a lot of nesting which should count as a workout because cleaning/organizing/decorating is hard work for a pregnant lady!
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • Looking forward to? Tuesday! We have an appointment and we’ll be able to hear her heartbeat and chat with the doctor.

Overall, it’s been a pretty awesome week!

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4th of July Weekend // Orlando! Life

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

We went out of town to visit some friends in Orlando and we had so much fun! Both of us had Friday off of work, so we left on Friday morning.

On the way out of town, we stopped at a new-ish gas station near our house. Enmark has rebranded their gas station as EnMarket.  In addition to the normal gas station food you find anywhere, they had a ton of local and organic snack choices. They also had a restaurant with made to order sandwiches and pizzas. I was glad to see some better options! I had a bite of Mike’s chicken biscuit (which was SO good) but I stuck to my choices: a fruit cup and a Cookies and Cream Quest Bar. To be honest, I was shocked they had Quest Bars! I also got a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar for a snack.

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The drive to Orlando wasn’t horrible. It’s about 4 1/2 hours. We got to our friends house and went to Downtown Disney for dinner. We went to Bongos and the food was amazing! I should have taken a picture (I ate it too fast). It’s a Cuban restaurant and they did Cuban food right, for the most part. Their chimichurri was different (red instead of green) but it was still really good!

Fun fact about Carrie: sweet plantains are one of my FAVORITE foods. Mike likes tostones (flattened and fried- savory) more  and I think he’s insane. Give me all the sweet plantains!

The next day, we spent the day by the pool. My friend Casey made a casserole for breakfast. I’m going to use the recipe she gave me and make some substitutions to make it a little healthier. She’s a pretty healthy eater in the first place, but we didn’t make any substitutions for the cheese. I may try Laughing Cow and see how it works! For lunch, her husband made some chicken (I think it was in a lime marinade?) and hot dogs. I had chicken and it was really good.

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My Patriotic Baby Belly!

That night, we drove to another friend’s house in downtown Orlando for dinner and fireworks. We watched fireworks from the rooftop of her apartment and we were able to see the fireworks from all of the theme parks at the same time!

Sunday, we went to a restaurant called Yellow Dog Eats for lunch. Mike and I ate there a couple years ago on a drive down to Miami. We remembered it being amazing, so we decided to go back. It was AWESOME.

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We both got the sandwich called “The Rufus.” It was pulled pork, a Carolina style barbecue sauce, raspberry sauce, brie cheese, some peppers that were savory and a little spicy, and I added bacon to mine. Mike added bacon and shoestring potatoes to his. Let me tell you something: this place is amazing. The food is incredible. Is it healthy? Hell no. But it is so worth it! The vibe of the place is great and we will make this a place we go whenever we are in Orlando.

After eating, we went back to the house, packed the car, and headed back home. Traffic was miserable, we got stuck in a hurricane (not literally, but it was raining so hard we couldn’t see out the window- 35mph with hazards on for almost 20 minutes), and we were told the power may have been out at our house. Luckily, the power was NOT out, and we made it home at 6:59- just in time to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win the World Cup! Not a bad way to end the weekend!

Overall, we had a great weekend!

What did you do for 4th of July?

 

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Date Night // Weekly Recap Life

It’s been one of the weirdest/best/worst weeks. Seriously!

The good: 

First and foremost, we got to see our baby and we found out we are having a little girl!  Baby has a name, but we’re keeping it under wraps for now so I’ll just call her Baby MAC (her initials- NO, her name is not Mackenzie). It was so great to see her pretty face and to hear that she’s growing just as she should be.

Secondly, it was a short week at work! I had half of Monday off and I took Tuesday off (the reasoning is on the bad side, but more on that later). The week went by relatively fast, which was great because this coming week is also a short week due to the holiday weekend! Hooray for a sort-of Summer vacation.

Third, we finished painting Baby MAC’s nursery! It took a few days, but I LOVE how it turned out! I’ll post photos of her nursery once I get some uploaded. It’ll be fun to see how the process progresses!

Lastly, I had a great date night with my husband on Friday night. More on that later!

The bad:

Well, I stayed home from work because our home was damaged after a bad storm Monday night. It thunderstorms nearly every day where we live, but I have never seen a storm this bad. Luckily the damage wasn’t significant, but it was bad enough that I had to stay home to ensure it was repaired. Not fun at all.

Also, I have had increasingly bad back pain. Baby MAC thinks my sciatic nerve is super comfy because she loves to lean against it ALL DAY LONG. I worked out 3x this week (yay!) but the last two times were cut a little short due to back pain (boo). I think I’m going to see a chiropractor soon.

Now, about date night!

