Random Things

Happy Sunday! There is nothing better than waking up without an alarm on a sunny Sunday morning.

Instead of writing about one thing today, I thought I would share a few random things from last week…

I alternate between oatmeal and eggs for breakfast. My favorite oatmeal recipe right now is oats, almondmilk, chia seeds, fresh organic blueberries from Costco, cinnamon, a dash of Himalayan salt, and a very large spoonful of sunbutter. I make the spoonful of sunbutter last until my very last bite oatmeal. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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I received a text from my big brother, who is a pilot, on Friday that he would be here for 36 hours starting on Saturday. He has been to Atlanta but only downtown and Buckhead. He wanted to see some of the neighborhoods and why we like Atlanta. I took him to Highland Bakery, we walked the Beltline, stopped by Krog Street Market (beer for him and iced decaf latte for me), and we ended the night at El Taco. He said, “I can see why you guys like it here so much.” It is hard to be away from family, especially with a baby on the way, but our family is all spread out. We do love it here. Thank goodness for airplanes!

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I posted about these cookies on my Facebook page last week. They are so good. I will be making a double batch this afternoon. Also, I substituted the palm shortening for coconut oil.

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Lastly, here is a picture of me and our little guy. We both have had a big “growth spurt” in the last few weeks. He is moving around and kicking like crazy. Tyler was able to feel him kick last night. Pretty awesome!

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Have a great week! I can’t believe it is going to be March. Spring is on its way! Hooray!

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Healthy Movement

Happy Friday! Even though I am not working full-time anymore, I still love Fridays!

I wanted to share what I have been researching and practicing this week. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I felt like I should treat myself like a delicate butterfly (even though my mom said I was fine). I stopped doing twists in yoga immediately, and I stopped all exercise that involved jumping.  My instincts were telling me to protect our baby. At some point, I knew I was not going to be able to do what I used to do in barre which is fine. I am pretty good at listening to my body now. The most recent development is that my low back starts to talk to me if we were on all fours, and lying on my back is no longer comfortable.  Luckily, I can still get a great workout at the barre!

When I went to Barre3 Druid Hills on Monday, my low back was feeling less than awesome. After class, the instructor (who I adore) asked how I felt which ended up turning into a 20 minute conversation! I told her about how I am finding that I really need to modify now. She immediately recommended I check out Nutritious Movement, so, of course, I jumped on my computer the minute I got home. You all need to check it out!

Katy Bowman hit the nail on the head…

It’s clear that no one in our culture moves enough—there’s even a new category of movement alongside “active” and “sedentary” called “actively sedentary” to describe the movers among us, who move on average only 4 percent of the time and spend the rest of their time as sedentary as the couch potatoes.

It is so common for people to go to the gym for an hour, and then sit the rest of the day at a desk, behind a steering wheel, or on the couch. Nutritious movement is about moving all day long. She even breaks up movement into micronutrients (corrective exercises) and macronutrients (larger categories of movement- like walking, squatting, carrying, etc.) Katy also recommends sitting on the floor to eat and work on the computer.  Interestingly enough, we already eat on the floor! I am trying to do my computer work on the floor now as well. I sit on a little pillow. The simple action of being able to get down to the floor and get back up on our own is an indicator of our health. She also recommends we all go barefoot (when possible). Shoes alter the way stand and walk. Our muscles have to do more work if we are barefoot. Thank goodness I got a pedicure last weekend! 🙂

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My goal is to move in a more functional way in my everyday life. My center of gravity is starting to move forward, so I am going to do my best to be even more mindful when I move. My low back has not hurt since Monday which is a good indicator that what I am doing is working (for now). I am doing what I recommend my clients do…planting seeds of change in an effort to find the healthiest version of me.

Do you feel like you are active, actively sedentary, or sedentary? What is one small thing you can change to be more active on a daily basis?

Something Had to Change

Hi!  I hope you are having a good Valentine’s Day weekend!  We are going out to one of our favorite restaurants, Empire State South, tonight to celebrate.  We actually have a lot to celebrate besides how much we love each other.  One year ago today, we closed on and moved into our house!  We have been so happy with our decision.  We will, of course, also be celebrating our little guy that is on his way.  We feel very blessed and thankful this year.

Speaking of our little guy, I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to share a little bit about my pregnancy journey.  I am not going to share everything, but there were two big things I had to change so that my body was ready to conceive.  Because I am a big believer in changing one’s lifestyle before taking medication, I started to research nutrition and exercise.  In all honesty, I was on the pill for a loooooong time and when I went off it it took me a while to get it again.  I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that until I started talking to people.  It is not okay for a woman my age not to get their period, and/or get it sporadically especially when trying to conceive.  I knew I had to do something.  Of course, I started to look at my diet.  In the beginning all I could think was that my diet was pretty darn good, I was not sure what else I could cut out which was the problem.  For 3 or so years, I had pretty much cut almost all animal protein out of my diet (because of things I had read) with the exception of a few eggs a week and salmon (I will never cut this out of my diet).  I had also cut out all fat unless it was whole (avocados, nuts, and seeds) and salt.  I thought I was doing all of the right things!  All I want is to be the healthiest version of myself, so I decided to experiment with adding in more animal protein in the form of organic ground turkey, oil (coconut and olive oil), and Himalayan salt (this was huge).  Low and behold, I got my period 3 months in a row. It didn’t take much.  I knew I was on to something.  These are the things that my body needed to start working on its own again.

The next thing I decided to do was to decrease the intensity of my workouts.  My adrenals where likely shot and my cortisol levels were likely extremely high.  My body was in fight or flight mode.  I started to do more yoga, barre, and walk.  As mentioned in a previous post, these are things that my body can handle and make me feel good.  I will never be a body builder and that is okay.

By changing my diet and tweaking my workout regimen, my body was finally settled and ready to get pregnant.  It took us a few months longer than we would have liked, but it worked.  I am so grateful.  Now we just want a healthy and happy baby.  Every step of this pregnancy journey has been a little nerve wracking because there is only so much I can control.  I have been able to continue to eat very healthy, but I am not denying myself (see photo :)). We actually went out for pancakes a few times which was super exciting for my husband.  He had definitely never seen me eat buttermilk pancakes before.

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No two people are alike.  There are plenty of people who are vegan and run marathons every month who are able to get pregnant, but that would not have worked for me.  My recommendation is to truly take some time to get to know yourself and your needs whether you are trying to get pregnant or not.  For me, I had to put aside what I had been reading about regarding nutrition, and listen to my body.  It is pretty smart.

I am off to barre3 now!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Exciting Announcement

Hello! Sorry it has been so long! The reason I haven’t posted in over a week is because my mom was in town. Mother-daughter time is priceless. I am so thankful for her!

Drum roll please…the reason my mom was in town is because I asked her to come to our 20 week ultrasound for our little guy expected to arrive in June! Pure joy and relief washed over me when I saw him move, twist, turn, and flip upside down. There is nothing like it. It was very special to have my mom in the room and my husband by my side. He is already a proud daddy.

My sister took some announcement pictures for us over Christmas. I used one on Facebook, and here is the other one she took for us.  🙂

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I always thought I would post our announcement on Facebook right after the first trimester, but I have been pretty nervous during this pregnancy (up until Friday when we saw him moving around like crazy). I am, by nature, a little bit of a worrier (although I have gotten better), so I wanted to really be sure before we made it public.

I, like so many of you, have a pregnancy story. My plan is to share bits and pieces of how I got pregnant on our own in the next few posts. For now, I wanted to let all of my loyal readers know about our exciting news!

Have a great week!