Sunday, September 18, 2016

13/14 Weeks Pregnant Baby #2!



How far along: 13/14ish

Gender: Not sure, and really no big guess

Weight gain: same weight (118.9 starting weight, then lost 3 pounds as I completed a program, promptly put that weight back on once I found out I was indeed pregnant - hello carb cravings and have maintained it)

Working Out:  This past 2 week's of workouts are listed below, and I am really excited to have done the workout schedule all the way, modifying when my body felt the need.

Clothing Choices:  I am for sure needing my maternity bottoms.  Others are just not comfortable anymore.  I have thought about getting a belly band extender thing, but am not sure - anyone try this before?

Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones on those strong thighs ;)

Belly button: Semi-outy already, sometimes by the end of the day after food...it's all out ;)

Sleep: I am not feeling quite as tired as I had been, but still want/need a nap some days.

Best moment this week:  I just felt more energy, and for that I am grateful.

Hardest moment this week: I really can't think of anything hard this week.

What I’m missing:  I'll be honest...a big beer or big glass of wine

Movement: None felt for certain. 

Cravings: still ice cream WITH hot fudge and sushi 🍦🍣😂

Queasy or sick: Nope!

Looking forward to: We have an appointment NEXT week where I'll meet my Dr./Midwife for the first time.


 Week 13 workouts have included:

  • Monday - P90X3 Eccentric Upper
  • Tuesday - P90X3 Triometrics
  • Wednesday - P90X3 X3 Yoga
  • Thursday - P90X3 Eccentric Lower
  • Friday - P90X3 Incinerator
  • Saturday - P90X3 MMX
  • Sunday - off!

Week 14 workouts have included:  
  • Monday - P90X3 Eccentric Upper
  • Tuesday - P90X3 Triometrics
  • Wednesday - P90X3 X3 Yoga
  • Thursday - P90X3 Eccentric Lower
  • Friday - off!
  • Saturday - off!
  • Sunday - off!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

12 Weeks Pregnant Baby #2

This has been a pretty great week full of lots of fun for Braelyn, our first little sweetie!

She and I met some mommas and did a toddler led hike on Monday, had brunch with a friend at one of our favorite spots, Wild Eggs, on Tuesday, we went to the Zoo both Wednesday (to see animals) and Thursday (to play in the water park), and Friday she had her FIRST day of Mother's Day Out, so I had my first official work day since I've been a stay at home mom!  It was a truly fun filled week!!!

In terms of our next little, this one feels like it has certainly popped even more over the last week!  I'm less comfortable at night and already took out the 'bean pillow' momma's you might know what that is...those GINORMOUS pillows that you surround yourself with - ahh I love mine!  I have this pillow and got this cover for it with our first pregnancy and love it!!

How far along: 12ish

Gender: Not sure

Weight gain: same weight (118.9 starting weight, then lost 3 pounds as I completed a program, promptly put that weight back on once I found out I was indeed pregnant - hello carb cravings and have maintained it)

Working Out:  This past week's workouts are listed below. I was having trouble thinking what I was doing with P90X3 wasn't good for me, but I think that was because, at the time, I was VERY tired. So I am still listening to my body, doing what feels best and going from there.

Clothing Choices:  I wore my maternity shorts this week and I did end up having to hair tie another pair of shorts together when those were dirty.

Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones ;)

Belly button: Semi-outy already.

Sleep: I am sleeping about 7 hours each night and typically take a nap every other day, but I am noticing that with some naps I'm waking up more groggy/tired.

Best moment this week:  I REALLY REALLY enjoyed my Shakes again, I even like a flavor now that I used to not like hardly at all, vanilla!

Hardest moment this week: I played a lot with Braelyn, even taking her to the moon twice and that was hard because I was just really tired, but because I had spent the morning out with her, I didn't get my work done until late that night after she was asleep bc I required a nap when she napped. That balancing game is getting tougher.

What I’m missing:  nothing - probably because this time I'm not like 'oh you cannot eat an over medium egg, or you cannot eat sushi" I'm just more lenient (I really only like mostly cooked sushi anyway!)

Movement: None felt for certain. 

Cravings: still ice cream WITH hot fudge and sushi 🍦🍣😂

Queasy or sick: Thankfully none, I really am thinking my very short bout of nausea is over!

Looking forward to: A fresh week ahead


This weeks workouts have included:


  • Monday - P90X3 Eccentric Upper
  • Tuesday - Country Heat
  • Wednesday - The 20's workout from BOD + Zoo Walking
  • Thursday - BOD 3 Week Yoga Retreat + Zoo Walking
  • Friday - P90X3 Eccentric Lower
  • Saturday - just yard work, we planted some new plants!
  • Sunday - haven't decided yet!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Healthy Protein Treats!!!