Mike and I went to a local restaurant called Fire Street Foods and it was delicious! I loved the vibe of the restaurant. It had a really clean design and felt really open and modern.

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I had been craving potstickers for weeks, so we got some as an appetizer.

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For an entree, I got pad thai. I ate about 1/4 of it. It was a huge portion! Mike got green curry which was delicious! I’m going to get yellow curry next time.

I’m hoping to be able to keep up with working out 3 times a week. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, it’s still getting my heart rate up and keeping me active!

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Bump Update // 19 Weeks Family

Well, friends, we are almost half way through pregnancy! 21 weeks to go! It has been a great week, overall! There have been some hiccups here and there, but I’m feeling good right now! Time for a bump update!

19 week update

How far along? 19 weeks!

Total weight gain: I actually didn’t weigh today, so I’m not sure. I’ll guest 14 pounds, +1 from last week. I could be wrong, though! I’ll make sure to weigh next week.

Maternity clothes? Yep! I’ll probably be in them post-partum too. They’re so comfy. I’ve mostly worn dresses and skirts but I recently got some really comfy linen shorts from Old Navy on sale. Love them!

Stretch marks? None yet, still!

Sleep? I’m sleep more through the night, which is good. The past couple of nights have been rough due to increasing sciatic nerve pain. It hurts to roll over.

Rings on or off? Original set, off. The replacement set is still on.

Best moment this week?  Monday! We found out that Baby C is a little GIRL!! We are so excited! She does have a name, but we’re keeping that a secret for now.

Cravings: None really. I’ve been eating a lot of sandwiches though.

Symptoms: Still back pain. Heartburn has decreased but it’s still there every once in awhile.

Nutrition? Better! I’m working on making dinners more and we’ve done a good job! Things got a little out of hand during the weekend, but this week has been good!

Workouts? I went 3x last week and have gotten activity in 2x this week so far. I’ll probably go to the gym again tomorrow and maybe Saturday. I spent all day painting a wall in the nursery yesterday which is a workout for a pregnant lady.

Belly button in or out? In.

Looking forward to? This weekend!  Hopefully we can finish or make significant progress on the rest! I painted the hardest wall already (lots of corners/doors) so the rest of the walls shouldn’t take long with 2 people painting them.

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18 Week Bump Update // Thoughts on Weight Gain Family

Happy hump day!

Across the internet, there’s a “thing” for pregnant women called “Hump Day Bump Day.” Wednesdays are the days pregnant ladies post their bump photos. Wednesday also happens to be the day that my weeks start over! Now that I’m almost halfway through pregnancy (what?!), I want to start participating in Hump Day Bump Day (HDBD) on the blog. I’ll also use it as a weekly update to let yall in on what’s been going on with me in general! Here’s this week’s bump update!

 

How far along? 18 weeks!

Total weight gain: 13 pounds (I don’t even want to talk about it– but I will below)

Maternity clothes? Yep! Maternity pants are super comfy. I have mostly been wearing a lot of maxi skirts and dresses which haven’t been maternity, though.

Stretch marks? None yet!

Sleep? I’m functioning off less sleep than I was in the first trimester, which is great. Sleep is tough, though. Between sciatic nerve pain and needing to use the bathroom 2-4x a night, my sleep is interrupted.

Rings on or off? On, but it’s a replacement set. My hands are the only things on my body that swell right now. I’m pretty sure it’s the heat.

Best moment this week?  Yesterday! We heard the baby’s heartbeat again. It was strong and high due to a lot of movement. This baby is very active in the morning!

Cravings: None really. I’m glad my food aversions have gone away. I’m more the type to really want something that is mentioned rather than crave something random. Usually that feeling goes away after a little while!

Symptoms: Back pain is my biggest symptom right now. If I walk/stand for a long time my lower back starts to hurt and I get pretty nasty sciatic pain at the end of the day. I also have some pretty killer acid reflux. Hooray!

Nutrition? Definitely could be better! That’s something at the top of my list between now and my next appointment.

Workouts? I’m working out 2-3x per week. Mostly 2x a week but last week I hit 3x and it felt good so I’m thinking I’ll be able to continue with that. I mostly do cardio but I’ve also started to include some light weight training.

Belly button in or out? In.

Looking forward to? Next Monday! We found out if Baby C is a boy or a girl!

 

Now. The big weight gain talk.

Pregnancy is so different for every person. My OB says “Some girls eat like pigs and don’t gain anything while others eat like fleas and gain a lot.” I’m somewhere in the middle as far as eating goes, but I’ve gained 13 pounds in 18 weeks. At my last appointment, my doctor wasn’t overly concerned but it was something she mentioned to keep an eye on so I’m making that a priority for the next month or so. Weight gain up to about 35 pounds is healthy for a pregnancy but my weight can’t continue to increase at this rate.

