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10 Dec

Thankfultoday

 

I loved reading everyone’s 30 days of Thanksgiving posts during the month of November.  It was nice to hear some of thing things that people are thankful that are not the usual things.  Why do we have to wait until November though?  Don’t you think we should express our Thanksgiving on a more regular basis?  It seems like it would UP the positivity factor in life and possibly help to keep out some of the negative stuff.

SO – I’ll start!

I am thankful today for:

MONDAYS!!  Okay – not many people like Mondays (usually I”m one of them) – but today I choose to be thankful for Monday because its a new week – new opportunities to SHINE at work – fresh start to my workout schedule – and…. um, I”m sure there are other good things about it that will come to me later 🙂

HEALTH – I have always been a relatively healthy person.  I don’t get sick often.  I take good care of myself (thank for teaching me to do that Mom & Dad!).  However, until being pregnant, I never fully REALIZED how important it is!  Words truly cannot express how grateful I am that I have had such an “easy” and healthy pregnancy so far!  I find that I am in the minority in this aspect.

 

What are YOU thankful for today?  Comment below but also SHARE it out loud!

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Week 21

16 Nov

Officially sporting a full on bump now!

Wow – I am more than halfway thru this pregnancy already!! That’s CRAZY! Here is an update as of Week 21:

How far along? 21 Weeks

Total Weight Gain? As of my 20 week appointment I have gained TEN pounds!  Y*I*K*E*S  The doctor assured me that is right within normal range – but still – that seems like so much!

How big is baby? He is the size of a pomegranate

Gender: It’s a BOY!

Maternity Clothes? Very much so!  The pants for sure – still wearing a mix of tops… and I have no maternity workout clothes or anything.

Morning Sickness? None – hooray!

Mood Swings? I wouldn’t describe it as mood swings – more so, easily irritable.

Buy anything for baby this week? No… I don’t think we’ve bought anything yet to be honest!  Last I heard the hubby was mid-way thru an Ebay auction for the baby monitor we want – but not sure if we won 🙂

Stretch Marks? None that I’ve noticed – but do people start seeing them NOW – during pregnancy??? Or do they show up after the fact?  I have just about used up my Oh Baby! Mambino Belly Butter…. and while I liked the scent – I hated how “hard” it was in the jar.  You literally had to dig it out and then it would get all up under my fingernails – yuck.  SO, I have ordered the Cocoa Butter belly butter, beautifying oil and body scrub from The Body Shop…. hopefully I”ll like this better.

Sleep? I sleep pretty good and fall asleep easily…. my back is hurting a little bit though.  Maybe I need more pillows?!

Best Moment This Week: Well…. this actually happened last week – but I would obviously have to say SEEING our baby boy at our anatomy scan – we got to see 3D too!!!  All limbs are accounted for and he has a brain, a pumping heart and stomach! yay!

Worst Moment This Week:  Destination PROCRASTINATION.  I waited until a few days ago to START a paper for my HR Mngmt class that we should have been working on all semester long.  SO, worst moment(s) were putting that bad boy together in the late hours of Sunday PM to submit on Monday!

Movement: Nope – nada!

Cravings: Nothing to report!  The “carbonation” craving has gone away too….

Labor Signs: None thankfully

Belly Button In or Out? It’s in, but it’s definitely flattening out… I must have a shallow belly button or something?

What I miss? Alcohol, sushi… and the “ease” of having a normal lunchmeat sandwich without heating it up.

What I am looking forward to? Our 3D ultrasound in a couple of weeks and my most FAVORITE holiday next week – Thanksgiving!  Food & Family – what else do you need?

Milestones: Hubby and I agreeing on a nursery theme! 🙂

Get Extreme with ChaLean Challenge Group – Day 3

14 Nov

Hola 🙂

I started participating in a new challenge group on Monday!  So far everyone participating is TOTALLY awesome and dedicated!  I decided I wanted to track my journey with videos throughout the 90 days 🙂

Here is my first one – Day 3.

Contact me if you’re interested in getting involved in something similar!! I have some other challenge groups starting SOON!

11/26 starts my 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

12/3 starts BRAZIL BUTT LIFT 🙂

Happy Wednesday!!

Body Beast – Turkey Power Meatloaf

13 Nov

Another YUMMY recipe for you guys!!

My hubby started the BODY BEAST workout on Sunday!  Its one of Beachbody’s NEWEST additions to their line of amazing at home fitness programs!  I am excited to do it myself sometime post-pregnancy 🙂

Anyways – once he committed to doing the program he decided he wanted to do it FULL OUT 100% by the book!  That meant NUTRITION – meal plan and all!  He made me laugh the other day with his quote, “Insanity + Oreos does not equal abs”  🙂  So true!  He’s always kind of maintained a consistent weight, but he’s never gotten the amazing infomercial quality results he’s been after because he hasn’t committed to the nutrition aspect.

 

Anyways – I have been working hard to pack his lunches and plan his meals according to the BEAST nutrition guide!  Luckily it came with a TON of really delicious recipes in the book!  Last night I made the Turkey Power Meatloaf.  It was AWESOME!  I almost had a second serving myself!