I get asked a lot about my smoothie bowls and energy bites, so I want to share with you here these tasty treats and how to make them - and impress a crowd in the process!!!

So why is protein important for our body?  Whenever we have protein in our morning we feel more energized by the afternoon, so this is awesome post AM workout! It's going to help your body recover which will give you lean muscle, increase your metabolism, and help you with your energy and keep that blood sugar level dipping with those hunger pains in the afternoon.😬 💪Not an early morning worker-outer or feeling that midday crash? Sometimes in the afternoon, we need that pick me up, I can't really handle caffeine in th afternoon so this is an amazing substitute for me if I didn't have it post AM workout!

Each time I serve these energy bites, they are a true crowd pleaser




















Energy Bites
●1 Cup natural peanut or almond butter●3/4 cup oats●1/4 cup honey●1 scoop chocolate or cafe latte shakeology--->Simply mix and roll into balls.  Put in fridge for 30 minutes before serving
***Optional Mix in's***●Chopped nuts or shredded coconut (unsweetened)●Dark chocolate (cocao)●Dried fruit (shown in second photo is raspberry)
Another go to of mine is this recipe for an energy bar - oh my goodness it's Cake Batter <3 http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/06/26/cake-batter-energy-bars/

My MAIN go to in the afternoon is a smoothie bowl, and this one is kinda my favorite!
 ☕Coffee Smoothie Bowl  ☕
●3/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk●1/4 cup chilled coffee (decaf for me post noon!)●2 ice cubes of vanilla almond milk●1/2 frozen banana (for creamyness)●1 scoop cafe latte Shakeology
Toppings:●Shredded coconut ●Slivered almonds●Dark chocolate If you're following the 21 Day Fix, your Containers are: 1Y, 1P, 1R and 1O ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~ ♡ ~

So why Shakeology? It's non GMO, gluten free, and whole foods nutrition. No artificial colors or flavors.  The ingredients are sourced from remote locations more free of pollutants and harmful chemicals.  It has personally helped me with my energy (I used to drink 4 cups of coffee a day) and my sweets tooth!  It's full of dense nutrition that tells the body, I have what I need now shed the rest. Plus during pregnancy, I was approved to have it in place of my prenatal, so hello, I'll take chocolate or coffee instead of something to remember to swallow!

What's a favorite energy bite or smoothie bowl you have tried?! I'm looking for new recipes!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

11 Weeks Pregnant Baby #2!

Horray, we are nearing the end of our first trimester!!! This week has been one of the strangest thus far - I felt AWESOME on Monday so I overdid it and shoveled a bunch of dirt, which made me feel terrible Monday Night - Wednesday.

I had SO much energy at the beginning of the week, but then as the week progressed, my energy spiraled down.

I haven't felt good any evening this week, so that's been very hard to have stomach aches, being tired, but not feeling rested, and just sleeplessness.  I think I need to start running my oils in the room at night and using white noise!

However, this was the BEST week because Braelyn and I got to see baby on Wednesday!!! It was an unplanned trip due to the cramping, but it was just simply the best and has really pushed me through  :) 

Oh, and I have REALLY popped these past 3 days, like belly just came on out to play!




How far along: 11ish

Gender: I am thinking a boy, and ultrasound showed just 1 baby and not twins  :)

Weight gain: 0.5ish lbs pending on time of day I weigh myself (118.9 starting weight)

Working Out:  This past week's workouts are listed below.  I took things much easier this week after not feeling well and cramping Monday.

Clothing Choices:  I'm wearing my regular clothes, but pulled out maternity options

Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones ;)

Belly button: Inny-ish/Outy-ish ALREADY! ahh!

Sleep: Needing a nap every day, days I don't have it I'm very tired and a little cranky, but I still stay up to spend time with Neal.

Best moment this week:  Braelyn and I got to see the baby and hear it's heartbeat at an ultrasound after my 3 days of cramps

Hardest moment this week: Some cramping after I tried to move a bunch of dirt left me feeling not so great for days. I thought my energy was back too, but that was a tease, still tired

What I’m missing:  nothing.

Movement: we saw baby moving! No for sure movement felt

Cravings: ice cream WITH hot fudge and sushi 🍦🍣😂

Queasy or sick: Flet better this week!