It is really hard to see the scale go up after losing a lot of weight. When you are mentally used to see the scale decrease, any increase is hard, much less a pound a week. It has been a big adjustment, but I am focusing on the fact that our baby is healthy. As long as our baby is healthy, I’ll be ok seeing the scale go up.

 

 


The Best At Home Workouts! Fitness

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Sometimes, it’s really hard to get to the gym. Maybe the hours aren’t ideal some days. Maybe you’re a stay at home parents and you’re not sure if you can stay at the gym for an hour. Or maybe the weather gets ridiculous (Northern Winters and Southern Summers, I’m looking at you) and working out outside is nearly impossible.

What do you do on those days? You could pop in a Jillian Michaels DVD or go on YouTube to find workout videos, but those get boring after watching the same video everyday.

Or, you could go to a website that is constantly updating their workouts, has workout challenges and programs, offers advice from trainers, and actually has some great workouts for less than $10 a month.

I’d go with option 2 and, luckily, that website exists! Cosmopolitan magazine has created CosmoBody. It’s like Netflix, but for workouts.

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Before I go any further, I want to say that I don’t endorse things I don’t love. I actually really dislike promoting workout/diet plans because I feel like a lot of them are scams to get you to consistently pay a good amount of money for something like a shake or workout DVD’s that end up sitting on a shelf somewhere. Some people have been very successful on those plans, but I am uncomfortable promoting them. This program, however, is so different. When CosmoBody first contacted me about promoting their website, I was a little hesistant because I didn’t know if it would be one of those “pay money and don’t get your money’s worth” things. I can honestly tell you that it’s not. To be honest, $10 a month is really cheap for the amount of resources they offer. There are a ton of different options for workouts on CosmoBody.

There are cardio videos like:

Cardio Dance (Hip Hop Dance 101 is a great video to get started!)
Kickboxing
Endurance workouts

even a workout that you do on a set of stairs!

Weight workouts/body conditioning workouts like:

10-2-10 Workout: 12 minute workout that works your entire body and leaves you sweaty. It incorporates plyo and some dumbbell work for a full workout. This workout was really tough!

Multiple yoga videos, interval training, and (my favorite part) challenges!

The Challenges are workout programs like:

30 Day Summer Action Plan
21 Day Total Body Makeover
5 Day Maintain Don’t Gain program

 

The workouts range from 5 minutes to over 30 minutes so there is a workout for any situation. One of the best things is that the workouts require minimal equipment. If you dont have any equipment at home, don’t worry! There are plenty of body weight workouts. Only have dumbbells? No problem. You don’t need a full set of weights or any machines for CosmoBody workouts. It truly is the Holy Grail of workout websites.

I am really looking forward to using this post-partum!

CosmoBody is letting you try it for free for 10 days, after that, it’s only $9.95 per month! To me, $10 a month is worth being able to stream workouts wherever you are.

Click here to sign up!

If you do sign up, let me know what you think! I am loving it!

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The Truth Behind a Fit Pregnancy Fitness

Some women have pregnancies that give them energy to workout often, eat healthy, sleep well, and gain minimal weight.

I am learning that I am not one of those women.

How many Pinterest Pins have been pinned about “staying active while pregnant” or “working out with baby?” Probably a zillion. I’ve looked through a lot of those and, honestly, I am having such a hard time dealing with any of them. I am learning that there is a truth behind having a “fit pregnancy” that is not often talked about.

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That truth? Having a fit pregnancy is hard. Really hard.

Physically, this pregnancy is really beating me up. My morning sickness went away, then I had some stomach issues, then I caught a cold, and now morning sickness is back. Sure, someone could say, “Carrie, you’re just making excuses.” If you have never been pregnant, you cannot fathom the exhaustion that pregnancy brings. If you felt well enough to exercise during your first trimester then good on you, but that is not my experience. I’ve gone to the gym about twice per week, but that’s about as much as I can muster.

Emotionally, I am tired. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of seeing articles and pins about these perfect, healthy, fit pregnancies because guess what? That’s not always possible!

I am frustrated and I am hungry and I am nauseous and I am tired. And you know what?

That’s ok.

I am growing a human being. I am already superwoman. I don’t need to workout 5 times a week and eat clean to have a fit pregnancy. As long as I am eating healthy when I can and exercising when I can, I am having a fit pregnancy.

If you are pregnant, don’t let social media or so-and-so that you know make you feel like you’re not doing enough. Be honest with yourself and make sure you are doing what is best for you and for your baby.

If you are not pregnant, the same advice applies. Do what works for you.

