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Thursday, May 14, 2015

How my #fitpregnancy is going

Before getting pregnant I knew that, if possible, I wanted to make sure I stayed as active as I could through out my pregnancy.  I am 29 weeks and I am very happy to say that I have stayed very active throughout the past 7 months.  I had no idea how I would handle pregnancy this time around since everyone is so different and every pregnancy is so different.  I have noticed my energy levels drop dramatically and moving around has become more difficult with a big belly.  I know that exercising isn't going to make me smaller, but it sure makes me feel better.  For the first 28 weeks, I was making it a goal to walk 5 miles a day.  I was usually hitting that goal 4-6x a week.  I have been going with a group of ladies in my neighborhood to the high school track near my house which has made the time when I go much more enjoyable.  I won't lie, I do miss my running life, but I know it will be back.  

This past week I decided it was time to reduce my goal down to 4 miles a day.  I am definitely feeling tired more frequently and I figured reducing my goal might help with that.  I was trying to see how long I could go with that 5 mile goal, but listening to my body was more important.  If you are interested in purchasing a fitbit, I highly recommend it! Since the day I bought it, I have used mine every single day.  It keeps me very motivated to hit my goal and it's very fun to see how active I am each day.  

I've been asked if my weight gain from pregnancy has been avoided from being so active.  I stopped weighing myself around 20 weeks because I knew it was inevitable that I was going to gain weight.  I didn't want to keep that from enjoying my pregnancy and not being a stress case over every time I step on the scale.  I think I have gained around 20-25 lbs which I am completely okay with.  I know once I have this baby, I will get back into my regular swing of things and I will work hard to get back to my previous weight. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

7 months

This past week I hit the 7 month mark in my pregnancy and I have been slightly surprised that this pregnancy has crept up on me.  I will admit, once I hit the 20 week mark, time started to slow down.  However, to think I have just a little more than 10 weeks left kind of freaks me out! I keep feeling like July is forever away, but really it's not! I know that it will be here really soon and I can't wait! So many of my friends have had their babies recently and it makes me so excited to see their cute babies.  It makes me even more excited that I get one soon!

One of my biggest struggles which isn't even that big is finding something to wear every day.  It may seem super petty and vain, but seriously everything is becoming so small and I don't want to buy a complete new wardrobe that will last just a couple more months.  Since we attend church every Sunday, I have decided to make a big effort to look nice and really dress up my belly! This dress from Asos was love at first sight.  I love how I can wear it once the belly is gone too! Makes the purchase that much more desirable when you know you can get more than once use out of it!

Lately, I have been craving Sun chips.  The weirdest craving I have had, that is for sure.  I have tried my best to eat healthy but lately, I am just starving! I have been eating lots of carbs which isn't the healthiest, but it gives me the most energy and I could use a lot of that these days.  I know once this baby comes out, I will be wanting my salads again.  I hope at least! Since this is my last pregnancy, I am trying my best to savor all the little moments.  I hate focusing on what's hard or difficult which will pass.  The best part is the gift I get at the end.  Babies are the best and I cannot wait to have another little one hanging around.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Clean Granola

I have been wanting to make granola for a long time! It sure tastes delicious with some almond milk or with some greek yogurt.  I have been looking for a recipe that doesn't call for high amounts of sugar, but still tastes good and I found just that!  I used Sally's Baking Addiction Vanilla Almond Granola.  I didn't add almonds to mine simply because I haven't bought any, but I think that it would be great to add.  

2 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup ( I used organic maple syrup-Kirkland brand)
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Toss oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.  Almonds are optional.  In another bowl whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, almond and vanilla extract.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.  Mix together well until all the oats are covered.  Pour it onto a lined cookie sheet.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Make sure to stir the granola a few times while cooking.  Let the granola completely cool when done.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I was on the hunt for a healthy chicken curry which is already pretty healthy but I wanted to pack it full of vegetables.  I found this great recipe that I revised and added my own ingredients to it.  Here is how I made it: 
1-2 chicken breasts cut up and put in a slow cooker
1 can of tomato paste
1/2 green jalapeno
3 garlic cloves
1 whole onion
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of paprika

I blended all of these items in my food processor until smooth and added to the chicken in the crock pot.  I cooked it on low for about 5 hours.  