Here is the recipe – notice there is NO CHEESE!!  I was nervous that it was not going to be moist enough, but it was still excellent!  Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Turkey Power Meatloaf  (from Body Beast)

2lbs ground lean turkey

1 cup all natural salsa
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 lg eggs ( lightly beaten)

3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper
Fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven 375
Combine all and press into 9×5 loaf pan
Bake 60-70 mins until done
Let it cool for 10 mins and slice into 8 pieces.

211 calories
10g fat
3g sat fat
125mg cholesterol
485mg sodium
4g carbs
1g fiber
1g sugar
25g protein

Dreams

2 Nov

One of the ‘symptoms’ I am experiencing with pregnancy is weird dreams.  I have always been able to remember my dreams – but I feel like since being pregnant – I experience more vivid dreams…

 

I always remember them precisely when I wake up, and then little by little they fade away.  I am also noticing that my dreams are incorporating a lot of people/friends fro the past, such as middle school/high school friends.  I keep on thinking that I need to write them down in the morning while its fresh in my mind…

Last night I had a dream about a promotion being offered to fly down to Florida.  In my dream it was something that I had won. The “prize” was getting the flight for $300.  I guess in the back of my mind I have been wanting to plan a trip to South Florida for a while, so I take it that my dream was my subconscious telling me its time!  So the crazy part is that my Husband (without me saying ANYTHING) took the initiative to search flights, etc. today and guess how much it is for both of us to fly down?!  YES, THREE hundred dollars!!  Is that crazy or what?!?!

Well, from now on, I am going to try to document my dreams first thing in the AM when I have a good one!  Maybe I can even do voice text to myself just so that it jogs my memory later on…

Do you remember having any weird dreams during pregnancy?  Or do you regularly have vivid dreams?  Are you ever able to correlate them with something going on in your real life?

Greenberry Shamrock goodness

31 Oct

Greenberry Shakeology…..its one of those things that I have only met a handful of people that prefer it…..But lately, I hear more and more people who are choosing it over chocolate. I tried Greenberry about a year ago and didn’t like it very much….

However, my parents DRILLED this phrase into my head when I was younger and was trying new food/flavors (mostly in relation to veggies…lol)…”Today may be the day that you like it”……and I cannot tell you how many times that was TRUE!

Anyways – because of that saying always ringing in my head, I had been wanting to try Greenberry again and perhaps try a different recipe to prepare it with.  So my friend told me about this “Shamrock Shake” that trainer Chalene Johnson put out…  Check it out:

I made it EXACTLY per the recipe and its DELICIOUS!  SO good!!  I have no clue how to describe the taste, but its just really good and no “wheatgrass” after taste like the first time I tried it.  SO, if you have some unused Greenberry Shakeology sitting in your cupboard, TRY this recipe!!!  Also, think about getting the Shakeology packets that come with 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 Greenberry!

Please contact me if you’re interested in learning more about Shakeology and/or if you would like to try a sample.

Crockpot Recipe: Chicken Taco Chili

30 Oct

It is officially COLD here in East Tennessee!  The leaves are quickly falling from the trees, its rainy, and the temperatures are dropping by the day!  This can only mean one thing…….CROCKPOT SEASON is here!

I love using my Crockpot – but for some reason, I hardly touch it during the Spring/Summer months and tend to use it primarily in Fall/Winter.

I came across this DELICIOUS recipe for chicken taco chili and its Ah-Mazing!  So quick and easy and relatively cheap to purchase the ingredients.  Forgive the un-official measurements….thats ons of the best parts of crockpotting to me is the dump and go method – not really taking time to measure 🙂

Chicken Taco Chili (adapted from SkinnyTaste.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz frozen corn kernels
  • 2  cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 a palmful of Cumin
  • 1/2 a palmful of Chili Powder
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – enough to make it as “meaty” as you want.  I used 3.
  • chili peppers, chopped (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions:
Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream.

 

EASY right?

I serve mine over brown rice….or sometimes just plain.  I forgot to take a picture of mine when it was done because I went for a bowl right away!  But here is a pic of the finished product from SkinnyTaste:

Photo from SkinnyTaste.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let me know if you try this recipe – I’d love to hear what you think!  Also, please share some of YOUR favorite crock pot recipes!  I am always looking for new things to try!

Week 18

24 Oct

How far along? 18 weeks

How big is baby? the size of a sweet potato 🙂  5.6 inches 6.7 oz.

Total weight gain/loss: 5ish lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes!  I have worn my preggo dark denim jeans for the past 2 days in a row.

Sleep: Sleeping GREAT!  My hubby bought me this awesome pillow…looks like this:

 

 

 

 

I know it looks really silly – but I swear its SO comfy!!  We call it my “cocoon” 🙂

Best moment this week: That surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m 18 weeks along.  In my mind I feel like I”m getting HUGE – but it make me feel not so large when people seem ‘surprised’ that I’m pregnant at all.  Okay ‘huge’ may be an exaggeration, but I am def. growwwwwwwing!