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Big News! Family

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been much less active. Both on the blog and in the gym.

I haven’t quit working out and I haven’t given up on my blog. The truth is:

I’m pregnant!

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Hooray for big news! The past couple of weeks (more like month) have been really hard for me. I’ve been sick nearly every day, I’ve been exhausted (like, going to bed at 8:00 most nights, exhausted), and I haven’t been able to eat the way I used to. It’s been tough! Between being tired and not eating the healthiest, I feel like I haven’t had much to blog about. Now that I’m almost out of the first trimester and I’m starting to feel a little bit better, I’m ready to had a fit and healthy pregnancy!

So far, I’ve stuck to the elliptical. I ran a 5k a few weeks ago and was drained afterwards. Part of pregnancy is lower blood pressure. When your blood pressure is lower, you get tired more easily. My blood pressure isn’t low enough to cause any concern, but it is much lower than normal, so, between that and being always tired, working out has been hard. I go to the gym 2-3 times per week, instead of 4-6 like I used to, and I do an hour of cardio on the elliptical. Once my exhaustion goes away, I hope to start lifting a little more. I’ve lifted a few times since finding out I was pregnant, but I’ve stuck to mostly cardio.

Food wise, I haven’t been the best. Why? Well, because the smell of eggs makes me dry heave and I can’t even think about cooked veggies. It’s so sad! My body is craving carbs, so I’ve been eating a lot of bread and protein. Luckily, I’ve been able to eat chicken- something a lot of pregnant women have an aversion to. One weird thing: I am a sweets person 100%, but I have been craving savory foods! Tortilla chips, TOMATOES (seriously, tomatoes, salsa, ketchup, tomato sauce, I want ALL of the tomatoes!), just savory stuff. Sweet stuff doesn’t sound as good. I am bummed about the foods I’m not supposed to eat, however. Sushi sounds good and I can only have California rolls, I can’t have eggs benedict (one of my favorites!), and my brie cheese has to be melted. It will all be worth it in a few months, but dang it, I want an Italian sandwich (salami is a no-go)!

The past couple of days have been better for me. Nausea isn’t as severe and I’m able to eat more kinds of foods, instead of eating like a 4 year old. I’m hoping it’s a trend and things continue to improve!

Well, now you know where I’ve been lately. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life and I look forward to chronicling having a fit pregnancy!

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Protein Packed Berry Smoothie Fitness

I don’t know about where you live, but it is starting to warm up quickly here in Savannah! It’s consistently been 80 degrees or warmer which means summer is right around the corner!

It gets VERY hot here during the summer. 90+ degrees with 70%+ humidity. It rains almost every afternoon (rains is an understatement– it torrentially downpours) which increases the humidity even more. It sounds miserable, and it can be sometimes, but it can make for a lot of fun too!

We can drive the 30 minutes to the beach on the weekends or enjoy an evening outside with friends over a grill and a fire pit. Summer brings a lot of fun things with it!

One thing I notice in the summer is that I start drinking a lot more smoothies, especially for breakfast. It’s often too hot to make a hot breakfast or lunch, so it’s easier just to stick a bunch of stuff in a blender and call it a day.

Here’s one of my favorite protein packed smoothies- it has a whopping 19g of protein!

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Protein Packed Berry Smoothie
originally published on A Guiltless Glutton

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice– I used Dole Peach Mango juice
  • 1/2 cup spinach

Directions

  • Put everything into a blender
  • Blend.

 

That’s it! Super easy and really yummy!

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?


18 Weight Loss Truths Fitness

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  1. Incorporating exercise into your routine is HARD at first.
  2. Running feels nearly impossible at the beginning.
  3. Completing a workout is extremely rewarding.
  4. You know how many calories are in pretty much anything.
  5. Calorie “sticker shock” is a real thing.
  6. Shopping for groceries is hard. (I will not buy Oreos. I will not buy Oreos.)
  7. Shopping for clothes is fun…(smaller sizes, YES)
  8. Shopping for clothes can make you cry. (goodbye, bank account)
  9. When people start to notice your weight loss? Win.
  10. You cry. Mostly at the beginning. (It’s hard to work hard and see little or no change!)
  11. You learn what determination is.
  12. You learn how to perservere.
  13. You find out more about who you are.
  14. You grow as a person.
  15. You become more confident.
  16. NSV’s become more important the longer you’re losing weight (weight loss has stalled? Well I still fit into a smaller jean size today!)
  17. Sometimes you get mad that you have to watch what you eat when everyone else seems to be able to eat whatever they want without a problem…
  18. But then you remember that everyone is different and that you are awesome!

 

What are some other weight loss truths you’ve experienced?

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