For the rice, I used this cauliflower rice recipe which turned out great!! Delicious and extremely healthy dinner!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kuru Giveaway

There's a fun giveaway going on at my instagram account @livylovestorun with @kurufootwear! You and your friend have a chance to win a free pair of shoes.  These shoes are seriously awesome! I wore them for my workout this morning and have really loved the style of them too.  Kuru specializes in comfort and support which is something we all need in a workout shoe or even just a shoe to walk around in.  

Winner will be picked on Friday and announced on instagram so hurry over and enter!

Monday, February 2, 2015

no more excuses

I wanted to lose weight for many reasons.  It's obvious I wanted to look and feel better about myself.  I think we all have some sort of desire to be better then where we are at in life.  For me, my weight was a huge issue that I needed to change in order to feel more happy with who I was.  It affected basically everything I did.  I was and still am a full time mom.  Having this job title requires quite a bit of movement and energy.  I was seriously lacking as a mother when I was overweight.  My children were 1 and 2 when I decided to lose weight.  They required a lot of attention and I simply could not keep up.  

When I could barely function a full day without an hour nap or laying on the couch for several hours while they played with toys, I knew that I needed to change.  I wanted to be there with them on the floor, running after them and not finding any excuse to crash on the couch.  I wanted them to try and keep up with me instead of them running me dry each day.  It was then I decided to start taking them on mile walks around my neighborhood each day.  They enjoyed getting out and I enjoyed the exercise.  Over time, my energy was going up and I was looking forward to this time outside with my children.  We would walk to a park near my house, play and then walk home. 

I am so glad I kept this up because it was the starting point for me that made me realize I could do it.  I stopped making excuses for myself. Rather than making my children my excuse, I made them my reason.  I now go to a park and play with them.  I get up in the slide even if I barely fit and make them laugh until they are laughing too hard.  My kids are 4 and 3 now, so things have changed a little bit since I first started.  They easily tire of these long walks I used to take them on, but I am looking forward to this new baby to come where I can push him or her around.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pregnancy Cravings

With pregnancy comes lots of cravings, am I right?  I think just in general we all have cravings.  It doesn't matter if you are pregnant.  It doesn't even matter if you are a woman! We all crave something and a lot of the time, that something isn't the healthiest for you! I have totally been there so many times and I will be there many times for the rest of my life.  It's just who I am.  I know that my brain is programmed to think I want certain foods in abundance at random times of the day.

With that said, I sure have had cravings this pregnancy.  However, I am doing things a little differently this time around.  With my other two pregnancies, I can remember craving root beer floats, sour gummy worms and Indian food.  These weren't the healthiest of foods, but I still ate them every time my desire for them flared up.  I didn't quite understand the importance of eating healthy especially for my unborn child.  This led to a myriad of health problems that I have made sure to fix while losing weight this past year.

What am I craving now?  Well, Cheez-its, ALWAYS! I swear those orange squares are laced with crack.  You can't just have a handful when you eat them.  I am also wanting to eat out more.  Nothing really in particular, but the idea of taking a cheat meal is on my mind much more frequently! This is what I have had to understand though about pregnancy cravings:  They are just like regular cravings and just because I am pregnant doesn't give me some sort of pass to binge on whatever I want. This means I need to be extra careful since I have a baby growing in me and it does need to fed properly just like I do.  While I am trying my best to eat healthy now, I sometimes allow myself a little treat here or there.  It's all about self control and seeing this as something long term.  For the first trimester, I was pretty nauseous and nothing sounded good.  I can remember sitting down to eat a delicious balanced meal of vegetables, grilled chicken and brown rice.  I would take a bite and then immediately start to dry heave.  I was honestly trying, but my body was just not wanting it.  A girl has to eat, so I started eating saltines and ginger ale to keep my body fueled in some way.  I am feeling much better now and can eat just about anything I used to eat.

The way I look at it is I am going to continue to eat healthy.  Now I am eating a little more food than I was before to compensate for my growing child, but that doesn't mean an ice cream treat at night before bed or sugary cereal for breakfast.  It also doesn't mean broccoli and carrots at every single meal either! It's all about balance and finding that for yourself!
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