Thursday, April 14, 2011

Three Things Thursday

Workout: "30-Day Shred" minus floor work and 1.2-mile walk with Denali. I also plan to walk to lunch (about 1-mile roundtrip) and do a short family walk after dinner to get in 3 miles for the day.

1. I wanted to run today. Wait. Scratch that. I really wanted to run today. It was 45 degrees and sunny, and it had been three days since my last run. I made myself a small oatmeal breakfast and turned on last night's "Top Chef Masters" to fuel and wake up. Halfway through the show, my body began to clue me in that it had other plans for the day. Plans that did not include running. My stomach was in knots and ... yeah. Let's just say that while I have resigned myself to the fact that one day I may "dribble" during a run, I'm not about to completely let myself go if you know what I mean.

2. Desperate to get in a workout of any kind, I went back to my old standby: Exercise TV on OnDemand. I picked Jillian Michaels' "30-Day Shred" to get in some good weights but skipped the floor work and added in some tricep moves and extra bicep curls. Gotta get these guns ready for baby!

3. In non-workout news, I'm a bit excited because today we get to do a walk through of the house. Most of the repairs have been completed and we need to check on them or so says the Realtor. I really just want to go in and measure the windows so I can commence curtain/blind shopping.

What are your 3 Things Thursday?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eat this ... and that

Movement: One-hour wiggle your arm class. Oh, wait. That was baby boy. Me? I walked Denali for three brisk miles.

Every day, I eat two breakfasts. The first meal is usually some type of bar and maybe a piece of fruit depending on my planned workout for the day. The second meal is usually egg whites with cheese on a multigrain English muffin. I'll add center cut bacon if I'm feeling wild or tomato and reduced-fat mayonnaise if I'm feelin' saucy.

This morning, though, I woke up howngry (as opposed to hungry) and decided to have my typical second meal at 6:30. And, in case you were wondering, I was feeling wild. After my walk with Denali, I wanted more than the typical breakfast No. 1. So I made oatmeal - for the first time in ages. And let me tell you, it was YUMMY.

Tropical Oats No. 241

1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk of your choice
1/2 small banana
Sweetener to taste (I used a half-packet of Truvia)
2 tablespoons chopped dried mango
Splash coconut extract

In a small saucepan, add oatmeal, water, milk, banana and sweetener. Over medium to medium-high heat, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. As the oats begin to thicken, add mango. When oats reach desired consistency, turn off heat and stir in coconut extract. Put in a bowl, sit on the couch and eat while watching "The Rachael Ray Show."

Hungry for more?

Last night, I made a Pioneer Woman dish - the Sour Cream Noodle Bake. I pretty much followed the recipe as is but it's easy to lighten up - Greek yogurt for sour cream, ground turkey for the beef, whole wheat noodles for the egg variety. I really enjoyed it and Mark, who is suffering from a cold, said, "If I could actually taste my food, I think I'd like this."

Have you made anything yummy recently?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sugar, oh sugar

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Cheese bagel with wild tomato spread …

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Get … in … my … MOUTH!

I nearly died of hunger by the time this chewy, delicious bagel hit my lips this morning at work. It was 10 a.m., and it was the first thing in my mouth since I woke up at 5:55. Well, besides my toothbrush.

You see, this morning, I had the pleasure of doing the glucose screen all pregnant women get to do. It’s normally done during the 28th week but I’m a week ahead on my appointments, so we did it at 27. It’s the meanest thing anyone could do to a pregnant lady. You go two hours without eating or drinking (no water, even) and then drink a glucose cocktail that tastes like thick, syrupy Gatorade. An hour later, you get your blood drawn and are sent on your merry way.

For me, my merry way included a stop at The Bagel Station for my ritual post-OB bagel. The only difference this appointment was that I actually earned it. Not that I believe in “earning” food but you know what I mean …

Anyways … all is well in baby land. Baby boy had a strong heart beat and managed to kick the doc, who, by the way, made no inquiry into exercise. He did manage to tell me in his brief visit that I now get the pleasure of bi-weekly appointments as we head into the third trimester.

Please excuse me while I feign excitement and look at this photo that proves I don’t always look like a bum.

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That’s me and my brother enjoying a treat from (another) one of my childhood favorites this weekend. By the way, he’s younger ;)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Childhood classics

I had lunch with quite the fabulous gal. You might even know her. She’s young, vibrant and very cultured.

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She also likes to make appearances in Campbell’s SpaghettiOs.

Yes, my friends, I ate SpaghettiOs for lunch. SpaghettiOs with a sliced hot dog.

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And they tasted AH-mazing.

Six and a half months ago, I would have never dreamed of bringing such a meal to work but when you are pregnant, some things just sound good. Like pickled jalapenos or cantaloupe or SpaghettiOs with hot dog.

And for as bad as my lunch could be, so processed in all, I have to say it could have been worse. A can of SpaghettiOs contains 340 calories, two servings of vegetables and 8 grams of fiber. My hot dog was of the 98 percent fat-free variety and I paired the bowl with a side of grapes. I could have also picked another childhood favorite – mac and cheese with pennies (aka sliced hot dogs – do I smell a theme?).

After lunch, I even went for a short jaunt – a .8-mile roundtrip walk to get a decaf Frappuccino. You know, to get some calcium ;) It was a total healthy afternoon!

On the way back to the office, frap in hand, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow runner and pregnant lady Kim. Not only is she super awesome having run a half marathon this weekend, she’s totally nice and has awesome style ;) You should check her out. Thanks for saying hi and sorry I am the most awkward person ever!

Do you ever eat foods out of nostalgia?

Springing forward

Workout: 2.26-mile run and upper body set with 10-pound weights

I didn’t really want to run today.

Thunder shook the house and rain teemed in the early morning (think 4 a.m.), and the sky looked as if it could open up at any time. I am no longer a bad@ss, and the thought of running in the rain did not seem like fun. The weather was a balmy 65 degrees – a temperature I haven’t seen for a run in quite some time (think September/October) – and I wasn’t sure how I’d fare.

But I knew that I needed to run.

I hadn’t been out since Thursday, and the most I did this weekend was walk and weed my grandma’s flower beds. Denali was manic for exercise, only getting a short walk last night after being in the kennel for the weekend.

I grabbed my Garmin and got dressed, putting on what fit -- a cotton tank ala Old Navy and an old pair of shorts and by old, I mean they are a size XL. Even pregnant, I look like I’m wearing a diaper.

Denali and I set out toward the greenway so that we could run through one of the nearby parks and back to the neighborhood. I was a bit afraid that the course would be long given my recent 2.75-mile cap but I was disappointed to discover that it was actually on the short side. Especially because I was feeling good, relatively speaking. The air was nice and the cloud cover meant it wasn’t too bad. Again, my legs felt great. As I was in the last quarter-mile (as if that counts on such a short run), I had a flashback to pre-preggo running.

With that said, I will mention that in the first quarter-mile or so I was very aware that I was pregnant. There was no strain or discomfort per se but I could sense the growing belly. It seems I might need to break down and get a pregnancy support band. I’m sure it will pair well with my diaper shorts.

Upon returning home (energized and satisfied, I must say), nature rewarded me with this:

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The first bud in the yard. A beautiful, beautiful tulip – one of my favorites.