Movement:  I still don’t feel anything 😦  I hear it feels like a “butterfly”…WELL, what is that supposed to feel like?  I have not felt anything yet that did not seem like digestion.  Not subtle ‘flutters’ or anything.

Food cravings: I kind of crave the bite or burn from carbonated beverages.  I don’t drink soda really – so this is odd for me.  I have been drinking sparkling flavored waters and some ginger ale too.  Other than that, no cravings really.

Food Aversions: none

Gender: We find out SOON!!  11/9 is our anatomy scan.

Labor Signs: None

Pregnancy Symptoms:  Acne  – and some moodiness.

Belly Button in or out? In

What I miss: clear skin…sushi…and my Express wardrobe!

What I am looking forward to: Picking out a nursery theme

Upcoming appointments/events: Anatomy scan 11/9, 3D Ultrasound later in November, Dermatologist (still deciding if I’ll go) 10/25 and regular physical was supposed to be this morning, but I missed it.

Weekly Wisdom:  Hormones are for real!

Milestones: I think I can officially say I have a bump now.  Last week had significant growth spurts in the belly…and it def. has more of a bump look than a overweight ‘pouch’ look.

Do you have any gender predictor ‘tales’ ??  I did an online Chinese lunar calendar thingy today and it says GIRL.  My sister and sister in law are predicting BOY.  Hubby says girl because he seems to think I’m crabby (although he used a different word) and that its caused from extra girl hormones in my body…. Someone posted a babycenter article the other day about finding out gender at WEek 6!!  Something to do with WHERE the placenta is attached – right or left side.  Not sure where I fall in that theory as I thought it was confusing….We’ll know for sure soon though!

Week 15

5 Oct

Week 15 


How far along? 15 weeks and 2 days

How big is baby? According to thebump.com and my phone app – the baby is the size of a Naval Orange.

(side note:  I have had an orange in the fridge at work for a couple days and ever since I read the size/fruit comparison, I feel weird to eat the orange as it represents my baby!!! LOL)

Total weight gain/loss: I weighed 130.2 on Wednesday.  However, I was wearing heavy wedge sandals and the Nurse refused to let me take them off!  SO I think my total weight gain is 4 lbs. at this point (Yes, I’m deducting a lb. for the shoes!)

Maternity clothes? a mix…I’m wearing dresses (regular, non-maternity)  more now so that my “pouch” is not as noticeable.  I have been wearing a pair of black maternity pants w/ the “secret fit belly” thing and while they are a little too big right now, they are super comfy!

Sleep: I sleep fine…Hubby “claims” that I snore….hmph.  Also, I keep waking up late for work.  I hear my alarm and turn it off instead of snooze, and then my body wakes up at 7 AM on the nose everyday.  7 is WAY too late as I”m supposed to leave the house by 7:15/20.

Best moment this week: When my proactive shipment came!  My face is still totally out of control and I’m freaking out about it.  I made a dermatologist appt, but its not until the end of October.

Movement: Still waiting!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.  I can say that I am NOT a soda drink what so ever – never have been.  But I keep getting so THIRSTY that I feel the carbonation of soda will quench my thirst…plain H20 is just not doing the trick…. but since I don’t care for the taste of soda – I bought some of those flavored sparkling waters instead… Hopefully that will help.

Food Aversions: None really.

Gender: Whats YOUR prediction?

Labor Signs: NONE!! Way too early for that!

Pregnancy Symptoms: Have I mentioned the acne?

Belly Button in or out? In

What I miss: still sushi and wine 🙂

My favorite roll at Nama – Soy Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I am looking forward to: Our anatomy scan and our first 3D/4D appt (Week 20)

Upcoming appointments/events: Week 16 Checkup on 10/11.

Weekly Wisdom: I have none – I’m new here!!  Please feel free to comment below a nugget of YOUR wisdom though!

Milestones: Had the first person at work tell me that I “look pregnant”….”cute, but pregnant”.  I don’t know how I feel about that…lol

Bump Picture: coming soon. 🙂  Hopefully the bump takes a little more shape soon as right now I still just look like I gained a few lbs.!

A success story!

5 Oct

Everyone loves to hear a good success story, right?  Well, this one comes from a friend named Amber who decided to make a change in her lifestyle and attributes her success to Shakeology and working out!

CHECK out these results!!!

Here is her testimonial:

“I lost 31 lbs and over 28 inches with Shakeology and Beachbody workout programs! One of the greatest challenges I faced was eating healthy and not giving into my cravings, but Shakeology fixed that. After a month of drinking Shakeology, I noticed my cravings were almost completely absent and I was making smarter food choices. Since starting Shakeology I no longer skip breakfast or feel sluggish and I have more energy to keep up with my kids – I feel better than I have in a very long time!” -Amber N, 32

The power of challenge groups is AWESOME!  Getting plugged into a support system is what really helped me PERSONALLY take my results and level of commitment to the next level 🙂

Contact me so that you can get plugged into my next challenge group!!  NOW is the time to start working on those goals 🙂  Someday is Today!

Coach Jen