Looking forward to: Not being so tired


This weeks workouts have included:


  • Monday - Isometrix from P90X3 + 20 min treadmill walk
  • Tuesday - Dynamix from P90X3 + 15 min treadmill walk
  • Wednesday - none
  • Thursday - Pilates X from P90X3
  • Friday & Saturday - non
  • Sunday - stretch/foam roll + 15 min treadmill walk

Sunday, August 21, 2016

10 Week BumpDate: First Trimester Healthy Pregnancy Round 2


Wow, I cannot believe how fortunate we are to be in our first trimester with our second baby!!!

I hadn't thought this was possible, I had believed that we might not get pregnant for a long time. I only had one, yes ONE CYCLE postpartum from Braelyn - that means from December 2013 when we conceived to June 2016 when we conceived baby 2 that I had 1 cycle, ONE shot to get this.  

I owe it all to God!  I owe it to the prayers many of your prayed and the support SO many of you gave! I cannot thank you enough!

My first trimester so far has been harder than I remember it being with Braelyn.

I'm constantly hungry, but food sound so bad.

I'm constantly tired, but I love my work and I have a toddler I care for daily.

I'm constantly working on that balance of rest now, eat now, work now, play now.

Being healthy is extremely important to me this time around, just like it was with Braelyn.  I am SO grateful for all that I've learned over the past year as a health & wellness coach that has provided me the proper nutritional balance.

I know, even when I don't want a food, that I need to eat it to nourish myself and our baby.  My once beloved Shakes have sounded pretty gross this first trimester, but my Dr. looked at them, loved the nutritional value and vitamins they provided, and I didn't need to take a prenatal because of all that was already in these shakes I enjoyed.  But now, I'm struggling to make them! I ALWAYS enjoy them when I finally drink it, but holy cow the thought of making them makes me want to vomit!  Thankfully, I haven't had any morning sickness, just food aversions.  And I push through and am SO much happier when I have that healthy shake.

Beyond that, to keep healthy in mind and body, I'm still reading my bible daily, participating in studies, reading personal development books to help with positive mindset I battle, and I'm working out when it feels good.  I'm not forcing a workout, but I'm not neglecting it. If the scheduled workout sounds terrible, I opt for stretching, walking, yoga, or a prenatal workout.  If working out feels bad, I stop.  

I hope you can choose healthy through your pregnancy.  I know morning sickness is NO JOKE and I pray that when you battle it, you know that you are doing amazing things, your body is growing a heart, lungs, and a brain - you are freaking rockstar!!!!



How far along: 10ish
Gender: I always say she, but I think that's bc we have Brae. My symptoms are much different, so I wonder boy - I still have no clue if it's 1 or 2 kiddos - we have identical (just a fluke) and fraternal (means passed down) twins in our family. My mom is identical, she has siblings that are fraternal, and her grandmother was also a twin, and I have cousins who are twins.  
Weight gain: 0.5 lbs (118.9 starting weight)
Working Out:  This past week's workouts are listed below.  I'm not feeling the desire to workout as I had with our first pregnancy. I'm so much more tired and I've been choosing to sleep in most of this week rather than do my morning routine. So workouts have been hit or miss.
Clothing Choices:  I'm still wearing my normal clothes. Everything fits okay, the only thing that's a little tight are some of my shorts on my belly. I prefer dresses right now. 
Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones ;)
Belly button: Inny-ish/Outy-ish ALREADY! ahh!
Sleep: Needing a nap every day
Best moment this week:  I really think I felt little bit move right at the start of week 10, which is absolutely crazy! But I remember that 'bubble' / 'butterfly' feeling with Brae and I felt that one night before bed....but hey it could have been gas ;)
Hardest moment this week: So apparently I did this last pregnancy too, thinking we'd get to see the little on a at our first appointment, calling in, and being disappointed that we only do the doppler to hear baby, no ultrasound to see baby. If you check my 1st Trimester post with Brae, at week 10,  was upset over this same thing - ha! not much has changed ;) 
What I’m missing:  nothing. 
Movement: See above - gas or baby?!
Cravings: Salsa & marinara - hello tomatoes
Queasy or sick: Food aversions - a lot of times food sounds so bad, but then I eat and i'm fine. 
Looking forward to: Less food aversions (fingers crossed)
This weeks workouts have included:

  • Monday - Dancing to Country Heat
  • Tuesday - The Warrior P90X3
  • Wednesday - Tone it Up Stretch & Release & String Bikini from Beachbabe 3 DVD
  • Thursday - Dog walks w/ the toddler then Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout
  • Friday - none
  • Saturday - 22 minute treadmill walk on incline 5, speed 3 
  • Sunday - Yoga Booty Ballet - Baby on the Way <3